No Ads, No Problem: How to Stop Ads on YouTube?
With YouTube now the second largest search engine in the world, it is one of the most important online destinations for watching video content.
Whether it be a live stream of a breaking news story or the unveiling of a new product, we devour more than 1 billion hours of YouTube videos a day. This is more than the amount of Netflix and Facebook video combined, demonstrating how the platform dominates our online lives.
The good news is you can find a huge amount of useful information on this video hub for free. The bad news is that you will have to watch the ads first.
We understand creators earn money by placing adverts in their videos. We get it and don’t necessarily want anyone to be out of pocket. However, these ads often do very little to enhance our online experience or make us want to buy whatever is being promoted. Instead it usually frustrates users, interrupts video flow and even makes the more impatient switch off or click elsewhere.
That’s why we’ve prepared some tips on how to get rid of YouTube ads.
How to remove advertisements from YouTube: the old school way
Have you ever downloaded videos from YouTube?
In 2020, in the age of free and unlimited Wi-Fi and 5G internet, you may consider this habit to be a remnant of a bygone era. Jokes aside, this really works in terms of removing ads from YouTube.
This method may be relevant for consumers who watch YouTube videos once in a blue moon, but still don’t want to see any ads.
One of the easiest ways to download a video is to add ‘ss’ before ‘youtube’ into the URL of a video. For example, https://www.ssyoutube.com. Another way is to use third-party services like ClipGrab or KeepVid.
How to disable YouTube ads: the generous way
This option involves a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, a premium membership designed for a better and smoother experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Excitingly, the list of regions where YouTube Premium is available has grown significantly since the introduction of the service.
If you are a regular YouTube user, then you should consider switching to YouTube Premium for ad-free content and advanced features like background playback (which allows you to play music even if the YouTube app is inactive), playlists tailored to your taste, and a handy option to download videos.
How to stop adverts on YouTube: the hacker way
There’s another way to enjoy ad-free YouTube videos. We don’t encourage you to use it regularly as the best thing to do is to help content creators earn money from their hard work. However, as this is a technically possible way to remove ads on YouTube, we’re also including it on our list.
It’s simple. Go to the ViewPure website, then copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to watch ad-free. That’s it, the website will do its job automatically and you can just watch the video without any annoying interruptions.
How to remove ads from your YouTube channel videos: the altruistic way
Let’s say, you run a YouTube channel and make money off the ads shown alongside your content. If you want to make the viewers’ experience more pleasurable, you can turn off any ads for individual videos on your channel.
Here’s how to do this:
- Log in to YouTube
- Click your profile picture, then go to YouTube Studio
- Select Videos from the left menu
- Select the video for which you want to turn off any ads
- Click Monetization in the left menu
- In the Monetization box click Off and Apply the changes
- Click Save in the upper right
How to block ads on YouTube: All-in-one way
Another reliable way to avoid YouTube ads is by using a good ad blocker app or web browser extension. Solutions like this will block adverts not only on YouTube but on other websites too. This includes pop-up ads, banners, redirections and, sometimes, even ad trackers that show you promotions based on your past online behavior.
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Now, you know how to moderate the omnipresent YouTube ads. Hopefully, these recommendations will make your YouTube experience better and more enjoyable.
If it’s not just YouTube ads disrupting your browsing experience, then check out the articles for more guides to living your best life online.
Disclaimer: Advertising is one of the primary sources of revenue for YouTube creators. Please consider allowing ads on YouTube if you want to support the platform’s monetization model.
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