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3 Ways to Stop Ads on YouTube: Watch Videos without Hitting the Skip Button

As a free-to-use service, YouTube relies on advertising dollars for profit, and the company generated over $7 billion in ad revenue in the third quarter of 2021 alone. However, ads can seem invasive when overused or presented in intrusive ways. Fortunately, several methods exist for stopping YouTube advertisements without having to hit the skip button. In fact, using Clario's ad blocker is one of the simplest ways to surf the web ad-free.

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How to block ads on YouTube with AdBlocker

A reliable way to avoid YouTube ads is by using a good ad blocker app (for your mobile devices) or web browser extension (for your laptop).  


Such solutions block adverts not only on YouTube but on other websites, too. An effective ad-blocker can help you remove pop-up ads, banners, redirections and ad trackers that show you promotions based on your past online behavior.  


Note that not all ad blockers remove YouTube ads. Refer to our blog post for advice on choosing the best ad blocker for iPhone. To block YouTube ads with an ad blocker, do the following:

  1. Pick the ad blocker that suits your needs
  2. Create an account and choose the subscription plan
  3. Activate the ad blocker on your mobile device or in your browser. E.g. in Safari on iOS, you’ll need to launch Settings, scroll down and tap Safari > General > Content Blockers, then toggle on the switch next to the ad blocker
How to block YouTube ads with ad blocker

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.

How to remove ads from your YouTube channel videos

Let’s say, you run a YouTube channel and make money off the ads shown alongside your own 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:

1. Log in to YouTube

YouTube sign in

2. Click your profile picture, then go to YouTube Studio

YouTube Studio settings

3. Click Continue and select Videos from the left menu

YouTube video settings

4. Select the video for which you want to turn off any ads

YouTube channel videos

5. Click Monetization in the left menu

YouTube channel monetization

6. In the Monetization box click Off  

YouTube disable monetization

7. Click Update Videos in the upper right corner of the screen

Updating monetization settings in YouTube

How to disable YouTube ads with a Premium Subscription  

This option involves a paid subscription to YouTube Premium. This is 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 service’s launch.  

YouTube Premium

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.


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