How to Block Ads on YouTube

Whether you want to have a laugh with some cat videos before going to bed, or whether you listen to full music albums at work: you can use YouTube at any time of the day. Unfortunately, you have to watch (or listen to) advertisements at any time of the day. That's how you get out of it.

Ads on YouTube are very annoying. Not in the first place because you are more or less forced to watch something that you do not choose for at least five seconds, but mainly because YouTube seems to make a sport of constantly showing the same advertisements. If you often search for travel, you will receive an advertisement from a travel organization for adventure travel as standard. And then there's YouTube Premium, with its own TV series, which are constantly passing by as commercials.

YouTube Premium

It makes sense that YouTube uses advertisers to bring in money. And at the same time, it also makes sense that there is a lot of advertising for YouTube Premium. Not only because it is a product of YouTube itself, but precisely because it serves to get rid of those advertisements. For 11.99 euros per month you can watch ad-free videos (and more: you can, for example, have videos playing in the background and watch the YouTube Original series and movies).

However, you do have a subscription again and, moreover, not a cheap one. There are also other ways to get rid of the ads. For example, you can choose to use an ad blocker. However, you are then tied to your browser, since most ad blockers are browser extensions.

If you want to install an ad blocker, you can do that, for example, by searching for extensions in the Chrome browser. There are a lot of ad blockers available and you can see how many people have rated them, so you can choose which one you like. Adblock Plus, among others, is well-known, which moreover recently won a lawsuit in Germany that was brought by several publications that wanted it banned. uBlock Origin is also very popular.

You can also block ads at the network level. You can set up a so-called PiHole for this. With this method, you won't see any YouTube ads no matter what device you're using and whether you're watching in the browser or the YouTube app. Provided the device is connected to your own network.

Fighting Adblockers

However, YouTube is eager to sell the subscriptions on its Premium service, doing everything it can to continue showing ads to anyone who doesn't have a subscription. So, ad blockers may not win the battle over YouTube. An adblocker that we have tested, Adblock for YouTube, works like a charm and also indicates that it successfully blocks ads.

Furthermore, there are few ways to ensure that no ads are visible on YouTube. After all, the platform wants to earn as much money as possible, from both people who do see advertisements and people who do not want to see them, but then through its own subscription service.

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