In this world of instant connectivity, YouTube has become a new television for a lot of us and for many, it’s become the only TV. Commercials, or Ads, are an intrinsic part of television programs and we don’t think much of it. However, when it comes to YouTube it’s quite a different matter. TV ads are expected, courtesy of the “Brought to you by” announcements, but YouTube ads just pop out of nowhere and cut into the experience. True, it is how content makers earn a living and most ads you can skip after 5 seconds but ads at regular intervals cut into the whole experience of watching online. Plus, it simply doesn’t make sense when a 30-second ad is force-fed to us as we’re simply trying to get through a 2-minute clip on how to tie a tie. So naturally, we search for ways to block YouTube ads. Depending on their efficiency and ease, the methods are classified under the following sections:
– Direct Methods
– Indirect Methods
These methods tackle the “how to get rid of ads on YouTube” problem directly and were developed to answer that question exclusively. Plus, they’re also “legal”, which means they’re authenticated by YouTube, or at least, has nothing against them. You can either:
– Use ad blocker
– Pay for your YT experience or
– Use specific browsers
Add an Ad Blocker:
Legal and free ad blockers are old and tried news and like most experienced fragments of a system, work best. Most blockers are free but there are also a few that come at a price and lets your prioritize on your preference. AdLock, StopAd, uBlocker and Ads Killer Plus are some of the most popular blockers. To give an example of how to make use of them, we’ll stick to the browser Chrome and the AdLock.
Step 1: Open a new tab on Chrome and click on the colourful square grid on the upper left corner.
Step 2: Type “ad blocker” on the search box and hit Enter. A list of blockers will appear.
Step 3: Click More extensions on the upper right corner to see the full list. Find AdLock and click the Add to Chrome button.
Step 4: Select Add extension from the next dialogue box and its icon will appear on the right side of the browser’s address bar.
Whatever blocker you choose to use, check if you can permit special allowance for your preferred content source(s).
Pay for the Premium:
If you’re not big on using add-ons like a blocker and have nothing against paying for what you see online, you could go premium on YouTube. When you sign up for YouTube Premium, in addition to providing other features, any and every ad will be blocked from appearing on your screen. However, you have to use a signed-in account. To upgrade to Premium:
Step 1: Go to youtube.com/premium from any browser.
Step 2: On the official page, you’ll find the price, which could fluctuate but hovers around $11.99, and the blue Try It Free button. You’ll also be notified if Premium isn’t available in your country.
Step 3: Click the blue button and enter your payment details on the next page. You can also use PayPal instead of cards. Once you’ve entered all the necessary information, click Buy at the bottom of the page.
Note: The Try If Free doesn’t actually let you experience Premium without providing your payment method; it only means you’ll be billed one month after you signed up. If you’ve already used the free period, you’ll find the Get YouTube Premium instead of the Try It Free button.
Ad Blocking Browsers:
If you don’t want to pay for Premium or adding extensions feel like too much of a hassle, you could choose to use browsers that come with a built-in ad blocker. Opera features a blocker like that. Making up just about 1% of the total internet usage, Opera is definitely the most underrated browser. The built-in blocker remains deactivated by default but pops into action when a third party tries to play its ads at the beginning of a YouTube video. The official declaration says that since it’s not an add-on but works on its native platform, the built-in blocker is 45% more efficient than popular blockers like AdLock. People to whom this sounds enticing should definitely give it a try.
Another way to stop the ads on YouTube from ruining your experience is to use a combination of the following methods. However, as mentioned earlier, none of these is very efficient and works at a very limited length: not because they don’t work well but because they’re mostly manual and you have to handle each video individually. These are:
– Download videos or
– Use an ad “hacker”
Download the Video You Want To Watch:
YouTube ads are exclusive to your online presence and don’t work on videos that you watch offline. So when you download a video, the ads won’t accompany the downloaded file. To achieve that you have to make use of a third party manager like FonePaw, 10Convert or ClipGrab. Just type “10” (for 10Convert) or “ss” (for SaveFrom) before the “Y” of youtube of any video address and hit enter. You’ll be taken to the relevant intermediary’s homepage. From there, follow the simple instructions to download the video.
You can also download videos from YouTube itself but the amount is very limited and you can download only the ones selected exclusively by YT.
Use a Video Hacker:
While hack tools aren’t to everyone’s taste, they do work well. Just copy the URL of any video you want to watch and paste it on the search box of a third-party intermediary like ViewPure and AdlessTube and hit Enter. This way, you don’t have to download anything and still watch videos without ads.
EXTRA: REMOVING ADS FROM YOUR OWN CONTENT
For whatever reasons, if you don’t want a certain video of yours to show any more ads, just follow the steps detailed below:
Step 1: Go to YouTube and click on the profile icon on the upper-right corner.
Step 2: Select YouTube Studio (beta) from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Select Videos from the left to see the list of videos you’ve uploaded. Find and select the one you want to put in the ad-block feature.
Step 4: Find and select Monetization under Channel Settings.
Step 5: From the drop-down menu, click Monetization Off.
Step 6: Click the Save button on the bottom-right corner and exit.
Be aware that doing this will demonetize that particular video and you won’t earn anything from its views.
Now that you’re familiar with the different methods concerning how to remove ads, you can come up with your own combination of techniques. And remember, if you feel unethical, or bad for a particular content maker, you can always turn the ads back on by disabling or stop using the method you’re implementing.