How to Stop YouTube Ads

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For most of us, YouTube is the new TV. The second largest search engine in the world, YouTube is where the lion’s share of video content is stored and watched. Apart from that, YouTube is where content creators make money, hence the increasing number of ads interrupting the flow of videos and ruining your online experience. In light of this, there’s no wonder you want to remove YouTube ads.

In this article, we’ll review the best ways to block ads on YouTube. Consider the options, pick the option that suits you best, and enjoy ad-free YouTube forever after.

Generally speaking there are three approaches to remove ads from the YouTube videos you watch:

  • Downloading the videos
  • Subscribing to YouTube Red (limited availability)
  • Using a quality ad blocker

How To Stop Ads on YouTube (By Downloading Videos)

To remove ads from the YouTube content you consume, consider downloading YouTube videos onto your computer. The easiest way to download videos from YouTube is to use third-party websites such as ClipGrab or FonePaw. Alternatively, you can just insert “ss” into the URL of a video you want to download (here’s an example

Of course, this is not an option for those who consume tons of video on a daily basis. If you only watch videos once in a while, you might give it a try.

How To Get Rid Of YouTube Ads By Switching To YouTube Red  

In case you haven’t heard about YouTube Red, here’s a quick intro. YouTube Red is a paid membership designed to deliver an improved, uninterrupted user experience across the entire YouTube platform (YouTube Music and YouTube Gaming are covered, too). Among the many features of YouTube Red, you can watch content ad-free. The price varies from around $5.46 for Mexican users to $9.99 for those from the US.

If you’re an extensive YouTuber, you should consider this option in detail. Unfortunately, so far the subscription is only available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Mexico.

How To Block Ads On YouTube With An Ad Blocker

Another tried-and-true way to remove ads from YouTube videos is to install a high-quality ad blocker such as StopAd (tested out by Online Privacy Tips). The cool thing about this option is that the ad blocker will take care of all digital ads, not only those on YouTube. You only need to install an ad blocker and let it do the job for you.

On top of that, there’s a nice side effect of using a good ad blocker—apart from getting rid of annoying ads on YouTube and elsewhere, you will also be protected against browser tracking, phishing, and scams.

How To Remove Ads On YouTube Like a Hacker

There is one more option you might be interested in trying. We don’t suggest using it for ethical reasons, but it’s still technically a way to enjoy content on YouTube without ads.

Copy the YouTube URL of a video you’d like to watch, insert it into the search bar of AdlessTube or ViewPure and voilà—content is ready for you to watch ad-free. What these two services do is automatically remove ads from the video, so you can enjoy it without unnecessary interruptions.

As we’ve found out during our research, there are some hacker-like ways to get rid of ads on YouTube, too. Here at StopAd, we do not support such an approach for two reasons. First, it can harm your operating system. Second, hacking is not particularly aligned with our corporate values.

How To Remove YouTube Ads From Your Own Content

As a content creator, you have сontrol over advertising in your own videos. If monetization is not the reason you upload videos on YouTube (and if you care about the experience of your viewers), you can easily stop ads from appearing on your YouTube channel. Here’s how.

  1. Open YouTube, click on the profile picture at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Go to Creator Studio.
  3. Click the “Channel” button from the menu on the left.  
  4. Pick “Advanced” from the drop-down menu.
  5. Uncheck the box saying “Allow advertisements to be displayed alongside my videos.”

Blocking Ads On YouTube: The Conclusion

Now you are familiar with all options you have to block ads on YouTube. Pick the one that suits you best and enjoy uninterrupted video content.

If it’s not just YouTube ads you are concerned about, take a look at these articles:

How To Stop Ads On Facebook

How To Block Pop-ups

How to Block Ads on Chrome


  • Brion Bell

    Lately, I cannot block YouTube ads even after ‘reinstalling certificate’ in the StopAd control panel.

  • Mukesh Raj Pulime
    • Christos Kyriacou

      u are a moron

  • I understand why people want to block ads — they’re annoying. But that is why we get the stuff for free. If we all block ads, their advertisers will quit advertising and YouTube won’t be free anymore. Just thinking out loud.

    • Eddie107

      I dont mind getting most ads, it is just the prager U bullshit ads that promote hatred against minorities, poor people, and democracy that make me want to throw my fucking TV out the window.

      • Emilie LaFave

        What is prager?

        • Eddie107

          Prager is a make believe school that was invented to make you think there is some kind of major think tank where a group of highly educated people use science to prove that conservative policies actually help the economy, and brings the communities together. There is no such school. It is just one rich guy that wants to protect his control of society, and promote division by exclusion.

    • Biz Sale

      Your paying for the data that these ads consume. You get a vote. The idea behind viewers cutting the cord was to eliminate ad TV bombardment. The videos are not pro level, and should not generate pro level revenue for YouTube. If you want the content creator to get paid, donate to them directly. As it stands now, youtube has turned into your local cable provider. In addition to taking your data without your consent and profiting from it and you get to pay the bill (cell data).

      • Emilie LaFave

        Did you mean “you’re” paying. Learn your grammar.

        • Biz Sale

          Get a life, internet nazi

    • ignatzthecat

      It’s not so much the ads themselves but the placement of the ad in the content. It is awfully annoying watching a beautiful musical piece played by an outstanding artist to be all of a sudden interrupted by some idiotic ad (even if you can “skip ad”). Websites can be more accommodating by placing the ads at the beginning and at the ends. And, some sites now have ads every three to four minutes.
      Too greedy; you will lose the viewers that you now have.

  • vishal patil

    Nowdays ssyoutube also not working for download youtube videos. and it possible to stop ads using adblocker. love your article. but in android it more easy to stop adds.

    using yutube vanced tool it very easy to stop adds and enjoy adsfree video. cheak my article link

  • David Jhon
  • OG_Sean

    You should try goodbye ads

    • weldy delacruz

      Not for cell phones

  • Chris Chaytor

    funny how this site won’t even load with my adblocker running, not even going to read this blog…

  • Bhavya Lodaya
  • Chris Ralko

    Ad blocker is fine,- but,- it can’t block out ads that are placed IN THE VIDEOS!!! Therein lies the problem! Now people are FORCED TO WATCH unwanted ads, or else not watch their videos. This tactic will soon become the death and final end to Youtube. They’re just too greedy right now to see through this until it becomes too late….

  • Дмитрий Иванов

    Here is an easier way:
    1. To view videos (and indeed surf the Internet), use browsers with a built-in ad blocker, for example, Brave browser (Download from the official site Brave was created by Brendan Eich, one of the founders of the JavaScript programming language, using the Blink engine (developed by Google). All popular browsers are created on this engine – Yandex.Browser, Opera, FireFox and Chrome itself.
    2. Install a special extension in your favorite browser – ad blocker. The leaders are adblockplus and adguard. But it is worth considering that they do not block all advertising completely and additionally load your system (it can be critical in cases with weak or not optimized PCs).
    In installing a blocker or browser with a blocker, there is another definite plus – browsing pages on weak computers will be much faster.

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