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 https://www.ssyoutube.com/)
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.
- Open YouTube, click on the profile picture at the top right corner of the screen.
- Go to Creator Studio.
- Click the “Channel” button from the menu on the left.
- Pick “Advanced” from the drop-down menu.
- 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: