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How to block ads on YouTube: quick insight and things to know

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We watch more than 1 billion hours of YouTube videos every single day. That's more videos watched daily than on Facebook and Netflix combined. As of user number, YouTube has more than 1.9 billion logged-in monthly users, and that's second only to Facebook which has more than 2.2 billion.

Well, given that you found this article, you are probably already aware of all that and spend some time in YouTube every day yourself.
And, of course, it can be assumed that you are not happy that noticeable portion of that time actually has to be spent on ads which you can't wait to skip.
So let's have a glance at how to block ads on YouTube and reasons to why your adblock is not working on YouTube.

Types of YouTube ads

To see what we can do about them, here are the types of ads one can encounter on YouTube.
Ad Format Description
Display ads Shows up next to the video (Desktop and laptop PCs only)
Overlay ads Appears across the bottom 20% of the video window (Desktop and laptop PCs only). Can be dismissed by pressing the "x" mark.
Skippable video ads The most common ad format. Users can skip the ad after viewing it for 5 seconds. It can be inserted before, during, or after the video.
Non-skippable video ads and long, non-skippable video ads Unskippable 15+ second ad. It can be inserted before, during, or after the video.
Midroll ads Appear on videos over 10 minutes: ads are spaced within the video, like TV commercials. User must watch the ad before continuing through the video.
Bumper ads A lightweight, non-skippable video ad up to 6 seconds long. User must watch the entire ad before the video can be viewed.
Content-embedded ads Ads that are in the YouTube video itself, absolutely unblockable but can be skipped manually

How to stop all these ads

Solution 1: YouTube Premium (all OS)

Yes, if we're being honest about it, to get rid of all ads everywhere YouTube's very own YouTube Premium subscription is hands down the method with 100% effectiveness.
CONS PROS
Paid (payment method is monthly subscription only) No ads on YouTube on any device (NOTE: except for content-embedded ads)
Tied to your YouTube account (you need to be logged in etc.)
Blocks ads only on YouTube
But then again, it's paid and tied down to your YouTube account.

Solution 2: Ad blocking software

The solution you need to block ads on YouTube depends heavily on the device and the OS you're using. Here's the flow chart which that is supposed to give you an idea, what suits your case and what is technologically possible and not regarding the Youtube ad blockers.
PROS CONS
Blocks YouTube and other ads Can't block YouTube ads in the mobile YouTube App
Additonal features like privacy protection, parental control, mobile traffic economy
A number of free solutions
Below you can see the flow chart that shows how you can block YouTube ads with ad blockers, depending on your device's OS.

Solution 3: Watching YouTube in the app ad-free

Due to the technical restrictions of the Android OS, no ad blocker is able to block ads inside of the YouTube app itself. Up until now, the closest we've got was filtering YouTube when you watch it in a browser. We are first to admit, that's a lot of hassle compared to the pure in-app experience. But now we've found an alternative that brings you as close to it as possible, while getting around the Android-imposed restrictions.
Now you can watch videos without annoying drop-in commercials at a price of only a couple extra taps. A two-step guide on how to do this: Follow these steps to watch YouTube without ads
Open YouTube app and start the video you want to watch.
Tap on the Share button and select AdGuard for Android from the list of apps. That's it! A new window with the video will open where you'll be able to watch it without being interrupted by ads.

How to block ads on YouTube flow chart

Windows/Mac

For Windows PC

For Windows PC, there are 2 types of software you can use to block ads
browser extensions (block ads in the specific browser)
standalone programs (block ads in all browsers and programs, plus sometimes have additional features like privacy protection etc.)

For Mac

For Mac PCs, options are basically the same, but we will put them here too, just for the record.
browser extensions (block ads in the specific browser, in case of Safari — it needs to be downloaded from Mac AppStore)
standalone Apps (block ads in all browsers and programs, plus sometimes have additional features like privacy protection etc.)

Mobile

Disclaimer: currently, no ad blocker is technologically capable of blocking ads in the native YouTube App on mobile devices.

For Android

YouTube modded clients
Watch through browser with an ad blocker on

For iOS

Safari Content Blockers (blocks ads only in Safari browser)

Why my ad blocker is not working on YouTube

It could be one of the following reasons:
Ad blocking software is switched off
Ad blocking software settings are configured wrong or not to block YouTube ads
Your specific ad blocking software lacks filtering capabilities
All ad blockers can't block ads:
in the YouTube App on Android
in the YouTube App and any browsers except Safari in case of iOS.

OUR SOLUTIONS

With all said above, the method and adblockers you choose to remove YouTube advertisements is totally up to you. We’d be happy if the brief information above helps you find the best way.
On our side, here’s a few solutions for annoying YouTube ads that we are proud to offer you, since we’ve been battling aggressive ads for a long time since 2011. Note that they they also include very effective arsenal for adblocking and privacy protection in general (not just YouTube).

Windows / Mac

Watch YouTube videos without interruption in ANY browser — download AdGuard for Windows (FREE Trial) or AdGuard for macOS (FREE Trial).

Android

Watch ads-free videos in browsers with AdGuard for Android(FREE Trial).

iOS

Enjoy your favorite YouTubers in Safari browser with AdGuard for iOS(AppStore FREE).

FAQ

Why am I getting YouTube ads?

Free services like YouTube generate revenue by displaying ads, and they also offer paid subscriptions to hide the ads. However, in many cases such online ads are getting a little too aggressive and numerous, so more and more people are beginning to use ad blockers.

Are YouTube ads dangerous?

It depends on what you do with them. Just watching mid-roll ad breaks? It’s okay. But clicking on the links from them can lead you astray. Hackers are quite ingenious, for example, they use botnets that might seriously damage your computer causing its wear and tear.

Can YouTube ads cause viruses?

It seems very far-fetched to assume that you'll actually get a YouTube virus merely watching videos but the real danger exists on the website. Cybercrooks are tricky, they deceive users into clicking on links so they can install malware on our gadgets.

How do I block all ads?

There are two simple rules: watch YouTube in a browser and use the system-wide ad filtering app. AdGuard ad blocker would be fine.

How do I get rid of ads without an ad blocker?

1) Configure your browser settings and disable pop-ups. There will be less pop-up windows, yet you'll still won't block the majority of ads.
2) Purchase subscriptions to the services where you want to block ads. But other websites will not be ad-free.
Or use an ad blocker if you want to remove ALL the ads.

Are ad blockers legal?

Absolutely. To have a grasp of the historical background, search for the battle of Eyeo, an ad-blocking company, and Alex Springer, a publisher. Their conflict was arbitrated by German court proving that ad blocking is legal, and hence, that users can and should control what they see on the Internet.

Are ad blockers safe?

Yes, if you use an ad blocker from a trusted developer. Search it in legitimate sources and, ideally, download it from the developer’s website. Be careful and avoid suspicious ad blockers – they may turn out to be fake.

Do ad blockers track you?

Double check your ad blocker: it should be from a trusted developer, downloaded from a reliable source. Did you nod twice? Then you may rest assured, your ad blocker shouldn’t track you.

Thank you for reading till the end! Hopefully, the article was helpful. Be safe and unirritated out there online :)
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