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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.
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).

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