Menu
EN

YouTube: How to use it with an ad blocker

In October, YouTube began actively testing a new way to detect ad blockers. Many users of ad blockers may have seen the following warning when visiting the YouTube website.

YouTube warning *mobile border

YouTube suggests disabling ad blockers on its website or purchasing a premium subscription. But are there other ways to stay undetected? Actually, there are.

  1. Check for filter updates. There are many filter maintainers who are constantly working to add new rules to their filters to help you get around YouTube's blocking. You can also reduce the time between filter updates in your ad blocker settings so that you always have the latest versions of the filters.

  2. If your current set of filters is not doing its job, try adding more. You can add filters that are already pre-installed in AdGuard with a few clicks, or you can easily find a large number of different filters on the Internet.

  3. Do not use more than one ad-blocking app or browser extension at the same time. The more ad blockers you have enabled at the same time, the easier it is for YouTube to detect you.

  4. If you are using the AdGuard Browser Extension, try using a desktop ad-blocking app such as AdGuard for Windows or AdGuard for Mac.

Desktop apps are harder to detect because their filtering methods are superior to the extension's functionality. Also, if you use the Chrome browser, YouTube could theoretically know which extensions are installed on your browser since both Chrome and YouTube are owned by Google. The standalone desktop apps don't have this problem.

  1. If all other methods didn’t work, try signing out of your YouTube account. YouTube will probably stop displaying a banner asking you to disable the blocker.

The main problem ad blockers face is how quickly YouTube changes its ad-blocking detection mechanisms. Filter and extension updates often can't keep up with this in real time. And even when filter maintainers make timely changes to their filters, it can take a day or two for those updates to reach users.

We at AdGuard are going to speed up this process with a new feature — differential filter update. Once we add this feature to our extensions, filters will be updated as quickly as possible. Keep an eye on our news!

We would like to thank the contributors and all users who wrote to us about this problem. Thanks to your feedback and suggestions, we managed to respond effectively to these changes.

As a reminder, you can help us create filtering rules here on GitHub. If you encounter any problems, please let us know using our web reporting tool.

Liked this post?

AdGuard for Windows

AdGuard for Windows is more than an ad blocker. It is a multipurpose tool that blocks ads, controls access to dangerous sites, speeds up page loading, and protects children from inappropriate content.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Read more

AdGuard for Mac

AdGuard for Mac is a unique ad blocker designed with macOS in mind. In addition to protecting you from annoying ads in browsers and apps, it shields you from tracking, phishing, and fraud.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Read more

AdGuard for Android

AdGuard for Android is a perfect solution for Android devices. Unlike most other ad blockers, AdGuard doesn't require root access and provides a wide range of app management options.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement

AdGuard for iOS

The most advanced ad blocker for Safari: it makes you forget about pop-up ads, speeds up page loading, and protects your personal data. A manual element-blocking tool and highly customizable settings help you tailor the filtering to your exact needs.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement

AdGuard Browser Extension

AdGuard is the fastest and most lightweight ad blocking extension that effectively blocks all types of ads on all web pages! Choose AdGuard for the browser you use and get ad-free, fast and safe browsing.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5

AdGuard for Safari

Ad blocking extensions for Safari are having hard time since Apple started to force everyone to use the new SDK. AdGuard extension is supposed to bring back the high quality ad blocking back to Safari.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
App Store
Download
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement

AdGuard Home

AdGuard Home is a network-wide software for blocking ads & tracking. After you set it up, it’ll cover ALL your home devices, and you don’t need any client-side software for that. With the rise of Internet-Of-Things and connected devices, it becomes more and more important to be able to control your whole network.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5

AdGuard Content Blocker

AdGuard Content Blocker will eliminate all kinds of ads in mobile browsers that support content blocker technology — namely, Samsung Internet and Yandex.Browser. While being more limited than AdGuard for Android, it is free, easy to install and still provides high ad blocking quality.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Read more

AdGuard Assistant

A companion browser extension for AdGuard desktop apps. It offers an in-browser access to such features as custom element blocking, allowlisting a website or sending a report.
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
Assistant for Chrome Is it your current browser?
Install
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Assistant for Firefox Is it your current browser?
Install
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Assistant for Edge Is it your current browser?
Install
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Assistant for Opera Is it your current browser?
Install
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Assistant for Yandex Is it your current browser?
Install
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
Assistant for Safari Is it your current browser?
If you can't find your browser, try the old legacy Assistant version, which you can find in AdGuard extension settings.

AdGuard Temp Mail β

A free temporary email address generator that keeps you anonymous and protects your privacy. No spam in your main inbox!
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5

AdGuard for Android TV

AdGuard for Android TV is the only app that blocks ads, guards your privacy, and acts as a firewall for your Smart TV. Get warnings about web threats, use secure DNS, and benefit from encrypted traffic. Relax and dive into your favorite shows with top-notch security and zero ads!
User Reviews: 12969
4.7 out of 5
Downloading AdGuard To install AdGuard, click the file indicated by the arrow Select "Open" and click "OK", then wait for the file to be downloaded. In the opened window, drag the AdGuard icon to the "Applications" folder. Thank you for choosing AdGuard! Select "Open" and click "OK", then wait for the file to be downloaded. In the opened window, click "Install". Thank you for choosing AdGuard!
Install AdGuard on your mobile device