What to Know

  • Easiest method: Visit YouTube using a web browser with an ad-blocking feature, such as the Brave web browser.
  • Or launch and enable AdShield before watching a video on YouTube.
  • Another alternative: Sign up for YouTube Premium.

This article explains three ways to block ads as you're watching YouTube videos. The directions should apply regardless of Android device and version.

Use an Ad-Blocking Browser

Accessing YouTube through an ad-blocking browser is the easiest, least invasive way to prevent seeing ads. This tutorial uses the Brave web browser as an example.

  1. In the URL bar of the Brave browser, tap the lion icon.

  2. Turn on the Brave Shields toggle.

    The "Shields Up" feature on the Brave browser for Android.

  3. Navigate to YouTube.com and watch videos.

Use an Ad-Blocking VPN

An ad-blocking VPN (virtual private network) such as AdShield blocks almost all ads on sites you visit. To enable the ad blocker, download and launch AdShield, turn on the AdShield Enabled toggle, and watch a video on YouTube.

While a VPN is active, all of your data passes through it, including from email, apps, and websites. So make sure you trust the operator of the VPN you choose.

Sign Up for YouTube Premium

A paid subscription to YouTube Premium gives you ad-free access to YouTube Music, lets you download videos and songs to your phone, and enables background play.

If you continue to see ads, check to see if you're signed in to the YouTube app with the same Google account you used to sign up for YouTube Premium.

In the past, you could block YouTube ads by inserting a period into the URL, but this no longer works.

FAQ

  • How do I block YouTube channels?

    To block a channel on YouTube, go to the channel's About page and select the Flag icon > Block User > Submit. In the app, tap the three-dot menu > Block user > Block.

  • How do I block Twitch ads?

    Subscribe to a channel to block ads on Twitch. Sign up for Twitch Turbo to block ads on every channel.

  • How do I block ads on my iPhone?

    To block ads on iPhone, download and set up an ad blocker app. Then, go to Settings > Safari > Content Blockers (on). To just block popup ads, go to Settings > Safari > Block Pop-ups (on).

  • How do I block ads on my Android?

    How you block ads on Android depends on which browser you use. For example, in the Chrome app, go to Menu > Settings > Site Settings and turn on Pop-ups and redirects and Ads.

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