How to Block YouTube Ads on Android [2021 Update]

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Ads on YouTube start to be unbearable. Popular YouTubers shamelessly monetize their content, and for sure they have right on it, but their greed forces us to watch dozens of autoplay commercials during the one video. As a result, ads have the opposite effect we start hating an advertised product even though we never actually tried it. But we will leave this thought of reflection for advertisers, and we ourselves will think about how to get rid of YouTube ads on Android. How to block ads on YouTube on Android — AdLock developers have several answers to this question. Below we will consider each method and provide the pros and cons of each of them.


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YouTube Advertising 2020 That Drive You Nuts

Youtube launches a new type of audio ads

According to the recent news, there’s no limit to the advertising format pool. YouTube launches ad-targetable music lineups and introduces new audio commercials to laugh all the way to the bank. These new 15-second audio ads are designed and introduced to reach those ambiently listening to podcasts or music.

Video is still the largest category for YouTube: 85% of music consumption on the platform is in the foreground (i.e., with video playing on a device). But that remaining 15% is a ripe opportunity for marketers to tap into audio ads, said Adam Stewart, YouTube’s VP of sales.

As for now, YT audio ads are in beta, but marketers already can make buys of ads targeted by top music genres, mood/interests/lifestyle collections. Such marketing measure, as it’s expected, should drastically boost ad revenue impinging upon Spotify’s share. Well, that remains to be seen.

I can’t skip ads in YouTube videos

It’s not a bug of the service. YouTube first launched this ad format in January 2018, and as of today, it has spread worldwide. Non-skippable ads can appear anywhere in the video and first, those ads were as long as 5 seconds, but now they can last for 15-20 seconds. It’s bad enough when you’re forced to watch unwanted advertising, but what’s even worse is the quality of advertising and targeting. YouTube users complain about seeing anti-vaping adverts over and over again though they’ve never been interested in vaping before. Another infuriating type of advertising is health and beauty products advertising as it doesn’t have time to slowly move to the point and just throws at you close-ups of human faces and body parts. Yew.

Two ads in a row

Not a bug either. Usually, one of those ads is non-skippable. YouTube itself thinks that launching back-to-back ads it does a favor for viewers, as it’s meant to reduce the number of ad interruptions later in the video. But in reality, viewers are ought to watch two ads in a row first and then mid-rolls. Another reason, according to YouTube, to launch a new ad-format is to opt-out of 30 seconds ads which they did and started to show entire music videos as the ads instead. That point will be expanded upon in the following paragraph.

Two ads in a row

Entire music video as an ad

Sometimes you don’t bother to skip pre-rolls for example when your hands are busy, and you’re fine waiting for 15 seconds before an actual video starts. And then you’re surprised to find yourself unwillingly watching someone’s else music video which lasts at least 3 minutes. Promoting a music video as a pre-roll ad is a popular practice it allows to reach more views from the real people, though it doesn’t guarantee the love of the viewers.

Entire music video as an ad

Strangers’ YouTube Stories

Technically, stories are not advertising they make creators visible to their audience and fill the gap between the actual content posts. It was supposed to be a good thing if YouTube wasn’t so obsessive promoting those stories. Viewers, especially owners of the YouTube Premium subscription, complain about seeing stories from YouTubers, they are not following and stories on a foreign language. Stories do not autoplay, but they make the layout look cluttered, and users can’t disable them.

Upgrade Your YouTube Account to Premium

By forcing numerous adverts, YouTube implies its users should purchase a Premium subscription. Formerly known as YouTube Red, YouTube Premium provides its subscribers a row of convenient features including:

  • Ad-free videos;
  • Freedom to download videos to watch them offline;
  • Play videos in the background when using other applications, games, and when your screen is off;
  • A bunch of features for YouTube Music, etc.

All this good stuff will cost you 12 bucks per month. Impressive, isn’t it?

Upgrade Your YouTube Account to Premium

Use an Ad-free Browser for Android

If you don’t want to add another Premium to a stack you already have, you can either use an ad-free browser for this purpose or use AdLock to cut off expenses on the majority of paid subscriptions at hand. First, let’s consider an ad-free browser for watching YouTube without ads.

Google Play market offers a wide range of different ad-free browsers like Bromite, Brave Browser, Ghostery Privacy Browser, AVG Browser, so on and so force. Most of them are free of charge and provide decent features like a built-in VPN, adblocker, tracker blocker, private browsing mode, etc. To admit, the above mentioned ad-free browsers do perform quite well but are restricted in their operation range. We mean that they work like browser extensions for a PC browser, blocking ads only in the browser — neither more nor less. So, if you’re fine with using adless browsers like Bromite or Ghostery, you’re good to go, but we’d like to suggest you a unique solution, that cleans up not only browsers but apps and games on your Android — AdLock. Our application for Android devices is a definitive leader, as it blocks adverts systemwide. Since you download and install AdLock, you forget about all types of commercial content you’ve ever seen in browsers, applications, messengers, and other software you use.

How to block ads on YouTube with AdLock

Have no AdLock yet? Let’s right the ship:

Launch the native YouTube application, click the “Share” button below the video, select the AdLock application, and watch the video without ads.

Also you can watch YouTube videos without annoying ads by enabling AdLock in your browser. The browser version is as convenient as the native YouTube application, especially if it is running in Google Chrome. For quick access, you can add the icon of the browser version of YouTube to your desktop. To do so, open the YouTube tab in your Google Chrome, click “Options” and then select “Add to Home Screen”.Youtube on android desktop - browser version - AdLock

No worries — you won’t confuse the two icons. Here’s what they look like:youtube browser version - AdLock

How to remove YouTube ads on Android without an ad blocker

If you want to watch videos without ads, you will need a third-party client for YouTube. There are various analogs with many options included.

Here are their main advantages:

  • Most applications do not require ROOT access;
  • No need to install an additional ad blocker;
  • Work on most Android devices;
  • Remove all annoying ads.

Despite the apparent benefits, these analogs have serious disadvantages. Third-party clients may:

  • Access your personal data (e.g., the OGYouTube application requests access to contacts);
  • Track your activity (search history, views, liked and bookmarked videos);
  • Have support issues.

Among all the disadvantages, access to personal data is the most dangerous, and we strongly recommend that you don’t install third-party clients for YouTube. The responsibility for them rests with you. Please, be careful. 

If this isn’t a problem that would stop you, then here’s a short instruction on how to block YouTube ads on Android devices using a third-party client.

  1. Allow installation from unknown sources. On most devices, you can enable this option in the security settings.
  2. Find the best third-party client for YouTube. Some clients require the installation of a “helper application” to work correctly. You’ll have to do this too.
  3. When you download the application, a warning “This file may damage your device. Do you still want to save xxx.apk? ” appears. You click “OK”.
  4. Install the application and, if required, a helper application.
  5. Launch your new YouTube client and follow the instructions.
  6. That’s it, enjoy ad-free YouTube videos.

How to remove YouTube ads on Android without an ad blocker

Why is there no way of blocking ads on the native YouTube app?

To remove ads from applications that use secure connections (e.g., HTTPS), the ad blocker must launch a MITM attack, replacing the application’s security certificates with its certificate.

But since the latest Android update for Nougat, all applications targeting API level 24 and above (YouTube is one of these applications) distrust certificates hosted in the user’s trust store. This means that the videos on the YouTube app will not play if we try to replace its security certificate with our own to remove ads.

No more Youtube ads on your device!
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Try AdLock for free on your Android device

Watch Youtube without ads on Android