Are you getting the "Ad blockers violate YouTube's Terms of Service" popup? You're not alone. Google's popular video-on-demand service is cracking down hard on ad blockers, effectively blocking video playback entirely. Is it the end of YouTube? Maybe.
That said, you're probably wondering: "How can I bypass YouTube's anti-ad block?" Rest easy, my friend — we've got the solution — sort of. And no, this doesn't include coughing up that $13.99 YouTube Premium subscription. Intrigued? Keep reading!
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Why Are Ad Blockers Blocked On YouTube Anyway?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, you might be (frustratingly) thinking, what the f**k?! So, here's the answer — in case it wasn't obvious from the introduction, Ad blockers violate YouTube's Terms of Service. That's because these pesky add-ons effectively lose Google money.
Of course, ad blockers are great for getting rid of those annoying product ads, which (let's be honest), we're not interested in buying anyway. However, the con is that it directly messes with YouTube's revenue stream — hence, ad blockers are not allowed on YouTube
That said, another sneaky reason might be that YouTube is trying to (rather aggressively) hustle more users into cuffing up cash for its YouTube Premium subscription service, which throws in ad-free viewing among other sweet deals. But why spend the $13.99 when you can use YouTube ad blockers for free?
What Is The Solution To Bypass YouTube's Ad Blocker Popup?
Alright — with that out of the way, let's jump into the real reason you clicked on this page: how to bypass the YouTube anti-ad blocker and get rid of that annoying YouTube ad blocker popup.
#1. Disable your Ad Blockers
This one's a no-brainer — to get back to watching YouTube videos, disable any ad blockers you might have installed in your browser. Obviously, this will allow video playback to resume, albeit at the cost of those dreaded ads returning — still, it is a legitimate solution.
Alternatively, you could simply whitelist YouTube so you can still block ads on other sites. But then you might as well consider shilling out cash to get YouTube Premium. Why? Because the solutions we’re about to describe next aren’t exactly a walk in the park either.
#2. Try Using A Different Adblocker
The first major YouTube adblock popup bypass is to use a different ad-block extension like Enhancer. In the Ads Management category, ensure the "Block Ads" option is unchecked. This is essential to prevent the YouTube anti-ad block popup from appearing.
Next, load a video of your choice and allow the ad to play for 1 second. Then, toggle the Enhancer for YouTube icon in the player controls. This should skip the ad without triggering YouTube's anti-ad block measures (thanks, u/GradientGamerXD)
Pro Tip: Brave Browser has a built-in ad-block feature that appears to be working for some users. There's no telling whether this might change in the future, though. Still — it might be worth a try.
#3. Update Your Filter Lists
This solution comes straight from AdBlock Plus: "Keep your filter lists up to date so that any changes made by filter list authors are being applied to your extension." Doing this can be effective in bypassing new ad types and blocking measures temporarily.
So yeah — there aren't really any ways to watch YouTube videos without ads anymore. Well, at least not for now. And yeah, I'm not too happy about this new "policy" either.
What Happens If I Keep Using Ad Blockers On YouTube?
Really, bro? If you decide to "stick it to the man" and keep your ad block programs installed, then you'll be restricted to watching only three ad-free videos per day. You'll get a message that reads, "Video player will be blocked after 3 videos" like in the image above.
However, this rule might not apply to everyone and YouTube can change this measure moving forward.
It otherwise goes without saying that YouTube is probably going to crack down on users who use ad block programs, which could see them being prevented from viewing content on the platform entirely. Worth the risk? Probably not — but it's your gamble.
And that's pretty much everything you need to know about how to bypass the YouTube adblock popup. As you can see, there's not much you can do. So, it boils down to this – either suck it up and face the ads or throw some cash at YouTube to make them disappear. Your call, boo.