YouTube is a platform we all use for a wide variety of media. Way back in the day, before Google bought YouTube and before the internet wasn’t in the palms of everyone’s hands, there were no ads. Ads are essential for companies to make revenue, but having to sit through a minute long video about how a guy has a Lamborghini and how you can to is a drag. There are different ways to getting rid of these ads on Windows, OSX and Android, iPhone’s get updates nearly once every month so every time there’s an exploit there’s an update to patch it up.
How to prevent YouTube Ads
1. Youtube Red
If you want to be legitimate about preventing ads on YouTube, they do provide a subscription based service that will take care from those ads from showing up every other video. YouTube Red
2. Ublock Origin
Ublock Origin does it all. It prevents pop-ups, it prevents ads from YouTube and it does not hog memory like other pop up blockers. It’s free and open source, cross-platform browser extension for content-filtering, including ad-blocking. Its are available for several browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. uBlock Origin has received praise from technology websites, and is reported to be much less memory-intensive than other extensions with similar functionality. uBlock Origin’s stated purpose is to give users the means to enforce their own (content-filtering) choices. Chrome | Firefox | Safari
3. AdAway (Android only)
AdAway is an ad blocker that uses the hosts file. The hosts file contains a list of mappings between hostnames and IP addresses. When an app requests an ad, that request is directed to 127.0.0.1 which does nothing. There are options to run a web server to respond to blocked hostnames and to direct requests to the IP address of your choosing. You can download hosts files from the app but it is possible to use your own and to add certain sites to the white- and black-lists.