Youtube is really hitting the users with the ads/premium sub road recently.
I use Chrome Browser (I have everything setup in there) on my laptops with uBlock Origin extension to block ads from running.
It worked fine but in the past weeks YT detects the adblocker and acts up.
I'm setting up Firefox (I used it in past) to see if I can escape the YT ads inferno.
Question: What's your setup to avoid YT ads at all with your Google account log in?
Browser & Extensions
Unfortunately, YT is wise to ad blockers and this is their way of dealing with it. Since ad revenue is basically how YT operates, they require you to watch them unless you prem subscribe to the channel.
As far as I know, there are no ways to mitigate this at this time, in any browser.
I would prefer banners to the full screen obnoxiousness that we must currently endure, as they are easier to ignore.
There is a little app that will change your browsers user agent to look like you're using Windows phone, which YouTube has always just ignored. It still does. I can't recall the name but a quick search should find it. But it may be a windows app not sure.
Chameleon is one of such extensions, but I'm not sure if it'll work on Chromium browsers.
Regardless, blocking ads while logged in to Google account kinda misses the point... I understand the convenience but they are not going to stop here. I would suggest using alternative front-ends and avoid the main site altogether.
I watch youtube on a 3rd party android app that has an adblocker built-in. As for the google account login, I dont login and I dont need to, as the app saves the subscriptions internally on the device so i dont need to log in to have those channels accessible
Maybe is a country specific thing?
I use YT mainly for music.
I have laptop plugged to Hifi and set Dark Ambient music playlists (and other alternative styles).
I also use it for white noise videos/audio as a sleeping aid during the night.
don't worry, all adblock extensions will update it's behavior to overcome that, u may try other extesions, i'm sure u will find one of them has update it's behavior, i do that, i tried more than one , until find the the extension that i'm used to use it,has update it's behavior
uBlock updated last night.
Yesterday I watched 3/5 videos and the stupid YT ad banner showed in front of video saying ad blockers not allowed.
After that a new banner showed up saying I could watched 3 videos (with ad blocker) and then it would cut off video/audio.
Right now I watching videos in Chrome and no banners whatsoever...
I think pretty much all of the alternative YouTube front-ends have the option to load only the audio to make things more efficient and save on bandwidth. On Android, you can switch to another app and even turn off your screen entirely without issues... and bookmarks to playlists are a click away.
My setup is just using piped + LibRedirect running the LibreWolf Browser, not only to preserve my privacy but also to prevent ads and use sponsorblock without an extension.
To elaborate a little bit, LibreWolf is a fork of Firefox that ships with some more privacy-focused settings.
If you wanna use the official site, be sure to update uBlock Origin, head over to the settings > Filter Lists > Purge All Caches and then Update Lists.
Although this is somewhat offtopic to your question, I'd recommend you stick with Firefox as uBlock Origin works best on Firefox. (and also because I advocate for Privacy, and Firefox is pretty good at giving tools to preserve said privacy on the web)
I watched that same video and installed it. Ended up with 3 extensions including Google Hangouts that I could neither uninstall or disable. If I wanted Hangouts I would install it myself. Once I got a ways I realized I was still using chrome but with weird unwanted extensions. I think Chris made a buck or two on that long commercial disguised as a ligit video.
Well I guess it was telling in the video that he said he still used Google. I have replaced Google with Mojeek in the search engine. Hadn't delved too far - time to say bye bye to Thorium. Well spotted!