Ads appearing on YouTube

We're constantly working hard to prevent ads from appearing on YouTube. If you're suddenly seeing ads on YouTube use the information below to rule out some of the most common reasons why ads might appear.

Note for mobile devices

YouTube is now using a technology that prevents consistent ad blocking in videos on mobile devices. This only impacts YouTube. The majority of ads should be blocked on most other sites you visit.


Are you seeing ads only on YouTube or do you see ads on other sites too?

If you're seeing ads on YouTube and on other sites, please first try the steps in this article: What to do if you are seeing ads.

If you've checked and you only see ads on YouTube, but not on other sites, continue with the list below for more insight into why they might be appearing and what you can do.


Are you seeing a brief display of an ad or a full ad? 

If you’re using the desktop extension with Chrome or Edge you may see a variety of different behaviors such as a temporary black screen or a very brief display of an ad. These are related to our efforts to stop ads from appearing for you. 


Try signing out of your YouTube account.

We've found that signing out of your YouTube account prevents YouTube from circumventing our blocks. Try signing out and see if it helps.


Make sure you haven't allowed ads.
It seems like an obvious solution but it happens more often than you’d think! Check to make sure you didn't allowlist YouTube


Using Safari? Try a different browser.
If you're using Safari, it's more likely you will see ads as Apple limits the type of ad blocking we can provide. You may want to try using Chrome or Edge where we're not limited by what we can block.


Try checking for incompatible extensions.
Disable all your extensions except for ABP: How to check your installed extensions. Reload the page. Try to watch the video again. If you don't see any ads, then one of the extensions you disabled was somehow interfering with ABP. Re-enable each extension one-at-a-time, making sure to refresh YouTube each time to ensure it recognizes the change, until you find the one that makes ads appear. If you need to use one of these extensions, notify the extension's developers so they can fix the issue that's causing the interference.



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