Ad-Free YouTube Videos: How to Watch Ad-Free YouTube Videos on Mobile Phones and PCs

Ads in YouTube videos can get a bit annoying, especially when there is no option to skip them. Luckily, there are ways to watch YouTube videos without ads on mobile phones and PCs, and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about here in this article. Considering that YouTube has millions of daily users, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of businesses are using the platform to advertise their products and services. These advertising revenues are among the main sources of income for the company and the creators, but for users like us, the ads that appear before, after and in the middle of each video can be a bit too much.

Here is a quick guide on how you can enjoy an ad-free experience while watching YouTube videos on Android, iPhone, and PC:

How to Watch YouTube Videos Ad-Free on Mobile Phones and PCs

The best way to get rid of YouTube ads is to get a premium subscription. Yes, it will cost you money, but you can enjoy ad-free content with additional benefits. Keep reading to know more about YouTube Premium subscription.

YouTube Premium Subscription

A premium membership lets you watch ad-free videos on YouTube, but that’s not all. It also offers value-added benefits such as background playback feature, download option for offline viewing, access to YouTube Music, and more. For Indian users, YouTube offers a range of subscription plans starting at Rs 129.00/month with a one-month free trial. There are also monthly plans for families and students that are available at discounted prices. The YouTube Premium subscription works on phones and PCs.

How to Watch YouTube Videos for Free without Ads on Mobile Phones and PCs

If a YouTube Premium membership seems expensive, try one of the following methods to enjoy YouTube videos for free without ads.

Install an ad-blocking browser extension

A great way to block ads on YouTube when using a Windows PC or MacBook is to install an ad-blocking browser extension for your desktop browser of choice. You can find it easily for most popular browsers like Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. The only thing you need to remember is that you will have to watch YouTube videos in the same browser on which you added the blocking software.

Android mobile users can also download an ad blocker from the Play Store or elsewhere. The only downside is that they won’t be able to use the native YouTube app because it doesn’t allow the use of third-party certificates for secure connections. What they can do is watch YouTube videos on the browser with an ad blocker enabled. iOS mobile users don’t really have app store ad blocker software so that they can find such apps online.

Some of the best third-party ad blockers you can consider are:

  • AdGuard
  • Ad Lock
  • Adblock Plus
  • uBlock Origin (for all browsers except Safari)
  • 1Blockerx (for Safari only)

Try open source YouTube apps

If you want to enjoy an ad-free viewing experience, you can choose to watch YouTube videos on third-party apps like NewPipe and SkyTube. These are free and open source (FOSS) applications that allow you to stream YouTube content without any pre-roll or in-video ads. You can install an alternative player on your mobile device to watch YouTube videos, without having to use its website or mobile app. Unfortunately, these YouTube app alternatives are only available for Android users. iPhone and desktop computer users can try the methods listed above.


I downloaded an ad blocker, but it’s not working on YouTube. What to do?

First, check whether the ad blocker is enabled or not. If not, turn it on and try again. If it still doesn’t work, it could be one of the following reasons:

  • Its settings may be misconfigured
  • It may lack filtering capabilities
  • It is not intended to block ads on the device or browser you are using

Shirley K. Rosa