Ways To Have Ad-Free Mobile Youtube
Instead of watching TV programs, the lifestyle of watching YouTube videos on Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV/smartphones and tablets is becoming established. However, recently, the number of times the ad has been displayed has tended to increase due to the fact that short movies of around 10 minutes have become mainstream, and even for long videos, we have inserted commercial videos that are disgusting depending on the video distributor. In the United States, Google offers advertisement-free options under a paywall system called “YouTube Red”, but it is not available globally, to the annoyance of people who wish to have advert-free Youtube even if they are willing to pay.
Unlike the PC version on Youtube, where a user can just download a browser extension that block adverts, the official Youtube app in Android and iOS lack such feature (besides, if Google allows it openly for free, that will kill its monetization scheme for Youtube mobile). However, the resourceful amongst us here in Hackercombat.com compiled some easy to use methods for helping you achieve advert-free Youtube sessions in a mobile device:
- Just like on the desktop computer, users can just install an Android browser that supports adblocking extension. Chrome, Opera, Edge, and other Chromium-based browsers do not have that capability, as Google’s rendering engine Blink prohibits that behavior. The best case to achieve that goal is using Firefox for Android. Unlike other browsers that are just slimmed-down versions of their desktop counterparts, Firefox for Android is feature-for-feature in parity with Firefox on Windows, Linux, and MacOS. With Firefox for Android, users can just add advert blocking extensions such as Adblock Plus, Ghostery or UBlock Origin from Firefox’s extension website: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/.
- If you use the YouTube app and want to prevent ads from playing, actually, such inconvenience can be easily solved using YouTube Vance. Just by using YouTube Vance, a modified version of the YouTube app, which is directly patterned after Youtube Red. This is the closest of having an official-looking Youtube app without the adverts, while not paying for Youtube Red subscription. Not only that, users can change the theme to dark mode, which the official Youtube app does not even have.
- DNS66 is an Android app that creates an internally looped (localhost) VPN within the Android device. All traffic goes through the local VPN, where adverts are filtered by the DNS66 app. The filter is customized by a public list of known domains that host adverts, including Youtube adverts. This is a resident-app, that means it runs all the time while the Android device is turned on.
- OGYoutube is another alternative to the official Youtube app, similar to Youtube Vance. It is considered as a fork of the original Youtube app and officially banned from the Google Play Store, due to its default behavior of blocking all video apps prior to the playback of the video chosen by the user.
Of course, using the last three options are in the gray area of the law, given that using forked copies of Youtube app is illegal since it is not open-source software. Likewise, deliberately blocking adverts in Android is legally vague, though Google has not flexed its muscles to ban users from using advert block in an Android device, there is no semblance of approval from the part of the search giant.
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Julia Sowells has been a technology and security professional. For a decade of experience in technology, she has worked on dozens of large-scale enterprise security projects, and even writing technical articles and has worked as a technical editor for Rural Press Magazine. She now lives and works in New York, where she maintains her own consulting firm with her role as security consultant while continuing to write for Hacker Combat in her limited spare time.