If you are a YouTube user who enjoys watching videos without any ads, you might have noticed a recent change in the site’s policy. YouTube has started to block video playback for users who have adblockers enabled on their browsers, forcing them to either disable the adblockers or subscribe to YouTube Premium.

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Why is YouTube doing this?

YouTube says that using adblockers violates its Terms of Service and that ads support a diverse ecosystem of creators globally and allow billions to access their favourite content on YouTube. 

YouTube also claims that this is a common practice for other publications and that it has launched a global effort to urge viewers with adblockers to allow ads or try YouTube Premium.

If you want a service that offers ad-free and offline viewing, consider getting YouTube Premium. It currently costs AED 23.99 per month in the UAE, with family and student plans available at lower prices. The service also offers exclusive content and music streaming.

How to disable your ad blocker for YouTube?

If you want to continue watching YouTube videos with ads, you will need to disable your adblocker for youtube.com. Depending on which adblocker extension you are using, the steps may vary slightly, but here is a general guide:

  • Click on the adblocker icon on your browser toolbar.
  • Select “Options” or “Settings” from the menu.
  • Find the section that allows you to whitelist or exclude certain sites from blocking ads.
  • Add youtube.com to the list of whitelisted or excluded sites.
  • Save your changes and reload the YouTube page.

Alternatively, you can also disable your adblocker temporarily by clicking on the “Pause” or “Disable” button on the adblocker menu. However, this will affect all the sites you visit, not just YouTube.

Jian Bacallan
Jian Bacallan

Technology Content Crafter. Helping you unbox the latest in tech trends, especially with laptops and mobile devices. A PC gaming enthusiast who loves to cook and is currently obsessed with sim games and pizza dough.

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