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On iOS Safari, although not the most convenient, one may refresh the video whenever a video ad comes up at the beginning of the video, and that should pretty much do the job — the video starts immediately thereafter. In fact, one may simply start watching by immediately refreshing once the subaddress of the video starts loading. This bypass may or may not work on iPadOS.

The same, however, does not work on MacOS.

Hence, the question is what add-on, app, terminal code or other solution or work around is available to prevent the ad-disruption of YouTube videos?

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    Good luck - this is an arms race and Google is highly motivated to work around most blocks. What works today can break tomorrow. Nothing about that revenue extracting web site or how they assemble their code targeting macOS specifically is simple.
    – bmike
    Sep 28, 2022 at 1:30
  • Well, even that answer may be a helpful guide post for future wanderers of the Internet to end up and find. Sep 28, 2022 at 2:13
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    Done. The big issue is videos are now chained together and the ads injected in to the cuts so it’s getting harder to process those streams like you would in tivo or if you removed them with post production tools. Your edit to the other post is superlative work. Great analysis
    – bmike
    Sep 28, 2022 at 5:10
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    Native video controls are so much more accessible and PIP enablement is 💯
    – bmike
    Sep 28, 2022 at 5:14
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    I've been using AdGuard for Safari. You see the still from the first ad, but refresh clears it. So long as you then stay in YT & navigate from there, I think that's the end of the ads. If you come in from an external link, you get that first still again.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 28, 2022 at 8:06

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I use an app called Wipr to block ads on YouTube. It works for me both on macOS and on iOS (in Safari). It costs $1.99 as a one-time purchase.

I believe there are free alternatives, but I've had the most luck with Wipr.

Here's a screen recording showing before/after with Wipr: https://gfycat.com/mildanimatedlangur

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  • My question was clear on its objective, but just to confirm: This is supposed to prevent video ads, correct? (Want to make sure before a potentially disappointing purchase) Sep 28, 2022 at 1:59
  • "The app didn't block YouTube video[ ad]s, so I'm giving it one star. I hope there is a way to get a refund, even if it was just $1.99." (Most recent 1-star user review, submitted Sept. 9, 2022, queried Sept. 27, 2022) I guess I'm passing on this one. Sep 28, 2022 at 2:11
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    @KortellyZamatosh Yes, it blocks video ads. Don't know what to say, it is a listed feature and it works properly on my computer and on my iPhone - I watch a fair amount of YouTube. Perhaps the user didn't enable the extension properly (there are 4 toggles in the Safari Extensions that are required due to how Safari works)
    – Ezekiel
    Sep 28, 2022 at 15:01
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    @KortellyZamatosh Sounds like Imgur is having trouble - it's loading for me fine. If you're using a VPN or something perhaps it's blocking the VPN IP address? I can upload it to a different page though, one moment
    – Ezekiel
    Sep 28, 2022 at 19:02
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    @KortellyZamatosh I''ve updated my answer with a Gfycat link
    – Ezekiel
    Sep 28, 2022 at 19:29

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