Skip YouTube Video Advertisements or Commercials and Save 20 Seconds

You can easily skip YouTube video advertisements and save your valuable 20 seconds. I never had any problems with YouTube ads because, it had a skid button after 5 seconds.  YouTube provides all the services free of cost so ads help them recoup the cost of maintenance.   However,  for some ads, there is no skip button, and we have to wait 20 – 30 seconds for the video to play!  That is frustrating.  It drives me nuts as I watch a lot of videos on YouTube. I can’t just waste 20-30 seconds for every video that I watch. I had found this solution long back but due to busy schedules, I was not able to publish an article on time.  Well its better late than never, isn’t it?  .

Three Ways to Skip YouTube Video Advertisments

  1. Using a browser Add-on or extension
  2. VLC player
  3. Manual Method

So lets begin..

1.   (a)  If you are using Google Chrome then you can install Adblock for Youtube™. Trust me its excellent. I always prefer chrome and Adblock add-on does the job perfectly .

(b) If you are a Firefox lover then you can install Adblock Plus


2.  In VLC player  click on media and hit “Open Network Stream”

vlc network stream

    Enter the video URL in the box and hit play. Boom! No more ads.

 network stream - play vlc - block youtube ads

3.   Edit YouTube Video URL manually and skid ads. ( If you don’t prefer using add-ons you can try this method.I found it on reddit)

For example:   .   Replace “/watch?v=”  with  “/v/”  

so the modified URL  will be

So that’s it for today. I hope you found the above methods useful. I know, I have published this article very late but I really hope that this will prove useful to others who are still not aware of these tricks.  Have a wonderful day friends.  Also, don’t forget to comment. 🙂

Author: Anish Sangamam

My bio goes beyond Studies, More precisely, I am a Part time blogger. My mission is simple, To connect with people and to help them.

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  1. Thank you so much. I just got your email. I didn’t even know that YouTube ads could be blocked as well. Now I can ad free videos

    • I’m glad martin. Sorry for the late update. I will try to post articles regularly..will try..

  2. What also works for those 20-30s ads is to reload the page. At least it has worked so far. The 5 sec ads you have to watch every once in a while though.

    And I must say, Youtube is just getting more and more ridiculous. Watching ads you have absolutely no interest in makes you bloody annoyed and that’s all there is to it. I bet most people don’t even pay attention to those 5 seconds and no one’s gonna buy anything because they were annoyed by it on youtube. I’m thinking about quitting youtube for good, it has nothing important to offer after all.

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