The majority of internet users accept advertisements as an important way of supporting creators. However, there are moments when ads feel a bit intrusive and negatively impact your browsing, or in this case, watching experience.
The best and most popular ad blocker out there is without a doubt uBlock Origin. If you use any other ad blocker, you’re doing it wrong. Simple as that.
However, in the constant battle between ad providers and users, ad blockers aren’t the only “force” evolving.
Platforms such as Twitch are constantly coming up with new methods to display ads to their viewers, and it seems that they have had the upper hand lately. Some are even displayed with a permanent loading black screen lately.
Every once in a while, especially after a recent update to Twitch’s advertisement-serving algorithm, uBlock Origin fails to prevent ads from showing on viewers’ screens.
Many users are disappointed by this reality, so they are searching for a fix or a workaround.
Luckily, we have multiple solutions for this problem. Keep reading to learn how to block Twitch ads with uBlock Origin again!
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Why Did uBlock Origin Stop Working On Twitch?
The issue isn’t that uBlock Origin has become less effective. Rather, Twitch developers devised new methods of displaying ads, which are effective regardless of whether or not users utilize an ad blocker.
The uBlock Origin developers need time to work on updates to address these changes. This means users might see ads during this period, which can be frustrating.
This is why you should try some of the following solutions and manually avoid the advertisements.
Fix 1: Use The “Video Ad-Block For Twitch” Extension On Your Browser
The Twitch community has been creating browser extensions for as long as the platform has existed. This has allowed its members to expand the user experience in a variety of ways.
Some extensions allow for easier downloading of clips, while others block ads. Whatever their purpose, they are all designed to help the user.
One of the most reliable methods of blocking Twitch ads includes the use of an extension. The extension is called “Video Ad-Block, for Twitch” and is available for both Chrome and Firefox.
The “Video Ad-Block, for Twitch” extension is free to use and open-source, meaning anyone can contribute to its development. If you want a more detailed look at the development process, you can view the official GitHub repository here.
Using this extension is really simple. All you need to do is install it on your browser and visit Twitch.
With it installed, whenever an ad is playing, you will notice the quality of the stream you’re watching is reduced, usually down to 480p. When the ad ends (you won’t see the ad), the quality will return to normal.
According to its developer, the extension works perfectly with all popular ad-blocking extensions, including uBlock Origin.
Fix 2: Add A Filter / Script In uBlock Origin
You can apply this solution in uBlock Origin by following the steps below:
- Open the uBlock Origin Dashboard and access its settings. You can see how to do this in the screenshot below.
- Click on “My Filters” and then add twitch.tv##+js(twitch-videoad)
- Go to “Settings” and click on “I’m an advanced user”, as shown in the image below.
- A cogwheel will appear. Click it and find “userResourcesLocation”, then change its value from “unset” to the full URL of the solution you want to use.
The example shown in the screenshot below uses “https://github.com/pixeltris/TwitchAdSolutions/raw/master/notify-strip/notify-strip-ublock-origin.js” which you can also use.
- To ensure the adblocker loads and uses the script, it is recommended to restart your browser or disable and re-enable the extension. It’s best to do both.
Instructions are taken from the TwitchAdSolutions repository on GitHub. You can find other similar solutions and projects by visiting the repository, including options that work with other browsers.
Fix 3: Use A VPN To Completely Avoid Advertisements on Twitch
VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) can be extremely useful, and they can also help you avoid ads. Using a VPN to set your location in a country where Twitch ads aren’t displayed allows you to completely avoid them.
Examples include Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, and Costa Rica.
If you don’t have a VPN subscription and free trial plans don’t offer sufficient bandwidth, it’s best to subscribe to a premium VPN plan. If you aren’t sure which one to choose due to the seemingly endless options available, our VPN review article should help you decide.
Fix 4: Watch The VOD (Video On Demand)
Sometimes, especially in the days immediately after Twitch updates its ads, watching streams can be unbearable. Seeing pre-roll ads and then further ads during a stream can be very frustrating, which is why many users settle for simply watching the VOD (Video on Demand) later.
This can be disappointing when you want to enjoy a live eSport match or a stream from an important event such as E3. When it comes to less urgent streams, you can always try watching VODs instead.
One advantage of watching VODs is that you can rewind and skip ahead if you want to, which isn’t possible during a live stream.
Fix 5: Subscribe To Twitch Turbo To Completely Remove (Most) Ads
Subscribing to Twitch Turbo or using a VPN to avoid ads are both methods that cost money.
If you opt for a method that costs money, consider the price of the VPN you’re looking at in comparison to the cost of Twitch Turbo, which is $8.99/mo.
A Twitch Turbo subscription also includes many other benefits, improving your overall experience while using the platform.
Unfortunately, not even this solution will remove every ad. Here’s what Twitch has to say on the subject:
“Watching with Turbo means no pre-rolls, no mid-rolls, no companions, and no display ads. You may still be presented promotions and ads that are embedded into a broadcast or, in rare situations, delivered with certain simulcast content.”
Keep this in mind before purchasing a Twitch Turbo subscription.
Fix 6: Use Twitch Alternatives If You Can’t Stand The Ads
Alternatives to Twitch are slowly becoming increasingly popular. When a platform achieves the level of popularity that Twitch has in the past few years, there will always be some users who dislike particular aspects of it.
You might not be able to watch your favorite Twitch streamers on these platforms, but you may be able to enjoy other content without ads interrupting your viewing.
Fix 7: Use Twitchls.com
Twitchls.com is a website known among Twitch users for its ability to play live content without advertising.
All you need to do to use this fix is slightly modify the URL in your browser while watching a Twitch Livestream.
Here’s how to do that.
- Open Twitch in your browser and find the live stream you want to watch.
- In your browser’s URL field, add “ls” at the end of www.twitch, and replace the “.tv” with “.com” without the quotation marks, as shown in the image below.
- Press “Enter” and the stream will load on the Twitchls.com website.
The best thing about this method is that you can continue interacting with the Twitch chat as you would on the original website.
Fix 8: Use AdGuard As An Alternative Solution
AdGuard is a free, open-source extension for Chromium-based browsers.
It is currently one of the most viable solutions for blocking advertisements on Twitch, as stated in a stickied comment from a moderator in this popular and frequently updated Reddit thread on the subject.
The software has an excellent rating on the extension store and is recommended by thousands of users who it has helped avoid intrusive ads.
To learn how to install AdGuard, check out the official GitHub page where you can find a step-by-step guide for two currently available installation methods, as well as a detailed description of the product written by its developers.
In this guide, you can find effective methods for avoiding Twitch’s advertisements.
Many users are unhappy with Twitch’s ads and their frequency. Thankfully, independent developers are constantly endeavoring to create new extensions and scripts to prevent ads from displaying.
Twitch is aware of this and constantly changes the way ads are shown to users, meaning some methods that worked before could stop working in the near future. We will keep you posted!