Fix: uBlock Origin Not Blocking Twitch Ads

Is uBlock Origin no longer working on Twitch all of a sudden? You're not alone. In this guide, we show you how to fix the uBlock Origin not working issue.

The average internet user accepts advertisements as a method of supporting creators. However, there are moments when seeing ads can be a bit frustrating and pretty unacceptable.

When a person gets fed up with seeing ads, they load up their ad blocker.

One of the most popular and effective adblockers is, of course, uBlock Origin. But, adblockers aren’t the only thing evolving, as creators are getting innovative and coming up with all sorts of new methods to display advertisements.

Twitch.tv, the world’s most popular streaming platform, is one example where uBlock Origin may not do its job properly. Many users are disappointed with this reality, so they’re looking for a solution.

Thankfully, we’ve got the solution- and it’s in the guide below!

Why Did uBlock Origin Stop Working On Twitch?

It’s not that uBlock Origin became less effective; rather, Twitch developers came up with a new method of displaying ads, effective regardless of users utilizing an ad blocker.

The uBlock Origin developers need some time before they adapt to the latest changes, but users will see ads during this period, and that’s not a good thing.

This is why you should try some of the following solutions and manually get rid of the advertisements.

Fix 1: Adding A Filter In uBlock Origin

You can apply this solution in uBlock Origin by following the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the uBlock Origin Dashboard and access the settings. You can do so by following the screenshot below.
  2. Click on “My Filters” and then add twitch.tv##+js(twitch-videoad)
  3. Navigate to “Settings” and click on “I’m an advanced user,” just like instructed below.
  4. A cogwheel will appear. Click on it and find “userResourcesLocation,” then modify its value from “unset” to the full URL of the solution you wish to use.
    The screenshot below uses https://github.com/pixeltris/TwitchAdSolutions/raw/master/notify-strip/notify-strip-ublock-origin.js, and you can use it as well.

  5. To make sure the adblocker loads and uses the script, it is recommended to restart your browser or disable/enable the extension. It’s best to do them both.

Instructions are taken from the TwitchAdSolutions repository on GitHub. You can find other similar solutions and projects that you can try by visiting the repository, including options for other browsers.

Fix 2: Try Using The New Twitch “TTV LOL” Add-On

When Twitch implemented their “Purple Screen of Death” and started preventing users from using adblockers, many already-existing solutions fell into obscurity.

One of these examples was the popular “TTV ad-block” extension with more than 100.000 users, but unfortunately, it is no longer working.

Twitch’s feared “Purple Screen of Death”

But, developers came up with a new solution, and it works flawlessly for now. 

There’s a fantastic Chrome extension called TTV LOL. You can find it listed and highly recommended as a great solution for avoiding Twitch advertisements in the popular GitHub repository, TwitchAdSolutions, by developer pixeltris.

This repository seems to be regularly updated, and you can bookmark it to be constantly up-to-date with the latest anti-ad solutions for Twitch.

The TTV LOL extension is super easy to install, and you can do so just like you’d install any other Chrome extension. But make sure you are not in incognito mode as you cannot install extensions this way.

Unlike some other previous solutions, TTV LOL removes the ads without compromising stream video quality, and users certainly seem to be happy with it.

If you install this extension and are still greeted by the purple screen on Twitch, make sure to disable your adblocker since that is most likely the reason you’re still getting it.  

Fix 3: Use A VPN To Completely “Dodge” Advertisements on Twitch

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are extremely useful to us, and now they’re stepping up to the plate once again. Using a VPN to “tunnel” into a country where Twitch ads aren’t playing allows you to totally block them. Cool stuff!

Some of the examples are Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, and Costa Rica.

If you don’t have a VPN subscription and the free trial plans don’t offer enough bandwidth, it’s best to subscribe to a premium VPN plan. In case you aren’t sure how to choose one due to the endless options available on the market, our VPN review article may be really helpful to you!

Fix 4: Watch The VOD

Sometimes, especially a day after Twitch updates the way they display ads, watching streams becomes unbearable. Getting pre-roll ads and then ads in the middle of the stream can be so annoying, which is why most users settle for simply watching the VOD (Video on Demand) later on.

This is a huge bummer when viewers want to enjoy a live eSport match or something that needs to be watched in real-time for the very best experience. But, when it comes to “casual” streams, you can always try VODs.

One advantage of watching VODs is that you can always rewind and skip if you want to, which is not possible during a Livestream.

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 do settle for a method that costs money, it’s best to weigh up the price of the VPN you’re looking at and the price of Twitch Turbo, which is $8.99/mo.

Keep in mind that a Twitch Turbo subscription will also come with many other benefits, making your overall stay on the platform much more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, not even this solution is enough to remove all the ads. Here’s what Twitch has to say about it:

“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.”

So, keep this in mind before purchasing a Twitch Turbo subscription.

Fix 6: Use Twitch.tv Alternatives If You Can’t Stand The Ads

Alternatives to Twitch.tv are slowly becoming a go-to choice for many people. When a platform amasses the huge level of popularity that Twitch has achieved in the past few years, it’s pretty clear there’ll be some users who dislike a thing or two about it.

Thankfully, those users can choose Twitch alternatives such as YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming, and DLive.

You may not be able to watch your favorite Twitch streamers, but at least you will be able to enjoy other content without ads interrupting your experience.

Conclusion

In the informative guide above you can find effective methods for battling Twitch’s advertisements.

Users clearly aren’t happy with the ads on Twitch or their frequency. Luckily for us, developers are now keen to collaborate and put their best efforts into creating extensions and scripts to stop ads from displaying.

Twitch is well aware of this already, so they are constantly changing the way ads are shown to users, meaning some of the methods that worked in the past may not work in the near future. We’ll be keeping you posted! 

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Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.