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 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 the case of Twitch, your watching experience.

Amongst the best and most popular ad blockers out there is without a doubt uBlock Origin. Other options are available as well, but when it comes to simplicity and effectiveness, this is the best choice for many.

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.

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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, 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 AdGuard (Extension) 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.

AdGuard AdBlocker Product Page On Chrome Extension Store
(AdGuard’s Product Info Page on the Chrome Extension Store)

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.

Fix 2: Use The Development Build Of uBlock Origin

According to a Reddit user who implemented this solution and stopped getting ads on Twitch, using the development build of uBlock Origin seems to fix the problem.

You can find the developer uBlock Origin version here, but before using it, there are some things you need to know.

As stated in the Reddit thread linked above, you should remove all custom configurations made in the past to address Twitch ads, as they are now blocked by the default settings/lists.

Simply force a list update and don’t add anything else manually.

The user who came up with this solution also suggests disabling all other versions of uBlock Origin, and other adblockers you may have installed on your PC (including the stable version of uBlock Origin).

Visit Twitch and see if you’re getting ads. The problem should now be solved.

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 the 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.

Those users can now choose Twitch alternatives such as YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming, and DLive.

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 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.

  1. Open Twitch in your browser and find the live stream you want to watch.
  2. 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.
    The original link
    Modified link
  3. Press “Enter” and the stream will load on the website.

Note: The example above uses Tfue’s channel, but you can replace that with the name of any other channel you wish to watch.

The best thing about this method is that you can continue interacting with the Twitch chat as you would on the original website, despite not being on it.


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 with any changes you need to know about.

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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.