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Adblock not working on YouTube: Quick Fix

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Adblockers can save us a lot of headaches and annoyances. But they can become equally annoying when they stop working out of the blue.

In this article, we’re going over a few fixes that can help your adblocker get up and running again on Youtube.

Also read: 6 ways to fix YouTube server error 503

Try logging out of your Google account

The ad’s you see across Google’s services are tied to your Google account. There’s a chance that you might be able to resolve your problem by logging out of your account and logging back in again. 

Step 1: Head over to Youtube and click on your profile picture in the top right, followed by Sign out.

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Step 2; Once you’re logged out, log back in again using the Sign-in button and check to see if your ad blocker is working fine. 

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Check for updates

Another thing you should check is there are any updates to your extension or browser. If there are, install the updates immediately and restart your browser. That should resolve your issue. 

Also read: How to fix Err_Cache_Miss in Google Chrome?

Try disabling and enabling your adblocker

Disabling and enabling your adblocker extension can also help get it up and running again.

On Chrome/Edge

Step 1: Head over to chrome://extensions/Note that this works on Edge as well. 

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Step 2: Toggle your adblocker off and back on again. 

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On Firefox

Step 1: Head over to about:addons.

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Step 2: Navigate to the Extensions tab, find your adblocker extension and disable and reenable it again. Restart your browser if prompted.

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On Safari

Step 1: Click on the Safari menu followed by Preferences.

Step 2: Find your adblocker extension in the Extensions tab and disable and enable it again. 

Restart your browser if prompted, and the extension should work fine.

Check for conflicting extensions

At times, other extensions can conflict with your adblocker causing it to work improperly. In such cases, head over to your extensions panel using the aforementioned steps and disable all extensions except the adblocker. 

If your adblocker is working fine again, one of the extensions you disabled must’ve been conflicting with the adblocker. Try enabling your extensions one by one until your adblocker starts malfunctioning again to separate the faulty extension.

Reinstall the extensions

If checking for updates, disabling and reenabling and checking for conflicting extensions didn’t work, reinstalling your adblocker extension from scratch can also work. Reinstalling the extension can eliminate any corrupt system or cache files that may hinder the extension’s functionality and get it working again.

Also read: Top 7 sites to convert Youtube videos to MP3

Update your filter lists

Adblocker filter lists can stop working properly if one of the pages in that list changes its structure. In this case, if Youtube changes its site structure even slightly, there’s a chance that the adblocker might stop working.

Depending on the adblocker you have, you can head over to the adblocker settings and refresh your filter lists manually. Then, restart your computer and try visiting Youtube again. Your adblocker should work just fine. 

Clear out your browser’s cache

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Chrome to work.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and make sure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Also read: How to fix ‘this site can’t be reached’ error on Chrome?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: