How to Block YouTube End Screen Video Ads in Your Browser

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YouTube End Screen example

YouTube End Screens are the ads that pop up during the last seconds of a video, blocking the last part of the video from being viewed. Here's how to disable them in your browser.

YouTube End Screens appear in YouTube videos in the last seconds of a video and can be used to promote items such as other videos or channels, external sites, merchandise, a subscribe button, and so on.
It's a good marketing idea, and when done properly the End Screens aren't that intrusive. When they aren't done well, the viewer is prevented from seeing some or most of the last seconds of a video, as in the above image.

These End Screens can be disabled using an ad blocker in your browser or a browser add-on/extension.

The add-on/extension Iridium blocks several YouTube annoyances in Chrome and Firefox, including stopping Autoplay. A great overview of its features can be found at ghacks. Iridium can be downloaded for Firefox and Chrome at these official links:
Iridium for YouTube Firefox
Iridium for YouTube Chrome

If you use an ad blocker, manually adding a one line filter will disable the End Screens. Here are the directions to add a filter to block End Screens in the two most popular ad blockers, uBlock Origin and Adblock Plus.

uBlock Origin: (adding a filter is the same process in Firefox and Chrome):

  • From the toolbar, click the uBlock Origin icon
  • Click the Dashboard icon, the icon with three horizontal lines
  • In the My filters tab, copy and paste this filter:
  • www.youtube.com##.ytp-ce-element
  • Click Apply Changes

note: some sites list the filter without the www prefix. In Microsoft Edge, the filter doesn't work unless the www prefix is included.

Ad Block Plus: (adding a filter is the same process in Chrome and Firefox):

  • From the toolbar, click the Adblock Plus icon
  • Click the gear icon
  • Select the Advanced tab on the left
  • select "Start creating my filter list"
  • In the box under"My filter list", copy and paste this filter:
  • www.youtube.com##.ytp-ce-element
  • Click "Save"

That's it for the YouTube End Screens.

If you use Google Chrome, you may have noticed a black and white message under the toolbar or bookmark bar (if enabled) saying your pop up protection for Chrome has expired and you need to update.
This is not a legitimate upgrade prompt from Google Chrome.
Most browsers including Chrome disable pop-ups by default. You can enable or disable that feature in the browser Settings.
The update prompt appears to be an overlay ad. I haven't clicked on it to test it, but if you find it annoying, misleading, or both, you can keep it from reappearing using another one line filter in uBlock Origin and Adblock Plus. Follow the steps above, and on a new line, copy and paste this filter: 
###overlayBlock-expiredMessage
Choose Save or Apply Changes and it shouldn't reappear, unless they change the page element at some point.

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Thanks for reminding me to whitelist you (you're one of the good guys) and for the link to Iridium.

It would help if some YouTubers would have some dead time at the end of their videos. Some have the most important or interesting parts right at the end!

Thanks for whitelisting us, it's very much appreciated.

I'm with you about YouTube creators, that's the exact thing that caused me to write the article. :)
It was "Wait! I want to see that! Don't cover it up! I really want to see the end, hmmmm, there's got to be a way to stop those ads from covering up the ending".

You are right, we do ask that people whitelist our site (and any other sites they want to support or like).
Not disable their ad blocker, but whitelist the site so ads are viewable on that site only.
The only income this site has is from ads - it's what keeps the lights on.
If enough people block ads on this site, the site will shut down.

I reconcile this by allowing ads that aren't intrusive on most sites and blocking the ones that are intrusive. That allows income to be generated by ads that I don't mind viewing.
In this case, I'm not saying block all the ads on YouTube. I'm providing a way for people to watch the video they came to see, all the way to the end. Maybe I'm off base, but YouTube is a site that hosts videos.
There's a reasonable expectation that visitors can watch videos on YouTube where the pages contain advertising until a video ends. It's not a reasonable expectation for a video that's on a site that hosts videos and shows advertising to have the last roughly 5 to 20 seconds of the video covered up by a different set of ads. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Aside from that aspect, ad blockers cut off an attack vector since malware can be delivered through site advertising.
Even reputable sites that I would whitelist have delivered malware through advertising - look at what happened at Forbes.

 

Thank you for your response Rhiannan. I rarely use You-Tube so my comment was directed at websites in general. The whole issue of Whitelisting is tricky ground to navigate as both computer users and website owners have valid concerns.

I agree. There's no good solution that works for all parties. I wish there was.
I whitelist what I can, when I can without allowing ads to chew through limited bandwidth and having to wait 5-10 seconds for sites to load.
High speed internet hasn't made it to where I live, and it's not looking good for arrival anytime soon. Meanwhile, advertising uses more and more bandwidth as ads get bigger and flashier. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I seem to recall that when this site last asked members for donations a request was also made that ad blockers be disabled....yet here you are providing instructions on how to block ads elsewhere. I'm not sure how you reconcile doing that.

We reconcile it the same way people do when they complain about ads and then click on 50 to find the best holiday deal or cheapest toaster. Easy. MC – Site Manager.

The person who complains about ads is obviously not using a blocker and therefore not having any negative impact on revenue that the website owner might obtain. It's a completely different situation from a website saying "please don't disrupt our ad revenue with a blocker but here is how you can block ads elsewhere to disrupt their revenue.

Gizmo's ads do nothing to intrude on your use of the website. And it's bottom line is a bit different than YouTube's--wouldn't you think?

Lol yes I think our bottom line is different unless YouTube employees are volunteers who work there because they like to help people and provide a service many find valuable. :)
 

To what degree an ad is intrusive seems to me a rather subjective determination dependent on who you ask. Everyone has a different tolerance level in this regard. As for your suggestion that site profitability be used as a metric for determining when and when not to block, the obvious question is how do you draw a line there without it being arbitrary.

There is some data about people that measures what types of advertising people are more and less tolerant towards. I'm not sure how accurate the data on the site is but overall it appears reflective of what I see and hear and what I experience, though I'm no expert.
https://www.vieodesign.com/blog/new-data-why-people-hate-ads

I don't know that I can draw a line without being arbitrary to one extent or another. Smaller sites like Gizmo's and ghacks I whitelist and I click on ads because it helps the sites continue to function - as advertising models change, these sites are hit hard. They provide a service I consider valuable. The ads are not intrusive and don't use up the limited bandwidth and data caps attached to my internet connection.
Overall, on other sites, I block autoplay across the board. I block pop ups and pop unders. I block most overlays because they prevent me from seeing content unless I take an action. The rest I'm mostly ok with.

I think most websites understand that there is a tolerance threshold that they can't surpass with regards to ads. There is little point in being excessive with ads if the end result will be a decline in traffic. Many years ago I would frequent a website called "Experience Project". That site basically self destructed because it became so intrusive with ads that members simply stopped coming. I've noticed that some websites now fight back against the ad blocking by darkening the page and denying users from looking at content until the ad blocker is de-activated. I find myself using the handy Stylebot addon quite a bit now. It allows users to arrange the page layout to their liking and selectively hide ads or banners as needed. It probably wouldn't appeal to folks who prefer something with a global setting but for web pages that are frequently visited it's ideal.

I'll have a look at Stylebot, it looks interesting. :)