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:
- 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:
- 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:
Choose Save or Apply Changes and it shouldn't reappear, unless they change the page element at some point.
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