Thanks, Brave browser -I was sick of YouTube’s ads

With Brave I enjoy watching videos without ads, even as I chat or do something else on the phone, I can listen to music from outside the browser, and even get some BAT pennies for all that.

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5 min readFeb 13, 2022


YouTube is becoming increasingly annoying to watch, with more and longer ads, many of which I cannot even skip. They just lack the Skip button. But as I show you here, there is a solution: using the Brave web browser (no, I don’t work for them).

The worst thing with YouTube is that most of its ads are of no interest to me, so they don’t even fulfill their purpose of making me want to purchase something. In fact, if I were the company paying for these ads, I would stop advertising on YouTube right now and would only consider joining again when it shows me that it has improved its ad recommendations.

I’m totally puzzled by the fact that Google’s Deepmind can do crazy-difficult things like folding proteins or quantum calculations but Google’s YouTube cannot realize what kinds of things I like!! And come on, I’m very easy… just show me bikes, Lego things, plants, drums or guitars, or some of the other things I search on Google every day, and I will click. I don’t buy that there’s no exchange of user data between the various Google services…

By the way, all this reminds me that YouTube cannot even correctly concatenate episodes one after the other… So much for AI.

Now let’s go to Brave and how it blocks YouTube ads.

Fortunately, YouTube ads are a pain only on a few devices where I cannot run Brave

But not in my main smartphone and laptop, where I use this wonderful browser.

What is Brave?

Brave is a free, privacy-oriented, ad-blocking browser focused on keeping your web surfing private by automatically blocking advertisements and trackers. It in turn gives you the option to watch ads, for which it rewards you with a cryptocurrency called Basic Attention Token (BAT). You can contribute the collected BATs to websites and content creators, or download them to your own wallet -check however this article for a discussion on Brave’s payments system.



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