An expert has discovered that YouTube’s ad blocker can be bypassed using a Windows Phone user agent

An expert has discovered that YouTube’s ad blocker can be bypassed using a Windows Phone user agent

The expert found that the blocker of the ad blocker in the video hosting YouTube is possible go around using a substitution inside the browser, the user agent parameter of the Windows Phone line. This is a mobile OS from Microsoft, which was developed from 2010 to 2015.

Previously, many users with free access to YouTube faced a warning when using YouTube’s ad blocker. The pop-up window appears at different times, it cannot be blocked by regular means. It explains that ads keep YouTube afloat, offers to join YouTube Premium, and even threatens to block the video player.

It turns out that using an official Chrome extension from Google, for example called User-Agent Switcher for Chrome, you can change the User Agent in the browser on Windows Phone, which completely removes the YouTube pop-up and allows you to go back to watching videos without ads with the blocker enabled advertising

YouTube’s terms of use do not explicitly state that it is forbidden to change the identification string of the client program in the browser. According to industry experts, YouTube will soon see a sharp increase in connections through Windows Phone User Agents accessing their platform. The company will likely retaliate in this case by showing its ad blocker warning on YouTube.

In June, the video hosting service began sending users in test mode a warning that the video player would be blocked on their devices after watching three videos without a subscription with ad blockers enabled.

In August, YouTube began testing a new version of the warning for free users with an attached timer. A pop-up prompts free users to upgrade to YouTube Premium.

In October, users of Microsoft Edge began to complain that Google was showing warnings and pop-up messages that blocked playback on YouTube. The problem is probably due to the anti-tracking modes in the browser.

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