Has anyone else never had an single issue with YouTube on Firefox with adblockers?

submitted by TheTwelveYearOld

YouTube has worked fine for me using Firefox with Ublock Origin, with no lag, notifications telling me to turn off ad blocking, or any of the other issues users have reported here.

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Never had an issue. Every time I see a headline about how Google is trying to screw over adblockers again, I check and... everything works fine.

I use Librewolf these days, but same difference.


How do you like Librewolf? Is it more lightweight than Firefox?


Like it a lot. It’s Firefox without ever having to worry about an update sneaking in more telemetry.

Andromxda 🇺🇦🇵🇸🇹🇼 , edited

It's great, it's not really more lightweight when looking at CPU/RAM usage, but it includes less crap by default. For example, it doesn't come with Pocket integration, Sponsored sites, Firefox View or even Firefox Sync. But you can enable Sync in the settings if you want to use it. But it's much better for privacy, and comes with uBlock Origin pre-installed.


Switched after being irritated by the ads in url autocomplete getting turned back on after an update. Librewolf has a learning curve if you want to keep resist fingerprinting on but if you have trubs, just turn it off. Otherwise, no regerts


It always works, but if something interrupts the stream, I'll often need to reload the page, or even navigate away from the video and back to get it to play.


Next time this happens, check your uBO settings to make sure you don't have list updates. Likely won't save you the page reload, but may not need to navigate away to get it to work again. That has been my experience. I noticed that the higher the blocked count for that YouTube tab is (seen as high as 60k) the more likely a refresh of the page will be needed, at least in my experience.

How long before these shit corps find some way to


Thank you for the reply.

Could you please elaborate a little?

I'm unfamiliar with the settings. It's always just worked. What are list updates and blocked count?


If you click on uBOs icon up in the upper right of the browser, you can of course disable uBO on that page, but there are other options contained therein. On the same popup for disabling on a page is a little gear for settings. If you click that and go to something like built in filters or something (not at my computer), you'll see a list of filters, maintained by other individuals, categorized by taste and targeted annoyance. You can check additional lists to use them based on what they do.

As long as you leave auto update lists on, you only really need to occasionally reload a page. However, if you turn off auto update you may start to see YouTube ads or warnings about ad blockers until you update the lists manually. To update the lists manually, click the little clock icon next to the list. If it's green, it recently updated, if it's grey, then it could use ah update or a check for updates.




Youtube has been a bit of a son of a bitch lately, but I think that more youtube than FF/ABP.


Yup, YT has only shown me a nice "Sign in to confirm you’re not a bot" message for the past week or so. Not because of Firefox or adblockers though, because the same happens on all other browsers and clients as well.

Maybe because of VPN, or who knows what, maybe they are just idiots.

Em Adespoton

I had an issue right when Google started their forced ads thing. It made me suspect uBlock wasn’t updating correctly; manual reinstall and no more issues since.


Yes. I was unlucky to catch their anti ad block escapades for about a day. Then uBlock caught up.


Only minor issues when YT deploys a new feature but it tends to resolve itself after a day or so when the ublock origin Devs release a fix

Most recent one was when YouTube would play for a second, pause the video to show a popup (that didn't show up) and would stop me from scrolling down to the comments.


I can't be 100% sure that it was the fault of Firefox or Ublock Origin, but I've definitely had times when videos wouldn't load or would load excessively slowly. My Internet was otherwise working entirely fine at the time.

Also, Chromecast refuses to work from Firefox. The icon you click to start it up just won't appear. It always appears in Chrome no problem.


You may have another plugin like redtube or YT pro. Unlock origin has been rock solid for me since I removed the other addons


Nope. Ublock Origin is the only plugin I use. It's not a regular thing anyway. The loading problem that is. I've only had very intermittent success with Chromecasting within Firefox. It just doesn't work most of the time. That is most likely due to Chromecast being tied to whatever remains of Google Home.


Same setup and no issues.

Kyouki , edited

Seemingly so but I am also using a stack of things.

Firefox browser + uBo -> Safing Portmaster -> DNS Querries to NextDNS

All with filtering.

xploit , edited

Videos take time to load - don't care though, even if it's about length of 5-7sec ad, but at least I don't see it.
Videos almost never auto play to highest resolution, I have to manually select it, no issues once I do that though.

Those are about the two key things I've noticed. I returned to Firefox few.months back, but the above wasn't an issue when I made the initial switch.

And no, there is no issue with my connection, everything else (streaming, games, torrents) works fine as it always did.

I use uBlock and NoScript

szczuroarturo , edited

The no max resolution thing i think is not beacuse of firefox i had the same problem on android app,brave, firefox ,chrome and edge. Youtube auto quality pic is just shit 9 out of 10 times. Alghtough i belive there was extension that forced resolution to be always whatewer you want.


Yeah, I assumed it's Google's fault, one way or another, regardless of browser being used. And even though I don't recall it happening in desktop chrome, minor nuisance like that isn't gonna make me switch.

Tubular on android also has option for forced highest resolution so that's a nice bypass for any of google's bs as I rarely bother opening videos in FF/FFfocus on phone


same for me

therealjcdenton , edited

Yes. Pausing a video and resuming causes it to drop to about 5 frames a second. Am I the only one who has this issue? Has anyone found a consistent fix, other than just refreshing it or going back 10 seconds?


The only issues I've ever ever had is about 3 minutes ago struggling to get a video to play with this 1 year out of date FF on Windows 7 on this oldish computer. Outside of this edge case I haven't had any issues in at least the last 5 years.


Definitely issues. For a while I was getting the ban screen until they figured things out. Now I am clearly getting worse performance than I do with ads. I also noticed a tendency to get a frozen image when stepping over an ad break after using Firefox for a long time, but closing it down and opening it again seems to clear that up, so that's what I do.

But it still works and I still get no ads once the daily key situation got cleared up. At least for now. Not seamless, though.


Ban screen?


They had that "hey, you're on adblocker, you don't get to use this unless you disable it" screen. I don't know if Google stopped using it or if my adblocker just got good at preventing it, but I was getting it for a while, then it stopped.


Got it! I thought you got something like "keep doing this and we'll ban your account," which would be quite scary.

It's the reason why I access Youtube from a tab in which I'm not logged in to my main Google account.


I had one of these popups after I didn't use the browser profile in a while. Updating uBlock Origin filters/waiting for them to update fixed the issue.


No issues. I only had ads show once or twice in a few years but they went away the next time I hopped on the site.


I use Librewolf with Ublock and sponsorblock. Sometimes youtube video stops loading or keeps seeking 5-10 seconds forward. However, reloading the page helps. I don't have such problems when watching Youtube with mpv.

grue , edited

I had an issue a couple of times a few months back, but purging and refreshing the blocklists fixed it.

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Not a single one. I use it on my phone, my desktop and my Quest and I watch *a lot* of YouTube. With all the different ways and for how long there have been a hubbub about them trying to curtail ad blockers, I'd think something would have been rolled out globally that at least temporarily did something for me to notice.


I think it's throttling me, but it's a little hard to tell. When my 4k TV runs in native app, I get as ton of ads but it is rather crisp. When I run from my PC connected to the TV via Firefox, in 4k resolution, I swear it's closer to 720p or even 480p.

But, there's other factors, like it being a PC and not a native app. I would test against my Edge but I can't be bothered.

rdri , edited

I think always? It just randomly goes into constant excessive CPU usage and only killing a tab process helps. It seems to me a general issue with too complex design and people tend to not report it much because YouTube lags pretty much as is already.


I usually use freetube but few times I've used firefox never had an issue. I don't use a YouTube account, so might be why I never encountered problems.


Never had an issue. ✋


A few days ago, I had a small glitch. I started a video and was presented with the first frame of what looked like an ad. Press play again, and the actual video played as it should.


Up until Sunday, then it changed. Figured it out, though. Good guide to fix it over on reddit. The OP even reached out and offered assistance. Very unsettlingly positive experience.


Not all of Reddit is evil, especially the users.


I have a weird issue that happens when I use sponsor block and my phone's locked in portrait mode. Whenever a sponsorship is skipped in a full screen horizontal video, the screen would set to a vertical view with black bars above and below it. The only solutions are to pause and play the video to reset the horizontal view or set the phone to auto rotate to prevent it.