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How to Block Twitch Ads

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Our Verdict

The easiest way to block Twitch ads is to install a reliable ad blocker extension such as uBlock Origin. But, this won't block video ads. To permanently block on-page, pre-roll, and mid-roll Twitch ads, change your IP address location using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

a man blocking Twitch ads

The Twitch platform contains a large number of ads that often get in the way of your viewing experience. If you’ve tried to watch a livestream on Twitch, you’ll know how disruptive advertisements can be before or during the stream.

Twitch ads can be divided into two categories:

  1. Static, on-page advertisements that appear throughout the website.
  2. Video ads that run during or before livestreams, also known as pre-roll or mid-roll ads.

Using an adblocker such as uBlock Origin reliably blocks the majority of on-page advertisements, including the ‘Homepage Carousel’ and the banners that appear when scrolling.

Sadly, uBlock Origin and other adblockers don’t block video ads on Twitch. The simplest way to block pre-roll or mid-roll video ads on Twitch is to change your IP address location with a VPN.

This guide covers different methods for blocking Twitch ads, and troubleshoot any errors you may encounter, including updating uBlock Origin’s script.

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6 Simple Methods to Unblock Twitch Ads

The six methods listed below are the most effective ways to block pre-roll and mid-roll ads on Twitch, so you can stream uninterrupted.

Here’s a table comparing the pros and cons of each method:

Set-up Difficulty Stream Quality Open Source Earn Channel Points Earn Twitch Drops Blocks all ads Cost
Ad Block Extension Easy Good Yes Yes Yes No Free
Ad Block Browser Easy Okay Yes Yes Yes No Free
Ad Block Proxy Easy Okay Yes Yes Yes Yes Free
VPN Medium Varies No Yes Yes Yes Varies
Twitchls Easy Bad Yes No No No Free
Alternative Platform Easy Good Yes No No Yes Free

1. Use an Ad Block Extension

PROS CONS
  • Easy to install
  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Frequently shut down by Twitch
  • Ad blockers can sell your data
  • Can cause pages to load incorrectly
  • Can’t block pre-rolls or mid-rolls

UPDATE: As of November 2021, uBlock Origin no longer blocks pre-roll or mid-roll Twitch ads. To fix this, skip to our section on troubleshooting uBlock Origin.

Using an ad blocking browser extension is the easiest and quickest way to block on-page advertisements on Twitch. It’s free, safe, and simple to set up in minutes. However, ad blockers are often shut down by Twitch and they will not work to block pre-roll or mid-roll video ads.

The most effective ad block extension available is uBlock Origin, an open-source browser extension available on Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera.

uBlock Origin is capable of blocking all on-page ads without impacting the quality of your stream in any way.

How to Block Twitch Ads Using uBlock Origin

  1. Add the extension. Go to uBlock Origin’s website and locate the link for your preferred browser.
  2. Turn on the ad blocker. Navigate to your browser’s toolbar and click on uBlock Origin’s power symbol to enable ad block.
  3. uBlock Origin's client

    uBlock Origin’s power symbol will turn blue when enabled.

  4. Navigate to Twitch and enjoy ad-free browsing

2. Install a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

PROS CONS
  • Won’t affect how a page loads
  • Provides online anonymity and security
  • Can be toggled on and off
  • Twitch struggles to detect them
  • Can be used on any browser
  • Can block all types of ads
  • Connecting to a distant server can cause the stream to buffer
  • A quality VPN can cost money

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) lets you change your online location by connecting to a server in a different country, providing you with an alternative IP address.

Twitch’s advertising policy differs from country-to-country, with some locations like Poland omitting all types of ads.

Using a VPN, you can change your IP location to one of these countries and block all types of Twitch ads permanently.

You might find your recommendations tab changes depending on the country you’ve connected to, but you’ll still be able to watch live streams from anywhere in the world.

Your stream may buffer when connected to a server far away from your location, however we only experienced this when first loading the livestream.

VPNs also come with the added benefit of increased privacy and security when browsing online. This is the most effective way of blocking all ads on Twitch, but it usually requires a small subscription fee.

ExpressVPN and CyberGhost are both top-rated VPNs with the necessary server coverage and speeds to reliably block Twitch ads without compromising your stream quality.

How to block All Twitch Ads with a VPN

Here’s a video demonstrating how to block Twitch ads permanently with a VPN:

  1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN or CyberGhost and download the application to your device.
  2. Open the VPN client and select a server location from the table below.
  3. Enable the VPN connection.
  4. Open your preferred web browser and navigate to Twitch.
  5. You can now watch Twitch without any advertisements.

EXPERT TIP: This method works on all devices and browsers with identical setups. It can also be used on the Twitch App.

Not every VPN location will work with Twitch, so we recommend connecting to a server in one of the following countries.

VPN Service
Belarus
Czechia
Georgia
Lithuania
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Ukraine
Mexico
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Panama
ExpressVPN
CyberGhost

How to Block On-Page Twitch Ads with a VPN

Some VPNs are also equipped with a built-in ad blocker as one of their features. These VPN ad blockers can’t block pre-roll or mid-roll ads, but they are effective at blocking on-page ads such as frontpage banners.

NordVPN and Private Internet Access are both equipped with proprietary ad blockers that are ideal for blocking Twitch ads while maintaining your online security.

NordVPN and Private Internet Access’ ad blockers are available on Windows, macOS, android, and iPhone devices.

Using a VPN ad blocker will not block Twitch ads that are integrated within the stream, but it will block on-page ads such as the Homepage carousel and ad banners.

NordVPN’s inbuilt ad blockers, CyberSec and Threat Protection, do not effectively block all ads because they use only DNS filtering to block domains and don’t remove ad content from the page.

This method does not rely on changing your location either, which means you can pick a local server and avoid any noticeable loss in stream quality.

To Enable the Ad blocker on NordVPN:

  1. Open the VPN client and locate the Settings cog in the top right corner.
  2. Then, Settings > General > CyberSec: block ads and malicious websites.
  3. Toggle CyberSec on.
  4. Enjoy an ad-free Twitch page.
Under General in NordVPN's settings, you can turn off CyberSec.

NordVPN’s ad block settings.

3. Use an Ad Block Browser

PROS CONS
  • Easy to install
  • Free
  • Open source
  • Pages take longer to load
  • Can cause Twitch streams to buffer
  • Can’t block pre-rolls or mid-rolls

You can also use an ad blocking browser to block on-page Twitch ads. Web browsers such as Opera and Brave block all third-party advertisements and tracking by default, which means you can navigate to Twitch without any disruption.

However, this method cannot block integrated pre-roll and mid-roll ads.

Ad block browsers function in the same way as an ad block extension but the software used is implemented at a browser level. This can cause websites to load incorrectly or even break.

This is a free and simple way to block on-page ads, but Ad block browsers lack the speeds of their mainstream competitors. Twitch livestreams tend to buffer when played on an ad block browser and drops in video quality are not uncommon.

Popular ad block browsers include Opera, Firefox, and Brave. Based on our testing Opera is not safe to use and Firefox is unable to load Twitch. We recommend using Brave as it has the simplest setup and will not compromise your online privacy or security.

We’ve tested some of the best private browsers available and each one can offer its own benefits to your setup.

How to Block Twitch Ads Using an Ad Blocking Browser

  1. Navigate to the browser’s download page. We recommend the Brave browser.
  2. Once the download is complete, run the setup file.
  3. Brave does not require any further setup beyond installation
  4. Search for Twitch in your new browser, the page will no longer display any ads.

4. Use an Ad Block Proxy

PROS CONS
  • Easy to install
  • Free
  • Open source
  • Can block all types of ads
  • Requires access to your Twitch ID and personal IP
  • Regularly blocked by Twitch
  • Shady Developer behaviour
  • Can’t choose your new location

A proxy acts as an intermediary between you and the website you want to connect to. Your web traffic is routed through a proxy server which connects to websites on your behalf.

The website you want to connect to only sees your proxy server’s IP address, allowing you to spoof your virtual location.

Similar to using a VPN, you can use a proxy server to connect to a country that is exempt from advertising on Twitch. This is an affordable way to block all Twitch ads, but proxies are not as secure as VPN services.

The two most reliable Ad block proxies available are TTV LOL and Purple Ads Blocker. Both extensions are built specifically for blocking ads on the Twitch platform. However, we do not recommend installing TTV LOL as its effectiveness at blocking Twitch ads comes at the cost of exposing your IP and collecting your personal data.

EXPERT TIP: Ad blocking proxies come with security risks and limitations. You can’t select your own server location when using an Ad block proxy, which means you could be assigned a distant server that impacts your stream quality.

How to block Twitch ads with an Ad Block proxy

  1. Go to the Purple Ads blocker Chrome or Firefox listing.
  2. Add the extension to your browser.
  3. The proxy will activate automatically.
  4. Twitch will no longer display any ads.

Why You Shouldn’t Use an Ad Block Proxy

An adbock proxy relies on access to your IP address to function. This raises privacy and security concerns as a proxy may store and leak this identifying information.

In May 2021, it was revealed that TTV LOL leaked users’ Twitch ID and IP address when connecting to its endpoint server.

Furthermore, TTV LOL’s privacy policy is vague and non-committal stating that it “may collect your IP address and “other diagnostic data.” TTV LOL also ambiguously states that it may collect further information “in the future” including your filter settings.

It’s not certain what this information would entail as access to your filter settings suggests that TTV LOL can see which websites you are connecting to. This would be far more invasive than just collecting “usage data.”

Access to your IP address and Twitch ID, as well as confirmed reports of data leaks, confirms that this is a dangerous extension which could compromise your online anonymity. We do not recommend using TTV LOL to block Twitch ads.

TTV LOL's Privacy Policy

TTV LOL’s Privacy Policy.

Purple Ads blocker’s privacy policy is even more opaque with a brief, poorly-written statement:

Purple Ads Blocker's Privacy Policy

Purple Ads Blocker’s Privacy Policy.

The lack of clarity surrounding its data collection practices coupled with reported IP leaks means that we can’t recommend an ad block proxy if you are looking to stay secure online. If you want to block all Twitch Ads without compromising your online security, we recommend using a VPN.

5. Use Twitchls

PROS CONS
  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Open source
  • You can’t earn Channel Points
  • You can’t participate in Twitch Drops
  • Twitch ads will appear on occasion
  • Can cause Twitch streams to buffer

Twitchls is an open source platform that allows you to open Twitch streams in an embeded video.

This will block all types of Twitch ads, but it does come with some restrictions.

Interaction-based rewards such as Channel Points and Twitch Drops are blocked, but you can still access the stream’s chat.

Entry to the streamer’s chat will require your Twitch account login details. We have no reason to distrust Twitchls as it has not suffered any known data breaches, but it is a third-party platform with no formal affiliation to Twitch. It is up to your own discretion if you want to share your personal details with it.

There’s also some missing quality of life features, namely a lack of a ‘dark mode’ option for the platform as well as automatically loading the stream at a 360p quality. If you want to view the livestream in 1080p you’ll have to manually select the option in the video settings and reload the entire stream.

In our testing, streams loaded in at 1080p suffered from frequent buffering and fluctuations in quality. Lower video resolutions did not have have this issue. We also experienced an occasional mid-roll ad, but this was not common.

How to Block Twitch Ads Using Twitchls

A normal Twitch URL reads as follows: twitch.tv/channelname

By replacing .tv with ls.com we can access a new window that is free of ads.

The new URL would be: twitchls.com/channelname.

6. Use an Alternative Platform

PROS CONS
  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Open source
  • You can’t earn Channel Points
  • You can’t participate in Twitch Drops
  • You can’t interact with Twitch chat

Multistre.am is an alternative streaming platform which automatically blocks all types of Twitch advertisements.

Multistre.am reliably blocks Twitch ads, but it comes at the cost of total isolation from the Twitch platform.

You aren’t able to earn Channel Points or Twitch Drops, and you can’t interact with the streamer’s chat.

In our testing we also experienced the Twitch ‘Purple Screen of death’ at irregular intervals.

Twitch's 'Purple Screen of Death'

Twitch’s ‘Purple Screen of Death’.

The screen appears infrequently and doesn’t indicate that your account has been suspended or compromised in any way. It is, however, a slight inconvenience from a platform that promises a disruption-free viewing experience.

How to Use Multistre.am to Block Twitch Ads

  1. Search for Multistre.am in your web browser.
  2. Input the Twitch Channel name of the streamer you want to watch.
  3. Select your Screen Proportions.
  4. Click Watch Stream.

uBlock Origin Not Working? Troubleshooting Tips

As of early November 2021, uBlock Origin no longer blocks pre-roll or mid-roll advertisements on Twitch. Ad blockers have struggled to bypass these types of ads since Twitch embedded them directly into videos. Fortunately, there’s a straightforward fix to ensure that uBlock Origin blocks all types of Twitch ads:

  1. Click on the uBlock Origin icon in your toolbar and select the three-gear symbol to open the Dashboard.
  2. uBlock Origin Settings menu

  3. Naviagte to the My Filters tab and type in twitch.tv##+js(twitch-videoad). Then click Apply Changes.
  4. uBlock Origin filter list

  5. Select the Settings tab and tick the I am an advanced user box. Click on the cog that appears next to it to access the advanced settings.
  6. Scroll to userResourcesLocation at the bottom of the settings and change the text from unset to https://github.com/pixeltris/TwitchAdSolutions/raw/master/notify-strip/notify-strip-ublock-origin.js.
  7. uBlock Origin Advanced Settings

  8. Select Apply Changes and then toggle the ad blocker on and off to ensure that these changes are registered.
  9. Your uBlock Origin Extension will now block all types of Twitch ads.

By adding this script, any pre-roll or mid-roll ads are supplanted by a low quality version of the stream. Once the ad has finished your stream will return to a normal resolution.

Additional research by Harry Ferrigno

About the Author


  • Headshot of Top10VPN.com Site Editor Callum Tennent

    Callum Tennent

    Callum Tennent oversees how we test and review VPN services. He's a member of the IAPP, and his VPN advice has featured in Forbes and the Internet Society. Read full bio