If you’re like me, you use Chromecast regularly and were getting infuriated by those idiotic “Get ad-free YouTube and more” ads that popup seemingly on every single video and, despite having a “Dismiss” button, have no discernable way to actually dismiss them.
Do they expect us to press on our TV screen? I mean, come on, Google. Use that big, dumb, AI brain of yours.
Supposedly you can use your TV remote to do it, but my TV remote has nothing to do with my Chromecast so that obviously doesn’t work.
The app doesn’t seem to have any option to press a button or dismiss anything.
…Or does it?
It turns out the method to dismiss these annoying popups is pretty asinine and nearly impossible to figure out on your own, but after pressing every single button on the YouTube app until I figured it out, I’m here to share with you the results of my labor.
First, the short version, then the long and detailed one. Note that this worked with my Android device and the YouTube app. I suspect the instructions are the same on an iOS device.
How to dismiss the Chromecast popup ads:
- From the YouTube app, click the Cast icon again and press “Remote” to open up the remote
- Press the center button to dismiss
- Press up a couple times to hide the progress screen
And now for those who need a bit more detail (who am I kidding: this is just because Google won’t rank this page unless I give excruciating detail and screenshots):
- Load up your YouTube App and make sure that you are connected to your Chromecast already
- Press the cast icon again
- Press the “Remote” button to load up the Chromecast remote
- Press the center button to “Dismiss” the ad
- Because Google doesn’t want you to be happy, for some reason the progress bar and related content will show up now and won’t ever go away until you do something. So you may as well press the “Up” button a couple times to make it go away.
And that’s it! Unfortunately, you’ll probably still keep getting this idiotic ad for YouTube Premium on every video you watch, despite the fact you’re already seeing other ads before and after every video. It would seem that Google’s strategy to monetize YouTube truly is to just annoy you into submission.
The future is here, and it is terrible.