In this article, I will talk about browser add-ons that will increase your YouTube experience, which I also use.
You may have adblocker but still uploaders adds sponsored or unnecessary parts in their videos. This extension can auto skip unnecessary segments (marked by us, users) of the video to save your valued time. Easily skip YouTube video sponsors. When you visit a YouTube video, the extension will check the database for reported sponsors and automatically skip known sponsors. You can also report sponsors in videos.
- Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sponsorblock-for-youtube/mnjggcdmjocbbbhaepdhchncahnbgone
- Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/sponsorblock/
- Safari: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/sponsorblock-for-youtube/id1573461917
- Source code: https://github.com/ajayyy/SponsorBlock
- iOS: https://github.com/qnblackcat/uYouPlus
- Android: https://github.com/polymorphicshade/NewPipe
SponsorBlock is an open-source crowdsourced browser extension to skip sponsor segments in YouTube videos. Users submit when a sponsor happens from the extension, and the extension automatically skips sponsors it knows about. It also supports skipping other categories, such as intros, outros and reminders to subscribe.
Skip sponsorships, subscription begging and more on YouTube videos. Report sponsors on videos you watch to save others’ time.
SponsorBlock lets you skip over sponsors, intros, outros, subscription reminders, and other annoying parts of YouTube videos. SponsorBlock is a crowdsourced browser extension that lets anyone submit the start and end times of sponsored segments and other segments of YouTube videos. Once one person submits this information, everyone else with this extension will skip right over the sponsored segment. You can also skip over non music sections of music videos. This is open source and the entire database is public.
SponsorBlock is an open-source crowdsourced browser extension and open API for skipping sponsor segments in YouTube videos. Users submit when a sponsor happens from the extension, and the extension automatically skips sponsors it knows about using a privacy preserving query system. It also supports skipping other categories, such as intros, outros and reminders to subscribe, and skipping to the point with highlight. There are currently 3.081.261 users who have submitted 4.668.941 skip segments, which have saved a total of 634 years and 252.02 days of people’s lives.
Return YouTube Dislike
Returns ability to see dislike statistics on YouTube. Browser extension and an API that shows you dislikes on Youtube
- Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/return-youtube-dislike/gebbhagfogifgggkldgodflihgfeippi
- Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/return-youtube-dislikes/
- Userscript: https://github.com/Anarios/return-youtube-dislike/raw/main/Extensions/UserScript/Return%20Youtube%20Dislike.user.js
- Source code: https://github.com/Anarios/return-youtube-dislike
- iOS: https://github.com/qnblackcat/uYouPlus
On November 10th, 2021, Google announced that the YouTube dislike count would be removed. Additionally, the dislike field in the YouTube API was removed on December 13th, 2021, removing any ability to judge the quality of content before watching. With the removal of dislike stats from the YouTube API, our backend switched to using a combination of scraped dislike stats, estimates extrapolated from extension user data.
This extension aims to restore power to users by using a combination of archived like and dislike data, as well as the likes and dislikes made by extension users to show the most accurate ratings. Currently has 200+ million videos likes/dislikes data stored before December 13th, 2021 Actively growing and keeping up to date with uploads after December 13th, 2021 The more users that use the extension, the more accurate it will be. Unpopular videos uploaded after December 13th, 2021 may have less accurate data shown than more popular videos.
Where does the extension get its data? A combination of archived data from before the offical YouTube dislike API shut down, and extrapolated extension user behavior.
Why isn’t the dislike count updating? Right now video dislikes are cached and they aren’t updated very frequently. It varies depending on a video’s popularity but can take anywhere between a few hours and a few days to update.
How does this work? The extension collects the video ID of the video you are watching, fetches the dislike (and other fields like views, likes etc) using our API. The extension then displays the dislike count and ratio on the page. If you like or dislike a video, that is recorded and sent to the database so an accurate dislike count can be extrapolated.
YouTube Auto HD + FPS
If you have 100+ mbps high speed fiber internet but your ISP is throttling YouTube or decreasing the pipe to some streaming services due to congested traffic (they’re stingy) you may want to auto force YouTube to 4K by an extension.
Tired of YouTube not automatically setting videos to the appropriate quality? This extension will not only let you specify the quality of the videos, but will also consider FPS! This means, for example – if your computer can handle 1080p videos at 30 FPS, but not at 60 FPS – you can automatically set 60 FPS videos to play at 720p! And the best part – it works for embedded YouTube videos as well! (I.e. YouTube videos that aren’t in YouTube.com) It can even automatically resize videos according to your preference!
- Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-auto-hd-%20-fps/fcphghnknhkimeagdglkljinmpbagone
- Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-auto-hd-fps/
- Safari: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1546729687
- Source code: https://github.com/avi12/youtube-auto-hd
- Alternative: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/enhancer-for-youtube/
Watch all YouTube videos in HD (including outside of YouTube.com), according to the FPS you set! Has 80,000+ users on Google Chrome.
A simple browser extension for changing YouTube videos’ quality based on FPS.
Bonus: uBlock Origin
Best content blocker. uBlock Origin is not an “ad blocker”, it’s a wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature.
- Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm
- Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/
- Source code: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
- Safari alternative: Adguard https://apps.apple.com/tr/app/adguard-for-safari/id1440147259?mt=12
Bonus 2 For Android: ReVanced
Bonus 3 for iOS: uYou+
The best tweak for the YouTube app on iOS Sideloaders.
- iSponsorBlock: Skips annoying sponsor ads inside videos. iSponsorBlock is based on SponsorBlock engine. Basically, this is the iOS version of the SponsorBlock extension.
YouPiP: enable YouTube’s native PiP. More options are in YouTube Settings – General.
YTUHD: unlock VP9 codec and in effect, enables video quality of 2K and 4K. You can enable/disable YTUHD in YouTube Settings – Video quality preferences.