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Turn YouTube Annotations Off Permanently Using Ad Blocking Filter

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YouTube annotations are semi-transparent boxes of text that cover a video while you're watching it. They can be different colors and sizes, and can pop up or go away at any point during a video. Sometimes they are useful, but most of the time they aren't. YouTube gives you a way to turn them off on a per-video basis in video options, but not permanently or site-wide. Here is how you can achieve that using an ad blocker browser extension and a simple filter.


Use an Ad Blocker


To block the annotations from showing up, you'll need an ad blocker extension or plug-in for your browser. If you don't already have one, you can get one from your browser's extension/plug-in page. I recommend ┬ÁBlock Origin for either Chrome or Firefox. Any one that supports the AdBlock Plus filter syntax will work.


Adding a Custom Filter


Once you have the ad blocker installed, you'll need to add one custom filter to remove YouTube annotations. You can do this in the "My filters" section of uBlock, which can be found depending on your browser at:

Chrome
More Tools > Extensions > uBlock Origin Options > My filters

Firefox
Add-ons > Extensions > uBlock Origin Options > Show Dashboard > My filters

Add this filter on its own line (copy and paste it) and then hit "Apply changes":

youtube.com/annotations_
You shouldn't need to restart your browser.


Reverting Back


If you want to revert back to allowing annotations, you'll have to remove the filter from your custom filters.
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Happy   Jul 16, 2018
I call them "spammotations". Thank you!
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