How to Remove YouTube Ads From Firestick

Ads seem to be the future for media players and media player apps. They are increasingly a problem for consumers who pay good money for their hardware only to be inundated with tons of ads. YouTube is one of the worst offenders when it comes to number of ads.

Fortunately, there is a way you can remove ads from YouTube for Firestick. It takes a little “hacking”, but we’ll show you how in this detailed guide.

There is an app called SmartTubeNext that can be used as a replacement for the standard YouTube app. This app is not available in the Amazon Appstore. You will need to sideload it onto your Firestick.

In this guide we will show you:

  • How to change settings to allow the sideload installation of SmartTubeNext.
  • How to download and install the Downloader app. This app will facilitate the loading of the SmartTubeNext app.
  • Finally, how to Install SmartTubeNext and enjoy YouTube content without the ads.

Let’s get started!

  1. Open the Appstore by going to Find > Appstore.
    Fire TV Appstore Selection
  2. Download and install the Downloader app. You can find it under All Categories > Utilities.
    Fire TV Appstore Utilities Selection
    Downloader App in Amazon Appstore
  3. Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer options. If you don’t have this option, see our post Fire TV / Firestick: Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.
  4. Do one of the following depending on the model of Fire TV you are using:
    • Go to Install unknown apps, then set the Downloader app to On.

      Fire TV Set Downloader Set Install Unknown Apps to On
    • Ensure that Apps from Unknown Sources is set to On.
      Fire TV Apps From Unknown Sources Setting
  5. Launch the Downloader app and choose the Browser option.
    Fire TV Downloader App
  6. Visit the website using the browser.
    Visit SmartYouTubeTV Github site in Downloader
  7. Arrow down to the Stable release link and select it. This will start the download of the SmartTubeNext installation file.
    SmartYouTubeTV Stable Release Link
  8. Once the file is downloaded, select Install.
    Install SmartYouTubeTV
  9. Once the file is installed, you can launch it from your app list.
    SmartYouTube App on Firestick

Now you are able to enjoy YouTube ad free on your Firestick! As long as you use the app, ads will be blocked from view.

SmartYouTube App Screenshot


Can the SmartTubeNext app be trusted?

I personally trust it as long as the installation file is downloaded from the official Github site. The app has been available there for several years and there haven’t been any reports of bad behavior from the app or the developer.

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