Did you know that Google allows you to customize the types of ads you see on the web? If you don’t want to see alcohol or gambling ads on YouTube, you can opt out. We show you how to do it.
As you may already know, Google is responsible for delivering many of the advertisements you encounter while browsing the Internet. If you̵
Google takes a number of things into account when it comes to personalizing ads. Some information, such as your age and gender, is collected from your Google account. Additional information, such as your family income and marital status, is based on assumptions based on your activity on Google services.
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All information that Google uses to personalize ads for you can be accessed through the Google Ad Settings dashboard. We’re going to change the settings on this page to see fewer ads for alcohol and gambling on YouTube.
To get started, visit the Google Ads Settings page in a web browser on your computer, phone or tablet. Make sure you are signed in to your Google account.
At the top of the page, you’ll see the ‘Ad Personalization’ toggle. You can turn this off to turn off ad personalization completely. However, if you want some control over the types of ads you see, then ‘Ad Personalization’ must be turned on.
Scroll down to the ‘Ad Categories on YouTube’ section. Right now this feature is in beta so you may not see it yet.
Currently, there are two categories here (and more may be coming in the future): ‘Alcohol’ and ‘Gambling’. Click on ‘Show less’ next to the types of ads you no longer want to see.
A pop-up message will ask you to confirm; click on “Continue”.
You will notice that under the category (or categories) you selected, it now says, “We will to attempt not to show ads from this category. “
Unfortunately, Google cannot guarantee that you will not see anything each ads from the categories you have selected. However, you should definitely see less of it in the future.
That’s all there is to it! Hopefully, you will now see fewer of the ads you find most annoying on YouTube.