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How to Block Ads on Hulu (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Tired of constant commercial interruptions when trying to enjoy Hulu? Looking for ways to stop those repetitive ads from disrupting your viewing pleasure? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This comprehensive guide will walk through the top techniques available to block or skip ads on Hulu across different devices. We’ll provide detailed instructions, expert troubleshooting advice, and an in-depth look at Hulu’s ad strategy.

Ready to finally take control of your Hulu experience? Let’s get started.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Hulu Ads

Here are the most effective methods to eliminate ads from Hulu, with detailed how-to instructions:

1. Install a Desktop Browser Ad Blocker

One of the simplest ways to remove Hulu ads is by installing an ad blocking browser extension. Here‘s how:

For Chrome and Edge:

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store or Edge Add-ons site and search for an ad blocker like uBlock Origin or AdBlock Plus. These are two of the most popular and effective options.

  2. Click “Add to Chrome” or “Get” to install the extension. This will add the ad blocker to your browser.

  3. By default, the ad blocker will automatically block ads on Hulu and most other sites.

  4. For advanced customization, click the ad blocker icon in your toolbar and adjust the settings. Make sure to enable Hulu as a blocked domain.

For Firefox:

  1. Go to the Mozilla Add-ons site and search for a top-rated ad blocker like uBlock Origin or AdBlock Plus.

  2. Click “Add to Firefox” to install the add-on. This will install the ad blocker to your browser.

  3. The ad blocker will automatically block ads by default. For additional configuration, click the ad blocker icon in the toolbar.

  4. Make sure to add Hulu.com and any related streaming domains to the blocking filters list for full ad removal.

2. Switch to an Ad-Blocking Web Browser

Specialized ad-blocking web browsers provide another hassle-free option. Some top choices include:

Brave

  • Go to brave.com and download the Brave browser for your operating system.

  • Brave automatically blocks ads and trackers on all websites, including Hulu.

  • For added protection, enable Brave’s optional “ shields” in Settings which ramps up blocking.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Download the latest Firefox browser from mozilla.org.

  • Firefox blocks some ads by default and makes it easy to add ad blocking extensions.

  • For full ad removal on Hulu, install a supplemental extension like uBlock Origin.

Opera

  • Go to opera.com to download the Opera browser for your OS.

  • Opera has a built-in ad blocker that works well for removing Hulu ads.

  • For added control, Opera also allows you to enable 3rd party ad blocking extensions.

3. Remove Ads on Mobile with a Dedicated App

To block ads while streaming Hulu on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or tablet, specialized ad blocking apps get the job done.

For iOS:

  1. On your device’s App Store, download 1Blocker X, one of the top-rated iOS ad blockers.

  2. Open the 1Blocker app and enable the specific filtering rules for Hulu:

    • Domains: hulu.com, huluim.com, hulustream.com

    • DNS filter: 216.246.26.202

  3. Now when you watch Hulu in any browser or app, 1Blocker will block the ads.

For Android:

  1. Go to Google Play and download AdGuard, a trusted Android ad blocker.

  2. In AdGuard, tap Filters and under Advertising enable the filter list for Hulu.

  3. You can also create a custom filter with the domain hulu.com to ensure all ads are blocked.

  4. With AdGuard enabled, you’ll see zero ads when streaming Hulu content on your device.

4. Set Up a Pi-Hole on Your Network

Pi-Hole lets you block ads at the network level on all connected devices like smart TVs, media players, games consoles, and more. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Get a Raspberry Pi mini-computer and SD card. For Pi-Hole you‘ll want a Pi Zero model.

  2. Flash the SD card with Pi-Hole’s free software using Raspberry Pi Imager or Etcher.

  3. Insert the SD card into your Pi and connect it to your router via Ethernet.

  4. Assign your Pi a static IP address on your network so it doesn’t change.

  5. Log into your Pi-Hole admin console and enable adlists like these curated lists which contain ad and tracking domains:

  6. With Pi-Hole running on your network, all connected devices will have ads blocked including on Hulu. It works across smartphones, media players, smart TVs, games consoles, and more. No client-side configuration required!

5. Refresh Videos to Shorten Ads

This manual workaround takes a bit more patience, but can effectively cut down ad duration on Hulu:

  1. Start playing a show episode and wait for the first ad break to begin.

  2. As soon as the first ad starts, refresh your browser tab to reload the video player.

  3. The ads will restart, but you’ll typically get a shorter set (sometimes just a few quick ads).

  4. Repeat the refresh technique whenever a particularly long or disruptive group of ads pops up to shorten them.

6. Upgrade to the Hulu (No Ads) Plan

For the ultimate set-it-and-forget it ad-free experience, upgrade directly through Hulu:

  1. While logged into your Hulu account, visit the account settings.

  2. Under “Plans and Add-ons", select “Change Your Plan”.

  3. Choose the “Hulu (No Ads)” plan for $12.99/month.

  4. Click “Review Changes” then “Confirm” to upgrade your Hulu subscription.

The No Ads plan removes all ad interruptions from Hulu‘s streaming library for uninterrupted viewing (live TV still contains ads). If you want the most hassle-free and reliable no ad experience, this first-party Hulu option can‘t be beat.

Troubleshooting Hulu Ad Blocking

Removing ads from Hulu takes some trial and error. If you run into issues, check out these troubleshooting tips:

Ads still showing?

  • Double check your ad blocker settings and any custom filters to ensure Hulu domains are added. Update filter lists if needed.

  • Try a different ad blocker like uBlock Origin or AdGuard, as some may block ads more effectively than others.

  • Temporarily whitelist Hulu domains while troubleshooting to pinpoint the source of the ads.

Videos won’t load properly?

  • Whitelist key Hulu and AWS streaming domains in your ad blocker to prevent over-blocking issues.

  • Disable cosmetic filtering which can sometimes interfere with video playback on streaming sites.

Experiencing playback errors or buffering?

  • Turn off your ad blocker temporarily to isolate whether it’s causing the streaming problems.

  • Ensure any VPN extensions are disabled, as those can conflict with streaming video playback.

Only seeing a black screen?

  • Try toggling off your ad blocker to allow the Hulu player to load properly before re-enabling the blocker.

  • Repair broken player scripts by adding hulu.com to the filters list in your Script Blocker extension.

Still seeing ads on “No Ads” plan?

  • A small number of shows have distribution agreements that prohibit full ad removal. You can report leftover ads.

  • Log out and back into Hulu to clear any cached plan data that could be incorrect.

Why Hulu Requires So Many Ads

No one likes excessive ads, but Hulu certainly has valid business reasons for inundating viewers with commercials:

  • Revenue – Hulu makes the vast majority of its profits from advertising. In 2020 it generated over $1.5 billion in ad revenue.

  • Lower subscriber costs – Income from ads allows Hulu to charge less for its streaming plans compared to rivals like Netflix.

  • Targeting – Data collection on viewers lets Hulu offer targeted, high value ads to marketers which bring in higher earnings.

  • Content licensing costs – Having a massive catalog from Disney, Fox, NBC and more requires Hulu to monetize all that ad time.

  • Ad partnerships – Hulu‘s ad sales are boosted through partnerships with its corporate parents like Disney.

  • Promotions – Hulu uses house ads to promote its own content which reduces licensing expenses.

So in short, more ads equal bigger profits. But fortunately the tools above can help viewers take back control of their experience.

Additional Ways to Improve Hulu Privacy

Blocking ads is a great first step, but here are a few other tweaks to boost your privacy when streaming Hulu:

  • Use a VPN to encrypt traffic and mask your IP address from Hulu.

  • Install the Privacy Badger extension to prevent invisible trackers.

  • Enable your browser‘s anti-fingerprinting protections.

  • Opt out of interest-based ads on Hulu‘s website.

  • Run an anti-virus scan for any malware trying to infiltrate your system.

  • Update to the latest operating system and browser versions which contain security patches.

Taking these steps in addition to removing ads helps keep all aspects of your digital life more secure and private.

The Bottom Line

Tired of constant commercials and disruptive ads while trying to enjoy your favorite shows on Hulu? After reading this guide, you now have an arsenal of proven methods to finally stop those annoying ads in their tracks.

Whether you prefer easy browser extensions, mobile apps, network-wide tools like Pi-Hole, or upgrading to Hulu‘s ad-free plan, you have options to suit your needs and budget. We hope these detailed instructions and troubleshooting tips provide everything you need to control your Hulu experience and stop ads from getting in the way.

Happy ad-free streaming!

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