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For some reason, MacBook Pros with Touch Bars can still skip unskippable YouTube ads

Is it a bug or is it a feature?

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YouTube ads are terrible, there’s no denying it, but unskippable YouTube ads take that to the next level. Admittedly, I will sometimes go find another video instead of sitting through one of those. If you own a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, however, you currently have a way to skip those lame ads.

The feature was first noticed over two years ago but was recently brought into the light again thanks to Redditor BiggerBadgers. The “feature” only works with the Safari browser and requires you to set your Touch Bar to “App Controls” in the Touch Bar settings menu.

How it works

Once you’ve confirmed the settings mentioned above, load up a YouTube video. If it has an unskippable ad (or one that can be skipped after a certain amount of time), you’ll notice the video timeline pop up on your Touch Bar.

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For ads that are skippable after a certain amount of time, simply put your finger on the line that shows where you are in the video and drag that sumbish to the right. You’ll fast forward through the ad and get the option to either skip the remainder of the ad. Business Insider notes not to slide it all the way to the right, as it will cause the ad to go into an infinite loop.

For the unskippable ads, the process is a lot easier, as shown by the Redditor. Simply click the end of the timeline on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and it will skip to the end of the ad and start the video as intended.

Not sure if already known, but you can skip unskippable ads with the touch bar! from r/mac

Honestly, I would have assumed this bug/feature/whatever would have been addressed by now, but here we are, two years later, still able to do it.

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