Published on October 24, 2023, 9:37 am
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In a surprising turn of events, dedicated users of the ill-fated Windows Phone platform have found a clever workaround to bypass YouTube’s restrictive ad-blocking popups. These loyal fans have discovered that by changing their user agent string to mimic an old Windows Phone browser, they can trick YouTube into allowing uninterrupted viewing with ad-blocking enabled on other devices.
This ingenious technique was brought to light by Windows Phone user Endermanch on Twitter and has been further reported on by Windows Central. It serves as a form of ironic payback for Windows Phone, a platform that never achieved widespread success and was hindered by a lack of app support, particularly from Google.
Despite its small but passionate user base, Google showed little support for its apps and services on Windows Phone. This stark contrasted with its favorable approach towards iOS, where Google’s apps were sometimes even better than on its own Android system during the early days.
The ad-blocker workaround is perceived as revenge from the grave for Windows Phone users. However, it is unlikely to last long before Google patches this loophole. Google has become increasingly aggressive in maximizing ad views and steering users towards its Premium ad-free YouTube subscription. The Windows Phone trick offers users a new way to enjoy an ad-free experience and avoid the annoyance of pop-up interruptions demanding them to disable their ad blockers.
This workaround exemplifies the ongoing cat-and-mouse game between ad-blocking services and platforms striving to uphold their ad-driven business models. Moreover, it symbolizes the resourcefulness of dedicated tech communities, even in seemingly lost causes like Windows Phone.
While bittersweet, this small act of defiance serves as a fitting legacy for Windows Phone — a platform cherished by its smaller user base but ultimately hampered by insufficient support and priority from both Microsoft and third-party developers like Google. It serves as a reminder of the untapped potential that Windows Phone possessed if circumstances had been different.
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Windows Phone users get revenge on Google through YouTube ads disruption.
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