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How to Get Hulu Without Ads

How to Get Hulu Without Ads in 2024

If you want to watch Hulu without ads, the simplest way to do so is to pay for one of the no-ads plan options. However, getting rid of ads on your Hulu account is also possible without paying for a higher tier subscription. Here’s how to do it.

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Reviewed by Sandra Pattison (Writer, Editor)

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Last Updated: 2024-07-03T20:38:43+00:00

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Key Takeaways: Enjoy Hulu Ad-Free

  • Plenty of U.S. users enjoy their Hulu shows, but a short ad break every few minutes can be distracting and annoying. 
  • Upgrading to a Hulu no-ads plan is the easiest way to get rid of most of the ads, but it costs quite a lot more than the ad-supported plans. 
  • If you don’t want to upgrade to an ad-free plan, you can use ad-blocking browser extensions to block Hulu ads.

Few things are more annoying than having your favorite movie interrupted by ads every few minutes. If you’re a Hulu user and opted for the more affordable, ad-supported plan, you might now be regretting your decision. Thankfully, there are ways to watch Hulu without ads, and we’ll go over a few options in this guide.

Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services in the U.S. We say in the U.S., because it’s not available elsewhere, such as in Canada (check out our guide on how to get Hulu in Canada). Though you can bypass that limitation by using a VPN — ExpressVPN is our favorite VPN for that. Hulu has several plans, including some which let you watch local live TV channels, which makes it the streaming service of choice for many. 

If you want to block Hulu ads and enjoy your shows and movies — like Reservation Dogs, Justified: City Primeval or Only Murders in the Building — uninterrupted, this guide will show how to do just that. Keep in mind, though, that there’s no way to avoid commercials on live channels.

Hulu Without Ads: Why Does Hulu Have Ads?

The most affordable Hulu plan is the one with ads, available to those who would rather watch ads than spend more money on a pricier monthly subscription. Hulu uses ads to make up for the revenue lost due to the price difference between the two plans, and to be able to offer a wider variety of content at a more competitive price.

Does Hulu + Live TV Have Ads?

Yes. As is the case with other live TV providers, you can’t avoid commercials on live TV. However, the Hulu + Live TV plans also have plenty of on-demand content available. This includes Hulu’s own content, as well as Disney+ and ESPN+ content that comes bundled with the live TV plan. 

You can get Hulu’s content and anything from Disney+ ad-free, but ESPN+ content is only available with ads. 

How Much Is Hulu Without Ads?

Hulu’s standard plans — without live TV — cost $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year for the ad-supported plan. The ad-free plan is $14.99, and there is no annual payment option. 

Hulu PlanMonthly PriceAnnual Price
Hulu With Ads$7.99$79.99
Hulu Without Ads$14.99
Hulu (Student Discount)$1.99

If you also want to watch live TV, the Hulu + Live TV plans cost $69.99 per month for the ad-supported plan or $82.99 per month for the ad-free plan. Remember that the ad-free part only applies to Hulu on-demand and Disney Plus. 

How Much Is Hulu Without Ads for Students?

If you’re a student, you can get Hulu’s most affordable, ad-supported plan for $1.99 per month. You do need to be enrolled in a U.S. Title IV accredited college that can be verified via SheerID. Unfortunately, the ad-free and live TV plans aren’t available with a student discount. 

Is Hulu Bundle No Ads or Ad-Supported?

In addition to all other plans, Hulu also offers the Disney bundle, which you can get as an ad-supported or ad-free plan. There are five main pricing tiers for this bundle. The table below shows all of the Hulu bundle options available. 

Hulu + Live TV$69.99 per monthOn-demand content
Live TV
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV$82.99 per monthOn-demand content
Live TV
Disney Bundle Duo Basic$9.99 per monthOn-demand content
Disney Bundle Trio Basic$12.99 per monthOn-demand content
Disney Bundle Trio Premium$19.99 per monthOn-demand content
*Only on ESPN+ content and live TV

How to Upgrade to Hulu’s Ad-Free Plan

If you’re using an ad-supported Hulu plan at the moment, upgrading to a Hulu no-ads plan is very easy to do. The following steps show you how to upgrade your plan.

  1. Log On to Hulu

    Go to the Hulu website, click the menu icon in the upper-right corner and click “log in.” 

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  2. Enter Your Login Details

    Enter the email and password you use with Hulu and click “log in.” 

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  3. Go to Your Account Settings

    Click your user icon in the upper-right corner and click “account.” 

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  4. Manage Your Plan

    Scroll down to the “your subscription” section and click “manage plan” on your current plan.

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  5. Choose a New Plan

    From the “plans” menu, choose the plan you’d like to subscribe to and toggle it on. To avoid choosing an ad-supported plan, make sure the plan says “no ads.” Click “review changes,” then “submit” at the bottom to save your plan change. You should now be able to watch Hulu without ads.

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How to Skip Ads on Hulu

If you don’t feel like paying for a more expensive Hulu subscription but still want to try blocking ads on Hulu, there are a few ways to do so. Keep in mind that while these methods are effective when it comes to blocking most of those annoying ads, they won’t do much when it comes to boring commercials on the live TV plans.

Here are five options for blocking ads on Hulu’s ads plan. You can use:

  1. Ad-blocking extensions for your browser, like uBlock Origin
  2. Ad-blocking apps for mobile devices, like AdGuard
  3. VPNs with ad-blocking features, like NordVPN
  4. Ad-blocking browsers, like Brave Browser
  5. The two-tabs method for skipping ads
  6. Refreshing your browser while watching

You can find step-by-step instructions for all of these methods in our upcoming guide. However, the simplest ways to block ads on Hulu is to watch in your browser, as opposed to the Hulu app, and use ad-blocking browser extensions.

There are extensions for most major browsers, but there are also dedicated ad-blocking browsers. If you only want to block Hulu ads, but not other ads when browsing, you can use Hulu Ad Skipper. You can also try using VPNs with built-in ad-blocking features, though they may have varying rates of success.

Will I Still See Ads With Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV?

Unfortunately, regardless of the methods you use to get rid of ads, you can’t remove commercials that come as promotional content on live TV. You can get a better viewing experience with on-demand shows and movies, but when it comes to the live TV channels Hulu broadcasts, you will have to deal with commercials.

If you find yourself recording live TV content often, you will find that the commercials are being recorded as well, but you can fast-forward through them. To add to this, there are certain on-demand shows that will show an ad break before and after each episode, due to streaming rights. 

Hulu also gives you the option to add premium partner add-ons from Max, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax to your subscription. While these add-ons don’t have ad breaks, you may see a short ad before some of the videos.

Final Thoughts: Skip Hulu Ads

A Hulu subscription gets you streaming rights to some excellent shows such as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ but with so many ads, it can become very annoying, very quickly. While there is a Hulu no-ads plan that will almost completely remove ads from Hulu and Disney+ content, it’s much more expensive than the basic option.

If you want to remove ads, your options are to either upgrade to the Hulu no-ads plan, or to try one of the other workarounds mentioned above. Ad-blocking extensions for your browser work best, but we’ve also had success with the other methods we mentioned. 

For more related guides, check out our hulu channel guide.

Have you been using Hulu for some time and want to remove ads as much as possible? Would you pay for the ad-free plan, or would you rather use one of the workarounds we mentioned? Let us know in the comments and, as always, thank you for reading. 

FAQ: Stream Hulu Without the Ads

  • You can get Hulu’s on-demand content with no ads if you opt for the Hulu no-ads plan, which costs extra, or if you use an ad blocker to block the ads in your browser.

  • The best way to get rid of Hulu ads for free is to use an ad blocker for your browser while you’re watching content.

  • Because of streaming rights, there are certain shows in the Hulu on-demand library that include a short ad break, before and after each episode. To add to this, some of the on-demand content in Hulu’s bundles — such as the ESPN+ content — isn’t available without ads. In addition, live TV channels will always have commercials, regardless of your Hulu account plan.

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