Since ads are almost inevitable on the official YouTube app on Android devices, I was wondering if those can be skipped automatically. This post is only about those ads which can be skipped, let's ignore ads which can not be skipped.
For example: When a YouTube video starts, for some ads, there is an option to "Skip this ad in 5 sec". Once the "Skip ad" label is enabled, we can click on it to move to the video. Of course, this is all manual, and as a user, you need to focus on EXACT timing to HIT the skip button. And it becomes worse if the video is having multiple ads (a few of which will be shown in the future time), where when an ad plays, the user needs to click manually to skip it again.
Can this be AUTOMATED, meaning when there is an ad which can be "Skipped", then just let YouTube skip it without the user's intervention? This will be especially useful for those videos which have multiple ads spanned across the video length and few of them can be skipped. Looking for a solution on a non-rooted device.
Update: It seems like Google is introducing new ad format called Bumpers. Bumpers, which are unskippable 6-second shorts placed in front of videos.
So, soon we may not see an ad which can be skipped, forget about skipping it via automation!