turn off annotations on youtube permanently

Go to https://www.youtube.com/account_playback and uncheck "Show annotations, channel promotions and interactive cards on videos"

This will disable the annotations temporarily.

it can be done with the firefox plugin "UBlock origin".

use youtube.com/watch?v=C5zzVemi3m4

then halt the video when annotations appear and select the proper filters (shorten the filter string to e.g. https://www.youtube.com/annotations_invideo) in the standard UBlock fashion manually.

I am not aware of a shortcut around these manual steps.

This is by far the most superior solution, working permanently in torbrowser asf.. Annotations will still be switched on (according to the "sprocket wheel") but they will not be shown because UBlock filters 100% of them handsomely and forever.

As was pointed out already, most if not all firefox plugins for YT annotation killing do not work any longer. And of course, nobody wants a google account, where disabling annotations will not be honoured by google to begin with.

You can use Smart video for Firefox to disable annotations

  • open preferences
  • Check the Hide annotations by default option Imgur