Seeing ads in YouTube Premium and YouTube Music? You're not alone [Update]

YouTube Premium on a Galaxy S9
YouTube Premium on a Galaxy S9 (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Updated 11:47 AM ET: At 5:36 AM, the Team YouTube Twitter account announced that it had resolved the issue and that everything is now back to normal. Carry on.

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music are very straightforward: you pay $12 or $10 a month to get ad-free videos and songs, offline downloads, and background playback. But things never are what they seem to be, as both services are being impacted by a bug that's breaking premium access for subscribers.

Hundreds of users on Reddit and Google's community pages are complaining about ads and lack of background playback. Thankfully, YouTube is aware of the issue and is working on a resolution.

In the meantime, a quick workaround is to disconnect any Bluetooth or wired headphones and restart the app. Doing so seems to resolve the issue for the time being while YouTube works on a more permanent fix.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.