A Reddit user recently discovered a workaround on YouTube videos which would allow you to watch videos without Adverts through a browser. Automatically, that means this trick won’t work with the YouTube App.
How to watch YouTube videos without Ads
- Open YouTube in the browser
- Search the video to watch
- Add a period after the,”.com” extension
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuB8VUICGqc // will occasionally show ads
https://www.youtube.com./watch?v=DuB8VUICGqc // will not show ads
This can be done directly from the YouTube home page or on the specific URL of a monetised video that is currently open.
Navigating to other videos from within the same tab keeps the period in the URL, which means any other monetised videos will also be ad-free.
The workaround is possible on desktops and on mobile browsers, granted the website is being viewed in desktop mode.
How does it work?
The following is an explanation of how it works from the Redditor:
It’s a commonly forgotten edge case, websites forget to normalize the hostname, the content is still served, but there’s no hostname match on the browser so no cookies and broken CORS – and lots of bigger sites use a different domain to serve ads/media with a whitelist that doesn’t contain the extra dot
This works for many news websites as well serving paywalls, e.g.
However, it is good to note that watching videos without showing Ads would mean that content creators will not earn any revenue from their hard work if you use this trick to watch Ad-free videos on YouTube.
If you want to be a good citizen, you can pay for YouTube premium subscription, which is available in South Africa at R72 for individuals or R110 for families and watch Ad-free videos the legal way.