Are you getting bored of Ads while watching YouTube videos or paywalls of popular websites?
Well, this easy trick will help you to watch YouTube videos without ads. As pointed out by Redditor u/unicorn4sale on the r/webdev subreddit. It is as simple as just adding a dot or a period after the domain.
You can bypass ads from YouTube without even using an ad-blocker with this trick. You can try it out before YouTube finds a potential fix to the trick.
Let’s use it and bypass ads from YouTube without even using an ad-blocker.
On desktop browsers:
First of all, search for the domain name.
This will occasionally show ads.
After that just add a dot(.) after the domain name.
But now it will not show ads.
On the mobile browser:
As specified by the Redditor u/unicorn4sale,
I had initially assumed that it didn’t work on mobile because the browsers normalized the URL, however, this isn’t the case. The redirection happens on the server-side. So, if you want this to work on mobile browsers, use the “Request Desktop Site” feature.
Just follow the same steps as done on the desktop browser.
But, while testing this, you would notice that videos are not served via your account as we noticed it. Instead, it’s a fresh YouTube session with no account logged in. That’s not the problem but if you like to view your watched videos history in future you will not get it as specified no account will be logged in.
Explained by the Redditor “how it is possible to bypass ads on YouTube or many new websites serving paywalls?”:
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 as serving paywalls, e.g.
As part of its initial mitigation efforts, YouTube has already started redirecting users who visit “https://www.youtube.com./” to the regular “https://www.youtube.com/”. However, you can get around it if you turn off auto redirects from your browser settings. I know it may seem a lot of effort but who likes ads, right?
As this trick has gained a lot of attention due to multiple media reports, we expect Google to fix this trick on YouTube in the coming weeks.
Feel free to comment below if you get it worthful. Thank You!!!
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