Whether you’re a regular YouTube user or a casual user, you probably have one big complaint: advertising. While YouTube can be a convenient way to find video content, the influx of ads can be intrusive and annoying, especially for those who start playing in the middle of what you’re watching.
Regardless of the reason, there is actually a secret way to cut down on this ad. Not only that, but also a simple trick that doesn’t require you to install software or extensions. Keep reading and we’ll tell you how to do it.
How to block ads on YouTube quickly and easily
Now let’s move on to the good stuff. To block ads on YouTube, you just need to look at the URL of the video you are trying to broadcast, and then add a dot symbol to the end of the specified URL. It literally is.
For example, let’s say you tried to watch The Weeknd’s “dazzling lights” video (https://youtu.be/RpyN9pFXUCg ). Most likely, you will find that it will not be played without forcing yourself to watch at least part of the ad in advance.
But as soon as you add a dot to the end of the original URL (https://youtu.be/RpyN9pFXUCg), no more ads.
This hack works for all types of videos available on YouTube if you are on your browser’s desktop or mobile site. You’re out of luck in the YouTube app.
Wait, then how does it work?
This hack is so simple that you might be wondering how it might work. Well, it turns out that adding a dot does not match the hostname, which“ in turn, “breaks” the page in such a way that it still allows you to play videos, but removes ads.
It also doesn’t stop pre-shown advertisements-it also breaks the ones that appear in the middle of YouTube videos. It also blocks cookies, which makes this tip especially handy if you want to prevent YouTube from tracking the content you’re viewing.
The downside is that you will need to add a time period to each URL, but being able to browse without ads and without installing anything is pretty nice anyway.
And you can also enjoy it while you can. Google is undoubtedly aware of this workaround and will probably fix it at some point.