A Crazy-Simple Trick to Remove Ads From YouTube Videos
YouTube is one of the most popular sites on the Web and almost everyone has watched at least a few videos on YouTube. Like just about everything else on the Web, YouTube displays a lot of ads, with the videos. To get rid of them, you could pay for a YouTube Premium subscription or use some type of ad blocker, but there’s an insanely simple trick you can use to view YouTube videos without ads.
Getting rid of ads on YouTube videos is as easy as placing an extra period after the dot com part of any YouTube URL.
For instance, here’s a video of Dire Strait’s “Money for Nothing” with ads:
And here’s the same video without ads:
Do you see the difference? No? Look below.
When you add a period after .com of any YouTube video it prevents ads from displaying.
This trick works because it stops YouTube from normalizing the hostname, breaking a lot of things on a page, but still allowing the main content of a page to be displayed. One thing it breaks is YouTube ads. It’s more technical than that, but that’s the gist of it, and as long it works, who cares?
Keep in mind that ads support certain YouTube channels and if you want to support a favorite YouTube channel you might not want to stop the ads. And Google/YouTube could find a way to stop this ad-killing method from working, but as of right now it works. And if it keeps working you can bet a few developers will be introducing browser extensions that add a dot after dot.com to prevent YouTube ads from displaying.