Thursday, June 11, 2020

You can skip watching ads on YouTube without premium now

Over on Reddit (and as highlighted by Android Police and 9to5Google), someone has posted a simple way of watching YouTube videos in a web browser without any ads. In the URL for whatever video you want to view, you just need to add an extra period after the dot com in the YouTube link.
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This works as described for me when pasting a video URL into an incognito browser window with the added period. In addition to removing pre-roll ads, it also eliminates mid-roll interruptions for videos as well. By the time you’ve copied, pasted, and altered the video URL, I’m not sure how much time you’re really saving over just waiting for the “skip ad” button to appear — but it does indeed work.
Outside of that, remember that ad revenue partially helps your favorite creators keep doing what they do. Ad blockers and this trick take away those resources. The “proper” way of no longer seeing ads is to subscribe to YouTube Premium, which you might already know since the YouTube app relentlessly badgers people about it with maddening frequency.

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