Tired of ads popping up while watching youtube videos on your phone? here is a simple trick for you to get rid of such issue
Ads popping up while watching an interesting YouTube video can be very distracting and frustrating in other cases. A lot of people end up not watching the video beyond half-way or perhaps forced to switch to another thing entirely.
So what do you do?
First off, add an extra period after the dot.com in the YouTube link of the URL of the video you want to view. Let’s say, for instance, the normal URL for normal ads is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ, you can alter the URL by writing https://www.youtube.com./watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ. Note the bolded dot in the second URL, this will let you watch your video with little or no ads at all.
This works when you paste the video URL in your web Incognito and it will also help skip ads. In addition to removing pre-roll ads, it also eliminates mid-roll interruptions for videos as well.
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“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. Lots of bigger sites use a different domain to serve ads/media with a whitelist that doesn’t contain the extra dot,” said the Redditor unicorn4sale who posted the trick initially.
Now this news must have gotten to YouTube and I am sure the streaming service is planning something about it. So enjoy this while it lasts. Another flip side to this is that video creators might also end up losing a huge income once the trick gets really viral.