Redditors discovered an easy way to remove ads from YouTube videos. Simply add a period to your domain name.
This trick was first reported by Reddit, and then by Android Police. It involves adding a period or full stop after the.com in URL of the video. This will remove any pre-roll ads or ads that may appear in the middle of the video, as well as advertising overlays.
The trick works only in some browsers. It worked on Google Chrome both on Mac desktop and Android mobile. Also, it worked in Chromium-based browsers like the new Microsoft Edge and non-Chromium Safari. Firefox was the exception, and inserting the period just returned me to YouTube’s homepage.
There are many ways to block YouTube ads from web browsers. Plugins like Enhancer YouTube allow you to remove YouTube ads with a click. You can also perform handy tricks such as changing the playback speed and resizing the video window.
This trick will likely be disabled in the near future. YouTube advertising is already struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Google doesn’t want viewers to be able to avoid income-generating ads.