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Simple trick lets you watch YouTube videos without ads

Simple trick lets you watch YouTube videos without ads

One of the benefits of YouTube Premium is that you can stream videos without any ads. But now a pretty simple trick has been found that lets you do the same thing.

As for why trick works, unicorn4sale explains: "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 - and lots of bigger sites use a different domain to serve ads/media with a whitelist that doesn't contain the extra dot."

Taking the time to edit a URL, insert a period, reload the page, and then finally start a video could end up taking almost as much time as just watching an ad before it begins, but this is still an interesting trick. That said, it's likely that Google will figure out a way to fix this trick in the coming days, so don't expect to rely on it long-term.