Over on Reddit (and as featured by Android Police and 9to5Google), somebody has posted a simple method of viewing YouTube videos on web browser with no ads. In the URL for whatever video you need to see, you simply need to include an additional period after the .com in the YouTube links.
This fills in as depicted for me while gluing a video URL into an incognito browser window with an additional period. Notwithstanding evacuating pre-rolls ads, it additionally takes out mid-roll interferences for videos too. When you’ve copied, pasted, and updated the video URL, I don’t know how much time you’re truly sparing over simply hanging tight for the “skip ad” button to show up — however it does work.
With respect to why something so trifling is effectively getting around YouTube’s advertising machine, this is what Redditor unicorn4sale said when posting the method:
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
With more than 4,000 upvotes on Reddit, all things considered, YouTube definitely realizes individuals have found out about this proviso. The oversight is most likely going be fixed ASAP.
Outside of that, recall that promotion income in part enables your preferred creators to continue doing what they do. Ad blockers and this method remove those assets. The “best possible” method of no seeing ads is to subscribe to YouTube Premium, which you may definitely know since the YouTube app tenaciously badgers users about it with goading recurrence.