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Adding This Symbol To The YouTube URL Blocks All Ads

Although ads are the source of income for most creators on Youtube, sometimes they are annoying and take from the immersion, users opt for adblocks and have in the past come up with tricks to avoid watching ads, now a Redditor within the /r/webdev sub posted an incredibly simple trick that allows you to effectively block YouTube ads from showing up during your binges. The trick doesn’t require any software, extensions, or even memorizing some sort of long string of code.

The trick just involves adding just one extra character to the video address, specifically a period (.) after the “.com” in the URL. for instance instead of visiting  “youtube.com/watch?v=Zgx7GodK0Xs” you would go to “youtube.com./watch?v=Zgx7GodK0Xs“

This quick change to the URL “breaks” the page and results in the removal of most (or even all) advertisements. That even includes the video ads that interrupt your viewing. The trick works on the desktop as well as mobile (although for mobile you need to pull the desktop version of the page).

The trick also blocks things like cookies, and can even be used to break through paywalls of news sites.

“Now, before you rush off to start watching hundreds of YouTube videos without ads, keep in mind that ads are what keep the lights on for a lot of the creators you love. If you are not viewing ads they are not getting paid. So if there’s a creator who makes stuff you really enjoy, consider “suffering” through a few ads to help ensure they get to continue making new content.” Androidauthority.

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