A Reddit user discovered a trick that allows users to watch YouTube videos without any ads. The trick is very simple. You just need to add an extra period after “.com” in the address bar. For instance, you wanted to watch the video on Netflix just type https://www.youtube.com./netflix in the address bar. You can play any video directly from the Home page or with any specific URL.
At the time of writing the post, Redditor already got more than 5,000 upvotes on his posts. So it is expected that YouTube already knows about it and working on fixing it.
On explaining the method, Redditor claims that sometimes “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 (cross-origin resource sharing).” Most of the time websites use a different domain to serve ads/media with a whitelist that doesn’t contain the extra dot.” Redditor claims that the method works on the sites that serve paywalls.
It is expected that sooner or later Google will fix the issue so users will need to find another alternative to watch an ads-free video. One of the methods to watch ads-free videos is that get a monthly/quarterly/annual subscription of the YouTube music app.