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While YouTube is the place to visit for all sorts of entertainment, it’s not without its annoyances. Some of them affect creators, like advertising changes or failing to notify subscribers of new uploads. But for most people, running into videos that you can’t play is the most annoying issue.
Whether you run across a video that’s “not available in your country” for some reason or one that’s age-restricted, you can bypass these with a quick URL trick. This will open any video in a full-screen window, hide ads, and bypass age restrictions.
Visit any video on YouTube to start. Here’s a restricted URL for an example:
In the URL, remove the watch? and replace the = with another / to sandwich the v in between slashes. So the above URL would now become this:
That’s all you have to do! Of course, you can bypass age-restricted videos by signing in, but this is a quick way to view them without having to sign in on a public computer. You shouldn’t need this trick too often, but it’s useful when you come across that one video that won’t play.
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Have you ever used this trick to bypass a YouTube restriction? What are some of your other favorite YouTube URL tricks? Have a say down in the comments!
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