If someone tells you that the net worth of YouTube is more than five times the GDP of New Zealand, you better believe it.
Because as on June 2020, YouTube is worth more than $120 billion, while New Zealand’s GDP in 2020 was $250 billion.
With more than 12 billion videos (and counting), an average American
spends more time on YouTube than watching sitcoms on the idiot box.
In fact, the second most popular search engine in the world after Google is not Bing, but YouTube’s very own search algorithm.
On any given day 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube on average and 15 billion terms are searched for.
What makes YouTube tick? Why are so many people getting addicted to
Social Media Revolution is the driving factor behind YouTube’s phenomenal
YouTube empowers an individual to not only express his/her opinion, but brings to the forefront those issues or causes that have been intentionally ignored by the main stream media.
YouTube is not only an exceptional platform to express your opinion, but a great learning tool and above all, an infinite source of unlimited entertainment.
Not even a 100 Netflixes or a 1000 Amazon Prime Video channels could produce the volume of videos, like YouTube does.
YouTube has more movies than Amazon Prime Video and Netflix put together.
Not all movies are suitable for everyone, some might have a G (General) rating, others a PG (Parental Guidance) rating and a few with R (Restricted) rating.
The same rule applies to every video on YouTube, 90% of YouTube videos are unrestricted and the remaining few are restricted.
In order to watch restricted videos you need to sign into your YouTube account and must be at least 18 years of age, at the time of logging in.
You may also have to turn (tap) off your Restricted Mode in the account settings, in case if it was turned on.
YouTube, however, can make any video age restricted, even if there is not the slightest hint of aggression or smuttiness.
When you try to watch such videos,that have been recently age restricted, you will get a message that the video is unavailable or the Restricted Mode enabled.
You can now turn the restricted mode off on YouTube.
However, if you are not 18 years old, the video might still be unavailable for you.
Let’s see the different ways you can turn this restricted mode off and watch the video:
• Using NSFW YouTube Mode
This applies if you are not of legal age and can’t sign in your Google account or turn off Restricted Mode on YouTube.
Using the search bar on top of the YouTube site, type in the name of the video you want to watch and press enter.
The video will load,and the “Content Warning” screen will appear asking you to log in.
Click on the URL in the address bar and highlight it. Click right after www. placing the cursor at the beginning of the URL.
Press enter and your video will now load and open on a redirect site.
This way, you will be able to watch the video without being logged in and also without the Restricted Mode coming between you and watching the video.
• Use Listen on Repeat
Search the video you want to watch on YouTube and press the enter button.
The content warning screen will appear restricting you to watch the video.
Highlight the video URL and edit it. Put repeat after YouTube in the address bar.
Press enter to load the video and it will open on a redirect site.
This way, you will be able to watch the video on the redirect site without having to be logged in.
• Using a Proxy Site
A proxy site is very useful if you are trying to access YouTube when a video is blocked.
Type in www.hidden.in into your browser’s URL bar and press enter to load the site.
It is important to note that proxy sites might be blocked by some organizations.
If the proxy site loads and opens, you will see a search bar located at the center of the screen.
Type in tuneblock.org into the search bar and press enter.
Several checkboxes will appear some checked and others unchecked.
Click on the surf button on the search bar and this will bring you to tuneblock.org.
Remember not to delete the tuneblock.org URL on the address bar at the center of the screen.
When the site opens, search for the video you want by typing the name in the search bar at the top of the screen and press enter.
You can also click the magnifying glass icon to perform your search. The video will load and once you click on it, it starts playing.
• Change the URL
This is the best method for people who don’t want to bypass age restrictions without having to use additional web applications which might seem complicated to others.
You can also use this method if you want to embed the restricted video on a blog or website.
Simply open the YouTube site and search for the video you want to watch.
The content warning screen will appear and ask you to log in. Click on the video’s URL in the address bar to highlight it.
On the URL, highlight the “watch?v=” part and press backspace to remove it.
Replace it with /embed/ and this will turn the URL into the embeddable link.
The embeddable page doesn’t have age restrictions.
Press enter and this will bring you to the embeddable video page and you can watch the video on the site without having to be logged in.
These are different ways to load and watch a restricted video on YouTube.
If you are not of legal age or if you don’t want to leave any trace of watching a specific video, but rather anonymously, you can always clear your Google account’s browsing history or cache.
By using this simple trick, you can watch any restricted video on YouTube without the fear of being watched.