If you want to watch an NSFW YouTube video you have to be logged in to your Google account first. The problem is you can’t always log in. Maybe you’re on a shared computer, or it’s just too much hassle when you only want to watch a two-minute clip.
Fortunately, there are a couple of workarounds that enable you to watch without signing in. One involves using a website like NSFWYouTube, the other is a neat trick on the YouTube site itself. Let’s take a look.
Two Tools to Watch NSFW YouTube Videos
There are a couple of websites that let you watch age-restricted YouTube videos without signing in.
They’re both simple to use and work when you’re watching in a web browser. Let’s cover them together as both involve a small YouTube URL trick to bypass the block.
1. Visit YouTube and load up the video you want to watch.
2. If you’re prompted to sign in, click in the address bar at the top of your browser window instead.
3. Highlight the part of the address that says youtube.com and change it to nsfwyoutube.com.
4. Alternatively, change youtube.com to listenonrepeat.com. Hit Enter to continue.
5. You’ll now be taken to either of those websites to watch your video. You won’t need to sign in to your account to view them.
Both sites work in the same way. We’d recommend ListenOnRepeat as the best option.
It’s a better looking website with more features. You can create an account to save or favorite the videos you like, and also join in the chat on the site’s Discord channel.
NSFWYouTube, by contrast, has no extra features. It’s also a more rough and ready website and has a tendency to show some pretty sketchy ads. On the plus side, it doesn’t pester you with irrelevant YouTube recommendations.
Hack the YouTube URL
There’s a second way to watch NSFW YouTube videos without logging in.
As before, this method involves changing the address to the video in your browser’s address bar. But this time it doesn’t take you away from the official YouTube website.
Load up the age-restricted video you want to watch.
Click in the address bar in your browser.
The URL will begin with www.youtube.com/watch?… Highlight the word watch and change it to embed/ so the address now begins www.youtube.com/embed/?…
Hit Enter and the video will fill your browser window. Just click Play to watch it.
What’s great about this method is that it keeps you on the YouTube website. If you do find a video you like, you can save it by clicking the Watch Later button—you’ll be prompted to log in again. You can also share videos and load up playlists.
In our tests, we found it worked most of the time. It would occasionally throw up a YouTube Playback ID error, which we could sometimes fix using these tips for when YouTube isn’t working.
Also, there’s no guarantee that YouTube won’t at some point close the loophole this is based on, so it may not work forever. However, while it is working it’s very simple and effective.
A Few More YouTube Tricks
Watching NSFW videos without signing in isn’t the only way to bypass some of YouTube’s restrictions.
YouTube is rolling out a new homepage. This is designed for desktop users, plus tablet users on both Android and iOS. The homepage has been redesigned so that it’s cleaner, clearer, and easier to find the videos you actually want to watch.
Exploring the YouTube Homepage
While most of us open YouTube specifically to watch a particular video, the YouTube homepage is well worth exploring. If you’re signed into your Google account you’ll find recommended videos YouTube thinks you’ll enjoy watching.
Unfortunately, the YouTube homepage isn’t perfect. The size of the thumbnails and lack of descriptions make it hard to know what to watch. And controls to help you customize YouTube are hidden from view. Which is why YouTube has redesigned its homepage.
How to Use the New YouTube Homepage
YouTube introduced the new-look homepage in a post on The Official YouTube Blog. YouTube explains that the new-look homepage, which is rolling out now, is designed to “help you find the next great video to watch.” Which is becoming increasingly difficult.
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The most obvious change to the YouTube homepage is the new look. Rather than rows of five videos with small thumbnails, you’ll now see rows of four videos with larger thumbnails. High-resolution previews and channel icons will help you find videos.
Once you’ve found the videos you want to watch, you can now add them to your queue on desktop right from the homepage. Just hover your cursor over a video thumbnail and tap the Add to Queue icon. These will then play in the order you added them to your queue.
On the other hand, if you find that YouTube keeps recommending a channel you have no interest in watching, you can now remove those suggestions. Just click the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage, and tap Don’t Recommend Channel.
YouTube has launched its first interactive film. It’s called A Heist With Markiplier, and, as the title suggests, it stars popular YouTuber Markiplier. Interactive films have been a thing on YouTube for many years, but this is the first professional production.
From Bandersnatch to Markiplier
Interactive films, which let you choose the course of the story, are coming of age. And it’s all thanks to Netflix, which had a big hit with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (everything you need to know about Bandersnatch). And there are more shows to come.
However, Netflix isn’t the only company producing interactive films, with YouTube known to be developing several ideas in the genre. And the first off the rank is A Heist With Markiplier, which is being released under the YouTube Originals banner.
How to Watch A Heist With Markiplier
A Heist With Markiplier comprises of 61 seperate videos, and there are 31 possible endings. You work your way through the videos, making choices at the end of each one, putting you in control of the story. And the replay value is high for completists.
As you can see from the trailer, A Heist With Markiplier shows what happens when you and Markiplier embark on a heist. So far, so self explanatory. However, based on the trailer, things quickly go awry, and veer off in directions you won’t be expecting.
This isn’t the first interactive film Markiplier has made. He previously produced A Date With Markiplier, which is entertaining but not quite as refined as A Heist. Still, if you like this particular YouTuber’s sense of humor it’s well worth a watch.
Should you need a YouTube video on a continuous loop, a few methods can help you keep repeating a video without having to start it over manually. Here’s how to do it.
Use the Right-Click Context Menu
Fire up YouTube in your browser and select a video you want to loop. Right-click anywhere on the video to bring up the context menu and click the “Loop” button.
If you right-click again, you’ll see a checkmark next to “Loop,” signifying that the video will repeat when it reaches the end.
To turn Loop off, simply open the context menu again by right-clicking the video and selecting the “Loop” button to disable it.
Create a Playlist
This next method is useful for when you have more than one video you want to have on a continuous loop, whereas the previous method works for a single video only. You’ll have to be signed in to YouTube to access this feature.
Fire up Youtube, queue up a video, and click the “Save” button, located next to the upvote and downvote icons.
Click the “Create a New Playlist” button.
Next, name the playlist, set the privacy, and then click the “Create” button.
When you click “Save” to add another video to the playlist, click the checkbox next to the playlist you just created.
Next, click the Hamburger icon on the left side of the web interface and then select the name of the playlist.
Click the “Play All” button.
When the first video loads, scroll down and click on the “Loop” icon to put the playlist into a continuous loop.
Use a Chrome Extension
Looper for YouTube is an easy way to watch the same video again without having to press the loop button. With the extension, the YouTube player adds a special “Loop” button underneath it. You can even set how many times it will repeat or to repeat only a specific portion of the video.
After the extension installs, head to YouTube and open a video. Click on the “Loop” button to open the menu for looping your video. Alternatively, you can press “P” on your keyboard to enable loop that way.
By default, the extension will loop your video indefinitely. If you want to change that, click either checkbox to loop as many times as you need or to loop a specific portion of the video.
No matter the reason, if you need to loop a YouTube video, there’s more than one way to get it done and listen/watch continuously without having to interact with the player.
Do you need to entertain and inform your children, but want to avoid the trash on TV? Then YouTube is the answer. If you want a blend of informative and entertaining programming, here are the best YouTube channels for kids. All of which are suitable for younger children.
Described as “Catchy kids songs and nursery rhymes to get children up and bouncing,” Bounce Patrol is one of the best YouTube channels for kids to learn colors, animals, numbers, alphabet and more.
Five presenters, Jacinta, Will, Jackson, Alyssa and Rachel, accompany children through dancing and singing as they learn. This is a fun, colorful show aimed at preschool and kindergarten children, and is guaranteed to entertain and educate in equal measure.
There’s certainly enough here to get your kids up and bouncing first thing after their nap.
There’s a very good chance that you’ve heard of Peppa Pig. Broadcast in 170 countries, the adventures of the titular pig, her family, and their friends and neighbors have thrilled children since its launch in 2000.
Whether it’s George uttering his single word (dinosaur!) or the athleticism of the overweight Daddy Pig, the show is jam-packed with colorful characters. Peppa herself is a slightly knowing voice in proceedings but most episodes compensate for this by throwing the Pig family into their happy space: jumping up and down in muddy puddles.
Look out for Miss Rabbit, who as one of many running jokes, has several jobs she appears to do simultaneously. If your little ones like Peppa Pig a lot, the channel features a “live” feed that plays endless episodes all day long.
A family-targeted YouTube channel hosted by a family, Art for Kids Hub features a wonderful collection of videos demonstrating how simple art can be. The usual format is one adult accompanied by one of three children, one younger, one aged 11-12, and the other one older.
This affords a wealth of content options, with projects covering everything from colorful messes to expertly drawn haunted houses.
You’ll find the parents are knowledgeable and personable hosts. Thanks to an overhead camera, kids can watch as each art project is completed, and even copy along at home.
You probably didn’t realize it, but just 15 live action episodes of Mr Bean were made. The last episode was recorded in 1995, but since then the Rowan Atkinson-voiced animated Mr Bean series has taken the reins.
With a massive 130 episodes of hilarious misadventures, Mr Bean suits the animated adventure format. Little ones absolutely adore Bean and his relationship with Teddy. These days, he has a fearsome landlady, Mrs. Wicket, accompanied by a sinister cat, Scrapper. It’s reassuring to know that Atkinson records voice parts for each episode, helping to keep it fresh.
The Mr Bean channel on YouTube is one of the most generous, with so much free (and occasionally original) content. Like Peppa Pig, there’s a Mr Bean Animated Series feed on the YouTube channel that plays videos all day long.
From the same stable as Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom features many of the same voice artists. This time around, however, the roles are very different.
Ben Elf and Fairy Princess Holly are best friends, running into problems caused by their families and differing cultures. Most events are complicated further by Nanny Plum and the Wise Old Elf, who (like Miss Rabbit in Peppa Pig) is a dab hand at all trades.
Peppered with dry humor that parents will appreciate, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is guaranteed to keep little ones quiet.
Watch out for the Wise Old Elf, played by veteran voice actor David Graham. You may recognize his voice from Peppa Pig (Grandpa Pig) as well as classic shows like Thunderbirds (he voiced Parker) and Doctor Who (various Daleks).
Most of what little children watch on TV is either studio-bound or animated. Nature Play Kids is different. Here, the action takes place outdoors, with small children exploring nature.
Kids love exploring woods, country parks, even allotments and flower beds. But if you’re trapped in the city and want your children to appreciate the wonder of nature, things can be tough. Nature Play Kids provides an on-screen alternative.
A vast collection of videos will reveal the fun and intrigue of exploring woodlands, meeting creepy crawlies, getting mucky, and interacting with animals.
The mission statement here is clear: “kids playing in nature, rather than with toys.” So if you want your offspring to gain some appreciation of the outdoors, Nature Play Kids is perfect!
Narrated by Shakespearean actor Sir Derek Jacobi, In the Night Garden stars characters Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy. Your kids will also encounter Macca Pacca, the Tombliboos, and many other unusual creatures.
Everyone lives in a large wooded garden—the “Night Garden” of the title—and episodes include a lot of repetition. Aimed at preschoolers, it feels as though every episode of In the Night Garden is the same. In truth, they’re not, but the familiarity is welcomed by little ones, as are the songs.
A dark thought for parents… There’s a chance that each episode is the result of a fevered dream experienced by an adult Iggle Piggle, set adrift upon the ocean. Just watch those opening titles and tell me I’m wrong.
Many people complain that children don’t get the chance to learn and enjoy traditional childhood experiences, like nursery rhymes.
Swooping to the rescue is the Mother Goose Club Playhouse, a fantastic YouTube channel for younger children. Featuring excellent renditions of nursery rhymes and sketch-like storytelling sections, this channel features older children teaching younger ones.
All of the old favorites can be found on Mother Goose Club Playhouse, and the channel has its own website at www.mothergooseclub.com. This ties in nicely with the YouTube channel, with more fun stuff including crafting activities and printables.
The Best YouTube Channels for Kids Inform and Entertain
With these YouTube channels for kids you should be able to educate and entertain your little ones through the medium of television. However, don’t leave your kids unattended, as they may want to ask you questions about what they’re watching.
Google now offers a tool that automatically deletes your search and activity history from YouTube. By default, your data is stored forever, but it can be wiped from Google’s servers every 3 or 18 months.
Similar auto-delete settings are available for your location history as well as your “Web & app history.” These aren’t just privacy settings—choosing to wipe your history regularly means Google won’t use that wiped YouTube history to personalize your video recommendations.
Automatically Delete History from YouTube Mobile App
You can set up automatic history deletion directly from your smartphone or tablet. That’s convenient because more than 50 percent of all YouTube viewership happens on the video service’s mobile apps.
To start, open the “YouTube” app on your device. If you can’t find it on your home screen or app drawer, iPhone and iPad owners can use Apple’s Spotlight search to find the app, and Android users can use Google’s search bar.
Next, tap on your account avatar in the top-right corner of the app.
Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select the “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the “History & privacy” section. Select the “Manage all activity” option.
You should now be in the YouTube History page. Tap “Choose to delete automatically” located just above the list of previously-watched YouTube videos.
(Don’t want to store any history at all? You can tap “Change setting” under YouTube History Is On to stop YouTube from keeping a history of videos you’ve watched and searches you’ve made.)
Now, choose how long you want to keep your YouTube History. By default, your history is only deleted when done so manually. You can change this setting so that YouTube automatically deletes history older than 18 months or three months.
After you make a selection, tap the “Next” button.
The YouTube History Activity page will explain what your decision means. It will also list several examples of video history that will be automatically deleted.
Tap on “Confirm” to save the automatic YouTube history setting.
Automatically Delete History from My Google Activity
To delete your YouTube history automatically from your desktop or mobile browser, head to the YouTube History website. Make sure you’re signed into the Google account associated with your YouTube account.
Alternatively, you can head to the “My Google activity” website and manually navigate to the YouTube History section.
If you jumped directly to the YouTube History website, skip the next two steps. Continue following these instructions if you visited the My Google Activity website.
Click the “Activity controls” option found in the navigation menu on the left side of the page.
Note: Click the hamburger menu icon in the top-left corner to expand the side menu if it’s hidden.
Scroll down to the “YouTube History” block and select the “Manage activity” option.
(Don’t want to store any history at all? You can disable the “YouTube History” option here to prevent YouTube from keeping any history, or just uncheck the “Include the YouTube videos you watch” or “Include your searches on YouTube” options to stop YouTube from keeping your watch and search history in the first place.)
From the YouTube History website, click “Choose to delete automatically” located in the box displaying how often the history data is deleted.
You can choose how long to keep your YouTube History. By default, your history is only deleted when done so manually. You can change this setting so that YouTube automatically deletes history older than 18 months or three months.
After you make a selection, tap the “Next” button.
You will now be asked to confirm your selection. YouTube will also provide examples of some of the videos that will be wiped from your history.
Click the “Confirm” button to save the automatic YouTube history setting.
In the future, it would be nice if YouTube added an option to either customize the amount of time before automatically deleting history or adding a daily limit. In the meantime, you can always jump back to the YouTube History page and manually wiping the slate clean.
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YouTube TV is now available to watch on Amazon Fire TV devices. Google and Amazon were at war for several years, which adversely affected consumers. However, in 2019, the hostilities were called off, and we’re now seeing the fruits of those peace talks.
What Is YouTube TV?
At the beginning of 2017, Google launched YouTube TV. YouTube TV being Google’s live TV streaming service. For $50/month, subscribers can gain access to 70+ networks including ABC, CBS, ESPN, AMC, Discovery, Disney, FX, National Geographic, and more.
now available. But unlike many others, YouTube TV has never been available on Amazon Fire TV devices. Until now. And it’s all thanks to the thawing in relations between Google and Amazon.
How to Watch YouTube TV on Your Fire TV
On the Amazon Fire TV Blog, Amazon announced that YouTube TV is now available on Fire TV devices. The company implies that this is a response to customer feedback, but the improving relationship between Amazon and Google clearly helped as well.
YouTube TV is now available on most Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV (2nd and 3rd Gen), and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. YouTube TV is not compatible with the Fire TV Stick (1st Gen) and Fire TV (1st Gen).
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Now that Amazon supports YouTube TV it’s very easy to watch YouTube TV on your Fire TV device. Assuming you already have an active YouTube TV account, just launch your Fire TV device, search for YouTube TV, and download the YouTube TV app to get started.
The Best Streaming TV Services
It’s great to see Google and Amazon putting their differences aside. After all, it was adversely affecting consumers as much as the companies themselves. And that annoys us. Thankfully, those consumers can now watch YouTube TV on their Fire TV devices.
From now on, the YouTube Music app will come preinstalled on Android devices. While this only applies to devices running Android 9 (Pie) and Android 10, it’s another nail in the coffin of Google Play Music, which you’ll now have to download manually.
. YouTube Music comes in two flavors: the free, ad-supported version called YouTube Music, and the $10/month paid version called YouTube Music Premium. Both of which allow you to stream music and more.
Over time, YouTube Music is going to replace Google Play Music. However, the inability to import your songs and playlists to YouTube Music is slowing progress down. Still, Google is pushing forward, and YouTube Music is the new default on Android.
YouTube Music Becomes the Default Player
Google announced the switch in a post on the Official YouTube Blog. The company explains that YouTube Music will now “come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series.”
This is at the expense of Google Play Music, which will no longer come preinstalled on new Android devices. However, even if YouTube Music is the default music player, you can still continue using Google Play Music by downloading it from the Play Store (for now).
By the same token, even if YouTube Music doesn’t come preinstalled on your Android device you can download it from the Play Store. So, just like Google’s multitude of messaging apps, it’s currently maintaining a variety of similar music players.
Google Is Pushing YouTube Music Hard
If you have visited YouTube recently you’ll have seen the ads for YouTube Music. They’re everywhere, as Google is pushing YouTube Music hard. So it should come as no surprise to discover YouTube Music will now come preinstalled on Android.
Amazon has announced that starting today, YouTube TV can be streamed through its Fire TV products. An app for the service is being distributed to many Fire TV devices, excluding the first-generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
Launched in 2017, YouTube TV provides access to more than 70 live television channels as well as on-demand video and cloud-based DVR. For $50 per month (up from the previous rates of $35 and $40), subscribers can watch content from major U.S. networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, FX, AMC, CNN, TBS, TNT, Discovery, and ESPN, all of which can be streamed over supporting devices such as Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, various smart TVs, and now Amazon Fire TV.
Google’s TV streaming service will be available through the second-generation Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, as well as smart TVs with Fire TV baked in, including models from Element, Insignia, Toshiba, and Westinghouse. Some older models will also receive the update, including the first-generation Fire TV Cube, second-generation Fire TV, and third-generation Fire TV Pendant. But again, owners of the first-generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are out of luck.
Today’s news comes just in time for the kick-off of this year’s NFL season, MLB playoffs, and fall TV premieres. It’s also in stark contrast to the years of anti-competitive friction that existed between Amazon and Google prior to the companies reaching an agreement earlier this year that they would bring their video streaming apps to each other’s platforms—a decision that has already seen arrival of Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV.