How To: View Age-Restricted Videos on YouTube


YouTube staff constantly reviews flagged videos to determine whether they violate the video-sharing website’s guidelines. Most videos that do are removed. Sometimes a video doesn’t violate the guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These videos are age-restricted.

watch age restricted videos

When a video has been age-restricted, a warning screen is displayed and only users who are 18 or older can watch it. But if you’re not 18, and still want to watch an age-restricted video, you can either download the video (make sure the copyright of the video allows downloading), or bypass YouTube’s filters to watch it online. This method does not require you to login into your Google/YouTube account.

All YouTube videos’ URLs look like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=[some random characters]

Replace the “=” with a “/” and remove the “watch?”, so that the URL looks like this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/[some random characters]

Now enter the new URL in your browser. The video should now be fully playable. It will be embedded on your browser in full screen.

The reason this works is because for some reason the age verification screen doesn’t come up on embedded videos. This technique doesn’t work for videos blocked in your country.


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  • Amber

    Thank you for this guideon how to bypass that system! I’ve been wondering how to do it for so long, but could never find any simple and well-written guides from a Google search. I’m wondering, does YouTube know about these methods to get around the system and doesn’t care, not know how to solve them, or are unaware of this?

    • http://www.mashgeek.com/ Karan Goel

      That’s a good question. I think they do know about this “hack”, but are unable to fix it because the fix might potentially do other bad things.

    • http://www.mashgeek.com/ Karan Goel

      That’s a good question. I think they do know about this “hack”, but are unable to fix it because the fix might potentially do other bad things.

  • Tsnet13

    Wow, never thought that there would have been a way to bypass this. Thanks, learned a new trick :D