I want to watch an age-restricted video on YouTube.

I'm currently using my computer on non-password protected public wifi, meaning that I don't want to login with my YouTube username and password due to security concerns. I've also had times where I'm using private browsing, and I wanted to avoid adding the video to my account's watch history.

I know that YouTube age restrictions don't apply on embedded videos, but I'm trying to watch a video which hasn't been embedded on any site.

Is there any way I can watch an age-restricted video on YouTube without logging in?


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You can get around age-restricted YouTube videos by changing the URL of the video. All you need to do is change it to this version:


The {video-id} part is taken from the end of the normal page you land on.

For example:


In this, 8dLS8_xM2LI is the video-id, and you can get around the age-restriction by going directly to the full screen mode:

  • When I try https://www.youtube.com/v/8dLS8_xM2LI in Google Chrome, it prompts me to download the video as a Shockwave Flash Object.
    – Stevoisiak
    Jul 19, 2017 at 13:21
  • Do you have the latest Chrome version? Try another browser, but that prompt seems like they did not get around to making it available in the proper format Jul 19, 2017 at 13:24
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    I have the latest Chrome Version 59.0.3071.115. On Internet Explorer 8 the video is embedded properly. (It's a work PC. Don't judge me)
    – Stevoisiak
    Jul 19, 2017 at 14:33
  • Chrome is probably set to not play Flash by default unless you can change the settings Jul 19, 2017 at 17:24
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    /embed/ does the same as /v/ but is the default now for YouTube, and doesn't require flash. Jul 19, 2017 at 19:19

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