How to Watch YouTube Videos Blocked in Your Country
Pretty much everything on YouTube is free to watch, but that doesn’t mean it’s free to watch. everyone look. Some YouTube videos are geo-blocked, which means you can only watch them if you’re in the right country – but don’t worry, there’s a way around that.
You will know that a video has been blocked in your country if you try to watch it only to see a very annoying message: “The uploader has not made this video available in your country”.
This is especially common with movie, TV and game trailers, which are often license locked in some markets, but you can also spot the message on music videos and the like. On the rare occasions when entire movies or TV episodes are uploaded to YouTube to stream for free, they are also likely to be restricted to specific countries, much like live sporting events.
This means that sometimes you won’t be able to watch a video at all in your country. Other times, but just as irritating, you may have to pay to buy or rent a free video to watch elsewhere in the world.
Luckily, there are ways to bypass YouTube’s regional filter and watch videos blocked in your country – or access YouTube if you’re in a country that has blocked the service entirely. Here’s how.
Watch region-blocked YouTube videos with a VPN
Usually, the best way to bypass the region filter is to simply use a VPN. This is a service that allows you to browse the web as if you were in another country. You can sometimes manage this with a free VPN, although we recommend a paid service such as NordVPN, which we think is the best VPN right now.
A paid VPN like Nord offers faster connection speeds and more server options than a free VPN, and doesn’t limit the amount of data you can stream through the service. Be sure to choose a VPN that has servers in the country you want to pretend to be in, although a major VPN like Nord will cover just about anywhere.
Simply install the Nord app (or another VPN) on the device you watch YouTube on. There are usually apps for PC, Mac, Android, and iPhone/iPad, as well as smart TVs and streaming sticks.
Create an account with your chosen VPN service (it’s easier to do this on a laptop or phone than on your TV), then launch the VPN app, sign in with the details you entered during of the registration process and browse the list of locations/countries to choose a server that is in the correct region to access the video in question. This is normally the location of the creator or uploader of the video. You may need to try a couple if you are unsure.
Then all you have to do is go back to the YouTube app or website and go back to the video you want to watch. YouTube should now think you are in the correct region and play the video.
This is usually the quickest and easiest way to bypass region blocking on YouTube videos, especially if it’s a problem you encounter repeatedly. But, there are other options…
Use a proxy to unblock YouTube
If you don’t want to use a VPN, the next best thing is a proxy server. This has a similar effect to a VPN – allowing you to browse as if you were in another country – but is less secure and does not encrypt your traffic, which is why we normally recommend a VPN over a proxy.
If you just want to watch music videos on YouTube, encryption and security might not be your biggest concerns, but if you’re trying to access YouTube from a country with a repressive government that bans certain videos, a VPN is definitely the best option.
As with VPNs, there are free proxy servers, but they’re often so limited that a paid service is worth it, especially if you can find one with a free trial. You’ll usually need to access the server through a web browser extension, and again, be sure to select a server located in a country that you believe will have access to the video in question. Then load YouTube and start watching.
Download YouTube Video
If all else fails, you may be able to download the YouTube video and bypass region blocking entirely. We have an entire article devoted to how to download YouTube videos to your phone, PC, tablet, or whatever, so we won’t go over the details here.
Keep in mind that while it’s not illegal to download videos from YouTube, it’s technically against Google’s Terms of Service and arguably unethical since you’re bypassing ads that help fund the site and, more importantly, the content creators. .
Related articles to learn more
Leave a Reply