How to watch YouTube videos blocked in your country
Almost everything on YouTube is free to watch, but that doesn’t mean it’s free to watch. everything see Some YouTube videos are geo-blocked, meaning you can only watch them if you’re in the right country, but don’t worry, there’s a way around this.
You know a video is blocked in your country if you try to watch it only to see a very annoying message saying “The uploader has not made this video available in your country”.
This is especially common with movies, TV and game trailers, which are license-locked in some markets, but the message can be removed from music videos, etc. can be observed. In the rare cases where entire movies or TV series are streamed on YouTube for free, they may be limited to certain countries, such as live sporting events.
This means that sometimes you won’t be able to watch the video in your country at all. Other times, but just as annoying, you may have to pay to buy or rent a free video to watch in another part of the world.
Fortunately, 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 blocks the service entirely. Here it is.
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 Internet as if you were in another country. You can sometimes manage this with a free VPN, although we recommend a paid service like NordVPN, which we consider to be the best VPN around.
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. Make sure you choose a VPN that has servers in the country you want to be in, although a large VPN like Nord covers anywhere.
Install Nord (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 on a laptop or phone than on a TV), then launch the VPN app, log in with the details you entered during the registration process, browse the list of locations/countries, and select a server in the correct region to access the video in question. This is usually the location of the creator or uploader of the video. If you are unsure, you may want to try a pair.
Then just go back to the YouTube app or website and go back to the video you want to watch. YouTube should now assume you are in the correct region and play the video.
This is usually the fastest and easiest way to bypass region blocking on YouTube videos, especially if it’s a problem you encounter repeatedly. However, 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 doesn’t encrypt your traffic, which is why we usually recommend a VPN over a proxy.
If you just want to watch music videos on YouTube, encryption and security may not be your concern, but if you’re trying to access YouTube from a country with a repressive government that bans certain videos, a VPN is the best option.
Like VPNs, there are free proxies, but since they are often limited, a paid service is worth it, especially if you can find one with a free trial. You will usually need to access the server via a web browser extension, and again be sure to select a server located in a country where you can access the video in question. Then download YouTube and start watching.
Download a YouTube video
If all else fails, you can download a YouTube video and bypass the zone block entirely. We have a full article on how to download YouTube videos to your phone, computer, tablet or whatever, so we won’t go into the details here.
Remember, while downloading videos from YouTube isn’t illegal, it’s technically against Google’s terms of service, and it’s unethical because you’re bypassing the ads that help fund the site and, more importantly, the content creators. .
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