How to safely access YouTube with a VPN
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Why is YouTube blocked?
Countries with heavy internet censorship often block access to YouTube for a number of reasons. If you’re at university, even the network administrator at your dorm could block your access to the platform. Understanding why your access is restricted might help you unblock YouTube to keep watching your favorite videos securely.
How a VPN for YouTube works
By using a VPN to watch YouTube videos, you ensure that no third party is able to spy on your internet connection (even on public Wi-Fi). A good-quality VPN will allow you to watch YouTube even in regions with heavy internet restrictions. Simply connect to a server back home, get a new IP address, and it will be like you never left.
Lastly, a VPN is a great tool if your internet service provider is prone to traffic-based bandwidth throttling. If your provider decides to purposefully slow down video streaming services, connect to a VPN and enjoy buffering-free videos!
Frequently asked questions
Can you use a VPN on YouTube?
How can I unblock YouTube on my phone?
How do I stream YouTube TV while abroad?
What is the best VPN for YouTube?
Can I use a free VPN to unblock YouTube?
Are there any other ways to unblock YouTube?
For example, proxy servers might work, but just like free VPNs, they are often slow and offer unreliable connections.
You can also try using the Tor browser — it will unblock YouTube, but the encryption process it uses is complex and slow.
Some users reported successfully using Google Translate to bypass the geo-restrictions. You simply enter the URL of the video you want to watch to the translation window and click on the “translated” link. It’s not a fool-proof solution and will likely not work most of the time, but it might be worth a shot.
If you want to watch YouTube on restricted networks, bypassing the local firewall in your workplace or school is easy — simply use your mobile data. You can even create a private hotspot on your phone and connect the school computer to it. Depending on your data plan, it could be costly, so use this method with caution.