How to Easily Bypass YouTube’s Regional Filter

Do you often find yourself firing up an interesting YouTube video only to be greeted with the message: “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

Some YouTube videos are restricted by location — BBC’s content is only available to UK residents, while US cable channels are only available online if you’re in the US, and so forth. ¬†Luckily, there are a few tricks to bypass this regional filter, and watch any YouTube videos you want to, regardless of your location.

Earlier, you could adjust the YouTube URL to bypass a regional filter. Since that no longer works, we’ve put together a list that makes it possible to watch those restricted videos. Some of these tricks will also work beyond YouTube, and are applicable to other geo-restricted sites like Hulu, as well as audio content on the likes of Pandora and Spotify.


If you find yourself running into this problem on a regular basis, the best solution is a browser plugin that will run in the background and automatically unblock videos, with no effort on your part whatsoever. ProxMate works beyond just YouTube, and can be used to unblock restricted content on Hulu, Pandora, MTV and more.


You can also choose to switch off ProxMate when you don’t need it in case it slows down loading time on your videos – this is as simple as clicking the ProxMate button in your browser bar. ¬†ProxMate is available for download for Chrome from its website, or from the Firefox Add-Ons¬†library. To install it on Chrome, you’ll have to download the extension, and then drag it onto the open Extensions page in your browser.

To find out more about the service and how to install it on your computer, check out our review of ProxMate.

Unblock YouTube

If you don’t find yourself running into this issue very often, there are websites that allow you to simply drop the YouTube URL into the website and you can watch them straight away.


The aptly named Unblock YouTube allows you to select the video quality, and player type. For the latter, you can choose between HTML5 or a Flash player, for those of you using older browsers.


Hotspot Shield

If you want to watch YouTube videos on the go using your phone, Hotspot shield offers users a handy and easy way to do just that. The only trick is that you won’t be able to use the native YouTube app installed on your phone, but rather will have to watch YouTube videos in your browser of choice.

Hotspot Shield is available as a free download for Android¬†and¬†iPhone¬†users.¬†Once you’ve installed the app on your iPhone, it will prompt you to install a profile on your phone.¬†This will allow you to later switch the VPN on and off without having to launch the app at all. ¬†On your iPhone, all you have to do is go into the settings, and in the first set of options, switch your VPN on. On your Android phone, you can activate it from the app, rather than your phone’s settings.

You can use Hotspot Shield for seven days for free, after which you can sign up for the elite subscription for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 per year, or you can earn free time on Hotspot Shield by inviting other users to sign up, through the Hotspot Elite website.

To find out more about the service, check out our post on Hotspot Shield here.

Our Verdict

Each of these services provides a different way to access blocked YouTube content, but hands down the one service that offers the best options is ProxMate. It offers users a native YouTube experience, complete with all of the standard features that you expect to find when watching an online video.

Do you have any services to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

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Tara Ried

there are many proxy website available to unblock region.
some best in my knowledge



Hello Nancy! I would like to let you know that there is another service used to unblock all the restricted networks: ibDNS which is provided by ibVPN ( I am their client for a year now and with their DNS solution, I can unblock the most important restricted channels from all over the world, including YouTube.


Egzon is the best solution for Youtube, Netflix, CBS etc..


Arup Ghosh

I would like to use epic browser or hola unblocker in this case .


Thank you.
It worked for me.


Raphael Salgado

Does using Onavo on your iOS device work for unblocking too? I don’t know of any blocked YouTube videos, so I can’t test.



Or you can also try UnoTelly’s DNS service. $5/month. Works great for me!

Mwandha Hussein

Am in Uganda can you teach me well and I understand this


Greg from Canada

I recently discovered ZenMate for Chrome … works like a charm and doesn’t have an impact on video download/streaming speeds.


Ditto. I love ZenMate as well. It doesn’t slow me down and I can watch content from anywhere. Couldn’t be simpler to use – just click on the the icon in the browser bar to turn on and off as needed.



I use the Hola Chrome Extension, works simply and flawlessly :D


Ben DeAnda

Hello Nancy! There is another service used to unblock web sites and digital media: Smart DNS Proxy.

Smart DNS Proxy is a versatile DNS service that works on many devices. You can use it to unblock websites, stream music and videos. It is faster than VPN, and for a limited time it is FREE! m/


righteous indignation

It’s sad when we’ve arrived in the 22 century and governments are still trying to keep the inquisitions active.


Hmm you must arrived from the future in your DeLorean. Last I check were in 21st century. Thanks for letting us know the same BS is happening from 100 years from now.


Myself I use Tunnel Bear. It has an app for most platforms …. sorry Blackberry users …you know bears & berry’s not a good outcome.



YouTube (as well as other sites like Facebook and NYTimes) is blocked in China. Will any of the work arounds allow someone to access YouTube in China?


Gary, I use Anonymous Proxy software to unblock Hulu, BBC and sometimes YouTube. have you tried it ?



Thanks Will. I will try your suggestion. I will be in China in April, and will download it before I leave. I appreciate the suggestion.


Gianna Marie L

use ultrasurf to bypass restricted sites..


Wantoo Sevin

Great article, thanks! I knew there were proxy services, just not which ones actually worked.


Shiraz M

Hey Nancy,

Thanks for the article. I use Hola Better Internet (an add-on/extension) in Google Chrome.


Yes, Hola is awesome!



none of these least not anymore..



You can use the unlimited VPN that’s provided from Wasel Pro to unblock YouTube and other blocked sites and online services freely without any restrictions problems. It’s the best VPN service providers that I have ever used. Try it I hope it works well with you :)



Superb ProxMate !!!!


john Ali khan

There are many web proxies for unblocking but none of them are without ads, most of them shows ads which make difficult in browsing, i have found good proxy blog which may help you:


Hamza Ahmed

I myself use for unblocking, there are several other like this but thwy shows pop ads which i annony my browsing.



How about on blackberry? Is there a way of working out this?



Hi ! Thank you so much, you just saved my life with I was going crazy. Now I’m gonna watch all the videos I couldn’t watch before ! Thank you so much !



really nice information about proxy but i open youtube with the help of Unblock YouTube t is really useful all of you.

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