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How to Easily Bypass YouTube’s Regional Filter

Ben Stegner Updated 01-08-2019

It’s frustrating when you open a YouTube video and see a message saying The uploader has not made this video available in your country. Due to licensing issues, government censorship, and other regional restrictions, you might come across YouTube content that’s not accessible where you live.

Thankfully, you have a few ways to unblock YouTube content like this.

We’ll show you how to bypass YouTube country restrictions and watch whatever you like. For this guide, we used the below video, which is unavailable in the US, as a test:

1. Use a Proxy

HMA Proxy Bypass YouTube Blocking

A proxy server is the most basic way to watch YouTube content from out of your country. It’s a simple service that connects you to a server in another location as a middleman, which connects to the page you want to view. This makes it look like your traffic is coming from that region.

We tested around a dozen different proxy sites for this purpose, but the majority of them didn’t work. This was often due to server overload errors; in some cases, the video came up as a black box or refused to play. Many still showed the “not available in your country” message.

The HideMyAss! proxy was the only one that let us play the video. To use it, enter the URL you want to access, then you can select a region by expanding the Random server box. You’ll find two US locations, as well as servers in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Prague.

Thus, this is a suitable option for anyone who wants to access YouTube content only available in the US or Europe. You may be able to find another YouTube region bypass proxy that works for your needs, but we found pretty slim pickings in our search.

2. Browse With a VPN

NordVPN Connect UK

VPNs provide more flexibility than proxy servers Proxy vs. VPN: What's the Difference and Which Should You Use? Can a proxy protect your online privacy? Better off with a VPN? Not sure what's best? Let's settle the proxy versus VPN debate. Read More . They encrypt your browsing data in a secure tunnel that connects to a remote server. Your connection is encrypted along the entire process, allowing you to browse freely without anyone snooping on you.

Notably, obfuscating your browsing with a VPN protects all the connections on your computer. This means you don’t need to visit a proxy website every time you want to bypass country restrictions on YouTube.

After connecting to a UK server using my VPN, I simply refreshed the above video and was able to watch it with no problem. This is a stark contrast to the inconvenient proxy websites, which required sorting through several to find one that worked.

If you find yourself wanting to unblock country-restricted YouTube videos often, investing in a good VPN is definitely worth it. In addition to accessing region-blocked content, VPNs have many other uses, like protecting your privacy on otherwise insecure connections.

While you’ll find many free VPNs around, we recommend avoiding them. Free VPNs have to make money somehow, which they often do by selling your data or showing ads. In addition, free VPNs typically have slower speeds and don’t offer servers in a variety of regions. Thus, a paid VPN beats free VPNs in every way.

Take a look at our recommended VPN services The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More to see which ones are worthwhile. For most people, we recommend ExpressVPN; you can get three months free by using our link!

Methods That Don’t Bypass YouTube’s Region Locking

If you can’t get any proxy sites to work and don’t want to subscribe to a VPN, you’re probably looking for another viable option to skip YouTube region locks. Unfortunately, the situation isn’t ideal.

You might see advice recommending that you download YouTube videos 16 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet Downloading videos off the internet is surprisingly easy. Here are free ways to download any video off the internet. Read More to watch them in your region. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work. We tested a variety of YouTube downloaders and they all produced errors when trying to download region-locked content. To download those videos, you’d need to be in the proper country.

There’s also an old URL trick still floating around the web. This claims that you can replace the /watch?v= in a YouTube video URL with /v/ to bypass YouTube filtering. However, this is also a dead end. When we tested this, it prompted download of a small SWF file that was useless.

YouTube Without Filtering? It’s Possible

As it turns out, your options for bypassing YouTube’s geoblocking are limited. If you only need to access an unavailable video occasionally, then using a proxy will probably work for you. But if you want to bypass YouTube country blocks regularly, investing in a good VPN is worth it.

It’s not worth bothering with other methods. They won’t let you gain access to YouTube content in other regions as you’d like, unfortunately.

For more on getting around censorship, see our guide to bypassing blocked sites How to Bypass Blocked Sites and Internet Restrictions Need to access a blocked website? Try these tips and tricks to bypass internet restrictions and view the content you want. Read More .

Related topics: Internet Censorship, Internet Filters, Online Video, Proxy, VPN, YouTube.

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  1. Tom T
    August 5, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Crazy how the VPN thing works. Whenever the video i click on is blocked, I turn on ExpressVPN and connect to a different country, usually UK.

  2. Jelabarre59
    April 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Can't verify Hotspot Shield, because that is for tablets and I'm using a desktop, but Unblock YouTube fails the exact same way as a direct load, and the ProxMate plugin requires you to create an account with them. Nope, *THAT* isn't happening. SO I guess we just start looking for video sites that *AREN'T* run by the jacka**es at Google.

  3. zeeshan
    April 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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

  4. Fun
    February 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

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

  5. Andy
    December 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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

  6. Hamza Ahmed
    December 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I myself use 12345Proxy.pk for unblocking, there are several other like this but thwy shows pop ads which i annony my browsing.

  7. john Ali khan
    December 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    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:

  8. Desire
    August 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Superb ProxMate !!!!

  9. LamaV
    July 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    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 :)

  10. sigh
    May 12, 2014 at 4:26 am

    none of these work..at least not anymore..

  11. Shiraz M
    March 28, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Hey Nancy,

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


    • Jon
      April 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, Hola is awesome!

  12. Wantoo Sevin
    March 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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

  13. Gianna Marie L
    March 20, 2014 at 2:25 am

    use ultrasurf to bypass restricted sites..

  14. Gary
    March 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    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.

  15. Gary
    March 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    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?

    • Will
      March 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Gary, I use Anonymous Proxy software to unblock Hulu, BBC and sometimes YouTube. have you tried it http://proxy.chris-pc.com ?

  16. righteous indignation
    March 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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

    • alenzo
      March 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      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.

    • alenzo
      March 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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

  17. Ben DeAnda
    March 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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

    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/

  18. Tyler
    March 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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

  19. Greg from Canada
    March 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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

    • Liz
      March 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      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.

  20. Kenson
    March 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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

    • Mwandha Hussein
      March 14, 2014 at 12:04 am

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

  21. Raphael Salgado
    March 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    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.

  22. Arup Ghosh
    March 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

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

    • sanjay
      December 20, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Thank you.
      It worked for me.

  23. Egzon
    March 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hola.org is the best solution for Youtube, Netflix, CBS etc..

  24. Catalina
    March 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

    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 (www.ibvpn.com). 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.

  25. Tara Ried
    March 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

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