Recently, the emergence of VPNs has come along for many reasons. People (and often businesses) use them for privacy and security reasons.
But anyone can also use them to access content on the internet that may not be available in your country.
So, what are the six best ways to watch blocked YouTube videos in your country?
You can use a VPN, a proxy, a smart DNS, download videos using third-party software, use a browser called Tor, or even use Google Translate to access blocked YouTube videos in your country. These options are easy to access, and most of them are free to use.
- Smart DNS
- Download videos using third party software
- Use Tor
- Use Google Translate
Unfortunately, some content on YouTube is blocked in some countries, either by the creators of the video or the government.
But this does not mean you cannot watch these blocked videos, as there are a few options you can choose from to access these videos. These are the six best ways to watch blocked YouTube videos in your country.
Why Are YouTube Videos Blocked In Some Countries?
Often, it’s a choice made by the country, not by the video’s creator. For example, some countries like China, Vietnam, and certain Middle Eastern countries have strict policies about what content can be consumed by the citizens.
Therefore, specific videos on YouTube will not be allowed to be viewed by someone in that country.
YouTube and other websites have access to your location, it may not be your house address, but YouTube can determine what country you live in. Therefore, they can control what videos you can see depending on your country.
But anyone can easily bypass this by tricking YouTube into thinking you are located in another country using these six different techniques.
1. A VPN (Virtual Private Network)
When you are in the workplace, your company may have a private network that is physically connected using cords and wires between each computer and then to a central location.
This means that anyone that does not have access to the computers will not be able to access any information in that network.
A VPN is the same concept as a private physical network, except you don’t need to be physically connected to other computers.
Instead, you can download an app, and you will have access to a virtual private network that is ‘located’ in another country, and your IP address will be hidden so your actual location cannot be revealed.
Now that you are virtually located in another country, YouTube will allow you to view videos that are allowed in your new virtual location.
However, you must be aware of VPN scams, so do not use a VPN that sounds too good to be true.
2. A Proxy
A proxy is a server that masks your IP address and pretends that you are using a completely different IP address in a different location.
A proxy server is quite similar to a VPN in that way. However, a proxy application also facilitates communication between people, devices, and networks.
How a proxy works can be quite easily summarized. Imagine that Jane is sending a message to James, but she doesn’t want James to know that she is the one sending the message.
Jane will then use a proxy application. Jane will effectively ask the proxy the question, and the proxy will ask the same question to James. James will then send the message back to the proxy, which will send it back to Jane.
Therefore, James doesn’t know that Jane sent the message, but she still got the information she wanted.
A proxy will work in the same way over the internet, so you can watch YouTube videos without YouTube knowing where you are physically located.
The top 3 proxy servers are Whoer, Hide.me, and Oxylabs proxy server. Although, there are many good proxy servers.
3. A Smart DNS
SmartDNS is a very clever software created to access blocked content in geo-restricted areas specifically.
Your computer/device’s DNS is directly linked to your IP address, meaning you cannot access sites based on your IP address and your DNS.
However, SmartDNS does not mask your IP address like a proxy or a VPN does, and does not affect your internet speeds.
Both a proxy server and a VPN slow down your internet speeds. However, SmartDNS does not do this.
SmartDNS does not mark your IP address and only unblocks what needs to be unblocked, meaning your internet speeds will not be slowed down drastically.
Therefore, you’ll be able to access blocked content on YouTube and other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
4. Download YouTube Videos Via Third-Party Software
Many websites and applications allow you to download YouTube videos onto your computer or device without accessing the downloaded videos from YouTube whenever you want to watch them.
These applications often only require you to copy the address of the video you want to watch and paste it onto the application.
The software will then download the video onto your device, and YouTube will not be able to block the video as you are no longer trying to watch it on the YouTube platform.
This method is one of the most effective ways to watch blocked YouTube videos, but it will take up a lot of data and storage due to the videos being downloaded.
5. Use Tor
Tor is a browser that makes all your internet activity untraceable. It masks your IP address and makes it almost impossible to view your internet activity. In addition, Tor will now unblock all blocked content on the internet for you.
However, like VPNs and a proxy server, Tor slows down your internet speeds quite drastically, but it is still a good option for watching blocked YouTube videos.
6. Use Google Translate
Although this is often the least successful solution, Google Translate is easy to use and could work if it’s your last option.
You can copy and paste either a link or search for a YouTube video on Google Translate and translate it from another language. This process typically allows you to bypass any restrictions imposed on your location.
By using any of these six techniques, you will quickly have access to blocked YouTube videos. You can also use these techniques for lots of other blocked content like Netflix and media on Twitter.
It is elementary to use any of these techniques, and the majority of them are free.