How to Unblock YouTube

Ever gone to load a video and found that YouTube is blocked? We’ll teach you everything you need to know on how to unblock YouTube and help you watch your favourite videos - wherever you are!

Why is some YouTube content not available?

What’s your IP address got to do with it?

You’ve all experienced the frustration of having to sit through Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout advert from Turkish Airlines for the hundredth time, reminding you that you’re not a football superstar and you can’t afford to travel the world on a whim. Once it’s finally over you find the YouTube content is not available. There are many reasons for this; sometimes the video has been taken down after a complaint. More often than not, the reason is because the YouTube video is not available in your country. Yes, that’s right! Where you live can determine the type of content you get to access. And how? Your IP address.

‘This video is not available in your country.’

Your IP address is public and reveals information about where you are in the world - websites can see this information. They can then use your IP address to block or restrict you from accessing certain content and media. This isn’t about censorship, like in Pakistan for example, who blocked YouTube completely until last year. Even the US and the UK block content; BBC iPlayer is blocked if you’re outside of the UK and Hulu is blocked outside of the US. If your IP address falls outside the country of the YouTube video, then you’ll get the message, ‘this video is not available in your country.’

How do I unblock YouTube?

You need a VPN or web proxy to unblock YouTube.

You need to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or a web proxy to unblock YouTube - an add-on or plugin for your browser or a desktop client for your computer that will allow you to change your IP address. This way, you can pretend that you’re in the country of the YouTube video you want to watch. So if the media is restricted to the US? Change your IP address to the US and you’ll unblock YouTube US! It works both ways too. If you’re outside of the UK and you’re looking to access content from home, simply switch to a UK server when you’re out of the country. You’ll have a UK IP address and find YouTube unblocked!

More than just a YouTube proxy.

We’ll keep it simple for you. ZenMate is a free add-on for your Firefox, Opera or Chrome browser, which works transparently in the background to hide your IP address (thus, your location). You have the choice of connecting to one of our secure proxy servers in either the US, Hong Kong, Romania or Germany - so YouTube will think you’re actually in that country. The result? We’ll unblock YouTube videos you want to enjoy. However, with ZenMate, you get more than just a YouTube proxy. We secure your Internet connection too, which gives you enhanced security when you’re at home and full protection when you’re using unsecured or public wifi on the go.

Is is safe to unblock YouTube?

Yes - it’s fast, easy and, most importantly, secure.

With ZenMate, we hide your real IP so you can access YouTube from anywhere and watch the videos you want. We also use encryption, keeping your data completely secure. We do not store or log your personal data which can be used to identify you or what you're doing online. We do not monitor your online sessions, and to seal the deal? We can't! Strict German privacy laws regulate our use of your information. As we don't store the data in the first place, this also means that we can't be forced into giving away personal data to any government or sell it to any 3rd parties. We’ve got you protected around the world.

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