YouTube is the world’s largest video publishing platform. With more than a billion hours of streaming videos every day, the platform hosts more videos than you could ever watch in a lifetime.
Unfortunately, YouTube is sometimes a cause of disappointment. Despite its extensive library, not all videos are available everywhere and at all times.
If you try to open a YouTube video and find that it is not available, there may be several reasons. These may be restrictions in your country, network settings in your office or a technical problem.
Whatever the reason, there are several ways to solve this problem and unblock Youtube. Below, we explain 10 different ways to unblock YouTube.
Some offices and schools restrict YouTube
YouTube is sometimes blocked in schools and university campuses to avoid distractions. Schools do not want students to watch YouTube videos in the classroom.
However, this blocking can really be frustrating when you want to show a clip to a friend, or watch an explanatory video.
Offices with many employees also tend to block social networking sites and restrict access to increase productivity. Although some YouTube content is not suitable for work, music videos and other content can be useful when you are sitting at a desk all day.
These YouTube restrictions can be frustrating to say the least, but the good news is that you can very easily bypass these network restrictions.
Some countries also block YouTube
YouTube has always been under pressure from several governments to remove “unsuitable” content from its library. Due to these restrictions, not all YouTube videos are available everywhere.
If a specific government blocks YouTube because of a single video, YouTube will generally limit access to that specific video to restore its services in the country in question.
In addition, some countries are blocking YouTube completely (including China, North Korea and Iran). Other countries have blocked YouTube in the past for a short period of time (Russia, Pakistan and Turkey), usually in times of political unrest or elections. (If you are looking to unblock YouTube in China, we explain how in this article.)
YouTube blockages in countries are more difficult to bypass than an office or school network blockage, but you can bypass both types of blockages with very simple tricks.
10 easy ways to unblock YouTube
Using a VPN
This is probably the most reliable way to unblock YouTube, whether you are in a restricted country or simply in a strict company. However, although there are several VPNs on the market (and some are free), not all are appropriate. When searching for a VPN to unblock YouTube, you should look for the following features:
- Unblock YouTube videos from all over the world.
- Anonymize and encrypt your traffic. This will protect you from corporate and government surveillance.
- Provides high-speed connections that allow you to stream HD YouTube videos without delay.
How to use a VPN to unblock YouTube
- Take out a subscription with the best provider such as: ExpressVPN, CyberGhost or NordVPN.
- Create an account and download the application to all your devices
- Proceed to the installation.
- Select a server outside the country in which you are (in the case of government censorship) or simply select a server in the same country (if you are facing a blockage in your company)
- Wait for the connection to be established (this may take a few seconds).
These are the 5 steps you needed to know in order to unblock YouTube and all the videos on the streaming platform. As you have seen, there is really nothing simpler.
Add an S to your HTTP connection
This simple tip usually works when you want to access YouTube at school or university. Most school networks block social networking websites by manually entering their URLs into web monitoring programs, allowing them to block individual addresses and groups of websites.
Usually, the network administrator of the school or university adds the URL of websites to the list of blocked sites using “http://”.
To bypass the restriction on blocked sites, you can use “https://” instead of “http://”. If your school’s network administrator has manually entered the URLs of the website, it is very likely that you can unblock YouTube with this tip.
Note: This tip will not work in countries where YouTube is restricted, only on specific networks.
Use a proxy website to unblock YouTube
By performing an online search, you will find a bunch of YouTube proxy websites. They will allow you to watch restricted YouTube videos.
A proxy is a special server, and when you connect to it, your traffic goes through it. This mainly changes your location, which can be useful if you are in a school or government building. By simply changing your proxy, you can connect to a nearby server that is not subject to these restrictions.
However, the proxy does not encrypt your traffic. So, if you watch YouTube on your school’s network, network administrators are likely to monitor your activities and block this proxy.
The school’s network administrator is not the only one who can monitor your activities. If you access YouTube at home, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will also be able to monitor all your activities.
Why is this important?
Data collection is a profitable activity, and the companies that collect this data use it to generate targeted ads for you.
In addition, these proxies may have hidden spyware and share more data than you want.
Use Socks5 in your browser
Instead of depending on a website proxy that can be blocked, you can configure a proxy by yourself.
The problem with web proxies is that every time you want to access blocked sites, you have to refresh the proxy page. This can be annoying, especially if you want to open sites that are blocked frequently. To solve this problem, you can use a manual proxy. It will help you to open several sites blocked simultaneously on different tabs.
Setting up a manual socks5 proxy is simple. You must obtain a reliable proxy (it may be a paid service) and configure it on your browser.
For example, if you are using Firefox, here is how to configure it. These steps are valid for Firefox Quantum 60.0.2, and will generally work on most versions of Firefox.
- Open the menu and go to Options
- Go to the search box on the Options page.
- Enter the keyword “network”, and the following options will appear.
- Click on settings, and the following dialog box will open.
- Choose the “Manual proxy configuration” option and paste the web proxy configuration provided by your proxy provider into the text field named “HTTP Proxy”.
- Set the port number to 80, as shown above.
- Save and restart the browser.
Although these steps are for Firefox, the steps are similar for other browsers. With these settings, you will be able to use a proxy without having to update the page all the time.
Use your browser’s add-ons to unblock YouTube
If you don’t want to install a proxy, you can use some browser add-ons to unlock YouTube. There are several options such as Ultrasurf and ProxTube.
Ultrasurf allows you to bypass geographical restrictions, and you can access not only YouTube, but also other restricted Websites. It creates encrypted tunnels between your device and one of its proxy servers. This allows users to bypass censorship and firewalls.
ProxTube is only available on Firefox. If you use Chrome, you can use Proxflow. This plugin has an American proxy server that will help you unblock YouTube videos. The advantage is that the YouTube website will load using the proxy server, but the video will be loaded without a proxy in order to get the maximum speed.
Use Google Translate
You may have heard of Google Translate, an exceptional tool that can help you translate text or websites. It can also help you unblock YouTube in your school or university.
When you use Google Translate, you redirect the URL to another domain. When you open a website via Google Translate, it opens with a different domain that is not blocked by your network administrator.
Here is a tip that will allow you to bypass local network restrictions. However, if a network is restricted by your ISP, this trick will not work.
- Go to translate.google.com and enter the YouTube URL in the text box.
- Make sure that one of the languages is English and the second is a different language.
- The URL will be translated. If not, click on Translate.
- Now click on the translated URL.
The translated URL will be with the domain of Google Translate. So, if your network administrator has blocked YouTube, you can still open it.
Download YouTube videos without opening the Website
There are several websites that can help you download YouTube videos. You can use them to watch videos offline. Here’s how to do it.
Instead of going to YouTube (because you can’t anyway), use Google for it. The search engine will display the YouTube URL of this video. Copy the URL and paste it into a YouTube download Website.
Paste the URL in the space provided on one of these websites, and you can download the video. You can then watch it offline. This not only bypasses YouTube restrictions, but also allows you to store videos for later viewing.
Use Tor to unblock YouTube
Tor is an anonymous browser that will help you unblock YouTube. However, you will need administrator rights to install it on the device. If you want to install it on your own device, simply go to torproject.org and download this browser.
Tor is a secure browser that will hide your activities from your ISP. It will help you unblock YouTube without any problem. And you can use it as a normal browser.
How does it work?
When you use the Tor browser, it routes your Internet traffic over its own network. Tor has a large network and sends your data packets through randomly selected relay points. Everything is run by volunteers, so Tor is free.
Once the data packets have passed through several relays, they leave the network and reach their destination. This prevents your ISPs (or any hacker) from seeing your online activity.
The website you are trying to access does not receive a direct request from your device, but it gets it from the last relay node, so it cannot see your real IP address. It can only see the IP address of the output node. And the big advantage is that even relay nodes do not know the sender or recipient of the data they transmit.
In addition, all traffic on the Tor network is encrypted. Tor is also called “the onion browser” because it works in several layers.