How to Easily Bypass YouTube’s Regional Filter

MakeUseOf | 8/1/2019 | Ben Stegner
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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.

YouTube - Country - Restrictions - Guide - Below

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:

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.

Dozen - Proxy - Sites - Purpose - Majority

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.

Option - Anyone - Access - YouTube - Content

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.

VPNs provide more flexibility than proxy servers. They encrypt your browsing data in a secure tunnel that...
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