How to Solve YouTube Not Available in Your Country
Personally speaking, not a day goes for me without opening YouTube at least once. Sometimes, it’s to watch the videos from subscribed channels. But, sometimes, for work-related stuff. In the past few years, though, YouTube has become our digital space for entertainment. With even the common TV shows available there, we won’t even have to think about cable subscriptions or those fees. At least on paper, YouTube is a global, available-for-everyone and free platform for watching and sharing video content. Today, we’re going to talk about some ways if youtube not available in your country, though.
It might seem funny that YouTube has some restrictions when it comes to watching content. It’s funny since the internet is supposed to be accessible for EVERYONE. That’s one of the reasons why we have many ways to fix the YouTube Not Available in Your Country Error that you would have come across. You may have seen the message while trying to open certain videos. In the worst case, YouTube may be blocked in your entire country or the organization. Don’t worry, for all these issues, we have different solutions.
In this article, we will tell you different methods to watch blocked YouTube videos in your country. Some of these methods can help you get away with geographical content blocking as well. Shall we start?
Fix YouTube Video is Not Available in Your Country Error
Method 1 — Downloading the YouTube Video
This method is helpful when you want to watch a particular YouTube video. However, you can’t visit YouTube and browse through the huge collection. Suppose a video uploader has restricted the availability of a video to certain countries, say UK. When you try to access the site from India, it won’t be available. At that time, you can follow these steps to watch that video.
- You need to have the URL of the video you want to download.
- Suppose the URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
- You have to add ‘ss’ before youtube.com
- Then, the URL will be like https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
- You will land on a page named savefrom.net
- There, you can select the desired Quality and Format of the video to be download.
- Just click on the quality and the file will be downloaded.
There are other websites as well, which you can use for downloading YouTube videos right away. You have all the choice to pick the right one.
P.S. This works only when you want to download a particular YouTube video and have the specific URL with you. If that’s not the case, you can check out other methods.
Method 2 — Use a Chrome Extension
If your country has blocked access to YouTube, this method should work. The only thing you can do is to use Chrome and install an extension. In fact, there are many Chrome extensions for this sole purpose. Today, we are going to use Hola Extension for Chrome. By the way, Hola is offering its extension for Mozilla Firefox also.
Talking about Hola, it’s a free service that lets you overcome geographical restrictions. It’s also available as a VPN, Accelerator and Ad Blocker. Thankfully, it’s available on multiple platforms and we are going to use it in Chrome this time.
- First, you have to download the Hola for Chrome Extension from Chrome Web Store
- After installation, you should be seeing a Hola button on the Chrome extension bar.
- The next time you come across ‘YouTube Not Available in Your Country’ error, click on the button.
- Now, you would be asked to select the desired country. You can choose UK or US, or something else according to your need.
- Once you have selected the country, you can reload the YouTube page.
That’s it. You will be able to watch the YouTube video in the very next second. It needs to be noted that we’d brought the Hola service into your Chrome browser. Therefore, there may be some slowdowns in browsing or download speeds. Even then, this method should help you to watch almost all kinds of blocked YouTube videos with ease. All you should know is to click on the button.
In addition, the same extension can be used for accessing any type of country-restricted web content. We hope it helps all of you.
Method 3 — A Small Fix
This one works fine if the uploader has restricted the video into specific countries. This happens with videos from BBC and other copyrighted stuff. In that cases, you have a small fix to count on. It works perfectly fine if you want to watch the same video on YouTube itself. Of course, the steps are simple.
It’s, in fact, bypassing YouTube’s own method to block YouTube videos. This is a time-saver and you needn’t use any third-party tools. This one won’t work for bypassing regional-content-blocking.
Method 4 — Use a Virtual Private Network Service
This is the ultimate method for fixing all sorts of YouTube Blocked errors. You can use this even if the others mentioned above don’t work for the purpose. The simplicity is because we are using a VPN service for doing this.
In case if you did not know, a VPN Service can make the website/authorities believe that you are from other countries or regions. Even when you are browsing from India, you can choose a US or UK IP address. So, the website feels you are a visitor from US or UK respectively. Bringing this feature, you can make YouTube think that you are accessing the service from another country.
This way, you can fix the YouTube Not Available in Your Country error with ease. Well, once you have decided to use a VPN Service, you have two options. You can go for free VPN services like Hola, and there are paid ones too. In the paid variants, however, you are going to have extra features and better service support. It’s to be noted that a VPN can be used for not only unblocking content but also for extra security. Another thing to be noted is that VPN services are available for PCs, Macs, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and even some routers. That is, you can have the service in your entire network. Some notable VPN services are from Hide My IP, VyprVPN and PureVPN.
Note: If you are using a VPN, it’s applicable to the entire device. So, every request you make will be done through the selected VPN Service. But, it’s the easiest ways to recommend when you ask us how to watch blocked YouTube videos.
Method 5 — Use a Proxy Service
Proxy Services work almost like the VPN Services, but there are differences. For this purpose of unblocking YouTube videos, you can easily set up a proxy server and access the content. Here too, YouTube gets a feeling that you are accessing the website from another country.
Once again, there are free and paid proxy services. Depending on what you need and the requirements for features, you can make the right choice. This is an effective way to overcome all sorts of YouTube blocking, whether by an authority or YouTube itself.
So, we have discussed some effective ways to unblock YouTube videos in your country. Depending on the type of blocking you are facing, you should select the appropriate one. For instance, if YouTube is entirely blocked in your country, you can try using a VPN Service or a proxy server. On the other hand, if the blocking is done by the uploaders, smaller changes to the URL should do the job. We have tested all these methods and they are working perfectly fine. That’s good enough for the freedom-rich YouTube experience, we suppose.
Originally published at www.techlila.com on July 5, 2017.