Whether you’re at work or at school, sometimes you just want to watch some Youtube. Maybe you are done with whatever you have to do and need a way to kill some time.Maybe you need to watch a tutorial video on something and are frustrated at how blocking Youtube has made you less productive somehow.
Or maybe you’re in the mood for some good old fashioned procrastination. No matter what the situation is, here are some quick and easy ways to unblock youtube.
Use a proxy
This is the classic method. People have been using proxies to unblock Youtube ever since Youtube was created. A proxy is basically a service that gets a website for you. So it looks like you’re using a normal website but in reality, you are on Youtube.
Some proxies can be slow, and others can be pretty unreliable. It’s easy to find a proxy with a quick google search, but in reality it can be hard to find one that reliably helps you get Youtube unblocked. Make sure you do your research and check out which one is the most reliable one for wherever you are. Always be careful when using proxies online.
Use a VPN
A VPN or a virtual Private Network is sort of similar to a proxy. It works in a different way and is generally much more effective and convenient. The downside is while there are many proxies that you can use by simply opening a webpage, a VPN is a more in depth piece of software.
Many VPNs require payment, whether as a one-time purchase or as a subscription.
While a VPN is less convenient than a proxy, it does have the benefit of letting you access Youtube or other websites and services as if you were in a different region or country. This is particularly useful if you want to access content that’s locked to a specific country.
Try changing the URL (web address)
A URL is the web address at the top of your web browser. Usually the URL for Youtube is https://www.youtube.com/ by changing this address to http://www.youtube.com/ or the other way around you can easily bypass many firewalls and filters. This really depends on how the firewall or filter work and how smart the person who set them up is. Keep in mind that this method does not work if, for example, Youtube is banned in your country or region or your specific device is blocked from using Youtube. If this method doesn’t work don’t be disheartened.
Try downloading the videos instead
There are many ways to download Youtube videos without actually opening Youtube. Try to use one of them to download any specific videos you want to watch.
Make sure you don’t do more harm than good
While blocks on Youtube and other social media is annoying at best and insulting at worse, make sure you don’t waste too much time on Youtube and any other social media using these methods. Worst case scenario you can just wait till you get home! But in all seriousness, where there’s a will, there’s a way. People are coming up with new ways everyday to get past blocks and issues created, all you need is a little bit of research.
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