The Great British Bake Off, The End of the F***ing World, Scrubs, or Malcolm in the Middle – Channel 4 offers a great variety of premium television shows. But for now, you can only watch it in the UK unless you have something up your digital sleeve, like a VPN, for example.
If you want to learn how to watch Channel 4 in the US (or anywhere else), you have come to the right place. Access all the content available on Channel 4, overcome the streaming error message, and more with a Channel 4 VPN.
How to watch Channel 4 in the US
Step 1. Get a VPN (tip: Surfshark offers high-speed servers in the UK).
Step 2. Connect to a UK server.
Step 3. Change your device’s location and timezone.
Step 4. Clear browser cache/cookies.
Step 5. Sign up for Channel 4 with a UK postal code.
Step 6. Disable ad-blockers.
Step 7. Stream!
Why is Channel 4 unavailable outside of the UK?
You can’t watch Channel 4 abroad because of the TV licensing deals. Since the show producers can already have contracts in a specific country, streaming services have to tailor their streaming libraries around that. That’s why Netflix in the US is different from Netflix in South Korea, and that’s why you’re googling “how to watch Channel 4 in the US.”
In this case, Channel 4 doesn’t have any licensing agreements with countries outside of the UK. If you want to access the channel, you either need to move to the UK (somewhat impractical) or get a VPN (easy, fast, has other benefits).
I can’t really give you advice on moving to the UK, but I can talk in more detail about a VPN.
Here’s how to watch Channel 4 in the US or anywhere else in the world
Some streaming services are very easy to unlock with a VPN. However, that’s not always the case – you might need to put in some more work! Let’s see how to make a VPN work with Channel 4 and what additional steps you might need to take to watch it.
Step 1. Download Surfshark and create an account.
Step 2. In the app, search for “United Kingdom” and connect to one of the server locations (I chose London).
Step 3. Go to the Channel 4 website and create an account. If you already have an account, skip the next step.
Step 4. For the new Channel 4 users: sign up for the service just like any other. You will only need to provide your email address and name. Unless you want to upgrade to an ad-free version (called All 4+), they won’t ask you to fill in any credit card information.
And that’s it. Tune into The Great British Bake Off or whatever else floats your boat!
I tested these steps myself, and the only problem I ran into was Channel 4 asking me to turn off an ad blocker. However, some people might not be as lucky and will need to take extra steps for the same result.
How to watch Channel 4 anywhere: advanced guide
Clear browser cache so websites don’t store your geo-location
Cookies can be a hurdle when you’re trying to access geo-blocked websites. That’s why you should clear them from your browser before connecting to a VPN.
To stop sites from collecting cookies, use private browsing mode (e.g., Incognito mode on Chrome browser) when you visit them.
Change location and timezone on your device
Many streaming services only use IP-blocking technology to deny access to those connecting from a different country. But Channel 4 also uses geo-blocking software to detect the location of your device.
In case they detect that your device is not in the UK (a likely case for people wanting to find out how to watch Channel 4 in the US), you’ll need to tinker with your location and timezone settings.
- Go to your device’s settings and change the location to the United Kingdom.
- Set the time zone of your device to London’s. It’s GMT +0 during winter months and GMT +1 (or BST) during Daylight Saving Time.
- To make sure everything works, restart your device.
Sign up with a UK address and postal code
When I was creating an account, I didn’t need to provide a valid postal code, but in case you do, choose any legit UK postal code. You can easily find one by doing a quick Google search.
Disable ad-blockers (don’t forget CleanWeb!)
Since Channel 4 allows you to watch their shows for free, you have to sit through ads. If you have any ad blockers on your device or browser, Channel 4 will let you know as soon as you click Play on a show you want to watch.
If you have our ad blocker CleanWeb enabled on your Surfshark app, untick it as well! You can find it in the Features section of the app.
Why you should choose Surfshark
Here’s why you should go for Surfshark as your Channel 4 VPN:
- Servers in the UK: When you sign up for Surfshark, you get access to all of our UK servers.
- Fast and lag-free connection speed. Surfshark’s been ranked among the top 3 VPNs for download speed.
- Unlimited devices: Create one account and use it simultaneously across multiple devices!
- Up-to-date VPN protocols: Surfshark uses OpenVPN, IKEv2, Shadowsocks, and WireGuard*, currently regarded as the best security protocols.
- Strict no-logs policy: Surfshark doesn’t track your IP (Internet Protocol) address, browsing history, used bandwidth, session information, network traffic, or connection timestamps.
*WireGuard is a registered trademark of Jason A. Donenfeld.
Make Surfshark your Channel 4 VPN
Channel 4 offers a wide variety of your favorite shows. It’s no surprise that you want to know how to watch Channel 4 in the US (or Mexico, or Brazil, or Botswana)!
To do so, you should get a VPN provider that has servers in the UK (Surfshark is perfect for that). If the streaming service can still detect that you’re outside of the country, you need to change your device’s location and time zone, as well as clear browser cache and use a UK postal code.