But not everyone is getting the same Youtube experience. Particularly outside the U.S., Youtube’s service offering can be significantly reduced based on region. Many of Youtube’s premiere shows and channels are offered exclusively through premium programs that other regions may not even have access to.

Here’s a few of the services Youtube currently offers:

Youtube

The standard Youtube platform is available across the globe, bringing millions of channels directly to you with the click of a button. Whether it’s cooking, gaming, sports or full-length movies, Youtube has an entertainment niche for almost any preference.

Not all of the standard Youtube platform is available in all regions. Youtube’s video streaming service that offers full-length movie rentals and purchases to save to your Youtube playlists will often be region-locked depending on where you are connecting from.

Some user-created channels may be difficult (or even impossible) to find outside of their respective local regions. Youtube has some other quirks related to your current geolocation that will be covered down below.

Youtube TV

A fully-featured cable television streaming service, Youtube TV is only available to customers in the U.S. This is unlikely to change in the near future, as most of the channels currently on offer through Youtube’s TV service are American cable networks.

Youtube TV gives streaming access to a huge number of channels that have traditionally been restricted to cable television subscriptions. In order to take watch your Youtube TV subscription you’ll need to have an IP based in the United States region.

Youtube Premium

Formerly known as Youtube Red, this service gives customers access to a huge library of paid content, including videos that can be downloaded so that they can be watched offline, and removes ads for its subscribers. Youtube Premium is only available in a handful of regions:

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Luxembourg

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Russia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

United States

Outside of these regions, Youtube Premium may have limited or no functionality. Offline videos will often be disabled completely. When connecting to Youtube Premium outside of these locations, you may have your access restricted to content that you pay for based on your region.

Youtube Music Premium

Similar to other popular music streaming services like Spotify, Youtube Music Premium gives subscribers unlimited listening access to a massive library of songs. This library is even more region-limited than Youtube Premium, and is only guaranteed full functionality in the following regions:

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Luxembourg

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Russia

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

United States

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Geographical location matters to Youtube

Whether it’s for analytics, content delivery, or flat-out restricting your access to the platform, Youtube uses your current location for a variety of different uses.

Not only are the recommended videos that show up in your Youtube homepage based heavily on your geographic location, but if you are a content-creator yourself your location plays a part in who gets easy access to your videos.

The only way to get around Youtube’s location algorithms and content restrictions is by changing your location-based IP.
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You could be barred from accessing the content you pay for

If you’re already a Youtube Premium or Youtube TV subscriber and you travel outside one of the official service areas, you may lose access to the content you’re already paying for.

If you haven’t signed up for these services, you may not even have the option to do so if you’re outside the official regions they are supported in. This restriction is entirely based on your location, and has very little to do with quality-of-service or technical limitations.

Youtube is fully capable of delivering most its content library to you regardless of your current location. These region restrictions are implemented to keep Youtube in compliance with distribution deals from their partners and legal requirements from the countries they operate in.
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Censorship could be stopping you from watching Youtube

Many countries place legal restrictions on the content their citizens read, the movies they watch, and the music they listen to.

This kind of censorship is executed by the government, and outbound connections are monitored on a country-wide level to ensure users aren’t accessing “illegal” content. Even internet-neutral sites like Google and Youtube are often subjected to these restrictions, severely hampering access to content everyone should have access to.

Without some kind of encryption and a third-party service to help facilitate outside communication, users in these countries are faced with the bleak prospect of having their connection to the outside world, including Youtube, limited or removed entirely.
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You can have a Youtube experience that isn’t locked by borders

You can access the entire Youtube content library through the use of our VPN service. Utilizing advanced, high-speed servers and a securely encrypted connection, not only will you be surfing the web using an IP based in another location, all of your current internet activity will be encrypted to maintain your privacy.

Using Surfshark lets you choose from dozens of locations around the world to connect from, allowing you to circumvent the region locks put in place by Youtube and other content delivery services.

We think you should have access to the videos and movies you want to watch, and we’re here to help you make that happen.
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Youtube is using your location to provide you with content

How exactly Youtube uses your geographical location to filter recommended content is still a heavily researched topic. Youtube is notoriously tight-lipped about how they rank, filter, and recommend videos.

Just like their popular parent entity Google, Youtube algorithms are complex formulas that take into account a huge number of factors when selecting videos to recommend to its users.

The Youtube creator community has been able to make educated guesses at how geographic location plays into who watches your videos and which videos get highlighted for you to watch.

The Double-Dip Effect

Youtube creators with English speaking channels who operate outside the U.S. gain the advantage of a higher chance of being recommended both within their home country and over in the U.S.

This is due to a combination of spoken language and location settings giving a statistical advantage to these channels. From a common-sense perspective, this does seem to be a smart system. An intelligent algorithm like the one used by Youtube would understand that users in the creator’s home country may be interested in his or her content, while native English speakers may also want to see what they’re up to.

Highlighted/recommended videos to watch

Geographic location also plays a huge role in what kind of videos Youtube is going to recommend to you. While you should, in theory, be able to find any video from anywhere around the world, in practice it becomes much easier to find videos uploaded from around the region you are connecting from.

Censored content

Youtube has chosen to comply with international censorship orders from around the world. This means that if a video is blocked in your home country Youtube will comply with that blocking order and restrict your ability to watch that content.

Your geographic location is a key component in this kind of censorship. Youtube is always going to use the location data from your IP to determine whether or not it’s “OK” to show you a given piece of content.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use Surfshark to get unrestricted access to Youtube on my mobile device?

Yes! Surfshark has mobile apps for both iOS and Android operating systems. Connecting with these devices is just as easy on your mobile device as it is on your desktop.

 

2. Will watching Youtube through Surfshark affect video playback quality?

Surfshark’s high-speed servers shouldn’t have a huge impact on the amount of bandwidth you are provided by your ISP. Your internet bandwidth is the primary factor when talking about Youtube video quality and buffering.

 

3. Will connecting to my Youtube account from a VPN cause any issues with my service?

You may need to log into your Youtube account each time you connect from a different IP address. You may also be asked to provide a “Captcha” verification. This is just a safety measure Youtube provides to ensure its still you connecting to your account. Some users may not have to do this.

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