It is very frustrating when we decide to watch a video on YouTube and get the “This video is not available in your country ” message. This restriction was put in place to help checkmate and prevent viewing of videos containing adult contents and some other contents by underage persons. The restriction was also extended to normal contents which its owners feel should not be available for viewing in some countries.
Today, i shall be showing you guys some simple methods via which you can watch any YouTube video of choice (restricted or not). I just want to believe I am not in any way breaking any law by showing you guys this simple techniques. In other to be able to watch restricted videos on YouTube, you can simple follow the easy methods below;
Method 1: Editing the videos URL
This is the simplest of all the methods I am going to be showing you guys here. It happens that most video uploaders sometimes have a target audience and so make a restriction for specific countries. If this happens, trying to view the said video from a restricted country will give you a message that viewers from your country has been restricted from watching the video. But this can be corrected by simply changing the URL of the video. So supposing that you want to watch a YouTube video with URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDT-WsMrBfE that is restricted in your country, all you need to do is to delete the watch? and replace the = sign with a / (forward slash). The new URL should now look something like https://www.youtube.com/v/LDT-WsMrBfE without the watch? and the = sign included.
Method 2: Download Video Using a Third Party Site
Downloading of YouTube videos is something people do often with download managers. The problem with most of this download managers is that they can only begin downloading of a video once the video starts playing which happens to be an issue here since we are restricted from playing it. In order to be able download this type of videos via a third party site, you will also be editing the URL of the video just like you did for the above method.
To watch restricted YouTube videos, you will need to download it first as I have said before. All you have to do is change the URL of the video you want to watch. So supposing that you want to watch a YouTube video with URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDT-WsMrBfE that is restricted in your country, remove the www. and change it to ss so that the new URL will now be https://ssyoutube.com/watch?v=LDT-WsMrBfE without the www. as found in the initial URL.
You can still read about how to use this method to download YouTube by checking out my post on How to Download Videos from YouTube to Phone or PC Without any Software.
Method 3: Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service
For this method, you will need to download and install a software which can hide or change your IP to that of another country where the video is not restricted. This won’t really help with situations where the video was restricted due to age. As much as I don’t like the installation of VPNs, I still find it useful in some instances. Just search for good VPN services online and install to change your IP or maybe hide your identity. Once you have downloaded and installed any of such VPN services, simply launch it and hide your identity or just change you IP to that of a country where the video is not restricted.