Is it really possible to open blocked YouTube? The query “How to unblock YouTube Videos” is trending in different search engines like Google and Bing. But what is YouTube? YouTube is a very popular online video streaming portal which lets you watch various kinds of videos online. Though, there are few methods available to play and watch YouTube videos offline. But what’s about on-line streaming? Definitely, YouTube is a very serious source of business, education, entertainment and everything else. As, it is a place of unlimited videos and there are no barriers of watching and sharing, so, it naturally holds the third position in the list of world’s most visited websites. YouTube lets you upload your own created videos to the different channels so that you can share your practical knowledge with the world. That’s why YouTube’s popularity is so trending.
Now-a-days, most of the offices, colleges, schools consider YouTube as a productivity killer, and they block the YouTube website so that people can’t access YouTube from their workspaces, schools, and colleges, just like Facebook. As, I want to mention that Facebook website recently is added in the blacklist of school and office admins, and they also block access of Facebook in their office and workspace just like YouTube.
Many countries like China, Pakistan considers YouTube channel as a source of inappropriate and offensive content, and as a result of it, they block the YouTube website completely in their whole country. The visitor of those countries should take an alternative way to get all the juice on YouTube. But there is definitely a big ‘HOW’ in your mind.
I have already written an article on different ways to unblock Facebook website at offices and schools. Now, let’s see how you get YouTube unblocked at office sectors and educational sectors.
Before going to a stepwise description, let me tell you how YouTube helps me a lot in my career. In my blogging career, I learn a lot of geeky tricks to maintain my website. But, from where do I learn? I, of course, read different blogs and use Google searches to find my queries. When I find any video tutorial, I always go for it and give it my priority. When I observe a step-by-step guide visually, rather than reading a how-to guide, I always understand the fact within no time. For example, recently, I have migrated the hosting of my blog with the help of a YouTube video. Thus, I have saved my $500.
Want YouTube Unblocked at School, Office? Why does the Authority Block YouTube Website?
It diverges your mind. So, you lose your concentration on your work or in your study. The authority suffers because they pay you high to get maximum productivity. So, they force you in a challenge so that you can unblock the website.
When you view a YouTube video online, it consumes a significant amount of internet bandwidth. As a result of it, they suffer a lot on above all internet speed quality to their office area. They block the site because they know how to increase speed of internet at the office or school. Otherwise, the school authority uses a limited bandwidth internet connection, and limited usage internet connection is never suitable to play YouTube.
How You Open YouTube Videos in Restricted Area?
Unblocking YouTube is not difficult, and by faking your original IP, you can easily bypass all the restrictions at schools, colleges, offices and country-specific restrictions. Basically, there are mainly two or three types of restrictions which are used to block YouTube.
- Local restrictions are only used to block YouTube direct from PC.
- Local Area Network Restriction is used in any organization like school or office to make YouTube inaccessible.
- The country specific restriction is used to block YouTube like website in a particular country.
The main concepts I use to unblock YouTube videos at school is IP faking. Let see the methods I am describing in this article.
#Summary: How to Open YouTube in Office, Schools and Colleges when Restricted?
- Use trusted proxy website
- VPN services
- Browser extensions
- Change DNS of ISP
- Use proxy IP in browser
- HTTPS secure SSL connection
- Use Tor browser
- Remove software that prevents YouTube from opening
10 Ways to Unblock YouTube Website at School, College, and Office
Method #1: Check whether YouTube is Blocked:
When you want to open YouTube in your office area and can’t open it, at first, be sure that it is not the problem with YouTube. Just ping ‘youtube.com’ and if you get no reply, then, it might be the issue of YouTube. However, if you get the reply and YouTube.com is not opening yet, then, this might be the issue of blocking YouTube website, and you have to unblock it.
Method #2: Check Hosts File of Your PC and Be Sure that YouTube.com Is Not Blocked from There
Hosts file of any operating system is used to block or allow any outbound or inbound connection. Sometimes, authority use hosts file of OS to block websites. To open the Windows Hosts file, navigate to the following path and open it using notepad.
To open hosts file in Mac or Linux, use the following command:
$ sudo nano /etc/hosts
Now, a check is there for some code that blocks YouTube website to be accessed. If you find any trace, just take a backup of the Windows hosts file and delete the code from the original one and save the file. Hope, this bypasses all the restrictions, and you can access YouTube in office and school.
Method #3: Check Website Blocker Browser Add-on and Remove it to Access YouTube
All modern web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, has a support of various extensions. Extensions like site blocker or website blocker can block any website. School and office computers use Chrome, Safari or Firefox as default web browser. So, at first, check if there any extension that can block access to YouTube. Just remove the add-on to open YouTube at schools and work areas.
Method #4: Access YouTube Using IP Address
Every website has its own IP address. YouTube has its own. To know the actual IP address of YouTube just use
ping www.youtube.com -t command to know it’s real IP. Then, instead of youtube.com, try the IP address directly at URL field of the browser to open YouTube videos. You can visit the below URL to get original IP of YouTube.
Method #5: Use Hola Service
Hola is a very popular proxy service that can be used to access YouTube videos. Hola works like a charm as it fakes your IP to unblock the website at your end. As a Google Chrome user, you can install Hola Chrome extension on your browser to unblock any website including YouTube. However, if you are a Windows user, then you can install Hola application to access YouTube videos.
Method #6: Unblock YouTube Website with Secure Proxy
It is the best solution for you to use free proxy services so that you can access YouTube at your office. Many free proxy websites can be used deliberately to solve the issue. I have already described in a post to unblock Facebook site using the proxy and here is the list of proxy to unblock. You try these proxies. If these do not work, then try the alternatives. Below, I mention the list of free proxy server to unblock YouTube.
Proxfree is most compatible YouTube proxy site. This website can bypass country specific YouTube block.
Zalmos web proxy is very reliable mainly to mobile and tablet users to avoid YouTube restriction.
Method #7: Use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to Get YouTube Access
Use of VPN is the perfect solution to unblock access to YouTube at restricted places. It uses virtual private network all over the world. When you use a VPN, you are connected virtually. So, you can access YouTube as you are accessing virtually and are using your original IP. There are many free and VPN software available in the market. You can use any one from the below list:
- Hotspot Shield
- Air VPN
- Air VPN
Method #8: Use Https Connection
Sometimes web admin manually types the URL to blacklist the website. In such cases, if he forgets to block both the HTTP and HTTPS versions of the connection, then you can access YouTube using secure HTTPS at the beginning of youtube’s URL instead of HTTP if and only if he just forgets to block the secure one. This is a very simple trick and, in some cases, it works like a charm.
Method #9: Use TOR Browser to Open and Unblock Restrictions for YouTube Website
Tor Browser is nothing but a proxy software which is used to access any blocked website. You need administrative permission to install the browser on your PC and integrate the browser with Firefox browser. To open YouTube, just put the URL in the address bar, and that’s it.
Method #10: Unblock and Browse YouTube website Using a Proxy Web Address in Your Browser
You also get to YouTube website by configuring proxy address manually in your web browser. Use a fresh and alive proxy IP to your browser and open your favorite video portal directly. This is very much similar to using a third-party proxy server. You do not need to open two different URLs each time you browse YouTube when you use a proxy ip in your browser. How to configure proxy setting in your web browser to unblock YouTube web portal?
Navigate to advanced setting option from your Chrome browser, under network option you see “Change proxy settings” option. Click it to open internet properties. Now, navigate to connections >> LAN settings. Tick the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” option and put the proxy server IP address just in the appropriate box.
Firefox users open Firefox and navigate to Options >> Advanced >> Network >> Settings and place a live and valid proxy IP after choosing the Manual proxy configuration. Always use port number as 8080.
Click OK to save the above settings.
Method #11: Check and Fix Suspicious Program’s Activity to Open YouTube
Some web admins use different suspicious programs to block YouTube website at their organization. You need to trace the application and stop the process to access YouTube. To find the evidence of such application, you need to open task manager and observe the process running in the background.
Method #12: Use Live Ubuntu Disk along with USB Dongle to Bypass Admin Restrictions for Unblocking YouTube
When the above all control of a network place is very much secure, you can try using a live Ubuntu disk to bypass all admin restrictions and access any blocked site, including YouTube.com. You can use a dongle or create a mobile wi-fi hotspot and access YouTube at offices and schools.
Method #13: Can I Bypass ‘YouTube is Blocked’ Restriction Using Smartphones, Mobiles or Tablets
If you are an Android or Apple user, you can follow few of the above methods to open YouTube website. There are few applications available in the android market and apple store to unblock any website. You can use ‘hotspot shield application‘ also on your mobile or tablet to play YouTube when you are in your office wi-fi network zone.
I discuss all the possible methods to unblock YouTube at school and office. All the methods are tested, and some may not work due to restriction type or applied filtering level. When you find any difficulty, don’t forget to ping me in the below comment section.