Unblocking YouTube at Work or School

Here's what to do when you have no access

When you access the internet through a computer network, such as one provided at work, school, or a local cafe, some websites, such as YouTube, are blocked. This block preserves network bandwidth or discourage productivity loss.

Circumventing site blocks usually constitutes a terms-of-service violation. Depending on what you do and why you do it, it may even be a criminal offense. Do not attack a network system to access prohibited resources.

How to Unblock YouTube With a Web Proxy

The easiest way to access YouTube or another favorite website involves using a web proxy. This process allows you to visit an unblocked site and have it request the blocked site for you. From the network’s perspective, you are accessing the unblocked website the entire time.

  1. Select a reliable web proxy, such as Hidester, Hide Me, ProxySite, or KProxy.

  2. Go to your chosen web proxy's site and type in the website URL you'd like to visit.

  3. Many proxies will provide a drop-down box to select a country from which you'll appear to be web surfing. Choose a country. (For example, the material you want to access may be available only from a certain location, so you'd select that country)

  4. Press Enter and begin browsing the website.

This process won't work if your web proxy has been blocked by network administrators that don't want users to bypass filter systems. If your web proxy is blocked, try another or try a VPN solution.

Unblock YouTube With a VPN

Use a virtual private network to access restricted content instead of a web proxy. VPNs are similar to web proxies because they masquerade the actual website you're trying to visit. They involve a bit more setup, but also increase overall security by encrypting your web traffic.

  1. Install the required software. Consult the provider's support documentation for exact instructions.

  2. Open your favorite web browser and access YouTube or another site. Remember, your data is fully encrypted.

If using a VPN doesn't work, your network administrator is trying to provide a safe and productive work environment and may have made both web proxies and VPNs inaccessible.

Use Your Own Private Network

An alternative to unblocking a site on your work or school network is to obtain that content through your own private network. Many smartphones and their respective carriers now offer mobile data tethering, which allows you to connect your laptop or other devices directly to your cellular network using a hotspot. This method can cost quite a bit depending on your carrier, but it's a worthy option if you feel you must access certain content.