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How To Get YouTube TV In Any Location

By Steph Myers / August 18, 2017 / Tags: ,

Can’t get YouTube TV where you are? Think again. Here’s how to watch YouTube TV in any US city, or even outside the US.

Get YouTube TV in any city

YouTube TV is a great TV streaming service. Here’s what you get:

– Watch popular cable and broadcast channels live and on-demand
– Live stream sports on ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and more
– Unlimited DVR space
– Six users can watch at the same time
– No contracts or commitments — cancel anytime.

YouTube TV is a solid cable TV alternative for cord-cutters, or anyone who likes to be able to stream TV anywhere, any time. They offer a 1-month free trial, so take advantage and try it out.

The downside is that YouTube TV only available in a handful of cities: Chicago, LA, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. That leaves a lot of people in the lurch — which is a shame, because YouTube TV does a lot of things right.

If YouTube TV isn’t available where you are, don’t fret. There’s a simple workaround to get YouTube TV in any location — either within the US or in another country. Here’s what to do.

STEP 1) Get a 30-day trial of ExpressVPN

YouTube TV is only available a handful of US cities. To watch the YouTube TV from any city  you need to bypass their location detectors. The way to do this is with a VPN. A VPN will route your connection through a secure server, thus “tricking” YouTube TV into thinking you’re in an approved area to watch its live stream.

As long as you’re connected through a VPN, you can watch YouTube TV just like if you were in an available city. Note that you will still need to sign up for a free trial of YouTube TV, or have an active account. This is a workaround for the location restrictions only.

Unblock content with ExpressVPN
Services like ExpressVPN let users bypass location restrictions on websites like YouTube TV.

ExpressVPN is a great VPN to use because it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. So if you just need access for a short time, you can cancel and get a refund. It’s a favorite for streaming TV because it delivers a five-star service all around. It is extremely fast (other VPNs can slow your connection to a maddening crawl), super easy, works on any device, and — even better — just works with no hassle. Plus, you can get 3 extra months free when you sign up for a 12-month plan.

Using a VPN has many benefits. First, it’s not only YouTube TV’s live stream you get access to. ExpressVPN works to unblock virtually every website in the world: NBC, CBS, FOX, plus tons of free UK TV channels like the BBC and ITV. It also unblocks Netflix, and other streaming services (Amazon Video, Hulu, Sling TV) so you can watch while abroad. And it’s great for streaming live sports on sites and services around the world. A VPN also prevents ISP throttling. And it’s a highly recommended online privacy and security tool to prevent data theft, spying, and tracking. More about how a VPN works and what you can do with it.

There are some good free VPNs out there, like TunnelBear. But they won’t work to unblock YouTube TV because you can’t choose a city to connect to. You can only choose by country. So you’ll need a VPN with more location options, like ExpressVPN. To get the best deal on ExpressVPN, pick the 12-month plan ($8.32/month) when you sign up for your trial.

STEP 2) Download the ExpressVPN app

After you sign up for a 30-day trial, download the ExpressVPN app for the device (or devices) you want to use to watch the YouTube TV. They have great apps for every device: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, etc.

ExpressVPN apps for every device

STEP 3) Connect to an ExpressVPN server

Now, use the ExpressVPN app to connect to a secure server. The best servers to use to unblock YouTube TV are Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and New Jersey.

Unblock content in the US with ExpressVPN

[If you’re wondering why DC and Jersey, when those aren’t available areas for the YouTube TV, I wondered too and asked ExpressVPN’s tech support. (They’re available 24/7 if you have any questions.) Unfortunately, the answer was too technical for me. Short version: they just work. Good enough.]

STEP 4) Start watching YouTube TV

YouTube TV channels

Voila! You can now get YouTube TV. After you connect to an ExpressVPN server, go to YouTube TV to sign up for a free 1-moth trial. Or, if you already have an account, just use YouTube TV they way you always do. You’ll immediately have unlimited access to watch live and on-demand, on any device.

Some tips: Clear the cookies on your device/computer after you connect to an ExpressVPN server. If you have any location services on your device, disable those.

Hopefully, YouTube TV will expand to more cities soon. But, until then, this workaround is a simple solution. I hope you enjoy watching YouTube TV as much as I do.


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