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Best VPNs for YouTube

2018/10/10

YouTube is a worldwide famous video platform. You can enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.


The video sharing website isn’t available in some countries where online censorship blocks access to Google’s site (and many others besides). Even those who aren’t subject to such draconian measures may find that not every video is accessible to them (sometimes thanks to copyright laws, but sometimes simply due to the uploader’s preference). Then there’s the secondary issue of speed. While a VPN service can add overheads to your internet connection, and slow things down a little, that’s not always the case, and a well-optimized network can actually increase your speeds in some circumstances. It can also help you avoid ISP throttling when streaming video from YouTube, which is something that allegedly goes on with some Internet Service Providers.

 

No.1 Express VPN

Numerous speed tests found ExpressVPN to offer consistently fast speeds throughout their server network – more so than any other VPN I have used and tested. (See the in-depth speed test results section below.) More than 2,000 servers spread over 148 locations in 94 countries give you a great chance of getting a fast connection. ExpressVPN delivered above average speeds during our testing, with fairly usable speeds on even the most distant servers. Custom clients provide easy setup for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and even Linux, with a few browser extensions and support for routers thrown in for good measure. It’s all about simplicity: one click and the VPN is up and running. Do note, however, that the P2P-friendly service supports just three simultaneous connections per user. Security-wise, there’s a lot going on. Apart from the usual protocol support, you get DNS/IPv6 leak protection, a kill switch, and split tunneling. Being based in the British Virgin Islands allows ExpressVPN to deliver offshore privacy protection with no activity logs and no connection logs. What little the service does collect cannot be used against you. There's no free plan or trial to test the waters, but users are able to fully try the service for up to 30 days, and get their money back if not happy, with no sneaky small print restrictions on bandwidth or sessions.

 

No.2 VyprVPN          >>Get Deal

In our testing of VyprVPN, we were very impressed with its performance levels, finding this provider offered consistently quick download speeds across the board. That’s the result of an optimized service that runs on its own network and hardware. It also helps that there are over 700 servers in 70+ locations, which should be more than enough to help you find the right connection. There are apps and manual setup instructions to run the service on almost any platform and device: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, smart TVs and a number of routers. The apps are simple and intuitive – users can get started with one-click connect and server selection. VyprVPN is a secure service that offers its own proprietary Chameleon protocol, and that’s particularly useful in this case, as it aims to defeat blocking and throttling – whether that’s from an online service, your ISP, or indeed the authorities or government. However, there is some session logging that takes place here, so if you're looking for complete anonymity regardless of what you're doing, this may not be the VPN for you. While the company doesn’t allow refunds in any circumstance, it offers a 3-day trial so you can easily test the service for yourself. The standard plan allows three simultaneous connections, and is billed monthly or annually. It’s the same with the Premium plan in terms of billing, although this ups the limit to five simultaneous connections, and gives you access to the aforementioned Chameleon protocol.

 

No.3 IPVanish

With over a thousand servers available in 60+ countries, IPVanish is one of the better choices for finding a good connection in terms of server choice. It also helps that the provider delivered high speeds in our performance tests, particularly with nearby servers. Custom clients are available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Amazon Fire TV (or Fire Stick), and IPVanish also has setup instructions for Chromebook, Linux, routers and lots of other devices. Most of the available apps are user-friendly, although the Windows client has a few annoyances (we found it prone to odd network issues, but your mileage may vary). All the usual security and privacy features are present with this provider: strong encryption, multiple protocols, plus a few extras such as split tunnelling, and a firm no logs policy is in place. There's no free plan or trial, although you do benefit from a 7-day no-strings-attached refund.

 

No.4 CyberGhost          >>Get Deal

This VPN has a robust network that delivered solid and reliable speeds in our testing, with even very long-distance connections still usable for basic browsing. CyberGhost offers a diverse range of feature-packed clients, including native software for the main desktop and mobile platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android). There are some irritations with the interface, which can be a little annoying at times, but the software makes up for it with some nifty options, such as kicking in automatically when you launch a specific app – like your browser, for example. On the security front, you get all the usual trappings, alongside extras such as ad and malware blocking, as well as online tracking counter-measures and data compression for better performance. We’ve also combed through the privacy policy and found nothing that should be of any concern. CyberGhost used to offer a 7-day free trial, but unfortunately that’s no longer available. However, you do get a 30-day money-back guarantee.

 

No.5 NordVPN

NordVPN operates hundreds of servers in more than 50 countries. A handful are specifically optimized for “ultra fast streaming”, meaning you can watch HD and even UHD 4K video on Youtube. The company maintains a strict no logs policy and utilizes unbreakable encryption. Apps for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android let you easily choose a location from a map or a list of countries. NordVPN is one of the best values on offer, allowing up to six simultaneous connections on a single basic subscription.

 

No.7 SaferVPN          >>Get Deal

SaferVPN is quite possibly the fastest VPN we’ve tested to date. If you need a VPN to watch 4K video, this is a good bet. The server selection is a bit smaller than others on this list, but you still get access to 30 different countries. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. A Chrome extension also makes it simple to bypass geo-locks in your browser or on Chromebook’s Chrome OS. The company uses strong encryption standards and records no logs of your online activity, but does log your source IP. The apps are extremely to use, and connecting is as simple as a single click.

 

No.8 PureVPN

PureVPN boasts the largest number of countries available out of any VPN on this list, touting 750 servers in 141 countries. That means you can unblock Youtube videos pretty much everywhere. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Connections are encrypted with the 256-bit AES standard, but there’s no option to use the OpenVPN protocol with the apps, so we recommend L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, or IKEv2 instead.

 

No.9 PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN is another top VPN for YouTube at an affordable price. Although its server network is not as big, it still provides more than enough choice to watch YouTube with no limitations. It’s an excellent choice for new users, as a technician can remotely install and configure the client for optimum efficiency.

 

No.10 HideMyAss

HideMyAss is another relatively popular service you can use to circumnavigate the restrictions that may prevent you from accessing YouTube. The two aspects that make ExpressVPN better than HideMyAss is the time it takes to connect to a server, and the time it takes for their customer care team to respond. Connecting to one of HideMyAss’s VPN servers takes a lot longer than you’d expect, and this fact alone makes them lose out on so many customers. It takes a long while because for most of the time, their servers are all allocated or just unavailable. On the other hand we have the somewhat slow customer care team. We’re not really sure whether to attribute this to the lack of proper training that causes them to take so long when solving customer issues, or the fact that the team is just too small to handle everyone’s problems as fast as they should. Either way, customers need to know that there’s a team of professionals that they can call on incase they run into any issue. Despite all these issues, HideMyAss will still allow you to unblock YouTube, but the experience you may undergo might force you to think twice about footing the next month’s bill.

 


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