YouTube may be blocked for a number of network reasons. In most cases, a VPN is needed to reroute the user's IP address. If the block isn't due to a network-wide ban of YouTube, the user may just need to adjust the parental controls or firewall settings.

  1. Check local laws

    Some countries, such as China, block sites like YouTube. If the user is in a country that bans websites like YouTube, using a VPN router to get around the blocks may be illegal.

  2. Invest in a VPN router

    The blocks are set and read the IP address of each visitor, ensuring they are not in a blocked country. The VPN router masks or changes the user's IP address, making it seem like they are in another location.

  3. Download the VPN onto a device

    Many VPN companies offer their services on mobile devices or computers. Even free trials require a download in order to work.

  4. Open the included software

    Once downloaded, the user needs to open the software and set up the router program. Most VPN router software walks the user through this process and includes auto settings. When the set-up is complete, users simply boot up the program and use their browser to access the site.