How To Change your Location and Local Stations in YouTube TV
If you’re outside the areas covered by YouTube TV, or you want to watch region-locked content, you might be interested in learning how to spoof your location to watch whatever content you want. If this applies to you, you’re in luck — this tutorial is going to show you how to fake your location for YouTube TV.
Can You Change Your Location on YouTube TV?
Like other streaming services, YouTube TV offers different content in different locations, and depending on where you live, you may not be able to watch the content that you’re most interested in. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways you can easily change your location on YouTube TV to unlock content you otherwise wouldn’t be able to watch.
Use a VPN to Change Your Location for YouTube TV
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are the perfect solution for users interested in faking their location. Not only do they help you circumvent geoblocking, but they also help preserve your privacy while you’re online. Using one in this instance means you should be able to access YouTube TV from anywhere.
When looking for a VPN service, look for one that:
- Does not keep any logs.
- Responds to services that do geoblock.
- Has an endpoint server in a city that YouTube TV is available. We have tested ExpressVPN and can confirm it works.
A provider that responds to services that geoblock means that when Netflix or YouTube TV blacklists server IP addresses, they move quickly to change the IP address range to work around it. The provider usually publishes changes or discusses them on their website.
To ensure your VPN service will work with YouTube TV, check which locations the VPN offers and check to make sure YouTube TV is available in at least one of those locations. You can enter zip codes on the YouTube TV homepage to check. ExpressVPN in our experience covers all major locales for watching whatever sports team or local content you are looking to watch.
Once you find a VPN that meets these criteria, you should be able to simply turn it on and start watching YouTube TV at your leisure.
Use a Browser Extension to Change your Location for YouTube TV
You can also use a browser extension to fake your location. We tested the ExpressVPN extension to change the broadcast location in Chrome and it worked perfectly. It is an extension that allows you to manually set your area and allows Chrome to broadcast that location instead of your real one.
There are extensions for other internet browsers as well. We have full instructions to change your location in Firefox as well.
Even with a VPN or browser extension faking your location for YouTube TV, there is no guarantee it will work. Streaming services work hard to block this kind of activity and are always moving the goalposts to try to stop you from watching media you shouldn’t. It’s an eternal game of cat and mouse, but for once, with VPNs, the advantage is ours.
How To Change your Location on a Firestick
Most VPN services have an app available for download on the Firestick app store. ExpressVPN is no exception. Simply sign up for service, install the app, and change your location to whatever local market you’re looking for.
How To Change your Location on a Mobile Device
When in doubt, you can download a VPN to change your location. Using a VPN is more secure, and companies will be less likely to access your data. We mentioned ExpressVPN because it is in our tests the most reliable at consistently unlocking content on various streaming services. They are continually updating to make sure they can access multiple region-blocked websites and streaming services.
The Bottom Line
Streaming services work hard to prevent users from spoofing their location and accessing restricted content. This can make things difficult for those who want to access content that isn’t available in their region. Still, by using a service like ExpressVPN, a VPN browser extension, or a mobile app, you should be able to bypass these restrictions to watch whatever content you want.
Interested in learning more about using YouTube TV? Check out our guide on How to Watch Recorded Shows on YouTube TV.