How to Access YouTube at School

Five Methods:Using Google TranslateUsing a Proxy SiteUsing Your Phone as a Wireless HotspotDownloading the VideoFinding Alternative Video Sites

YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows you to upload and view videos in various formats that range in quality from standard quality to high definition. Some schools and organizations restrict access to YouTube and other websites in educational environments. There are several ways you can try to get around these blocks, from using Google Translate to connecting through your phone's internet connection.

Method 1
Using Google Translate

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    Open a tab with Google Translate. Visit translate.google.com in your web browser.
    • By loading a webpage using Google Translate, you are essentially tricking your browser into thinking that you're looking at a Google page instead of the actual page. You can use this to bypass blocks on virtually any site, including YouTube.
    • Some of the more popular filters will block Google Translate. If this is the case, see one of the methods below.
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    Change the language above the left-hand field. You can change this to any language except "Detect language".
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    Change the language above the right-hand field. Set this to your language so that the page can still be read.
    • You will receive an error if you try to translate into the same language, so set it to another language.
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    Copy the video URL. Open the video you want to watch in another browser tab or window and copy the URL from the address bar.
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    Paste the link into the left-hand box on the Google Translate page. Take out the word edufilter from the link if it is present.
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    Click the link that appears in the right-hand box. You will notice that the Google Translate bar is present at the top of the page. This is what is tricking the website blocker. Make sure to leave the bar open while watching the video.[1]

Method 2
Using a Proxy Site

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    Open a search engine on your computer at home. Chances are that most sites that list available proxies are also blocked at your school. Building a list at home will help you find more sites to use.
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    Search for "proxy list". A proxy site is a site that fetches the blocked website for you, and displays it through the proxy site. This means that the filter software never actually sees you going to the blocked site (YouTube), just the proxy site.
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    Find a website that lists a lot of available proxies. Your search result should list quite a few sites that index available proxy sites.
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    Make a list of a dozen proxy sites to try. Your school's network administrators actively block new proxy websites as they appear, meaning that a large number of the sites you find will already not work.
    • Grab sites from multiple different proxy lists.
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    Email the list to yourself or write it down. You just need to be able to access your list from the school's computer.
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    Visit the first site on your list. If it is blocked, move on to the next site until you find one that is unblocked.
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    Enter .youtube.com into the URL field. Click the button to open the site.
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    Wait for YouTube to load. A proxy will increase the amount of time it takes for sites to load, since the traffic has to be routed through the proxy server. This means videos will take longer than normal to play.

Method 3
Using Your Phone as a Wireless Hotspot

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    Understand what phones can do this. You will need a smartphone with tethering enabled through the carrier. Many 3G plans in the US allow tethering automatically.
    • Using your phone as the network connection will bypass any restrictions placed on the school network.
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    Open the Settings app on your iPhone or Android.
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    Open the Portable Hotspot/Tethering section.
    • Android - Tap "More" in the "Wireless & Networks" section. Tap "Tethering & portable hotspot".
    • iOS - Tap "Personal Hotspot".
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    Turn on your phone's hotspot.
    • Android - Check the "Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot" box.
    • iOS - Toggle the "Personal Hotspot" toggle on.
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    Get the wireless password.
    • Android - Tap "Set up Wi-Fi hotspot". Check the "Show password" box.
    • iOS - Tap "Wi-Fi Password".
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    Connect to the hotspot on the computer. Click the computer's wireless network icon and select your mobile phone from the list of available network. Enter the password to connect to the network.
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    Connect your phone to the computer via USB if it doesn't have wireless. After connecting your phone to the computer, you should be able to select it by clicking on the network icon in your system tray (Windows) or menubar (OS X).

Method 4
Downloading the Video

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    Search for the video. Since YouTube.com is blocked, search for the video through a search engine like Google. One of the first links should be a link to that video's site on YouTube.
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    Copy the URL. Copy the whole URL for the video. The URL should look like "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxx". The Xs will be random letters and numbers.
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    Find a video download service. There are multiple websites that allow you to download YouTube videos. Search for "YouTube downloader."
    • Copy the URL of the video into the URL bar of the video downloader. Click the download button.
    • The first time you visit a site that downloads videos, you will have to run a Java script. Only do this if you trust the site. Check reviews online to see if others feel the site is safe.
    • It is possible that your network will not allow you to run the Java script when prompted. If this is the case, then you may not be able to download the videos at school.
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    Download the video. A list of download options will appear. These are the different filetypes and video qualities that you can pick from. The most widely compatible filetypes are FLV and MP4.
    • You may need to have a special video player program installed to view the downloaded files. A video player like VLC Player should be able to play any file you download.
    • The numbers followed by "P" in the download list indicate the video quality. For the best looking videos, download 480P or higher.
    • If you just want the audio from a video, download the MP3 version. This will not contain any video, but can be listened to on any MP3 player or computer.

Method 5
Finding Alternative Video Sites

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    Find an alternate portal. For educational videos, sites such as TeacherTube and SchoolTube offer alternatives to YouTube. These sites are often unblocked by school networks, as the content is monitored and is all educational.
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    Search for your video using a search engine. Look for the video hosted on a site other than YouTube. There's a chance that this site will not be blocked by the network. Be careful when visiting unknown sites, as some contain malicious viruses.

Warnings

  • Most school administrators will view using proxies as misuse of school computers and you will likely face punishment if caught.

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