How To Change, Fake or Spoof your Location for 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.

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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 ways you can fake your location on YouTube TV to unlock content you otherwise wouldn’t be able to watch.

Use a VPN to Fake 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.

There is no guarantee that these services are going to work at all times. Websites are always looking to secure their advantage, so pick a VPN that continually updates their service like Express VPN.

When looking for a VPN service, look for one that:

  1. Does not keep any logs.
  2. Responds to services that do geoblock.
  3. Has an endpoint server in a city that YouTube TV is available.

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 it 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.

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 Fake your Location for YouTube TV

You can also use a browser extension to fake your location. We tested the Manual Geolocation extension for Chrome and it seemed to work fine. 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. For Firefox, we recommend Location Guard.

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 do I Spoof my iPhone/Android Location?

If you decide to spoof your location from your phone instead of a browser, some apps can spoof your GPS. Our recommendations are iTools for the iPhone and Fake GPS for your Android. As we said, these apps may not always work, but both of these apps frequently update to improve their geoblocking service.

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’s one of the best of these 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 VPN, browser extension, or 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.

9 thoughts on “How To Change, Fake or Spoof your Location for YouTube TV”

Avatar PP says:
Location Spoofing does not work on the recent update of youtube tv android mobile app
Avatar Mauricio Naranjo says:
has anyone found a workaround for youtube tv? previous spoofing method no longer works
Avatar PP says:
With Android 10, apps can differentiate if the location is real or spoofed. There are patches such as Smali Patcher, which works, but there are instances where this also has failed in Android 10. So for now only way to get youtube tv working with spoofed location is to roll back to Android 9.
Avatar Winston says:
In my home I have one TV set to the zip code my home in actually located in. The other three TV’s are set to another zip code. This being the case, and the three TV’s are receiving for the “home area” and the one TV is receiving for the “playback area,” and youtube allows a rearrangement of channels for only the one “playback” area TV, if I watch these TV’s am I fulfilling the requirement to be in the “home area”? I’m unable to grasp what has happened here.
Avatar Winston says:
My son said I need to clarify my previous post. Okay, here it is: TV #1 is receiving programming for the zip code that the TV is actually located in. It is considered the “playback” device by YouTube. TV #2, 3, and 4 (located in the same home) are receiving programming for a nearby zip code area. YouTube has these TV’s as being in the “home area.” So, my question is this: When I watch any TV of #2-4, am I fulfilling the YouTube requirement of watching a device in the “home area”? I should note that there is only one channel that’s actually different in the two zip codes. The other channels are the same in both zip code areas.
Avatar Linda B Smith says:
we also having problems with over charges 3 times a month , this has being going on for 3 months , needs to stop 53.36
Avatar Linda B Smith says:
why can”t i change areas im in north carolina and it”s still on harrisonburg va
Avatar Dp says:
Does this violate TOS? I am barely out of reach for a regional sports network but can easily mod Geo-location in dev tools to get the channel I am only 30 miles from. YTTV only mentions home location as something that you can change every now and then.
Avatar CH says:
Using YTTV I have been splitting an account with someone who lives in another part of the country. Since the account originated from there, I have been able to receive their local stations without problem. No VPN being used at all. I got the idea from another person who is able to do it as well, but they said it was only when they used YTTV on their home TV. When they use it on mobile it shows actual local content. I’m not sure why this is happening but it’s been very useful for keeping up my favorite NFL team.
Avatar johnny says:
This give me a great idea. I’m trying to watch an out-of-market NFL game on CBS. Using this theory, I can sign up for YTTV while using a VPN to spoof my location to a place where the game is available. With my home location set, I should then be able to stream the game to my smart TV without using a VPN. I think it’s worth a shot. On a side note, why in this day and age is it so freaking difficult to see the NFL game of your choice?
Avatar Jigga what says:
Youtubetv detects vpn use, you can watch the national stations, but not local ones, as the app demands you to use your devices gps location
Avatar Ross says:
It looks like the advantage is lost. I am able to access youtube TV with some difficulty with a VPN, but in order to record a show it keeps asking me to show my actual location. I can’t figure out a way around it. Not able to record anything.
Avatar BJ says:
I live in Calhoun GA, my YouTube TV is giving me local programming from Atlanta, I want Chattanooga instead
What are my options?
Avatar Bob Peirce says:
You can use the previously mentioned extension for Chrome. My YTTV is screwed up. It thinks I live in Harrisonburg, VA, but I live in the Pittsburgh, PA area. I was able to set a fixed location in Chrome and it worked fine. Unfortunately, I also use YTTV on a Firestick and I’m out of luck there.

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