How to make a Channel 4 account outside the UK

Creating a Channel 4 account outside the UK is free and easy. You only need three things:

  1. A reliable VPN (check out our How to watch Channel 4 outside UK article).
  2. An active email address
  3. A UK postcode (aka Zip code) and you can get one for free here.

With those three things, you can create and watch Channel 4 from anywhere in the world – so long as you have a fast enough internet connection.

There are, however, nuances as no two VPNs are the same. Some, like ExpressVPN and NordVPN, are better than others (see Best free VPNs) which means you might run into problems with your VPN not working with Channel 4. To combat this, it’s advisable to choose the best VPN your budget can afford.

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Creating a Channel 4 account outside the UK is easy and free. All you need is a good VPN – check out our Best VPN and Best Free VPNs articles – to make a more informed choice. Note that free VPNs are much more likely to produce blocking and buffering issues.

Total Time: 4 minutes

  1. Get a VPN

    Download a VPN and connect to a UK server – I recommend either ExpressVPN ($6.67/month) or NordVPN ($2.99/month)

  2. Go to Channel4.com

    Visit Channel 4 and click “Sign in to My4” at the top of the page.

  3. Create your Channel 4 account (it’s free!)

    Click on the “I don’t have an account and I’d like to register” button.

  4. Input a valid UK postcode

    If you don’t have one, you can get one for free here.

  5. Watch Channel 4!

    That’s it. You can now watch Channel 4 from anywhere in the world.

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How to download the Channel 4 app outside the UK

If you’re outside the UK you won’t be able to find the Channel 4 app on the Apple or Google app stores.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get around this:

How to download Channel 4 app on iPhone and iPad

  1. Download a good VPN – I recommend ExpressVPN ($6.67/month) or NordVPN ($2.99/month) and connect to a UK server
  2. Create a new iCloud account for free
  3. Login to your new iCloud account
  4. Open your account
  5. Select Media and Purchases
  6. Select View Account
  7. Tap Country/Region and select the UK
  8. You’ll now have access to the UK version of the App Store
  9. Download Channel 4

How to download Channel 4 app on Android

  1. Create a new Google Play account and login to it on the Google Play store
  2. Download and install ExpressVPN ($6.67/month) or NordVPN ($2.99/month) on your Android phone
  3. Connect to a UK server
  4. Open up your Google Play Account
  5. Click Settings
  6. Click General
  7. Click account and device preferences
  8. Change your location to the UK
  9. Put in your credit card details
  10. Close Google Play and open it again
  11. You’ll now be on the UK version of the Google Play Store
  12. Download and install Channel 4

Why can’t I access Channel 4 outside the UK?

You can’t access Channel 4 outside the UK because the streaming service is blocking your connection.

It does this because it only has the rights to broadcast its content in the UK. If you’re outside the UK, it can find this out and will block your connection.

If it didn’t block users outside the UK, it would be breaching copyright and licensing agreements already set in place between its content partners and other streaming services. These breaches are often met with severe financial penalties, so to protect itself Channel 4 blocks anyone outside the UK.

How does Channel 4 block me outside the UK?

Channel 4 determines your location by scanning your IP address when you connect to the streaming service.

Your IP address is a unique code that gets allocated to your device whenever you go online. It’s used so your device can communicate with online services like Channel 4.

The problem here is for this communication to work, your IP address needs to contain information about your physical location.

When you access Channel 4 it scans your IP address to figure out if you’re based in the UK. If you aren’t it will block your connection.

How can I watch Channel 4 outside the UK?

To watch Channel 4 outside the UK you need to get around the streaming service’s location-based blocks.

The easiest way to do this is to change your IP address to one based in the UK. This way, when Channel 4 scans your IP address, it will think you’re located in the UK and you’ll be able to access all of its content.

The good news is changing your IP address isn’t hard. All you need is a reliable VPN that works well with Channel 4.

The best VPNs for Channel 4 are ExpressVPN ($6.67/month), NordVPN ($2.99/month) or Private Internet Access ($2.03/month). These VPNs allow you to change your IP address instantly. All you need to do is download one of these apps, they’re available on almost any device you can think of, connect to a UK server and within seconds you’ll have a UK IP address.

David Court
David is a professional journalist. He's been reviewing lifestyle and technology products since 2007. His CV boasts a series of high-profile websites that he's previously edited and managed. These sites include PCAdvisor.co.uk, TechAdvisor.co.uk, PCPro.co.uk, Alphr.com and ExpertReviews.co.uk. Reviewsfire.com is his new project.

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