Unblock BBC iPlayer outside the UK in 3 steps

1. Get ZoogVPN Premium account

Subscribe to ZoogVPN and get your premium subscription. Once you are done here, you will receive a premium VPN with several powerful UK servers. The UK VPN location is exactly what you need to unblock BBC outside the UK.

2. Connect to the UK VPN server

Open the ZoogVPN app on your device and connect to one of the UK servers, for example, London 2 or London 3. BBC iPlayer is available only within the United Kingdom, so will change your IP address to the one in the UK, and you will be able to watch BBC.

3. Open BBC iPlayer and watch it outside UK!

Once you are connected to the UK VPN, you can watch BBC iPlayer from abroad. To start streaming any BBC show, open their website, create an account, or login if you have one, and enjoy series, shows, or live streams.

Why do you need a VPN for BBC iPlayer?

BBC iPlayer is a popular British service that encompasses various shows, series, movies, and live streams from different UK channels. BBC iPlayer is free of charge for every British taxpayer located within The United Kingdom. Line of duty, Doctor Who, Royal events and ceremonies, and many other brilliant shows are streamed exclusively on BBC channels. 

However, BBC iPlayer content is available only for people in the UK. If you are located in any other country you will get the following error:

So, if you want to watch British drama, sports, or any other BBC stream, you need to be in the UK. 

Fortunately, you still can watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK with a help of a decent VPN or proxy service. Great VPNs help bypass geo-restrictions and open access to all content on BBC iPlayer regardless of your location.

At ZoogVPN, we always work to unlock BBC iPlayer. We configure our cherry-picked VPN servers properly to let you watch BBC outside the UK. Keep reading and get detailed information on how to watch BBC from abroad.

How to unblock BBC iPlayer outside UK to watch live & catchup BBC programming?

BBC iPlayer is extremely popular, so a lot of people are always questioning themselves:

It is possible to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK from abroad? 

Sure it is.

BBC is the most best and the oldest TV broadcasting service in Great Britain. Naturally, the BBC iPlayer is the most popular online streaming service in the UK. The iPlayer can be accessed online directly through BBC’s website or downloaded as an App on multiple devices. The most popular ways to watch British TV on iPlayer is through websites on your PC and Mac or on a mobile device with Internet connection. One of the best features of the iPlayer is the ability to download programmes to watch them later within 30 days.


However, the best part must be that it is a completely free service and is without any advertisement. Yet, unfortunately BBC iPlayer is only available in United Kingdom. If you have tried to watch iPlayer from outside UK you would have come across a message “BBC iPlayer programmes are available to play in UK only”.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to unblock BBC iPlayer outside UK to watch BBC programmes? Fortunately there is a way, otherwise, needless to say, this article would be pointless.

The best thing is that it’s easy to use and takes only a couple of minutes to be up and running. All you need is:

1. A PC or mobile device connected to the Internet.

2. Virtual Private Network (VPN) from ZoogVPN.

ZoogVPN will unblock BBC iPlayer outside UK, so you can watch BBC from any country. With our BBC iPlayer VPN, you will never miss your favourite shows and streams.

Here is how to get BBC iPlayer outside UK in 3 short steps:

Step #1 Get ZoogVPN.

Step #2 Install ZoogVPN app for your device where you would like to watch BBC iPlayer on.

Step #3 Connect to London 2 or London 3 that have UK VPN location from our VPN network and then visit bbc.co.uk/iplayer on your PC, Tablet or mobile.

Note that a Premium VPN plan is required.

Alternatively, watch the video on how to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK.

TIP: Ask us for 3 days premium plan to test out BBC iPlayer streaming before committing to a paid plan.

Once connected to one of our premium plan UK VPN locations, the rest of the Internet will see your device as being based in UK. This will offer you complete freedom to access UK TV services including live BBC Channels. If you don’t have a UK Postal/Zip Code then try using ‘SW1P 3SH’ or ‘SE11 6QT’. You can also try any one of these as well: ‘SE11 6JF, ‘SE11 6JJ’, ‘SE11 5JE’, ‘SW8 1GB’, ‘SW3 5JH’ or ‘SW2 5HY’. It’s easy as 1,2,3 to start watching your favourite BBC dramas, documentaries, movies and sport on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world! So don’t delay and try ZoogVPN for free.

How to watch BBC iPlayer outside UK - Video Tutorial

How to download BBC iPlayer app outside UK?

Download BBC iPlayer app for Windows

Quickly download BBC iPlayer for Windows here and watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK.

Download BBC iPlayer app for Mac

Install BBC iPlayer for your Mac and enjoy the best British content within an app outside UK from abroad.

Download BBC iPlayer app for Android

Can't find BBC iPlayer in Google Play? Download and install the BBC iPlayer app for your Android outside UK here.

Watch BBC iPlayer outside UK on Windows

Making iPlayer work on all Windows devices is easy enough, mostly because you don’t need to fiddle with third-party apps. For sure, you can stream TV shows in a web browser. However, you’ll still need a powerful VPN with a growing server base to help you bypass geo-blocking.

Here’s what to do:

  • Sign up for a good VPN service like ZoogVPN and download the installer for Windows
  • Install the app
  • Sign in hassle-free with your credentials
  • Choose one of many British servers and press Connect
  • Open a preferred web browser and proceed to the iPlayer website
  • Register a new account or log in to your existing one
  • You might be greeted with a pop-up asking whether you have a license. Press “Yes”
  • You can get to streaming your favorite shows now

Alternatively, after you got ZoogVPN, download the BBC iPlayer app on your device and watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK in the app.

Watch BBC iPlayer outside UK on Android

Because of geo-restrictions imposed by BBC, you can’t download the official iPlayer app directly from Google Play abroad, it is only available inside the UK for British taxpayers.

Yet, there is a workaround and we’ll provide a detailed guidance on how to get your Android phone to play your favorite shows on BBC outside the UK:

  • Download the ZoogVPN app from Google Play
  • Launch the ZoogVPN app on your Android device and sign in
  • Choose one of many British servers and press Connect
  • Download the iPlayer installation file (APK) from APKPure or APKMirror.
  • Tap the downloaded file, which will initiate the installation process.
  • Once installed, launch the iPlayer and log in to your account or create a new one.
  • Now you can stream anything you want. Enjoy the show!

Of course, you can watch BBC iPlayer on Android directly in the browser. ZoogVPN will help you in both cases.

Watch BBC iPlayer outside UK on Mac & MacOS

The iPlayer setup on macOS is straightforward and the algorithm is pretty much identical to Windows. You’ll need a macOS-supported VPN client and you’re good to go.
Here’s the detailed guide:
  • Sign up for a reliable VPN service like ZoogVPN and download the installer for macOS
  • Install the app
  • Launch the ZoogVPN app and sign in using your email and password
  • Choose one of many British servers and press “Connect”
  • Open a preferred web browser and proceed to the iPlayer website
  • Register a new account or log in to your existing one
  • You might be greeted with a pop-up asking whether you have a license. Press “Yes”
  • You can get to streaming your favorite shows now!

Of course, you can always download the BBC iPlayer app from abroad on your Mac here.

Watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK on iPhone & iPad

Even though BBC iPlayer is only available to UK citizens, there is a simple workaround to watch it being outside the UK. Get a ZoogVPN for your iOS device and enjoy countless shows and movies on iPlayer.
Follow these steps:
  • Sign up for ZoogVPN and download the app from App Store
  • Launch the ZoogVPN app on your iOS or iPadOS device
  • Choose one of many British servers and press Connect
  • Visit iPlayer’s website in a browser of your choice and create a new account or log in to your existing one.
  • You’re good to go! Feel free to watch as many shows as humanly possible. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
How to download BBC iPlayer app outside UK?
You can watch content directly from the iPlayer iOS app from abroad outside the UK, but it’s a bit more complicated.
For it to work perfectly you’ll need to launch the ZoogVPN app and connect to one of the British servers. Then, create a brand-new Apple ID on your iOS device and use a random UK address when signing up.
After that, you need to log out of your primary Apple ID account every time you want to stream iPlayer because you won’t be able to use all the apps registered to your primary account at the same time with BBC iPlayer. Be careful using this method as you need to switch the accounts every time you want to watch BBC on your iOS outside the UK.

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Questions? We got answers for you.

BBC iPlayer is available only in the UK, so if you are abroad BBC won’t let you watch their shows outside the UK. However, a good VPN service can help you never miss an episode of your favourite show. If you find yourself unable to watch iPlayer abroad due to geoblocking, ZoogVPN can mask your current location and make it seem like you are located in the UK. Not only a VPN is useful in these situations, but it also protects you from potential cyber threats during your journeys. If you want to watch BBC iPlayer abroad, don’t hesitate getting ZoogVPN Premium and enjoy BBC iPlayer from any country in the world.

The use of a VPN is not illegal in the UK if used within legal guidelines and by simply watching some Doctor Who or listening to brand new bangers on Radio 1 you’re not doing anything wrong. There is not a single specific law that prohibits you from using VPN, so you’ve got nothing to worry about. However, you should probably equip your device with a reliable VPN client (like ZoogVPN), so that you don’t experience any hiccups while watching the iPlayer.

It depends on what kind of VPN you use. If you found yourself a “free” VPN addon in a Chrome Store, you’re all out of luck. It is extremely easy for iPlayer to pick up when thousands of users try to connect with the same IP address over and over again. A strong premium VPN with a growing server-base can help you avoid this issue.

No. One household per account only. Our offering is already generous with unlimited devices, unlimited bandwidth and speed. Sharing your accounts with users outside your household violates our terms of service and will decrease overall quality of our service. For the benefit of everyone, please play fair and don’t share!

This part is by far the easiest if you’ve made up your mind about which VPN client you intend on using. Once you get the client connected to a British server, you can create a new account on the BBC website. With ZoogVPN, you can create a BBC account hassle-free, we also recommend some BBC post codes that will help you emulate British location to create a BBC account.

BBC iPlayer simply checks your IP address and identifies your IP location based on IP. Even if you use a VPN or Proxy, BBC keeps the list of popular IP addresses used to mask the country, that’s why it’s quite important to have a VPN client with a growing server-base, with servers that were not previously used by multiple users from all over the world. ZoogVPN constantly monitor its VPN servers and IPs to ensure BBC works smoothly with our solution.

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