How to bypass speed throttling of Netflix, Youtube and more

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Verizon Wireless a US provider of mobile data services has this week come under fire from users for apparently throttling the speeds when video streaming.

Users on popular messaging board website Reddit complained that regardless of the speed of their package, when using websites such as Netflix, Youtube and other video streaming sites their connection was limited to just 10 Mbps.

With video quality increasing the speed throttling thwarts users who wish to stream in high quality such as 4k or 1440p.

Verizon Wireless users have reported that by using a VPN service they can bypass the throttling and below we’re going to show you how you can do the same.

How to bypass speed throttling

When you access a video streaming website such as Netflix or Youtube it’s possible for your ISP to know what type of content you’re accessing.

This applies to wireless providers like Verizon Wireless in the US or o2 in the UK but also to home internet providers like Comcast in the US or Virgin in the UK.

As is the case with Verizon Wireless when it realises you’re streaming video it restricts your speed to 10 Mbps.

A VPN will allow you to avoid this restriction because it disguises the type of internet services you’re using with something called encryption.

Encryption basically means jumbling everything up so it’s unreadable and when it’s unreadable it means your ISP can’t tell what type of services you’re using, such as video streaming.

The result is they can’t restrict your speeds because they don’t know you’re watching Netflix, Youtube or any of the other video streaming services.

Where to get a VPN

There are thousands of companies offering VPN services and like anything they vary in quality.

If you want to bypass speed throttling and access high quality video then you need a VPN provider that can offer that high speed.

Through countless tests and research over the past few years we found the following three VPN services to be the best speed wise which will help you bypass speed throttling.

  1. IPVanish
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. Overplay

How to use the VPN to bypass speed throttling

Once you’ve signed up to a VPN provider you need to download either their app for your mobile device or software for your desktop or laptop.

All three providers above offer apps for Android and Apple mobile devices and software for Windows and Mac systems.

ExpressVPN also offers a Linux client and IPVanish offers a dedicated Amazon app for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick which is also suitable if you’ve got Kodi installed.

Once installed all you need to do is to connect to the nearest physical server to give yourself the best possible speeds.

For example, if you live in New York, USA simply select their New York server, if you live in Kent, UK then select the London server.

Below is an example video using IPVanish on a Windows PC.

Once you’ve connected what you do on the internet will be invisible to your internet provider.

For example, when you connect to Netflix or Youtube your internet provider won’t know and so in the case of Verizon Wireless they won’t be able to reduce your speed to just 10 Mbps.

It works the same anywhere else in the world too regardless of your internet company or even if you’re using a wireless or wired connection.

Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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