Sky Go is one of the best TV streaming services in the UK and in this guide I'm going to show you the incredibly easy steps you can take to watch from abroad.
If you've got a Sky account and you're outside the UK for a period, then you've probably tried to watch Sky Go and realised it's not available outside the UK.
To watch Sky Go abroad you're going to need to sign up for a service called a VPN.
A VPN allows you to route your internet traffic via another location and appear as if you are in that country.
For example, if you're in Australia and you use a VPN, you can appear as if you're in the UK and so Sky Go will let you watch any content as if you were at home in the UK.
This solution works in any country, so let's find out how to get going.
How to unblock Sky Go outside the UK
To watch Sky Go you need to sign up for a VPN and this will let you use your Sky account to watch from anywhere in the world.
A VPN is a small piece of software for your Windows or Mac computer or an app for your Android, iOS device or Fire TV Stick.
A good VPN service should cost between $5 – $10 or less which is around £5 and the longer you sign up for, the cheaper it becomes.
Follow the instructions below to get a VPN and use it to watch Sky Go abroad.
Steps to watch Sky Go overseas:
- Sign up for ExpressVPN by clicking here. Don't worry there's a 30-day money back guarantee if you're unhappy.
- Download and install their software or app for your desktop, tablet, mobile or Fire TV Stick. You can also alternate between devices.
- Activate the app using the activation code from the ‘My Account' area of the ExpressVPN website or login using your account details.
- Select the location United Kingdom.
- Press Connect.
Once connected open the Sky Go app and you'll be able to watch abroad.
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Rather than be blocked like you were before you'll be able to stream all the live and catch-up TV anywhere in the world.
There are a couple of other VPN providers worth checking out if you want to shop around and you can try either:
Or if you've got lots of time on your hands then our VPN Comparison Guide compares 18 of the top providers.
Which VPN to choose?
Choosing a VPN for Sky Go can be extremely difficult.
When you search Google for the term “VPN” you're faced with a wall of options and not every provider is suitable for watching Sky Go abroad.
Some aren't fast enough to stream video which will leave you with buffering and stuttering ruining your enjoyment of watching your favourite shows on Sky Go.
Others are blocked from even accessing Sky Go.
Through my testing I found ExpressVPN to be the best provider because they're fast, reliable and one of the cheapest available. You can read my latest review of their service to find out what I thought.
Here's a run down of the features of each:
ExpressVPN is our top recommended VPN for watching Sky Go abroad.
It ticks all the boxes with a huge network of servers including hundreds located in the UK.
These servers are all optimised meaning they not only deliver fast speeds, but these speeds are consistent and reliable.
You can use ExpressVPN on all of your devices too, with five simultaneous connections available. It has dedicated apps available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Linux.
If you want to watch on a device that doesn't have an app, you can either find one of their many manual installation guides, set it up on your Wi-Fi router, or use their dedicated DNS proxy service, MediaStreamer, which is included for free with every subscription.
As well as Sky Go, ExpressVPN can also unblock US and UK Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and HBO Now, as well as many more popular streaming services.
Fast and consistent connections
Huge network of reliable servers
The best security and privacy protections around
Can also unblock Netflix, Hulu and other popular streaming sites
Only 5 simultaneous connections
NordVPN is another great option to use to watch Sky Go. It has multiple UK servers all of which are optimised for speed and streaming. Just connect to one of these servers and you will be ready to start watching Sky Go.
Connection speeds with NordVPN are very good and thanks to recent infrastructure investment they are consistent too. NordVPN is more than fast enough to stream as much HD-quality content as you like.
It has strong 256-bit AES encryption and a no user logs guarantee which should be watertight as they're headquartered in Panama.
NordVPN's apps are very user-friendly and available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android and it can be installed into almost any device you care to mention.
NordVPN is also able to unblock Netflix content in several countries including the US and UK, and will also work with Hulu, HBO Now, BBC iPlayer, and more.
You can also connect up to six devices at the same time.
Unblocks Sky Go from anywhere
Fast connections and downloading speeds
Strong encryption and great privacy
User-friendly apps for most devices
Not quite as fast as some of its rivals
IPVanish has a big server network with lots of UK-based servers that are able to unblock Sky Go.
There are no limits of bandwidth or downloads and connections speeds are extremely fast making it ideal for streaming.
Their high-end 256-bit AES encryption is backed up by a no user logs guarantee, however this hasn't been proven with an audit like the above two providers.
IPVanish has apps for most devices including Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. It even works with Kodi. Extra features include an internet kill switch, DNS leak protection, and up to ten simultaneous connections.
IPVanish isn't so good at unblocking other streaming services but it is more than sufficient for fans of Sky Go.
Unblocks Sky Go
Good security and privacy
10 simultaneous connections
No cryptocurrency payment options
Can. t unblock Netflix or Hulu
How to watch Sky Go abroad on an iPad or iPhone
You can watch Sky Go on any device including the Apple iPad and iPhone. It is helpful to download the Sky Go app before you travel abroad.
Just use your chosen VPN to connect to a UK-based server and then log into your Sky Go account as usual. You should quickly be watching all your favourite content.
How to watch Sky Go abroad on Android
Sky Go is compatible with all versions of Android later than the Ice Cream Sandwich version 4. As long as you have a later version of the Android OS than this, you should be able to download and watch Sky Go from anywhere.
Connect your VPN to a UK-based server and then open the Sky Go app. Log into your account and everything should work as if you were still at home.
How to watch Sky Go using a Smart DNS proxy
A Smart DNS proxy works a bit like a VPN, but instead of redirecting and encrypting all your data, it will only redirect DNS requests – the initial call to a website to let you access it.
Smart DNS proxies can be faster than regular VPNs but they are also more difficult to set up. You usually don't need any new software but will need to make adjustments to your settings.
Here is a short guide which should enable you to set up most Smart DNS proxies:
- Sign up to a smart DNS proxy provider.
- Validate your own device's IP address with your Smart DNS proxy provider.
- Input the primary and alternate DNS server addresses into your own system's internet settings.
- Save these changes and restart your device.
- Use the Sky Go app and start watching.
Can I use a free VPN to watch Sky Go?
You may have noticed that all of our recommended VPNs for unblocking Sky Go are paid-for services. There are a number of very good reasons for this.
Free VPNs are notoriously bad at unblocking and streaming content from providers like Sky. These providers have a limited number of servers and a huge number of users which speeds are usually prohibitively slow, especially if you want to watch high-quality HD content.
Many free VPNs also have limits on bandwidth and data usage that mean even one episode of a TV show will probably not run all the way through.
They are also extremely insecure and likely to sell your user data, inject adverts into your browser and even infect your device with malware. Some even sell on your idle bandwidth to other users.
In contrast, a premium VPN like the ones we recommend come with no such problems and will give you a much better and enjoyable streaming experience in exchange for just a few dollars a month.
What to do if your VPN is not working with Sky Go?
If you have signed up for one of our recommended VPNs and are still having trouble watching Sky Go, there could be a few different reasons for your problems.
Firstly, you will need to make sure that your device meets all of Sky Go's technical requirements. These are:
- Your system settings must be in English.
- Your time zone must be set to UK time (UTC +0).
- Sky Go is also not supported on rooted Android devices.
If you have problems connecting through your VPN, the best advice is to try a different server. There can be a blip in any VPN from time to time, but it usually doesn't take more than a couple of tries to find a server that is working.
If you are still having problems, try clearing your system cookies and cache and then trying again. If the issue still persists, ask your VPN's customer support team for advice.
Where can I watch Sky Go?
With your new VPN service you can now watch Sky Go anywhere in the world.
This includes full access to Sky Sports, Movies and whatever else your Sky package allows you to access.
It's worth remembering that with the same VPN service you can not only access Sky Go, but you can also access the other UK streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and more.
A VPN will also protect your online privacy at the same time meaning no nasty hackers can see what you're doing online.
It sounds complicated, is it?
Using a VPN to watch Sky Go abroad takes just a few steps. Even if you're a novice with technology VPN apps are so simple to use that any skill level can work them.
Check out our example video below that shows how easy they are.
Why is Sky Go blocked?
Every internet connection is assigned something called an IP Address.
An IP Address is similar to a phone number in that it's unique to your connection. When you visit a website, the IP Address helps the website know who requested it and where to send all the bits of data.
One of the downsides of an IP Address is they also tell the websites you visit and apps you use your location.
From this IP Address, Sky Go knows you're outside of the UK and so it's relatively easy for them to block you from watching.
Luckily a VPN service changes your IP Address to one from another country and in the case of Sky Go, it changes it to one from the UK which is why a VPN allows you to watch Sky Go abroad.
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Is Sky Go worth the effort?
That depends. If you like Sky's original programming and its great range of TV shows and movies, then it definitely is.
Where is Sky Go available?
Sky Go is only available to users inside the UK. It is possible to watch content in some European countries as long as you aren't outside the UK for more than 37 days.
Or, with a VPN, you can watch Sky Go from anywhere in the world for as long as you want.
What devices is Sky Go available on?
Sky Go is available on devices running on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Fire OS. You can watch on up to six devices simultaneously.
So now you know how to watch Sky Go abroad why not tell your fellow family members, travellers, expats and anyone else who wants to watch their Sky Go account outside the UK.
It would be great to hear where you're watching Sky Go with your VPN so why not post in the comments section below?