How to Browse with UK IP Address

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Now and then you need to change your IP address to an IP from UK in order allow you unblock YouTube, Facebook, iPlayer, log in on forums, web chat rooms, as a UK citizen.

What is a UK IP address?

A UK IP address is an IP that is assigned to an ISP or hosting provider that provides Internet services in United Kingdom. The most common UK IPs have the following format:

  • 25.0.0.0 to 25.255.255.255
  • 31.64.0.0 to 31.95.255.255
  • 31.96.0.0 to 31.127.255.255
  • 2.216.0.0 to 2.223.255.255
  • 5.64.0.0 to 5.71.255.255

You may find more info regarding the UK IP blocks by checking this post.

3 Ways to get a UK IP address

1. Use Web Proxies

Web proxies are the most simple way to change your IP address. But, the main advantage of a web proxy is the fact that you don’t have to install anything. Just visit the proxy, type in the desired URL and press the Go or Submit button. Thus, the site will be loaded from the IP of the proxy, not from your IP address.

I have gathered here a list of several web proxies that are now functional and that are hosted on UK servers. It may change in the future. As you probably know web proxies have a short life.

  1. Change IP Country (cIPC)It is an anonymizer program which acts as an HTTP or FTP proxy. Through it, you can retrieve any resource that is accessible from the server this runs on. It is useful when your access is limited, but you can reach a server that can, in turn, reach others that you can’t.
  2. JustProxy
  3. WebProxy.uk.com

Must read: Risks of using a proxy site.

2. Manually change your IP using paid or open proxies

Another option to consider is to change the public IP of your computer/device manually. Next, go to sites that list proxies like XRoxy, find a proxy server from the United Kingdom and then change your browser’s settings to use that proxy.

Further, if you don’t know how to change your IP manually you should check these posts:

3. Use a VPN service

Also, if you find the proxies slow, an excellent alternative is the VPN services. You may see below a list of VPN services that provide British IP addresses.

What is a UK VPN service?

A UK VPN service is a VPN that offers access to one or more servers located in the United Kingdom. A more extended definition includes the VPN services that change your IP to a UK one, but the actual server is not located in the United Kingdom. They provide primarily the same service.

How to choose a UK VPN provider?

Firstly, take a look at the suggested providers from the list below. Your choice depends on your budget and on what you need.

Secondly, I recommend starting with the VPN services that offer a free trial. You can quickly set up a free account and see how they fit your needs.

List of UK VPN services

Here is a list of several such UK VPN services. They all offer excellent VPN server network, excellent speed, unlimited bandwidth, easy-to-use VPN apps (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android), simultaneous connections, kill switch, various VPN protocols (OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, StealthVPNSoftether), leak protection (including IP leak protection, DNS leak protection and WebRTC leak protection), and money back guarantee.

VPN Provider Price Free Trial
HideMyAss from $11.52/month No
ibVPN from $4.95/month Yes
HideIpVPN from $5.95/month Yes
PureVPN from $9.99/month No
VyprVPN from $9.99/month No
IPVanish from $10/month No
ExpressVPN from $12.95/month No
PrivateInternetAccess from $6.95/month No

What you can use a UK VPN for

When one connects to such a server, all the Internet traffic is redirected to that server. There are three obvious reasons for using a UK VPN:

  • Unlock geo-restricted sites from outside the UK (sites that are designed and offered to British citizens) like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Demand Five.
  • Encrypt your Internet traffic and protect yourself from sniffing attacks (this is for UK users that already have access to all the sites mentioned above).
  • Protect your online identity while downloading torrents.

UK VPN providers offer a large number of UK server options, with unlimited bandwidth and excellent browsing speed. And, the prices vary from $4 to $15 per month.

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6 comments… add one
  • Ian Sep 16, 2009

    I read a lot of these blogs – website entrys about altering ip addresses and still I am left with the glaring obvoius question that everyone who lives outside the UK wants a uk ip address for – How do I watch bbciplayer with one of these.
    Everyone of these services I try fails. Its such a basic question and if someone actually provided the answer without wanting us to pay extortionate amounts of money they would get web traffic they couldn`t believe.

  • HideIP Admin Sep 16, 2009

    @Ian – You are right. Most of these services fail. I recommend you try HideIPVPN (http://hideipvpn.com). They offer about 100 free UK VPN accounts per month.

  • David Sep 27, 2009

    None of these sites enable Java Scripting so you cannot get at the download URLs for the BBC iPlayer.

    The only reliable free service (not for bandwidth but for getting at the URLs) is offered by your-freedom.net.

    Unfortunately that has just been blocked over here …

  • Asr Aug 24, 2016

    You should place VPN services as the first option. Free proxies are not safe!

  • Joellen Spomer Apr 14, 2017

    i m unable to access the orkut into my campus as it is banned here also most of the proxy is not working here pls give me the latest proxy such tht i can access the orkut easily. if u have the latest proxy for powerscribe the pls give me……….

  • Sandi Edberg Apr 16, 2017

    the Netflix crackdown on VPNs is doomed to fail. But right now, severalusers are stuck with just their own region’s catalogue of movies and TVshows, i was also victim until i realized an amazing vpn.

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