How to watch Winter Love Island online

Winter Love Island will begin on January 12 at 9 PM GMT (1 PM PST / 4 PM EST). There’ll be a new episode every night on ITV2, and since each series runs for 30+ episodes, there’ll be plenty to keep fans occupied. Currently abroad? Don’t worry; below, we’ll explain how to watch Winter Love Island from abroad (outside of the UK).

Note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. While you can often find popular shows on unauthorized streaming sites, we strongly advise against using these. The video is usually very low-quality, and there’s always a chance that they’ll be taken down for copyright violation. You can live stream Winter Love Island for free anyway, meaning there’s no need to use shady, unreliable sources.

The ITV Hub is region-locked. This means that if you’re abroad, and there’s no official Winter Love Island broadcaster, you’ll need a VPN to watch.

How to watch Winter Love Island online free from anywhere

VPNs make it easy to spoof your location and unblock geo-restricted streaming platforms from abroad. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to access live or on-demand streams of Winter Love Island from outside of the UK with a VPN.

Here’s how to watch Winter Love Island 2020 online abroad (free):

  1. Decide which VPN you’d like to use. We’ve recommended ExpressVPN above, but CyberGhost and NordVPN are both high-quality, low-cost alternatives.
  2. Download the VPN software, making sure to get the right version for your device’s operating system.
  3. Connect to one of your VPN’s British servers (or the appropriate country for international versions of Love Island).
  4. Create a free ITV Hub account. You’ll be asked to enter a postcode but any valid UK postcode will work.
  5. Try playing a video on the ITV or STV website or app. Any error messages should disappear and the content should load almost immediately. If not, try clearing your cookies and reloading the page.

How to stream Winter Love Island for free on UK TV

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Watching Winter Love Island live online couldn’t be easier; viewers in England and Wales (or connected to VPN servers in these countries) can stream Winter Love Island for free on ITV Hub. Better still, old episodes are available on-demand for the next three months so there’s no need to panic if you miss one.

Scottish viewers will be directed to the STV Player with the message “Sorry – This video is not available to watch through ITV in your region.” Note that while Scottish users can create an ITV account, they’ll actually need an STV account to watch online.

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The ITV site doesn’t make it obvious, but you need a TV License to watch live content as it’s shown on TV. You don’t have to pay for a license if you only want to watch Winter Love Island once it’s added to the ITV Hub’s on-demand library (usually a few hours later).

ITV Hub is region-locked, so you’ll need a VPN to access it from outside of the UK. Don’t have one yet? ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means you can stream Winter Love Island risk-free and get your money back if unsatisfied.

How to watch international versions of Love Island online

Love Island Australia

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Love Island Australia recently finished its second series and you can watch every episode of free-of-charge on 9Now. You will have to create an account and enter an Australian postal code, but that’s as far as the verification process goes. Note that an Australian IP address is required to access the site, but you can easily get one by connecting to one of your VPN’s Australian servers.

Love Island  USA

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America’s version of Love Island will begin its second season sometime in the summer. Until then, though, you can stream all 22 episodes of season one on CBS All Access. This service usually costs $5.99 USD per month but there’s a seven-day free trial so if you’re quick, you can get caught up for free.

CBS All Access is only available in the US. If you’re currently abroad, you can use this platform as normal by connecting to an American VPN server.

Online streaming FAQs

How do I use a VPN to unblock other streaming platforms?

Firstly, go to your VPN provider’s website and download the correct version of the software for your device. The application will ask you to log in, and afterward, will provide you with a list of locations you can connect to.

It’s usually obvious which country you’ll have to connect to. For instance, ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer both require a British IP address, so you’d use a UK server. Similarly, you’d need a US server to access American platforms like CW TV and Hulu.

Do I need a VPN if I’m in the UK?

While you can watch Love Island without a VPN from within the UK, we’d recommend using one anyway. Various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been known to reduce your internet speeds if they decide you’re streaming too much. A VPN hides your activities so this kind of restriction becomes more difficult for ISPs to justify. Further, VPNs prevent most types of Man-in-the-Middle attacks and greatly increase your online security.

Why can’t I watch Love Island even though my VPN is connected?

There are a few reasons why you might still be encountering issues despite your VPN being connected. First, make sure you’re using a UK server. This is a common issue, but one that’s frequently overlooked.

Next, check your ITV account details. Even if you’re using a suitable server, the postal code you entered during signup will decide whether you use the ITV or STV player. To make sure you get access to all of ITV’s shows, we recommend using an English postal code.

If you’ve tried the above steps and are still having problems, try contacting your VPN’s customer support team. Occasionally, services upgrade their geo-restriction measures. This can lead to short periods of inaccessibility, but usually, your VPN provider will still have some servers which work. Customer support should be able to tell you which servers to use in these situations.

Disclaimer: Comparitech does not condone or encourage any copyright violation, including streaming video from pirated sources. Although VPNs can skirt geographical restrictions and mask the user’s identity, please consider the local laws, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.