Everybody’s talking about Love Island season 5, but unfortunately, it’s only airing in the UK. There is a workaround, though, and below, I’ll explain how to watch Love Island online, for free, from anywhere.
There’s a new episode of Love Island on ITV2 every night at 9PM BST (1PM PST / 4PM EST). Usually, the show runs for eight weeks, although there have been rumors that this series will have an extended run, meaning there’s still plenty for fans to look forward to. Read on to find out where you can watch Love Island online and how to stream Love Island abroad using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
You should note that I’ll only be recommending official sources. As one of this summer’s most popular shows, Love Island will likely be available on shady streaming sites. However, these platforms only care about clicks, not video quality. To make matters worse, their content can be taken down at any time for copyright violation. Given that you can live stream Love Island for free anyway, there’s no reason whatsoever to use unauthorized sources.
You can watch Love Island live on the ITV Hub. That said, this service is only available in the UK, meaning you’ll need a VPN to use it abroad.
How to watch Love Island abroad using a VPN
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to bypass regional restrictions with a VPN. Just follow the steps below to stream Love Island live online from outside of the UK:
- First of all, sign up for a VPN if you haven’t already. I recommend ExpressVPN, although NordVPN and CyberGhost are two excellent, low-cost alternatives.
- Next, download and install the VPN app, making sure to get the appropriate version for your device.
- Create an ITV Hub account. This is free and generally pretty straightforward, although you’ll be asked to enter your postcode. Any English postcode will allow you to use this service, but if you enter a Scottish postcode, you’ll have to use the STV Player instead.
- Once you’re registered, connect to one of your VPN’s English servers (it doesn’t matter which city you choose).
- Now, login and try playing something on the ITV Hub. The video should load right away but if you see an error (“Oops! It looks as if there’s a problem. Please refresh your page or check out our ITV Hub Help”), clear your cache and cookies, then reload the page.
Just a reminder: as Love Island is broadcast live, it’s important you make sure your VPN actually unblocks the ITV Hub before the show is due to start. This way, if you run into any problems, you’ll still have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team and won’t have to miss the beginning of the episode.
How to stream Love Island online for free
You can watch Love Island live on the ITV Hub. There’s no need to worry about missing an episode either, as ITV makes them available on-demand for up to three months after airing. The ITV Hub is completely free-to-use and while a paid subscription is available for £3.99 per month, all this does is remove ads.
If you’re in Scotland (or connected to a Scottish VPN server) and you try to use the ITV Hub, you’ll see the following error “Sorry – This video is not available to watch through ITV in your region.” Don’t panic; you just have to watch on the STV Player instead. This platform is essentially identical to the ITV Hub, although you have to create a separate account.
In the UK, you need a TV license to stream anything as it’s being shown on TV. However, neither the ITV Hub nor STV Player actually checks whether or not you have one. In fact, they don’t even make this requirement obvious. It’s worth mentioning that if you only watch Love Island on-demand, you don’t need a TV license.
The streaming services above are both region-locked, so you’ll need a VPN to use them abroad. Haven’t decided which VPN to use yet? ExpressVPN comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. This means you ‘ll be able to stream Love Island abroad and if you’re unsatisfied or only needed a VPN for a short time, you can just cancel and claim a full refund.
How does Love Island work?
Essentially, Love Island is like a cross between Big Brother and First Dates. 12 contestants are taken to a Majorcan villa and have to “couple up” with one another to avoid being eliminated from the show. The problem is that new contestants are introduced all the time, causing alliances and rivalries to shift. People also frequently “recouple”, or switch partners, leaving the other scrambling to couple up in time.
By the end of the series, there are usually four couples remaining. The viewers then get to vote for the couple that should win the show. There’s one last challenge ahead, though: the two winners must decide whether to split the £50,000 prize money or try to keep it for themselves. Here’s the catch, though: if they both decide to steal the money, nobody wins anything.
When is the 2019 Love Island final?
Love Island initially lasted eight weeks, which puts the provisional final date on June 29. However, new seasons have been getting progressively longer, with season 4 boasting almost twice as many episodes as season 1. As such, there’s a real possibility that season 5 will be extended.
Streaming with a VPN: FAQs
Do I need a VPN to watch Love Island if I’m in the UK?
Although you can watch Love Island without a VPN if you’re in the UK, I still recommend using one. They aren’t just for unblocking geo-restricted streaming services; they also encrypt your web traffic, preventing hackers, your Internet Service Provider (ISP), or your employer from seeing what you get up to online. Additionally, ISPs have been known to throttle internet speeds of users who stream frequently. As VPNs stop them from seeing that you’re streaming, it’s harder to justify throttling your connection.
I’m connected to the VPN, why can’t I stream Love Island online?
First off, if you can’t access the ITV Hub abroad, don’t panic: there’s likely a simple solution. To begin with, make sure that you’re using a British VPN server. Remember: if your server is in England or Wales, you should be able to use the ITV Hub. If it’s in Scotland, use the STV Player instead. You may also want to clear your cache and cookies, then reload the page just to make sure that the website receives your new location.
Next, check your account details. The ITV Hub is slightly different from most streaming services as it uses the postcode you enter during registration to determine your location. As such, if you’ve entered a Scottish postcode on the ITV website, you’ll never be able to use the ITV Hub with that account (and, ironically, as you need a separate account for the STV Player, the account you’ve just created is effectively useless).
If you’re still having trouble, I recommend contacting your VPN’s support team directly. The ITV Hub is a very popular service and as such, the staff will likely know how to fix this issue. Often, solving the problem is as simple as using a different VPN server.
Can I unblock other streaming services with a VPN?
Absolutely. With the right VPN, you can effectively access any geo-blocked platform you like. You could use the BBC iPlayer in America, Netflix US in the UK, or tune into 9Now and watch Love Island Australia when it releases later this year.
Most streaming services check the user’s IP address to see which country they’re from. However, when you connect to a VPN, you’re given a new, region-specific IP address for the country your chosen service is in. This tricks sites and services into believing you’re actually somewhere else in the world.