Spotify has rocketed in popularity, creeping up on iTunes as our main desktop music player. However, licensing restrictions is preventing many from enjoying the streaming service – well, Americans mostly.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Using a VPN service will allow you to disguise your physical location and enable you to enjoy the streaming service in all its glory.

Here’s how to unblock Spotify

  1. Choose a VPN provider. The VPN software will act as a bridge between your computer and the internet, securing the connection and altering your IP location. Make sure you pick a VPN with good bandwidth that allows access to geo-blocked content.
  2. Sign up to Spotify Open. When you’re all set up with a VPN service and you’ve selected a Spotify-friendly gateway, e.g. London, complete the signup process but use a postcode from your pretend location (Google Maps will help here). Then reaffirm that you’d like to sign up for Spotify Open (when prompted) and click the orange button.
  3. Launch Spotify. Make sure you’re still logged into the same VPN gateway (from sign-up), and enter the login details. Once Spotify has launched, you’re good to go. You can even close the VPN and use a local gateway to improve streaming speed.

If you want unrestricted access to the Spotify catalog, your first step should be to sign up to a well-reviewed VPN service. We rate and rank our pick of the best VPN providers, so you can choose with confidence.