YouTube is still the main source of video content in the world, with no alternatives to it in the near future. But this service has a few nasty drawbacks. The most annoying ones are the ads and the lack of background video playback in the official mobile app. You can get rid of both by subscribing to a premium subscription for 199 rubles per month.
However, there is a way to get YouTube Premium much cheaper, with almost a 40% discount. It was found by our colleagues with AndroidInsider , and we will briefly retell what’s what.
The instruction works only for smartphones on Android, the algorithm of actions is as follows:
- First you need an Indian proxy. The easiest way is to install the VPN India app from Google Play, it’s free.
- We launch the application. In the first column above, select the Indian region. Click on “Connect”. Then go to the settings and select “Checkout YouTube Premium”.
- After that, the usual authorization form from Google will open in front of you, feel free to log in. Then we choose the option “2 months free”. We do the same on the tariff selection page – we press “2 months free”, enter the card details and confirm the purchase in the Google service.
Once the free trial ends, a YouTube Premium subscription will cost INR 129, or roughly RUB 130 per month (depending on the current rate). This is 69 rubles cheaper than the price in Russia, which will save ~ 900 rubles every year. There is no scam here, just Google maintains a regional pricing policy, so for poor countries the subscription is a little cheaper.
There is no need to keep Indian VPN on while using YouTube. After registration, the VPN India application can be uninstalled, the subscription will not go anywhere. You can manage it in the profile settings on YouTube, where you can turn off auto-renewal if necessary. Video without ads will work on any device: phone, TV and PC – the main thing is to enter the desired Goolge account everywhere.
The YouTube Premium subscription also has a nice bonus. In addition to the goodies when watching videos, you get another subscription for free – to the YouTube Music streaming app. And this is an opportunity to listen to any music online, without ads and with the option of downloading your favorite tracks to your phone. So by spending 139 rubles a month you can save on other music services such as Yandex.Music, Spotify or Boom.