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YouTube Premium INR ₹129/Month via YouTube India (VPN Required, Single ~$2.81/Month, Family ~$4.17, Student ~$1.73)

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Reposting previous deals as this is a great reminder for those unaware you can access YouTube premium at a fraction of the price it normally costs. Will come in handy right now with most of us at home. I'll copy paste the OP with thanks to Mitr & dealbot. Stay safe, and enjoy :)

Edit: Found this comment from doweyy suggesting you can get it even cheaper as a student. Worth a shot!


Google has finally launched Youtube Premium in India for INR 129 (AUD ~2.81) and Family Membership for INR 189 (AUD ~4.12).
Comes with Youtube Music, No Ads in Youtube as well as Google Play Music.

https://india.googleblog.com/2019/03/introducing-youtube-mus...

This is cheaper than was posted for using Russian subscription option https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/414890

I have signed up after cancelling Russian plan with my Macquarie Debit card so no conversion charges.

Everything included in post by @Dealbot applies here too.

Youtube Premium will give you access to -
• Ad-free videos: Watch videos without interruptions
• Save offline: Save videos and songs on your mobile device to watch offline
• Background play: Keep videos or music playing when using other apps or when your screen’s off
• Audio mode: Listen to audio only on the YouTube Music app
• Google Play Music Subscription (when available in your country) is included at no additional cost

Current pricing is $14.99 per month in Australia. This workaround should work for new and existing customers.

Again, the trick to making this work is having access to a VPN service. If you're signed up to one, then the rest of the process should be fairly simple.

Instructions -
1. Connect a VPN to the server India (I connected to Bangalore)
2. Click on Paid Memberships(youtube.com), then click on Learn more.
https://www.youtube.com/paid_memberships

Enter Indian address and pay by credit card.
Termination takes place under this link(music.youtube.com)
Example of an India Address :

India
Name :
Address line : My Place
Town/City : Mumbai
Postcode : 400070
State : Maharashtra

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Comments

  • +5 votes

    Do you have to use a VPN every time you want to watch something? Or just for signup? Also, do they offer family subscriptions in India? Just saw they did

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    I don't think the price conversion is correct as I was charged ~$4.17 from YouTube premium via ING bank only 3 days ago. This is for the Indian subscription as per this post and the previous deal.

  • +12 votes

    You do not need to use the VPN afterwards.

    Note that Google Play Music works differently with the indian accounts, you seem to lose the "browse stations" for moods/activities etc that used to be there, and are stuck with India-specific options Hindi/Tamil/Telagu/Punjabi and categories Devotional/Indian Classical/Film Soundtrack.
    Under moods/Partying - everything is Bollywood based

    I would like to know if it is possible to get the old mood categories back, while using this approach.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. Any idea how much conversion charges would be? I have a standard Commonwealth Bank Mastercard.

  • +1 vote

    Thank you OP

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    After a 3 month free trial, I got charged $2.84 AUD + 0.09c transaction fee (CBA). Well worth it.

  • +7 votes

    If you are using normal YouTube on android powered tv boxes, tablets or phones, god knows why you’re not just using Syoutube for ad free goodness. (Not saying this isn’t a good deal, just highlighting that it’s easily possible to get YouTube as free)

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      Syoutube or Sm*rtube?

    • +23 votes

      Yes I use Youtube Vanced on my android phone. Free. No ads.

    • +1 vote

      Because you can watch premium videos.

    • +1 vote

      Cause with this, You have access to YouTube Red content, plus YouTube Music access, so you could ditch Spotify/AM subscriptions (if you are not pirate music, btw).
      In addition, Vanced on Android/YT++/Cercube couldn't block all the ads (some of them removed YouTube ads and bundled with their own ads), also Smart YouTube/Vanced have some issues with casting to TV/boxes, and with this you don't have to manually update the apps every time or jailbreak your device to use(YT++/ Cercube)

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      Do these apps need to be sidelined to android tvs?

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      This is the best way instead of going through syoutube as it saves a lot of money and get options on smartphone to use in car Bluetooth too, pain on syoutube but yeah if you have lot of time scrolling through then syoutube could be an option.

    • +2 votes

      For me it’s all about ad-free YouTube kids.

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      Because lowering an income stream is better than removing it.

  • +1 vote

    I been charged around 2.65 mark since the last deal. Citibank

  • +1 vote

    My son says he prefers the free version because the ad revenue supports the content creators, but the premium subscription just has money going to youtube directly. Any truth to this?

  • +5 votes

    If you are using android and don't care about google music, I recommend downloading Newpipe. It has all the above features and more, such as not giving google your viewing history.

    • +8 votes

      I like giving my viewing history. They recommend videos relevant to me. What are you watching that you don’t want a supercomputer to know about?

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      You can't log in or view your subscriptions but using newpie. Vanced is much better

  • -1 vote

    Any free VPNs I can use on a browser? Thanks

  • -2 votes

    So guys, if you consistently use subscription in another currency, it's time to open a multi currency card like Transferwise Mastercard (I'm using this). You load INR at the rate that you like with no fee. No nasty bank conversion rate/fee. Free to open also.

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      Are you using this card for indian youtube subscription? Last time when I checked, indian debits cards were not accepted on the youtube payment page.

      • +1 vote

        No the card is Australian card, Transferwise card is local to the applicant in only a few countries. But by design, when you charge INR to it, it will first try to deduct your INR account, if it's not sufficient fund then your AUD. Oh and if it wasn't obvious, this is a debit card so you always need fund available.

    • +4 votes

      Huh. 28 degrees etc?

      • +1 vote

        I'm aware of no foreign fee cards but they work slightly different. A multi currency account like Transferwise lets you have cash in the currencies of your choice, the rate is quite close to market rate at the point of conversion. Bit more info here
        So I loaded like $20 AUD at around 49 INR sometimes last year.
        Downside obviously is that this is a debit account so not a credit card.

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          cool fluoro green card?

        • +2 votes

          Sounds like marginal savings for extra admin. I'd rather pay the extra cents for card with no fx fees.

          • +1 vote

            @KBZ: It's not about the saving really, I couldn't care less about saving a few cents each month. It's about in control of when the conversion happens and at what rate instead of relying on Mastercard/VISA and the banks to post the transaction to you when it's already been done. I like to know exactly what I get for my dollar, but that's just me. I also loaded when 1AUD was ~ 49INR so there's also that rate timing I'm sure someone would find useful.

            And if you want to talk about saving, Transferwise uses true mid market rate + a variable conversion fee (generally 0.6% for AUD-INR). They will default to Mastercard only when it's a very rare currency. All those bank cards like 28 degrees rely on Mastercard/VISA to do the conversion, and it's not just 1 conversion either, it's always AUD->USD->INR, that's just how Mastercard works. So it's no fx fee but at what rate is what matters at the end of the day.
            I've always relied on Transferwise for my fx needs in a bunch of currencies and they have been very rarely beaten (couple times by WorldFirst for me personally).

            Obviously, it's a debit account so the age-old debit vs credit pros/cons exist.

            • +2 votes

              @rookie317: Your 0.6% fee is probably worse than anything Mastercard takes out of slight imperfections in conversions rates

              • +1 vote

                @ChurchMouth: That's 0.6% of the mid market rate for AUD/INR pair, for AUD/USD it goes as low as 0.3% for example. And do you think anyone can just access Mastercard fx rate? Pretty much only financial institutions have access to that rate, and due to the natural of double conversion, it's always worse than mid-market rate for sure. Furthermore, the card providers have no obligation to provide Mastercard rate to card holders, 28 degree does that at no fee but that's certainly the exception, not the norm, most banks will use their own horrid fx rate. Everybody has to make money somewhere you know, Trasnferwise can't just let you have access to mid-market rate without making money back, same with Mastercard and any card provider out there. Nothing out there is really free after all.

                All that is beside my point however, you seem to ignore my first and more important point. Using a multi-currency account puts the control in your hand, you choose when and what rate to do the conversion, that's incredibly useful in my book. Knowing that I'll be paying YouTube Premium in INR for the foreseeable future, I loaded $20 AUD last year at around 49 INR per AUD which is gonna last me 7 months or so, obviously I made a guess (albeit educated) that it was a decent rate but even if it wasn't you could always choose to pay at the current rate. Now $20 AUD is obviously nowhere big enough to sweat over but you can easily scale this up because there are professional subscription out there that cost thousands USD pm, imagine the saving huh.

                Last but not least, I never said they are mutually exclusive, you can have and utilize both, pre buy INR at a good rate with multi-currency account, pay with Mastercard card when AUD is better. I like to micro manage my finance and doesn't find it time consuming even though I have a full time IT job, but that's just me. I'm in no way associated with Transferwise but have found it useful for me over years of dealing with USD, AUD, CAD, SGD, EUR, VND sometimes as much as hundred thousands USD. Not sure why you guys are so negative about another option that provides something pretty much no credit card out there can give you.

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              @rookie317: Like I said marginal savings for extra admin.
              But you do you chief.

  • +4 votes

    I use the FREE app Youtube Vanced. No ads. Don't care about downloads or data.

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      Sounds like a good option! I just dislike apps during music, I'd be better in the background too.

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      Just reading the reviews and heaps of 1 star ratings saying has it's own ads so defeats the purpose. Is that right?

      • +1 vote

        For me, there are no ad breaks between the songs.

      • +2 votes

        it's not on the play store. check xda

      • +1 vote

        vanced.app

        There are no ads. However, this past week the videos I watch on vanced are not appearing in my Youtube History, nor is it tracking how far into a video I am, which is quite annoying. Keeping an eye out for an update.

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          You need to also install MircoG. Google “microg YouTube Vanced” and it will explain the steps to get it right.
          Then it lets you sign in properly and access all your data/save videos etc

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            @ptrg: I've got it installed. Has been working fine and been updating for over a year. It even says I'm logged in now, with my subscribed video list, allows me to comment on videos, just won't put current activity into my history.

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          Too much time consuming, this is the best deal on Ozbargain I have been using for nearly more than a year.

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