TIDAL is a Norwegian music, podcast and video streaming platform which earned its spot as one of the most popular services of its kind next to iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, iHeart, Pandora, SoundCloud, etc.
Boasting over 57 million songs in their catalog and over 225,000 high-quality videos, premium and high-fidelity sound quality, high-resolution video, TIDAL is the go-to place for music enthusiasts and audio & video content consumers in general.
Unfortunately, as of now the service is only available in 55 countries. You should check to see whether your country is on the list or not.
In case your country is not on the list and TIDAL does not plan to extend its service to it soon, we’ve come up with a few solutions that will do for you.
What should I do if TIDAL is not available in my country?
1. Use a VPN service
In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept of VPN, rest assured: we’ve got you covered.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) bypasses geographical restrictions by allowing you to connect to the Internet from a server in another country.
This way, you can access content (websites, applications, services) otherwise restricted for your country/geographical area.
Moreover, by encrypting your traffic through a secure tunnel, VPNs add an extra layer of security to your privacy and protect your sensitive data.
Once you’ve chosen your VPN service provider, pick and purchase the VPN service subscription plan that best fits your needs.
So, if TIDAL is currently unavailable to your location, you should definitely try giving VPN a shot in case you haven’t already.
We recommend a premium subscription plan so that you won’t deal with any limitations. Then, follow the steps in the list below.
- Download the application and install it on your device
- Launch the application
- Log in to your account with the credentials established at the time of subscription
- Select a country from the list offered by the VPN service where TIDAL is currently available and connect to a server there.
- Start streaming and enjoy your favorite audio and video content hassle-free.
2. Use a Smart DNS service
A DNS (Domain Name System) is a protocol that allows domain names to be translated into IP (Internet Protocol) addresses.
With a Smart DNS you can mask your geo-location and access geo-blocked content from other parts of the world.
When using a Smart DNS, the DNS address (which contains information that can reveal your location) assigned by your Internet Service Provider will be replaced with the address of a new dedicated Smart DNS Server.
While VPN allows you to access restricted content by hiding your IP address, a Smart DNS service masks your original DNS address.
When it comes to speed while accessing geo-restricted content, Smart DNS is the winner.
If you care more about security and privacy and less about speed, then you should stick with a VPN since it encrypts your online traffic, thus protecting you from surveillance and hackers.
Smart DNS might be a solution for you to access TIDAL from where the service is blocked, but it’s up to you to decide what works best for you given the characteristics and comparisons presented.
3. Use a proxy server
Proxy servers act as relays between the website you’re visiting and your device.
A proxy helps you surf anonymously on the Internet by routing your web requests and Internet traffic through the proxy server.
For the recipient server your traffic appears to originate from the proxy server IP address rather than your real IP address.
Therefore, you can access geo-blocked websites and apps (in this case TIDAL) with the use of a proxy since it conceals your real location and routes your traffic through a server from which the blocked content is available.
Proxies only work on the application level (unless the system allows you to install them system-wide, as in Windows 10), that is, they only reroute the traffic coming from a single app you set the proxy with and they also don’t encrypt your traffic.
Since most proxy servers available online are free, this means they will be overcrowded, which will make your surfing experience slower and less secure because of less support, fewer configuration options and slower infrastructure.
Although using a proxy will help you surpass access barriers when using TIDAL, you definitely need to take into account the characteristics described and how they compare to VPN or Smart DNS.
Each of the solutions presented above will help you circumvent the blocking of the download and use of TIDAL streaming service.
Depending on your specific needs and options, choose the one that serves you best.
However, if you are very concerned about online security and privacy and want to have a smooth and trouble-free experience with TIDAL, you should choose a VPN.