The Commonwealth Games 2018 are one of the biggest sporting events of this year but depending on what country you’re in depends on what kind of access you’ll have to watching it.
In this guide we’ll be taking a look at your options for watching and showing you the best way to keep up with all of the action regardless of where you live.
Usually interest in the games is reserved only for those countries taking part which is made up of Commonwealth countries. However, it really doesn’t matter where you live because below we’ll show you how you can watch from any country.
How to watch Commonwealth Games 2018
The best coverage of the games is being shown by the BBC in the United Kingdom, which makes sense really as they’re the head of the commonwealth.
The BBC has an online streaming service called BBC iPlayer which will show both live and catch-up TV of the Commonwealth Games.
If you’re not in the UK though you’ll be blocked from watching and be stopped with a message that looks a little like this:
The reason is obvious, you’re not in the UK and it’s intended to be viewed from within the UK only.
The good news is you can use an app called a VPN to make it appear as if you are in the UK. With a VPN you’ll be able to watch the Commonwealth Games 2018 from any country in the world.
How to watch the Commonwealth Games 2018 in any country:
To watch the Commonwealth Games 2018 in any country you’ll need to get a VPN app.
It’s easiest to use a VPN app on a Windows or Mac computer but they also work on mobile devices such as tablets and phones.
We recommend you get a VPN from NordVPN because they’re one of the best. You can visit their site by clicking the orange link below.
At the NordVPN website sign-up to their service. Once you’ve signed up go to the VPN Apps area of their website and download the correct app for your type of device.
Install the app and then run it. You should now log in with your account details you created when signing up to NordVPN.
Now on the world map select the United Kingdom and click on it. The app should automatically start connecting for you but if not just click the Connect button which looks like a large power button.
Once the NordVPN app lets you know it has connected it’s simply a case of visiting the BBC iPlayer website.
You’ll now be able to watch all of the live Commonwealth Games events and any you missed on catch-up TV from any country in the world.
You can see the full schedule of events being shown live on the BBC Commonwealth Games Schedule page.
How to watch on a mobile device
It’s possible to watch the Commonwealth Games 2018 using the same method as described above. However it’s a little bit of a longer process.
The reason being is you need to install the BBC iPlayer app on your mobile or tablet which is restricted to installing from within the UK only.
To install outside the UK you’ll need to follow one of two guides below.
How to install BBC iPlayer on an Android device:
- On your Android device visit the APK Mirror website and in the search box type BBC iPlayer.
- Click the download icon at the top of the list of search items.
- The app will now download. You can install it from the Downloads folder on your Android device.
You may need to go to the Settings -> Security section of your Android device and allow the installing of apps from unknown sources option.
How to install BBC iPlayer on an iPhone or iPad:
To install the BBC iPlayer app on an iPhone or iPad outside the UK you should consult this guide.
When is the Commonwealth Games 2018?
The Commonwealth Games 2018 starts on the 4th April 2018 and runs all the way through until the 15th April 2018.
By using a VPN from NordVPN you’ll be able to watch the Opening and Closing Ceremony and all of the events being shown by the BBC.
There are a total of 275 events taking place across 19 different sports and with 71 different nations taking part and somewhere in the region of 4000+ athletes it promises to be an exciting event.
The Commonwealth Games 2018 is also known as Gold Coast 2018 because it’s taking place in Queensland, Australia on the Gold Coast.
All you need to do now is grab yourself a VPN using the button below and head over to the BBC iPlayer website to watch all the Commonwealth Games 2018 action.