How to watch 'Love Island UK' so you don't miss any of the drama (and there's a lot of it)

Don't want to miss any of the drama? Here's how to watch 'Love Island UK' from anywhere in the world...

Tanya, Zara, Tanyel, Aaron, Lana, Anna-May and Olivia get to know each other.
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Love Island UK is back! If you need to know how to watch it live no matter where you are, then don't worry—we got you! The winter series officially kicked off last week to fill the islanders-shaped hole in our hearts and we couldn't be more thankful. Not only are we getting our romance fix during the winter to defrost our cold winter hearts, but we also get to see Maya Jama as the host for the first time ever—spoiled much? 

The 2022 class really brought the drama last summer (Ekin and Jay on the balcony! Adam's shock return! Coco's tit-gate!) so we have high expectations for the winter cohort too. And turns out they're not disappointing — we've already had fights, tears and sexy revelations, and we barely got to week two.

If the islanders' drama wasn't enough to keep us hooked, we're also obsessing over all of Maya Jama's Love Island outfits (that black dress?! We're going to need a minute)—not to mention all the Love Island clothes we want to add to our wardrobes.

So if you want to tune in live or catch up, here's how to watch Love Island UK from anywhere in the world—including the US, Canada and Australia...

How to watch Love Island UK live

UK viewers can currently watch Love Island UK live on ITV2 or ITVX (formerly known as the ITV Hub). New episodes stream live every day (apart from Saturday) at 9 pm GMT.

If you want to watch the episodes live and you're not based in the UK, the only way to stream the show is by purchasing a VPN (opens in new tab) and tuning into ITVX online. A VPN allows you to change your location (in this case, anywhere in the UK would work) and log in to ITVX (a free streaming service). 

We like Express VPN (opens in new tab), recommended by our colleagues at TechRadar. You'll be able to access UK streaming sites like ITVX—just make sure you have registered for an account and you'll be good to watch the new episodes of Love Island either live or on catch-up.

Seasons 1–8 are also on BritBox (opens in new tab) in the UK, with the platform also available in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway (though double check Love Island is definitely available in your territory before you subscribe).

How to watch Love Island UK in the US

If you're tuning into Love Island UK from the US, you can watch the show through ITVX (which is free) using a VPN (opens in new tab). This handy software will allow you to change your IP address, so you can catch up on all the action without actually being in the UK. We recommend Express VPN (opens in new tab)—using this method, you'll be able to either watch the episodes as they stream live or catch up after they drop.

Previous seasons are also now available on Hulu and the new season will premiere on January 30, with episodes dropping daily (you'll be two weeks behind all the action so watch out for spoilers!).

How to watch Love Island UK in Canada

If you're in Canada and want to watch Love Island UK, the new season has been added to hayu (opens in new tab) on January 22. This means you'll be about a week behind viewers in the UK. 

If you prefer to watch live and avoid spoilers, then you can also use a VPN (opens in new tab) to change your location to the UK (we like Express VPN (opens in new tab), recommended by TechRadar) and stream for free on ITVX.

How to watch Love Island UK in Australia

The new season of Love Island UK premiered on January 18 on Channel 9, so you can tune in to watch. 

But if you want to watch it live and avoid being a victim of spoilers, then your best bet is a VPN (opens in new tab) to change your location to the United Kingdom, and stream on ITVX. We recommend a service like Express VPN (opens in new tab) (voted best in the world by our colleagues at TechRadar).

How to watch Love Island UK when you're travelling

If you're watching Love Island UK and are about to go on vacation, you don't have to miss out. You can also use a VPN (opens in new tab) to keep watching; simply purchase a VPN so you can continue to access ITVX as if you were still in the UK.

Trust us, watching Love Island from the beach with a drink in hand is even better than watching it back home on your sofa... Especially since there's always too much drama to keep up with! You also won't be jealous of the warm weather, that's for sure (unless you go skiing...). 

Mariana is Editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for titles including woman&home and Goodto, covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle — from beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with reality TV (Love Island memes included) and spends far too much time checking her horoscope and figuring out the perfect curly hair routine.

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