How to watch Love Island UK 2023 winter season online

The cast of Love Island UK 2023
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Love Island UK 2023 has officially begun with the reality TV phenomenon returning for its second winter season last week (Jan. 16). And while it's still early days, the drama is already brewing after the first dumpling ceremony and a couple of new additions to the villa. 

Love Island UK 2023 details

Love Island UK airs at 9 p.m. GMT / 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT / 8 a.m. AEDT on Sundays through Fridays on ITV2. It's also available to stream via ITV X (formerly known as ITV Hub), It is expected to premiere on Hulu in the U.S. later this month.
► U.S. — Watch on Hulu
► U.K. — Watch on ITV2 or ITV X (opens in new tab)
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The weather outside may be pretty miserable, but on Love Island things are just starting to heat up. The drama and romance are guaranteed to be red hot, and a new season of one of the biggest reality shows around is a sure fire way to dispel the winter blues. 

Love Island’s sophomore winter iteration has moved the proceedings away from Mallorca in Spain and over to a fresh villa in Cape Town, South Africa and that’s not the only thing that’s different. Radio and TV presenter Maya Jama is stepping in as the new host and "love motivator" for the Islanders. And, it should go without saying, but there's a new throng of impossibly-attractive singletons ready to mingle, couple up and then pie each off.

The good news is that Love Island UK 2023 is now airing Sunday through Friday on ITV2 in its native U.K. (with a later U.S. air date on Hulu expected to follow). The 2023 winter season is expected to run until at least mid-February, and you won’t want to miss a single moment of the hottest reality show on television. 

Fortunately, if you’re looking for the scoop on how to watch the latest season of Love Island UK, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find all the details you need to watch Love Island UK 2023 from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab), potentially for FREE. 

How to watch Love Island UK 2023 for free

Love Island UK 2023 is available to watch for free in the U.K. The show airs on ITV2 at 9 p.m. and also streams on the ITV X (opens in new tab). You will, however, also need a valid UK TV license in order to watch. 

Not in the U.K. right now? Don't worry — you can watch from anywhere with one of the best VPN services such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). Read on and we'll explain how to watch Love Island UK 2023. 

How to watch Love Island UK 2023 with a VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the country you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, even when you're travelling or don't live in the service's "home" country to begin with.

We've tested plenty of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. Plus, there's a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ITV Hub or another service and watch the show.

How to watch Love Island UK 2023 around the world

How to watch Love Island UK 2023 in the US

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Hulu has long been Love Island UK's home in the States, and it's unlikely that will change in 2023. There aren't yet any confirmed details on when Love Island 2023 UK will land on U.S. soil, but typically episodes come a couple of weeks after they've aired in the U.K. We don't expect that release schedule to change for this winter season. 

Meanwhile, if you're a Brit abroad in the U.S., and have a valid TV license, you can still watch Love Island UK 2023 for free by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to access the ITV Hub. 

How to watch Love Island UK 2023 in the UK

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As you would expect, watching the Love Island UK 2023 in the U.K. is fairly straight-forward. It broadcasts nightly on ITV2 or you can stream episodes via ITV X (opens in new tab). The season premieres next Monday (January 16) at 9 p.m. GMT. 

If you're not in the U.K. but have a valid U.K. TV licence, you can still watch Love Island UK 2023 live by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch Love Island UK 2023 in Australia

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Aussies will be able to watch Love Island UK via on-demand service 9Now (opens in new tab). New episodes will drop daily at 6 p.m. AEST from Wednesday, January 18. 

Even better, every single previous season of Love Island UK and Love Island Australia are currently available to watch on 9Now. The Aussie version of the show is arguably even more dramatic than its U.K. counterpart and is essential viewing for Love Island fanatics. 

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), to watch all the action on your 9Now account, as if you were back home. 

Can you watch Love Island UK 2023 in Canada?

Sadly, the answer appears to not be as straightforward as we'd like. We cannot find any proof that any Canadian networks or services will be streaming Love Island 2023's winter season live. We will update this story if and when we learn of a Canadian streaming option.

That means anyone traveling to the great white north should take this opportunity to use a VPN service, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), to log into their preferred services from back home.

Love Island UK 2023 cast

  • Anna-May Robey - 20, payroll administrator from Swansea
  • Haris Namani - 21, TV salesman from Doncaster
  • Kai Fagan - 24, science teacher from Manchester
  • Lana Jenkins - 25, makeup artist from Luton
  • Olivia Hawkins - 27, ring girl and actress from Brighton
  • Ron Hall - 25, financial advisor from Essex
  • Shaq Muhammad - 24, airport security officer from London
  • Tanyel Revan - 26, hair stylist from London
  • Will Young - 23, farmer from Buckinghamshire
  • Tanya Manhenga - 22, biomedical science student from Liverpool
  • Tom Clare - 23, semi-professional footballer from Barnsley
  • Zara Lackenby-Brown - 25, property developer from London
  • Jessie Wynter - 26, personal trainer from Tasmania, Australia 
  • Aaron Waters - 25, content creator from Melbourne, Australia 

Love Island UK 2023 couples

  • Anna-May and Kai
  • Zara and Tom
  • Olivia and Haris
  • Tanya and Shaq
  • Lana and Will
  • Tanyel and Ron

Rory Mellon
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Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.