How to Unblock Netflix With a VPN

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Whether you're traveling overseas or want to access Netflix catalogs in countries other than your own, you may be wondering how to use Netflix with a VPN service. Keep reading to learn how to choose and use a VPN to unblock Netflix from anywhere in the world.

Why You Need a VPN to Unblock Netflix Overseas

Let's say you're traveling through Australia and you log into Netflix, but can't find the show you were watching back home. That's because you're logged into Australia's version of Netflix, and Netflix has different agreements in each country. You can only stream the movies and shows licensed in the country where you happen to be logged in.

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Luckily, you can get around these restrictions and unblock Netflix with an international VPN service. Not only does a VPN hide and encrypt your internet traffic, a VPN spoofs your IP address, making it appear as if you're in a different country or city than the one you're actually in. This features makes VPNs handy for accessing geo-blocked websites and services in other countries.

So, if you're using a U.S.-based VPN server location from Australia, Hungary, or anywhere else, you can still access U.S. Netflix and all the shows available in their U.S. catalog. The reverse is also true—you can unblock Australian Netflix from other locations with a VPN.

Choose a Proven Netflix Unblocking VPN Service

Not all VPN services are created equal. While almost all VPN providers claim they can unblock Netflix or offer fast streaming, this isn't always the case. You'll need to take a little time to research the different providers and what they offer.

Specifically, you should look for a provider that has:

  • Unlimited bandwidth for streaming.
  • Fast streaming protocols (OpenVPN using UDP over TCP is a good choice).
  • A free trial period so you can test the service with Netflix before committing to a service plan.
  • A good track record of unblocking Netflix.

Some services only unblock Netflix catalogs in certain countries or on certain servers, so you'll want to try it out and make sure the VPN works for you.

Sign up for a VPN Service and Try It Out

Once you've found a VPN service you'd like to try out with Netflix, you'll need to sign up for the service. Fortunately, almost all providers offer a free trial period so you can test their services and performance at no risk. Most trial periods are 14 or 30 days, although cancelling may involve contacting the company and providing a reason for your cancellation.

Additionally, some providers may require you to sign up with a credit card to take advantage of the trial period, although they won't charge you until the trial period is up.

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Make sure you test your new VPN service with Netflix during the trial period. If it doesn't work as advertised, this will give you time to cancel the service before the trial period is up.

How to Use Netflix With a VPN Service

  1. To get started, head over to the VPN provider's website and download the appropriate application package for your device and operating system.

  2. Open the download and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. You may be required to provide admin permissions on your device to complete the installation. If at any point you get stuck, contact the VPN provider for help.

  3. Once the VPN package is installed, launch the application. While every VPN interface is different, you should have a list of servers in different countries to connect to. Choose a server in the country where you want to unblock Netflix.

    Choosing a VPN server location
  4. Now, head over to Netflix. If things are working correctly, you should see a country-specific URL for Netflix in your browser's address bar, like 'netflix.com' for U.S. Netflix.

    U.S. Netflix login
  5. Log into Netflix and start watching your favorite shows and movies.

    Netflix U.S. catalog

To access Netflix catalogs in different countries, log on to different VPN server locations.

What to Do If You Receive a Proxy Error on Netflix

Sometimes you may run into a proxy error that prevents you from watching movies when using a VPN on Netflix. If this happens, connecting with a different server location will often resolve the issue. If that doesn't work, contact your VPN's customer support, as they may have some suggestions.

However, if you've tried a variety of server locations and none of them work for unblocking Netflix, it's possible Netflix has found a way to detect your VPN's traffic. In this case, just try another VPN service using their free trial period. With a little persistence, you're likely to find a VPN service that will work for you.