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How to unlock US Netflix using a proxy server - 5 best VPNs

ByOleg Romanenko 2019-01-30 783

Netflix of such countries as USA, UK and Canada is in great demand from VPN users in other regions, and now we are here to make sure that you are using the right VPN for work. We regularly check whether VPN will unblock international Netflix, both in the browser and in iOS / Android applications. Each month, we run over 2000 independent speed tests to ensure that each VPN we recommend is capable of high-quality HD video playback.

unblocking Private Network (VPN)

 

In this article we will look at many Virtual Private Network (VPN). Here is a summary of the top 5 VPNs for Netflix:

 

 

1. ExpressVPN: The best option. Reliably works with Netflix US, UK, AUS, CA, FR, IT, JP, DE and others. Fast speed Services include a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

 

2. NordVPN: A good and reliable choice for working with Netflix

 

 

3. Cyberghost: Another pretty good budget option. Works with Netflix, however, does not unlock all online videos.

 

 

4. PrivateVPN: Very fast with a small network of servers.

 

 

5. PureVPN: Unlocks the Netflix website, but not the mobile app.

 

 

When connecting to most VPNs, Netflix gives the following error, which, in turn, is accompanied by the error code m7111-1331-5059:

 

 

"Whoops, something went wrong. Streaming error. You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

 

 

The battle between Netflix, clients and VPN providers is in full swing, and viable alternatives are in great demand and are constantly changing. VPN providers are involved in a cat and mouse game with Netflix. A server that works today may be blocked tomorrow, while new servers and IP addresses are constantly being added.

 

 

However, we've come to the list of VPN providers that offer some ways to bypass the error message of the Netflix proxy server. Many of them require contacting customer support to fix. Some works only when viewed in a web browser, and not in the Netflix application. Here is our selection of the best Netflix VPNs that have been tested and validated:

 

 

1. ExpressVPN

 

ExpressVPN 

 

● Unlocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes

 

 

● Unlocks US Netflix application: Yes

 

 

One of our preferred options. The speed is fast, stable, and each subscription comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can try it out without any risk. ExpressVPN does bypass the Netflix ban on a couple of servers. These servers may change over time, and we don't want to attract to them, suffice it to say that they make available to watch online US Netflix in good quality outside the country itself. We recommend subscribers to go to round-the-clock chat support on the ExpressVPN website and ask which servers to use. We received a response in about two minutes! Best of all, ExpressVPN is one of the few providers on this list that consistently works with Netflix iOS and Android applications. This means that you can watch US Netflix on your iPhone, iPad, Android-smartphone or Android-tablet.

 

 

Pros:

 

 

● Unlocks Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and iPlayer

 

 

● 24-hour customer support

 

 

● 148 cells in 94 countries

 

 

● Full confidentiality - does not save and does not contain logs.

 

 

Minuses:

 

 

● A little more expensive than competitors' products

 

 

● Advanced settings for advanced users are a bit limited.

 

 

Unlocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes

 

 

Unlocks US Netflix application: Yes

 

 

2. NordVPN

 

NordVPN 

 

● Unlocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes

 

 

● Unlocks US Netflix application: Yes

 

 

NordVPN announced that it offers servers optimized for Netflix, which do not require any special configuration from the client. During our testing, even those servers that said that they work with Netflix in the application can be blocked. You can find out which servers work with Netflix on the help page or by contacting Support. There you will find how to use NordVPN to view US Netflix in the browser, on iOS and Android, and also on the router.

 

 

Pros:

 

 

● Servers are specially optimized for Netflix

 

 

● Connection at the same time to 6 devices

 

 

● No logs and encrypted connections for complete privacy

 

 

● Support chat is also available

 

 

Minuses:

 

 

● May be a little tricky to use

 

 

● Some servers may be slow and unreliable

 

 

3. Cyberghost

 

Cyberghost 

 

• Unlocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes

 

 

• Unlocks US Netflix application: Yes

 

 

CyberGhost now has a new owner, and the provider is clearly increasing its activities by increasing the number of new servers and locations. Among them is a dedicated Netflix streaming feature, which you can choose from the streaming menu in the application. You do not need to contact Customer service or try random servers and hope for the best - the function is clearly marked and works fine. Users can instantly receive feedback by pressing "thumbs up” or "thumbs down” to tell staff whether a particular server is blocked or not. We tested CyberGhost, both on desktops and on mobile devices and did not encounter any problems.

 

 

CyberGhost also offers excellent speed, first-class security, a policy without logs and fast customer support. Applications are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.

 

 

Pros:

 

 

• Unlocks Netflix in the United States.

 

 

• Fast, constant speed

 

 

• No logs, so confidentiality is guaranteed.

 

 

• Support chat

 

 

Minuses:

 

 

• Can't unlock some other online videos

 

 

4. PrivateVPN

 

PrivateVPN 

 

• Unlocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes

 

 

• Unlocks US Netflix application: Yes

 

 

Despite the smaller network of servers for work, PrivateVPN successfully unlocked US Netflix on both mobile and desktop platforms during our tests. Tests included Netflix applications for Android and iOS. Not all servers worked all the time, but the company carefully maintains a list of those servers that can now be available, and, as our experience has shown, are never empty. PrivateVPN has proven itself in our speed tests, which means that you can continue to broadcast your favorite Netflix shows in high resolution. You will also receive a no-log service, as well as support for up to six simultaneous connections and real-time chat support.

 

 

Pros:

 

 

• Unlocks Netflix in the United States.

 

 

• Fast, constant connection speed

 

 

• No logs, so confidentiality is guaranteed.

 

 

• Supports simultaneous connection of up to 6 devices

 

 

Minuses:

 

• A small network of servers

 

• Chat is not supported around the clock.

 

 

5. PureVPN

 

PureVPN 

 

• Unlocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes

 

 

• Unlocks US Netflix application: No

 

 

Recently, PureVPN has added Netflix unlock capabilities to its desktop applications. We recommend using a special IP mode, since the options "streaming” and "purpose” marked as special for Netflix did not work in our case. PureVPN also has ongoing customer support on their website if you have any problems. Speeds are well established in our tests, and it should be enough to watch HD video without buffering. Our reviewer also unblocked BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video.

 

 

Although PureVPN is great for unlocking Netflix, it lags slightly behind other VPNs when it comes to privacy and security. We recommend PureVPN if your main problem is related to Netflix US, and not with privacy protection.

 

 

Applications are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.

 

 

Pros:

 

 

• Unlocks Netflix USA using special IP mode.

 

 

• Powerful security offer

 

 

• Has a very easy to use desktop client

 

 

• Almost completely unlocked BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime

 

 

Minuses:

 

 

● Poorly proven in the area of confidentiality

 

 

● There may be some connectivity and speed problems.

 

 

How to use VPN with Netflix

 

Using VPN with Netflix is pretty easy if your provider supports it. Sign up for the recommended VPN service listed above, and then follow these simple instructions:

 

1. Download and install the VPN application from your provider's website or from the official application platform.

 

 

2. Select a VPN server in the United States that unlocks Netflix. If you do not know which one to choose, refer to your provider's website or its support service.

 

 

3. Connect to the VPN. Once the connection is established, open Netflix in a browser or application and start watching your favorite videos!

 

 

4. If you still have problems, contact support. You may need to change several settings on your device, such as IPv6 or DNS settings.

 

 

Unblock Netflix on Apple TV

 

Apple TV does not have built-in support for VPN, which means that you will need other ways to route traffic through VPN. There are three options we know about:

 

●  Connect to a VPN on your iPhone or iPad, then redirect Netflix to your device and transfer it to Apple TV using Airplay. This is not exactly the same thing as just watching Netflix on Apple TV, but it works while you are using one of the two VPNs that we tested when working with the Netflix application: ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

 

 

● Use a laptop to configure a virtual router. Connect to VPN on the laptop, then connect Apple TV to the Wi-Fi access point of the laptop. It works with most modern Windows and Mac laptops. In our guide, you will find more detailed instructions on how to turn your Mac into a VPN-protected router. Instructions for Windows PC can be found in this manual.

 

 

● Update your Wi-Fi router with VPN-compatible firmware and configure VPN on it. This is the most technically advanced option, so make sure you know what you are doing. This process may vary depending on the router, and not all Wi-Fi routers are compatible with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. If you are not comfortable replacing the firmware on your home wifi router, you can choose to purchase a pre-configured VPN router from ExpressVPN.

 

 

Why do we advocate using VPN with Netflix?

 

VPN is not just a proxy tool to trick applications and websites, forcing them to think that the user is in a different place. VPNs are in everyone's interest when it comes to privacy. We wholeheartedly recommend everyone to use VPNs, regardless of whether they are one of the 125 million Netflix subscribers or not.

 

Banning the use of VPN by Netflix is ​​a dumb tool designed to appease copyright holders. It blocks VPN users no matter where they are located, as long as they use a proxy server. This is not a fair policy towards subscribers. Forcing users to disable their VPNs, you can sacrifice privacy, which is especially undesirable when users are connected to unprotected public Wi-Fi networks or are located abroad in countries with strict tracking and monitoring.

 

 

You have the right to use a VPN, and Netflix must respect this right without forcing users to choose between privacy and entertainment.

 

 

 You may also want to read:
 How to binge-watch Netflix like a pro?
 How to install a VPN on your router?
 How to unlock the Windows PC when forgetting password?

 

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