Netflix is available in nearly 200 countries worldwide. But due to contracts with movie and television studios as well as copyright laws, some of Netflix’s content is restricted to particular countries. This means that the list of shows and movies you can watch on Netflix depends on where you are in the world. Or more specifically, where Netflix thinks you are.
Yes, there are ways of tricking Netflix into thinking you’re in a different country. In this article, we’ll investigate how to change your Netflix region and how to watch Netflix from another country. We’ll also answer whether it’s legal to do so and which countries have the best Netflix libraries.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about changing regions on Netflix.
Is using a VPN for Netflix legal?
Yes. Currently, it’s perfectly legal to use a VPN to watch Netflix in most countries. The only time when this might cause you an issue is if you’re using it in a country where VPNs are restricted, such as Russia, Iran or China.
But apart from that, it is legal to use a VPN to access any website, including Netflix and other streaming sites.
Technically, it is against Netflix’s rules to use a VPN to watch its content in another country. But that doesn’t make it illegal. And if you do get caught, there shouldn’t be any cause for alarm. Netflix is not in the habit of actively closing down accounts, even after repeated use of VPNs. After all, the user is still paying for a Netflix subscription, even if they’re using it to access content from another country.
Netflix can sometimes detect if you’re using a VPN. But if it does, it will simply display a message informing you that you won’t be able to watch any content until you disconnect your VPN. So, you won’t be able to view anything on the foreign version of Netflix, but you won’t face any more serious consequences. And if your VPN is blocked from using Netflix, we have some tips and tricks on how to fix this a bit further down.
You might also be concerned about copyright infringement if you’re thinking about using a VPN to watch Netflix. But you don’t need to worry about this. While Netflix does have some agreements in place with copyright holders that means it can only show certain content in particular locations, that’s down to Netflix to uphold. You can still watch it wherever you are (if you know how).
How to watch Netflix with a VPN
The easiest way to change your Netflix region is by using a VPN. And it’s really simple to do. Just follow our handy step by step guide on how to change the country on Netflix and you’ll be watching your favourite content in no time.
- Subscribe to Netflix: In the unlikely event you haven’t already got a Netflix account, sign up before you do anything else.
- Download and install a VPN: If you haven’t already got a VPN, get a subscription, download, install and log in. Make sure you choose a VPN that can unblock Netflix. If you need help deciding which one to choose, we’ve got a list a bit further down of some of our favourite VPN providers for watching region-restricted content.
- Connect to the right server: Choose the country that has the Netflix content you want to watch and use the VPN to connect to a server in that region.
- Login to your Netflix account: Use either your web browser or the Netflix app to login to your Netflix account and you should see all the content you want from the region you’ve connected to via your VPN.
- Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy: It really is as simple as that.
Do free VPNs work with Netflix?
A free VPN is not a good choice for watching any type of online video content for a number of reasons:
- Watching Netflix on freemium VPNs will use up your data allowance: Freemium VPNs often enforce monthly data caps. As we all know, streaming video uses up a lot of data, so it probably won’t take you long to use up your free VPN data allowance.
- It’s quite likely that a free VPN won’t let you access region restricted content: Netflix and other streaming services are getting better at blocking VPNs from their servers. So much so that many paid VPN providers have given up on offering reliable access to Netflix. Therefore, it’s even more unlikely that a free VPN provider will have the resources to avoid being blocked.
- It probably won’t protect your online anonymity: Free VPNs often come with a hidden cost to your online privacy. A lot of them will recoup costs by logging your online activity and selling your information on to third parties. Alternatively, you may find that your free VPN provider will inject ads and track cookies while you’re online.
With all that said, it is technically possible to find a free VPN that will unblock Netflix.
How do I choose a VPN for Netflix?
As we mentioned earlier, not all VPN providers will enable you to change your region on Netflix. But, there are some that work really well for this. And we’ve rounded up all our favourite VPN providers that can bypass Netflix restrictions and help you watch whatever content you want from wherever you are in the world.
So read on for our recommendations of the best VPNs to use with Netflix.
First on our list is NordVPN, and for good reason. NordVPN’s global server network uses more than 5,400 servers across more than 59 countries. So this gives you plenty of choice if you’re looking to change your Netflix region.
It provides reliable access to multiple Netflix locations, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, France and Italy.
And, not only can you use NordVPN to watch region restricted content on Netflix, but you can also use it to watch BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other streaming platforms.
NordVPN offers super speedy connections that can easily provide smooth, buffer-free streaming of HD and even 4K content. And thanks to the fact that NordVPN doesn’t impose any data caps or bandwidth limits, you can stream for as long as you like. So you can binge watch an entire series without worrying about reaching a data limit.
Aside from this, NordVPN offers 24/7 customer support via live chat and email. And it accepts cryptocurrency as a form of payment.
NordVPN is available on:
- Fire TV
- Android TV
However, using NordVPN’s SmartPlay feature, you’ll be able to unblock content even on devices that don’t support VPN, such as many smart TVs, game consoles, and more.
Another excellent VPN provider to help you change your Netflix region or country, ExpressVPN combines super fast connection speeds with excellent app support and a large worldwide server network that can easily unblock Netflix.
And it’s not just Netflix. EpressVPN can also unblock Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer along with other streaming services.
ExpressVPN boasts more than 3,000 servers in 94 countries around the world. So this gives you a lot of choice when it comes to changing your Netflix region.
Assuming you have a decent connection, ExpressVPN’s speeds will handle HD and 4K HDR streaming, so you can get the most out of your Netflix viewing experience. And it doesn’t impose any data caps or bandwidth restrictions, so you can stream as much content as you like.
What’s particularly handy about using ExpressVPN to stream region restricted content is that you can use the ExpressVPN MediaStreamer feature, which lets you enjoy the benefits of this service even on device types that don’t support VPN. This includes many smart TVs and game consoles – devices you’re likely to watch Netflix on.
And if it’s security you’re worried about, ExpressVPN’s government grade encryption should put your mind at rest, as hackers and third parties won’t be able to view your online activity so long as you’re connected.
ExpressVPN is available on:
- Fire TV
3. Surfshark VPN
Surfshark’s VPN service is an excellent choice for watching Netflix in another country. It has more than 3,200 servers across 64 countries, giving you plenty of options for watching region restricted content. And as Surfshark has more than doubled the number of its servers recently, we’re expecting this offering to keep growing until it’s one of the most competitive on the market.
As well as using a Surfshark VPN to watch Netflix, you can also use it to gain access to HBO Go, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video.
Surfshark is just as fast as its competitors, has great security features, and, crucially, offers a Smart DNS feature so you can bypass content restrictions not just on your desktop or mobile, but also on smart TVs, game consoles, and more.
But the feature that makes Surfshark VPN really stand out is its unlimited simultaneous connections allowance. This lets your whole family or group of friends use a single Surfshark account.
Surfshark VPN is available on:
- Fire TV
Although PrivateVPN only has around 150 servers worldwide, that doesn’t mean it’s not a viable choice for watching Netflix abroad. In fact, although it only has a fraction of the number of servers its competitors can boast, these servers are actually spread across 60 countries.
And of course, it can help you connect to servers in the countries that have some of the world’s most extensive Netflix catalogues, including the United States, Canada, France, Japan and the UK. You can also use it to connect to other streaming services, including Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer.
The combination of great connection speeds and the ability to unblock content from lots of different countries puts it on our list.
And, as you might be able to tell from the name, PrivateVPN offers government grade encryption and a VPN kill switch to keep your data safe and secure at all times. It also offers a no logs policy and even lets you pay by Bitcoin, so you can keep your payment anonymous.
If you experience any issues, PrivateVPN offers 24/7 live chat customer support, as well as a Contact Us form to help you resolve your problems quickly.
PrivateVPN is available on:
CyberGhost is another great VPN provider if you want to stream foreign versions of Netflix as it has more than 6,800 servers in a whopping 90 countries. Naturally, this includes streaming-dedicated servers in popular locations, such as the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Austria.
Streamers will appreciate that CyberGhost even has special servers for specific streaming platforms, including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Disney+, and more.
But of course, the quality and quantity of the content is not the only thing that matters. Luckily, CyberGhost offers strong encryption and a VPN kill switch to keep your online anonymity.
Elsewhere, CyberGhost offers 24/7 live chat customer support, as well as a troubleshooting ticketing system to help you resolve any issues you may come up against.
CyberGhost is available on:
How do I solve the Netflix proxy error?
If Netflix detects that you’re using a VPN or a proxy service, you’ll likely see a streaming error message. But the good news is, it’s really easy to fix this proxy error. All you need to do is follow our simple step by step guide that explains exactly what you need to do if you see an error message that says, “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy”.
- Sign up to a VPN that has the ability to unblock Netflix (if you already have one – just switch the server). If you need help finding a good one, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite VPNs for watching region restricted content and included it earlier in this guide.
- Open the VPN app or browser extension. And then connect to a server in the country that has the Netflix content you want to watch. So if, for example, it’s the American version of Netflix you want to watch, make sure you connect to a server in the United States.
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies.
- If this doesn’t work, try another server. The steps above should unblock the Netflix content and resolve the proxy error. If not, try another server or contact your VPN’s customer support for more dedicated help.
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How can I change Netflix region without a VPN?
If you want to change your Netflix region to watch restricted content that’s not available in your country but you don’t want to use a VPN, you could try using a proxy service. However, it’s worth remembering that a proxy does not encrypt your data, so it’s nowhere near as secure. If online privacy is important to you, we’d strongly recommend using a reputable VPN provider to change your Netflix region.
Countries with largest Netflix library
It might not surprise you to learn that the United States boasts the largest Netflix library in the world. It has more titles available than any other Netflix region.
But if you’re looking for inspiration for what to watch now you know how to access region restricted content, here’s a breakdown of the top 10 countries with the largest Netflix libraries:
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Here, we’ll answer all your frequently asked questions about how to change your Netflix region to help you watch the content you want from anywhere in the world.
Can Netflix detect if you’re using a VPN?
Yes. Netflix works hard to ban VPN IP addresses. When you connect using one of these banned IP addresses, Netflix will know you’re using a VPN.
Why does Netflix ban VPN providers?
Netflix works hard to ban VPN providers from letting users access region restricted content because of distribution rights agreements. Essentially, Netflix has the right to stream content they don’t own the copyrights for only in agreed-upon locations.
Which country has the best Netflix?
The United States has the largest Netflix library, boasting 5,879 titles in its catalogue. This works out at 4,035 movies and 1,844 TV series. Canada, meanwhile, has more movies, with 4,043 films in its library.
Which library is the best depends on your preferences.