The 12 best VPNs to beat the Netflix VPN ban in 2018

Published by on December 2, 2018 in VPN & Privacy

Best VPN for Netflix

Updated December 2018: We’ve updated this article with services that still beat the Netflix VPN ban in December 2018. 

If you’ve been left frustrated by the dreaded Netflix proxy error message, you’re not alone, and thankfully there is a workaround to the Netflix VPN ban. Ever since Netflix implemented its overseas VPN ban–preventing customers from accessing its US, UK, Canadian and other show catalogs from abroad–VPN providers and users alike have been scrambling for a solution.

Over the last 3 years we have tracked the performance of dozens of VPNs to see which are working with Netflix. Based on over 5,000 tests we’ll show you which VPNs work and how to watch Netflix with a VPN.

We cover a lot of VPNs in this article. Here is a summary of the 5 best VPNs for Netflix:

  1. ExpressVPN: Best option. Reliably works with Netflix US, UK, AUS, CA, FR, IT, JP, DE and others. Fast speeds. Includes a 30 day money-back guarantee.
  2. NordVPN: A reliable and good value choice for Netflix
  3. Cyberghost: Another good budget option. Works with Netflix but doesn’t unblock all streaming sites
  4. PrivateVPN: Very fast with a small network of servers
  5. IvacyVPN: Unblocks Netflix US, good speeds

When connected to most VPNs, Netflix gives the following error, accompanied by error code m7111-5059:

“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, customers, and VPN providers rages on and viable alternatives are still very much in flux. VPN providers are engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with Netflix. A server that works today may get blocked tomorrow, while a new servers and IPs are constantly being added.

That said, we’ve come up with a list of VPN providers that offer some means of bypassing the Netflix proxy error message. Many of them require contacting customer service for a fix. Some only work when watching in a web browser, and not with the native Netflix app. Here are our top picks for the best VPNs for Netflix last tested and confirmed as working on September 12, 2018:

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN netflix

  • Unblocks US Netflix in web browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix App: Yes

ExpressVPN is our preferred option. Speeds are fast, stable, and every subscription comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it risk free. ExpressVPN does indeed bypass the Netflix ban on a couple server locations . These servers may change over time and we don’t want to draw undue attention to them, suffice to say they do stream video from US Netflix in good quality from out of country. We recommend subscribers hop on the 24/7 live chat support available on the ExpressVPN website and ask what servers to use. We got a response in about two minutes! Best of all, ExpressVPN is one of the few providers on this list that consistently works with the Netflix iOS and Android apps. That means you can watch US Netflix on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, or Android tablet.


  • Reliably unblocks Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and iPlayer
  • Fast speeds
  • Keeps no logs of personally identifiable information
  • 24/7 customer service


  • Slightly more expensive than some rivals
  • Advanced configuration for power-users is a little limited

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Read our full ExpressVPN review.

2. NordVPN


  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

NordVPN has informed us it offers Netflix-optimized servers that do not require any special configuration on the customer’s side. In our testing, even the servers that say they work with Netflix in the app might get blocked, anyway. You can find out which servers work with Netflix on this help page or by contacting customer support. There you’ll find how to use NordVPN to watch US Netflix in a browser, on iOS and Android, and on a router.


  • Servers specifically optimized for Netflix
  • Connect up to 6 devices at once
  • No logs and encrypted connections for total privacy
  • Live chat support is available


  • Can be a little cumbersome to use
  • Some servers can be slow and unreliable

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Read our full NordVPN review.

3. Cyberghost


  • Unblocks US Netflix in web browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix App: Yes

CyberGhost is now under new ownership and the provider has clearly ramped up its operation with a deluge of new servers and locations. Among them is a dedicated Netflix streaming feature which you can select from the streaming menu in the app. No need to contact customer support or try random servers and hope for the best–the feature is clearly labeled and just works. Users can give instant feedback by clicking a thumbs up or thumbs down to let staff know if the server has been blocked or not. We tested on both desktop and mobile and didn’t encounter any issues.
CyberGhost also offers great speeds, top-notch security, a no-logs policy, and fast customer support. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.


  • Unblocks US Netflix
  • Fast, constant speeds
  • Zero logs and good privacy features


  • Can’t unblock some other streaming sites

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4. PrivateVPN

privatevpn deal

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

Despite having a smaller network of servers to work with, PrivateVPN unblocked US Netflix both on mobile and desktop platforms in our tests. That includes the Netflix apps for Android and iOS. Not all servers worked all of the time, but the company keeps a list of currently working servers that in our experience is never empty. PrivateVPN scored well in our speed tests, meaning you can continue to stream your favorite Netflix shows in high definition. You’ll also get a zero logs service, up to six simultaneous connections, and live chat support.


  • Unblocks US Netflix
  • Very fast connection speeds
  • Zero logs policy
  • Use up to six devices at once


  • Small network of servers
  • Live chat not 24/7

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5. Ivacy

ivacy homepage

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

Ivacy unblocks US Netflix in a web browser and the app. Not all servers work, though, so you’ll have to contact the provider’s live customer service available on the website to ask which server to connect to and which settings to use. This will likely require you to add a specific server address to the app’s connection settings.

In addition to the usual Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android apps, Ivacy also makes an app for Kodi devices that run on the Linux-based OpenELEC operating system. Unlike most VPNs, Ivacy VPN can be activated from within Kodi. Unfortunately, the Kodi addon didn’t unblock Netflix or other geo-locked services when we tested it.

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6. PureVPN

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: No

PureVPN recently added Netflix unblocking capabilities to its desktop apps. We recommend using the dedicated IP mode, as the “streaming” and “purpose” options labelled for Netflix didn’t work for us. PureVPN also has live customer support on its website if you encounter any problems. Speeds ranked well in our tests, and should be enough to watch in HD without buffering. Our reviewer also unblocked BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video.

While PureVPN is fine for unblocking Netflix, it falls a bit short of the other VPNs on this list when it comes to privacy and security. We recommend PureVPN if your main concern is watching Netflix US and not privacy protection.

In short, use PureVPN if you’re not concerned about security and privacy and just want to unblock Netflix.

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


  • Unblocks Netflix in the US using the dedicated IP mode
  • Very easy to use desktop client
  • Also unblocks iPlayer and Amazon Prime


  • Poor privacy reputation
  • Some connectivity and speed issues

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6. StrongVPN

StrongVPN homepage

Update: StrongVPN was hit by the latest rounds of Netflix blocks, our testing confirms this VPN no longer works with Netflix.

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: No

All but two US servers–Miami and Atlanta–bypass the Netflix proxy error when using StrongVPN. This is a particularly good option for Netflix customers in China, as StrongVPN has long been a top choice among expats there and caters well to them. You can also watch Dutch and UK Netflix using StrongVPN from outside of Holland and the UK, respectively. The only downside is that OpenVPN won’t work. We were instructed to use PPTP, which is not a secure protocol, but SSTP also worked when we tested it.

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7. IPVanish

IPVanish works with Netflix

  • Unblocks US Netflix in a web browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

IPVanish once again unblocks Netflix as of September 2018. After a long hiatus, the fastest VPN on the market can finally access Netflix US on both the mobile app and in a web browser. Not all servers will work, but you can easily send a message to IPVanish’s new 24/7 live chat support to ask which location to connect to.

Thanks to IPVanish’s plentiful bandwidth, you’ll be able to stream in HD without buffering, possibly even in UHD. A single plan nets you a whopping 10 simultaneous connections, perfect for family and roommates to share. IPVanish meets all of our security and privacy standards as well. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.

Read our full IPVanish review.

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8 . VyprVPN


  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

VyprVPN now works with US Netflix again after a brief hiatus. We were able to log in and stream without any issues from a US server as we normally would without any configuration changes from the default OpenVPN setup. Not all servers work, but some do. Just ask the live chat customer service on the website which server location to use. We unblocked US Netflix both in Chrome browser and on the Netflix Android app.

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9. SaferVPN

SaferVPN Unblock Netflix

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: No

SaferVPN recently added a “US Streaming” server to its list of locations. When connected to this server, SaferVPN unblocks Netflix in a web browser. In our tests, only desktop web browsers were affected, and SaferVPN could not unblock the Netflix mobile app. If you only watch Netflix in Chrome or Firefox, SaferVPN is a good option thanks to its extremely fast servers.

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10. HideMyAss

HMA streaming

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

HideMyAss recently added a server specifically for users who want to unblock US Netflix. We have tested it and confirmed it works on both desktop browser and Netflix’s mobile app on Android and iOS, however, we found speeds to be frustratingly slow. We recommend you contact HMA’s customer support to ask which server to use and troubleshoot any issues you might have connecting, as you might need to change some other settings on your device as well. The same server also unblocks Hulu. Note that HMA is based in the UK, a country with strict data retention laws for service providers, and it has a history of logging customer browsing data that allegedly resulted in the arrest of one of its users. You can use HideMyAss to unblock Netflix, but privacy-conscious users should look elsewhere.

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12. Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield review cover.

  • Unblocks US Netflix in browser: Yes
  • Unblocks US Netflix app: Yes

We’re not huge proponents of Hotspot Shield due to some lingering privacy issues, but this fact cannot be denied: it unblocks US Netflix. You’ll have to upgrade your account to an Elite plan and connect to the US Virtual Location server. Speeds are fast enough to stream in HD but we occasionally encountered dud servers during testing.

Hotspot Shield notes in its privacy policy that while it doesn’t keep traffic logs, it does inject tracking cookies into users’ web browsers, a practice Comparitech is firmly against due to privacy concerns,

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

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Read our full Hotspot Shield review.

VPNs and Smart DNS providers that DO NOT work with Netflix


As of July 5, 2016, like most smart DNS services, IronSocket is now struggling with the Netflix ban and will only work on certain devices, if at all. We recommend opting for one of the VPNs listed above instead.


As of July 5, 2016, Unblock-Us says it will not work on all devices. We’re recommending users go for one of the VPNs listed in this article instead since they have, on the most part, consistently worked during our testing. Update, November 17, 2016: Unblock-Us is now working with Netflix. We have tested this and can confirm that Unblock-Us is evading the Netflix Ban although it won’t work with the Netflix App on mobile devices.


As of July 4, 2016, Unlocator is not working with Netflix anymore. We have official confirmation from the company that Unlocator is blocked by Netflix. We understand a solution is being worked on but were not given a date for when this will be available.

Private Internet Access

PIA has said it does not officially support circumventing geoblocks, and it does not currently work with Netflix.


Buffered previously was able to unblock Netflix in a web browser on MacOS and Windows, but this is no longer the case as of September 2017. A customer support rep told us, “As of the moment, we are unable to access Netflix US with any of our servers. A fix is being worked on and should be forthcoming fairly shortly. We have no update though as of yet.”


Despite Unotelly openly stating it was “confident that we can continue to deliver quality service to our loyal and supportive users” when it comes to Netflix, Unotelly has been unable to unblock the streaming service since the first half of 2016.


Hola won’t unblock Netflix, and you shouldn’t be using it anyway. The company has a sordid history of abusing members of its peer-to-peer VPN-ish network to distribute pirated materials, pornography, and even carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on websites.


Tunnelbear makes no mention of Netflix on its website and searching for it in the VPN’s knowledgebase points to a troubleshooting article about how to get around geographic restrictions. But no amount of troubleshooting will help Tunnelbear users unblock Netflix at this time.


GetFlix is a smart DNS proxy service that made its debut heralding a fast and cheap means to unblock Netflix. That didn’t last long, and now the company is stuck with an embarrassing name that brings up painful reminders of when its users were blocked a few months later.


HideIPVPN announced in 2016 that neither its VPN nor its smart DNS proxy service would continue to unblock Netflix. “[…] as stated in our ToS we cannot guarantee that you will be able to access specific websites or services. For now, that is the case with Netflix.”


Netflix intermittently blocked Overplay’s smart DNS proxy and VPN services for about a year starting in 2016. Now the company seems to have given up the fight, scrubbing its website of any mention of Netflix.


Netflix put Blockless’ name to the test in 2016. It failed.

Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield now works with Netflix as of May 2018.


CactusVPN announced in July 2016 that it would wave the white flag of surrender in the war on Netflix. “Unfortunately we can’t compare to Netflix’s resource so we have to admit: starting today, CactusVPN does not unblock Netflix with Smart DNS or VPN.”

Opera VPN

Opera VPN, a proxy built into the Opera browser, will not unblock Netflix.

How to use a VPN with Netflix

Using a VPN with Netflix is easy so long as your provider supports it. Sign up for a recommended VPN service from above and then follow these simple instructions:

  1. Download and install the VPN app from your provider’s website or an official app marketplace.
  2. Select a VPN server in the US that unblocks Netflix. If you’re not sure which one to choose, consult your provider’s website or its customer service.
  3. Connect to the VPN. Once the connection is established, open Netflix in a browser or app and start watching!
  4. If you are still having problems, contact customer support. You may need to tweak a few settings on your device, such as IPv6 or DNS settings.

Why do these VPNs work when others don’t?

Netflix usually blocks VPN users by their IP address. While we can’t speak for Netflix, the company appears to be blacklisting the IP addresses of known VPN servers. It can even block an entire range of IP addresses from a data center known to host VPN servers, which is why most VPNs are unable to combat Netflix’s firewall.

The VPNs we recommend can all bypass Netflix’s ban using at least one server or location. It’s not that these VPNs never get blocked; it’s just that they are prepared with both the resources and manpower to quickly replace blacklisted servers and IPs with ones that haven’t been blocked yet. This requires more time, expertise, and money than most VPN providers can reliably offer, but those that we recommend make a concerted effort to keep Netflix-unblocking servers up and running at all times.

Why do we advocate for using a VPN with Netflix?

A VPN is not simply a proxy tool to fool apps and websites into thinking the user is somewhere they are not. VPNs are in everyone’s best interest when it comes to privacy. We wholeheartedly recommend everyone use a VPN, whether they are one of Netflix’s 125 million subscribers or not.

Netflix’s VPN ban is a blunt instrument put in place to appease copyright holders. It blocks VPN users no matter where they are located so long as a proxy is detected. This is not a fair policy to paying subscribers. Forcing users to turn off their VPNs could sacrifice privacy, especially those connected on unsecured public wi-fi networks or traveling abroad to surveillance-heavy countries.

You have the right to use the VPN, and Netflix should respect that right by not forcing users to make the choice between privacy and entertainment.

Can I unblock Netflix using a smart DNS proxy?

Smart DNS proxies like Unotelly, Overplay, Unlocator, and Unblock-US were a flash in the pan during Netflix’s war on proxies. After Netflix blocked connections from most VPN servers, many users switched to these services instead. A smart DNS proxy is a server that monitors any DNS requests sent from your device. DNS requests are a means of looking up which domain names (e.g. “”) are associated with which servers. If it detects a DNS request for Netflix, it sends all the browser traffic for that request through the server to an American Netflix server, thereby changing both your IP address and DNS server.

This approach worked for a few months until it caught the attention of Netflix, and a subsequent crackdown blocked most smart DNS proxy users. Today, a handful of smart DNS proxy services can still unblock Netflix, but the only one that’s consistently worked for us is ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer service. MediaStreamer is a smart DNS proxy service that comes with every ExpressVPN subscription. It’s used by default when you connect to the VPN, or you can set it up separately so that it’s used on its own.

I’m traveling and want to access US Netflix Abroad, which countries will these VPNs work in?

The VPN services listed should allow you to unblock US Netflix in any country you might be traveling to, other than those where media is censored and VPNs are actively blocked by a firewall such as China (see our list of the VPNs working in China and pick one that works there, too). In pretty much every other country, the VPNs in our list will work. In fact, we’ve received comments or emails from people in Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, France, Israel, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, and Italy telling us they’ve successfully accessed US Netflix!

What about accessing other countries’ Netflix?

A VPN that unblocks US Netflix won’t necessarily be able to unblock the Netflix catalogs of other countries. While the US version of Netflix is highest in demand by far, we’ve also made up lists of the best VPNs for a few other popular countries:

How to unblock the Netflix app by setting up the VPN on a router

When using a browser such as Chrome or Firefox, any of the VPNs recommended above should allow you to watch American Netflix without any issues. Both traffic and DNS requests are sent through the VPN, preventing Netflix from determining your true location.

When using a Netflix native app, however, the app can override the DNS routing used by a VPN and send requests to your nearest public DNS server. This means Netflix can determine the user’s true location and block them accordingly, even with a VPN app switched on. ExpressVPN and NordVPN have figured out how to overcome this behavior, so they both work with the iOS and Android Netflix apps so this won’t be a problem for if you are using one of these two VPNs.

ExpressVPN and NordVPN will unblock the Netflix app on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. But other devices–Roku, Chromecast, smart TVs, game consoles, Fire TV, etc–do not support any VPNs. As such, even ExpressVPN and NordVPN have no apps for them. For those devices, you need to configure a router or buy a pre-configured one.

For the VPNs that don’t unblock Netflix on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, router configuration is also the best alternative.

The VPN must be set up on the wifi router that your device is connected to. This process varies depending on your router’s firmware, and you may have to flash a new firmware onto the router that supports VPNs (Tomato or DD-WRT). You can usually find router setup instructions and configuration details on your provider’s website.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing all that, ExpressVPN sells pre-configured routers and also offers free router firmware that can be installed on select routers. You can simply buy a router or flash the free firmware onto a compatible router and save yourself the hassle of a complicated procedure. This should unblock Netflix on any device.

Once the VPN is set up, you’ll also need to configure your firewall to forward DNS queries to our DNS servers (or whatever DNS servers the VPN service in question uses to bypass the Netflix ban). Again, look to your provider for instructions on how to accomplish this.

Netflix app vs Netflix in a web browser

A VPN that unblocks Netflix in a web browser might not unblock the Netflix app on your mobile device, set-top box, or smart TV. That’s because a web browser must use the DNS servers specified by the operating system. Most VPN apps take care of this for you and route all DNS requests to their own in-house DNS servers, which ensures that DNS requests match the location of your VPN server.

The Netflix app, however, can override a device’s DNS settings and force DNS requests to be sent to either a public DNS nameserver or the default ISP’s nameserver. This results in a mismatch between where the user’s IP address is located and where their DNS requests come from. That’s a red flag indicating the viewer is using a VPN or some other type of proxy, resulting in the dreaded Netflix proxy error message.

ExpressVPN and NordVPN have both figured out how to overcome this obstacle. If you want to watch Netflix through the app and not a web browser, they are the best options.

Unblock Netflix on Apple TV

Apple TV does not have built-in support for VPNs, which means you’ll need some other means of routing traffic through the VPN. There are three options we know of:

  • Connect to a VPN on your iPhone or iPad, then stream Netflix on your device and cast it to Apple TV using Airplay. This isn’t exactly the same as just watching Netflix on your Apple TV, but it works so long as you’re using one of the two VPNs we’ve confirmed work with the Netflix app: ExpressVPN or NordVPN.
  • Use a laptop to configure a virtual router. Connect to a VPN on the laptop, then connect the Apple TV to the laptop’s wifi hotspot. This works with most modern Windows and Mac laptops. You can find more detailed instructions in our tutorial on how to turn your Mac into a VPN-secured router. Windows PC instructions can be found in this tutorial.
  • Flash your wifi router with a VPN-compatible firmware and configure the VPN on it. This is the most technically advanced option, so make sure you know what you’re doing. The process varies from router to router, and not all wifi routers are compatible with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. If you’re not comfortable with replacing the firmware on your home wifi router, you can opt to purchase a preconfigured VPN router from ExpressVPN.

 Netflix VPN ban: What the VPN providers say

To find out more about their ongoing fight, we spoke to executives from NordVPN, Buffered, VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, and LiquidVPN for some insight from the front lines.

“We are receiving an unprecedented number of inquiries from people looking to access Netflix service, suggesting there are not a lot of VPNs left that offer an alternative workaround,” NordVPN CIO Emanuel Morgan tells Comparitech. “Keeping up with offering new workaround solutions might require significant resources and it is understandable that some services chose to forgo advocating for this issue – choosing to concentrate their resources on primary service functions (offering privacy and security solutions) instead.”

Morgan says Netflix probably isn’t targeting isolated VPN providers. He believes a combination of techniques is used to block them. One of those techniques, says LiquidVPN CEO Dave Cox, is by identifying connections coming from data centers instead of residences. He goes on to explain that the Netflix apps combat SmartDNS services by forcing you to use a public DNS server and frequently change the URLs that do geolocation for their content. This makes it impossible for services that could support thousands of customers streaming at a time by only forwarding the geolocation packets through their servers.

Buffered CEO Jordan Fried suspects Netflix could put the final nail in the VPN coffin if it truly wished to do so. Instead, it has resisted avoiding losing more customers. The argument against a billing address-based filtering scheme, Netflix might argue, is that the copyright licensing restrictions apply to where content is being watched from, not where the subscriber’s money comes from.

It’s not just Netflix. Hulu, BBC iPlayer, HBO Now, and several other streaming providers have all implemented VPN bans at some level. Should the trend continue, legally watching licensed content online from any site would require users to relinquish their privacy. Constantly maintaining a Netflix workaround requires significant resources. Each of the VPNs we contacted was optimistic, but not certain, that they would still have a workaround six months from now.

Are the solutions listed here no longer working for you? Do you know of any other VPN services that bypass Netflix’s anti-VPN firewall? Drop us a note in the comments!

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117 thoughts on “The 12 best VPNs to beat the Netflix VPN ban in 2018

  • My sincere apologies, I was mistaken about ProtonVPN. the US-CA#3 server does unblock US Netflix.

  • You can add Proton VPN to the VPNs and Smart DNS providers that DO NOT work with Netflix category.

  • Will I be able to watch European Netflix from the US? I’m interested in watching Star Trek: Voyager.


    • Hi Mike, search our site for “Netflix” + your country. We’ve got separate articles for Netflix France, UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan, etc. This one is mainly for US Netflix.

  • Have used unblock-us for a couple of years and they are great. But the Netflix ban is still up here in Sweden. We can get so-and-so connection on the AppleTV app, but mostly it will just show black boxes and be very very slow to load content, if even that. Sometimes its possible to watch a whole episode of something before you get an error.

    Will try ExpressVPN today and see if there is any difference.

  • Buffered VPN actually works, if you are using your smartphone you need to disable your GPS. I’m using it right now and it works just fine on Netflix

  • Cyberghost doesn’t work. I’ve had it for a while and today it said I couldn’t stream Netflix UK anymore. (I’m in the US) tried a few others but need to find something that’s actually going to work for me.

  • Just so you guys know, there is at least one (1) ipvanish US based server that is most definitely NOT blocked, for the windows app or the browser 🙂

  • You say STRONG VPN isn’t working, for me it does, there’s several servers to choose. Knock knock I have not got the message for a year and when I had I changed server. I also made a change in DNS and my time and location on my PC /Laptop that is connected to a bigscreen. I use the app with Tunnelbear on my Tablet device.

  • I worked with Nord VPN for over 2 weeks trying to get it to work on my Fire Stick, they finally just said don’t use the app. It didn’t work on my Android phone either, though I believe it was working in Windows with a browser.

    I see your site still says it works with the app, well that’s BS and had I not gotten these sorts of reviews before signing up it would have saved me a bunch of time.

  • If you want to watch content from US Netflix checkout Playon Cloud. You can’t stream it but they’ll record it for you and you can either then stream it from there server or download it.

  • goldenfrog does not longer working for me (since about 2 weeks) and also VPN Express was not able to get me Netflix USA from abroad. Now I am with Private VPN and have no problem at all!

  • Help…I just recently switched to Nord from Express and I can’t get Netflix to work on my Apple TV (the vpn is on the router and Netflix works just fine from the laptop). Ive tried restarting, unplugging, changing the DNS, using different servers….I’ve been on chat with Nord for over 2 hours! Any advice???

  • Unblocks US Netflix app: No

    This is incorrect. I use the IOS app now and again for unblocking US Netflix and I use the Android app for daily use for various region changes for Netflix.

    Please update your review as your information is wrong.

  • Good article. I used ExpressVPN to watch UK Netflix in Sweden when visiting my family. I had used TorGuard but it went through spells of not working with Netflix whereas ExpressVPN seems more consistent.

    • Express. Vpn no longer works with Netflix. I tried to access European Netflix while in the States and it does not work

  • Articles like this almost exclusively address people trying to get U.S. content. I live in the US and am looking to get to content in locations like the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Do any of these work for those?

    • Not express vpn does not work anymore. Like you I live in the US and am looking to access European Netflix. Express VPN used to work a few weeks ago but suddenly stopped working I contacted the company and said there was nothing that they could do. unfortunately I Artie signed up for a year. if I were you I would save myself the hassle of express vpn.

  • Nord works (today) for NF US from Germany – just ask customer support for correct server.
    Express does not work for NF Japan from Germany, but neither does Nord. Pitty. Would love to watch Japan TV but this is such a minor interest that no VPN service supports it. Which is understandeble seeing their struggle with the US.

    Geoblocking is evil. Vote Pirate!

  • I have a dedicated server which acts as my personal VPN for streaming.

    My Netflix stop working with this server recently after some proxy detection service like IP2Proxy listed my IP address as proxy.

    How can I whitelist it to enjoy my Netflix US?

  • Paul Bischoff, why are you lying in this blog post. Just to earn some money on leads? ExpressVPN do not work. It´s kinda ridicoolous you are lying about it 🙂

    • Just tested it 1 minute ago. It works. In the time it takes you to write an angry comment you can go to ExpressVPN’s website and ask the live chat support which server to use.

  • StrongVPN NY servers (at least the ones I tried, including one I had been on for many months) no longer bypass the Netflix block.

  • Tried Express many, many times over the last year. Doesn’t work. Tried Strong today. Doesn’t work. Your claim to have last tested these in August 2017 (that is, in the last three weeks) is obviously nonsense. A ‘date’ field in your page, perhaps? Clickbait.

  • VERY MUCH appreciate you taking the time to compile/pass along this information. As a US Netflix subscriber who is also deployed military member, the company’s decision to begin using VPN blockers was a real blow. Sure, I could cancel the service…given that I cannot access it while overseas….but that would negatively impact my family (who are still at home). Alternatively, continuing to pay does me no good (whereas their US catalog is concerned).

    Upon contacting Nextflix customer service I was advised that there actually IS a process in place to receive US content over here, but it requires significant hoop-jumping through my command (in order designate the IP range to be “unblocked”). This is problematic since 1) I live off-post, which means the base has no knowledge of/control over the local net provider I use and 2) this is NOT the sorta thing you take up the chain of command (most senior folks are too busy to be burdened with this type of trivial nonsense).

    Thankfully, it sounds like Express VPN (to whom I already subscribe) will be a good/continued workaround option. Will be touching base with them this evening to determine which server connection they recommend.

    Thanks again, and best regards!

  • Getflix works well in Australia for watching US Netflix – I’m watching it now. It won’t work for my LG Smart TV but does for my PC, laptops in Chrome.

    They use registered IP cloaking and Smart DNS to fool Netflix – easy to set up if you read the setup info carefully.

  • I use vypr vpn on my mobile so that’s a fact that you got wrong, and I used strong vpn but it stopped working when Netflix started cracking down…

  • Netflix app in the mobile is brilliant enough to understand that I am using a vpn.
    Hence I get the message ” you seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Kindly turn off any these services and try again.

    United Arab Emirates is the region I am in

    • Express, Nord, and Vypr unblock the Netflix mobile app when connected to certain US servers. Contact their customer support to ask which ones.

  • ‘SmartDNS Proxy’ is no good for Netflix geo-blocking and it’s DNS servers are unstable in my experience – I have cancelled my account with them recently. Poor

    • Smart DNS Proxy has been working very well for me. I’m using it to access US Netflix from my iPad, Samsung 9500 series smartTV and computer. You need to read their static ip routing setup carefully in order make devices to work. Otherwise only computer will work.

  • The copyright law insanity in the US and elsewhere has gotten out of hand. Copyright infringement is a victim-less “crime”. That Netflix is bending to the will of these copyright brutes by forcing it’s paying customers to choose between safety or not getting the service that they pay for shows you how much power this copyright mafia has.
    Welcome to the new Amerika!

  • Best is to have Tomato -Usb router which you can buy cheapest cisco linksys E900 for 20$ and load with following Firmware

    Also easily you can get 3 days trial acc

    and use prm acc for only
    ​ 99$ or might be less and you can use the provider router app which is easy to use and easy to install with one click

    simply after you load firmware then connect to your router via cable or wifi ” tomato ” then then type username and password is admin

    make sure your main router IP is if main router then you need to assign new IP to your VPN router

    ​go to tools and paste the following copy from eval … sh’
    eval `wget -q -O –`
    ​ and execute wait 5 minutes and refresh the page you can enter your username password and choose any server to connect it works for almost 2 years with no issue

  • I’ve been using Express VPN for over 3 years and it’s always worked well for Netflix. The servers which unblock Netflix sometimes change so if you find you can’t get on just ask their live chat which one to use and they will tell you. I’ve used a number of VPNs including Private Internet Access and HMA (which both stopped working with Netflix) and all of them slow you internet speed at least a little, Express VPN does too but it’s better than some and generally plenty fast enough for Netflix from what I’ve found.

  • In recent months Netflix has been catching the Buffered VPN IPs with greater frequency with all U.S. sever locations being blocked for a few days, sometimes a week, at a time. It’s a bit of a pain to deal with (how long am I willing to wait before switching VPNs?) but eventually Buffered always works again.

  • ExpressVPN works fine for me. Make sure to go to the “All” tab and don’t check just the “Recommended” servers, as they have a lot of servers for US, some of which still work.

  • Hi Guys,
    Just to update you that StrongVPN managed to solve the technical issues that I had with Netflix and it now works perfectly well.

  • With StrongVPN I get the following message: “Netflix is currently unavailable. Please check your Internet connection”.
    My Internet connection is fine by the way.

  • ExpressVPN works perfectly out of Hungary – browser on Mac and PC, Apple TV, Samsung smart TV and with router config as well. The only thing had to be done additionally on the SmartTV and on Apple tv to change the auto allocated DNS server to (at least what I did) to Google dns on the TV app and AppleTv directly and it works now perfectly. With the auto DNS setup where the router was copied interestingly it was not working on Appletv and smarttv and showed the geoblocking message only.
    Switched from IPVanish just because of that – however IPVanish servers were faster than ExpressVPN but no Netflix. Now ExpressVPN is a very good compromise and cust. Service is quick and excellent, router setup on Tomato is very straightforward.

  • Netflix **cks, even more in Brazil where I’m living at the moment. I have an official address in the US provided to Netflix and they continually to insist that only my present physical location counts, not my official address. The programming grid is outdated and every single movie I or my kids would like to watch is not available. It’s a cheap service and that’s why I still keeping it, but always having second thoughts. I watch one movie each month as I’m never able to find what I’m really interested in, I’m not talking about blockbusters. Using a VPN or any other available method to circumvent this limitation means spending more money, and it’s not a guaranteed method nor a plug and play solution for my kids to turn on the TV and watch what they want.

  • I live in South Africa and like my kids to watch Netflix movies in Dutch. The audio options don’t include Dutch. Therefore I like to access the Netflix content in the Netherlands. I have express VPN but they don’t support that. Any suggestions?

    • You can try to contact Netflix and explain the situation. It’s possible that they allow you to use the audio and subtitles you need. I have seen this happen with a friend.

      I have tried the same thing but I still can’t access the audio and subtitles I want. (I contacted them two weeks ago).

    • Hi Willem,

      At this point in time the demand for testing VPNs with Netflix in countries other than the US is too low to warrant testing, sorry. We may look into it at some point in the future.

      • You could setup a VPN to a dutch IP using something like DD-wrt and plug the TV into that router and then the router into your network.

        Using something like a WRT-54G it could be a cheap option and should work.

        Alternatives could be to setup your own DNS/SNI proxy with a VPS in .NL or configure a VPN for say VyprVPN ( which a user stated works for .NL content ) directly on your router/gateway and when you want to watch, just connect the VPN on the router and you should be good.


  • I live in the US and my desire is to access UK and Australian netflix. Many of the proxy options seem more focused on getting into the U.S. and not in the other direction. Any thoughts on which is the best option for reaching foreign markets from within the U.S.?

    • I don’t understand why you would want to access Australian Netflix. It has 1/10th of the content on the US Netflix. The U.K. Netflix, however, does have some great programmes that I don’t believe are on the US Netflix.

  • Strong VPN seems to not be working anymore for Netflix, at least from Japan. It had been blocked, then was usable again for at least the past 3 weeks or so, and is blocked again, as of today.

    • I am currently using PureVPN for Netflix with no problem, I have it on my Ipad when I am traveling, also is setup in my home router and all my data is routed thru it, I can watch US netflix on my TV.

  • Well, this all means we are cancelling our Netflix subscription and won’t be renewing with PureVPN either – well done both for putting the customer second. We’ll just torrent content for free and the industry can go cry into its cornflakes.

  • Signed up for the ExpressVPN deal you listed and so far so good. Speeds fast, easy to use and working fine with Netflix on my iPad and Windows laptop. Will report back if anything changes.

  • Buffered VPN as of two days ago is NOT working for Netflix US library while trying to access Netflix overseas. I have tried all of their solutions and none has worked. Netflix has officially declared war on freedom of data transmission. 😉 Are you hearing of others having problems with Buffered VPN and Netflix?

  • Hi there. I am in France with the VPN EXPAT TV. I have been watching NETFLIX US only up until last week and now have permanent problems … errors, cannot seem to connect , retry messages…( but no proxy error messages as such). I can access all my UK programming as normal.

    Could you check the status of EXPAT TV for me where Netflix is concerned?

  • Too bad those VPNs aren’t for free. I will cancel my Netflix subscription and go back to live streaming. They don’t want my money anymore, zo back to everything for free

  • I’m outside the US and coming to the end of my 30-day ExpressVPN trial, using L2TP in an Asus RT-N16 router so I can connect a Roku to the VPN. Here’s my experience so far:
    1. initially, their Denver server worked with Netflix when used through their PC app (connected via my non-VPN router), but Asus could not connect at all.
    2. They had me try their Chicago server, and while the Asus would connect. Netflix was proxy blocked.
    3. After trying other servers, finally found one of their LA servers that Asus would connect to and was not proxy blocked. That worked for about two weeks until last night when that server went down and wouldn’t connect at all. Tried another LA server and it connected, but was proxy blocked.
    4. They had me try Denver again this morning with the Asus, and it connected and worked with Netflix.
    5. The big problem is that their IP addresses in various geolocation databases are widely inaccurate, enough so that it affects performance. One LA server geolocates to Chicago. The Denver server geolocates to NYC and I only get about 4 Mbps instead of my usual 19-20 Mbps. Speedtest ping times to these incorrectly located speedtest servers are atrocious. Since Netflix uses geolocation on the incoming IP address to connect you to a “nearby” media server, my Netflix traffic has to travel from NYC to Denver before being sent out of the country to me.

    I like ExpressVPN. Their chat line is excellent and their website is very clear with setup information. But the geolocation problem is real, and I may just say bye-bye to Netflix at the end of this trial and go back to Hide My Ass, which still works for Pandora and Amazon Prime, and geolocates very well.

  • There’s another option. Enjoy any VPN you like, and torrent Netflix exclusive movies and shows. Privacy should not be a bargaining chip. This sends a message that there’s a market being ignored. Do you think the music industry wanted to convert their stone age business model to distribution? Hell no! But Napster dragged them kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Netflix can ignore their users, or they can adapt and find a better solution..

  • Good list – thanks. I’ve gone with ExpressVPN and used the three extra months free offer you mentioned. So far so good, it seems to be beating the Netflix VPN ban successfully. I’ve been using it for Hulu too and also it works well for that.

  • Getflix still issues over proxy error by Netflix I use Apple TV with Netflix Australia, I use getflix vpn still error proxy, Netflix banned? Why? I want watch vpn getflix with Netflix to use regions all countries, but still issues, I tried to join new vpn betternet trial but few days still proxy error block by Netflix , why issues again ?

    • Hi Tanni,

      Thanks for the heads up. We’ve been speaking with Unlocator this morning and you’re correct, they are now blocked. We’ve been told there is a solution in the pipeline but there’s no word on when this will be so for now we’re recommending Unlocator customers use one of the other providers in our list. We’ll post an update if and when Unlocator is working again.



  • We are in Canada and have been using Iron Socket for almost a year. We started getting the Proxy Error on U.S. Netflix this week.

    • IronSocket works to unblock Netflix, depending on your device. However, using Netfix apps on certain devices may not be unblocked, no matter which service you use. It’s best to stream without any application (use a web browser instead) and through a nearby VPN location.

  • Why do you have to be so insulting? Actually, things are changing. Today, there is lots of content on the European Netflix catalogs that isn’t on US Netflix due to US network and cable stations wanting to keep their content in their own “walled gardens” so you have to pay extra. Just a couple examples: Netflix in Denmark has the new “Star Trek: Discovery” series, which in the US is only available on CBS or CBS’s streaming service, as well as programs that in the US are only available on Hulu, like the first four seasons of “The Americans”.

  • The EU one will be one in 2018, all EU content has to be shown to all EU countries in the summer. And the US one doesn’t have all the content, some movies/series you can see in the EU which isn’t shown in the US. So the ablity to visit Netflix in ALL countries wouls really be lucrative.

  • It might come as a surprise to you, but you are delusional…

    Of course the majority of users want the US Netflix that has more and better comtent than the sh**ty european one…

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