UnoTelly not working with Netflix? Try this workaround

Published by on November 17, 2017 in VPN & Privacy

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UnoTelly is a smart DNS and VPN provider with an emphasis on privacy and security. In the past, subscribers could use UnoTelly’s services to unblock other country’s Netflix catalogs, such as Netflix US. That all changed shortly after Netflix went global and started cracking down on proxy users. Many VPN and DNS proxy providers, including UnoTelly, were blacklisted by Netflix so users could no longer watch while connected to UnoTelly servers.

Today UnoTelly markets itself solely as a privacy service, stating on the home page of its website, “UnoTelly should only be used for privacy protection purpose only. Any other usage is not permitted.” That means it can’t be used to unblock Netflix nor many other streaming sites that ban VPN traffic. If you attempt to watch Netflix while connected to UnoTelly, you will encounter the following error message:

“Whoops, something went wrong… Proxy detected. You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

Thankfully, not all VPN provider gave into Netflix’s new rules so easily. A handful are able to consistently bypass the Netflix proxy error, at least for US Netflix, which has the most in-demand content.

In this article, we’ll show you which VPNs still unblock Netflix US and how to use them.

1. ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN unblocks Netflix US, UK, and Canada. It’s not immediately clear which servers to use as the company doesn’t openly advertise its capabilities so as not to draw undue attention. Subscribers will need to send a message to the 24/7 live chat support on the ExpressVPN website to ask which servers currently unblock Netflix. You might be required to provide some proof that you’re a normal subscriber and not a shill for Netflix, such as the last server you connected to and your account username.

ExpressVPN also unblocks the Netflix app if you like to watch on Android or iOS. If you prefer to watch on a device that doesn’t support VPNs, you can opt to use the provider’s MediaStreamer DNS proxy service or a wifi router flashed with ExpressVPN’s custom firmware. This is ideal for devices like Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and Roku.

ExpressVPN offers great speeds for minimal buffering time and high definition video. You’ll also get best-in-class security including 256-bit AES encryption, perfect forward secrecy, and a strict no-logs policy. The service also unblocks Hulu, BBC iPlayer, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime Video.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and certain wifi routers.

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Read our full ExpressVPN review.

2. NordVPN

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NordVPN unblocks Netflix US, UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Italy, India, Netherlands, and Germany. For American Netflix, you can just look up which servers to connect to on the NordVPN knowledge base website. For other countries, ping the provider’s live chat support or submit a ticket.

With NordVPN, you can unblock both Netflix in a browser and the Netflix app for iOS and Android. Pre-flashed routers are for sale with all of NordVPN’s servers already configured via Flashrouters, or, if you have the hardware, set up NordVPN on your own wifi router to use it with devices like game consoles and streaming media boxes.

NordVPN operates over 1,100 servers across the globe in some 60 countries. It utilizes uncrackable encryption and adheres to a strict zero-logs policy. Speeds are sufficient for HD streaming without buffering. NordVPN users can also unblock Hulu, BBC iPlayer, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime video, among others.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. You can connect up to six devices at the same time, making it a great bargain for households with multiple users.

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Read our full NordVPN review.

3. VyprVPN


VyprVPN took a brief hiatus from Netflix after the streaming giant’s global rollout, but it’s now once again able to unblock the site. That means seamless HD streams on a web browser, but not when using the Netflix app for smartphones and tablets. So far as we’ve tested, it only works with Netflix US, but that’s probably what you’re after, anyway.

Like NordVPN, you can purchase a pre-configured router with all of VyprVPN’s servers already set up, or set them up yourself on a router with compatible firmware. This will allow you to connect devices that don’t have native support for VPNs.

VyprVPN offers great speeds and hardened security to keep you streaming with quality and privacy. It owns and operates its own network of over 700 servers across the globe. It’s particularly well suited for users in China, where it’s been able to bypass the Great Firewall censorship system for some years. Note, however, that VyprVPN does log users’ real IP addresses, which might be a privacy concern for some users.

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

Read our full VyprVPN review.

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4. PrivateVPN

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PrivateVPN is a relative newcomer to the VPN space, but that hasn’t stopped it from outperforming most of its competition. When it comes to unblocking streaming services, PrivateVPN plays in the big leagues. It bypasses Netflix’s restrictions in every country we’ve tested it in, including the US. It also unblocks Hulu, HBO Go, and Prime Video among others. It even unblocks the mobile apps for both Hulu and Netflix. We recommend contacting the live chat support, available during business hours, to ask which servers currently work with Netflix.

PrivateVPN also shines on the security and privacy side, featuring a no-logs policy and strong encryption. Servers were plenty fast enough to handle HD streaming with no buffering.

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

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Read our full PrivateVPN review.

5. HideMyAss

HideMyAss now unblocks Netflix on both desktop and mobile. We advise you to ask customer support which server to use to avoid the tedium of trial and error. Speeds are fast enough to handle high definition video without buffering.

HideMyAss has caught a lot of flack in the past few years after a couple incidents where information that it logged on its servers led to the arrest of its users. But now the company is under new management and looking to repair its public image. It states that it stores no activity logs, but it does make a note of your IP address, which might be a concern for some users.

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

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Read our full HideMyAss review.

I have a VPN. Now what?

Once you’ve signed up and paid for one of the VPN services above, you can start streaming US Netflix by following these instructions:

  1. Download and install the VPN app for the device of your choice
  2. Log into the app
  3. Contact your provider’s customer support if necessary to ask which server works with Netflix US
  4. In the VPN app, find the list of servers and connect to the one that unblocks Netflix
  5. Once the connection is established, go to Netflix and start watching!

Netflix still not working? Try this…

Depending on your VPN and device, you might still encounter the Netflix proxy error even if you’re using one of the recommended VPNs above. There could be several reasons for this. Go through this troubleshooting checklist to get things working:

  1. Turn off GPS and any other location services on your computer, smartphone, or browser. If you’ve given Netflix permission to view your location in the past, you’ll need to toggle this off in your browser settings.
  2. Clear your browser’s cookies, cache, and temp files. Check out our tutorials on how to clear cache and cookies on most types of devices.
  3. Disable IPv6. This is particularly useful for Windows 10 users, who can turn off IPv6 in your Wifi Properties within the Network Manager. Afterward, you may need to restart your device.
  4. Flush the DNS cache. In Windows, run Command Prompt in Administrator mode and type in: ipconfig /flushdns
  5. Log out of any Google accounts, including the one on Chrome browser if you use it. Google caches IP addresses, which can reveal your actual location.
  6. Change your device’s time zone to the country’s in which you’re trying to access Netflix. Spain has two time zones: UTC+0 and UTC+1.
  7. If you are connected to a wifi network and have access to the router, rename the wifi network (SSID). Append “nomap” at the end (no quotes). For example: “comparitechnomap”. This will opt your wifi network out of Google’s geolocation services. You will need to reconnect your device to the new network in order to regain internet access.

Can I use a free VPN to watch Netflix?

No, it’s very unlikely that you’ll find a free VPN that can bypass Netflix’s ban. Circumventing Netflix’s firewall requires a degree of overhead and resources that free VPNs just don’t have. It’s a constant fight to keep working servers up, and free VPNs do not have the means.

At any rate, free VPNs tend to by dodgy and we routinely recommend avoiding them. They often make money by mining their users’ browsing data, inserting ads onto web pages, and/or injecting tracking cookies into users’ web browsers. Free VPNs also tend to have a very limited selection of congested servers that are too slow and unreliable to stream video well.

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