How to watch Netflix USA from Australia

Published by on November 7, 2018 in VPN & Privacy

Are you looking to watch Netflix US from Australia? We’ll show you how do this with a VPN and the best VPNs for the job (not all will work).

How to watch US Netflix from Australia

Australian Netflix subscribers have access to fewer TV shows and movies than their American counterparts. Although Netflix has expanded its Australian catalog over the past few years, it is still inferior to the American version when it comes to content.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In this article, we’ll show you how to unblock US Netflix from Australia. You’ll need a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. A VPN encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through a middleman server in a location of your choosing. By connecting to a VPN server in the US, Netflix will think that’s where you are, and you can access the full range of TV shows and movies available in the US.

Not all VPNs will work, though. Netflix has caught on to VPN users and now blocks most connections from VPN servers, resulting in the following error message:

“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.”

Only a few VPNs can get around the firewall reliably. Below, we’ve listed five of the best VPNs to unblock US Netflix from Australia or anywhere else in the world. Once you’ve signed up for one of these VPNs, all you need to do is:

  1. Download and install the VPN app.
  2. Choose a Netflix VPN server in the US.
  3. Connect to the server.
  4. Start watching US Netflix.

Note that not all the US servers from a particular provider will work with Netflix, so you may need to contact customer support to ask which server or location to use. All of the VPNs we recommend come with live chat customer support.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN Netflix

ExpressVPN operates several servers in the US that can unblock Netflix. Just ask the live chat support which server to use, and you’ll be up and running within minutes. ExpressVPN ensures you’ll have the necessary bandwidth to stream video in high quality with minimal buffering. In total, it operates more than 2,000 servers in 94 countries.

Besides Netflix, ExpressVPN unblocks BBC iPlayer, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon Prime Video. It comes with best-in-class security, including a kill switch and robust leak prevention. The company stores no identifying logs of what you do online.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Linux, and certain wifi routers. You may connect up to three devices at the same time.

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Read our full ExpressVPN review.

2. NordVPN

NordVPN Netflix

NordVPN operates more than 5,000 servers worldwide, so it’s sure to have one that can unblock Netflix from Australia. Just use the knowledge base on the NordVPN website to look up which servers currently work with Netflix US. Other country’s Netflix libraries are listed as well, and you can also unblock Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer, among others.

Subscribers avail of great security, a strict zero-logs policy, and enough bandwidth to stream Netflix in high quality. Security measures include a kill switch and leak prevention.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Linux. You may connect up to six devices simultaneously.

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Read our full NordVPN review.

3. IPVanish

IPVanish fastest

IPVanish is the fastest VPN we’ve tested, and it recently regained the ability to unblock US Netflix. If you want the highest quality video possible, this is the VPN for you. IPVanish isn’t as adept at unblocking streaming channels other than Netflix, but if that’s all you’re after, then give it a go.

IPVanish boasts uncrackable encryption, a no-logs policy, a kill switch, and leak protection. All that adds up to strong security you can rely upon.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. You can connect up to 10 devices at a time, making IPVanish a bargain for a family or group of housemates.

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4. CyberGhost

Cyberghost Netflix USA

CyberGhost makes it easier than ever to unblock US Netflix from Australia. Instead of choosing a server location and hoping for the best, you can just select Netflix from a list of unblock-able streaming channels. Others include Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer.

CyberGhost scored a perfect score in our annual privacy and security assessment, so you can feel safe knowing your data won’t be visible to anyone but you. Speeds are great and there’s plenty of bandwidth to keep you binging high quality video late into the night.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. You can connect up to seven devices at the same time.

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5. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN Netflix page.

PrivateVPN is the newest provider on this list, but don’t let that dissuade you. Ever since it launched, it’s unblocked nearly every geo-locked stream we’ve thrown at it. That includes US Netflix, of course, along with BBC iPlayer and Hulu. PrivateVPN also performed well in our speed tests, so you can stream higher quality video with less buffering.

PrivateVPN meets all of our privacy and security standards. Servers that unblock Netflix US are clearly labeled in the app, so you won’t need to ask customer service which one to use. Live support is available should you encounter any issues, though.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. You may connect up to six devices simultaneously.

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Read our full PrivateVPN review.

Can I use a free VPN to unblock Netflix?

Probably not. Most free VPNs just can’t unblock Netflix. You might get lucky and find one that does, but Netflix routinely blocks VPN servers, so it won’t last long. Paid providers have the resources to stay one step ahead.

Free VPNs are heavily limited. Due to server congestion or bandwidth restrictions, they’re too slow to stream high quality video. You may encounter data caps or waiting queues, which can seriously disrupt your streams.

Finally, free VPNs can end up harming, rather than helping, your privacy. To make money, many of them track your online activity and sell your personal data to third party advertisers. Some VPN apps even carry malware payloads, so steer clear.

Netflix AU vs Netflix US

Australian Netflix has a total of 4,493 titles, according to JustWatch.

  • 3,343 movies
  • 1,150 TV series

US Netflix has a total of 5,097 titles:

  • 3,872 movies
  • 1,225 TV series

Titles you can get on US Netflix that are not available on Australian Netflix include:

Netflix is slightly cheaper in Australia, where the base tier starts out at AU$8.99 (US$6.47). In the US, the same tier costs US$7.99.

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