June 29, 2019
Netflix is the most popular streaming platform in the world, but did you know that if you're based in the USA, you're only getting a tiny portion of the full Netflix library of titles?
This is because Netflix have different movies and tv shows available for different locations - so people in the USA see different movies and tv shows than people in the UK, and people in France will see different movies and tv shows than people in Argentina will see, etc.
So if you're a USA Netflix subscriber and you want to continue watching your new favorite tv show when you're on holiday in Spain, what will happen when you try to access Netflix in Spain is that you'll suddenly be met with the Spanish version of Netflix, and your tv show is no longer on there - oh no!
So how can you watch your normal Netflix in other countries to bypass this issue? We're going to give you 5 different options you can use:
Using a VPN (Best Method)
Using a VPN is by far the easiest and best method to watch Netflix from other countries. The way that a VPN helps you achieve this is by allowing you to connect to servers in different countries - what this does is it changes your IP address to one of whatever country you've connected to, so when you visit the Netflix website you're redirected to the Netflix of that country. So for example, if you connect to a server in Argentina then visit then Netflix website, you'll be redirected to the Argentinian Netflix and be able to access all of the titles in the Argentinian Netflix library. Pretty awesome right?! Anyway, just to be really clear here is the exact step by step process you'll need to follow if you want to watch Netflix from other countries using a free VPN:
- First, get yourself a good VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN, because you get 30 days free. You can cancel before the 30 days is up and get your money back if you're just changing your location during a holiday or something.
- Next, change your location to whatever location you want to access. If you're from the USA and you're wanting to access your usual Netflix library, then you'll need to connect to a USA based server.
- Next, visit the Netflix website and you should be redirected to the USA version of Netflix. Double check this by looking for the show or movie that you'd usually watch when you're back home. If you notice any buffering issues with the streaming then simply connect to a different USA based server (ExpressVPN have loads of options)
- And that's it! It is literally that simple to watch Netflix from other countries when you're abroad with a VPN.
Don't want to use ExpressVPN to watch Netflix from other countries? Here are a few other options you can try:
NordVPN are one of the most popular VPN providers in the world, and offer a great 30 days money back guarantee to every customer (including Netflix users). This makes them a great choice for anyone who wants to watch Netflix from other countries, because within the 30 day period you could easily watch all of the Netflix you want then cancel before you get charged. This would be especially useful if you wanted to watch Netflix during a holiday or business trip abroad. Give them a shot!
PureVPN offer 31 days free, so an extra day than the other 2 VPN providers we've included in this list, plus they have loads of servers across loads of countries, so regardless of where you want to watch Netflix from in the world it's likely that PureVPN will have an option. We also generally like the customer service that PureVPN provide, so that's an extra bonus if you're trying to watch Netflix abroad using a VPN and need some help from their team.
A proxy server is very similar to a VPN, but rather than offering you completely encrypted internet traffic and lots of different IP addresses/servers to connect to, it's a singular server giving you a singular IP address. The main issue with this is that Netflix are quite good at detecting IP addresses that are associated with proxy servers, so it's likely that you won't be able to access the platform through a singular proxy server. So rather than recommend this method, I'd always recommend a VPN as you'll be able to choose from a few different IP addresses and servers, improving the chances of being able to connect to Netflix when you're in other countries.
VPN browser extensions
There are a number of VPN browser extensions - you might have heard of things like Hola, an extension that can be used with browsers like Chrome and Firefox. It's also free, which has drawbacks. The main drawback would be that a lot of these extensions are blacklisted by Netflix, preventing you from accessing it when using the extension in other countries. Also, you're sharing bandwith with all of the other people using the extension. So if you want to watch Netflix in other countries, this method could work for you, however expect it to be slow and unpredictable.
Hopefully you now have enough information to be able to watch Netflix from other countries. As always, if you have any questions then you can drop a comment or even email us. Happy streaming!