If you travel outside of the U.S., you may notice that certain streaming services like Netflix don’t allow you to watch programs while you are in another country. The easiest way to get around this is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN encrypts your internet traffic and protects your online identity, which means it can shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi connections. It also allows you to access certain websites that may block you based on your IP address, which is what we are using it for here. Here are the steps to be able to watch Netflix while you are in another country.
- Download a VPN on your device.
There are plenty of VPN services you can use, but I recommend NordVPN or CyberGhost. For this guide, we will walk through setting up with NordVPN on an iPhone (follow the same procedures for setting up on your iPad). Go to the app store, search NordVPN, install it and sign up for the 7-day free trial.
- Open up your VPN app and select a location from the U.S.
Once you open up the app, you should see a list of countries. Select “United States”.
Now select any city within the United States or just hit “Quick Connect” and it will automatically chose one for you.
Once you have connected, you will see green at the top of the app along with the message, “Connected to United States #____”.
- Open up the Netflix app and watch what you want
Now that you are connected to a VPN, you should now be able to watch what you want on Netflix (or DirecTV, Hulu, etc.). If you find you still can’t, try closing the Netflix app and re-opening it. If you are still unable to connect, try switching to a different city in your VPN from step #2 and then try again. Sometimes certain connections will get blocked so trying another connection may do the trick.
Happy binge watching!