How to change Netflix region to access another country version

Netflix is full of content no matter what age you are. However, if you feel you have watched it all and want to watch shows that aren’t available on Netflix in your country, then there is no such facility from Netflix. You can, however, use a VPN to access Netflix content of another country. VPN allows you to change Netflix region and watch the shows exclusive to other countries. If you don’t know how to use a VPN or how to change Netflix region, then don’t worry, as mentioned below is all the details that you need to know to unblock Netflix with a VPN.

How to change Netflix region unblock Netflix with a VPN

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What are VPNs and are they legal?

Video streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and Sling, don’t offer the same content in every country they operate. This is because of their specific agreements with the media companies in every country. Owing to such agreements, the Netflix content library in some countries is very limited.

Such scenarios primarily result in an urge to bypass Netflix restriction and access content in a different region. You can easily bypass the restrictions if you know how to change Netflix region. The simplest way to do so is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN routes your internet traffic through a server located in the country of your choice.

Thus, it hides your real VPN and replaces it with the one from the country of your choice. Moreover, VPN encrypts your traffic to ensure that no one is able to monitor your activity.

You may now have a question – if using a VPN to change Netflix region or to unblock Netflix with a VPN is legal. Netflix doesn’t want you to access any content that is not available in your country. In fact, the video streaming service has completely forbidden the same in its terms and conditions of usage. Due to this, there is a constant battle between the streaming services and VPN providers.

Despite the battle and Netflix’s restrictions, there are hundreds of VPNs service providers thriving on the internet and hundreds and thousands of users use a VPN service.

Now that you are aware of what VPNs are, the next step is to choose the right VPN for Netflix.

How to choose a right VPN?

There are a few factors that you should look for when selecting a VPN. The first and most important thing to look for is the ability to unblock Netflix. Many VPN service providers are unable to unblock VPN, resulting in the proxy error. To overcome the error, users have to turn off the VPN to watch Netflix. So, you should read the reviews of the VPNs to know if the service is able to unblock Netflix or not.

After satisfying the first requirement, the other factors that you need to look for are speed, security and simplicity. Playing video is a data intensive activity, so you should focus on download speeds and server coverage to avoid stuttering. A high download speed and plenty of servers will ensure a fast connection and uninterrupted viewing.

Talking of privacy and security, the VPN that you select must have a ‘no logs’ policy and good encryption. Another thing to look for is the support for mobile devices. One more crucial thing to look for is that the VPN provider must offer a money-back guarantee. Such a requirement comes useful if things change unfavorably, as is often the case with Netflix.

Once you have selected the VPN based on the above criteria and set it up on your device, you are ready to access Netflix library from anywhere. All you have to now is to change Netflix region to view the shows available on Netflix in other countries.

How to change Netflix region?

To change Netflix region (or unblock Netflix with a VPN) follow the below steps;

  1. Set up a Netflix account if you don’t have one already.
  2. Log into the VPN service that you must have already selected, Download, and installed on your device.
  3. Connect to the server in the country of your choice.
  4. Now, when you visit Netflix, you will automatically be redirected to a site for the country that you selected the server.
  5. Log-in to your Netflix (if you didn’t already) and enjoy the content.

Do keep in mind that Netflix is very strict regarding the use of a VPN for accessing its content. If the streaming service discovers that a specific IP address belongs to a VPN provider, it will block the traffic from that address. If this happens, you will get a proxy error, saying: “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.”

However, if you have chosen a reliable service provider, it will help you with a workaround to give access to Netflix. Some of the best VPNs (for accessing Netflix) based on the user reviews are ExpressVPN, NordVPN, CyberGhost, IPVanish, PrivateVPN, Surfshark, VyprVPN, and SaferVPN.

You can also refer to the video below for more clarity.



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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com