The streaming service, Netflix, offers a huge catalog of shows and movies on their platform for their viewers to browse. But what if you were in the mood for a specific film or series that isn’t available to your region? Due to agreements with various studios, not all of Netflix’s content is available in every country. This means your viewing choices are restricted depending on the country you’re streaming the service from–unless, you have a VPN. Some Netflix users have figured out a way around the geo-block by using a VPN to change their settings to another country.
How Can I Change Netflix Region?
If you’re interested in taking advantage of this loophole and changing your Netflix region settings, follow the steps below to trick Netflix into thinking you’re watching in a different country.
Have An Active Netflix Account
Before attempting to view content from another region, you have to be a Netflix subscriber. If you don’t already have a Netflix account, you can sign up for it on the website.
Choose A VPN
There are plenty of reasonably priced VPNs available to web users, and even a couple of free ones. Unfortunately, free VPNs are an impractical choice for streaming movies and shows on Netflix.
Netflix knows that some viewers use a VPN to unlock restricted content on their platform. As a result, the streaming giant has blocked a majority of free (and paid) VPNs from their servers. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely that a free VPN can help you stream content not available to your current location.
Since many popular, paid VPNs are blocked by Netflix as well, it’s important to do your research before selecting one that actually works. The last thing you want is to sign up and pay for a monthly or annual commitment to a VPN provider only to find out that it doesn’t have the capabilities to bypass Netflix’s geo-block. To avoid this, read reviews and testimonials on the VPN provider to ensure they can help you access restricted Netflix content.
Another thing worth considering while choosing your VPN is data allowance. Since you intend to use the service to watch hours of shows and movies, you’re going to use up a lot of data. When researching VPN plans, choose a plan with a large data allowance.
Download And Install The VPN
Once you’ve researched, selected, and subscribed to a reliable VPN provider, download it on the device you’re going to use for streaming. You can stream Netflix from your phone, tablet or computer.
Connect To VPN Server
Open up the VPN and select a VPN server in the region you wish to unlock restricted content from. Once you’re connected to the server, Netflix should think that you’re viewing from that location.
Open Netflix And Enjoy
Now, you can explore the unlocked content on Netflix from that specific region.
How To Officially Change Netflix Region
The steps above technically try to convince Netflix that you traveled to another country, and are attempting to watch Netflix during your travels. Since content is restricted by region, Netflix automatically switches your movie and show choices to what it believes to be your current location.
However, if you’re actually moving to a new country and want to change your Netflix settings, you might have to cancel your account and sign up for a new one. Canceling your account is the only way to change your Netflix plan price to match the country you moved to. Otherwise, Netflix will continue to charge you in the price and currency of the country you originally signed up for the streaming service in.
Since your plan price will change when you officially switch your Netflix to another country, it’s. a good idea to compare monthly plan prices before canceling your account and signing up for a new one. If your current plan is significantly cheaper than the plans offered in your new home country, it might be a better idea to keep your existing plan.
Netflix is a stickler for regional restrictions due to their broadcast agreements. Therefore, you might encounter several obstacles in your quest to view Netflix content from other regions. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but it’s going to require some luck and a lot of patience.
Jenny Williams is a tech writer and editor at Manchester Writing Service. She often writes tips on how to get the most out of your streaming service.
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games