Does NordVPN work with Netflix?

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If you’re wondering if NordVPN works with Netflix, you probably know that Netflix content varies by geographic region. For example, accessing your Netflix account in the US will give you a different range of shows and movies than accessing it in the UK.

This is for licensing reasons, but can be frustrating if you’re traveling overseas. What if you want to watch a show that isn’t available in the country you’re visiting?

See also: A step-by-step guide to using a VPN

You might also suspect that a VPN might be a solution, as it can be used to spoof your location. Netflix is ​​one of the best in the business at blocking access via VPN, but NordVPN is also a leader in its industry. This makes Netflix vs. Nord a heavyweight matchup.

Let’s see if it works, if it’s allowed, and how you can make it happen.

Does NordVPN work with Netflix?

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Yes. Or at least most NordVPN servers do. Although Netflix’s VPN detection measures manage to blacklist the IP addresses of certain servers, it is possible to access Netflix libraries in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and all other regions using North.

It doesn’t just work on the browser either. You can use NordVPN on mobile to access Netflix through iOS and Android apps.

See also: Best VPNs for Netflix

It should be noted that using a VPN slows down your connection speed, which may impact Netflix streaming. But being a top VPN, Nord’s servers have excellent connection speeds, so it’s unlikely to impact your Netflix viewing unless you’re already on a slow internet connection.

Netflix is ​​constantly updating its VPN detection capabilities, so there may come a time when NordVPN doesn’t work as well with Netflix. But you’re good for now.

Do free VPNs work with Netflix?

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You’re very unlikely to find a free VPN that gives you consistent and efficient access to Netflix. There are several reasons for this.

As we have established, Netflix is ​​very good at identifying and blocking VPN server IP addresses. Some of the best VPNs like Nord and ExpressVPN have enough servers to evade full detection. However, most VPNs are blocked, especially free ones.

Read more: The Best Free VPN Providers

If you’re lucky enough to find a server on a free VPN that can access Netflix, chances are it’s too slow for efficient streaming. VPN speeds are heavily affected by the number of users trying to access the servers. Not only do free VPNs have large user numbers, but the few servers that Netflix might escape detection are likely to be very oversubscribed.

In addition to these issues, free VPNs often limit you to a limited data allowance before asking you to upgrade to a paid service. It could be as little as 100MB, which you would burn through very quickly while streaming Netflix content.

All of these factors come together to make streaming Netflix over a free VPN relatively difficult.

Does Netflix Allow VPNs?

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It might surprise you to learn that Netflix allows the use of VPNs, up to a point. Despite the measures to prevent it, the Netflix Help Center states that “you can use a VPN with Netflix on the basic, standard, or premium plans.” This makes sense, because you might be using a VPN in your home country. VPNs have several great benefits, such as anonymizing your location and encrypting your data. My VPN is rarely disabled and I like to maintain this security while streaming.

Netflix allows the use of VPNs, up to a point.

Things get murkier when you access your home country’s Netflix library from abroad. Part 4.3 of the Netflix Terms of Service states that “You may access Netflix content primarily in the country in which you established your account and only in geographic areas where we offer your subscription plan and have authorized such content” . So if you’re accessing content from overseas that isn’t licensed where you are, you could technically be in breach of these terms.

Morally, you might feel fine accessing content from your home country that you’re already paying for, but those are the rules.

See also: The Best Android VPN Apps

Using a VPN from your home country to access Netflix libraries from other regions is a more flagrant violation of the terms. This would likely be considered an attempt to access content that is not licensed in your home country, and subscription costs also differ by region. This is why Netflix goes to such lengths to detect and prevent VPN usage.

Can I get in trouble?

If you are caught violating Netflix’s Terms of Service, your account may be terminated. That said, we haven’t seen any evidence of this happening. Netflix has a duty to make such threats, but it would be difficult to establish whether it was the user’s intention to unblock the content. You might not even realize you’re on a VPN. Whatever the reason, Netflix would rather block VPNs than punish their use.

It should also be clarified that there is nothing illegal about using a VPN to access Netflix. It’s not equivalent to downloading pirated movies — you’re using the VPN to access a service you’ve already subscribed to. It would only be illegal if you are in a country where the use of VPNs is inherently prohibited.

How to Use NordVPN with Netflix

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Since Netflix automatically detects the IP address used to access it, the steps to get NordVPN working with Netflix are very simple. All you need to do is open your Netflix account with the VPN enabled.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the NordVPN website and subscribe to one of the packages.
  2. Download the NordVPN app for the device you want to use it on. It can be Windows, macOS, iOS, Android or another operating system.
  3. Choose a server from where you are trying to access the Netflix library and enable VPN.
  4. Log in to your Netflix account and you should automatically see Netflix content from the server location.
  5. If you get an error message that you are using an unblocker, disconnect the VPN and connect to another server same place and try again.

It’s that simple. If we hear of any changes to Netflix’s Terms of Service regarding VPNs or NordVPN’s effectiveness in accessing Netflix, we’ll let you know.

Read more: How to Set Up a VPN on Android, Windows, and Other Platforms