How to Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to Watch Netflix from Outside the U.S.

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Photo: JOCA_PH (Shutterstock) – VPNs allow you to remain anonymous when surfing the web and may help you bypass regional restrictions on streaming services such as Netflix. VPNs are a critical digital security tool for political activists, journalists, and security researchers, but they’re also becoming increasingly popular among general internet users, thanks to the increased privacy they provide—as well as the ability to access content that is only available in certain regions.

What is the procedure for using a VPN?

If you’re absolutely new to the world of virtual private networks (VPNs), the fundamental principle is as follows: VPNs protect your personally identifiable information, such as your IP address, location, and internet browsing statistics, from being tracked by anybody who wants to know who you are online. This includes your internet service provider, advertising, websites, governments, and even other private users who are connected to the same networks as you are. A virtual private network (VPN) routes your connection via proxy servers in other countries to conceal your real location, and it is through these proxy connections that you may fool websites and streaming applications into believing you are in a different part of the globe.

Is it possible to use a VPN to access material that is restricted to a certain region?

Setting up a virtual private network (VPN) to access international Netflix (or Hulu, YouTube, and other streaming services) is really simple—as long as using a VPN is permitted in your region. Even though virtual private networks (VPNs) are lawful in the United States, you should verify your local legislation if you reside somewhere else or want to travel.

What kind of virtual private network (VPN) should I use to access international Netflix?

After getting the legal disclaimer out of the way, the next step is to choose a reliable virtual private network (VPN). There are several virtual private networks (VPNs) available, and some are better (and more trustworthy) than others. While streaming region-locked material may be the primary reason you’re using a VPN, you just need to make sure your VPN meets two criteria: it must be fast and it must be reliable.

  • It is a no-log VPN, which means that it does not keep any connection data or personal information about the user.
  • The ability to choose proxy servers in the nation or area where the material you wish to access is located.

The majority of popular premium VPN services, such as NordVPN and Surfshark, meet or exceed the aforementioned requirements and are suitable for simple tasks such as watching Japanese Netflix. In the event that you want more stringent privacy, I recommend Mullvad VPN, which is open source, saves significantly less information than most other VPNs, and has servers in 38 different locations. Whatever you do, I strongly advise you to stay away from “free” VPNs since the vast majority of them are insecure and leak your data, are cluttered with advertisements, or are outright bogus apps that will infect your devices with malware.

The only thing left to do is choose your proxy location after you’ve installed a reputable VPN on your computer or mobile device. The procedures to do this may vary depending on the VPN software you use, but most of them will provide the choice when you login. Once you’ve established a connection with the proxy server, all you have to do is open the streaming website you want to view and you’ll be ready to go.