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Can you still use a VPN with Netflix?

Or does the streaming giant block them completely?

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Quick Answer: Yes, you can use a VPN with Netflix, but you might have a limited selection of shows and movies.

Netflix’s licensing rights aren’t always global, so content changes from region to region. VPNs can change your location, but does that work with Netflix?

Using a VPN, you can simulate an IP address from another country. In theory, you could use this to tell Netflix you are in a different country.

So how does Netflix feel about you doing this? Will a VPN even work with Netflix? We’ll answer those questions down below.

Will your VPN work with Netflix?

Short answer: Yes, but it might not work as expected

Technically, there isn’t anything in Netflix’s terms of use that say you can’t use a VPN when using the streaming platform.

In fact, the company’s FAQ page confirms that it allows people to use a VPN when streaming. But you will typically only have access to global content.

Netflix is constantly working to stop VPNs from being able to stream regional content to make sure its licensing agreements remain intact.

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VPN companies try to work around the constant blocks. But the streaming giant generally stays ahead of most VPNs, and you’ll only see non-region-locked content when using one.

What are the best VPNs for Netflix?

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As we’ve outlined above, VPNs on Netflix often don’t work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try trusted options.

ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and Surfshark are solid VPNs stuffed with features to help you stay secure while using your computer.

Just keep in mind that the platform will likely be working against you (and the VPN companies).

You might have to find alternate solutions

Ultimately, you might have to look elsewhere if you are looking for a specific show or movie. Another streaming service might have it. Or you could rent it from somewhere like Amazon Prime Video.

Hopefully, this quick explainer broke down everything you need to know about using a VPN with Netflix. We’ll continue to up this if the streaming giant ever changes its stance.

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