How to watch U.S. Netflix with a VPN
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Get the fastest speeds for Netflix streaming
The ExpressVPN apps for Windows and Mac feature the Speed Test, which checks the latency and download speed of each VPN server location and ranks them by speed index.
To find the fastest VPN server location for Netflix streaming, run the Speed Test while disconnected from the VPN, then choose the U.S. server location with the highest speed index.
Different download speeds when connected to a VPN can result in different Netflix video qualities.
Here are Netflix’s speed recommendations:
Normal quality (less than 480p)
SD quality (480p or better)
HD quality (720p or better)
Ultra HD quality (1080p or better)
FAQ: How to watch Netflix on a VPN
Do I need a VPN for Netflix?
A VPN could help you watch Netflix if…
Your internet service provider has been throttling your streaming traffic
You want to keep your Netflix activity private
Of course, the same goes for watching any other streaming service. If you’re streaming on a public Wi-Fi network in particular, a VPN encrypts your connection to protect all your communications and activity, so you can browse, stream, and shop privately and securely. And ExpressVPN offers simultaneous protection for up to five devices at one time to keep you protected both at home and on the go. In short, a VPN for Netflix is never a bad idea!
Read more about the top 5 benefits of using ExpressVPN.
How do I use a VPN with Netflix?
Using a VPN with Netflix shields your traffic in an encrypted tunnel, which can result in faster download speeds and a faster streaming experience if your internet provider or local network has been known to throttle streaming services.
Netflix works best when you’re connected to the server location closest to your geographic location. If you’re connected to your desired location and still having difficulty, contact ExpressVPN Support.
What else can I do with Netflix? Is it true Netflix has secret codes?
Using a VPN is the best way to expand your Netflix experience, but it isn’t the only one. There are actually Netflix secret codes that provide handy shortcuts to popular genres like Comedy or Action. These also enable movie buffs to dive deeper into sub-genres ranging from the basic (Teen Comedies, Sports Comedies, or Political Comedies) to the crazy-specific (who’s in the mood for Deep Sea Horror, Belly Dancing, or Independent Coming-of-Age-Dramas-Based-on-Books movies?).
Netflix secret codes are easiest to access using your computer’s web browser, but there is also a way to peruse sub-genres with the Netflix app. Check out our handy guide to using Netflix secret codes (and the full list of them).
On what devices can I watch Netflix?
You can watch Netflix in the following ways:
Does ExpressVPN work with Netflix?
How many countries is Netflix available in?
Can I use free DNS codes or proxies for Netflix?
Probably not a good idea. Free DNS codes found on the internet often don’t work, and they might send your traffic to a server that could log your data and expose you to attacks. Proxy servers, meanwhile, are slow, unsecure and prone to interrupted connections. When it comes to Netflix, you’re much better off a VPN, which works reliably for streaming.
Unblock Netflix throttling by ISPs
As video streaming services like Netflix have gotten more popular, some internet service providers (ISPs) have started inspecting data packets and intentionally restricting customers’ bandwidth if they see Netflix traffic.
A VPN solves this problem by shielding your traffic in an encrypted tunnel. ISPs can’t read your traffic, so they can’t discriminate based on content. The result is faster download speeds and no buffering.
Why use ExpressVPN?
Download as much as you want, without your ISP or VPN capping certain kinds of traffic.
Get ultra-fast speeds for better video quality. Run the VPN Speed Test and see for yourself.
Servers all over the world
ExpressVPN users can connect to 160 server locations in 94 countries and counting, including:
Watch American Netflix with ExpressVPN risk-free
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