Netflix truly has an enormous catalog of content to stream. However, there are Netflix movies and shows that aren’t available everywhere due to streaming rights. So, if you’re bored watching the content available in your home country and want to try out different shows, you can trick Netflix into thinking that you’re somewhere else. So, if you’re in India and want to watch a show exclusively available in Netflix US, or something similar, here is how to change Netflix region (location) easily.
How to Change Netflix Region to Another Country (2022)
If you’re travelling to a new country or have permanently relocated, Netflix will automatically switch to your new location and show you content accordingly. However, in this article we will talk about how you can access a different country’s Netflix content without actually having to go there. We will also take a quick look at what happens when you change your region on Netflix.
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How to Change Netflix Region using a VPN
A VPN is a reliable source to change your Netflix region on various devices like smartphones, laptops, smart TV, Xbox, and more. However, you have to be very careful while choosing a suitable VPN because you won’t be able to watch your preferred shows if Netflix detects a proxy setting. Therefore, your VPN should be able to bypass Netflix’s security. I am using NordVPN for demonstration purposes since it is available for almost every household device. You can read our detailed guide on VPNs like NordVPN to choose which one suits your needs better.
NordVPN is available for PC, Mac, iOS, Android devices, smart TVs, Firestick, Chromecast, PlayStation, and many other devices. Therefore, you will be able to stream Netflix using a different country server on any device of your choice. After finalizing your VPN service, change the Netflix region to access better content using the following method.
Firstly, clear all Netflix app data on your phone, computer, TV, or browser. Otherwise, Netflix can detect the proxy settings, and you won’t be able to use VPN to access specific content. I recommend using a secondary browser like Edge or Opera to watch Netflix while using a VPN. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing important bookmarks or saved sites while clearing the app data. If you can’t find a setting to remove app data, consider uninstalling the app and reinstalling it later. Now, follow the steps to connect to a new country to watch Netflix.
Change Netflix Region using a VPN
Note: Netflix frowns upon users changing their region using VPNs. Though it usually doesn’t strike down on such things, Netflix could block your account if you change your Netflix region using a VPN. Try this at your own risk.
- Open your VPN app and search for the country of your choice.
- Now, click on the country name to connect to it.
- Now, open a secondary browser. I am using Microsoft Edge. It’s better to install it freshly; otherwise, clear all data on the browser before proceeding. Open the Netflix website on the browser and Log in to browse your preferred content.
You can notice that the version of Netflix you are seeing now is specific to the country you chose in the VPN. For instance, I watched Beastmaster Italia. The title is only available in Italy. However, connecting via Italy using a VPN helped me watch the show.
Note: Though NordVPN has been working perfectly fine for us in our testing, if you’re encountering issues with changing Netflix region using Nord VPN, you can try NordVPN alternatives such as ExpressVPN, Surfshark, PIA, etc. However, we haven’t tested these VPNs for compatibility with Netflix.
How to Use VPN for Netflix Smartly
Changing regions on Netflix requires you to invest in a quality VPN. So, before buying a new VPN, you must understand the hidden perks of using it and how you can churn out the most benefits from the combination of a VPN and Netflix.
Before choosing a country in VPN to watch shows, consider searching for the movie or show you want to watch on unogs.com. The website shows if a title is available on Netflix or not. If yes, it also shows the list of countries streaming the title on Netflix. Therefore, you can wisely choose which country you should use to connect your VPN. For instance, let’s say you want to watch Batman The Dark Knight, search for it on uNoGS. Here is the result. The Dark Knight is available in 13 countries as shown in the image below.
You can use the various filters for advanced search as well. For example, you can filter the result by VPN to know which country server works best with your VPN to watch the show. Other advanced search options allow you to search using a specific country, genre, audio and subtitle language, actors in the movie, and more.
Another way to benefit from using a VPN to your advantage is to subscribe from a new country with affordable subscription plans. Here is a list of Netflix prices in different countries. Wait for your subscription to end and resubscribe using a new country to enjoy the discount prices.
What Happens When you Change Netflix Region
Netflix might detect a change in your region for various reasons. For instance, you might be traveling to a foreign country or using a VPN for better security. Unless it’s a reliable VPN able to bypass the Netflix security, you will only see global content on Netflix. After detecting a proxy location, Netflix blocks every country-specific title. However, it is not the case when you are visiting another country. Here are some changes you might observe on your Netflix account when you log in from a different country.
- Available titles in your previous country might not be available now.
- New shows and movies are available to watch.
- According to the new region, the top picked and popular title list is changed.
- My list and Continue watching titles might get affected.
- Your default audio and subtitle language might change depending on the country.
- Downloaded content on your phone or laptop might not be available when you are in a different country.
- Every country has its maturity rating system. Therefore, a show considered adult in your country might also be available for teenagers in a different region.
It is worth noting that if you are visiting a new country for a more extended period, your Netflix plan will continue charging you in the currency associated with the country you were in when creating the account. Therefore, you should consider canceling your Netflix subscription and wait for your billing cycle to end before starting a new plan. Then, you will pay for the subscription using the current country’s currency. The trick is helpful to save money on a Netflix subscription.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to change the Netflix region on a smart TV?
You can quickly change your Netflix region on a smart TV using a reliable VPN. I recommend using NordVPN for its quality service and multi-platform availability.
How to change the Netflix region without a VPN?
Unfortunately, you can’t really change your Netflix region without a VPN. While you can use a DNS proxy, it won’t be able to bypass Netflix’s security. Therefore, you will end up having fewer titles to watch — ones that are available globally on Netflix.
Is it legal to change my Netflix region?
Yes, changing your location using a VPN is legal in most countries. Some countries like China make it hard to use a VPN, but it’s still legal. However, Netflix suggests against using a VPN since it violates their terms and conditions.
Changing Region on Netflix
Netflix hosts some great shows and movies for global audiences. The streaming service is present in over 190 countries, with various titles available for specific countries. Usually, only the Netflix originals are available for global audiences. However, you can access any content on Netflix if you change your Netflix region using a VPN. While we used NordVPN in this guide, you can choose other VPN providers as well, such as ExpressVPN, SurfShark, and others. Meanwhile, use the uNoGS website to see if your favorite title is available in a specific country. I hope you enjoyed the article and found the methods useful. Feel free to comment down any query related to the topic.