Best VPNs for Netflix (that REALLY still work in November 2020)

Despite what you may have heard, it is still possible to unblock US Netflix from any country with high speed and reliability in 2020.

I will show you step-by-step instructions to easily bypass Netflix “VPN bans” and “proxy errors” with a VPN that still works for Netflix.

The top 3 Netflix VPNs were last tested and confirmed working for US Netflix on:

November 24, 2020

ExpressVPN

#1 Top
Recommendation

VyprVPN

#2 Top
Recommendation

NordVPN

#3 Top
Recommendation

Monthly Price
(paid monthly) 
$12.95 $12.95 $11.95
Monthly Price
(paid annually) 
$8.32
$6.67
(claim discount)
 $6.67$6.99
Special
Discount
+3 months free50% off first monthBlack Friday Deal
 VPNYesYesYes
 Smart DNSYesNoNo
USA NetflixYesYesYes
Other Netflix
Regions
Canada
UK 
Hong Kong
Taiwan
No Canada
UK
Netherlands
Japan
 Netflix VPN
Streaming Speed
5 / 54.5 / 53.5 / 5
US Netflix
Reliability 
5 / 54 / 54 / 5
 Quality of
Apps
5 / 54 / 53 / 5
Free Trial or
Money Back
Guarantee
5 / 5
30 day no-hassle
money back guarantee
4 / 5
30 day money
back guarantee
4.5 / 5
30 day money
back guarantee

Special Note about China

This page is written for an international audience. The VPNs listed on this page might night work very well in China. If you looking for a VPN that works in China for Netflix, please visit this page instead.

How to watch Netflix in China

Netflix VPN ban and the Netflix proxy error

In September 2014, Netflix starting actively blocking VPN access to their service after being pressured to do so by the major film studios and content producers. This is because the rights to TV shows and movies are sold on a per-region basis. The copyright holders don’t want people streaming their content on Netflix in regions where they did not sell the rights to Netflix to show it.

The proxy error (aka streaming error) is what you will see after trying to load a TV show or movie when Netflix detects that you are using a proxy or VPN.

Screenshot of the Netflix proxy error

How to bypass the Netflix VPN ban and proxy error

Netflix cannot block 100% of VPN servers, it is simply not possible. As they try their best to block known VPN server IP addresses, the VPN providers simply add new ones that are not yet blocked by Netflix.

Unfortunately, most VPN providers cannot keep fighting this battle with Netflix because they don’t have the resources for it.

Some VPN services may work intermittently or work for a short time, but very few have been reliable at bypassing the Netflix VPN ban over the years.

Why Should You Trust My Recommendations?

Unlike most other “VPN review sites”, I only recommend the ones that really work and are reliable for unblocking Netflix with good streaming speed. I personally test the top 3 recommendations almost every day (in addition to my normal Netflix watching using ExpressVPN on my router).

I have tested these VPNs with Netflix in China, Canada, USA, and several other countries.

Whether you are in China, Canada, Russia, Australia, Germany, France, UK, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, or any other country outside of USA, my top recommended VPNs are guaranteed to unblock US Netflix with good reliability and high speed.

And I only recommend services that offer either a free trial or money back guarantee. So you can try everything risk-free.

How to get Netflix on Every Device

Beware!

Many VPN and DNS services only work with Netflix on computer browsers. They do not work with Netflix when using the Netflix apps (iOS, Android, Smart TV, Roku, Chromecaset, PS4, etc).

I don’t know about you, but I like to watch Netflix on my TV. Not on my computer browser.

My top recommendations work to unblock US Netflix on ALL DEVICES.

#1 Top VPN for Netflix – ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN banner graphic - 30 day money back guarantee

ExpressVPN is rated #1 for 5 reasons

1. High speed. ExpressVPN is one of the only VPN services that can stream Netflix in high speed. You can always watch US Netflix in high definition without buffering if you have a good internet connection. I have tested the streaming speed in several countries including Canada, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Dominican Republic.

The only other VPN that can match the streaming speed of ExpressVPN is VyprVPN.

2. DNS working for all devices. One of the biggest advantages of ExpressVPN is the MediaStreamer DNS. Unlike most other DNS services that only work on computer browsers, it works on all devices.

Here is a video I made showing you how easy it is to set up the MediaStreamer DNS on a PS4.

How to watch US Netflix on PS4 with ExpressVPN DNS

3. Nice app for routers. ExpressVPN has a very nice router app that easy to setup and use. Check the video below (or tutorial here) for instructions on how I flashed the router app on a cheap router that I plug into my main router.

Flashing ExpressVPN on a 180 CNY / $30 USD Router + Netflix/YouTube testing on Roku

Instead of using an actual router, you can also use your computer as a virtual VPN router to share your VPN connection with other devices.

3. Reliable and convenient. ExpressVPN is extremely reliable for US Netflix. I use it for US Netflix almost every day and I have not seen the “proxy error” since August, 2016.

Even then, it was fixed within 1 day. Unlike VyprVPN, which often requires re-connecting several times to get a working IP address, ExpressVPN always works on the first connection. No wasting time messing around, just connect to one of the supported servers and start streaming US Netflix.

It’s works flawlessly and effortlessly on every device. I have personally tested both the VPN and DNS on a Windows computer, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and PS4. Although ExpressVPN offers 24/7 support, I rarely need to use it. It is literally the easiest VPN to set up and use that I have ever seen.

As soon as your payment is made, you can start using the VPN or DNS immediately. No need to wait around for any confirmation email, you will see the page shown below with download links and setup instructions immediately after you complete your payment.

Screenshot of ExpressVPN setup screen after payment.

4. Best support. Another big advantage of ExpressVPN is their excellent customer service. They have 24/7 live chat available on their website and they will help you right away if you have any problems with Netflix or any other problems.

If you have any questions about ExpressVPN then you can go to their website right now and ask them! They will answer your questions immediately! Anyone can use the live chat, you don’t need to be an existing customer to chat with them.

ExpressVPN offers both pre-sales support and full technical support on their live chat. That is very rare to see.

5. 30 day hassle-free money back guarantee. Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days and see for yourself how good it works with Netflix. The 30 day unconditional money back guarantee applies to all plans. You can cancel within 30 days, regardless of whether you sign up for 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year.

The 30 day money back guarantee is completely unconditional, you can cancel for any reason. Actually you don’t even need to give a reason, just cancel it and get a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied.

#2 Top VPN for Netflix – VyprVPN

Although VyprVPN is very reliable and can stream with similar speed as ExpressVPN, there is one major disadvantage to using their service.

VyprVPN has a policy of logging the IP address that you are assigned while connected to their VPN servers. While most VPN services use simultaneously shared IP addresses for anonymity, VyprVPN will assign a unique IP to you each time you connect.

They have been known to use this information to ban accounts for copyright violations (BitTorrent downloads).

If you only need a VPN for Netflix and don’t value your privacy, then this shouldn’t be a problem for you.

If you want to use a VPN for both Netflix and to protect your privacy, then ExpressVPN and NordVPN are much better choices. Their services are engineered to protect your privacy and anonymity. Server IPs are shared simultaneously with many users (crowd anonymity). And unlike VyprVPN, the IP address assigned to you while using ExpressVPN or NordVPN will not logged.

Because the VyprVPN IP addresses are only assigned to one user at a time, you will be assigned a different IP every time you connect to VyprVPN, even when connecting to the same server.

Some of their IPs are blocked by Netflix, and some are not.

If you are having trouble getting US Netflix with VyprVPN, just keep disconnecting and reconnecting until you get a working IP. You don’t normally need to change servers. You can just try again with the same server (but different IP address).

Special offers for VyprVPN

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#3 Top VPN for Netflix – NordVPN

Although it’s not my favorite VPN to use because of the poor performance in China, NordVPN does work quite well outside of China.

NordVPN supports Netflix in multiple regions. Currently, the supported regions are USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands, and Japan. Support for Japanese Netflix is quite rare so if you are looking for that then NordVPN is a great choice.

The best thing about NordVPN is the insanely low price. If you pay monthly or yearly, there is nothing special about the price. Quite standard.

The real savings comes when you buy a 3 year subscription.

I found the servers of NordVPN to be hit and miss. If you want the best performance, you really need to try all of the different servers until you find a fast one.

I’m also not a fan of the NordVPN app. I don’t know if it’s because of have too many different VPN apps on my computer or what the reason is, but the NordVPN app seems cause problems on my computer.

I actually recommend using the open source OpenVPN client with NordVPN rather than their Windows app. For Mac, you could use Tunnelblick. For routers, any router flashed with dd-wrt, Tomato, OpenWRT, etc should work fine (once you find the right server).

#4 Top VPN for Netflix – TorGuard

TorGuard works a little differently than other VPN services for Netflix. Instead of using a shared IP address, you need to buy a dedicated streaming IP address as an additional paid add-on to stream Netflix.

The main problem I have with TorGuard is the deceptive marketing. They want you to believe that a dedicated streaming IP is the only way to unblock Netflix reliably.

That simply is not true. ExpressVPN, VyprVPN, and NordVPN work just fine with shared IP addresses.

If you only need to unblock one Netflix region, then the price for TorGuard is not too bad (if you use the 50% off discount). However, it will be expensive if you want multiple regions because you will need to buy a separate dedicated IP address for each Netflix region you want to access. Dedicated streaming IP addresses are available for USA, Canada, and many other countries.

The cost for the dedicated streaming IP is $8/month ($4/month with 50% discount) in addition to the cost of the VPN package.

To get your dedicated streaming IP address, you need to ask support. It’s not the same as the regular dedicated IP address.

Personally, I have tested a USA and Canadian dedicated streaming IP and they both worked fine on all my devices. But I wouldn’t say that it works any better or streams any faster than other VPNs that don’t require an additional paid dedicated IP add-on. In fact, I found the VPNs to stream faster because they support Netflix on multiple different servers, so you can find one that works best for your location. With TorGuard, you are stuck with what they give you.

TorGuard Prices

Total Price – Monthly (1 Netflix region)

$9.99 (VPN) + $8 (streaming IP) = $17.99 $8.99 after 50% discount ($8.99 per month)

Total Price – 3 Months (1 Netflix region)

$19.99 (VPN) + $24 (streaming IP) = $43.99 $21.99 after 50% discount ($7.33 per month)

Total Price – 6 Months (1 Netflix region)

$29.99 (VPN) + $48 (streaming IP) = $77.99 $38.99 after 50% discount ($6.50 per month)

Total Price – 12 Months (1 Netflix region)

$59.99 (VPN) + $96 (streaming IP) = $155.99 $77.99 after 50% discount ($6.50 per month)

How to bypass the “proxy error” with these VPNs

General Instructions

If you are using an iOS or Android device, make sure that location services are turned off. Otherwise, the Netflix app will detect your real location and you will get the proxy error.

If you get the proxy error and want to try again with another VPN or another server location of the same VPN, you must completely exit the app or browser window before you try again with a different IP address.

Follow this sequence:

1. Close down. After you see the proxy error, close the browser window (if you are using a computer) or completely exit the app if you are using the Netflix mobile app.

To completely exit the app using iOS, you can double click the home button and then swipe the Netflix app off the screen. Similarly, for Android, you also need to bring up the list of running apps and swipe the Netflix app off the screen. The procedure to bring up the list of running apps on Android depends on the phone you are using. For Samsung Galaxy devices, you need to press and hold the home button. For other Android devices, you normally touch the button to the left or right or the home button.

For other devices such as Roku, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox, etc then you will need to restart the device.

2. Disconnect from your existing VPN connection.

3. Re-connect to another VPN or another server location of the same VPN. Or, in the case of VyprVPN, you can just reconnect again to the same server location.

4. Try again. Open Netflix in your browser or launch the Netflix app again on your mobile device.

How to bypass the proxy error with ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is most simple and hassle-free way to bypass the proxy error. You only need to know which server locations are supported by asking the support via live chat on their website (or by support ticket if you prefer). If you follow the general instructions above and know which server location to connect to then you will not have any problems. It will work every time on every device.

Alternatively, you can use the Smart DNS (MediaStreamer DNS) instead of the VPN with ExpressVPN.

How to bypass the proxy error with NordVPN

Refer to their support page for specific instructions.

How to bypass the proxy error with VyprVPN

For ExpressVPN and NordVPN, you just need to know the general instructions and which server location to connect to for Netflix.

VyprVPN, on the other hand, will require a little bit more work. You can generally use any US server location (but sometimes you may need to re-connect several times to get a working IP).

Netflix for Apple TV, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Chromecast, etc

The easiest and most convenient solution for these devices is ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS (included with all subscriptions).

It’s the only DNS available that is reliable and consistent for USA Netflix on all devices. Some devices may require static routes, while others do not. In my experience, I have never needed static routes with Apple TV or PS4, but I require them for Roku and Chromecast.

Here are some other solutions to use a VPN on all devices.

Solution #1 – VPN Router

Recommended – ExpressVPN Router App

Solution #2 – Virtual VPN Router (Hotspot)

Simply follow these instructions to set up your computer to share your VPN connection with your Apple TV, Smart TV, PS4, etc via WIFI hotspot.

Netflix VPN for non-US regions

Recently, I have added other supported regions to the comparison table at the top of the page. I don’t test these regions every day as I do for US Netflix, so please let me know if there are any errors in that table.

If you are looking for a specific region that is not supported by ExpressVPN or NordVPN, you can check if TorGuard has a dedicated streaming IP address available for that specific region.

Static Routes for Smart DNS

Some of Netflix apps for some devices have hard coded DNS servers and will not work with Smart DNS services unless you set static routes in your router. In my experience using ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS, Roku and Chromecast require these static routes while most other devices do not. If your router does not allow you to set static routes then it’s recommended to use Apple TV because it generally does not require these static routes.

This does not apply to VPN connections, only DNS. VPN connections do not require this.Set the following static route settings in your router.

If you have an option for WAN or LAN, you must choose LAN.

If you have an option for metric, enter 2.

Destination IP: 8.8.8.8
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 8.8.4.4
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255
Gateway: your router IP

Normally you only need the above 2 static routes but if that doesn’t work you can also try adding the following static routes.

Destination IP: 108.175.32.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.240.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 23.246.0.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.192.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 45.57.0.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 185.2.220.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.252.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 198.38.96.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.224.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 198.45.48.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.240.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 64.120.128.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 64.197.128.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0
Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 37.77.184.0
Subnet Mask: 255.255.248.0
Gateway: your router IP

I tested an old TP-LINK router connected as subnet of my main router for testing Smart DNS. Here is a screenshot showing my setup. My router IP (default gateway) is 192.168.20.1 for this router.

Screenshot of static routes in TP-link router for Netflix on iOS and Android with Smart DNS

Static Routes Alternative for D-Link Routers

Recently, I tested an old D-link DIR-601 router with ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS with static routes.

The problem is that this firmware does not have the option to set a static route on the LAN (only WAN option is available). Luckily, there is another solution.

You can block Google DNS with Access Control instead.

You can find the Access Control option under the Advanced Tab. Click the box to enable Access Control and then click the Add Policy button.

Screenshot of dlink access control setting location

Make the following settings.

STEP 1:
Policy Name: Choose any name

STEP 2:
Choose a schedule to apply to this policy: Always

STEP 3:
Address Type: Other Machines

STEP 4:
Method: Block Some Access
Apply Web Filter: Unchecked
Apply Advanced Port Filter: Checked

STEP 5:
Set the 2 rules as shown below for 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

Screenshot of port filter rules setting

Static Routes Alternative for dd-wrt Flashed Routers

If you have a newer version of dd-wrt, there is an option available called “Forced DNS Redirection.”

This will force all DNS requests to go through your specified DNS servers.

For Static DNS 3, you can enter 10.0.0.0 or another non-reachable address. Do not leave it as 0.0.0.0, otherwise it will use your ISP DNS as DNS 3 and you may get a proxy error if your ISP DNS replies faster than DNS 1 and DNS 2.

Screenshot of dd-wrt static routes alternative settings

Netflix Streaming Speed Tests

I have done an extensive test to measure the specific streaming speeds for Netflix through different VPNs.

Check the Netflix streaming speed tests here.

Final Note

I don’t encourage anyone to use any VPN service as a means of copyright circumvention. Please make sure to read the Terms of Service (TOS) of your VPN provider and the Netflix Terms of Use.

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Reader Comments (19)

  1. Hi
    I currently have StrongVPN and still get proxy detected warnings for both Netflix and Amazon. Any suggestions on how to reset or update would be great

    Thanks

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  2. Hi James, which router are you using? as vyprvpn pro with android app give me slow speed to US server so i want to try router method ..are all US servers of vyprvpn can access netflix

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    • I am using a Linksys WRT 1900AC with dd-wrt firmware. Which protocol is giving you slow speed? Try both OpenVPN and Chameleon with different server locations. You can test you speed using http://www.fast.com Netflix speed test. If you still can’t get good speed with OpenVPN and Chameleon you can also try PPTP which needs to be set up manually in Android settings. You can find instructions on the VyprVPN website.

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  3. Hi! I’ve been shopping around for a new service where Netflix still works. So it seems most DNS service are blocked by Netflix already so you are saying that only VPN is working for Netflix. So that means I go with ExpressVPN or VyprVPN. But doesn’t ExpressVPN use DNS also? Or do I have to buy a flashed VPN router?

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    • Currently DNS services are working but they tend to get blocked more often than VPN. ExpressVPN offers both VPN and DNS with their service. If the DNS gets blocked you can use the VPN (on a router or virtual router if your device doesn’t have VPN settings).

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  4. ExpressVPN doesn’t work. I contacted them and they promised that it works if you connect to them outside of US. I think that it is not true, but may be I’m wrong here.
    So sad 🙁

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    • I absolutely guarantee you that ExpressVPN is working for US Netflix right now. I am using it right now and there is no problem at all. Several VPN server locations are working and the Media Streamer DNS is working again too. There are several possibilities of why it is not working for you.

      1. You are not connected to the right server (contact ExpressVPN live chat to find out which ones).

      2. If you are using a mobile device then you need to disable location services.

      3. If you are using the Media Streamer DNS then you need to register your IP address in your account settings.

      4. If you are using an Apple TV you need to set the region to United States.

      As you didn’t mention any details of what devices you were using or how you are connecting I can’t be sure what the problem is but I am sure that if you contact ExpressVPN support by live chat or email they will give you a solution.

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  5. Were you able to run NordVPN and do you think it will work from Germany? Definitly a great list!

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    • I tried it a while ago but their VPN doesn’t work very well when connecting from China so I wasn’t able to properly test it. I am currently on vacation in Canada so now would be a good time to try it again. I will try to test it soon, check back in a few days.

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    • I was on a camping trip from August 20-25 and didn’t do any testing during those days. I started testing again on August 26 and indeed most services are down but ExpressVPN and VyprVPN have managed to still be very reliable for me using the VPN connections. The DNS service of ExpressVPN is no longer working and all DNS services may never work again due to some changes that Netflix made in the way they block DNS. Sorry for the delay in updating during my camping trip.

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  6. Complete BS – Unlocator works fine in browser. Express VPN operates from a tax haven and contributes nothing to society. Did we learn nothing from Panamagate?

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    • Good to know that Unlocator works in your browser. It wasn’t working at all when I tried it. I’ll try it again and update this page if it’s working, thanks for letting me know.

      Yes, ExpressVPN is based in BVI. What they offer to me is a good VPN service that works for Netflix on all my devices including iPad and is a good general VPN with low latency and fast download speed. What they offer to me is good enough for me to buy their service and recommend it to others. Why do they need to offer anything to society? What is Unlocator offering to society?

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    • I have added Unlocator to this page. Thanks for letting me know that it is working in the browser.

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  7. I’m using VyprVPN on my iPad and it works exactly as described. After trying so many VPN and DNS I am happy to finally find something that works and not too expensive.

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  8. At first I was using free DNS then all those stopped working. Next I was using DNS Trick, now that is not working either. ExpressVPN is working and seems to be the most reliable. I hope it stays this way. I’m paying monthly which is expensive but I don’t want to risk paying for a year.

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