Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to come home after a hard day of work, make some popcorn, and dedicate yourself to binge-watching your favorite Netflix show?
I often do this as a way to take a break and relax. Plus, Netflix has proven to be quite helpful with its extensive movie library.
However, you probably know that since it grew to become a worldwide streaming sensation, Netflix started distributing its content differently.
Unfortunately, some countries have a broad choice of content, while others not so much, which is why I use a VPN.
To get the best out of Netflix, and access diverse content, I use NordVPN which has lots of positive reviews.
The provider enables access to most Netflix libraries around the world.
But although NordVPN is an excellent choice for Netflix, sometimes it might not work properly.
I know how frustrating this can be, and I want to help you locate the possible problems and solutions so that you can avoid this from happening to you.
Why Netflix Blocks VPN Providers?
The battle between Netflix and VPNs dates back to 2016 when Netflix became one of the most popular streaming providers and began operating in more than 190 countries around the world.
In reality, the streaming service provider is not against secure streaming, and it’s not illegal to use a VPN with Netflix.
However, faced with pressure from major copyright holders, Netflix started actively blocking VPNs and proxies. In other words, U.S. TV networks and movie studios that hold rights over the content Netflix shows didn’t want to lose profit when they could distribute their rights to every country separately.
Therefore, watching the full Netflix library (U.S. Netflix) from abroad goes against Netflix’s licensing agreement with these major copyright holders, and ‘illegal’ viewers cost them a lot of money.
To deal with the problem, in the past few years, Netflix implemented technologies that are challenging to defeat. Most VPN and proxies still can’t go over these blocks and are unable to access Netflix. You can open and browse the library, but won’t be able to stream a video, and you will receive the following message.
Netflix recognizes the IP addresses and can detect whether your traffic comes from a VPN. Once it detects the ‘fake’ IP address, Netflix proceeds by blocking it.
That leaves you unable to connect to other libraries abroad, nor your local one with a VPN.
Only a handful of VPNs work with Netflix and NordVPN is one of them.
However, sometimes you might encounter problems. Depending on the nature of the problem, some are easy to fix, but more on that later.
How to Unblock Netflix using NordVPN?
NordVPN can circumvent most of the geo-blocks and restrictions on the internet.
One of the VPN’s secret weapons are its so-called obfuscated servers.
These servers mask the VPN traffic and make it seem as if it’s normal HTTPS traffic.
Therefore, if regular servers don’t work, change to obfuscated servers instead.
With this in mind, here is how you can unblock Netflix with NordVPN:
- Sing up to NordVPN.
- Download the appropriate VPN client for your device.
- After the installation is done open NordVPN and connect with your login credentials.
- Connect to a server.
- Open Netflix and start streaming.
Is NordVPN Not Working with Netflix?
As I mentioned, if connecting to a regular server doesn’t work, try connecting to the obfuscated servers instead. You can find them on top of the server list, but they are very restricted in terms of locations.
If you still can’t connect, there might be something preventing your access. Most problems can be easily fixed once you locate their source.
Check the Server Speed
One common problem, especially if you are connecting from a distant location, could be the server speed. Netflix might not be loading the content because it keeps buffering, not because your IP address is blocked.
Although NordVPN has some of the best server speed in the industry, and you only need around 5Mbps for decent HD streaming, it’s best to check all alternatives, including this one.
Use online tools to measure the speed, and try connecting to other servers to see if that’s the problem. NordVPN has over 1,000 servers in the U.S., so if you want the full Netflix library, chances are you are going to find a working server.
Clear Your Cache
If you are a Windows, macOS or Linux user, one possible problem that’s preventing you from accessing Netflix is your browser’s cache.
Netflix can detect all sorts of things, not only IP addresses.
Hence, a clear cache might just help you solve your problem in a matter of minutes.
For Chrome, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete, and select Cached Images and Files, then click Clear Data.
On Mozilla, click on the History menu, and select Clear All History.
To clear your entire cache, you need to select Everything on the drop-down menu.
After you’ve done this, restart the VPN client, and set up your NordVPN DNS addresses to:
For Android and iOS devices, the process is slightly different.
First, you need to restart your Netflix application, and then do the same with your NordVPN phone app. After you’ve done this, proceed by changing the DNS addresses to the same ones above.
Changing the DNS address is easy, but it’s different for every type of device.
The following links will help you with this step:
Check Your Browser Proxy Configuration
The problem could be an outdated configuration, so what you need to do is to configure the browser properly.
Mozilla uses default system-wide proxy settings, while for Chrome users the process goes like this:
- Open Chrome’s Menu in the top right corner;
- Open Settings – Show Advanced Settings;
- Click on the Network section;
- Click Change Proxy Settings – LAN settings
- Check the ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ box.
Check Your Internet Connection
Finally, check your internet connection. See if it’s an external problem, or something is blocking the VPN. Other software on your device might be blocking your VPN connection. This is a broad issue that affects your overall internet experience, not just streaming.
Antivirus software or your Firewall could be behind this.
You can remove uninstall the software from your device, and then try the following:
- Run Command Prompt as an administrator;
- Type either ipconfig/flushdns or ipconfig/renew;
- Close the window and restart your device;
- Connect to NordVPN.
If you tried all of the alternatives above, but Netflix can still recognize your VPN connection, it means that NordVPN is temporarily blocked by the streaming provider.
As I previously mentioned, Netflix uses sophisticated technology in the fight against VPN providers, and once it recognizes that the IP address is fraudulent, it proceeds by blocking it. Once this happens, that same IP address is no longer usable with Netflix, and NordVPN needs to set up a fresh batch of IP addresses.
Shared IP addresses, as the most common VPN approach to anonymity, are easy to detect because you use them together with many other people, at the same time. So you are not the only one trying to access Netflix from that particular IP address, thus Netflix blocks the IP.
NordVPN’s obfuscated servers seem to do the work much better than regular servers with shared IP addresses, but even this solution is not permanent.
In case the, when a NordVPN server gets blocked by Netflix, all you can do is wait for the provider to change their servers and assign new IP addresses.
However, keep in mind that this is not an easy task, and it can take a while before you actually regain entree through NordVPN.
In this scenario, your best option is to switch to another provider – one that works with Netflix or try to use NordVPN with Amazon Fire TV stick.
The Best Alternative When NordVPN Fails?
The most competent alternative when NordVPN fails to connect to Netflix is to switch to ExpressVPN.
ExpressVPN is one of the most capable VPN providers on the market, particularly when it comes to unblocking Netflix. One of the things the companies prides itself with lies in its streaming and unblocking capabilities.
With over 3,000 servers in 160 VPN locations, it won’t be challenging to find a functioning server that will work with most Netflix libraries.
Apart from this, ExpressVPN boasts many other valuable VPN features, such as excellent security and privacy.
I’ve tried ExpressVPN as a solution when NordVPN didn’t seem to work with Netflix, and from my experience, the provider always worked with excellent streaming speeds.
One thing that somewhat bothers me it the more expensive price of the provider, but overall, ExpressVPN offers excellent value for the money.
Did you find this tutorial helpful?
I’ve tried all of the alternatives above, and, more often than not, they worked.
Overall, I hope that this article was practical, and now you can effortlessly connect to Netflix and enjoy your favorite content no matter where you are.
Let us know in the comments below what are your thoughts on the tutorial, and make sure to share if you’ve had an experience with NordVPN or any other VPN service provider.