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In this post, we’ll explain how to change your region on Netflix and what it’s used for. On Netflix, you may switch territories and view all new releases from the beginning of the season.
Despite Netflix’s dominance as the mainstreaming video provider, each region has its own content bundle with unique features. This is due to the fact that Netflix will show different material based on where we are in the world.
If you’re sick of the offerings on Netflix in your home country, there is a way to trick Netflix into thinking you’re in a different region than you are.
Officially, you can only change your region on Netflix if you move, but you can work around this by using a VPN.
The content available on Netflix differs by region, so for example what is offered on Netflix U.S. varies from what is offered on Netflix UK.
Using a VPN will trick Netflix into thinking you’re in a different country and you’ll be able to access the content of that country. A VPN is a virtual private network that routes your internet activity through the VPN’s own servers, so your IP address will be the country of your choice.
How to change your region on Netflix
1. Make sure you have an active Netflix account
2. Decide whether you want to pay for a VPN or use a free Netflix VPN
Both get the job done, but paid VPNs tend to be faster and are available in more locations. Free VPNs often don’t ask you to sign up for them so they can help you maintain anonymity, but they also may sell your data and be bundled with spyware. If you’re lost on what VPN to choose,
3. Subscribe to a VPN service and download it to your Mac or PC
4. You can also do this on your phone/tablet.
5. Open your VPN and pick your territory
We’ll show you how to do this using PIA as an example.
On iOS it is pretty self-explanatory. Open up the VPN and either select “VPN Server” and choose from the VPN servers offered or select from the “Quick Connect” options.
To connect to a VPN server on OSX select the status menu icon shaped like a lock. When you click the lock-shaped menu icon there will be a pull-down menu where you can search for and select the country you want.
A green dot appears next to the lock icon when you’re connected to the VPN.
6. Open Netflix and choose what to watch from the new selection
Enjoy exploring the world’s Netflix content.
Often Netflix will attempt to block VPNs by banning their IP address, so you may run into some difficulty. PIA, for example, has specific servers labeled “Streaming,” so you may want to try those out first.