UPDATED August 18th, 2019
Watch US Netflix with a VPN!

How to watch U.S. Netflix with a VPN

Secure, throttle-free solution for Netflix’s largest library. Get set up and working in under five minutes.

Stream U.S. Netflix TV and movies* on:

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV Stick

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Get a VPN and watch U.S. Netflix in 3 quick steps


Step 1:

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Sign up for ExpressVPN, with its blazing-fast speeds.

Step 2:

Access USA content: Map of the U.S. with the ExpressVPN logo dotted on its server locations.

Select one of our U.S. VPN server locations.

Step 3:

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Log in to your existing Netflix account.

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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 and 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. Netflix’s speed recommendations are:

Speed Quality
500 kbps Minimum quality
1,500 kbps Normal quality (less than 480p)
3,000 kbps SD quality (480p or better)
5,000 kbps HD quality (720p or better)
25,000 kbps Ultra HD quality (1080p or better)

Learn more about Netflix speeds and the ExpressVPN Speed Test.

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FAQ: How to watch Netflix on a VPN

Does ExpressVPN work with Netflix?

Yes. ExpressVPN’s servers have fast, throttle-free access to Netflix streaming. If you’re seeing an error, chat with ExpressVPN Support to get back online.

Does ExpressVPN come with a Netflix account?

No. We’re assuming you already have one, or that you will sign up for one yourself. ExpressVPN does not come with a Netflix account, and it is not a replacement for Netflix. Rather, it complements your existing Netflix account to help you watch content at blazing-fast speed.

What devices can I watch American Netflix on?

You can watch U.S. Netflix in the following ways:

Will a VPN slow my Netflix streaming?

All VPNs have the potential to slow your internet connection, but ExpressVPN is one of the fastest, and users rarely notice a difference.

In fact, using a VPN might actually improve your connection if your ISP has been throttling Netflix traffic. In any case, if you do notice a drop in video quality, make sure you’ve selected the U.S. server closest to your actual location.

If you’re using a streaming media device like an Apple TV, you may want to try watching Netflix with MediaStreamer, which is included with every ExpressVPN subscription. Click here for more information on using ExpressVPN for smart TVs and streaming devices.

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 with ExpressVPN, which works reliably for streaming.

What else can I do with Netflix?

Tons! Using a VPN is the best way to expand your Netflix experience, but it isn’t the only one. Learn about Netflix secret codes and how they can unlock more movies that you’d want to watch. Check out this handy guide.

What else can I do with ExpressVPN?

With ExpressVPN, you can bypass censorship in certain countries that block access to sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Google. You can also browse the web privately and securely, including services like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Go.

Netflix is not working. What should I do?

For problems with securely accessing a specific website, please contact our Support Team by round-the-clock live chat.

ExpressVPN is a VPN service not intended to be used as a means of copyright circumvention. Please read the ExpressVPN Terms of Service and Netflix Terms of Use for more details.
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Unblock Netflix throttling by your ISP

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 hiding 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.

Learn more about how to unblock Netflix bandwidth throttling with a VPN.

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Why use ExpressVPN for American Netflix?


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Use any device

We have VPN apps for all your devices, so you can stream shows and movies from your couch, bed, or subway seat.

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Fast connection

Get blazing speeds and minimal latency. Run our built-in Speed Test and see for yourself.

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Unlimited bandwidth

You can binge-watch your favorite Netflix series to your heart’s content. We won’t stop you.

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Watch other content

You can use ExpressVPN to access content censored by certain countries, like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Dedicated support

We’re here when you need us. Our Support Team is available 24/7, by live chat or email.

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30-day money-back guarantee

If you’re not happy watching Netflix with ExpressVPN after 30 days, we’ll give you your money back. All of it.

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Take advantage of our risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee:

If you’re not satisfied watching Netflix with ExpressVPN for any reason, contact Support within 30 days and get a full refund, no questions asked.

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