How to watch U.S. Netflix with a VPN
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Stream U.S. Netflix TV and movies* on:
- Apple TV
- Fire TV Stick
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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:
|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)|
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:
- On your laptop/desktop using our ExpressVPN app for Mac / Windows / Linux.
- On your smartphone/tablet using our apps for iOS and Android.
- On your streaming media console, such as Apple TV or Fire TV Stick.
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 by changing your DNS settings, a feature that is included with every ExpressVPN subscription. Click here for more information on using ExpressVPN for smart TVs and streaming devices.
Why is a VPN better than DNS codes or proxies?
DNS codes found online often don’t work and might send your traffic to a server that could log your data and expose you to attacks. Proxy servers are slow, unsecure and prone to interrupted connections. When it comes to Netflix, you’re much better off with a high-quality VPN that works reliably for streaming and encrypts your traffic.
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.
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.
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Why use ExpressVPN for American Netflix?
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.
Get blazing speeds and minimal latency. Run our built-in Speed Test and see for yourself.
You can binge-watch your favorite Netflix series to your heart’s content. We won’t stop you.
Watch other content
You can use ExpressVPN to access content censored by certain countries, like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
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