You probably know by now that Netflix's catalog of films and TV shows widely differ per region. Whatever's available to stream in America isn't necessarily available in the UK, and vice versa. This makes it difficult to continue watching a show when you're traveling abroad, but also, it's just plain annoying knowing that a movie you've been eyeing for so long would've been available on Netflix if you've simply been in another part of the world.
The good news is there is an effective (and legal!) way to trick Netflix into thinking you're in a different country, thus unlocking an entirely new library that is yours for the picking. Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have different features — they protect you from malware and encrypt your data — but their standout feature, at least for us, is that they get through Netflix and other streaming services' geo-block restrictions by giving you a temporary IP address from your country of choice. The more servers a VPN has around the globe, the better chances you have of viewing something from that region seamlessly. So to make a long story short, if you want to maximize your Netflix subscription and gain access to even more movies and TV shows, then you can switch countries using a VPN.
Why should you change regions on Netflix?
It's worth repeating: the difference in Netflix's global libraries is massive. For instance, while all eight Harry Potter films and all 10 seasons of FRIENDS have transferred to Max in the US, they're still available on Netflix in countries (like Australia) that do not have Max. You might also be delighted to know that Slovakia actually has the most extensive Netflix catalog in the world, with over 8,400 titles to its name, while South Korea has the most award-winning films on the platform. So sure, you can subscribe to different streaming services to access more titles, but alternatively, you can just change regions via a VPN and continue to watch Netflix on your homepage like it's an entirely new service with entirely new options.
How do you change countries on Netflix?
To change country on Netflix, first, you'll have to sign into your Netflix account or register for one if you haven't yet. Then, using the same device, download, install, and log into a VPN. Next, you'll want to connect your VPN to a server located in a country of your choice. Don't worry, most VPNs make the country selection as easy as can be. Once the VPN verifies that you're connected to a server in that country, you can refresh Netflix, which will show you all the movies and TV shows available in that country. The final step? Watch as you please!
What VPN should I choose for changing countries on Netflix?
This decision depends entirely on your preferences and budget. But we've had our fair share of experience, so below we've gathered the streaming services that will work best for switching locations when streaming. We've also detailed the existing deals they offer (more of that here) and their specialties if any.