HOW TO: WATCH NETFLIX ON YOUR IPAD OUTSIDE OF THE USA

Stuck overseas without anything to watch? I am and it drives me bonkers. I am an absolute TV nut and CNN International could only entertain me for so long. All I wanted to do was watch Netflix and perpetuate the “Americans watch too much TV” stereotype, but I knew it was inaccessible here. Then, my inner-geek kicked in and I found a solution. Normally when you are outside of the USA and try to access Netflix, the website and applications reveal a pop up message that says something along the lines of, “Netflix is not available in your part of the world at this time.”

 HOW TO: WATCH NETFLIX ON YOUR IPAD OUTSIDE OF THE USA
The good news, you CAN watch Netflix in Europe, Asia, wherever! Here’s how:

This tutorial will also make ABC Player, Hulu Plus, Pandora, etc. work as well.

1. Go to the app store and download and install VPN Express. It is free and comes with a trial credit, but you will need to purchase more credit at some point. It is cheap though and even 1 GB will last you plenty of time. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it disguises your IP Address so that whatever site or app you are browsing thinks you are in the United States.
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2. Configure your VPN in the settings section of your iPad and turn on the VPN. Learn more here.

3. Start watching! When you are done, be sure to turn your VPN off in settings as to not waste those GBs during normal browsing.

I have watched all four seasons of “Mad Men” since I figured this out. I have always wanted to watch this show and am obsessing over it. I think the 1960s is my new dream decade… as long as I can bring my iPad and digital camera with me.

Any questions?

Update 22 February 2013: Please note the date of this post. I no longer use this method, and I sold my iPad, so now I use AstrillVPN to watch shows on my computer. It is my favorite paid VPN service these days because you can use it on multiple devices, as long as you are not using it on them at the same time. Therefore, I have it on my computer, phone, and iPad. Hope this note helps out.

Update 4 October 2013: My VPN expired, and while I’d like to renew it, I am cutting my expenses and am currently using Media Hint extension for Chrome to watch my shows. It works for Showtime Anytime, Netflix, ABC, NBC, and CBS, which are all I have tried so far. It does work for YouTube regional settings and Google still knows I am in Germany, but it accomplishes my main goal of watching shows. Alternatively, I use Movie4k.to for streaming certain content.

Update 22 December 2013: I switch between using Media Hint, listed above, and Hola Unblocker extension for Chrome. A Netflix-obsessed friend of mine loves this one because you can switch to VPNs all over the world and therefore also access the content from the likes of Netflix Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, etc.

  • TexaGermaNadian

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I was actually looking this up earlier today. HAVE to try it right now. Will let you know if I have great success. Thanks girl!

  • Bekah

    what a great tip! thanks! it just occured to me that if you are looking to visit an amazing english garden (well manicured, like in a movie – and one of my very favorite places in all of germany) you should check out the english gardens in schwetzingen – its a short bus ride from heidelberg, a great half-day trip and a huge crowd pleaser for all of my guests thus far…its well worth the entrance fee (i've never paid to go in the castle, so i can't help you there…) enjoy your vacation!

  • Megan

    this is an exciting tip!!!! i need to try this! i dont have netflix but if i know i can download for such a cheap price im tempted to do it for sure!!!! thanks so much for sharing and ENJOY your vacay!!!

  • WK

    I'm obsessed with Mad Men too!!!!

  • Daryl

    ooh! Helpful!

    You can also download "Anchor Free" to any regular old computer and that works great too! Also, my favorite website is 1channel.ch it has almost every television show I could think of watching and is based out of Switzerland. :D

    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings, and Other Things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/satinderjeetsingh07 Satinder Jeet Singh

    To access Netflix and to access restricted blocked websites i use “Hotspot Shield” VPN. I prefer it because It detects and blocks malware, phishing and spam sites from reaching your PC, Mac, iPhone or Android. Check it here – http://www.hotspotshield.com

  • Ajay

    I am also using hotspotshield for watching netflix but some days ago it started creating problems for me. So i shifted to a new VPN software which is http://eshieldvpn.com/

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com/ Alex

      Always great to know another free VPN service, thank you! I hated Hotspot Shield because of all the ads.

  • Ajay

    I am also using hotspotshield for watching netflix but some days ago it started creating problems for me. So i shifted to a new VPN software which is http://eshieldvpn.com/

    • http://speaking-denglish.com/ Alex, Denglish Speaker

      Always great to know another free VPN service, thank you! I hated Hotspot Shield because of all the ads.

  • JulieAnna

    Download Hola.org. works wonders and is a free unblocking website that allows you to access everything and anything while in Europe (Pandora, YouTube, Netflix, ABCGo, Hulu, etc). Must have Google Chrome to download it but works like a gem-ad free, virus free, and completely free overall :)

  • JulieAnna

    Download Hola.org. works wonders and is a free unblocking website that allows you to access everything and anything while in Europe (Pandora, YouTube, Netflix, ABCGo, Hulu, etc). Must have Google Chrome to download it but works like a gem-ad free, virus free, and completely free overall :)