Welcome to our blog! In today’s post, I will provide a detailed guide on how to prevent Netflix from detecting when you are using a VPN. As many know, Netflix actively blocks VPN IP addresses to enforce geo-restrictions and prevent access to content from other regions. However, with the right configuration, it is possible to bypass these restrictions and stream Netflix through a VPN undetected.
Throughout this article, I will cover the various methods and tools to stop Netflix from detecting your VPN connection. Whether you want to access the US Netflix library from abroad or expand your content selection, this guide has you covered. We’ll look at VPN protocols, VPN server locations, browser extensions and configurations that can help trick Netflix into thinking you aren’t using a VPN.
Let’s get started!
Why Does Netflix Block VPNs?
Before diving into the various workarounds, it helps to understand why Netflix actively blocks VPNs and proxies in the first place.
Netflix restricts content based on geographic licensing agreements. Much of the content is only licensed for streaming in certain countries or regions. By enforcing geo-restrictions, Netflix complies with the licensing terms.
VPNs and proxies allow users to bypass these restrictions by masking their real IP location. By routing your internet traffic through a VPN server in a different country, you can appear to be streaming from that country regardless of your true location.
To maintain the licensing restrictions, Netflix employs advanced VPN detection systems. They maintain lists of known VPN IP addresses and utilize tools to identify VPN traffic even if the IP isn’t explicitly blocked. Any apparent IP address spoofing, strange locations or usage patterns will trigger the anti-VPN systems.
How to Bypass Netflix Vpn Block
Don’t Use Free or Public VPNs
It’s critical to avoid using any free VPN services or public VPNs to access Netflix. Due to the sheer number of users on these services, Netflix is exceptional at recognizing their IP addresses and immediately blocking connections.
Only use reputable premium VPN providers that offer dedicated IPs, stealth protocols, and other anti-Netflix features to maximize your chances of staying under the radar.
Use VPN Protocols Less Likely to be Blocked
Another step is choosing a VPN protocol that is less prone to blocking. Netflix tends to aggressively block the standard VPN protocols, so opting for something more obscure can help avoid detection.
Some of the best protocols include:
- WireGuard: This relatively new protocol is gaining popularity for its speed, security and ability to avoid blocks. Since it’s not widely used yet, WireGuard IPs tend to fly under the Netflix radar.
- IKEv2/IPSec: These protocols do a better job imitating regular HTTPS web traffic. The layer of SSL/TLS encryption makes your VPN traffic blend in.
- SoftEther: Works similarly to OpenVPN but is less likely to be flagged as suspicious VPN activity.
- OpenConnect: Developed by Cisco, this protocol is great for mimicking legitimate HTTPS traffic.
The main thing is avoiding the standard VPN protocols like OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP which are easily detected.
Every device uses IPv4 and IPv6 addressing to access the internet. VPNs typically only encrypt IPv4 traffic, while IPv6 leaks your real IP address and bypasses the VPN tunnel.
Netflix compares your IPv4 public address on the VPN to your IPv6 address outside the VPN to check if they match.
You can disable IPv6 on your device to eliminate these DNS leaks and ensure all traffic goes through the encrypted VPN tunnel. IPv6 can be disabled in your VPN app, network settings, or internet adapter settings depending on the device.
Clear Cookies and Cache
Before connecting to the VPN to stream Netflix, open your browser privacy settings and clear the cookies and cache. You can also use the incognito or private browsing mode which doesn’t save cookies and browsing history.
Repeatedly clearing this data each time makes it much harder for Netflix to confidently detect VPN use on your device.
Connect Through Lesser-Known VPN Server Locations
In additional to blocking specific VPN protocols, Netflix maintains IP blacklists of known VPN server locations. This covers VPN servers in locations commonly used to access geo-restricted content.
To avoid these IP blocks, connect to a VPN server in a less obvious location. Rather than the US or UK, consider countries not typically associated with VPN usage:
- Asian locations like Singapore, Japan or Hong Kong
- Smaller European countries like Switzerland, Norway or Belgium
- South American countries like Brazil or Argentina
Connecting to a VPN server in a random, unsuspicious location makes it much harder for Netflix to determine you are using a proxy or VPN. The unusual location and traffic patterns don’t match their typical VPN blocking criteria.
Use a Custom Configured VPN Router
Rather than installing VPN software on your individual devices, consider deploying it at the router level. Configuring your Wi-Fi router to connect through the VPN tunnel ensures all traffic is routed through the encrypted VPN tunnel.
The main advantage with a VPN router is the ability to customize the configuration for optimum performance and avoidance of VPN blocking. Features like VPN split-tunneling, custom DNS settings and port forwarding can help mask your VPN usage from Netflix’s detection tools.
Setting up a VPN router does require more technical know-how. But the extra configuration options give you the best chance of avoiding VPN blocks.
Experiment with Different Browsers and Extensions
Your choice of browser and any privacy-focused browser extensions can also impact Netflix’s ability to identify you are accessing their site through a VPN.
Some tips include:
- Use privacy-focused browsers like Firefox Focus or Tor Browser that reveal less identifiable information.
- Disable WebRTC in your browser as this can expose your real IP address.
- Try browser extensions like VPN Masker that hide VPN usage from sites.
- Set your browser to delete cookies on exit to avoid tracking.
- Mask your browser’s digital fingerprint to make your traffic appear more generic.
The more you can blend in with normal traffic and mask any identifying information, the lower the chances Netflix will be able to detect that you are using a VPN.
Additional Tricks to Avoid VPN Detection
Some other tips and tricks to improve your chances include:
- Reconnect frequently – Getting a fresh IP address regularly can avoid IP blocks before they take effect.
- Tweak DNS settings – Use custom DNS servers and disable DNS leaks to hide your traffic.
- Reboot modem & router – Getting fresh IP addresses on all devices between sessions.
- Limit streaming – Don’t binge watch for hours on end which makes VPN usage more obvious.
- Test at different times – Netflix may be more vigilant during prime time. Early mornings or late nights may be safer.
- Avoid sign-in – When possible, browse Netflix anonymously to reveal less identifiable information.
With the right VPN provider, server location, protocol and configuration, you can maximize your chances of streaming Netflix without getting blocked for using a VPN. It may take some trial and error to find a setup that works reliably for you.
Why You May Still Get Netflix Ban
Despite the best efforts, there is no guaranteed way to always avoid getting blocked by Netflix. As they continuously improve their VPN detection abilities, VPN providers have to constantly adapt to stay one step ahead.
Here are some reasons you may still run into problems accessing Netflix through your VPN:
- IP address gets flagged – If lots of other users have accessed forbidden content from the same shared IP, Netflix may blacklist the whole IP even if your traffic appears legitimate.
- VPN traffic patterns – Using lots of bandwidth for long streaming sessions may trigger red flags compared to normal browsing behavior.
- VPN leaks – Any DNS, WebRTC or other leaks can inadvertently expose your real location and IP address.
- Targeting certain content – Trying to stream very geo-restricted titles may increase suspicion versus more widely available shows.
- Unmasking sign-in – Logging into your Netflix account without the VPN enabled can reveal your true location.
- Protocol or configuration issues – Using detected protocols or allowing identifiable traffic leaks can undermine other evasion efforts.
When you do experience VPN blocking, the only solutions are to reconnect to get a fresh IP, change locations or protocols, or contact your VPN provider for support.
Final Thoughts on Avoiding Netflix VPN Ban
Why does Netflix block VPNs?
Netflix blocks VPNs to enforce geographic licensing restrictions. Content is only licensed for streaming in certain regions, so Netflix uses VPN blocking to comply with those agreements.
How does Netflix detect VPN usage?
Netflix has advanced systems that identify VPN IP addresses, look for strange traffic patterns like inconsistent locations, and find signs of spoofing that don’t match normal browser behavior.
Will using a less popular VPN protocol guarantee access to Netflix?
No, there are no guarantees. But protocols like WireGuard and OpenConnect are much less likely to be blocked compared to common protocols that Netflix aggressively blocks.
Can I access any Netflix library using a VPN?
In theory you can access any regional Netflix library. But very restricted ones like in South Korea or China will raise more suspicion and face stricter blocking.
What’s the easiest way to setup a VPN to avoid Netflix detection?
Using a router-level VPN solution gives you the most configuration options to avoid detection. Client-based VPN apps are simpler but offer less customization.
What should I do if Netflix is still blocking my VPN?
First try reconnecting to get a fresh IP address. If issues persist, contact your VPN provider for support or change to a different protocol, server location or VPN provider.
Can using a VPN to stream Netflix get me in legal trouble?
Will a free VPN or proxy work to access Netflix?
Rarely. Free services are much more easily detected and blocked. Paid services with custom configurations offer the best chance of avoiding VPN blocks.