In this post, we will guide you on how to watch US Netflix from abroad.
If you follow the guide carefully, you’ll be able to access US Netflix from anywhere in the world within 10 minutes. (Be patient)
How To Watch US Netflix From Other Countries Without VPN?
Usually, to access US Netflix from abroad, you will have to fake your location to the US by using a VPN service. However, Netflix has been hitting hard on VPN services and blocking them.
Don’t worry, you can use a free Smart DNS service to bypass these restrictions. All you need to do is just;
- Register for a free Smart DNS account.
- Configure your device to use Smart DNS.
- Change Smart DNS region to the US Netflix.
- Watch US Netflix.
Complicated? NO! Follow the easy guide below.
STEP 1: Register For A Smart DNS Account
To register, go to the Smart DNS Proxy website, enter your email address and click on Sign up now! button.
Next, enter your name, a password to register with Smart DNS Proxy and click on SUBMIT.
You should now be getting an email from Smart DNS Proxy to verify your email address.
In the email you’ve received, please click on VERIFY YOUR EMAIL.
You will now be redirected to your account’s page and you should be able to see your account status.
STEP 2: Smart DNS Proxy Setup
Next, please set up a Smart DNS proxy service on your device.
To do so, click on the (+) icon next to the system you’re using and follow the instructions.
Click on the Wifi/Internet icon at the bottom right-hand side of your taskbar and click on Network & Internet Settings.
In the next screen, please click on Change Adapter Options under Status page.
Right-click on your active network adapter (Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection) and select Properties.
Please Un-Check Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) as the service doesn’t work over IPv6.
Next, double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or alternatively, you can select it and click on Properties.
In the General tab, click on Use the following DNS server addresses: and enter the DNS server addresses as per below:
- Prefered DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
- Alternate DNS Server: 220.127.116.11
When you’re done, click on OK.
Click on the Apple Logo located at the top left hand corner of your Mac and open System Preferences.
Navigate to Internet & Wireless and click on Network.
Select your active Internet Adapter (Wi-Fi if Wireless or Ethernet if Wired connection) and click on the Advanced button.
Select the DNS tab and click on the plus (+) button and enter the DNS server addresses as per below:
Note: You will need to click on the plus (+) button again to enter the second DNS server.
Click OK followed by the Apply button.
Choose Settings from Home screen.
Tap on Wi-Fi.
Find your Wireless connection (which has a tick or check mark) and click on the blue ‘i‘ icon.
You should now be in your Wi-Fi details page. At the Configure DNS section, tap on Automatic.
At the DNS configuration screen, tap on Manual and tap on the red (-) minus icon to remove your existing DNS address.
Now, tap on the (+) Add Server and enter the DNS server addresses as per below:
Note: You will need to click on the plus (+) button again to enter the second DNS server.
Once you’ve added two DNS servers as per the image above, tap on Save at the top right corner to save the settings.
For Android, you can use an app to configure your device easily. To do so, follow the steps below:
Once you’ve downloaded it, click on Install.
Next, Open the app and enter the following DNS servers as per below in the app and select START
- Primary Server: 18.104.22.168
- Secondary Server: 22.214.171.124
At the DnsChanger information, select OK.
When you see the Connection request message, select OK
If you see the Active status, you have configured your device. Next, just go to your home screen.
Note: If you no longer want to use the Smart DNS service, just tap on STOP.
Click the status area at the bottom of your screen, where your account picture is located.
Select Connected to … and take note of the network name.
Next, click on Settings…
On the Settings page, click on the network drop down menu and select your active Wi-Fi.
Now, click on the Network tab and select Custom name servers. Next, enter the DNS servers as per below in the two boxes.
Click Close to save your changes.
Go to your Terminal and type in sudo bash. This will give you super user privilege.
Once you have the superuser (administrator) access, type in the command below to back up your network configuration file.
cp /etc/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.orig
Next, type in the command below to remove the resolv.conf file.
Now, type in the command below one at a time.
- echo “nameserver 126.96.36.199” > /etc/resolv.conf
- echo “nameserver 188.8.131.52” >> /etc/resolv.conf
Finally, type in the command below to check if you’ve configured the DNS correctly.
If the set-up was successful, it will display the DNS addresses that you’ve specified earlier
Choose Settings from your Apple TV’s Main Screen.
Select on Network.
Select your network connection, Ethernet if you are connected via cable or Wi-Fi if you are using a wireless network.
Next, select Configure DNS.
By default, this should be set to Automatic. Change this to Manual.
Enter 054.229.171.243 as your DNS address and choose Done
From your Amazon Fire TV homescreen, navigate to Settings.
Head over to Device > About and select Network.
Take note of the IP Address and Gateway details as you will need this when setting up the connection.
Go back to the Settings page and select Network.
Select Configure Network if you are on a Wired connection or select your Wi-Fi network if you are connected wirelessly.
Note: The instructions below were based on a connection to a Wireless network, if you are on a Wired connection, please skip the wireless instructions.
If your Wifi network does not show up on this screen, please select See All Networks.
Next, forget the Settings of the Wireless network by pressing the Option button (3 lines) that can be found on your remote.
Select your Wi-Fi network again and once you’ve entered your password, click on Advanced.
The device network details that we need are the IP Address and Gateway that you note down earlier from the network About page.
IP address: Enter the IP address you noted down earlier.
Gateway: Enter the Gateway address you noted down earlier.
Network Prefix length: Enter 24
Enter the following DNS addresses accordingly. (one at a time)
DNS 1: 184.108.40.206
DNS 2: 220.127.116.11
Finally, select Connect to save the changes.
STEP 3: Check Smart DNS Configuration Status
Now that you’ve configured your device to use the Smart DNS, go to your Account and you should see green checkmarks next to DNS Setup and IP activation.
Note: If you didn’t get the green checkmarks, simply refresh the page.
Next, go to your Account’s region configuration, ensure the Netflix On button is highlighted, Choose United States from the drop-down menu and click on Update.
Watch US Netflix
That’s it! You can now watch US Netflix abroad and stream your favourite Movies.
Below is the example that I can watch (outside USA) the title “Man with a plan” which is only made available in the US Netflix.
Frequently Asked Questions
European Netflix Account
If your account is from an E.U. member state (i.e. you pay for it in a European currency, have a European IP address etc) then wherever you travel in Europe you will only see the content from your home country.
Someone from the UK travelling in France will see the content from UK Netflix and not the different French content however an American travelling around Europe will see the content from the country they are currently in. I.e. it only affects subscribers who pay for their account in Europe
In other words, For EU registered account, they can take their home catalogue with them and access them whilst being in EU.
Is Smart DNS Proxy Safe?
Absolutely! Most of the region-restricted websites have an initial location check, so a Smart DNS service route this request to their servers so you can bypass them.
This is a great service for Streaming as they only route the Internet traffic for the TV sites they support. Any other Internet traffic goes directly onto the Internet without Smart DNS service automatically.
Is Smart DNS Proxy Free?
You can use their service for 14 days for Free! They will not ask for your payment details and therefore, you will not be charged.
On the 14th day, you can either take a subscription with them or just don’t take any action. The free trial account will be automatically cancelled.
Personally, I would highly recommend their service because they support over 600+ TV channels and you can access it from anywhere in the world.
As low as $4 per month, their subscription is really cheap and it’s a good bargain.
This is also a great service for those who want to cancel their expensive cable TV subscription and look for a cheaper alternative.
Smart DNS Proxy Stopped Working?
Unfortunately, whenever your public IP address changes, you will need to activate/update your IP.
To do so, login into your Account and click on Activate next to IP activation and you’re done.
Just to share, your IP address could have changed due to;
- You are connecting from a different network. (Other Wi-Fi / 4G)
- Your Internet connection got cut off momentarily.
- Internet router was rebooted.
- Your ISP made some changes or rebooted their system on their back end.
Smart DNS Proxy Is Asking Me To Upgrade?
During the 14-days free trial, you are given access to Netflix US via Windows and macOS web browsers only. If you subscribe, you can then access it on all devices such as Android, iOs, TV boxes, smart TVs, etc.
Can I Use My Netflix Account Overseas?
Netflix is now available in most of the countries worldwide but the only limitation would be the catalogue you’ll be getting.
The largest movies/shows catalogue are being served in the US and UK region.
How To Change Netflix Country/Region?
You can’t change Netflix region in your account itself. This is because Netflix serves the region to you automatically based on the country you’re in. However, you can use a Smart DNS service to bypass this restriction and pick your region.
How Do I know My Netflix Region?
Please read on my other post on how to check your Netflix region.
Can I watch Netflix For Free?
Netflix offers 30-days free trial which you can sign up. It will be converted into a paid subscription once the free trial expires. If you don’t want to pay for it, simply cancel Netflix subscription before your trial expires.
Netflix says ‘You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy.’
This is because you’re using a VPN service and/or it detects your IP address is coming from an encrypted connection. You’ll have to disable it and try again. For any other errors or issues, please have look at Netflix Support page.
Whilst Netflix is being aggressive on VPN service providers, they are still easy on Smart DNS proxy service providers.
For now, we can all still enjoy accessing US Netflix from anywhere in the world.