Updated: July 30th, 2014 – This method still works for using Netflix in India.
Note: The program I use to watch Netflix in India is called ExpressVPN. You can learn more by visiting Expressvpn.com or checking out the rest of the guide below. Enjoy!
If you are currently living in India then you already know that Netflix is not available to you. In fact, unless you’re living in a handful of very lucky countries like the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, and a few others, you’re can’t “officially” signup and access Netflix.com which is a huge bummer because, well, the service is pretty awesome!
I do have some good news for you though! It is not only possible but its very easy for you to signup and start using the Netflix movie streaming service as if you were located within the United States. With the help of a very easy to install piece of software, you can be using Netflix within a few minutes.
If you’ve ever tried to access Netflix in India or anywhere outside of their approved service countries, you’ll get a message that says something like “Netflix has not come to your part of the world yet. Sorry for the inconvenience!” This is because Netflix uses a process called “geo-targeting” where they can use your IP address to find out where you are in the world. They’ll be able to tell your IP address from your Internet Service Provide (ISP) is an Indian IP address.
To access Netflix in India, we’re going to need to change our IP address from an Indian IP address to a US IP address. Makes sense right?
By far the easiest way to change your IP address is by using something called a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Don’t let the acronym scare you – VPNs are a lot easier to setup and use than you might think.
In a nutshell, a VPN is a tiny piece of software that you install on your computer. The VPN software allows you to remotely connect to a server somewhere else in the world like, Manhattan, New York for example. Basically your computer establishes a connection with the remote service in New York City and you can begin surfing the web as if your computer was located in New York. Pretty cool, right?
Good question! There are A LOT of VPN software provides online but they are NOT all created equally. Many of them don’t work well because they connect you to slow servers, others don’t work at all! I learned this the hard way and I ended up signing up with 3 different VPN companies before finding ExpressVPN. Some of the other programs I tried were able to change my IP address and location successfully but their servers weren’t fast enough to stream movies over Netflix. This is one of the main reasons to go with ExpressVPN.
To be honest though, there are a ton of reason why I feel Hidemyass is the best vpn provider online. Instead of repeating all the reasons why ExpressVPN is the best VPN for Netflix, I’ll give you the brief overview.
ExpressVPN works on both PC (windows) and Mac computers. They also support Android and iOS devices which is an awesome bonus! The company has many, many server locations in different countries giving you thousands of IP addresses to use. They also offer the fastest bandwidth speeds out of all the VPN providers I’ve tried.
Connecting to the VPN is extremely easy to do as well. You simply load the application and it will look like the screenshot below. Connecting the to VPN is as easy as entering your username and password.
You can then use the menu to select your new IP address location. Like I said, there are some many locations to choose from and ExpressVPN is always adding new servers which are made available to you for no additional charge. Here’s how the app looks when connected on my Android smartphone:
Once you’ve connected to the VPN and you’ve changed your IP address to an American IP address, you can head over to Netflix.com to signup for an account. All you have to do is remember to stay connected to ExpressVPN while accessing movies on Netflix.
I hope you enjoyed this guide and please feel free to ask questions by leaving a comment below!