Updated – August 21, 2017 – I can confirm this method still works for accessing Netflix in Germany.
However, for those living outside the US, Netflix libraries can be quite limited.
For example, here in Germany Netflix subscribers have access to 350 TV shows and 1435 movies while Americans have access to more than 5 times these numbers!
Don’t worry though, thanks to a cool little trick I found, it’s super easy to access US Netflix from Germany.
What we’re going to do is install a tiny bit of software that’s going to trick you computer into thinking it is based inside the USA (this is 100% legal in case you’re concerned). I know this may sound complicated but I assure you that it takes no more than 5 minutes to have everything up and working. This is a lot easier than you may think and you really need absolutely no technical skills to get this setup.
So, if you’re in Germany and you’re eager to start streaming US movies and TV shows from Netflix, keep reading and by the end of this post you’ll have everything you need to do just that.
Okay let’s do a quick technical overview of why you can’t currently watch the US version of Netflix in Germany. Netflix employs a little technical trick known as geotargeting which allows them to see where you are in the world based on your IP address. They then restrict user with non-us IP addresses from normally accessing their service.
This is why you see the Netflix Germany library when you login.
Basically what we need to do is change our IP address so that Netflix thinks we’re located within the US.
Changing you IP address may sound like a daunting task but I assure you that’s its much, much easier than you think. We’re going to use a well known privacy software called a VPN which stands for Virtual Private Network. VPNs are used by large corporations and individuals who are looking to increase privacy and security when they’re on the internet.
You can learn a lot more about how a VPN works by reading this post.
Okay let’s jump right into setting up a VPN. Lucky for us, there are countless VPN providers online today but only a handful that will work with Netflix. Personally I use ExpressVPN which is one of the more reputable companies offering this service (I also recommend IPVanish and Express VPN). I highly urge you to stick with one of these 3 companies because they offer fast download / server speeds which are crucial since we’ll be streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix.
I’m not going to go into too much detail on why I chose ExpressVPN…
I will give you just the brief points on why I recommend and use these guys.
In the rest of this guide I’m going to show you how to setup ExpressVPN. I took these screenshots on my Android device but Express also works amazingly well on Windows, Macbook and all other popular operating systems.
After you’ve established a connection to the VPN server of your choice you can confirm that you’re IP address has been changed by going to showip.net.
If you’re looking to access Netflix from elsewhere in Europe you can read this guide.
I hope you enjoyed this guide and Enjoy watching Netflix From Germany please feel free to ask questions by leaving a comment below!