How to Unblock Netflix on Your iPhone/iPad Using a VPN

The Netflix catalog varies wildly from country to country, which means that depending on where you are you may get a more limited choice of titles. The good news is that there is a way to unblock Netflix from all over the world so that you can watch the biggest Netflix library on your iPad or iPhone.

In the US, the Netflix catalog provides access to around 4400 movies and 1330 TV shows. However, if you live in Europe or elsewhere around the globe, that catalog will vary massively and you could end up only having access to half of those titles. In fact, in some places like the Maldives, Monaco, or Indonesia, you will get around 15% of the whole US catalog.

Whether you are on vacation or traveling for business, suddenly having less content to watch is going to be frustrating. And if you happen to live in a location with a small Netflix catalog, then the problem is going to be permanent unless you rectify the situation.

The good news is that some good VPNs for your iPhone will let you pretend to be in a different country to watch more Netflix content.

How a VPN works

A VPN routes all your traffic from your iOS device to a VPN server in the country that you select. The best VPNs for iOS provide access to servers all over the world, allowing you to unblock a large number of different Netflix catalogs.

Market-leading VPNs tend to provide servers in anything between 35 and 94 countries around the globe. This means you can pretend to be just about anywhere. For watching more Netflix, it is generally better always to connect to a server in the US – because this is the Netflix library that has the most titles. However, depending on where you are in the world this may not necessarily be viable.

Some places, such as Northern Africa, Indonesia, or Sri Lanka, do not always have the fastest internet. This can make it hard to stream, without the added strain of a distant VPN connection. On these occasions, it may be better to connect to a VPN server that is a bit closer. Although this will mean that you do not get access to the largest Netflix catalog, you may still be able to increase it substantially.

The best Netflix catalogs

Once you have a VPN service installed on your iPhone or iPad, you will be prepared to “spoof” your location by connecting to a VPN server; no matter where you might go. And, as long as you opt for a VPN with plenty of server locations you will always be able to access a server that is nearby. So what are some of the best places you can connect to around the world?

In Europe, Ireland has one of the biggest catalogs available with around 2500 movies and 540 TV Shows, compared to Spain which only has 1050 movies and 237 TV shows and you get the picture.

In Asia, catalogs can be a bit small, and even in Australia, the Netflix catalog is limited to 1600 movies and 445 TV shows. The good news is that Japan now has one of the biggest Netflix catalogs in the world, which means it is always a good option in that part of the world.

At the end of the day, it all depends on where exactly you are, so you may want to do a little research on Netflix catalogs to figure out where exactly it is best to pretend to be using your VPN.

A little trial and error may go a long way, so be sure to start with the US catalog if you want to get the most content – and then try some places that are geographically closer if you experience any problems with buffering.


  1. Now I know how to do that. I think a VPN will do the trick for me. Thanks for this guide!

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