Netflix is locked in a continuous game of Cat and Mouse with ExpressVPN, NordVPN and all of the other best VPNs. This is because Netflix announced a ban on all VPNs back in 2016. ExpressVPN and NordVPN are two of the best at navigating around the bans… however, their methods don’t work 100% of the time. Here we show you what to do if ExpressVPN and NordVPN are not working with Netflix.
Netflix detecting ExpressVPN/NordVPN
This Game of Cat and Mouse has been going on for a couple of years now. The VPNs win the game 99% of the time. However that 1% when Netflix’s bans are effective is frustrating. Especially to customer’s subscribing to a VPN for that very reason.
So what can you do?
Wait. That’s your first option. Both ExpressVPN and NordVPN have dedicated technical teams that monitor their connections to Netflix 24/7. When they detect a problem, they start working on a fix immediately. The amount of time it takes for the VPNs to implement a fix varies. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
The best way to fix the problem is to use a VPN that lets you buy a dedicated IP add-on. This fixes the problem at the root of the cause.
The way Netflix detects a VPN is pretty basic. It measures the number of logins coming from a single IP address. And as VPNs filter thousands of customers through shared servers (and IPs), this makes a shared VPN server easy to spot. Which makes them easy to blacklist.
This is why buying a VPN with a dedicated IP is an excellent way to permanently beat the Netflix VPN ban. You (and only you!) will be the only person who has access to your dedicated IP. Which means the number of logins coming from your IP address will look perfectly normal. Just like an average household in the US! Which means Netflix won’t ever be able to detect that you’re using a VPN – so your VPN connection won’t get blacklisted.
How to fix
There are two VPNs with dedicated IPs that I recommend:
- The best is PureVPN which costs $1.99/month (on top of the regular subscription of $2.49/month).
- NordVPN has recently added dedicated IPs to its list of add-on features too. However, NordVPN charges $70/year for the dedicated IP (on top of its regular monthly subscription of $3.29/month.)
See our round-up of the Best Dedicated IP VPN services for more information.
Note, there are only a finite number of dedicated IPs available with each VPN provider. PureVPN, for example, has sold out of dedicated IPs in the UK. This is because a lot of users have adopted PureVPN’s dedicated IP to fix the issue of BBC iPlayer detecting VPNs.