You are probably already aware that Netflix in Australia is missing a lot of the content which comes with Netflix in the USA. Americans get to enjoy both more TV shows and movies on Netflix and this is the main reason why so many Aussies choose to change their Netflix region to USA. In this comprehensive tutorial, I will provide you with detailed instructions on how to get the American version of Netflix in Australia using VPN or Smart DNS proxies. I have included tutorials for most of the popular streaming devices such as Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox, Fire TV, and Apple TV.
How to Get American Netflix in Australia – The VPN Solution
If you’re not completely convinced about the usefulness of Smart DNS, you can try a VPN. VPN also helps you unlock regionally blocked content. A VPN enables you to obtain an IP address from the country where the content you want to stream isn’t blocked. This means that you have to choose a US VPN server and get an American IP address if you want to watch US Netflix.
Choosing an American VPN server means you get access to all Internet channels that are exclusively available in America. You can Watch US Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, WWE Network, and many more streaming networks.
A VPN efficiently encrypts your traffic data to protect you from eavesdropping by your ISP, government agencies, or hackers.
As long as you are using VPN, you can switch your local IP address for a foreign one. However, this might result in not being able to access some local websites.
A VPN still works efficiently even if an ISP uses Transparent Proxies or DNS Hijacking.
Thanks to VPN clients and apps for PC/Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android, installing a VPN on these devices only takes a couple of minutes.
Unblock Netflix USA on PC/Mac?
Changing your Netflix region to America on your personal computer is pretty simple. Follow these instructions.
Sign up with a VPN provider that still supports unblocking American Netflix.
Download and install the VPN client on your PC or Mac.
Launch the client and sign into it using your VPN account.
Connect to an American VPN server.
You can then watch American streaming channels including Netflix, Hulu, and HBO GO.
How to Watch US Netflix on iPhone/iPad
Take a look at the steps below to get American Netflix on your iOS device.
As is the case with PC or Mac, you need to make sure that the VPN you are using actually still work with Netflix.
If you have signed up with a VPN service but haven’t been able to watch US Netflix in Australia for some reason, get in touch with the VPN’s support team.
If you haven’t yet registered a VPN account, take a look at the best American VPNs for Netflix below.
Once you have chosen and signed up with a VPN provider, head over to the Apple Store and download their corresponding VPN app.
Then launch the app, sign into it, and connect to a US server.
How to Unblock American Netflix on Android
Getting American Netflix on Android smartphones or tablets is the same process as with iPhone or iPad.
PlayStation consoles, including PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, do not natively support VPN. You have two options to get American Netflix on your PS.
Setup your American VPN connection on a DD-WRT router. This way all the devices you connect to that router, including your PS3/PS4 will appear to be located in Australia.
Sign up with a VPN service which offers its users Smart DNS proxies. In this case you can directly configure the primary and secondary DNS on the PlayStation itself, without having to fiddle with your router.
Go to Settings ->Network.
Choose ‘Set up Internet connection’.
Select Wi-Fi or LAN depending on how you connect to the Internet
Choose Automatic for IP-address
Choose do not specify for DHCP Host Name
Then select ‘Manual’ for DNS settings.
Type in the Primary DNS and Secondary DNS ExpressVPN provided you with.
Click Next to test the connection.
Finally, restart your PS4.
How to Unblock American Netflix on Xbox One or Xbox 360
You cannot setup VPN directly onto a Xbox gaming device. In order to get the USA version of Netflix on your Xbox, choose one of the two solutions I have listed below.
Configure your American VPN connection on a DD-WRT router. Once you have connected your Xbox to that router it will share its US VPN connection.
Alternatively, you can sign up with a VPN service which offers its users Smart DNS proxies. In this case you can directly configure the primary and secondary DNS on your Xbox. There’s no need to change your router’s configuration.
Launch the Xbox and go to the Dashboard.
Then press the options button on your controller.
Go to Network -> Advanced Settings -> DNS settings.
Now, type in the Primary DNS and Secondary DNS ExpressVPN provided for you.
Press B to save.
Restart your Xbox One.
How to Change Netflix Region on Roku
Roku is probably one of the hardest devices to configure. That’s because it neither support setting up DNS nor a VPN on it. In order to get American Netflix on your Roku, follow these steps.
If your router does not support VPN, make sure your VPN service offers Smart DNS proxies. These DNS servers addresses can be configured on most routers.
Watch American Netflix on Fire TV/FireStick
Setting up an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick to get US Netflix can be done in two ways.
Either install the American VPN connection on your router.
Or, sign up with a VPN that provides its client with Smart DNS proxies and then complete the following steps.
On your Amazon Fire TV, go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘System’ -> ‘About’ -> ‘Network’ and note down your FireTV’s network configuration.
Now, go to settings -> Systems -> WI-FI.
Then, select your WI-FI network and forget WI-FI network by Pressing the button with three lines on it.
Press the select button.
Select your WI-FI network.
Enter your WI-FI password and Click on Advanced
Type in the IP address, Gateway and Prefix you have noted down earlier.
For DNS 1 and DNS 2, use the primary and secondary DNS server addresses you have obtained from your VPN provider.
Finally, finish the setup and restart your Fire TV.
How to Get American Netflix on your Smart TV
Most Smart TVs do not support VPN. To watch Netflix USA on your Samsung, Sony, or LG Smart TV, use one of the following methods.
First, sign up with ExpressVPN or any other VPN that offers a Smart DNS proxy service.
Get your primary and secondary DNS server addresses from your VPN provider.
Then, turn on your Smart TV.
Next, go to your TV’s network settings -> Advanced.
Set DNS to Manual.
Type in the primary and secondary DNS.
Finally, restart your Smart TV.
Watch Netflix USA on Your Apple TV
At the moment, the only way to unblock American Netflix on your Apple TV outside of the USA is to setup a VPN connection on a VPN-compatible router.
Best American VPNs in 2017
I spent a considerable amount of time searching and testing different VPN providers. At the moment, I’m using ExpressVPN. They provide around the clock support, have about 97 VPN locations around the world, and offer a 30-day refund guarantee. Most importantly, however, is the fact you can still get American Netflix using any of the top VPNs in the list below.
How to Get American Netflix in Australia – Smart DNS Solution
Read This Update:Unlocator does not support unblocking Netflix anymore. As of May 22nd, 2017, I have tested ExpressVPN and can confirm that this method still works. If you are receiving the following Netflix proxy error (netflix.com/proxy). “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”To get American Netflix in Australia, you can use ExpressVPN.
My preferred method when it comes to unblocking and changing Netflix regions is Smart DNS. To use this method, you have to change your DNS codes on your streaming device. The Smart DNS Proxy service you choose provides you with the needed DNS codes. Smart DNS only has to re-channel bits of your connection to help you bypass all sorts of regional restrictions. It has many other advantages as well.
All streaming devices are compatible with Smart DNS. You can unblock US/UK or any other Netflix region on your iPhone, Android, PC/Mac, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 or Xbox.
Since Smart DNS doesn’t redirect all your traffic, you will not suffer from Internet speed loss.
You can unblock geoblocked content from multiple regions simultaneously. This gives you the chance to watch both UK Amazon Instant Video and US Netflix without needing to make any changes to your Smart DNS configuration.
Your local IP address remains the same and you don’t have to worry about getting blocked from accessing any Australian websites or online services.
As mentioned earlier, you can take advantage of Unlocator’s 7-day free trial to test Smart DNS. I’ve been using their services for quite some time and they are constantly adding to their list of 197 unblocked channels. You can also check their video/setup guides if you need help with your Smart DNS configuration.
How to Check Your Netflix Region
Follow these simple steps to validate whether you are really getting American Netflix or not.
First, setup VPN or Smart DNS on your streaming device as instructed above.
Then, log into your Netflix account.
Select the ‘Search’ bar.
Type the following ‘Star Crossed’.
If the title shows up, click on it and try to watch it.
If the title plays correctly, you have successfully changed your Netflix region to USA.
In case you cannot find that title, or if you are getting the Netflix Proxy error, you are not really watching American Netflix. In that case, contact your VPN provider’s support or simply sign up with a different VPN service.
iOS (iPhone, iPad)
Windows PC and Smartphones
Amazon Fire TV
Fire TV stick
Google Nexus Player
Smart TV (Samsung, Sony, Philips, Toshiba, LG, Panasonic..)
Xbox One, Xbox 360
PS4, PS3, PS Vita
How to Get American Netflix in Australia in 2017
That’s all you need to know about unblocking and watching US Netflix among other Netflix regions in Australia. I have tried to make this tutorial as comprehensive as possible. However, there are always bound to be issues here and there. Feel free to leave a comment below in case you need further help on how to get American Netflix in Australia on your PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, or any other streaming device.