Netflix Unblocked: A Guide to the Top Free VPNs That Deliver
Is it possible to use a free VPN to unblock Netflix? We've looked into it and found a couple of working options.
There are over 15,000 movies and series available on Netflix worldwide, but most of them cannot be streamed without the help of a VPN.
While many paid services successfully unblock most of Netflix (check out our guide to the best ones here), there are also a several free VPNs that work, depending on your requirements. These VPNs are suitable if you don't need access to all catalogs or if you are willing to accept less reliable or lower quality access to the streaming service.
In this article we'll take a deeper look at a completely free VPN that works with Netflix, examining its advantages and limitations, along with a couple of (also free) alternatives.
If you prefer a paid VPN that reliably unblocks almost all of Netflix, we recommend ExpressVPN. While not free, you can try it for 30 days and get a full refund if you cancel before the trial period ends. Perfect if you only want to watch a few movies or plan to binge-watch a series.
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Working option: Use the free version of AtlasVPN
AtlasVPN is a paid VPN service that also provides a completely free, but somewhat limited, version. Finding the signup page for the free version on their site can be a bit tricky as they try to steer you towards paying, but the trick is to click the "Log in" link in the top right corner before finding a "Sign up" (or "Get started") link on the next page that opens.
Once there, sign up using only your email, without having to provide any credit card details - the whole process is super simple and takes less than 5 minutes. Download the application, log in and you should be good to go.
Does AtlasVPN work with Netflix?
The free version of AtlasVPN includes access to 1 server in The Netherlands and 2 servers in the US (specifically, Los Angeles and New York). Only the US servers are compatible with Netflix but the good news is that both of these servers worked seamlessly without any issues. Considering that American Netflix is typically what you want to unblock, this is not a bad outcome. If you're already in the US and want to unblock the catalogs of other countries, AtlasVPN will do you no good, at least not the free version.
We're based in Sweden and managed to stream our test movie, Terminator 2 - currently only available in Canada and USA - without any interruptions or buffering problems.
While being able to unblock American Netflix for free is awesome, the bad news is that unless you pay, you can only transfer a maximum of 5GB per month. This is a pretty serious limitation since high quality video requires a lot of bandwidth and will deplete your allowance very quickly.
What does 5GB translate to in terms of "hours watched"? Well, according to Netflix, an hour of streaming is about 300MB on Low Quality, 700 MB on Medium Quality, 3GB on High Quality (1080p) and 7GB on Ultra HD (4K).
Basically, forget about Ultra HD, stick to Medium and you'll get 7-8 hours of free Netflix VPN time each month. Enough for 3 movies or a full 10 episode season of your fav series (as long as each episode is 45 min tops). Pretty good, considering it is free.
The server speeds are great and more than enough to stream in 4K quality without any buffering. Considering the data limitation we just mentioned above, you might want to think twice about streaming in this quality though.
Using Google's speed test we experienced a performance loss of about 20% when connecting from Sweden to Los Angeles (halfway across the globe), which is more than acceptable.
All in all, AtlasVPN is one of the few truly free VPN options that work with Netflix. It is fast, very easy to set up and works for unblocking American Netflix. The drawback is that it limits you to 7-8 hours of medium quality streaming per month.
Price: Free, no credit card necessary
Unblocks Netflix: USA
Limited data transfer: Yes, limited to 5GB per month
Other free VPNs and their Netflix compatibility
Works for some locations. Another great option if you want to unblock Netflix for free. Out of their supported free locations we managed to unblock the following Netflix libraries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey and Romania. Data transfer is limited to 10GB per month (2GB if you don't give them your email). Check it out here: https://windscribe.com/
Does not work with Netflix. This VPN offers a completely free version that includes 3 locations without any limit on the data transfered: Japan, The Netherlands and USA. While the unlimited data transfer was great, we couldn't get either of the servers working with Netflix, unfortunately.
Does not work. Not a VPN that we recommend for Netflix, or any video streaming at all, for that matter. Their servers don't unblock Netflix and they limit data transfer to 500MB per month, which wouldn't be enough for any streaming at all.
Does not work. We tried all their free server locations and didn't manage to unblock any Netflix libraries at all. Not recommended.
We could not test this VPN. It does not include the desktop client in the free version and the Android version wasn't available for download on Google Play in Sweden. We've heard it is supposed to work though, so if you manage to get it set up, let us know how it worked with Netflix.
Semi-free option: 30 day trial of ExpressVPN
OK - ExpressVPN does not offer a free version but we want to mention it in this article because it is the best VPN for unblocking Netflix, and it works for most locations. If you have a specific movie that you want to stream in mind and just want something that works, we recommend that you sign up for ExpressVPN. You will have to provide your credit card information, but if you cancel the subscription within 30 days, you will get a full refund, essentially making it free.
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There you have it! You can unblock Netflix for free, even though the experience might not be as smooth as using a paid VPN. Personally, if we couldn't use ExpressVPN, we would install both AtlasVPN and Windscribe and use Atlas for American Netflix and Windscribe for the rest. That combination will get you very far, for no money at all.