How to Fix the Netflix Proxy Error? – Complete Guide

Updated on: 7 February 2019
Updated on: 7 February 2019

“Whoops, something went wrong… You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

Does the above look familiar?

It’s when Netflix has detected that you are using a proxy IP address or a VPN and it blocks your access to the content library.

Read below in order to find out how to bypass the Netflix proxy and unblocker error.

1. How to bypass the Netflix proxy error?

There are a few scenarios depending on which you will have to do different things. Read below to find out more.

1. If you are already using a proxy or a VPN to unblock Netflix

In this case it means that the IP address you are using has been blocked by Netflix. If you are using a proxy then you will have to find a new working IP address and connect with that IP address.

If you are using a VPN then you will have to disconnect from the VPN server you are connected to and find a different server that is not yet banned by Netflix.

But if no server or IP address works with the VPN you are using then you will have to find a new VPN application that is proven to work with Netflix and use that instead.

In my personal experience NordVPN is excellent to unblock Netflix and never experience the Netflix proxy unblocker error. I’m personally using it for Netflix myself and can confirm 100% that it does definitely work.

Once you have either chosen a new server or found a new VPN app, all you have to do is to connect to a working server and refresh Netflix.

2. You are using a proxy or a VPN but for not Netflix

You may be using a VPN for other reasons that wanting to unblock Netflix and as such you don’t need the VPN to be up and running for Netflix. In this case you will have to disconnect from the VPN you are using or deactivate your proxy settings from your browser.

It’s likely that Netflix has detected that you use a VPN or proxy and has banned that IP address, so if you don’t need those while you are using Netflix you should deactivate them.

3. You are not using any proxy or VPN at all

In some rare cases Netflix may give false positives and think that your normal IP address is a proxy or belongs to a VPN. In these cases you will see the Netflix proxy error even if you are not using a VPN.

If you encounter this problem then you will have to shut down your wifi router, wait for 10 seconds and then reactivate it again.

You will also have to clear all cookies from your browser.

If you do the above then you will be able to again access Netflix.

Usually deleting cookies alone helps in most situations but if not then do the wifi reset as well (and clean cookies yet again after you have restarted your wifi!).

2. How does Netflix know I’m using a VPN?

There are simple ways for Netflix to know what IP belongs to a VPN. They have people whose job is to sign up to various VPN networks and put their IP addresses onto a blacklist.

This is why no free VPN works with Netflix, as all their IPs have been blacklisted.

Fortunately there are many premium VPNs out there like NordVPN that have tens of thousands of IP addresses that get continually updated and replaced, and as such Netflix will never be able to ban all of them. This means that with such a VPN you will always be able to access Netflix and not encounter the Netflix unblocker error.

3. Why does Netflix ban VPN and proxy IPs?

Netflix has a different content library for every country. This is because many movies and TV shows are only licensed to be displayed for a selected number of countries. The US Netflix library has the largest number of movies and TV shows available.

With a VPN however you can receive access to the full US (or any other country) library without the annoying Netflix proxy error message.

4. What are the best VPNs for Netflix?

A VPN that always works for Netflix will have to have a huge number of servers as well as tens of thousands of IP addresses that will get regularly replaced and updated once Netflix bans them. Such as VPN is NordVPN that I myself personally use to unblock Netflix.

NordVPN also has advanced servers with latest-generation hardware allowing you to seamlessly stream HD and 4k content on Netflix without buffering issues or reduction in quality.

With NordVPN I have never experienced the dreaded and annoying Netflix proxy error.

Written by: Elizabeth March

Advanced ITSEC Specialist Based in Cambridge, England, Elizabeth has held notable positions for a range of high-profile vendors and clients in the European IT Security and Communications Sector. As a former IT Trainer, Technical Specialist, and Product Manager; she transitioned into the role of an expert IT Copywriter in 2015. Since then, her works have been published globally, and she continues to help people easily decipher complex technical challenges and make informed decisions about their digital lives.

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