How to Unlock Hulu on Your Android Outside the US

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A rich library of on-demand video including TV shows, movies, and originals has amassed more than 28 million Hulu subscribers.  In fact, Hulu added twice as many subscribers in the U.S. as Netflix did so far in 2019.

The content on Hulu is only available in the United States. If you try to log in to your Hulu account from outside the U.S., you will see an error message and be blocked.

“Based on your IP-address, we noticed you are trying to access Hulu through an anonymous proxy tool. Hulu is not currently available outside the U.S. If you’re in the U.S, you’ll need to disable your anonymizer to access videos on Hulu.”

Here’s why:  Hulu owns the rights to exhibit programs in the United States but may not own the rights to show it internationally.  Because of that, Hulu needs to verify that you are located in the U.S. when you sign on.

That’s no problem if you’re at home but can be frustrating when you’re travelling abroad because you’re paying for a subscription service that you can’t use.

How To Bypass Hulu Proxy Error

If you live outside the U.S. or travel outside the U.S., you will not be able to see it unless you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).  A VPN is the best way to get around the geographic blocks that Hulu and other streaming services put in your way.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

VPNs hide your identity and encrypt the traffic coming and going from your device.  Instead of displaying the IP address of your device, when you connect to a VPN server, it will show the IP address of the server.  If you want to appear as if your device is connecting to the internet in the U.S. while you’re travelling, you choose a U.S. based VPN server.

When you connect to that server, you create a private tunnel.  That server makes a separate internet connection to websites and streaming services, such as Hulu.  That means Hulu will only detect the server’s location and not yours.  Once it gets the stream in return, it forwards it to your device for you to see.

We should warn you that Hulu discourages the use of VPNs and anonymous proxy tools.  When they find traffic coming from VPNs, they work hard to block traffic.  Free VPNs use a limited number of proxy servers and rarely work for very long.  If you are comparing VPN services for Android, you will want a reliable, high-quality VPN with a large number of servers.  This means you’ll probably have to pay for the service.

How To Use A VPN On Your Android Device

Using a VPN on your Android device is a straight-forward process.  Once you’ve decided on the right VPN for you, download the App.  You’ll find a download page on the provider’s website or in the Google Play app store.  If you are going to use more than one device running Android, make sure your license will allow for multiple devices without additional costs.

Once you have downloaded and installed the VPN, enter the login credentials you used to sign up for the service.  After you connect, most VPNs will connect to a server.  The closer the server is to your physical location, the fewer concerns there are about speed and latency.  You now have a secure connection.

If you want to change the server location you are using, you can do so from a map or a pull-down menu.  To access Hulu while outside the U.S., choose a U.S> based server.

Some VPNs will offer specialized servers or service for streaming video.

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