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How to Get a Cheap Netflix Account Using a VPN

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You can get a cheap Netflix account for as little as $5.44 per month by using a VPN to sign up from a different country. That’s a saving of up to 53% compared to a US subscription plan. Pakistan has the cheapest Netflix subscription price, but we found that the easiest and most reliable countries to use are Ukraine and Brazil.

How to get cheap Netflix with a VPN

Netflix changes its pricing plans by region. That means a Netflix subscription costs a different amount depending on where you are in the world.

Netflix is much cheaper in some countries compared to others. Put simply, you may be paying more for your Netflix account because of where you were when you created it.

Using a VPN service, you can get a Netflix account much cheaper by changing the region of your account. In fact, you don’t even need to create a new account – you can use it to reduce the cost of your current subscription.

Summary: How to get cheap Netflix with a VPN

  1. Buy a VPN with servers in the countries you need. We recommend PIA VPN, which has a cheap subscription price and servers in Ukraine.
  2. Open the VPN application and connect to a server in Ukraine.
    1. Create a new Netflix account if you don’t have one.
    2. If you do have a Netflix account, cancel your subscription. Once your billing period expires, proceed to Step 3.
  3. Select your subscription plan.
  4. Proceed to payment and enter your card details.
  5. Enter your phone number.
  6. Enjoy your new, cheap Netflix subscription.

In this guide, we’ll explain this VPN trick in detail so you can start saving on your Netflix subscription. You’ll find out which country has the cheapest Netflix subscription, which VPN to use, and how to unlock additional Netflix libraries, too.

EXPERT TIP: To maximize your savings, we recommend using Private Internet Access or PrivateVPN to get a cheap Netflix subscription.

Both these VPNs cost less than $3.00 per month on their cheapest pricing plan, and can create cheap Netflix accounts via Ukraine. PIA is the most reliable choice, with 25 VPN servers in Ukraine. PrivateVPN has just one Ukrainian server, but also works to unblock 10 international Netflix regions.

How to Get a Cheaper Netflix Subscription Using a VPN

You can save money on your Netflix account by using a VPN service. To do this, you’ll need to sign up to Netflix while connected to a VPN server in a region where Netflix charges a lower monthly fee.

For example, one month’s Netflix subscription in the United States costs either $6.99, $15.49, $22.99 depending on whether you get the Basic with Ads, Standard, or Premium plan. The exact same packages cost the equivalent of $5.44, $8.17, and $10.90 in Ukraine.

That means a potential total savings of $145.00 per year, simply by following these instructions and signing up using a VPN connected to Ukraine. That’s a huge saving, even factoring in the cost of the VPN.

Here’s a video demonstrating how to get a cheap Netflix account using Private Internet Access:

Once you've got your VPN set up, the cheap Netflix signup process is virtually the same as normal.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to get a cheap Netflix subscription:

  1. Subscribe to a VPN service with servers in the country you need. We recommend Private Internet Access.
  2. Download the VPN application and open it. Connect to a server in Ukraine.
  3. If you don’t have a Netflix account, go to the Netflix website and begin the process of making one.Signing into Netflix while PIA is connected to Ukraine
  4. If you do have a Netflix account, cancel your subscription and wait until the end of your billing period. Once it fully expires (in a maximum of one month’s time) proceed to the next step.
  5. While connected to the VPN, select your subscription plan. You can choose between Basic, Standard, or Premium – Basic will be the cheapest, but you can select whichever is best for you.Choosing a Netflix pricing plan in Euros
  6. Proceed to payment. Ukraine is a particularly good region because it accepts payment methods from banks outside of the country. For example we used a UK American Express credit card.Choosing a payment method for Netflix while connected to a Ukrainian VPN server
  7. Enter your phone number. Ukrainian accounts can be created with a phone number from anywhere in the world – just select your international dialing code from the dropdown menu.The successful Netflix signup screen, including a dropdown of dialing codes for the cell phone associated with the account
  8. Enjoy your new, low-cost Netflix subscription. You can now turn your VPN off and watch as usual. Your available content will be unaffected and you’ll be billed automatically each month without any need to use your VPN again.Accessing the Netflix home page as normal while connected to a Ukraine VPN server using our new cheap account

Will Subscribing in a Different Country Change Your Netflix Region?

Signing up to Netflix while connected to a VPN will not change your Netflix region. You’ll get a cheaper monthly subscription price, but the content available to you will not be affected.

Your Netflix library is always based on where Netflix thinks you’re located at that moment. This is determined via your IP address. If you sign up through a Ukraine VPN server and then disconnect from the VPN you’ll be shown all of the usual Netflix content for your current location.

Once you’ve signed up you can use the same VPN to change your Netflix region, if you want to. Simply connect to another VPN region, then open Netflix to access that country’s unique content instead.

Put simply, this cheap Netflix trick gives you the best of both worlds. You can turn your VPN off and watch your home country’s Netflix content as usual, or you can connect to a different VPN server and unlock even more geo-restricted content, all for a heavily-discounted price.

Which VPN Should You Use to Get Cheap Netflix?

Not every VPN works to get cheap Netflix. If Netflix detects the fact you’re using a VPN, it won’t show you regional pricing, even if you’re connected to a server in a cheaper region.

Many VPN services that offer servers in countries like Ukraine or Brazil often struggle to beat Netflix’s VPN detection.There are plenty of VPNs that simply do not work with Netflix.

How to unblock Netflix proxy error.

Netflix is good at detecting VPNs – you’ll see this message if yours doesn’t work.

Our testing has shown that Private Internet Access is the best VPN to get cheaper Netflix. Not only does it work to get Ukrainian pricing, one of the cheapest possible, but it is also a very cheap VPN itself.

At its absolute cheapest, PIA costs the equivalent of $2.03 per month. That means that you still save money on your Netflix account even when factoring in the cost of PIA.

How to use Netflix with Private Internet Access

We easily unblocked US Netflix using Private Internet Access.

As a bonus, you get all the other online security and privacy benefits that go along with owning a top-quality VPN.

EXPERT TIP: Private Internet Access is the best choice for cheap Netflix overall. It’s cheap, works with Netflix, and it has several servers in Ukraine. However, if you also want to unblock multiple Netflix regions, we recommend PrivateVPN, which works with 10 international libraries.

What’s the Best Free VPN for Cheap Netflix?

PrivadoVPN Free is the only free VPN we recommend for getting cheap Netflix. Out of all the free VPNs we’ve tested, it is the only one which is safe, has a server in a cheap Netflix region, and works with our cheap Netflix trick.

To get cheaper Netflix using PrivadoVPN Free, simply follow the steps we outlined above – but connect to PrivadoVPN Free’s Brazil server.

This Brazil server works in exactly the same way as PIA’s Ukraine server. You don’t need to provide a Brazilian phone number, and it accepts payment methods from all over the world (we used a UK Mastercard).

You can see our current billing period in Brazilian Real, as well as our previous period where we paid in Euros – Netflix doesn’t mind if you change regions and currencies.

The only downside to this method is that a Netflix subscription in Brazil is slightly more expensive than in Ukraine. After tax, a Brazilian Premium 4K Netflix plan costs R$55.90, which is equal to roughly $10.50 in the United States – almost a dollar more per month than a Ukraine subscription.

Which Cheap VPN Unblocks the Most Netflix Libraries?

While Private Internet Access and PrivadoVPN Free are the two best VPNs for getting cheaper Netflix, they’re not great for unblocking international Netflix libraries. PIA only works with Netflix US and Italy, while PrivadoVPN Free only works with Netflix US.

If you want a VPN that can get you cheaper Netflix and unblock multiple Netflix libraries from around the world, we recommend PrivateVPN.

It works to get you cheap Netflix in exactly the same way using the exact same steps outlined above, but it’s also able to unblock a massive 10 Netflix libraries – far more than PIA. It’s only $2.00 per month on its longest deal, and it also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

We recommend PIA overall because of its reliability. PrivateVPN only has one single server in Ukraine – if this server stops working, you won’t be able to get a cheap subscription. PIA, on the other hand, has 25 servers in Ukraine.

PrivateVPN’s chat support confirmed for us how many Ukraine servers it maintains.

How Much Does Netflix Cost in Different Countries?

The cost of a Netflix subscription varies greatly depending on what country you’re in. The cheapest Netflix subscription is available in Pakistan, where it costs the equivalent of $3.86 (Rs 1,100) per month for a Premium membership.

The most expensive membership is in Liechtenstein and Switzerland, where that same Premium membership costs the equivalent of $28.20 (24.90 CHF) per month.

Here’s a table comparing the price of a Netflix subscription in different countries:

*Denotes a region where the Basic tier has been replaced by the Standard with Ads tier.

Subscriptions via regions cheaper than Ukraine are only accessible to those with a local payment method and/or a local cell phone number.

Which Country Has the Cheapest Netflix Subscription?

Pakistan has the cheapest Netflix subscription, followed by Egypt. Pakistan’s Basic Netflix subscription tier is just $1.58 per month. The two regions used to be closer in price, but the gap has grown following a Netflix price hike in October 2023 that affected lots of cheaper regions. Pakistan was fortunately not affected.

So why don’t we recommend signing up for Netflix using a VPN server in those regions? The answer is simple: because it’s highly likely that they won’t work for you.

In the table above we’ve featured eight of the cheapest Netflix regions in the world. However there are extra blocks in place to prevent signup to the six cheapest. Some require a payment method from that region, while others require a local phone number.

Netflix asking for a Turkish phone number to verify a new account

There is no way to bypass Netflix demanding a Turkish cell phone number

That’s why the cheapest region we recommend is Ukraine: because it accepts any phone number and any credit or debit card.

Can You Get Netflix for Free?

In the vast majority of cases, you cannot get Netflix for free. However, you can get it much cheaper using the method we’ve outlined above.

There is only one exception to this: Kenya has a free Netflix tier that’s only available on Android. It is the only country in the world where this offer is available.

Kenya’s free Netflix plan is missing almost all of Netflix’s features, like the ability to download content or cast to TV, and it only grants access to a small portion of Netflix’s full library of TV shows and movies.

We tried using a VPN to get access to this offer, but it didn’t work on our UK or US Google Accounts. In order to get it, you would need to make an entirely new Google Account that’s based in Kenya.

Other Methods to Save Money on Your Netflix Subscription

There are ways to save money on Netflix without using a VPN, but they aren’t as simple or as reliable as our VPN trick. You can try sharing your account, opting for a cheaper plan, or even using a third-party subscription site.

Here’re a more detailed overview of alternative methods you can use to get a cheaper Netflix subscription:

Method 1: Share an Account with Friends or Family

There’s nothing stopping you and a few friends or relatives from sharing a Netflix account. If you do this we recommend creating a new shared email address and using a password that isn’t unique to any of you. This way, you all have equal access and don’t have to share any personal information.

If you’re going to do this, make sure you’re aware of Netflix’s device limits. Your subscription package determines how many devices can watch at the same time:

Netflix Account Type Number of Simultaneous Viewers
Basic 1
Standard 2
Premium 3

A Premium subscription makes the most sense for account sharing, even though it’s more expensive. If you were to share a Basic account with multiple people then only one of you would be able to watch Netflix at any time.

EXPERT ADVICE: Sharing accounts is against Netflix’s terms and conditions in some regions. It’s very rare for an account to be canceled for doing it, but you should know that you’re taking a risk.

Method 2: Choose a Cheaper Subscription Plan

Every Netflix pricing plan offers the exact same library of content. What separates them is a few other factors: the resolution you can stream in, how many devices can watch simultaneously, and how many devices can download content to watch offline.

If you don’t have a 4K-ready TV or share your account with multiple people then you probably don’t need the Premium plan – Netflix’s most expensive at $22.99 per month. Here, you can save $7.50 per month by changing your subscription to Standard.

Standard streams in 1080p. It allows you to watch on two devices at once, and you can also download content on two different devices.

If you don’t share your login with anyone else, don’t mind only downloading content to one device, and are fine with a slight drop in resolution then you can downgrade your subscription to the cheaper Basic plan. It costs $6.99 per month, which is a saving of $5.50.

As of November 2022, the Basic Netflix plan streams in HD 720p (it used to only be 480p SD). It only lets one person watch at a time, and only allows offline viewing on one device.

In the US this plan has been entirely replaced by Basic with Ads, which makes up for its new, cheaper price by showing you adverts while you watch. Note that this isn’t available in every country.

Method 3: Use an Account Sharing Service

Websites like Gamsgo allow you to share accounts for streaming services with complete strangers, charging you less money for your subscription in exchange.

By signing up for a Premium Netflix account via Gamsgo you’ll pay the equivalent of $3.87 per month – 82% cheaper than a typical subscription.

Gamsgo homepage

Gamsgo doesn’t offer just Netflix account sharing, but lots of other online services, too.

While websites like Gamgso are totally legal, they still involve entrusting your account (and money) with a third-party service, as well as sharing your account with a group of strangers.

Services like Gamsgo are also a violation of the Netflix terms of service, but if your account were to be suspended you could simply contact Gamsgo support for a replacement or a refund.

Why Using Netflix Gift Cards Isn’t Worth It

If you’ve spent any time looking for a way to get cheap Netflix, you’ve probably seen websites either selling or promoting Netflix gift cards.

Netflix accepts gift cards as a way to pay for a subscription in some regions – including very cheap ones, like Turkey. However, you can’t buy these gift cards without a local payment method, which has given rise to a number of gift card reseller sites.

Sites like G2A, Turgame, and Eneba all sell Turkish Netflix gift cards. They are sold at a higher cost than their pure value in Turkish Lira, but at a price that still makes redeeming a Netflix membership with them cheaper than in most countries.

Purchasing a Turkish Netflix gift card via reseller Turgame

We made our purchase via Turgame as it seemed to have the best deals.

We tried out Turgame for ourselves to see what the process was like. We purchased a ₺100.00 gift card for roughly $6.00 – about a 10% markup.

Applying a Turkish Lira Netflix gift card

Netflix accepted our Turkish Lira gift card with no issues.

We then connected to a Turkish ExpressVPN server and began the signup process. We entered the code and it worked without any issues.

A Netflix account billing screen showing the use of a voucher for payment.

You can see the full breakdown of your voucher in the billing section of your account.

Our Netflix account was now subscribed until the balance of the gift card was used up.

However, once that period expires, Netflix requires another valid payment method for Turkey. If you used a gift card and don’t have one, Netflix will suspend your subscription.

An email from Netflix explaining why an account was cancelled due to unresolved payment issues

After being unable to add a Turkish payment method and a few warning emails, Netflix eventually sent us this.

What’s more, for the month of our gift card subscription we were only able to access Turkish Netflix and other exclusive content. This is not an issue when using the non-gift card method we explain above.

We also never felt entirely comfortable throughout the process of purchasing the gift card. Websites like Turgame have very little regulation, and the payment process didn’t fill us with confidence.

Sites like Turgame also bear no real responsibility if your purchase fails. If you don’t receive a code, the code doesn’t work, or you redeem the code incorrectly, you’re left with nothing to show for your money spent. You also have to repeat that purchasing and redemption process every time your subscription expires.

You need to use a VPN either way. We think that changing your VPN region to one which accepts payment methods from your own country is a lot safer and more reliable.

What’s the Cheapest Way to Get Netflix?

The cheapest way to get a Netflix account is to use a VPN service. If you sign up to Netflix while connected to a VPN server in Ukraine, you can get a Basic Netflix account for the equivalent of just $5.44 – almost $1.50 cheaper than it costs in the US, and with no ads.

Which Country Has the Cheapest Netflix?

The cheapest country for Netflix Pakistan, where a Premium subscription costs a little under $4.00 per month. However, if you do not have a bank card and phone number registered within one of those countries, the cheapest region you can use is Ukraine. Here, a premium subscription costs roughly $10.90 per month.

Can You Get Netflix for Free?

Kenya is the only nation with a free tier of Netflix, but there is no way to obtain it outside of the country (even with a VPN). To get free Kenyan Netflix, you need a Google Account that’s based in Kenya.

Using a VPN to sign up to Netflix is completely legal. It is also not against the Netflix terms of service to use a VPN while watching Netflix. The only exceptions to this rule are countries where using a VPN itself is illegal.

How Can You Access More Netflix Content with a VPN?

Using a VPN can potentially get you access to Netflix libraries from all around the world, with movies and TV shows previously unavailable to you. By changing your IP address, you can watch hundreds of movies and TV shows previously unavailable to you.

Not every VPN works for this, though, as different VPNs unblock different libraries and some don’t work with any.

We’ve tested over 65 VPNs – you can see which VPNs are the best for Netflix from our findings.