Hulu VPN Not Working? How to Avoid Detection & Fix VPN Errors
Here is a video showing how to use your VPN to get around Hulu blocks and watch Hulu from anywhere. We’re using ExpressVPN as an example:
As you can see in the video above, we encountered no Hulu blocks or errors, and we tricked Hulu into thinking we are in the US.
If your Hulu VPN isn’t working as shown in this video or you’re encountering error codes, then your VPN is being detected and blocked by Hulu.
So how do you bypass Hulu blocks, detections, and errors so you can watch Hulu from outside the US?
The best thing you can do to beat Hulu blocks is use a VPN with a reliable track record for accessing the service.
If you already have a VPN and Hulu is detecting it, try these workarounds to fix it:
1. Connect to another US (or Japan) server
The easiest and quickest thing you can do if your VPN is not working with Hulu is to change the VPN server. Simply close your browser window, connect to a different US VPN server, and then reopen Hulu in a new browser window.
While Hulu may identify that a server you’re using is owned by a VPN service, it might not know about one of the VPN’s other US servers.
For this reason, it’s beneficial for you to choose a VPN with lots of US servers, as this makes it harder for Hulu to identify all of them.
However, we don’t suggest wasting your time testing more than five American city servers. It’s highly unlikely any will work if none have already.
EXPERT TIP: If you want to access Hulu Japan you need to sign up with a Japanese payment method or purchase a gift card. You cannot just change your server and watch Japanese Hulu.
2. Contact your VPN’s support team
If you’ve tested several US servers and your VPN still doesn’t work with Hulu, try contacting your VPN’s customer support and asking if they have a server optimized for Hulu access.
They might recommend an optimized server or offer other tips, such as changing your VPN protocol.
They also might tell you that the VPN you’re using simply isn’t equipped to bypass Hulu’s VPN blocks. This can save you time debating whether your VPN will work with Hulu at all.
Ideally your VPN will have 24/7 live chat support available on its website for a quick and efficient response. Alternatively, you can send an email.
3. Clear your cache and cookies or use incognito mode
Clearing your browser cookies and cache removes any potential geo-location traces. Cookies are web identifiers used by websites to track your online activity. Deleting them might help to evade Hulu’s geo-location techniques.
You can also use your browser’s incognito mode and try accessing Hulu that way. Incognito mode provides a private browsing window that removes most forms of online tracking that can be used to identify your real location.
4. Check for IP address or DNS leaks
Your VPN might be detected by Hulu because information is leaking outside of the encrypted VPN tunnel. You can check if this is happening by using an IP leak test while your VPN is running.
You could also be experiencing a DNS leak. This happens when DNS requests (website visit requests) fall outside of the VPN connection, revealing your true location.
Free or low-quality VPNs are far more likely to suffer from data leaks than top-rated VPNs for streaming. The best VPNs usually have built-in DNS and IP address leak protection to stop these leaks from happening. For this reason, we caution against using free VPNs with Hulu.
5. Disable IPv6
Many VPNs still aren’t compatible with IPv6 traffic, and this can lead to IP leaks.
If your network uses IPv6 and you use a VPN that doesn’t cater to this traffic type, your connection request will revert back to your ISP and travel outside of the encrypted VPN connection. This exposes your real IP address, and therefore your location, to Hulu.
Top-rated VPNs like ExpressVPN offer the ability to block IPv6 traffic altogether. There are also some VPNs that offer full IPv6 support, like AzireVPN and Perfect Privacy, but they are rare and may not be ideal for Hulu in other respects.
If you suspect your VPN is leaking IPv6 traffic, choose an alternative VPN that comes with IPv6 leak protection.
Alternatively, you can disable IPv6 on your device.
To disable IPv6 on MacOS, go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > TCP/IP > Configure IPv6 to Off.
If the ‘off’ option is not available, you can also disable IPv6 via your Mac Terminal.
To do this: Open Terminal (⌘ + Space > Terminal) > Type in
networksetup -listallnetworkservices > Type
etworksetup -setv6off “Wi-Fi”
If you are on Ethernet, type
networksetup -setv6off Ethernet
For Windows users, you can disable IPv6 this way: Network & Internet settings > Scroll down to Network & Sharing Center > Select your adapter/network > Properties > Uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) > Close.
6. Purchase a dedicated IP address
You can also avoid Hulu’s VPN blocks by using a dedicated IP, which is an IP address reserved exclusively for you.
Hulu detects VPNs by monitoring for unusually busy activity on certain IP addresses. By having an alternate US IP address reserved for you alone, it’s far less likely that Hulu can associate it with VPN use.
A dedicated IP address (sometimes called static or fixed IP) is offered by some VPN services, including NordVPN, PureVPN, and more. The feature is designed to mimic the appearance of a residential IP address, but it usually costs an additional sum.
Dedicated IP addresses aren’t ideal for privacy because you are simply swapping your real public IP address for a fake one. This means it is still possible to link your online activity back to a single IP address. However, they are very effective for streaming.
CyberGhost has developed a “token-based” dedicated IP system designed to bypass this problem. When you redeem a token, CyberGhost won’t know the details of who is using the dedicated IP. This means you can maintain your privacy whilst retaining the benefits of a dedicated IP address.
You can see which VPN services offer a dedicated IP address feature in our Hulu VPN comparison table.
7. Activate Smart DNS
Hulu can also detect VPNs by checking a user’s public IP address against their DNS settings. If there’s an inconsistency, Hulu can work out that you’re using a VPN and even identify your real location.
By changing your DNS settings, you can bypass Hulu’s VPN blocks and even stream Hulu from outside the US without using a VPN at all.
Some VPN services offer a simple Smart DNS feature. Smart DNS allows you to change your default DNS servers to servers in the US, tricking Hulu into thinking that’s where you are.
Smart DNS doesn’t encrypt your traffic or hide your IP address like a traditional VPN. Instead, it reroutes your DNS requests towards US DNS servers, granting you access to blocked websites and streaming services. Smart DNS is compatible with games consoles and Smart TVs, which makes it a particularly useful feature if you want to watch Hulu on a large-screen device or Amazon Fire TV Stick.
8. Choose a Different VPN Service
If none of these troubleshooting tips have worked for you, it’s highly likely that you need a better VPN.
Not every VPN service is designed to work with streaming services, which means some VPNs will not work reliably with Hulu no matter how hard you try.
Remember that most VPNs come with 30-day money-back guarantees, so you might be able to get a full refund if your VPN doesn’t work with Hulu.