You will need:
- The HotBot VPN app installed on your device (available on PC, Mac, iOS, or Android)
- An active HotBot VPN subscription
- An account to the streaming service of your choice.
- It’s best to register your streaming accounts in the region you wish to view content. For example, if you wish to view Netflix content from the USA, then your Netflix account should be registered to a USA location. Set the location when you create the account or you may need to change the location before trying to connect with a VPN.
HotBot VPN has no restrictions on streaming. We specifically do not limit data, monitor your usage, or log your data. HotBot VPN encrypts your internet activity so it’s private and only accessible to you. If you watch videos from places like YouTube & TikTok, or if you use streaming services like Netflix,… HotBot VPN is a great choice, not only is it private and anonymous, but using a VPN along with Streaming allows you to access your streaming accounts from any location. Streaming while using a VPN also prevents your internet service provider (ISP) from detecting your data usage as video streaming, and preventing them from limiting or throttling your bandwidth.
Streaming with VPNs
Streaming with a VPN works best when simply using a web browser, like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, etc. You will still get the same quality and a better connection when using the VPN. There is no need to install a streaming services’ app on a PC or Mac. (if you do, it may cause difficulties with VPN streaming)
Step by Step - PC or Mac
- Download, install, and log in to HotBot VPN apps
- In the app, click the “Locations” button to view the list of countries.
- Locate the country you wish to connect to. (choose a country that matches the country you are trying to stream content from)
- Then, click on the country name to connect.
- By clicking the country name, HotBot will automatically connect to the VPN server with the best connection to your device in that country. This will give you the best quality connection.
- To verify you are connected to the VPN server, in our app you will see “Status: Connected” and the name of the country you are connected to will be shown.
- Open a web browser of your choice and log in to your streaming service account.
- Press play.
If streaming doesn’t work right away, simply try connecting to a different VPN server in the same country. HotBot VPN offers more than 1 server per country. You may have to try several VPN servers before streaming works. It is possible that servers will work one day, not the next, and then work again later. Keep trying until you find one that works.
- First, close your web browser, then go back to your HotBot VPN app. Click “Locations” again and find the country you are looking for. Click the arrow next to the country name to expand the list and see VPN servers by city name. Connect using a different server by clicking on the city and repeating steps 3-5 above. Once you find a working server, you can “Favorite” the server by clicking the “Star” icon next to the name.
- Take it to the next level. You can create a virtual WiFi (HotSpot) in your own home. Use it to connect your streaming devices to your very own personal VPN WiFi network.
- Try multiple servers.
Report streaming service failures to us
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- First, try a few different VPN servers. Use “Recommended Servers” or servers physically nearest to you for the best connection speed.
- Disable All Pop-up blockers.
- Try with and without anti-virus or anything else that might be using a firewall.
- Whitelist/approve/allow the HotBot VPN Application in your anti-virus settings.
- Disable geo-location permissions on your device. Turn off geo-location services on your devices. Constant location searching can cause slowdowns.
- Clear browser cache. Clear your browser cache. Follow the guide here https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-clear-cache-2617980
- Open browsers in a new incognito window, and log in to a new session with your streaming provider. (connect to VPN first)
- Test the streaming on multiple different browsers.
- Check on https://ipleak.net/ for any errors.
- Disable WebRTC and Disable IPv6