NordVPN SmartPlay – What is it and how can I use it?

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Do you want to access Netflix from anywhere in the world, first-time, with fast speeds and zero configuration?

Then you have come to the right place.

SmartPlay is a clever feature built right into all NordVPN’s apps that enable seamless and secure access to streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer. NordVPN SmartPlay was created to meet the demand from VPN users outside of key countries—e.g the United States—who want to access region-locked content.

It is an encrypted and secure smart DNS proxy service that lets you get past geographical restrictions easily and without having to configure anything. It does this by automatically rerouting your traffic through one of their servers based in a location where the website or service you want to access is unblocked.

It used to be the case that finding a VPN server that worked with services such as Netflix was a frustrating case of pot luck—sometimes they would work, sometimes they wouldn’t and, often, servers that did work on Monday wouldn’t work on Wednesday.

Using NordVPN SmartPlay, you are automatically connected to a working server. In addition to this, it ensures that—

  • You experience no bandwidth throttling,
  • You do not have to deal with buffering, and
  • Your connection is fast.

How Does NordVPN SmartPlay Work?

SmartPlay combines the best VPN features alongside SmartDNS–a tool that, until now, had to be used separately alongside NordVPN to unblock media online–to allow you to enjoy all the features and benefits of a VPN with the consistency, stability, and speed of SmartDNS when you are streaming media online.

A SmartDNS is an older and outdated technology that was once used to unblock streaming sites. Essentially, you set the SmartDNS servers as your preferred DNS servers within your router’s settings. When you visit a streaming site using one, the SmartDNS fetches that content for you via a proxy that hides your location.

You don’t even have to set it up, either–NordVPN’s SmartPlay feature now works automagically!

It is enabled and implemented by default through the VPN across NordVPN’s entire suite of native apps. So, whether you are using NordVPN on your desktop or PlayStation 4, you don’t need to worry about configuring anything to access region-locked content because SmartPlay will be automatically activated.

Using SmartPlay

Although NordVPN SmartPlay works automatically, make sure you connect to a server that is dedicated to streaming services for the best possible experience–

  1. Open up NordVPN on your device
  2. Select their ‘Quick Connect’ option
  3. Choose from hundreds of streaming-friendly servers

That’s it!

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NordVPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee that you can take advantage of to try it risk-free. If you don’t like the service, simply ask for your money back… we doubt this will be the case, though!

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Jamie Cambell

Ethical Hacker. Ph.D., M.S. in Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. Technology enthusiast and also a part-time gamer. My goal is liberating the Internet.

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