FIX: Hulu won’t work when VPN is enabled

By: Elsie Otachi
4 minute read
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A VPN is probably your best bet if you want to access any geo-restricted content through streaming media like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, and others.

The difficulty, though, lies in the fact that not all VPNs are able to access such content streaming sites because the sites themselves also block such unauthorized access especially in countries where they’ve placed such restrictions to their content.

Ideally, using a VPN should help you gain access while hiding your identity and location details, but when you find the VPN is not working with such sites, then its time you used some quick fixes to resolve the issue depending on the VPN you’re using.

For users of Hulu, this article has solutions that you can use when your VPN won’t work on Hulu.

FIX: VPN Hulu not working

  1. Preliminary checks
  2. Check your IP address
  3. Flush the DNS
  4. Manually configure DNS settings
  5. Manually configure proxy settings
  6. Change your VPN

1. Preliminary checks

If you get an error message saying: “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy” or “You’ll need to disable your anonymizer” when trying to access Hulu, contact your VPN tech support team for direct assistance before trying the solutions below.

2. Check your IP address

If your VPN is not working with Hulu, check your IP address for information such as your city or region (country) next to the location you selected when you connected with your VPN. If it shows a location near you, it means you’re not connected to a server location associated with your VPN, so try connecting again.

3. Flush the DNS

In some countries, DNS entries saved from your ISP on your computer may be intentionally wrong, as an additional method of blocking Hulu and other sites. In this case, flush your DNS cache so your computer can automatically access your VPN’s DNS for the proper/correct entries.

Here’s how to do it in Windows:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin)

 VPN Hulu not working

  • The Command Prompt black screen will open
  • Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter. You should get a confirmation that says: Windows IP Configuration Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache

4. Manually configure DNS settings

Your computer may not automatically connect to your VPN’s DNS servers, so you need to configure it with your VPN’s DNS servers’ IP addresses, manually. Manually configuring your computer with other DNS server addresses helps you access Hulu or other blocked sites, and enjoy faster connection speeds.

Here’s how to do it in Windows:

Step 1: Open Network Connections settings

  • Right click Start and select Run

 VPN Hulu not working

  • Type ncpa.cpl and click OK
  • In Network connections window, find your usual connection, either LAN or Wireless network connection.
  • Right click the connection and select Properties

Step 2: Set the DNS server addresses

  • Double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) or just Internet Protocol

 VPN Hulu not working

  • Select Use the following DNS server addresses

 VPN Hulu not working

If Google DNS is blocked, try the following: Neustar DNS Advantage (156.154.70.1 and 156.154.71.1) enter and press OK; Level3 DNS (4.2.2.1 and 4.2.2.2) enter and press OK

Once you have configured your computer for your VPN’s DNS servers, flush old DNS entries again as described in the solution above.

5. Manually configure proxy settings

A proxy server is the go-between your computer and the internet, and is used to hide your real location so you can access websites such as Hulu, or others that would otherwise be blocked. If you have internet connection issues, it is possible that it has been set to use a proxy server.

Ensure your browser is set to auto-detect proxy or no proxy, then use the instructions to manually configure proxy settings for your browser.

Here’s how to disable proxy settings for Internet Explorer:

  • Click Tools

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  • Select Internet Options

 VPN Hulu not working

  • Go to Connections tab
  • Click LAN settings
  • Uncheck all the options except Automatically detect settings and click OK for all

6. Change your VPN

If your current VPN is not working with Hulu, and you’ve tried all you can in your capacity to resolve it but it won’t budge, you can try using CyberGhost or Hotspot Shield which are the best free VPNs for Hulu.

CyberGhost protects your privacy on a multi-platform privacy solution, using the highest encryption available with 256-bit encryption technology, plus your IP will remain hidden, and you get Wi-Fi protection if you’re in a public area. It also comes with a strict no logs policy that doesn’t track your internet activity, multiplatform apps for your laptop and other devices, security for conversations, and access to over 1000 VPN servers in more than 30 of the most popular countries. This VPN lets you access geo-restricted content on Hulu, protect all your devices, block ads and malware, and stream at the highest possible speeds you can get on a VPN.

Hotspot Shield is a US-based VPN that offers OpenVPN, AES-256 encryption, and zero log policy. Some of the advantages of using this with Hulu include secure and private access to free and open video streaming, internet, and access to social networks among other sites.  This VPN has a patented protocol that is integrated by 70 percent of the world’s largest security companies, and leads in performance with thousands of servers globally.  It protects your identity and encrypts your data, whether you’re at home or in public. You can also enjoy secure access anywhere to your favorite apps and sites.

Let us know if any of these solutions helped fix VPN Hulu not working issue, by leaving a comment in the section below.

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