Get American Netflix on Apple TV

Published: Dec 6, 2019

If you own an Apple TV and do not use it to binge-watch Netflix’s endless library of movies and TV shows then you’re missing out on a whole lot of fun. Apple TV takes Netflix streaming to another level. However, the location-based restrictions associated with the content library can be frustrating. But fret not. This guide will show you how to get the Netflix app on Apple TV 2

Apple TV is everything that a streamer could ever wish for. From providing one-click access to popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and thousands of other movies to buy or rent, Apple TV is worth every dollar you have spent.

Netflix is one of the most widely-used streaming app on Apple TV. Even though Apple has launched its own streaming app - Apple Play, it still lags far behind Netflix, which aside from being the most popular streaming service, has become more of a ‘cultural icon.’ If you have an Apple TV and fancy video streaming even a little, Netflix is one of the must-have apps. Learn how you can use it on Apple 2 & 3, and Apple TV 4 & 4K.

How to Use Netflix on Apple TV

For Apple TV 2 or Apple TV 3

Using Netflix on Apple TV 2 & 3 is very easy as it applies right there on the device’s home screen. All you need to do is:

  1. Go the Apple TV menu
  2. Select ‘Netflix’
  3. Sign up if you are not a subscriber of the service, or enter your login credentials and stream away

For Apple TV 4 & Apple TV 4K

If you have an Apple TV 4 or Apple TV 4K, follow the steps below to get Netflix app on your device.

  1. Go the home screen and open the ‘App Store’
  2. Search ‘Netflix’ in the app store and click ‘Get’ to install the app
  3. Once the installation is finished, you’ll find the app right on your home screen

How to Get American Netflix on Apple TV

If you are a new subscriber to Netflix and want to watch it on your Apple TV, then you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. The regional restrictions applied by Netflix won’t let you stream any content other than what’s available in your local media library.

Netflix has dedicated content libraries for different regions, and the availability of content highly depends on where you’re located. For instance, American Netflix which is by far the most popular and extensive is restricted to the US only.

Streaming Netflix on Apple TV is a great experience, but you can take it up a notch by getting your hands on the most desirable US Netflix library. The workaround is as simple as 123. By simply connecting to PureVPN server in the US, all contents of the US library shall be made available to you. PureVPN has an extensive server network, well-optimized for streaming and keeps no-logs of your online activities.

How to Setup a VPN on Apple TV

Now that you know WHAT you need, let’s get down to the HOW part. There are multiple ways to set up a VPN on your Apple TV. Let’s discuss two of the most viable methods step by step, and then you can choose which one would be best suitable for you.

Method 1: Connect Apple TV to a VPN Running Router

The first method involves using a router-based VPN. When you run a VPN on a router, your overall network traffic is encrypted and tunneled through the VPN server by default. This saves you from the hassle of using a VPN separately on every device like your phone, computer, or Apple TV. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Subscribe to a paid Netflix VPN service like PureVPN

Step 2: Get a router. Some popular ones that are compatible with PureVPN:

  1. DDWRT
  2. Asus
  3. Belkin
  4. TP-Link
  5. Netgear Genie

Please note that PureVPN is not affiliated or associated with either of the above. You can choose any one you want, but make sure that it is compatible. You can also manually set up the router, but that would require a lot of legwork.

Step 3: Setup VPN on the Router

If you get a PureVPN subscription, the router setup guide will be emailed to you. All you need to do is to follow those instructions religiously. On the other hand, you can learn to do so by following this VPN router setup guide.

Step 4: Connect Apple TV with the Router

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Go to Apple TV ‘Settings’ ➝ ‘General’ ➝ ‘Network’ ' ‘Configure Wi-Fi’
  2. Choose your Wi-Fi, enter the password, and you’re good to go

If you don’t want to use a router for the purpose, you can try the alternative method below.

Method 2: Use Your PC’s Network Connection via Ethernet

To do so, you’ll need the following:

  1. PureVPN Subscription
  2. Ethernet cable
  3. USB Ethernet adapter (if your PC does not have an Ethernet jack)
  4. A desktop PC or Laptop
  5. An Apple TV (4th generation or later preferred)

The first thing you need to do is to install the VPN software on your laptop or PC and connect it to a Wi-Fi. Then, plug one end of the Ethernet cable into your device and the other one into Apple TV. Now, launch PureVPN, connect to a US IP address and follow these steps for network sharing.

For Windows:

  1. Go to “Control Panel” and choose “Network and Sharing Center.”
  2. Choose ‘Change Adapter Settings’
  3. Scroll to ‘Connection Properties’
  4. Click on “Allow other network users to connect through this computer connection”
  5. Now your Apple TV is connected to the internet using via your laptop using the Ethernet that has the VPN connection pre-installed and running

For Mac:

  1. Go to “System Preferences” and choose “Sharing Option”
  2. Go to “Internet Sharing” and under the option titled “Share Your Connection from” select “Airport” mode
  3. Now, go to “To computer using” and select “Ethernet” so that your Apple TV device can use the internet through your Mac device’s Ethernet/LAN port.