[4 Ways] Fix Hulu not working with VPN 2023

Hulu is a streaming platform where you can discover new Tv shows, movies, and films available on Hulu. Ranging from all genres from drama to horror is all available on Hulu. Hulu was launched in 29,2007 and is owned majorly by the Walt Disney company.  There is even Live Tv available on Hulu for sports and no cable is required to be able to stream movies on Hulu.

From 14 years of its release, Hulu has gained a lot of recognition among its viewers as it has provided them with a great streaming experience along with affordable subscription plans. Hulu even has Hulu originals movies and Tv shows for the viewers. Though there are movies available on Hulu most users are on Hulu to binge-watch shows and series, it has now become a hub for shows.

Hulu’s subscription consists of both ad-supported and non-ad-supported subscription plans whereby on the first there will be an ad shown while streaming on Hulu but on the latter no ad will be shown which will not interrupt your streaming on Hulu. Hulu is currently only available in the USA, on military bases, and in some parts of Japan. The streaming service to date hasn’t been made available for the audience out of these locations.

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Hulu by far has 43.8 million paid subscribers and 99.7 total views. Hulu’s target audience is aged from 18 years to 49 years, and the content available on the platform is suitable for these ages. Hulu is only based in the USA and has gained popularity most of the newly released shows and movies are all available on Hulu hence gaining popularity throughout the 14 years of its launch.

Have you been trying to access Hulu while using a VPN and facing issue with it? Read on to learn: How to Fix Hulu not working with VPN

Why is Hulu not working with VPN?

Hulu not working with VPN could possibly be that the location selected by the VPN is of another country and also the VPN is not able to bypass Hulu’s strict firewall rules, also due to faulty VPN and even due to cache build up.

As mentioned earlier Hulu is only available in USA so even while using VPN, VPN serves the purpose of it is to hide your identity online which will guard you against hackers along with that it even hides your IP address, browser activity and aids in changing your current location by changing the IP address to that of a different country. All the VPNs available in the market have the option to change the country while availing its services.

Since Hulu is only available in only few countries, if the IP address set by the VPN is set to that of a country in which Hulu doesn’t provide its services could be the reason as to why Hulu not working with VPN. If you are residing in the country in which Hulu provides its services and only using the VPN for other works then while using Hulu to stream you can turn off the VPN so that it doesn’t interfere and cause disruption for you.

Hulu has strict firewall rules that doesn’t allow the users to stream on the platform while using a VPN. If the VPN that you have been utilizing is not advanced then you will be restricted while streaming on Hulu. The firewall rules have been made just so that the server doesn’t have malicious spams put up by the hacker so the reason why you must be facing the issue of Hulu not working with VPN could surely be due to this.

Cache and cookies build up on the Hulu app or the web browser through which you are streaming Hulu on must have corrupt files and hence been causing the issue. As often even if you use the VPN app or the software, or even the Hulu app, due to constantly using the platform you will have certain files that makes sure that the platform functions properly and there can be times where the files get corrupted, which further down imposes issues for the users.

How to Fix Hulu not working with VPN

There are several ways you can fix the issue of Hulu not working with VPN such as switching VPN, clearing cache from the device that you have been using, change VPN protocol and many more. Below all the methods are listed in detail along with how to go ahead and fix the issue.

Method 1: Switch VPN

If the VPN that you have been using is not advanced or if it is the trial version then you need to go ahead and upgrade to a better one as it will allow you to be able to use Hulu while using the VPN. There are several VPNs in the market that live up to the users’ expectations and even allows you to stream on the platform without any interruptions.

As Hulu has strict firewall rules regarding VPN you will be required to use a VPN that unblocks the Hulu content all the time. From the experience of people who have faced the same issue they have found that Express and Express is the best option available out in the market.

Method 2: Change VPN protocol

The VPN that you might be using should come with numerous protocols to choose from. Since you are currently facing the issue of Hulu not working with VPN it can indicate that the current VPN protocol that you have been utilizing is not able to support you streaming on Hulu so what you can do is you can go ahead and change the VPN protocol to a different one.

  1. To change VPN protocol:
  2. Open the VPN app that you are using.
  3. Head to the settings.
  4. Navigate and locate the connection tab.
  5. From a range of protocols displayed select the one that you prefer.

Changing the VPN protocol might get rid of the issue if it was caused by the VPN protocol set by default by the app.

Method 3: Clear cache

By clearing the cache of the VPN app along with clearing the cache of the Hulu app you will be able to get rid of the corrupted files. If corrupted files are the main cause of this problem, then it will be resolved by removal of the files.

  1. To clear cache for VPN:
  2. Head to settings.
  3. Locate apps and then navigate to the VPN you are using.
  4. Tap on it and then tap on storage.
  5. Tap on clear cache.

Repeat the same process for the Hulu app by locating it. After doing so, you can try to check whether Hulu is working with VPN or not.

Method 4: Disable IPv6

Some VPNs don’t work properly with IPv6 traffic and this leads to leaking of your IP address hence causing you to face problems while streaming on Hulu. If you have an IPv6 internet connection, and your VPN doesn’t support IPv6 traffic, your connection request will revert back to your ISP. In other words, the connection will travel outside of the VPN connection, exposing your real IP address location to Hulu.

To disable IPv6:

  1. Open the control panel.
  2. Head to Network and Internet.
  3. Open Network and Sharing, then click to change adapter settings.
  4. Right click on the connection and click on properties.
  5. Then go ahead and uncheck the IPv6 option and click on Apply.

High rated and advanced VPNs block IPv6 traffic automatically which could be the result as to why you have been facing issue with Hulu not working with VPN.

VPN that works with Hulu

Though there are several VPNS available out in the market very few are compatible with Hulu as Hulu is known to have strict firewall rules that prevents certain VPNs to operate while streaming on Hulu.

Many VPN users who use Hulu have come to conclusion that Hulu is most compatible and works best with the two VPNs namely Express and Express.

Express VPN

Express VPN is known for its fast service along with being able to bypass the firewall rule of Hulu it also delivers fast connection to the US from overseas. No loading time is needed while using this VPN with Hulu.

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Nord VPN

Compared to other VPNs available Nord has never failed to bypass Hulu’s block along with that Nord has never failed to unblock Hulu from abroad, Nord is not as fast as Express but it provides HD streaming

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Q1. How do I get Hulu to stop detecting VPN?

Answer: Hulu doesn’t have the capacity to block VPNs; it blocks IP addresses. By using VPN, it will provide you with a new IP address. As using an VPN changes the IP adress you will be able to access the content.

Final words

Hulu is provided great streaming service for its users and has never failed to live up to the expectations even with VPN. We hope that this article helped to gain more insight on the issue of Hulu not working with VPN.

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