How to Browse from Different Country or Region (using VPN)?

Learn how to access a website from a different country or region using a VPN service on your computer or mobile device. You can access geo-restricted content.

Well, it was that time of the year when the world’s most famous sporting event, aka the Super Bowl, was about to be telecasted live. Judging by the anticipation that it managed to arouse across the globe, I too tried jumping to this hype mill, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been broadcasted live here in India.

Brushing it aside as a one-off incident, I switched sides over to Netflix and thought of binge-watching a pretty popular sitcom. Turned out that it is only available for users residing in the US. Well, truth be told, I may not be the only one facing these issues and you might have occasionally come across such scenarios as well.

So what could be done in these situations? Well, this is where VPN comes into the picture. Disguising your actual location to the server of your choice, they allow you to browse contents that aren’t available locally in your region.

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But how is all this possible and more importantly how could you use it on your device? This guide is going to answer all these queries, but first, let’s try and understand what exactly is a VPN and how does it function. After which, we will make you aware of its usage instructions as well. So without further ado, let’s get started.

What is a VPN?

Known as a Virtual Private Network, VPN creates an encrypted tunnel for the data transfer between the source (your device) and the server that you have ultimately selected. Once the data packets reach the VPN, it decrypts it and then sends them to the final destination.

However, since the connection is now being established from the foreign server, your IP address will now correspond to that server. As a result, your original IP remains hidden from the ISP. This automatically translates to a plethora of benefits.

To begin with, it gives you a much secure environment as the data exchanges are happening anonymously and in an encrypted manner.

Another pretty nifty benefit is the fact that you could now access geo-restricted content. So be it any live sporting event or an intriguing TV series on Hulu that you weren’t able to access earlier, all are now just a click away.

Browse from Different Country using VPN

So this now brings us to the crux of this article — how to carry out this anonymous and encrypted browsing? Well, first off, you will need to get hold of a VPN service.

There are quite a few noteworthy names in this domain, including the likes of CyberGhost, Nord, Tunnel Bear, Express VPN among others. Most of them are paid but offer an initial free trial phase as well.

On the other hand, there are some completely free-to-use VPNs as well, but they have mostly unreliable and restricted bandwidth, and hence even the basic streamings buffer quite a lot. So decide and make your purchasing decision accordingly.

Moving on, once you have settled for your preferred VPN, it’s time to set it up on your device. We have listed the steps for both the smartphone as well as PC, refer to the one that meets your requirements.

Setting up a VPN connection on PC

A lot of VPN service provider offers a software package that can automatically connect you with the VPN service without having to configure on your computer. However, you can always set up your own VPN connection without using this software.

Here are the steps to set up and add a VPN connection on Windows PC:

  1. Head over to the Start Menu and search VPN Settings.
  2. Click on Add a VPN Connection command.
    Add a VPN connection on Windows
  3. Under the VPN provider section, select Windows (built-in) from the drop-down menu.
  4. Now type in your VPN Account name as well as the server address.
    The latter could be found from the VPN that you have purchased/downloaded say CyberGhost VPN.
    Enter VPN server name and connect built-in Windows VPN
  5. After this, select your VPN Type from the drop-down.
    Depends on the VPN you purchased.
    Select Type of VPN on Windows
  6. Then choose the Type of sign-in info.
    This will again depend on the VPN service you had opted for.
    Type of Sign-in Info for VPN setup in Windows
  7. You may now also give this connection a username and password if you want.
  8. Once everything is done, hit the Save button situated at the bottom right.
    Enter Username and Password of VPN serviceYour profile will now be created and you should be taken to the VPN Settings page.
  9. Select the VPN connection and hit Connect.
    Connect VPN on Computer

Now launch any browser of your choice and you may easily access the geo-restricted contents. You can use any browser of your choice to access the VPN service since this setup is activated on the system.

Setting up VPN on Mobile

Now that we have configured the PC, let head over to the mobile or hand-held devices. Most of the VPN service providers including the CyberGhost VPN have an app. All you need is to sign in with your account and get started.

Note: There are also free VPN apps, but they aren’t reliable and provide very limited locations and bandwidth. Even the speed is very poor compared to premium services.

  1. To begin with, download a VPN app from the Play Store.
    As for this guide, we are using the Turbo VPN.
  2. Launch the app and tap on the Globe icon situated at the top right.
    Turbo VPN for Mobile
  3. Select the server of your choice and the connection would soon be established.

Launch the browser and you may now bypass the constraints that were earlier preventing you from accessing the sites.

Bottom Line: Browse from Different Country

So this was all from this guide on how to browse from a different country or region using a VPN service. We have listed the instructions for both the mobile and PC.

While these services are quite useful in accessing geo-restricted contents, however, when it comes to downloading files, you might witness a few ups and downs as well.

With that said, there’s no best VPN service as such, you might have to settle with the one that manages to checkmark all your requirements.

Related: 6+ Best Microsoft Edge VPN Extensions for Data Privacy

On that note, we round off this tutorial. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned instructions, do let us know in the comments section below.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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