How TunnelBear Users can Watch Netflix

Brittany Hall Last Updated by Brittany Hall on June 15, 2020

Have you tried using TunnelBear for Netflix only to find out that you no longer have access to the US only shows? If you’ve gotten the dreaded proxy error

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You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again. For more help, visit

Error Code: M7111-5059

You’re not alone. Fear not, we’ll have you watching your favorite Netflix shows in no time.

TunnelBear has become a very inconsistent bear when it comes to bypassing Netflix, sometimes he paws way passed the security systems, but just as often, if not more so, he gets blocked. Sadly, this isn’t a unique problem with TunnelBear, as Netflix is continuing their fight against VPN users.

It wasn’t that long ago that we could rely on TunnelBear to continue the fight, but it seems as if they have given up, and conceded defeat to the giant streaming video company. But just because TunnelBear is no longer a viable option doesn’t mean you should just sit back and lose out on some great TV shows and movies.

There are two ways you can remove the Netflix proxy error and watch shows that are only available in the US. First, you can pick up and move to America, this does seem like a drastic option just to watch some TV, no matter how good it is. The second is to pay a small monthly fee for a great VPN that is constantly adding new servers and has consistently been bypassing the Netflix VPN ban.

Best Workaround for Blocked Netflix: NordVPN

NordVPN has added over 2,000 servers to their network in the past year alone. This includes many new ones that are located in the US and they will not only bypass the Netflix ban, but do it with amazing speeds. Say goodbye to buffering in the middle of a show, or slow loading times just because you’re connected to a VPN. Instead, watch in crystal clear HD and enjoy the blazing speeds that you will have when using NordVPN.

One of the “perks” of TunnelBear is that the service is free, but that comes with some serious setbacks, not just when it comes to Netflix, but with security as well. With NordVPN, for just a couple of bucks a month you will have the best security to protect your privacy, data, and anonymity when browsing online.


Here’s what NordVPN has to offer:

  • Ability to bypass Netflix Geoblock
  • Unmatched protection from hackers and prying eyes
  • Strict no-logs policy
  • Massive server roster
  • Allows torrenting and peer-to-peer
  • Automatic kill switch
  • Anti-DDoS
  • User-friendly apps for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 chat customer service

How Does NordVPN Bypass Netflix Blocks?

In their war against the VPN users, Netflix blacklists IP address ranges that seem suspicious or they know come from VPN servers. NordVPN is able to effectively mask their IP addresses and keep them hidden from Netflix, so when you come in through their servers, you’ll appear like any other Joe living in the States. If you do get the proxy error, then you can simply change to one of the other thousand US servers that NordVPN operates. If you have any questions you can always chat with a NordVPN customer service rep and they will be able to you out, directing you to the proper server.

How to use NordVPN

You don’t have to be a technical wizard to set up NordVPN. While they might not have the same cute interface with bears making tunnels across the globe, you can just choose your location by clicking on a country on the map and they will choose the best server for you. If you want a specific server you can just type it into the search bar. There are 5 simple steps between you and watching Netflix (assuming you have a Netflix account)

  1. Sign up for the NordVPN
  2. Download and install the app
  3. Connect to a server in your country of choice.
  4. Login to your Netflix account.
  5. Start streaming video content.

The whole process from start to finish should take less then 5 minutes, and you will be more secure and happy than you were if you kept trying to use TunnelBear, and best of all, you won’t have to move.

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Brittany Hall
Brittany is an experienced web security expert with a strong interest in all things technology. She is a strong believer in online privacy and cybersecurity.