“You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy.”
Aren't those words just… frustrating!
Isn't that jumble of letters and numbers even more frustrating? When one of the most popular streaming services like Netflix says ‘You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy.' it's not a good time.
Yep, Netflix has made an attempt to crack down on people using a VPN or Proxy service to sneak into their global content library.
The good news is, the fix for the Netflix proxy error is pretty simple.
In fact, if you're looking to bypass the Netflix VPN block it's as simple as watching this video or following the instructions below:
How To Fix Netflix Proxy Error Video
[00:00:03] So it's no secret that Netflix cracked down on the use of a VPN or VPN proxy server to get access to international content probably more than a year ago now. But that doesn't mean that you can't get access, it just means they've made it a little bit tougher than it used to be. So I'm going to give you a quick example. I'm in Australia and I want access some U.S. content, so I am on this site here, FlixList, which lists all these different titles and whereabouts in the world they're available. So here I am looking at ‘The Motorbike Show' and you can see that it's available in the USA. So if I jump across to Netflix and jump in to Netflix here.
[00:00:46] And we search for The Motor Bike.
[00:00:54] You can see that this title is not showing because I'm getting the Australian library and ‘The Motorbike Show' is not part of that library.
[00:01:01] So what I do is log out of Netflix and I will jump in to Express VPN. Now Express VPN are actively trying to circumvent the blocks Netflix put in place on VPN so they are a good VPN to use if you want to access Netflix content. So you just connect to a U.S. based server. Once that's done we'll sign back into Netflix and we'll see if we can access ‘The Motorbike Show'. So you can see the VPN has now connected. I've jumped back across to Netflix.
[00:01:51] Now I'm going to search for ‘The Motorbike Show'
[00:02:01] You can see now the title is available.
[00:02:05] So we have access to US Netflix now. So yes Netflix have put in stops to try and prevent people from accessing their geo-blocked content. But as you can see here, I can see ‘The Motorbike Show' from Australia when it is only available in the US. So if you use a good VPN like Express VPN it's happy days when it comes to streaming Netflix.
About The Netflix (m7111-1331-5059) Proxy Error
Back in early 2016, after much huffing and puffing and threatening to do so, Netflix did start to crack down on the use of VPN and proxy services to bypass their geo-restrictions and watch Netflix from all over the world.
People from all over the world were accessing the Netflix US library, which is the one with the largest library of content.
Happily paying users who until then had been having success unblocking Netflix with their VPN or VPN proxy service were suddenly met with this nasty screen:
You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again. For more help, visit netflix.com/proxy
Words nobody wants to see when they're trying to access Netflix and catch the latest James Bond movie right?
Luckily you can get past the Netflix VPN block with a little bit of effort.
Getting past the VPN proxy block is possible. In fact, it's not even that difficult to say see-ya-later to the error code: m7111-1331-5059.
At the core of the issue is making sure you are using a VPN service provider that is actively putting effort into bypassing the Netflix efforts to squash VPN use.
Yep, there's a massive game of cat and mouse playing out between the VPN app and the streaming services.
As such, you'll need to choose a service that works with Netflix. We have listed some services below that are actively ensuring the IP address ranges they use still work without triggering a proxy error.
Here are the steps to then bypass the Netflix Proxy blocks:
- Sign up for a VPN service provider. In our example video, we use ExpressVPN as they have are the best VPN option. They have the best success bypassing the Netflix block. Or, check out our VPN reviews for other options.
- Download and install the VPN software to your device
- Launch the application and sign in with the credentials provided when you signed up.
- Connect to a server in the country you want to watch Netflix content in (e.g connect to Los Angeles for US content or London for UK content)
- Go to the Netflix website and sign in
- You will now have access to the content for the country you have connected to
So How Does Netflix Know I'm Using A VPN?
Netflix proxy detected… arrrrrrrgh! How do they do it? Well essentially, they have teams of people sniffing out the servers and IP addresses the VPN companies are using.
When you connect to the VPN it makes your connecting look as if it's from that server or IP address.
Then, all Netflix have to do is block any requests that are coming from that server, and show them the annoying proxy error black screen above.
Which VPN services are working with Netflix?
We're testing as often as possible, and we recommend the following as the best VPN services for accessing US and UK Netflix content:
Which VPN services are not working with Netflix?
We can't be certain, however, with every VPN service provider and DNS redirection service we review, we test it out with Netflix.
Here are the services not currently working based on our testing.
If you're with one of these guys they're not the best VPN for streaming Netflix, and we recommend using ExpressVPN or one of the others covered above.
- Private Internet Access
- Hola Unblocker
- Hotspot Shield
The full list is likely much more comprehensive than this.
We have even heard reports of Netflix cracking down on people who are setting up their own private VPN services using cloud infrastructure on services like Amazon AWS.
Unfortunately, it does require significant effort and investment by the VPN provider to bypass the Netflix efforts to block them.
This typically means the more premium services are the ones with the resources to do so.
Netflix Error Codes
Netflix throws up all sorts of letters and numbers when they detect you're using a proxy service.
Here are some of the common ones. If you're being hit with any of these, you got yourself some VPN issues:
- 10008 (Apple TV)
- tvp-805 (We’re having trouble playing this title right now. Please try again later or select a different title.)
How Does Netflix Block Proxy & VPN Users?
There are a few main methods Netflix use to block proxy services.
The main one is to block the IP address ranges of well-known proxy and VPN providers.
This means these services have to go to the expense of cycling their IP addresses to stay one step ahead of Netflix.
Many providers have simply opted out from this.
Another potential method they can use is to restrict users to content available in their billing country, however, we're not seeing any evidence of this so far.
Netflix Says I'm Using A Proxy But I'm Not
Are you receiving the “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy.” error message even though you're not using one?
m7111-5059 is being shouted at you by an error page?
Extremely frustrating isn't it?
We've run into this issue where Netflix thinks I'm using a proxy from time to time and you can resolve it by:
- Turning your modem or router on and off. This old chestnut is usually the first port of call.
- Using the Google Open DNS servers
- Clearing your cache of all cookies and browsing data
Now if all of the above doesn't work and still Netflix says I'm using a proxy, there is a chance your IP has been swept up in the Netflix proxy block.
If this is the case, and if your connection uses a static IP address, you'll need to get in touch with your ISP and have your IP address recycled.
Unfortunately, bypassing Netflix VPN block isn't easy, and if for some reason your IP address is fried it is best to get a new one.
Is there a Netflix unblocker?
Isn't there just some sort of Netflix unblocker I can use? Surely there is an easy to use workaround.
Unfortunately, not really. There's no software you can download that will magically unblock Netflix as such.
There will always be a degree of technical capability on your part to deal with the problem.
You'll need to plug away with VPN services and the configuration and settings that go with it.
The pay off is totally worth it though -- a huge library of content for your viewing pleasure. And of course, if you are interested in other ways of consuming content you could always check out the best torrent sites as another option.
Why is Netflix blocking VPN traffic?
Netflix don't want you accessing content restricted to other regions because they want to keep their content suppliers happy.
They have licencing deals in place all around the world that lock down content to specific regions, putting walls up as to what you can and can't access.
After much pressure from these copyright holders Netflix started to implement geo-blocking by cracking down on the IP addresses associated with well known VPN providers.
Netflix are able to detect most attempts to bypass the blocks, whether you're using a VPN or proxy. They can be quote aggressive and even block at the DNS server level. This will throw up an annoying Netflix proxy error message often with an associated error code like m7111-5059.
Of course, the better services invest in helping their users to unblock Netflix, however, many cheaper services simply waved the white flag and stopped trying to unblock Netflix.
Why am I getting a proxy error?
You should only get the Netflix proxy error if you're using a virtual private network or proxy service while streaming Netflix.
Sometimes Netflix will trigger a false positive and throw up that annoying m7111-5059 error, however, these cases are relatively rare, usually when the user's ISP has been lumped in with the IP address of VPN and proxy services.
The Netflix proxy error is one of the most frustrating things that can happen when you're just trying to watch that sweet, sweet content.
Luckily, the tactics taught in this article reveal the way users can mask their IP addresses to fool Netflix into thinking you're overseas.
What is the best free VPN for Netlix?
You want the cold, hard truth?
When it comes to Netflix access, free VPN services suck, and you shouldn't be using one full stop, let alone for the fact that they do nothing to help with the Netflix proxy error problem.
Free VPN services are slow, unreliable, leak your data, don't work with Netflix and in many cases make you the product -- selling your data to all sorts of undesirables.
In this case, you get what you pay for, and it's worth stumping up the few bucks a year to beat this proxy error problem, and enjoy all the other benefits that go with a quality VPN service.
What does Unblocker or Proxy Mean on Netflix?
In the eyes of our Netflix overlord, an unblocker or proxy is essentially a service that masks your IP address and fools their system into allowing you to access the content they don't want you to.
Netflix have created virtual walls around the content in their library, and these services basically offer a range of IP addresses that allow you to “sneak in the back door” so to speak without triggering the Netflix proxy error.
Error Code: m7111-5059
So what is Netflix error code m7111-5059? It's just a unique identifier for the specific type of error code relating to using a proxy service with Netlix. The code m711-5059 indicates that you're running into some sort of Netflix proxy error.
How to fix m7111-1331-5059
The way to fix it? Pretty much everything already covered in this article. You're welcome.
In all seriousness, the problem is Netflix are very aggressive in cracking down on people accessing gated content. So we recommend using the service covered in this article, as they put the effort into bypassing the blocks.
If you sign up to ExpressVPN and still run into trouble with the error then reach out to the live chat support offered by them, and they can advise you what the best server or IP address to use is at that time. The servers in use change all the time, so the live chat is your friend as they're fast and can usually give good advice.