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FIX: Hulu not working with VPN error (8 foolproof solutions)

Make sure to disable WebRTC in the web browser you use to watch Hulu. Look up free browser extensions in Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons since there are numerous options.

But first, check the settings of your VPN browser extension (if you have one). For example, Private Internet Access (buy here) has native support for deactivating WebRTC on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

You should always be using the latest version of your VPN application. Otherwise, you could miss out on important security patches that fix any IP leaks, including on Hulu.

While doing this, it’s also a good idea to reinstall the TAP drivers for your VPN.

In Private Internet Access (buy here), you can do this easily straight from the Help section, so you don’t have to manually change any network settings on your computer.

The VPN kill switch protects you from IP leaks in case your VPN connection drops unexpectedly.

Without this feature, your computer could expose your true IP address in the time it takes to reconnect to the VPN server, resulting in Hulu connectivity issues.

Once again, we have to go with Private Internet Access (buy here) because it’s intuitive and effective:

How to enable VPN killswitch
  1. Access the PIA settings
  2. Go to Privacy
  3. Set VPN Killswitch to Always

Some people don’t want to use a VPN to watch Hulu but for any other activity on their computer, like anonymous torrenting while they’re watching a movie.

If you’re one of these users looking for a simple workaround, there’s nothing better than VPN split tunneling.

It lets you choose which apps will be connected to the VPN server and which of them will continue using the public Internet directly.

Here’s how to set up split tunneling in PIA. Keep in mind that you must be in the US for this to work:

enable PIA split tunneling for Google Chrome
  1. Go to Settings > Network
  2. Turn on Split Tunnel
  3. Click Add Application
  4. Select a web browser that you will use to watch Hulu
  5. Set it to Bypass VPN
  6. Restart PIA and the web browser
  7. Connect to a VPN server


To recap, if you have trouble connecting to Hulu over a VPN on your device, make sure to deactivate any free VPN or proxy tool you might be using since it will likely get flagged.

Instead, use a premium VPN service that can actually bypass the Hulu proxy error. You can also change your DNS servers, use a different VPN protocol, and disable WebRTC leaks in your web browser.

Make sure to update your VPN app to the latest version and reinstall its TAP drivers. Lastly, you can turn on the VPN kill switch or use split tunneling mode.

Did these solutions help you? What other workarounds have you found to successfully connect to Hulu through a VPN? Let us know in the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Hulu connection issues

  • How do I get Hulu to work with ExpressVPN?

If you can’t access Hulu using ExpressVPN, try connecting to another VPN server, changing your VPN protocol, and switching to custom DNS servers.

  • Does NordVPN work with Hulu?

Yes, you can bypass the Hulu proxy error using NordVPN. It has custom DNS settings, obfuscation mode, and Double VPN mode which can help you out.

  • How do I bypass the Hulu VPN block?

To successfully use a VPN on Hulu, consider investing in a premium VPN service instead of opting for free alternatives that won’t work. You can also use different DNS settings if the VPN’s DNS servers get blocked by Hulu.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2018 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Elena Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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