Watching TV shows and movie is a lot more fun if you can share it with someone else. Somehow comedy is funnier, horror is scarier, and rom-coms are more heart-melting if someone else is experiencing it with you. But what if the person you want to share shows with is overseas?
It should be no surprise that there is an app for that. In fact, there are several depending on the device you are using and in this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about how to watch Netflix together with friends or loved ones overseas just using one of these apps and a VPN.
How to watch Netflix overseas
Netflix has a different service in just about every country on earth and if you and a someone overseas tries to log in the usual way, you will find yourself faced with two very different sets of content. This is where a VPN comes in.
With a VPN, it is possible to make it appear to the Netflix site that you are in the same country and so they will allow you to access the same Netflix site, and even the same account.
Netflix has been proactive in trying to stop VPN users from being able to access the site. But many VPN providers can still access Netflix. We have tested all the big VPN providers using the US version of Netflix, which has the largest selection of content, and found that NordVPN is currently the best at accessing the site.
Their entire server network still appears to be able to access US Netflix. It can also access the UK version too, so if there is UK-specific content you are after, it will work for you too.
You can keep track of the Best VPNs for Netflix using our dedicated and regularly updated guide. NordVPN is not the only provider which works, but for now, it is the pick of the bunch.
How to watch videos with friends overseas?
If you want to watch Netflix with friends together on your computer or laptop, there is no shortage of apps and browser extension that can let you do that. One of the best around is Showgoers, a Chrome extension, but there are plenty more such as Netflix Party and Facebook’s Watch Party.
But finding an app that allows you to do the same on your mobile device has been difficult. Until now that is because a new app called Rave has arrived which offers exactly the same service to all iOS and Android users.
Rave allows you to sync your Netflix playback with remote friends on your mobile device in exactly the same way as Showgoers does on your computer. And what’s more, it’s a free service too. We have compiled a short guide on how to use Rave watch videos with friends overseas.
How to watch Netflix with friends overseas on your mobile device using the Rave app
The process needed to sync Netflix videos with friends on your mobile device using Rave is a fairly simple one. All you need to do is this follow this simple, step-by-step guide:
- First, you and your friends will need to download the Rave app onto your device. A quick search in either the Google Play Store (for Android) or the App Store (for iOS).
- Once it has finished downloading, open the app. You will see that you can join groups and see what other people are watching, but if you want to share what you are watching, you will need to create your own ‘Rave’.
- Creating a ‘Rave’ is easily done. All you have to do is press the (+) Start a Rave icon at the bottom of the screen. Then select Netflix. On the first time you use Rave, you will then need to log into Netflix. This will not be the case in subsequent videos.
- Choose the video you want to watch. When it starts playing, pause the video.
- Now you need to share the link of the video with your friend. To do this, click the share icon on the bottom right of the screen and then choose whether to email or share the link on various social media services.
- When your friend receives the link, they can click it and the Rave app will open to that video. Then, when you click play, both of you will be watching the same playback.
The Rave App: Some crucial points
To sync your Netflix playback using the Rave app, there are a few key points you need to bear in mind. All users will need to have the Rave app installed and a user account set up. All other Rave users will also need to have an active subscription to the same Netflix service in order to be able to log in and watch shared videos.
If you are based in different countries, this means at least one of you will have to be using a VPN to access a Netflix service from overseas. It will however also work if you are both using a VPN to access the US Netflix service from elsewhere in the world.
As well as syncing separate Netflix users, it is also possible for both users to log in using the same Netflix account and then sync content over the Rave app too. There is also a chat service so you can talk and discuss the show with your friends while you are watching it.
And as well as Netflix, you can also use the Rave app to sync other video services such as YouTube as well as file-sharing services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
How to watch Netflix with friends overseas: Conclusion
So, with the help of a simple app and a VPN, it is possible to watch Netflix shows and movies together with friends no matter where you are in the world. You will need a VPN to log into Netflix overseas and we recommend NordVPN for that.
Then you can either use an app or browser extension such as Showgoers to sync videos on your computer or the new app called Rave to do the same job on Android and iOS mobile devices. Both work extremely well and offer an ideal service for friends overseas or separated loved ones.