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SmartPlay by NordVPN

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Smart Play provides instant secure access to hundreds of streaming websites worldwide

Forget buffering and censorship. Enjoy a safe streaming experience anywhere you are.

What is SmartPlay and how does it work?

SmartPlay is a NordVPN feature that helps you securely access all kinds of content. Best of all, it does it in a way that you never even have to think about it. It’s implemented in our apps seamlessly, so there’s nothing to set up, update, or activate.

All that is possible because SmartPlay combines the best features of the VPN and Smart DNS technologies. If you used a regular Smart DNS service, you would set its server as the preferred DNS server in your router or network settings. But that would add no extra security to your connection. Besides, it would involve manual setup on your router or separate devices, which may be complicated depending on your tech skills.

With the SmartPlay technology, all you need to do is connect to the right VPN server. That’s it: NordVPN unlocks all smart DNS benefits for you, letting you watch content safely without any hassle on your part.

Key benefits of SmartPlay

Access content away from home

Watch movies and TV shows in full security and privacy – even when abroad.

Stream with no extra steps

With NordVPN, smart DNS benefits are available without any special setup.

Stay secure every step of the way

Enjoy your favorite content with the full protection of next-generation encryption.

3 situations when NordVPN makes streaming safer and more flexible

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When you’re on public Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi turns any train ride, airport connection, or lonely lunch into an opportunity to catch up on some TV episodes. NordVPN turns all that into a hacker-free experience.

No more buffering issues while streaming with NordVPN

When your ISP starts throttling your traffic

NordVPN reroutes your traffic and encrypts the online data. This way, your ISP can’t shape your connection according to their preferences.

Smart Play ensures all the content is still fully available while traveling

When you travel abroad

NordVPN can help you access online services even when you’re travelling. Smart Play also allows you to enjoy the full range of the streaming content to which you subscribe.

Ultra-fast NordVPN servers worldwide for the best streaming experience

Stay safe or stream fast? Think smart.

With NordVPN, you don’t need to choose between speed and security. Our optimized network and lightning-fast NordLynx technology offer the ultimate streaming experience.
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    5200+ ultra-fast VPN servers worldwide
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    Revolutionary NordLynx protocol
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    No bandwidth limits to slow you down

Access your favorite content securely in 3 simple steps


Choose a VPN plan and download the NordVPN app for your computer, smartphone, or tablet.


Pick a server in a country of your preference. Or just click Quick Connect and let our smart algorithm do the picking.


Enjoy secure access to 400+ streaming services. Just make sure you have the service subscription if you need one.

Even though SmartPlay provides safe access to most streaming services, we can’t promise there will be no exceptions. If you are experiencing any issues, check the SmartPlay Help Center or contact our friendly customer support.

Stream smartly and safely

Please note that NordVPN service should never be used to bypass copyright regulations. NordVPN does not promote, condone, or endorse the use of the service for such purposes. For more details, please read the NordVPN Terms of Service.