What is SmartPlay?
SmartPlay is a NordVPN feature that helps you securely access all kinds of content. It’s implemented in our apps seamlessly, so there’s nothing to set up, update, or activate — all you need to do is connect to the right VPN server. Once you do, you get to enjoy the benefits of smart DNS while shielded by VPN encryption.
The best of both worlds — a VPN with smart DNS
All that is possible because SmartPlay combines the best security features of a VPN with smart DNS technology. A smart DNS works by switching your DNS servers when you try to access unavailable content, but this only bypasses DNS blocking. Smart DNS services are unable to get past IP blocks, nor do they shield your online activities while you use them.
Enter our SmartPlay feature. In addition to changing DNS servers, NordVPN also cloaks your IP and encrypts your internet connection, letting you visit your favorite streaming sites from home in privacy and security — on your laptop, phone, tablet, or Smart TV.
And the best part? It’s all automatic — you get all the benefits of smart DNS the moment you connect to NordVPN.
Stay safe or stream fast? Think smart.
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5800 ultra-fast VPN servers worldwide
Revolutionary NordLynx protocol
No bandwidth limits to slow you down
Access your favorite content securely in 3 simple steps
Here’s how you can start using NordVPN’s SmartPlay feature.
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 streaming services. You don’t need to do anything else — SmartPlay works automatically.
Frequently asked questions
Should I use Smart DNS?
Is Smart DNS Legal?
Does Smart DNS slow down your internet connection?
Are there any free smart DNS services?
Instead, we recommend getting a smart DNS service bundled with a trusted VPN for increased privacy and security. For example, with NordVPN’s SmartPlay feature, you essentially get smart DNS free of charge with your VPN subscription.
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.