How to watch HBO max outside the US

Lee Kirwin


Lee is an avid 80's action fan classing 300, Predator and Terminator among his favourites. When he's not binging movies he can be found keeping fit, attending Comic Con and wearing Star Wars socks of all things.

HBO has brought us so many hit TV shows over the past decade and now, we have HBO Max, their premium online streaming service that gives every other streaming platform a run for its money.

The platform is currently only available to those living in the United States and is blocked to anyone outside of the US.

If you’re a US traveller or ex-pat, then you’ll have a dilemma on your hands as you won’t have access to HBO Max.

You might even be an overseas resident who wants to watch some of HBO’s most outstanding and latest TV shows online, but again you’ll find yourself unable to gain access to the regionally blocked content.

This problem has lead you to this article, so how can you watch HBO Max outside of the US?

In this article, I’ll be answering this question and showing you how to unblock HBO Max and discussing what HBO Max has to offer you, but more on that later.

Let’s first dive in and see how to unblock it where you are.

How to watch HBO Max overseas

If you’re a United States ex-pat or traveller and you’re looking to unblock HBO Max from outside the US, you’ll need to use a VPN app.

A VPN is an online security tool that can unblock regionally restricted content by allowing you to re-route your internet traffic through another location. In this instance, the US.

There are many VPNs out there, but I highly recommend ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN is one of the world’s fastest VPN services and provides you with some of the most robust, reliable connections that will allow you to stream HBO Max in full 4K UHD.

They also have many US connections points that you can connect to, doing so will unblock HBO’s streaming platform giving you full access to all the content.

Follow these steps to get set up:

  1. Visit ExpressVPN and click “Get ExpressVPN”, then select a VPN package followed by entering your email address.
  2. Select a payment method and enter your payment information in the spaces provided. Click “Join Now” to complete payment.
  3. Download the app to your device. You’ll find the ExpressVPN app in your app store or via the ExpressVPN website.
  4. Log in to the app using your email and password or the activation code you can find in your Account area.
  5. Press Selected Location and then tap on United States.
  6. Lastly, visit the HBO Max site or use their app and enjoy watching all of HBO’s best shows where you are.
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How to watch HBO Max as a non-US resident

If you aren’t a US resident who is living abroad or travelling and you want to watch HBO Max, then you will need to use ExpressVPN, but you will also need to use a US payment method.

Thankfully, there’s a new service called StatesCard which allows you to grab a US payment option from any country. You’ll need to sign up for this service and then follow the steps below.

  1. Visit ExpressVPN and follow the sign up process.
  2. Select a VPN package such as their 12-month package that comes with an additional three months FREE.
  3. Next, enter your payment information and pay for your subscription by clicking “Join Now”.
  4. Now download the ExpressVPN app to your device(s) and log in using your email and password or activation code.
  5. From the country selection list, choose the United States and press Connect.
  6. Once you’re connected, visit the HBO Max website or use their app and sign up for their service.
  7. Pay for it using your Statescard information.
  8. Once you’ve signed up and paid for HBO Max, you’ll be able to start watching while connected to the ExpressVPN app.
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Congratulations, you’ve just unblocked HBO Max for your region, enjoy watching.

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Alternative VPN services

If for some reason you want to shop around, then there are other VPN services. You should certainly check out these alternatives which offer exceptional VPN services and are up at the top with ExpressVPN.


Most likely, the one you’ve heard of, they are one of the largest VPNs in the business and have a great reputation. Fast, secure, and reliable, NordVPN has your back.

Surfshark VPN

Surfshark is a very cheap but high-quality VPN that easily unblocks many online streaming platforms. I’m a big fan of this VPN provider and I’m sure you will be too.

Sometimes you might find that your device isn’t supported by ExpressVPN, Surfshark, or NordVPN. This will occur if you’re using some SmartTVs, Roku, Apple TV, or similar devices that don’t support VPN functionality.

If this is the case, then you’ll need to use one of these hardware devices to get watching:


StreamLocator plugs into your router and unblocks overseas content by using DNS. Due to them using DNS you don’t lose any download speed, but you also don’t have the protection that a VPN offers you.

It will allow you to stream HBO Max on any device even if you can’t normally install a VPN app on it.

Invizbox 2

Invizbox 2 is a physical VPN router that plugs into your home router and you connect your device to it as if it was your usual WiFi. It does all the things a VPN app does and will cover any device connected to it.

Using the Invizbox 2, you can unlock HBO Max on any device.

What’s available on HBO Max?

HBO Max is rammed full of excellent content, from movies to TV shows, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Here are some highlights of the best content available:

Judas and the Black Messiah – This two time Golden Globe nominee is set for release at the end of Feb 2021. It follows a young black man who is sent to infiltrate the Black Panthers during the peak of their movement and to pass information back to the FBI.

Tom & Jerry Movie – The classic cartoon has been made into an animated movie, you don’t want to miss this one.

Other moviesThe Notebook, Space Jam 2, Suicide Squad, Godzilla vs Kong, and Mortal Kombat.

TV Shows – Game Of Thrones, Friends, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, The Undoing, Bad Education, Sex And The City, Euphoria, and many more.

You get so much content you really do need to see it to believe it. HBO Max is currently on offer for $69.99 for six months, which is a bargain when you consider the level of quality HBO brings to your screen.


To access HBO Max from outside the US, you need to use a VPN app. I’ve been using ExpressVPN for years and it’s the one I recommend, but you can use the other choices too.

By using ExpressVPN, you’ll be able to unblock all of HBO Max’s best content directly to your device, no matter where you are in the world.

Set yourself up with ExpressVPN now and enjoy everything HBO Max has to offer you.

Now, excuse me while I go and binge watch Game Of Thrones for the 16th time.

What’s your favourite HBO Max show? I would love to know so drop me a comment below.

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