How to Change Your Location and Watch HBO Max Anywhere

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The HBO Max app is a must-have for premium streaming and access to full HBO content. But what if you're away from home and want unlimited access to the HBO content you're used to seeing? Well, don't worry, because you can make it happen with a Virtual Private Network (VPN).



A VPN will hide the IP address of your physical location and replace it with an IP of a location of your choice. Thus, if for example you have set up your virtual location in New York while enjoying the sun in the Maldives, you will have access to the US catalog.

The best VPN service provider for streaming content online is ExpressVPN. In this article, we will tell you how to change your HBO Max access location using ExpressVPN.

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How to Change Location in HBO Max on a Firestick

Change your virtual location using ExpressVPN to access HBO Max through your Firestick by doing the following:

  1. Visit ExpressVPN and choose your subscription plan.
  2. Enter “ExpressVPN” via search on the home screen.
  3. Select it from the results, then click "Download" or, depending on your Firestick, "Get."
  4. Once the ExpressVPN installation is complete, click on the “Connect” option and enter your details.
  5. You will be asked if you would like to help ExpressVPN improve its service. Select your preference then “OK”.
  6. Click "OK" to accept ExpressVPN's connection request.
  7. You will now see a power button and a "smart slot". To change your virtual location, if you're happy with the suggested "smart location", tap the power icon.
  8. To choose another location, click the ellipsis icon on the right.
  9. Browse through the different server locations or enter a specific one, then click the Power icon to connect.
  10. When you open the HBO Max app, you'll appear to be accessing from the virtual location you signed in to.

How to Change Your Location in HBO Max on a Roku Device

Changing your location on a Roku device isn't as quick as it is on the Firestick because it doesn't support VPN by default. However, there are 2 distinct ways to work around this problem. The first is to install a VPN at the router level. Check our guide on this for more details and find instructions for your specific router. The second is to set up a virtual network on your computer or laptop that Roku can connect to. Since the location information in your Roku account must match the location of your IP address, you will need to reset your Roku details and then add them back, including the virtual location set in your ExpressVPN account. You can follow the setup of a virtual network and reset your Roku below.



Here's how it's done through a Windows 10 PC:

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  1. Go to ExpressVPN.com to choose your subscription plan and create an account.
  2. On your PC or laptop, download and install the ExpressVPN app.
  3. Click on “Start”, “Network and Internet”, then activate “Mobile hotspot”.
  4. Under “Share my Internet connection”, click on “Wi-Fi”.
  5. Click "Change Adapter Options" under "Related Settings".
  6. Via the “Network Connections” screen, your new mobile hotspot will be displayed as the “Local Area Connection” network.
  7. Find the network with the description “ExpressVPN Wintun Driver”. Right-click on it and select "Properties".
  8. In the "Local Area Connection Properties" window, select the "Sharing" tab.
  9. Check the box next to "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection".
  10. Under "Home network connection", choose the name of your new mobile hotspot, then "OK".

To change your location on ExpressVPN:

  1. On your computer or laptop, log in to your ExpressVPN account.
  2. Decide if you want to share your information to help ExpressVPN improve user experience. If so, click “OK”.
  3. Select "OK" to accept ExpressVPN's connection request.
  4. The next screen will show a power button and “Smart Location”. To make suggested "smart location" your virtual location, click the power button.
  5. Or click on the menu on the right to choose another location.
  6. Once you find a virtual location, click the power button. "Connected" will appear below the button.

To factory reset your Roku device to erase your account details, then recreate your account:



  1. Press the Home button on your Roku device.
  2. Click on "Settings", "System", then "Advanced system settings".
  3. Click "Factory reset".
  4. Enter the code, then “OK”.
  5. Click "Start Factory Reset".
  6. After the factory reset is complete, follow the instructions for setting up the account. Remember to add the virtual location connected to ExpressVPN as a location on your Roku device.
  7. When you need to connect to a Wi-Fi network, choose the mobile hotspot configured earlier.

The next time you access HBO Max through your Roku device, you'll appear to be accessing content from the virtual location (such as a different country) you signed into, thus accessing that country's catalog.


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How to Change Location in HBO Max on PC

Here's how to change your virtual location using ExpressVPN to access HBO Max content through your PC:

  1. Create an account and subscription plan by going to ExpressVPN.
  2. Install the ExpressVPN app on your PC.
  3. Log in to your account, then complete the prompts to create a new connection.
  4. Eventually, you'll come to a power button and a "smart slot." To change your virtual location to the suggested one, click the Power button.
  5. To change it to something else, click the ellipsis icon on the right.
  6. Choose a virtual location from the "RECOMMENDED" or "ALL LOCATIONS" tabs or enter search criteria.
  7. Click the power button.

Now enjoy HBO Max content from a virtual location through your PC.


How to Change Location in HBO Max on an iPhone

Here's how to access HBO Max content from a virtual location on your iPhone:

  1. Visit ExpressVPN to create an account.
  2. Go to the App Store to install the ExpressVPN app.
  3. Select "Open" to sign in to your account, then follow the prompts.
  4. On the screen asking for permission to add a VPN configuration, tap "Allow". ExpressVPN does not monitor or filter network activity.
  5. Type your password or use Face or Touch ID to continue.
  6. After deciding if you want to help ExpressVPN improve, you'll see a power button and a "smart location" suggestion.
  7. Select the power icon if you are ok with using the suggested location.
    • To choose a different one, tap the ellipsis icon on the right. Browse the locations listed under the tabs or enter search criteria to select a different location.
  8. Click the Power icon. "Not Connected" should change to "Connected".

You can now access HBO Max content available in the virtual location of your choice.

How to Change Location on HBO Max on Android Phone?

Use the following steps to set up a virtual location on your Android phone to access the HBO Max catalog in another country:

  1. Set up your ExpressVPN subscription by visiting ExpressVPN.
  2. Visit Google Play to install the ExpressVPN app.
  3. Open and sign in to your ExpressVPN account.
  4. Continue through the prompts. On the connection request screen, approve the request.
  5. Press “OK” to access data privacy information.
  6. You will now see a power button and a suggested "smart location". If you're happy to set your virtual location to the smart location, tap the Power icon.
    • If you want to change it, tap the ellipsis icon on the right. Browse tabs or enter search criteria for a specific location.
  7. Click the power icon to connect.

The next time you log in to your HBO Max account, you will have access to content from the location set as your virtual location.

Access HBO Max from a virtual location

Using a VPN service provider like ExpressVPN is perfect for hiding your physical location's IP address and replacing it with a virtual location. They have extensive server coverage globally, so you'll be spoiled for choice when deciding where you want to appear to access.

Changing your virtual location for streaming apps like HBO Max unlocks access to geo-restricted content. It's great when you're away from home and want to see the content you're used to.

Which HBO Max catalog would you like to access and why? Tell us in the comments section.

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