If you are traveling internationally, some regional content may not be available for the duration of your trip. Luckily, you can participate in your city and daily DraftKings events by using a VPN to set your virtual IP to the United States or other regions where the app is available. This way you don't have to take a break from your favorite apps or stand a chance of winning big, even when you're abroad.
This article will explain the various benefits of using VPN software and how to use it with DraftKings.
Why use a VPN for DraftKings?
It should be noted that DraftKings is restricted in certain US states, Canada, and a few other jurisdictions. This restriction is primarily due to the fact that some states consider DraftKings features to be illegal or objectionable practices.
If you want to use a VPN to access DraftKings from outside these states, some parts of the app may still not work for you. This is especially important when you want to withdraw larger sums of money from your casino or city winnings. In these cases, DraftKings will request proof of residency in the state where you are using the app. If you plan to use a VPN outside of a participating state to collect winnings, it probably won't work because of this requirement.
However, if you live in states or regions where DraftKings is usually available, you'll want to use a VPN to access it while traveling. This way, you won't have to claim your winnings before you get home, and you can always set the VPN server to that of your home country.
How to Use a VPN with DraftKings on an iPhone
While it's possible to set up a somewhat functional VPN through your iPhone's settings, these are rudimentary at best and don't give you the freedom you need to use apps from other countries. For best results, we recommend using a standalone VPN app.
There are a few great options available, but our top pick has to be ExpressVPN. It's secure, fast, has plenty of extra options, and most importantly, has great server coverage across the United States. You can easily find a state DraftKings will work from and get the benefits of tracking your city and games on the go.
Here's what you need to do to use ExpressVPN with DraftKings on iPhone:
- Sign up for ExpressVPN
- Go to the App Store.
- Search for “ExpressVPN”. Select the first result that appears.
- Install the app on your iPhone by following the instructions.
- Launch ExpressVPN. In the main menu, you will see the options to login with an account or register for a new service.
- Use the "Sign in" option, then enter your account credentials (email or username and password) to continue.
- With ExpressVPN open, you can use the server picker to select a server for your virtual IP. The app has a smart server service to place you in the most useful servers for general utility, but these may not work for DraftKings. You can use the three dots next to the server name to change it. Choose a server region fully covered by DraftKing's services, and according to our suggestions above.
- Press the big "Connect" button in the center to start the connection. You may temporarily lose your Internet access until the IP bridge is completed.
- Walk away from the app and open DraftKings. If everything works fine, you should have no problem accessing all features as usual.
How to Use a VPN with DraftKings on an Android Device
Since there are no built-in VPN services for Android systems, your only option is to use a third-party service. ExpressVPN is our favorite option for Android smartphones due to its excellent range of services and options.
Follow these steps to set up ExpressVPN on an Android phone:
- Sign up for an ExpressVPN Account
- Go to the Google Play Store.
- Search for “ExpressVPN” in the top bar, then select the first result.
- Install ExpressVPN.
- Open the app. The main menu will display the options "Login" or "Registration". Select "Login"
- With the application still open, use the server selector to choose a server that will work with DraftKings. Servers based in the United States or Canada work best here, especially if your state has all the features available. The app will automatically direct you to the most common servers, but you can use the three-dot menu to change it.
- Use the big "Connect" button to set up a VPN tunnel and create a secure connection.
- Without closing the ExpressVPN app, open DraftKings and enjoy your experience as you normally would. If DraftKings is not working, switch to another VPN server. You can find one that works
How to use a VPN with DraftKings on a PC
Most PC VPNs come as standalone programs that you need to download, and there are plenty of great options to use. ExpressVPN is our favorite due to the completeness and security of its systems. It also has one of the largest server networks, allowing you more freedom when choosing IP locations.
Here's how to set up Express VPN on your PC:
- Open your favorite browser and navigate to the ExpressVPN website
- Select "Get Started".
- Choose a purchase plan and put in your payment information.
- Complete the registration process and obtain your account credentials.
- Download the desktop app
- Open the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation process.
- Launch the ExpressVPN program. Enter your account credentials to get started.
- Choose a server from the list. For best results with DraftKing, use a US state that has all the features available. If you are from one of these states, use this one to simplify the process of withdrawing money.
- Select "Connect" to start a VPN connection.
- Open DraftKings on your PC as you normally would. Do not close the VPN until you have finished using the program.
Using VPNs can be second nature
VPNs are useful when you're traveling and need to access region-locked content. Just note that DraftKings may not work well if you're not from states that allow it, so using a VPN for anything other than removing a momentary inconvenience isn't usually worth it.
Have you had success getting DraftKings working overseas? Let us know in the comments section below.