Onavo Extend (iPhone App) allows for Pandora and US Netflix use

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Here's a little treat for iPhone users. I've used Onavo's Extend app for a while. I originally got it to see if it actually helps shrink mobile data usage, but the results were marginal.

I did however discover other hidden benefits of this app (iOS version only; Android version does not offer this yet).

Once you install this app, it sets up a "profile" (certificate) in iOS. This is how they attempt to reduce your data usage. Since this routes traffic though Onavo's servers (which happen to be in the US), this makes you appear to be in the US to most sites you visit.

Up until recently, I took advantage of this only to listen to free Pandora radio which is not available in Canada. This requires the Pandora app not available via Canadian iTunes, but there's a workaround which doesn't require jailbreaking. This is the single reason why I currently use an iPhone.

Today, while fiddling around with my phone, I removed the Onavo profile and re-installed it. I discovered that it now sets up a VPN in addition to adding certificates to your phone. This got me curious and I fired up my Netflix app and boom - US Netflix content over Koodo's mobile network. Now I get the best Netflix titles while travelling (I have another solution for my home internet).


As you can see, I'm on LTE and watching South Park which is not available through Netflix Canada.

If you do decide to take advantage of this, please remember that Netflix uses a lot of data so please monitor your usage closely. Also, this sometimes interferes with your Personal Hotspot. If it does, simply remove the Onavo profile and re-install it when you no longer need to tether.
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Posted 5 years ago

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Hmm, thanks for the tip! I'll have to try it for NHL Gamecenter!
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Let us know if it works.
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Will do. My local/blocked out game will be on in 30 mins.

Granted I have a paid subscription (and I doubt this will do anything to circumvent that) but if I can watch the blacked out games this is staying on my device!
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Didn't seem to work, said I was in a blackout zone and wouldn't load the game. Tried on 3G and wifi.
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Didn't seem to work, said I was in a blackout zone and wouldn't load the game. Tried on 3G and wifi.
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I've had Onavo Extend but I didn't know you could download applications that were not available for Canada (ex: Pandora). That's really interesting! Thanks, I'll definitely try it out.
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You have to switch your iTunes address to a US one. Fake address is fine, I just change my province to a state and a corresponding city and zip. Payment method isn't mandatory.

When you're done and have saved your changes, log out of your Apple ID on your phone, then log back in. You're now in the US store. Download Pandora.

Reverse the process again through iTunes. Your downloaded apps will remain on the phone.
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After extended use, I've noticed that Onavo periodically interferes with the stability of my data connection (both mobile and WiFi), so I don't have the profile loaded at all times. I keep the app on the phone and install the profile only when I want to use its US benefits, after which I remove the certificate.
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This issue seems to be resolved. I no longer get data hang ups.
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US Netflix is the only one worth it, the Canadian version is absolutely terrible. Still Netflix isn't worth paying for when there are many other free apps & other ways to get movies & TV Shows on your device. Well for Android at least.
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Not many of them legal and $8/month for Netflix and $5 for the VPN is worth it to me. I don't have cable or satellite tv.
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I'm very curous about this and i'll give it a try! Any tips on how to set this up?

EDIT : Is this only working on 3G?
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The Onavo app is only for 3G/LTE. Visit www.unblock-us.com for a home internet solution.
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This didn't work for me, maybe anyone could help?

I installed Onavo Extend, then deleted the profile from the Settings.app. Reinstalled it using Onavo Extend settings.

I then enabled VPN and switched to 3G, however, Pandora still says that their service isn't available in my country.

I'd appreciate any help! :)
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Remove the Onavo profile (settings > general > profiles). Reinstall the profile from within the Onavo Extend app (via in-app settings menu. Restart Pandora app.

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Onavo Extend is also available for Android now and has been for a while but I forgot about this post so I didn't update it. You can now get your US content fix over mobile data without rooting your Android.
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No need to root anyways Ivan theres been a bunch of VPN services on Android for at least a couple years now. Use to use a couple to get American Netflix, its so much better than the Canadian one that full of garbage
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When I was last doing it, I needed to root my phone because I wanted to change the DNS settings so that I could use my unblock-us account that I use at home. I didn't want to pay for another VPN service just for mobile. Hotspot Shield was free, but it was garbage. Onavo works on both iOS and Android.
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Ah OK, I get what your saying now.
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Does it still work? I get "this title is not available to watch instantly" on US content.
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I'll look into this once as soon as I can.
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I tried using it on my S2X on CM10.2.0...no Luck.
I get an error "We've encountered an unexpected error: %d"
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I guess it just doesn't work for this purpose anymore. I re-installed it and nothing.

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