How to Use a VPN With DraftKings
If you’re traveling abroad, chances are some regional content will be unavailable for the duration of your trip. Luckily, you can participate in daily DraftKings betting and events by using a VPN to set your virtual IP to the United States or other regions in which the app is available. This way, you don’t have to take a break from your favorite apps or your chance to win it big even while you’re out of the country.
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 some states in the U.S., Canada, and a few other jurisdictions. This restriction is mainly because some states consider DraftKings’ features gambling, illegal, or opposable practices.
If you want to use VPN to access DraftKings from outside of these states, some parts of the app might still not work for you. This is especially important when you want to withdraw larger sums of money from your casino or betting winnings. In these cases, DraftKings will ask for proof of state residency where you’re using the app. If you’re thinking of using a VPN outside of a participating state to collect winnings, it likely won’t work because of this requirement.
However, if you’re a resident of the states or regions DraftKings is ordinarily available in, you’ll want to use a VPN to access it while you’re traveling. This way, you won’t have to claim your winnings until you return home, and you can always set up the VPN server to the one in your native state.
How to Use a VPN With DraftKings on an iPhone
While it’s possible to set up a somewhat working 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 safe, quick, offers plenty of extra options, and most importantly, has excellent server coverage across the United States. You can easily find a state that DraftKings will work from and get the benefits of keeping up with your betting and games while on the move.
Here’s what you need to do to use ExpressVPN with DraftKings on the iPhone:
- Sign up for ExpressVPN
- Go to the App Store.
- Search for “ExpressVPN.” Select the first result that pops up.
- Install the app to your iPhone by following the instructions.
- Launch ExpressVPN. In the main menu, you’ll see the options to log in with an account or sign up for a new service.
- Use the “Log In” option, then input 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 beneficial servers for general utility, but these might not work for DraftKings. You can use the three dots next to the server’s name to change it. Choose a server region fully covered by DraftKing’s services, and according to our suggestions above.
- Tap on the large “Connect” button in the center to start the connection. You might temporarily lose your internet access until the IP bridge is complete.
- Move away from the app and open DraftKings. If all works well, 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 preferred 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 “ExpressVPN” in the top bar, then select the first result.
- Install ExpressVPN.
- Open the app. The main menu will show “Sign in” or “Sign up” options. Select “Sign In”
- With the app still open, use the server picker to choose a server that will work with DraftKings. U.S.- or Canada-based servers work best here, especially if your state has all functionalities available. The app will automatically route you to the most common servers, but you can use the three dots menu to change it.
- Use the large “Connect” button to set up a VPN tunnel and create a secure connection.
- Without closing the ExpressVPN app, open DraftKings and enjoy your experience just like you usually would. If DraftKings doesn’t work, change to another VPN server. You will be able to find one that works
How to Use a VPN With DraftKings on a PC
Most VPNs on the PC come in the form of standalone programs you need to download, and there are many great options to use. ExpressVPN is our favorite due to how comprehensive and secure its systems are. It also has one of the largest server networks, allowing you more freedom when choosing IP locations.
Here’s how you can 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 your payment information.
- Complete the registration process and get 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 U.S. state that has all features available. If you’re native to one of those states, use that one to simplify the money withdrawal process.
- Select “Connect” to start up a VPN connection.
- Open DraftKings on your PC as you normally would. Don’t close the VPN until you’re done using the program.
Using VPNs Can Be Second Nature
VPNs are beneficial when you’re traveling and need to access some region-locked content. Just note that DraftKings might not work well if you’re not native to states that allow it, so using a VPN for anything other than to remove a momentary inconvenience is usually not worthwhile.
Have you managed to make DraftKings work while abroad? Let us know in the comments section below.