How to bypass Hotstar VPN Detected error on iPhone and iPad

LAST UPDATED 18th January 2018

You may have recently noticed that the Hotstar app has updated.  IN which case you have probably come across the VPN Detected error.

This Hotstar error says

VPN Detected you seem to be using an unblocked or proxy Please turn off the services and try again, If you continue to see this after turning off proxy, please reach as at hello@hotstar.com

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How to bypass the VPN Detected error on iPhone and iPad?

18/01/2018 – this method still works, however it can take multiple attempts and has definitely been tweaked by Hotstar.

METHOD 1

The good news is that this error is easy to bypass Hotstar VPN Detected error on iPhone and iPad. Here is a step by step guide:

Step 1: Double click the home button and swipe the app to completely close it.

Step 2: make sure your VPN connection is switched OFF

Step 3: Open up hotstar and wait for the basic content to load up

Step 4: go to settings > VPN and turn your VPN on. Wait until the VPN label is in the status bar as this means it is connected

Step 5: Double click the home button and go back to the Hotstar app that is running in the background

Step 6: Enjoy your content

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SO why does this help bypass the VPN Detected error on iPhone and iPad?

Well from my testing it seems that the app only checks if vpn services are running on your iPhone or iPad at boot. After the app is open, it no longer polls that service and so works as normal.  It is quite common for geo restricted apps to check items only on boot. Hotstar does seem to now poll not so much more than once, but for an extended period. If you try this multiple times it eventually stops checking after a minute or so and then its OK. However, users don’t what that the of experience. Neither do I, which brings me neatly on to

METHOD 2

Bypass the VPN detected error on iPhone and iPad by…… umm not using  VPN

Sounds obvious but provided you are 1) on wifi and 2) not intending on travelling with your device too much during the game, then a smart DNS service is definitely the way to go.  As far as I know, SmartDNSProxy are the only service to support Hotstar, and i mean support. As in, they will fix it as and when Hotstar ever change their infrastructure which can happen once a year, maybe twice. Most of the time you wouldn’t notice but when you do its annoying.

You can get 14 days free trial of SmartDNSProxy and you don’t even need to have a method of payment. It is a truly free trial.  By using the DNS service, there is no VPN to detect so this will bypass the VN Detected error on iPhone and iPad. Indeed, any app with a VPN check will be the same.

here is a link to the free trial

Try Smart DNS Proxy Free For 14 Days

Please continue to enjoy your Hotstar subscription from outside India! If this post is helpful, please let us know in the comments and share it with your friends

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