How to Change Location on Hulu

Can you see your local news from anywhere?

By
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Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Jul 31, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Jul 31, 2021

Hulu isn’t just a streaming service anymore. It also has a live TV option that lets users watch local news, sports, and weather. However, many people who travel want to watch live TV from their local affiliates, and we’re here to tell you that it is possible — if you’re willing to follow all the steps, that is.

How To Change Location on Hulu

There are two major methods for changing your Hulu location: changing your home network or using a VPN.

Changing Your Home Network

  1. Log in through a living room device (if you’re away, you may need someone at home to do this for you).
  2. Visit the account page on your computer, or a browser if you’re on your phone.
  3. Go to the Privacy and Settings section.
  4. Click “Set” or “Change Home” and enter your new location.1

FYI: Hulu will only let you change your home network four times in a year.

Using a VPN

Another option is to use a VPN. However, because Hulu determines location by your IP address and your GPS, most VPNs will not do the trick, as they only change your IP address. Therefore, you’ll need a VPN that does both, and the only VPN for Hulu we’ve found with both IP address and GPS changing is Surfshark.

You can learn more in our Surfshark review or our page on Surfshark’s pricing, but here’s the lowdown on the GPS-spoofing feature. You should know that it only works on Androids, so if you need an iPhone VPN to watch Hulu from another location, you’re out of luck. But for Android users, here’s how to set up this VPN on your Android:

  1. Buy a subscription from the Surfshark website.
  2. Download the Surfshark app onto your Android.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Go to Settings.
  5. Scroll down to Advanced Settings.
  6. Enable “Override GPS Location.”
  7. When the pop-up asks if you want to modify your device’s settings, click “Let’s Go.”
  8. Click “Open Settings” on your Android (not within the Surfshark app).
  9. Click “About Phone.”
  10. Click “Build Number” seven times. You should get a message saying that you’re in Developer Mode.
  11. Return to the Surfshark app.
  12. Tap the arrow to go to the next step.
  13. Go back to your Android Settings.
  14. Click “Open Settings.”
  15. Click “Select Mock Location App.”
  16. Select Surfshark.
  17. Go back to the Surfshark app, and the setup should be complete.
  18. Click “Close.”

To make sure this mock location is working:

  1. Connect to the server of your preference.
  2. Open the Maps app.
  3. Check your current location.2 If it matches, then the feature works and you should be able to watch Hulu in the area you selected.

How To Enable Location Services on Hulu

If you’re setting up Hulu for the first time on your phone or computer, you’ll need to enable location services. Here’s how, step by step.

Chrome

  1. Click “More.”
  2. Click “Settings.”
  3. Click “Advanced.”
  4. Click “Privacy and Security.”
  5. Click “Site Settings.”
  6. Click “Location.”
  7. Turn on “Ask Before Accessing.”

Edge (PCs)

  1. Click “Start.”
  2. Click “Settings.”
  3. Click “Privacy.”
  4. Click “Location.”
  5. Scroll to “Choose Apps That Can Use Your Precise Location.”
  6. Select Edge.

Firefox

  1. Click “Menu.”
  2. Click “Preferences.”
  3. Click “Privacy & Security.”
  4. Scroll to Permissions.
  5. Click “Settings,” next to “Location.”
  6. Add Hulu to the list of apps permitted to see your location.

Safari (Macs)

  1. Open the System Preferences app.
  2. Click “Security & Privacy.”
  3. Click on the Privacy tab (you may have to enter your administrator credentials to access this tab).
  4. Click “Location Services.”
  5. Next to Safari, click the box to check off “Enable Location Services.”

Android

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click “Security & Location.”
  3. Select “Location.”
  4. Turn on “Location.”
  5. Scroll to “Recent Location Requests.”
  6. Enable Hulu.

Amazon Fire Tablet

  1. Go to your tablet’s Quick Settings by swiping down.
  2. Click “More.”
  3. Click “Location-Based Services.”
  4. Select “On.”

iOS (iPhone and iPad)

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Click “Privacy.”
  3. Click “Location Services.”
  4. Turn on “Location Services.”
  5. Select Hulu.

Hulu Home Networks

Let’s go back to Hulu’s home networks, a key feature of changing your location. The streaming giant only wants users to change their home networks if they move or get a new internet service provider or network.

Hulu lets you change your home network up to four times over the course of a year. To change it, you’ll need to be on your home’s Wi-Fi network, so if you’re traveling, you may need some help from your family or roommates. And no, shared Wi-Fi networks or mobile hotspots don’t work.

What does the location determine? Exactly what channels you can stream live, assuming you’re signed up for Hulu Live TV along with Hulu or Hulu No Ads.

When you set up Hulu Live TV, you’ll input your home network within the first three days. Like we said before, you can change your home network if you need, but it’s limited to four times a year. If you try to change your home network more than that, you may receive location error messages.

Now let’s talk more about the internet connection you’ll need for Hulu Live TV. Unfortunately, it has to be both residential and nonmobile, which doesn’t include office buildings, dorms, or other shared or business spaces. If you don’t have a residential network that works, you probably won’t be able to sign up for Live TV, just Hulu or Hulu No Ads.

Can I Watch Hulu Outside of My Home Network?

You can watch Hulu outside of your home network on a mobile device. However, you may not be able to see all of your local channels without changing your location, and if you don’t check in at home on your mobile device at least once a month, Hulu Live TV may not be accessible.

NOTE: Your home network is meant to designate a single home, so those with vacation homes may need to buy two separate Hulu Live TV subscriptions.

While traveling internationally, you probably won’t be able to access Hulu Live TV. However, it should work on any mobile device within the United States, so long as you remember to check in at home before you leave for the trip.

Recap

Unfortunately, changing your Hulu location isn’t the easiest process in the world, but we hope we made it a little less confusing. If you want to change locations on another popular streaming service, check out our page on how to change your Netflix region.

FAQs

You’ll have your local Hulu Live TV open and running in no time.

  • How do I fix my Hulu location?

    To fix your Hulu location, you can change your home network up to four times a year. Here’s how:

    1. Log in to Hulu on your living room device.
    2. Visit your account page on a desktop, laptop, or mobile browser.
    3. Click on the Privacy and Settings section.
    4. Click “Set or Change Home.”
    5. Enter in your new home network.
  • Why won’t Hulu let me change my home location?

    Hulu may not let you change your home location if you’ve already changed it four times in a year, which is the limit.

  • How do I change my ZIP code on Hulu?

    To change your ZIP code on Hulu, you have to change your home network on your living room device. Go into your account’s Privacy and Settings section, and change your home network to a new ZIP code.

  • What happens if you change your Hulu home location?

    If you change your Hulu location, you’ll start receiving Live TV streaming from the home network you selected, including local affiliates and channels.

Citations
  1. Hulu. (2021). Manage your Home network for Live TV.
    help.hulu.com/s/article/manage-home-network

  2. Surfshark Help Center. (2021). How to enable the GPS override function?
    support.surfshark.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011517640-How-to-enable-the-GPS-override-function-