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How to Watch HBO Max in the UK

Want to watch the new HBO Max platform in the UK? Of course, you do.

When HBO is mentioned, titles like Game of Thrones and Chernobyl come to mind. HBO for sure doesn’t have the most content ever, but the productions it does have, are of top quality.

...But HBO Max is not just an HBO platform. It’s a platform owned by AT&T that comes with a ton of WarnerMedia content mixed with other content that HBO Max acquired rights for.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to make HBO Max work in the UK.

...But first...

Why is HBO Max Not Currently a Thing in the UK

You might be wondering why you currently need to even search for how to make HBO Max work in the UK.

The answer is simple.

HBO Max doesn’t have the rights to show its content in most regions of the world.

You might be thinking how that is possible if HBO and WarnerMedia own most of HBO content, and that also comes with a simple answer.

  1. Companies that own content tend to sell rights to other platforms in other countries.
  2. HBO Max also comes with a ton of content HBO doesn’t own.

If HBO made it easy to access content that it shouldn’t be showing, it would get in trouble.

What’s Needed to Watch HBO Max in the UK

There are two major blocks implemented by HBO to prevent you from watching.

  1. A geo-block that prevents you from watching if you are not located in the US.
  2. Card payment location block that prevents cards from outside of the US from working when signing up.

Here’s how to solve these issues: 

How to Make HBO Think You Are in the US

There’s only one way to make HBO think you are in the US without actually being there.

It’s by being there virtually.

...Something you will need a VPN service for.

If you ever tried a VPN service in the past, then you know they allow you to change your location virtually.

...But it’s not as simple as that when it comes to entertainment services.


As because HBO has to make efforts against people trying to access outside of the US, it naturally also needs to make an effort against VPN services, since of course, HBO is aware of the fact that VPN services can unblock services. If HBO didn’t make these efforts, it would get in trouble.

And that’s where PrivateVPN comes in as a service that supports HBO Max. How does it do it? By focusing on a lot fewer servers and instead focusing on the quality of servers.

The steps?

  1. Sign up for PrivateVPN’s 7-day free trial with no need for a card.
  2. Download the  PrivateVPN app on your devices.
  3. Connect to a US server.

And that’s it as far as making HBO think you are in the US.

Now let’s get you an HBO Max account.

Creating an HBO Max Account in the UK

Since HBO Max requires an American card, you are going to need to get around that problem if you want to create an account.

Solutions? There are a few, but by far there easiest one and simplest one to apply is to change the region of your app store on your phone, to then sign up for an HBO account.


As HBO has a location-based payment block, that is simply not a thing in the app store on the phone.

The only thing you will need to do? To change the region of your app store, which we will show how to do below.⬇️

Creating an HBO Max Account on Android Devices

  1. Connect to the right to a US server with PrivateVPN, followed by opening your Play Store.
  2. Press on the 3-bars on the top-left of the screen, followed by clicking on Account. 
  3. Click on the option allowing you to switch your region.
  4. Update your payment method.
  5. Go back to your Account and now confirm the changing of your region.
  6. Download HBO Max and sign up for a subscription.

Creating an HBO Max Account on Apple Devices

  • Firstly, sign out of your iCloud account.
  • Create a new iCloud account with your location set to be in the US.
  • Download the HBO Max app.
  • While connected to the right VPN server, sign up for an HBO Max account.

Unblocking HBO Max on a TV

Want to watch HBO Max on your TV?

Shows with great visuals are best watched on the big screen, but there’s an issue with that.

Most smart TVs and platforms like Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku, don’t support VPN services, making it super hard to watch HBO Max on a TV in the UK.

Our solutions?

The quickest one is to connect your laptop to a TV via an HDMI cable.

...The best one?

To get an Amazon Fire TV Stick as it supports VPN services.

Just ordered a Fire TV Stick? Sign up for the American region, and you will be able to download the HBO Max app with ease.

...If you already have a Fire TV Stick, here’s how to do change your region:

  • In your web browser, go to your current Amazon account.
  • Click on Accounts & Lists, followed by Manage Your Account and Content.
  • Change your region to be in the US.
  • Go to your Amazon Fire TV device and press on Settings and then My Account.
  • Deregister and sign back into your Amazon account.
  • Download HBO Max.

That’s How to Watch HBO Max in the UK

HBO Max? It’s one of the best streaming platforms out there. And with these steps, you can unblock it with ease, just like you can unblock many other streaming services that are not available in the UK, such as DAZN and Hulu.

...But you can find that out by applying the 2-steps shared in this guide and by using the 7-day PrivateVPN trial with no need for a card.

Written by Michael Smolski.

Disclaimer: While PrivateVPN works with HBO Max, due to the nature of services like HBO Max making efforts against VPN services, it is not able to guarantee non-stop 100% of the time support at all given times. No service can guarantee that.