Whilst US viewers can enjoy all the shows and films available on HBO Max, international viewers are sadly missing out on this streaming giant that has the likes of Friends, the Studio Ghibli movies, the DC catalogue and HBO new shows such as Lovecraft Country.

Fortunately, we've managed to successfully find a workaround. It's a similar method that we use to watch the likes of Hulu, The CW and Netflix US - through using a VPN.

Here’s how you can access HBO Max from the UK. We also recommend taking a look at how to watch HBO Max for free, and the differences between HBO Max, HBO Now and HBO Go.

This method will allow you to tune into the likes of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion and Wonder Woman 1984.  

Watch HBO Max using a VPN

To sign up for subscription you have to go to the HBO Max website. However, you won’t be able to open the website on your normal UK browser due to the site only being available in the US. However, this is easily overcome through the use of a VPN.

Having a VPN (virtual private network) allows you to change your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re based in another country. For HBO Max, you will need a US server. For the best performance and pricing we recommend either NordVPN or ExpressVPN. You can also take a look at our list of the best VPNs for HBO Max.

Once you’ve chosen your VPN, you’ve got past the first hurdle of watching HBO Max. The next will be when you need to input your payment information.

Billing information for HBO Max

For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN - based on our experience of accessing HBO Now from the UK

Once you've signed up for your VPN of choice, you'll need to download it on either your iOS or Android device. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that's tied to the US. If you don't have that, here's the steps you should take:

  • Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
  • Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that's tied to the US (leave the country blank)
  • Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
  • You should now have access to the US app store - download the HBO Max app
  • Create a new account with your email address and password
  • Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
  • Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device

It’s worth noting that the process on iPhone can vary slightly, so we’ve covered how to watch HBO Max on iPhone in detail separately. We've also done the same for how to watch HBO Max on Android.

You should now be able to watch HBO Max as if you were in the US, providing you have a VPN on the device you're using.

As always when using a VPN to access content abroad, be aware that you'll be in violation of HBO Max’s terms of use, so the company could theoretically cancel your account if it realises you're using a VPN. Proceed at your own risk.