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Best VPN for Apple TV

Rebecca Duff
By Rebecca DuffUpdated

A VPN is essential even when using an Apple TV, but there aren’t any native apps for it just yet.

With the right VPN, though, you can still stay protected without sacrificing smooth streaming.

We’ve picked the five VPNs that make setup as easy as possible, keeping your connection safe and unblocking content.

The 5 Best VPN Services for Apple TV
  1. ExpressVPN
  2. NordVPN
  3. IPVanish
  4. PrivateVPN
  5. HideMyAss!
Read on for our detailed analysis of each VPN.
Our pick for Apple TV
ExpressVPN

Fast, reliable and very secure. Access to Netflix and 24/7 live chat support.

Best price
$6.67 per month
Special deal
49% off 15-month plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
24/7 Live chat support
No. of Server Locations
94 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
3
Pros
  1. Excellent speeds, global average of 64Mbps
  2. Reliable access to Netflix and iPlayer
  3. MediaStreamer DNS works with Apple TV
  4. Very user-friendly, instant setup on all devices
  5. Connect securely to 94 countries
  6. Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser extensions
Cons
  1. Fairly pricey on shorter plans
  2. Limited to three simultaneous connections
Bottom Line

ExpressVPN is our best VPN for Apple TV and best VPN overall. It’s compatible with a long list of routers, or you can buy one with it pre-loaded.

Its MediaStreamer DNS service, excellent speeds and consistent access to major streaming sites set it apart from the competition.

Setup on your Apple TV is quick and easy, and there’s also 24/7 live chat support should you need any help.


Read our full ExpressVPN review

2
NordVPN

Incredibly fast zero-logs VPN. Loads of extra privacy features. Works with Netflix and iPlayer.

Best price
$2.99 per month
Special deal
75% off 3-year plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
24/7 Live chat support
No. of Server Locations
62 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
6
Pros
  1. Fast speeds - global average of 67Mbps
  2. Detailed setup guide for Apple TV
  3. Consistent access to Netflix, iPlayer and more
  4. Servers optimized for P2P activity
  5. Connect securely to 62 countries
  6. Strict zero-logs policy
Cons
  1. Slow responses to email
  2. Extra protocols require manual config
Bottom Line

NordVPN is a great budget alternative to ExpressVPN, with excellent core performance (albeit slightly inferior customer support).

With peak speeds of up to 209Mbps on some servers it’s definitely a good choice for HD or even 4K streaming.

There’s no native solution for Apple TV but there are detailed setup guides for installing the VPN at router level or sharing the connection across devices.


Read our full NordVPN review

3
IPVanish

Incredibly fast zero-logs VPN. Loads of extra privacy features. Great choice for P2P.

Best price
$3.70 per month
Special deal
69% off 2-year plan
Money-back guarantee
7 Days
Customer Support
24/7 Live chat support
No. of Server Locations
61 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
10
Pros
  1. Great speeds - global average of 48Mbps
  2. Currently working with Netflix
  3. Works with Apple TV via configured router
  4. Simple setup on most devices
  5. Connect securely to 61 countries
  6. P2P and torrenting permitted on all servers
Cons
  1. Very short refund period (7 days)
  2. Apps aren't beginner-friendly
Bottom Line

IPVanish is a P2P-focused VPN offering excellent speeds and loads of extra security features – it’s just not as user-friendly as our top picks.

It’s one of the quickest we’ve seen on local connections, peaking at a phenomenal 294Mbps, ensuring no buffering even at peak times.

There is a short setup guide for Apple TV on IPVanish’s website, and customer support is now on-hand 24/7 to help out should you get stuck.


Read our full IPVanish review

4
PrivateVPN

Very fast zero-logs VPN that's best suited to streaming, gaming and P2P use.

Best price
$2.88 per month
Special deal
73% off 15-month plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
Live chat Support
No. of Server Locations
58 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
6
Pros
  1. Reliable downloads - global average of 70Mbps
  2. Dedicated servers for Netflix and iPlayer
  3. Apple TV via configured router
  4. Simple setup on most popular devices
  5. Connect securely to 58 countries
  6. Strict zero-logs policy
Cons
  1. Inconsistent livechat availability
  2. Limited number of individual servers
Bottom Line

PrivateVPN is the cheapest solution for Apple TV VPN, the only drawbacks being a smaller server network and inferior customer support.

There’s no dedicated app for Apple TV, but connecting it to a configured router running the VPN is easy thanks to helpful setup guides.

It’s incredibly fast, peaking at an impressive 396Mbps, plus there’s dedicated streaming servers for accessing Netflix and BBC iPlayer.


Read our full PrivateVPN review

5
HideMyAss!

Slick, user-friendly VPN with loads of server choice. Excellent global performance.

Best price
$2.99 per month
Special deal
75% off 3-year plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
24/7 Live chat support
No. of Server Locations
190 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
5
Pros
  1. Average global download speed of 62Mbps
  2. Easy access to Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  3. Manual setup guide for Apple TV
  4. Modern, user-friendly apps for popular devices
  5. Choose from 190 countries worldwide
  6. 24/7 live chat feature
Cons
  1. Based in privacy-unfriendly UK
  2. Collects detailed connection logs
  3. Desktop app limited to OpenVPN
Bottom Line

HideMyAss! stands out for its huge server network, even if it doesn’t quite live up to the all-round performance offered by some other top choices.

With downloads of up to 326Mbps you can expect seamless streaming with no buffering, plus dedicated servers for Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

With guides to Apple TV setup available and helpful live support, our only real critique is of its poor logging policy and UK jurisdiction.


Read our full HideMyAss! review

How We Picked the Best VPN for Apple TV for 2019

Our top picks all offer pre-configured routers or step-by-step guides to install the VPN on your existing router, meaning you can automatically protect all of the internet-connected devices in your home, including your Apple TV.

Our number one choice, ExpressVPN, provides a MediaStreamer DNS service to make the process even easier. All our choices also work with Netflix and other popular streaming services, as well as delivering consistently fast performance in our global speed tests. Their logging policies are the most transparent and privacy-friendly on the current market, and they all have high quality, user-friendly software.

If you happen to stream using an Amazon Firestick then our selection is a little different – owners should take a look at our roundup of the Best VPN for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

How to Use a VPN with Apple TV

You have a few different options when it comes to using a VPN with your Apple TV. The most straightforward method is to install the software at router level, which will protect all of the internet-connected devices in your home. This is a pretty simple process and shouldn’t trouble even VPN newbies – check out our handy step-by-step guide on how to install a VPN on your router. Most of our top-tier providers have also partnered with FlashRouters to provider routers that have been pre-configured to support the VPN software, meaning all you have to do is plug it in and you’re ready to go.

If you don’t want to do this, another option is to piggyback off the connection of another device running the VPN software, such as a laptop or mobile phone. Again, this process isn’t overly complex, and most providers will offer detailed instructions on their websites, which is ideal if you want to avoid fiddling with your router settings. Mac users should bear in mind that it isn’t currently possible to share the VPN connection from this device – if you want one for that machine alone then see our Best VPNs for Mac.

Once you’ve decided how you’re going to connect your Apple TV, you shouldn’t actually notice any difference when you come to use it. Before you begin streaming, you’ll need to choose which VPN protocol you’re going to use – we’d recommend OpenVPN wherever possible. You’ll also need to select a VPN server close to your physical location in order to get the fastest speeds and smoothest streaming experience.

After you’ve connected to your chosen server, simply carry on using your Apple TV as normal, safe in the knowledge that all of your online activity is now going through a secure, encrypted connection.

How to Choose a VPN for Apple TV: 7 Tips

  • Is it easy to install at router level?

    We haven’t come across any providers that offer dedicated apps for Apple TV, so the next best thing is to choose one that can be installed directly on your router, as this will protect all internet-connected devices in your home. Look for a provider that offers a step-by-step guide to configuring your router to work with the VPN, or even better, one that has partnered with FlashRouters so you can purchase a pre-flashed router that requires no configuration at all.

  • How fast is the VPN in your favorite locations?

    You need consistently fast download speeds and low latency to watch buffer-free HD video streams via your Apple TV. Check out the Speed and Reliability section of our reviews for the location/server combinations you’re going to be using the most to pick the quickest and most reliable option.

  • Does the VPN service have servers in every location you need?

    In order to get the best possible performance when connected to the VPN, you need to choose the server closest to your physical location. A higher number of servers generally means reduced congestion and improved speeds but this isn’t necessarily always the case. Be aware that free plans often limit available server locations, so that’s something to watch out for.

  • What other devices are you going to be using the VPN on?

    The majority of VPN providers will allow you to protect several devices at once, and it’s unlikely you’re just going to be using it on your Apple TV, so think about what other devices you’d like to protect. Almost all VPN services will work on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. Some are also compatible with games consoles, routers and other streaming devices.

  • Will it work with your favorite apps?

    Do you want to be able to access sites such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer? Not every VPN will work with these apps. We are continuously testing whether each VPN is working with Netflix and other popular apps, and share these results in our comprehensive VPN reviews.

  • Are their client apps and software easy to use?

    Nobody likes a badly-designed, confusing app. Look for a VPN with well-designed, powerful software and you’ll be much more likely to use it on a regular basis. We share the results of our hands-on testing of all the VPN apps in the Ease of Use section of its review – we spend all day testing them, so we should know a thing or two!

  • Finally, check the price and money-back guarantee

    Even the most expensive VPN plans are very affordable but you will likely have a budget in mind. 12-month plans typically offer the best value and you can reduce the risk of buyer’s remorse by choosing a VPN with a long refund period, preferably 30 days and with no questions asked. These guarantees are much more common than traditional free trials but are essentially the same thing.