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Best VPN for Firestick and Fire TV

Charlotte Darrell
Charlotte DarrellUpdated

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the most popular streamers on the planet – and just like a desktop computer, your ISP can see everything you do on it.

The good news is that it has a surprisingly large selection of VPN apps available for it, though.

Our top five picks will work on your Amazon Fire TV Stick or any Fire TV device via a native app. Simply download one, set it up and all of your streaming, gaming and Kodi activity will be protected.

The apps in this round-up guarantee a great choice of servers around the world, fast speeds for smooth streaming, and a simple, no-nonsense interface.

The 5 Best VPN Services for Firestick & Fire TV
  1. IPVanish
  2. CyberGhost
  3. PrivateVPN
  4. ExpressVPN
  5. NordVPN
Read on for our detailed analysis of each VPN.
Our pick for Firestick
IPVanish

Super fast zero-logs VPN. Great for P2P. Lots of extra privacy features.

Best price
$6.49 per month
Special deal
46% off with 12-month plan
Money-back guarantee
7 Days
Customer Support
24/7 live chat support
No. of Server Locations
61 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
10
Pros
  1. Amazon Fire TV Stick app
  2. Fast download speeds - 51Mbps global average
  3. Currently working with Netflix
  4. Simple set-up on popular devices
  5. P2P and torrenting permitted on all servers
  6. Connect securely to 61 countries
Cons
  1. Short refund period (7 days)
  2. Apps aren't designed for beginners
Bottom Line

IPVanish is a P2P-specialist VPN with a dedicated Fire TV Stick app making it our top pick, especially if you like to use Kodi on the Amazon streaming device or have a heavy torrenting habit.

It’s ultra-fast on local connections (often over 166Mbps) with very low latency even if less consistent internationally (to the US in particular). Its server network is mid-sized when it comes to locations but super-sized when it comes to servers and IP addresses. This means no slowdown at peak times.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick native app and Kodi add-on compatibility are massive pluses for convenience while customer support is improving with the introduction of live chat. The app is simple to use while maintaining some of the advanced features included in the desktop apps, like split tunneling, to satisfy more experienced users. It’s also a strictly zero-logs VPN with strong privacy features.

IPVanish isn’t cheap but committing to the annual plan slashes the monthly price by 46% to a reasonable $6.49. It’s worth every cent though for heavy P2P users who favor the Kodi/Firestick combo.


Read our full IPVanish review

2
CyberGhost

Super fast zero-logs VPN with native Fire TV app and access to popular streaming sites.

Best price
$2.75 per month
Special deal
77% off with 18-month plan
Money-back guarantee
45 Days
Customer Support
24/7 live chat support
No. of Server Locations
60 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
7
Pros
  1. Speedy downloads - 59Mbps global average
  2. Native app for Amazon Fire TV Stick
  3. Easy access to Netflix & other streaming sites
  4. Quick & easy setup on most popular devices
  5. Connect securely to 60 countries
Cons
  1. Access to iPlayer intermittent
  2. Torrenting servers not available on Fire TV app
  3. Server network could be bigger
Bottom Line

CyberGhost is one of the latest providers to introduce a dedicated Amazon Fire TV Stick app. With excellent local download speeds of up to 238Mbps and one-click access to Netflix, Hulu, and other popular streaming sites, it’s a great all-round performer.

CyberGhost’s Amazon Fire TV app is slick, user-friendly, and includes a section dedicated to streaming-friendly servers. Unlike IPVanish, you can’t use the custom app for P2P activity as it’s only permitted on optimized servers available for the Windows and MacOS apps. Still, its zero-logs policy and a host of privacy extras, such as a VPN kill switch and protection against IPv6 and DNS leaks, ensure the highest levels of online privacy.

We’re also very impressed by CyberGhost’s level of customer support, which includes friendly and helpful 24/7 live chat support and some great online resources. For just $2.75 a month on the 18-month plan, CyberGhost is a great choice for Fire TV Stick owners and heavy streamers in general.


Read our full CyberGhost review

3
PrivateVPN

Incredibly fast zero-logs VPN for P2P, streaming & gaming.

Best price
$3.60 per month
Special deal
67% off with 17-month plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
Live chat Support
No. of Server Locations
57 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
6
Pros
  1. Dedicated Amazon Fire TV Stick app
  2. Fast, reliable downloads - 65Mbps global average
  3. Local downloads often over 212Mbps
  4. Quick, easy access to Netflix, iPlayer and more
  5. P2P and torrenting permitted on all servers
  6. Fast uploads - 120Mbps
Cons
  1. Live chat availability is inconsistent
  2. Small number of individual servers
  3. No browser extensions available
Bottom Line

With its user-friendly and full-featured Fire TV app, PrivateVPN is a cheaper alternative to more established services like IPVanish. It places lower than the providers above it due to its much smaller, untested network and a lack of instant customer support.

The dedicated app means instant setup while compatibility with Kodi add-ons means no headaches. It’s very fast on local connections (typically around 212Mbps but even faster in certain locations) and equally impressive on distant servers. Netflix and BBC iPlayer access is rock solid and dedicated streaming servers make watching your favorite shows super easy.

We love that the Fire TV app includes many of the advanced privacy features found on the desktop app. Torrenters should note that a strict zero logs policy and first-party DNS servers means that no data exists with which to identify you – even with it being based in privacy-unfriendly Sweden.

It’s not guaranteed that PrivateVPN can maintain this excellent performance without collecting so much as basic usage stats but, for now, it’s well worth a look, especially at $3.60 on the 17-month plan.


Read our full PrivateVPN review

4
ExpressVPN

Incredibly fast and ultra secure. HD streaming. 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. Amazon Fire TV Stick custom app
  2. Uninterrupted access to Netflix & iPlayer
  3. Very fast speeds, average of 65Mbps globally
  4. Super easy to use. Instant set-up on all devices
  5. Connect securely to 94 countries
  6. Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser extensions
Cons
  1. Price could be lower on shorter plans
  2. Three simultaneous connections only
  3. Fire TV app lacks advanced features
Bottom Line

ExpressVPN is an excellent all-round VPN that’s also a smart pick for the Amazon Fire TV Stick thanks to its dedicated app, Kodi add-ons, consistently high speeds across its huge network and reliable access to big streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. The Fire TV Stick app doesn’t include any advanced features, though, and the absence of dedicated streaming servers push it lower down our list.

Downloads on local connections are reliably at around 132Mbps with low latency, so no unexpected slowdowns while streaming. Distant connections are also impressive. Other services may be faster on specific servers but ExpressVPN is by far the most consistent.

The dedicated app means instant setup and it’s pretty easy to use with 24/7 live chat if you need it. The three simultaneous connection limit could be more generous, but it’s fine if you just want to protect your Fire TV Stick and a couple of other devices.

It’s not the cheapest, but you can bring the monthly fee down to $6.67 on a 15-month plan. That’s great value for such a great all-round performer that’s both strong on privacy and easy enough to use with your Fire TV Stick.


Read our full ExpressVPN review

5
NordVPN

Very fast zero-logs VPN. HD streaming & extra privacy features.

Best price
$2.99 per month
Special deal
75% off with 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 - 71Mbps global average
  2. Custom app for Amazon Fire TV Stick
  3. Access to Netflix, iPlayer and more
  4. P2P and torrenting permitted on many servers
  5. Connect securely to 62 countries
  6. Specialty servers optimized for individual needs
Cons
  1. Extra protocols require manual config
  2. Slow email support
  3. Browser extensions are proxies
  4. Access to Netflix not as easy on Fire TV app
Bottom Line

If you want a cheap VPN for the Amazon Fire TV Stick and don’t mind a bit of trial and error when accessing popular streaming services, NordVPN is a great choice.

The dedicated Fire TV app is simple enough to use, if not as slick as some others, and performance is very fast, coming in at around 197Mbps or more. It has very reliable access to both Netflix and BBC iPlayer but, unlike the desktop app, you have to connect to specific servers to access these services. To save you from testing out loads, friendly live chat support agents are available 24/7 to help you out.

A strict zero-logs policy and P2P-optimized servers also make it a great choice for those who like to torrent on their Fire TV. NordVPN doesn’t currently offer a Kodi add-on, but simple setup instructions are available on its website.

On a three-year subscription it works out at incredible $2.99 per month, which for some will be absolutely worth the trade-offs – especially given the speed, streaming access and how well it works on more mainstream devices.


Read our full NordVPN review

How we picked the best VPN for Firestick for 2018

While you could use almost any VPN to protect your Fire TV Stick by installing it at the router level, our top five picks all have their very own dedicated Fire TV apps that you can download and install from your streamer’s app store.

We checked to see if they still worked with the most popular services like BBC iPlayer and Netflix, and whether or not they offered speeds fast enough for smooth Full-HD streaming.

Safety is also a key concern: we make sure that all our recommendations successfully mask your IP and DNS with no leaks. They also won’t store logs of your viewing or downloading habits.

How to use a VPN with a Firestick

In addition to downloading the app directly from the Amazon Appstore, you can also sideload any Android VPN app from another Google Play-connected device.

If you want to use Kodi, you’ll need to install that, too. There’s a few different methods depending on the generation of your Fire TV device. Whatever it is you’re doing, be sure to connect to your VPN before you start streaming.

You may want to have a look at two of our helpful guides on the topic: How to Install a VPN on Your Firestick or Fire TV and How to Install Kodi On a Firestick.

How to choose a VPN for Firestick: 6 Tips

  • Does it have a dedicated app on the Amazon Appstore?

    When so many top-tier providers have dedicated apps available on the Amazon Appstore theres really no reason to consider anything else. Its by far the quickest and easiest way to ensure that your Fire TV device is fully protected.

  • Check which generation device you have

    If you have a first generation Fire TV Stick then your options are more limited compared to newer devices. You need to have second generation or newer to be able to take advantage of the custom apps. The first generation was released in 2014, the second in 2016 and the third in 2018.

  • Do you plan to use it with Kodi? Look for 'zero logs'

    Look for a VPN that’s as close as possible to zero logs. Some will log a degree of usage stats in order to maintain performance on huge, busy networks thats fine. Whats not fine is a VPN that keeps track of exactly when and what you streamed, or what app was used. Be sure to check logging policies carefully.

  • How fast is the VPN in your favorite locations?

    You need reliable, fast download speeds combined with low ping to watch silky smooth  Full-HD, or even 4K, video streams via your Fire TV streaming device. When reading one of our VPN reviews, be sure to check our detailed speed test results for the location and server combinations that you’ll be using the most.

  • Will it work with your favorite app?

    Do you watch Netflix or BBC iPlayer? Not every VPN will work with these apps. We continuously test whether each VPN is working with Netflix and other apps and share the results in our VPN reviews.

  • 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.