Whether you’re planning on file sharing, downloading, or just streaming, using a VPN with Kodi is a total necessity.
We’ve rounded up the best free VPNs to use with the service, offering solid performance along with the highest levels of privacy.
They may come with some limitations, but it’s a fair price to pay for some of the best free services on the market.
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Finding the right balance between performance and privacy is key for choosing a good free VPN to use with Kodi, so we ensured our top picks provided just that.
We looked for quick, reliable speeds and the most generous data caps we could find, ensuring a seamless experience regardless of whether you’re streaming or file sharing.
Security is also very important, especially when it concerns P2P activity, so we selected free VPNs with transparent logging policies plus a ton of privacy extras.
While these are our top free picks, they won’t provide the same experience you’d get for just a few dollars a month with a premium VPN – check out our overall Best VPNs for Kodi here.
Kodi can be installed on a wide range of platforms, from your laptop or computer to your Amazon Fire TV Stick. This means that the easiest way to use a VPN with it is to install it on the same device as Kodi itself.
If your chosen VPN doesn’t have a native app for your device, you’ll either need to install it at router level or share the internet connection with another device running the VPN software.
Although it is technically possible to install VPN add-ons within Kodi itself, we wouldn’t really recommend it. Not only is it pretty tricky to get started, you also lose the additional layers of protection you get with a dedicated VPN app.
The most practical option is choosing a VPN that offers a custom app for the device you plan to use Kodi on.
Failing that, look for user-friendly setup guides on how to use a VPN with your preferred device or direct downloads of APK files to use with Android-based Kodi boxes.
Most free VPNs come with some sort of data cap, so you need to assess how this will affect your Kodi usage.
If you’re only going to be using it from time to time, it’s unlikely to be much of a problem, but if you’re going to be streaming or torrenting on a regular basis, you should opt for the most generous one you can find.
Faster speeds mean smooth, buffer-free performance, whatever you’re doing online. Take a look at the Speed & Reliability sections of our independent reviews for more information on each VPN’s performance in our speed tests.
Ideally, you’ll choose a VPN that’s as close as possible to zero-logs, but that’s very rarely the case with free providers. At the very least, go for one that doesn’t store any personally-identifiable data and limits connection logs to datestamps rather than specific times.
The nearer the VPN server to your physical location, the better the performance. Free plans often mean limited access to server locations, so make sure your chosen VPN has options where you need them.
There’s no point in choosing a VPN if it’s not going to work with the apps and sites you use every day. We’re continuously testing whether each provider works with sites such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer and sharing the results in our reviews.