Whether it’s streaming, downloading or filesharing, a good VPN is essential when using Kodi.
Our top VPN picks give you the best speeds, top protection, and will even unblock the service if it’s been banned.
We’ve reviewed more than 80 VPNs, regularly checking them to make sure they still work with Kodi.
The Most Important Factors When We Review a VPN for Kodi
- Allows P2P traffic on all servers
- Reliable and fast speeds
- Useful privacy features
- Transparent, fair and privacy-focused logging policies
- Well-designed and easy to use apps
- High quality customer support
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How We Picked the Best VPN for Kodi for 2019
Our top picks for Kodi have the best download and upload speeds for strong P2P performance along with minimal, fair and privacy-focused logging policies and features. The highest-rated apps have the best compatibility with Kodi’s vast array of add-ons and are well-designed, quick to install and above all, super simple to use. The best options also offer helpful customer support for when you need it. We also look for reliable access to Netflix and other streaming services.
We’re constantly testing all VPNs on our site to keep our reviews and picks totally fresh. We update our reviews with all the latest VPN global speed test results and look for the best, most reliable performance. We manually evaluate each app so we can share what it’s really like to use them.
How to Use a VPN with Kodi
The great thing about Kodi is that you can use it to stream and organize your media via a whole range of popular devices, from your laptop to your Firestick, as well as dedicated Kodi boxes running on Android or Linux.
The easiest way to use a VPN with Kodi is to install it on the same device as Kodi itself – or configure the built-in VPN settings if it’s a Linux-based box – then switch it on and connect before opening Kodi. If your VPN doesn’t have an app for your device – or it doesn’t support VPNs – then you will need to either install the VPN on your compatible router or share an internet connection with an VPN-protected device.
It is now technically possible to install VPN add-ons within Kodi itself. We don’t recommend it for beginners however as not only is it tricky to get working but you also lose the additional protections offered by a dedicated VPN app.
Wherever you have the VPN installed, make sure you choose the most relevant VPN server location and connect. Typically, the closer the server to your physical location, the better the performance.
For more information about using a VPN with Kodi, check out our user-friendly installation guide here. We also have step-by-step instructions on using the software with your Amazon Fire Stick.
How to Choose a VPN for Kodi: 6 Tips
The best option is almost always a VPN that offers a custom app for the device you are using to run Kodi. While all major VPN providers have apps for the main platforms, not everyone has a Fire TV app for example. Failing that, look for easy-to-understand step-by-step guides on how to use a VPN with your preferred device and direct downloads of APK files for use with Android-based Kodi boxes.
Look for a VPN that’s as close as possible to zero logs. While no VPN on our site will ever log your activity, many will capture some level of usage data to allow them to maintain peak performance on their networks. Best case scenario then is a VPN that does not log your IP address at all, nor that of your specific VPN server. Similarly, look for limitation of timestamps to collection of dates only rather than specific times. Finally, you want a VPN incorporated beyond the reach of the US and EU jurisdictions.
You need reliably fast download speeds and low ping to watch buffer-free ultra high-definition video streams on Kodi. Our detailed speed test results will show you which VPN is fastest for the location / server combinations that you’ll be using the most, to help you make the right choice.
The nearer the VPN server to your physical location, the better the performance. More servers tends to mean less congestion and improved speeds but this is not always the case. Beware, free plans often limit available server locations.
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.
Even the most expensive VPN plans can be made affordable by taking out a longer subscription.
Don’t bother with a one-month plan – 12-month plans typically offer the best value and you can reduce the risk of buyer’s remorse by choosing one with a long refund period.
We’d advise a 30-day no-questions-asked guarantee – they essentially act as a free trial period.
Make the right choice, though, and you hopefully won’t be thinking about a refund at all.