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How to Use ExpressVPN with Amazon Fire TV Stick & Fire TV

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ExpressVPN has a dedicated VPN app for Amazon Firestick, which also works with other Fire TV devices. It’s fast, secure, easy to use, and helps unblock lots of streaming content libraries. Here we show you how to install ExpressVPN’s app for Firestick, how to use it, and how to uninstall it if you unsubscribe.

How to use ExpressVPN on Amazon Fire TV devices

You can install ExpressVPN directly onto any Amazon Fire TV device quickly and easily.

Once you’re connected to an ExpressVPN server, the VPN app will spoof your IP address and encrypt all internet traffic going to and from it.

The ExpressVPN Firestick app lets you connect to over 3,000 servers located in 94 countries. These servers are optimized for unblocking a wide variety of streaming apps and content libraries straight from your TV.

SUMMARY: How to Install ExpressVPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick

  1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN via the official website.
  2. Open the Amazon Appstore.
  3. Search for ExpressVPN and install the official app.

In this guide, you’ll learn exactly how to install and use ExpressVPN on Firestick. We’ll also suggest some alternative VPN services if you don’t want to use ExpressVPN, including a free option.

While ExpressVPN performed extremely well in our latest Fire TV Stick VPN tests, things can occasionally go wrong or you may see error codes. We’ll show you how to easily fix these further below.

EXPERT ADVICE: ExpressVPN is a very good Firestick VPN, however we recommend IPVanish as an even better (and cheaper) Fire TV VPN.

Does ExpressVPN Work on Fire TV Stick?

SUMMARY: ExpressVPN works very well on Fire TV Stick. It can be installed as a native application directly onto the device, offering a simple way to change your IP address on Firestick without installing a VPN on your router.

ExpressVPN works on Fire TV Stick exactly as it works on your computer or smartphone. Just download it from the Amazon Appstore, install it, and connect to a server of your choice using the VPN application.

The Fire TV app even looks the same as on other platforms, so if you’ve already used ExpressVPN before you’ll find the whole process easy.

ExpressVPN's Firestick app

The home screen of ExpressVPN’s Firestick app.

We tested it using our 3rd Generation Fire TV Stick Lite, which we use to perform all of our VPN and streaming testing. However, ExpressVPN also works on all other generations of Fire TV Stick, plus other Amazon streaming devices like the Fire TV Cube.

We found that ExpressVPN successfully changed our IP address and encrypted the traffic sent from our Fire TV Stick. It works well with Kodi and reliably unblocks many popular streaming apps including Netflix, DAZN and HBO Max.

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPNs for Fire TV Stick according to our testing, but it’s not the very best. It misses out on the top position because its Firestick app lacks some of the features offered by competitors including IPVanish and Surfshark.

EXPERT ADVICE: ExpressVPN works on Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire HD Tablets (sometimes called the Kindle Fire). All ExpressVPN needs is for the device to be running on FireOS 5 or later. It won’t work with the first generation Fire TV Stick, though.

Why Use ExpressVPN on Fire TV Stick?

You can use ExpressVPN on Fire TV Stick for the same reasons you use a VPN on any other device.

Once installed and activated, ExpressVPN will encrypt all of the data from every app you use on Firestick. By connecting you to a remote server, it can also geo-spoof your location to help you unblock and watch streaming services from different regions.

ExpressVPN is one of the fastest VPNs we’ve tested. On average, it only slowed down our internet connection by 8%, even on Firestick. That means that we were still able to stream in HD and 4K with no buffering.

ExpressVPN is an excellent VPN for Netflix in particular. Once installed on your Fire TV device, you can use it to unblock Netflix from 10 different regions, revealing hundreds of shows and movies that were previously off-limits in your location.

It’s also a great VPN for Kodi. Once you connect to an ExpressVPN server, all apps and repositories (even side-loaded ones) are fully encrypted. It will make everything you download and stream via Kodi invisible to your ISP.

You can also use it to access British TV on your Fire TV Stick, including BBC iPlayer or streaming Channel 4 (All 4) even if you’re not in the UK.

How to Install ExpressVPN on Amazon Firestick & Fire TV

There are two ways to install ExpressVPN on your Amazon Fire TV Stick: via the Amazon Appstore or by sideloading. Below we’ll give you step-by-step instructions for both methods, as well as a full video walkthrough.

How to Install ExpressVPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick via the Amazon Appstore

In less than one minute we had ExpressVPN downloaded and installed on our Amazon Firestick. Watch the video to see how simple it is.

Here’s how to install ExpressVPN on your Firestick through the official Amazon Appstore:

  1. Turn on your Amazon Fire device and go to search.

    The Search app on Amazon Fire TV

  2. Search for ExpressVPN.

    Searching for ExpressVPN on Fire TV

  3. Select the official ExpressVPN app. It should look like the image below – be careful not to fall for any counterfeits or alternatives. Select Download.

    ExpressVPN's Amazon Appstore listing

  4. You can now run ExpressVPN by selecting Open. In the future, you’ll be able to find it on your Fire TV device’s home screen or within the Apps section.

How to Install ExpressVPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick via Sideloading

Installing ExpressVPN by sideloading its official .apk is quite a long process, but it’s not too tricky. Watch our video above before trying it yourself.

Here’s how to install ExpressVPN on your Firestick by sideloading the official ExpressVPN .apk file:

  1. Open Search and look for Downloader. Find the correct listing and select Download. The search result you want should look like the image below.

    The official Downloader listing in the Amazon Appstore

  2. While installing, a pop-up message may appear. It will ask if you want to let Downloader access media and files on your device – select Allow then OK. You can revoke these permissions or uninstall the app entirely once this process has finished.
  3. Navigate to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options.

    Fire TV Developer Options

  4. Move down to Install Unknown Apps , select Downloader and change its toggle to On.

    Allowing app permissions for the Downloader app

  5. To download the ExpressVPN .apk installation file, you’ll need to get the URL from ExpressVPN support. On your computer or smartphone, simply open a live chat window on the ExpressVPN website and ask for the ExpressVPN .apk installer. It’s a common request so shouldn’t take a chat agent long to respond to you.
  6. Return to your Fire TV device and open Downloader, then enter the URL given to you by the ExpressVPN agent you spoke with. This URL can be quite long so take care when entering it to avoid mistakes. Once you’ve entered it, select Go > Install.

    Installing the ExpressVPN .apk on Fire TV

  7. You can now run ExpressVPN by selecting Open. In the future, you’ll be able to find it on your Fire TV device’s home screen or within the Apps section.

EXPERT TIP: The URL you have to type out to download the ExpressVPN .apk file is very long – we recommend connecting a bluetooth keyboard to your Fire TV device if possible.

How to Tell if ExpressVPN Is Working on Fire TV Stick

Once you’ve installed ExpressVPN on your Firestick, open the app and connect to a server anywhere in the world. The background of the ExpressVPN app should turn from red to green and you’ll be shown a message saying that you have been connected.

Your real IP address will now be hidden by a new IP address assigned to you by ExpressVPN. If you want to make sure that ExpressVPN is working properly, you can use our IP checker tool.

Here’s how to make sure ExpressVPN is working properly on Firestick:

  1. With ExpressVPN not connected on your Fire TV Stick, open the Downloader app.
  2. Press up on your remote, then enter the following URL into the address bar that appears on the right: top10vpn.com/tools/what-is-my-ip/ then select Go.

    Using Downloader to browse to our IP checker tool on Fire TV

  3. The tool will now load automatically. The IP address you’re shown here will be your Fire TV device’s true, unprotected public IP address. Make a note of it.

    Using an IP checker tool on Amazon Fire TV

  4. Press the Home button on your Fire TV remote to leave the Downloader app. Now open ExpressVPN.
  5. Select a server in a different country to you and connect to it.

    Connecting to a server in the US in ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  6. Press the Home button again to exit ExpressVPN, then reopen Downloader. Select Go again.
  7. The page will now reload, and you should be shown an IP address from the region you selected within ExpressVPN – a new IP different to your real one from step three.

    With ExpressVPN turned on our Fire TV Stick's IP address has now changed

How to Use ExpressVPN on Fire TV Stick

Here we’ll explain everything you can do on ExpressVPN’s Firestick app, and exactly how to do it.

After first installing ExpressVPN, you’ll need to find the app on your device. To do this, scroll to the right along the menu bar until you reach the Apps icon. Now press Select.

Where to find the Settings button on Fire TV

You’ll be taken to a screen showing every app installed on your Fire TV device. Now, simply navigate to ExpressVPN and press Select to open it.

The ExpressVPN app located within the Fire TV Apps menu

From now on, you’ll have access to a much quicker way of opening ExpressVPN.

Press down twice on your home screen to reach the Recently used apps menu. ExpressVPN should be located there as long as you continue to use it on a regular basis.

The ExpressVPN app has a shortcut on the home screen of your Fire TV device

How to Connect & Disconnect from a VPN Server

  1. To connect to the last ExpressVPN server you selected, simply select the power button in the ExpressVPN app and press the select button on your Fire TV remote – it’s the big round button within the directional controls.

  2. After a brief pause, the background of the app will change from red to green and you will be successfully connected to a server.

  3. To disconnect, just repeat that process. The app will then revert from green to red, letting you know that you’re no longer connected to a VPN server.

How to Choose a VPN Server

  1. To choose a server in a different region, move to the Selected location button within the ExpressVPN app and press the select button on your remote.

    The server select icon on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  2. This will show you a list of servers, but it won’t show every server available. The default view on this menu is Recommended servers.

    To see all 94 countries with ExpressVPN servers, select All locations instead. Just select a location you want and it will instantly connect you.

    All servers showing on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  3. Alternatively, you can select the Magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner and search for a specific location you want to connect to. We recommend choosing a VPN server close to your physical location for the fastest speeds.

    Using the search field to find a server on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

How to Enable ExpressVPN’s Kill Switch on Firestick

The kill switch is super important for any VPN, as it keeps your IP address hidden even in the event of an unexpected issue. If ExpressVPN fails at any time, it will instantly stop your internet connection, preventing your real IP address from being exposed.

It’s just as important to use a VPN kill switch on your Fire TV device as it is on your smartphone or computer. On ExpressVPN for Fire TV it’s called Network protection.

  1. To find ExpressVPN’s kill switch on Firestick, select Options on the home screen.

    The options button on the ExpressVPN Fire TV main screen

  2. Then select Settings on the following screen.

    The settings option on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  3. Scroll down to Network protection and select it.

    The Network Protection option within ExpressVPN for Fire TV's menu

  4. Then press Select on Internet Access to change the toggle from Off to On. The kill switch is now active.

    Toggling on the kill switch on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

How to Choose VPN Protocol

ExpressVPN has a choice of four protocols on Fire TV: Lightway (TCP or UDP) and OpenVPN (TCP or UDP). Here’s how to choose between them:

  1. On the ExpressVPN home screen, select Options then Settings.

    The settings option on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  2. Scroll down and select VPN protocol. Now you can choose which protocol you want to use. Don’t forget that you can also leave it set to Automatic (recommended), which will pick the optimal choice for you.

    The protocol select option on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  3. OpenVPN is a popular, tried-and-tested protocol which balances speed and security. The TCP option will prioritize a reliable connection over a fast one, while the UDP connection prioritizes speed.

    Lightway is ExpressVPN’s own take on the new WireGuard protocol. It also comes in TCP and UDP versions, just like OpenVPN. Lightway is our recommended choice of protocol for ExpressVPN. It’s super fast without sacrificing any security.

    ExpressVPN's choice of protocols on Fire TV

    How to Use Split Tunneling

      VPN split tunneling allows you to control which apps are rerouted by ExpressVPN and which ones access the internet like normal, using your true IP address. ExpressVPN lets you use it in two different ways – here’s how.

    1. On the ExpressVPN home screen, select Options then Settings. Scroll down and select Split Tunneling.

      The Split Tunneling menu within the ExpressVPN Fire TV app

    2. By default all apps will be tunneled inside ExpressVPN. You can now choose to tunnel every app except the ones you specify, or no apps except the ones you specify.

      Choose which option you prefer, then you can add as many apps as you like by scrolling through the list and selecting your choices.

      Choosing apps to split tunnel on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

    How to Stream Netflix on Fire TV Stick with ExpressVPN

    With ExpressVPN installed on your Amazon Fire TV device, you’ll have access to streaming services and content libraries that would otherwise be restricted in your location.

    Our ongoing tests continuously find that ExpressVPN is the very best VPN for streaming overall. It can unblock just about any streaming service, including Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max, and it can access 10 Netflix libraries from around the world.

Only certain regions can unblock certain streaming services. For example, if you want to unblock HBO Max you should connect to a US VPN server. If you want to unblock BBC iPlayer you should connect to a UK VPN server.

In this example, we’ll connect to a US server to access the US Netflix library.

Here’s how to stream with ExpressVPN on Firestick:

  1. Open ExpressVPN. Navigate to the Selected location button and press Select. You will now be shown a list of countries containing ExpressVPN servers. Select USA – New York. ExpressVPN will now automatically connect you to that server.

    Choosing the US server in ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  2. Press the Home button on your remote. You will leave the ExpressVPN app, but you’ll remain connected to the US server. Scroll right until you reach Settings. Press down and navigate to Applications. Press select.

    The settings menu on Fire TV

  3. Scroll down and select Manage Installed Applications.

    Managing the installed applications on Fire TV

  4. Select Netflix. Navigate to Force stop and press Select on your remote, then scroll down to Clear cache and press Select again. This will make the Netflix app forget what region you were in the last time you opened it.

    If you don’t do this, it won’t show you the library of the region you connected to in ExpressVPN.

    Force quitting the Fire TV Netflix app

  5. Sign in if you aren’t already. You should now be presented with the US Netflix library, which you can watch as usual. If you want to access different movies and shows, just repeat these steps but choose a different region to connect to.

    US Netflix successfully unblocked on Amazon Fire TV with ExpressVPN

How to Update ExpressVPN on Fire TV Stick

ExpressVPN’s Firestick application should keep itself updated automatically. To make sure that automatic updates are enabled, go to Settings > Applications >Appstore > Automatic Updates and make sure it’s set to On.

The automatic updates setting for apps on Amazon Fire TV

Alternatively, you can update the app manually. You’ll only be able to do this when an update is available and hasn’t been automatically installed.

If you navigate to ExpressVPN as usual but see the Open button replaced with an Update button, just press Select on it and the app will begin to update. You will be able to run ExpressVPN as normal once the update is completed.

How to Uninstall ExpressVPN from Your Fire TV Stick

Here’s how to remove ExpressVPN from your Amazon Fire TV device. Don’t worry, if you change your mind you can always reinstall it at a later date:

  1. On the home screen, navigate to the right until you reach Settings, then navigate down to Applications and press Select.

    The settings menu on Fire TV

  2. Go to Manage Installed Applications.

    Managing the installed applications on Fire TV

  3. Scroll down until you reach ExpressVPN. This list is in alphabetical order, which should make finding it easier if you have lots of apps installed.
  4. Press the Play/Pause button on your remote to uninstall ExpressVPN. You will be asked to confirm your choice – select Confirm and the uninstall process will begin.

    It should only take a few seconds before it’s complete and ExpressVPN is fully removed from your Fire TV Stick.

    The uninstall prompt screen for ExpressVPN on Amazon Fire TV

ExpressVPN Not Working on Fire TV Stick? Here’s How to Fix It

If ExpressVPN isn’t working on your Fire TV Stick, your options for fixing it are more limited than on other platforms. However, there is one simple solution you can try for common errors:

  1. On the home screen, navigate to the right until you reach Settings, then press Select.
  2. Select Applications > Manage Installed Applications.

    Managing the installed applications on Fire TV

  3. Scroll down until you reach ExpressVPN.
  4. Select it, then select Clear data, then Clear cache.

    The Clear Data and Clear Cache options on Amazon Fire TV for ExpressVPN

By clearing the ExpressVPN app’s cache, you can hopefully resolve any issues you have with ExpressVPN on Firestick.

If the app is working but you’re having difficulties with streaming, there are several solutions you can try.

The easiest fix is to try disconnecting and reconnecting to your chosen VPN server. In doing so, ExpressVPN may assign you a different IP address, which might resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, try the following solutions:

Solution 1: Change VPN Server

  1. Open ExpressVPN.
  2. Navigate to Selected Location and press Select. Then select All Locations.

    All servers showing on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

  3. If there is a specific streaming service or library you are having trouble unblocking, try a different server within the country you need. ExpressVPN will often have multiple server options or locations within the same country.

    Using the search field to find a server on ExpressVPN for Fire TV

Solution 2: Change VPN Protocol

  1. Open ExpressVPN.
  2. Go to Options > Settings > VPN protocol and then choose a different protocol. This can, on occasion, help you access streaming libraries which may have previously been blocked.

    ExpressVPN's choice of protocols on Fire TV

Want to troubleshoot specific problems with Netflix when using ExpressVPN? Check out our dedicated guide.

Is ExpressVPN Actually Good for Fire TV Stick? (2022 Tests)

SUMMARY: ExpressVPN is a top choice for Amazon Firestick. It’s easy to install and use, has super-fast speeds for buffer-free streaming, and can unblock 10 Netflix libraries as well as tons of other streaming services from around the world. In our testing it also worked with Kodi.

PROS
CONS
  • Unblocks 10 Netflix libraries
  • Fast enough for 4K UHD streaming
  • Intuitive app
  • Kill switch, split tunneling, and choice of VPN protocols
  • Works with Kodi
  • More expensive than its rivals
  • Easy to use, but not as much as others

The best VPN for streaming on Firestick

Over the years, our regular testing of ExpressVPN has found it to consistently be the best VPN for unblocking streaming services from all around the world.

If you’re a Netflix subscriber, ExpressVPN can get you access to content from 10 different international libraries.

It can also unlock streaming services that might not be available in your country, like BBC iPlayer, Disney+, or HBO Max.

Disney+ on Amazon Fire TV

ExpressVPN unblocks Disney+ on our Fire TV Stick with no issues.

Once you’ve got an account with any of these services, all you need to do is download its official Fire TV app, connect to the right ExpressVPN server, and start watching.

Fast enough for 4K streaming

ExpressVPN is also one of the fastest VPNs on the market. If you’re a Fire TV Stick 4K, 4K Max, or Fire TV Cube user with an internet connection fast enough to stream 4K video without a VPN, then it will still be able to with ExpressVPN connected – even when using servers outside of your country.

ExpressVPN uses its bespoke Lightway protocol to get the best speeds possible. It’s also a part of what makes it so effective at unblocking restricted websites and services.

Includes a VPN kill switch on Firestick

While a kill switch may be the most common feature for VPNs on their desktop app, they’re a lot more rare to see on Firestick. ExpressVPN for Fire TV has one though, and we can verify through our testing that it works to keep your IP address hidden.

It also has split tunneling, which is useful on Firestick for when you want one streaming service to have a spoofed IP address and another to use your real IP address.

Works perfectly with Kodi

If you use your Fire TV device to run Kodi then ExpressVPN is even more essential. It works to keep your IP address completely hidden without interfering with Kodi and any add-ons you run with it. We’ve tested it with Kodi 18 (Leia) and Kodi 19 (Matrix) and experienced no issues with live streaming or torrented content.

There are cheaper alternatives

ExpressVPN isn’t perfect though. Firstly, it’s more expensive than almost all of its top rivals. At $6.67 per month at its absolute cheapest, you may want to consider a cheaper option if you only want to use a VPN on your Firestick.

Despite its helpful extra features, ExpressVPN’s Fire TV app is still a stripped-back version of its full desktop app. Its design being so similar to the PC or macOS app also means it’s a little annoying to control with a Fire TV remote.

Alternatives to ExpressVPN for Amazon Firestick & Fire TV

While ExpressVPN may be one of the best-rated VPNs for Amazon Fire TV, it might not be the best choice for you. Here are two alternatives that we highly recommend:

IPVanish: The Best VPN for Fire TV Stick Overall

Based on our regular testing, IPVanish is the best VPN for Fire TV Stick overall.

Our two biggest criticisms of ExpressVPN are the layout of its app and its price: IPVanish is better for both.

The IPVanish homescreen on Amazon Fire TV Stick

The IPVanish homescreen on Amazon Fire TV Stick.

At just $3.19 per month on its longest deal, IPVanish is considerably cheaper than ExpressVPN. You don’t get any less for your money, though. One IPVanish subscription can be used on an unlimited number of devices, compared to just five with ExpressVPN. That means you can protect your Firestick as well as every other device in your home.

IPVanish is a well-designed app that’s easy to use on all platforms, but we particularly like it on Fire TV. It also has all of the extra features that ExpressVPN has, such as split tunneling and a working kill switch.

It may not be quite as good at streaming as ExpressVPN, but IPVanish still works to access 3 Netflix libraries, plus a selection of other video on demand sites from around the world.

Windscribe Free: The Best Free VPN for Fire TV Stick

IPVanish may be cheaper than ExpressVPN, but Windscribe has a 100% free Fire TV stick app that was rated as the best free VPN for Firestick in our testing.

Make no mistake, it’s a much more limited application than IPVanish and ExpressVPN – but it’s still completely safe and works perfectly.

Windscribe's Firestick VPN app

Here’s Windscribe’s VPN app for Firestick. Unfortunately, free users can’t use the Windflix server to watch Netflix.

The main drawback is a 10GB monthly data cap, which will limit how much you can stream with Windscribe Free activated. It’s equal to roughly three hours of full HD Netflix.

You don’t get access to Windscribe’s full server network on the free version of the app, although you can still connect to 11 countries from around the world.

It can even unblock 6 Netflix libraries, and it works with Kodi.

ExpressVPN Fire TV Stick FAQs

Can You Use ExpressVPN with Firestick for Free?

You can use ExpressVPN for free on your Fire TV Stick and all your other devices, but only for a limited time. After this period, it’ll cost $6.67 per month at its cheapest subscription price.

To use ExpressVPN for free, you’ll need to take advantage of its 30-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

It’s super simple: just subscribe to ExpressVPN and then request a refund from a support agent when you approach the end of the first 30 days of your plan.

ExpressVPN has the best live chat support in the industry, with 24-hour support and quick response times. You don’t need any special reason for canceling your subscription – just asking is good enough. The money will be back in your bank account in a matter of days.