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How to Install a VPN on Amazon Fire Stick

Rebecca Duff
Rebecca DuffUpdated

Installing a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV is quick and simple once you know what you’re doing. There are a few different methods to choose from, depending on whether or not your VPN provider has a custom app for the platform.

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Installing a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is a simple way to protect your activity from unwanted surveillance by your ISP or any other potential snoopers or hackers.

This handy guide will walk you through the process with helpful, step-by-step instructions to get you up and running on your Firestick with your chosen VPN service.

Why You Need a VPN on Your Firestick

There are many different reasons you need to use a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, the main ones being if:

  • You want to access more video content
  • You need to use any Kodi add-ons
  • You don’t want your ISP to see what you’re doing online or throttle your speeds

A large amount of content on Fire TV is actually geo-restricted, meaning that, depending on your location, you may not be able to access certain videos or apps. The most effective way of unlocking this content is to use a VPN on your Fire TV Stick.

A reliable VPN service is also essential if you’re planning on using any Kodi add-ons such as Yoda or Exodus Redux. This is because you may accidentally stream copyrighted content, which could land you with a hefty fine or even a prison sentence. Using a VPN with Kodi ensures that your true IP address remains hidden so your streaming activity is private.

ISPs all over the world are capable of slowing down your internet connection speed depending on the websites you visit or apps you use. This often affects people using the Amazon Fire TV Stick, who end up with their speeds throttled.

You can prevent network throttling with a secure VPN, as it will prevent your ISP from being able to see what you’re doing online.

What You’ll Need

In order to install your VPN on your Amazon Firestick, you’ll need:

  • A Fire TV (or Fire TV Stick v2 or higher) updated to the latest version of the operating system
  • A confirmed account with your chosen VPN service.

If you haven’t yet chosen a VPN service, it’s worth taking a look through the Amazon App Store first to check whether it has its own app. You can also check out our top VPN services for Firestick here.

If you choose a VPN service with a custom app for the Amazon Firestick, the setup process will be a lot quicker and easier. A slow VPN will make streaming media to your Fire TV or Fire Stick very difficult, so you may want to test out a free trial before signing up to a paid VPN plan.

If you have any issues installing the VPN app onto your Firestick, or your chosen VPN provider doesn’t have an app for Amazon devices, it is possible to connect to a VPN via your router, Mac, or Windows PC. We’ll cover this in methods 2, 3, and 4.

Remember to check your email address and verify your VPN account before you continue, or your VPN connection may not work on your Firestick.

Method 1: Fire TV VPN App

Even though Fire TV operates closed software, it’s one of the easiest devices to set up with a VPN. If your chosen VPN service has a custom app for the Amazon Fire TV Stick, all you have to do is download and install it onto your device.

To get started:

  1. Open the Amazon App Store on your device
  2. Search for your provider’s app (e.g. ExpressVPN)
  3. Click ‘Get’ to install it onto your device – you’ll usually need to enter your Amazon account passcode to confirm
  4. Open the app, enter your login details and you’re good to go

You then need to connect to a VPN server location before streaming any content on your Amazon device. Those looking to watch something specific may need to connect to a certain server – e.g. if you want to watch BBC iPlayer, this will only work via a UK server.

If you encounter any issues while installing a VPN app onto your Amazon Fire TV Stick, simply contact your VPN’s customer support team and they should be able to help you out. If you can’t do that, most VPN services have step-by-step installation guides on their website for most popular devices, anyway.

Currently our highest recommended VPN service for Firestick is IPVanish due to its dedicated app for the device and positive approach to torrenting. We also recommend CyberGhost, PrivateVPN, ExpressVPN, and NordVPN.

If you’re looking for a VPN to use on your Amazon Fire TV Stick but want to avoid signing up to a paid subscription for now, we’d recommend checking out our best free VPN services for Firestick.

Method 2: Using Your Router

If you can’t find a VPN service you like that offers a custom Fire TV Stick app, or you’re having difficulty downloading the app onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you also have the option of installing the VPN at router level. This way, all internet-connected devices in your home will be automatically protected via WiFi.

If this is your chosen method, you need to make sure you sign up to a VPN service that’s compatible with routers. Most of our best overall VPNs are, as well as many others – just check the ‘Platforms & Devices’ sections of the VPN review to make sure.

Most VPN services will also make it clear on their own websites whether or not they can be installed on routers. If you’re not sure, speak to a member of customer support.

Once you’ve established that you can install your chosen VPN at router level, all that’s left to do is some manual configuration. We’ll give you some basic instructions here, but check out our router VPN setup guide here for a more comprehensive overview.

  1. Log into your account on your VPN provider’s website and make a note of its router connection details (usually a username and a password)
  2. Open your router’s interface and locate the VPN settings
  3. Add your VPN provider as a new profile and fill in the details so you can remember what you’ve saved it as, e.g. ‘ExpressVPN’ and the server location
  4. Enter the manual configuration details you noted down in step one
  5. Configure the router’s settings so it routes all traffic through the VPN tunnel
  6. Connect to the VPN – you should see ‘Online’ in the status bar

Unfortunately we can’t give you a step-by-step guide for each individual router model, but most premium VPN services will provide detailed setup instructions for popular brands of router. ExpressVPN, for example, offers manual configuration guides for 15 different types of router on its website.

Method 3: Using Your PC

If you can’t install a VPN on your router, you also have the option of running it on your Windows PC and then sharing the connection to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

First, you’ll need to set up a virtual router on your computer, and then you’ll connect your Firestick to the VPN through that. Once you’ve connected to the VPN on your PC, the Fire TV Stick’s traffic will be encrypted too.

We’ll walk you through the basics:

  1. Open Command Prompt on your PC, type ‘netsh wlan show drivers’ and look for the line that says ‘Hosted network supported: yes’ – keep this window open
  2. Install your VPN provider’s desktop app onto your PC
  3. Go back to the command prompt window and follow the instructions in our Playstation guide to start up the virtual router
  4. Open Network Connections in your computer’s Control Panel
  5. Locate the network you created along with a TAP adapter
  6. Right-click on the list item, click ‘Properties’ and then ‘Sharing’ – then check ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection’
  7. Select the name of your network in the drop-down menu

Once your device is set up, just connect your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to the new WiFi connection from your Windows PC, rather than directly to your router.

Method 4: Using Your Mac

Connecting your Firestick to the VPN via your Mac is a little easier than on PC, as Macs have built-in VPN capability. You’ll be using the connection sharing feature to create a manual connection to your chosen VPN server.

To share the VPN connection from your Mac to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick:

  1. Create your VPN connection on your Mac using manual configuration – you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to do this in our Mac VPN guide
  2. Connect to the VPN, open ‘System Preferences’, ‘Sharing’ then ‘Internet Sharing’
  3. Check the box labeled ‘WiFi’ and select ‘WiFi Options’
  4. Choose ‘WPA Personal’ and type in your network name and password
  5. Click OK and then check the box next to ‘Internet Sharing’, then ‘Start’

Now you can connect your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to your Mac’s shared VPN network via WiFi. Just be aware that in order to do this, your Mac has to be connected to your router using an Ethernet cable.

Need more Help?

If your VPN provider offers a custom app for the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, they should be your first port of call if you need further assistance. Remember: a first generation Fire TV Stick may not work with all VPN services.

If you’re connecting through another device, like a Mac or Windows PC, you will need to contact your provider for further guidance.