Installing a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick is a simple way to protect your activity from unwanted surveillance. This guide will walk you through the process with helpful, step-by-step instructions to get you up and running with your chosen provider.
What You’ll Need
In order to install your VPN, you’ll need:
- A Fire TV (or Fire Stick v2 or higher) updated to the latest version of the operating system
- A confirmed account with your chosen VPN provider.
If you don’t yet have a VPN provider, it’s worth looking through the Amazon App Store first to check whether it has its own app. If it does, this process will be easier and faster. A slow VPN will make it difficult to stream media to your Fire TV or Fire Stick, so you may want to use a trial account before signing up to a long contract.
If you have trouble installing the VPN app, or your provider doesn’t have one for Amazon devices, you could connect to a VPN through a router, Mac, or PC, and then connect your Fire device to it. We’ll cover that in methods 2 and 3.
Remember to check your email and verify your VPN account before you continue, or your VPN connection may not work.
Method 1: Fire TV VPN App
Even though Amazon’s software is closed, it’s one of the easiest devices to set up with a VPN. If your provider has an app, you just need to install it.
To get started:
- Open the Amazon App Store on your device
- Search for your provider’s app and click Get to install it
From here, you can follow the same process as our Android app VPN guide to set up your account.
Method 2: Using Your Router
If you can’t find an app for your device, or you’re having trouble installing the app on your Fire TV or Fire Stick, you could connect through your VPN to your router. That will automatically protect all of the devices connected to the router via Wi-Fi.
Some routers don’t support VPN connections at all, so you might need to check the manual.
Check out our router VPN guide here for a quick start guide.
Method 3: Using Your PC or Mac
If you can’t install a VPN on your router, you can run your VPN on your PC or Mac, and then share the connection to your Fire TV or Fire Stick.
You’ll use internet connection sharing on a Mac, or a virtual router on a PC. Both are easy to set up.
The procedure is described in our PlayStation VPN guide. Once your device is set up, just connect your Fire TV or Fire Stick to the new Wi-Fi connection from your PC or Mac, rather than directly to your router.
Need more Help?
If your VPN provider offers an Amazon app, they should be your first port of call if you need further assistance. Remember: a first-generation Fire Stick may not work with their app.
If you’re connecting through another device, like a Mac or PC, you will need to contact your provider for further guidance.