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How to Install a VPN on Amazon Fire Stick

Simon Migliano
Simon MiglianoUpdated

Installing a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV is quick and easy once you know what you’re doing. In this guide we’ll show you just how simple it is, using a range of different methods.

A television showing an Amazon Fire TV device running a VPN

Using a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is an easy way to bypass geo-restrictions and stream more video content.

This handy guide will walk you through, step-by-step, how to set up your VPN on a Fire TV device.

Why You Need a VPN on Your Firestick

There are loads of different reasons you need to use a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The main reasons are:

  1. You want to watch more video content

    Loads of content on Fire TV is geo-restricted, so you may not be able to access certain videos or apps depending on your location. A good VPN service will unlock all of this content.

  2. You need to use any Kodi add-ons

    A reliable VPN service is also essential if you’re planning on using any Kodi add-ons such as Yoda or Exodus Redux.

    Why is this, though?

    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 hides your true IP address so your streaming activity is private.

    Check out our guides to installing a VPN on Kodi and installing Kodi on Firestick for step-by-step instructions to get you started.

  3. You don’t want your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to see what you’re doing online or throttle your speeds

    ISPs all over the world can slow down your internet connection speed depending on the websites or apps you use.

    This means that streaming Netflix or BBC iPlayer on your Amazon Fire TV Stick could be a lot faster.

    That doesn’t seem fair, right?

    You can prevent this from happening 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 3, 4, and 5.

It’s also possible to sideload a VPN app onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, but this is a little more complicated and will require you to change the settings on your device. We’ll walk you through this process step-by-step in methods 2 and 6.

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
    Screenshot of the App Store on Firestick
  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 Screenshot of ExpressVPN's app on the Fire TV store
  4. Open the app, enter your login details and you’re good to go Screenshot of ExpressVPN's Firestick app

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: Sideloading Using a VPN App APK

If you’ve chosen a VPN service that doesn’t offer a custom app for Firestick, it’s still possible to install it with a little bit of work. Firstly, you need to change your Firestick’s settings so it will allow you to install third-party apps.

  1. Once you’ve booted up your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, navigate to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Device’ Screenshot of the Firestick settings menu
  2. Locate ‘Developer Options’ and toggle on both of them – ‘Debugging’ and ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ Screenshot of the developer options menu in Firestick
  3. Go back to the ‘System’ menu, click ‘About’ and then select ‘Network’ Screenshot of the network settings menu in Firestick
  4. Note down the IP address of your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and set it to one side

Your Firestick will now allow you to install apps that aren’t available on Amazon’s App Store.

Once you’ve completed the steps listed above, you then need to check if your chosen VPN service makes its Android APK file available to download directly from its website. You should only download these types of files directly from your VPN provider – any third-party files could be infected with malware and damage your device.

For this method to work, you’ll need a second-generation Firestick (or newer) and a download URL for the APK file of your VPN service.

  1. Open your Fire TV, search for ‘Downloader’ and install the ‘Downloader App’ Screenshot of the Downloader app on the Firestick app store
  2. Run ‘Downloader App’ and enter the download URL for your VPN’s APK file Screenshot of the Downloader app on the Firestick
  3. Once the download is finished, you’ll see a prompt to install the app. If this doesn’t happen, open the downloads section in ‘Downloader’ and select the APK file

Your VPN app is now installed and ready to use – all you need to do is log in and connect.

  1. On your Fire TV, go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Applications’, and select ‘Manage Installed Applications’ Screenshot of the applications settings menu in Firestick
  2. Find the VPN app you sideloaded onto your Fire TV and click ‘Launch Application’ on the sub-menu that pops up
  3. Enter your username and password for the VPN service – this may require you to use a Bluetooth mouse to make it a little easier
  4. Once you’re into the VPN app, simply select a server location and hit ‘Connect’

Method 3: 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) Screenshot of the router manual configuration details on ExpressVPN's website
  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 Screenshot of the manual configuration details for router
  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 Screenshot of ExpressVPN's connected profile on router

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 4: 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 Screenshot of the command prompt window on a computer
  2. Install your VPN provider’s desktop app onto your PC
  3. Go back to the command prompt window and follow the instructions in Method 2 of our VPN TV installation 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’ Screenshot of the WiFi properties window on a PC
  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 5: 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’ Screenshot of the Internet Sharing settings on Mac
  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’ Screenshot of the internet sharing confirmation message on Mac

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.

Method 6: Sideloading Using a Second Android Device

If your chosen VPN service doesn’t have an APK file, it’s still possible to install it on your Firestick with a small element of manual configuration. You’ll need to first make sure it’s at least a second-generation version of the device, and you’ll also need an additional Android device with access to the Google Play Store.

This method involves downloading the VPN app onto the second Android device first, then transferring it to your Firestick. You can check what generation of Firestick you have by the model name on the outside of it – second-generation devices have the model name “LY73PR.”

Before beginning this method, make sure you complete the steps outlined at the start of Method 2 to prepare your Firestick for the sideloading process.

  1. Download and install an app called ‘Apps2Fire’ from the Google Play Store, as well as the Android app for your chosen VPN service Screenshot of the apps2fire app on the Google Play Store
  2. Open the app, tap the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, and then tap ‘Setup’
  3. Where it says ‘IP address of your Fire TV’, enter the IP address you noted down when you changed the network settings of your Firestick, and then tap ‘Save’ Screenshot of the setup section of the apps2fire Android app
  4. Tap the menu icon again, select ‘Upload Apps’, then select the VPN app you want to use on your Fire TV Screenshot of the help section of the apps2fire Android app
  5. The VPN app should automatically install on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Once you’ve done this, you then need to follow the steps outlined in Method 5 to launch the VPN app, log in and connect.

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.

A handful of VPN services provide support specifically for Fire TV Stick users – you can find these here:

Alternatively, don’t hesitate to email us any questions – you can find the email address below.

About the Author

  • Simon Migliano Head of Research at Top10VPN

    Simon Migliano

    Simon leads our investigations into VPN safety and internet freedom research. His work has been featured on the BBC, CNet, Wired and The Financial Times. Read full bio