Fire TV Setup Difficulty: Moderate
If you’ve chosen a VPN service that doesn’t offer have a native Fire TV app, but it provides an .apk file, you can sideload the application onto your Firestick.
Firstly, you need to change your Firestick’s settings so it will allow you to install third-party apps.
- Once you’ve booted up your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, navigate to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Device’
- Locate ‘Developer Options’ and toggle on both of them – ‘Debugging’ and ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’
- Go back to the ‘System’ menu, click ‘About’ and then select ‘Network’
- 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 can now install .apk files in your Fire TV device.
For this method to work, you’ll need a second-generation Firestick (or newer) and the official download URL for the .apk file of your VPN service. You can find this in your VPN’s account area.
- Open your Fire TV, search for ‘Downloader’ and install the ‘Downloader App’
- Run ‘Downloader App’ and enter the download URL for your VPN’s APK file
- 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.
- On your Fire TV, go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Applications’, and select ‘Manage Installed Applications’
- Find the VPN app you sideloaded onto your Fire TV and click ‘Launch Application’ on the sub-menu that pops up
- Enter your username and password for the VPN service – this may require you to use a Bluetooth mouse to make it a little easier
- Once you’re into the VPN app, simply select a server location and hit ‘Connect’