We’ll explain how to change the default location on your Amazon Fire TV Stick to access region-locked content. Before we get started, you’ll need a VPN if you plan on unblocking geographically restricted content from abroad. If you don’t already have one, check out our list of the best VPNs for Firestick.
Some apps and content on the Amazon Fire TV Stick are region-locked, meaning you can only access them from specific locations. In some cases, you might need to change the country in which your Firestick is registered. You might also need an IP address in the country from which you’re streaming video. A VPN can help you with both of those tasks, but this tutorial will focus on the former.
Note that the full functionality of a Firestick is only available in a handful of countries, including:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Amazon Prime Video has different content libraries for each country due to geographic licensing restrictions. Changing your country will give access to TV shows and movies not available from Amazon Prime Video in your own country.
The Fire TV Cube only works in the USA, Canada, Germany, and Japan.
A few TV shows and movies can be streamed from abroad without any changes. You can browse them on Amazon’s website.
How to change your country on Amazon
Do this if you want to be able to make Prime Video purchases and rentals in a different country. Prime Video purchases and rentals are only available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Austria.
Changing your Amazon Prime country requires you to select a different country in your Amazon account. It’s not done on the device itself, so grab a phone or laptop and head to Amazon.com.
Here’s how to change your country on Amazon:
- Sign into the Amazon account associated with your Firestick.
- Hover over Accounts and Lists and select Your content and devices
- Click the Preferences tab
- Click Country/Region Settings
- Click Change next to your current country
- Fill in the form with an address in the country you want to be associated with your Firestick
Now go back to your Fire TV Stick and restart it. You’ll be prompted to register the Firestick again through the same process as when you first purchased it.
You should now have access to Prime Video content from other countries, though you might still need a VPN to access it. See more below.
Note that you might want to create a new Amazon account so this change doesn’t affect shopping and other Amazon-related activities.
How to change your Firestick IP address to a different country
If you want to unblock region-locked streaming video from Prime Video as well as other apps like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Crunchyroll, and Hulu, then you’ll need an IP address associated with the country from which you’re streaming.
A VPN is the easiest method to change your IP address. A few quality VPN providers make apps for Firesticks.
- Sign up for ExpressVPN, download, and install a VPN for Firestick.
- Open the VPN app, select the country where the streaming service is located, and connect.
- Wait a few seconds for the connection to be established. You should now have a different IP address.
- Go back to the streaming app and start watching!
Note that some VPNs are blocked by streaming services, so take advantage of money-back guarantees to test out VPNs until you find one that works.
How to change location on Firestick
This is mainly used for getting weather updates through Alexa and doesn’t have much effect on what content you can access.
Here’s how to change your location on Firestick:
- From the Home screen, go to Settings
- Go to Preferences
- Select Location
- Input a postal code for your desired location