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Discover the power of the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Firestick, and Fire Cube. These affordable solutions transform any HDMI-equipped TV into a connected streaming hub with endless movies, TV shows, and more. But here’s the catch: from our testing, a significant portion of this media content is geo-locked, restricting your access when you travel abroad. Don’t worry, though – we have the perfect solution for you.

Utilizing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) lets you encrypt all your internet traffic and reroute it through a server of your choice, making it appear as if you’re located in a different country or region. This nifty trick lets you unlock geo-locked content on popular streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, HBO, and more. Plus, if you’re a Kodi user on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, a VPN ensures your internet traffic remains private, shielding it from prying eyes of nosy internet service providers.

From our research and testing, numerous VPN providers now offer dedicated apps for Amazon Fire TV. However, if your VPN doesn’t have an app specifically designed for Firestick, don’t worry. We’ve got a workaround for you. Let’s dive in!

What is the best VPN for Firestick?

If you’ve not already purchased a VPN for streaming with Firestick, you’re going to want to make sure you choose one that is up to the job, or you may find yourself frustrated. If you don’t want your streaming service to be interrupted by buffering (and who does?), you need a fast VPN service. Many that we test struggle to deliver suitable speeds.

We recommend NordVPN. Out of the dozens of VPN services we’ve tested, it’s one of the fastest, scores highly for privacy protection, and works with all Kodi add-ons. It’s also one of the easiest to set up because its app is now on the official built-in app store, which is the by far quickest way.

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The other methods are a bit more complicated, but it shouldn’t take long to set up with our tutorials by your side. We’re sure you’ll find a way to get your Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire Cube connected to a VPN here.

If you are in a rush, we have found these VPNs as the best VPNs for Firestick, check out the quick list below:

  1. NordVPN: Top choice for Amazon Fire TV Stick users. Superb Firestick app, easy to use, strong on privacy, lots of advanced features. Works with most international streaming platforms.
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  2. Surfshark: Our budget pick for Firestick users. Fast, reliable, and versatile. No connection or bandwidth limits. Perfect to share your account with friends and family.
  3. IPVanish: Lightweight and remote-control friendly. Good for Kodi users. Easy-to-use app for Firestick devices.  Connect as many devices as you like.
  4. ExpressVPN: An incredible all-rounder that is fast and secure. Works with a dozen Netflix regions. Apps for all devices including Firestick.
  5. CyberGhost: Easy to use for beginners. Fast speeds thanks to its Wireguiard protocol. Servers in 89 countries.
  6. PrivateVPN: A highly secure VPN that is fast and good for torrenting. Works with over 20 Netlflix regions. Strong on privacy and security.
  7. PureVPN: Quick and versatile VPN with its own Amazon Fire TV app. Works with most major streaming services and permits up to 10 simultaneous connections.
  8. ProtonVPN: This speedy service is great for streaming and can even block ads automatically. Impressive set of security tools and no sideloading required.

Note that we do not recommend using a free VPN for Firestick. A free VPN is typically much more limited when it comes to servers and no unlimited bandwidth. They also tend to have lackluster privacy policies and might be snooping on your data to sell to third-party advertisers. You’re better off with a paid VPN service that has fast speeds and doesn’t keep network traffic logs.

If you plan on installing the hugely popular open-source media player Kodi on your Firestick, you will also want a VPN for Firestick that works with all Kodi add-ons and protects your privacy should you find yourself downloading any content in a legal gray area.

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How to install a VPN on Firestick

The NordVPN app is available on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick’s default app store. If you have a NordVPN subscription and a 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick or later.

Here’s how to install a VPN on Amazon Firestick or Fire TV:

  1. Starting from the home screen, go to Apps > Categories > Utility or run a search for “VPN”fire tv stick vpn utilities
  2. Select NordVPN from the list how to install vpn on firestick 1
  3. Click the yellow button next to Get to download and install the app how to install vpn on firestick 2
  4. Once the app is installed, click the yellow button next to Open on the same page to launch NordVPN
  5. Enter your NordVPN account username and password and log in. This is a pain with the remote control but you should only need to do it once. how to install vpn on firestick 3
  6. Either click the Connect button to connect to the VPN right away, or select a specific server location to connect to. how to install vpn on firestick 5

And that’s it! Your connection will be established after a few moments. You can now leave the VPN app running in the background while you stream.

Although NordVPN is our favorite VPN for Firestick, IPVanish, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, and a few other great VPNs now also have apps on the Fire TV app store. If you want to know how to install another app, however, we’ve got instructions for that below.

Important reminder: If you’re currently running a side-loaded APK installation of NordVPN for Firestick (e.g. you previously used one of the alternative methods below), you WILL NOT be able to receive app updates from the Amazon App Store. Instead, you must first uninstall the NordVPN APK before downloading the new native app.

If your VPN doesn’t have a Firestick app, use this workaround

If your VPN doesn’t have a Fire TV app, there are several alternative methods. Here’s an example using NordVPN:

Note that NordVPN released a Fire TV app after we published this tutorial video, so users of that VPN should opt for the app available from Amazon. This video still applies to other VPN providers that don’t make Fire TV apps, though.

Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks run on a fork of the Android operating system. Many VPN providers make Android apps, but Fire TV doesn’t have access to Google Play to download them. The first generation Fire TV Stick doesn’t support VPN apps at all.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you a few different methods Fire TV owners can use to connect their devices to a VPN, unblock geo-locked streaming content, and keep your streaming activity private.

Other VPNs: Prepare your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

If you’re using a VPN app that isn’t listed on the Firestick’s default app store, we’ll show you a couple of other ways to get your favorite VPN on Firestick.

Note: These methods are more complicated and may cause issues with updates. While they will work we recommended sticking to NordVPN and the method described above.

Before we begin, we need to allow the Fire TV to install apps from unknown sources.

1. Boot up your Fire TV and go to Settings > Devicefirestick vpn device
2. Scroll down to Developer Optionsfirestick vpn developer options
3. Toggle on Apps from unknown sources and ADB debuggingfirestick vpn unknown sources

4. Back out to the System menu again and go to About
5. Select NetworkFire Stick IP address

Jot down the IP address of your Fire TV and keep it handy for method #2.

You can now use apps from outside Amazon’s app ecosystem. The most difficult part of this process is actually getting the VPN on Firestick because Amazon didn’t make it very easy to download APK files or use Google Play. You can choose any of the methods below based on what best suits you.

Alternate Method #1: Install VPN app APK on 2nd-gen Fire TV stick and newer via direct download (recommended method)

This method is easy if your VPN provider makes its Android APK file available via direct download instead of through an app store like Google Play. APK, or Android application package, is the installation file format used by Android devices. We advise you only download APKs directly from the VPN provider’s website. IPVanish, for example, allows customers to download the APK directly from its website. APK files from third parties could be infected with adware or malware. You will need a download URL for the APK file for this method and a 2nd-gen or newer Fire TV Stick. Note that we’ll still use IPVanish as an example here, but we strongly advise IPVanish subscribers to use the recommended Amazon App Store method above.

  1. Boot up your Fire TV and enter “Downloader” into the search bar
  2. Install the Downloader App, which as of writing has an orange logo firestick vpn downloader
  3. Open Downloader and enter the direct download URL for the VPN app’s APK file. If the URL is too long, you can type in the URL for a page that contains the download link, which will open up a rudimentary browser from which you can download the APK. firestick vpn apk
  4. When the download finishes, you’ll be prompted to install the app. If not, open your downloads in the Downloader app and click the APK filefirestick vpn install
  5. The app should be installed and ready to go. Learn where to find it and how to enable it further down

Sometimes direct download APK files are not openly advertised by the VPN provider. If you can’t find one by searching around the provider’s website, try contacting customer service to see if they can either send you a link or the APK file itself. You can upload the file to cloud storage such as Dropbox and download the file using Downloader from there, or you can sideload the APK onto your device by plugging the Fire TV into your computer’s USB port and dropping the APK file into an accessible location.

Alternative Method #2: Sideload VPN app on 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick and newer with another Android device

This method requires the second generation of the Fire TV Stick or newer plus a second Android device with internet access to Google Play, such as a smart TV, smartphone or tablet. We’ll download the apps to the second device first, then transfer them to the Fire TV using Apps2Fire.

If you’re not sure what generation Firestick you’re using, look for the model name on the outside. 2nd-gen Firesticks have the model name “LY73PR”.

  1. On your second Android device, download and install Apps2Fire from Google Play
  2. On the same Android device, download and install the VPN app of your choice from the Google Play Store
  3. Launch the app and tap the menu icon (three dots) in the top right corner
  4. Tap Setup
  5. Under IP address of your Fire TV, enter the IP address you wrote down in step 6 of the previous section
  6. Tap Save
  7. Tap the menu icon (three dots) again and select “Upload Apps”
  8. Tap the VPN app you want to use on your Fire TV to upload it to your Fire TV
  9. The app should automatically install on your Fire TV. We’ll show you how to find it and enable the VPN in the next section

Note that if you have an APK file for the VPN app on your phone rather than an installed app, you can also use Apps2Fire, but the previous method is probably easier and doesn’t require a second Android device.

Find the VPN app and connect (following alternative methods #1 and #2)

Now that the VPN app is installed on your Fire TV, we just need to log in and connect. These steps will vary a bit depending on your VPN provider, but the process is generally the same. The app won’t show up in the top-level Apps menu, unfortunately.

  1. Head back to the starting menu on the Fire TV
  2. Go to Settings > Applications
  3. Select Manage installed applications
  4. Find and select the VPN app you pushed onto the Fire TV
  5. A sub-menu will appear. Select Launch application
  6. Enter your VPN provider’s login credentials. This might require a special mouse app (see below) or Bluetooth tv stick vpn ipvanish 2
  7. In the VPN app, select a location and hit the connect button. Once the connection is established, you’re good to go!fire tv vpn ipvanish

The VPN service should remain connected until the device powers off or you manually disconnect it. If given the option, you can set the app to automatically reconnect should the connection drop at any point.

Control your Firestick VPN with a mouse app

Most VPN apps are made to be used with touchscreens, so controlling them can be difficult or even impossible on a Firestick. You can use a Bluetooth mouse and connect it to your Fire TV if you have one. The other option is to use a smartphone or tablet to remotely control the Fire TV.

Amazon’s official TV remote app for Firestick doesn’t have mouse control; it just replicates the basic functions of the physical remote. After trying a few different third-party solutions, we found the best option to be CetusPlay, which is free.

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You must install whichever app you choose on both the Fire TV Stick and on your smartphone or tablet. The Android version is available on Google Play, but the iOS version requires you to jailbreak your iPhone to install it from a third-party app store.

Install the app on your Fire TV, then open it.

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Ensure the Fire TV Stick and the second tablet or smartphone are both connected to the same wi-fi network. Then find your Fire TV Stick in the phone or tablet app to connect to it.

Updating your Firestick VPN app

One hassle you might encounter with sideloaded Google Play apps and direct download APKs is that they don’t automatically receive updates. If you have a working stable version and it’s secure, then this isn’t so much of a problem. But occasionally you might be forced to update the app. You can compare versions between the “about” or “information” page in the installed app versus the version number listed on Google Play.

The process is more or less the same as the steps you took in either method #1 or #2. However, before you begin, it’s important to force stop the existing VPN app.

  1. From the Fire TV home screen, go to Settings > Applications > Manage installed applications
  2. Find your VPN app, click it, and choose Force stop
  3. Use method #1 or #2 to push the app onto your Fire TV and install it
  4. This time, a page will appear that asks if you want to install an update to the existing application along with any new permissions. Select Yes
  5. After the update, you will have to log back into the app using the steps in the previous section.

No APK or Google Play? Try setting up the VPN on a wi-fi router

If you can’t find a reliable APK file and don’t have access to Google Play on another Android device, or if you’re using the first-generation Fire TV Stick, your options are limited. There are ways to download APKs using forged device IDs from Google Play using Chrome extensions, then sideloading them with ADB, but that’s more technical than we’re going to get in this article, not to mention you could be violating Google’s terms of service using those methods.

Instead, we recommend setting up the VPN on a wi-fi router instead of the Fire TV. There are two main ways to do this: setting up a virtual router on a laptop or configuring your home wi-fi router to use a VPN. Virtual routers are easier to set up but require a laptop to route your online traffic through, so it’s not exactly convenient. Setting up a VPN on a physical router only works on certain router firmware and can be tricky, but is much more convenient once properly configured. Both methods work with all versions of Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick.

Method #3: Connect Fire TV to a VPN-enabled virtual wi-fi router

Most newer laptops come with the ability to create their own wi-fi hotspots that other devices can connect to. If the laptop is connected to a VPN, then all of the internet traffic from the devices connected to that hotspot is also tunneled through the secure VPN server. We’ll show you how to set up a virtual wi-fi router on Windows and Mac, which you can then connect your Fire TV to. This method works even with the 1st-generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

Download and install the desktop VPN app for your operating system from your VPN provider’s website if you haven’t already.

How to set up a VPN-enabled virtual router hotspot on Windows

If you’re using Windows 10, check out the video below. For older versions of Windows, refer to the text instructions:

  1. First, we need to check to make sure your computer supports virtual routers. In the Windows search bar, type cmd and right click Command Prompt > Run as Administratorwindows virtual router 0
  2. In the terminal windows that appears, type netsh wlan show drivers and hit /Enter
  3. Look for the line that says Hosted network supported. If it says Yes then you are good to go. If not, you’ll have to set up the VPN on the physical router. Help with that further virtual router 1.5
  4. In the terminal window, type netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<MY-NETWORK> key=<MY-PASSWORD>, replacing <MY-NETWORK> and <MY-PASSWORD> with the network name and password of your choice, and hit virtual router 1
  5. You should see some text indicating you successfully created the virtual router. To turn it on, type netsh wlan start hostednetwork and hit Enter
  6. You should get a message that says the hosted network started. If not, you need to update your network adapter drivers and try again.
  7. Next we need to share the virtual router with other devices. Press Windows Key+R, type ncpa.cpl into the Run prompt, and hit Enterwindows virtual router 2
  8. In the list of connections that appears, look for the one you just created. It will have the network name you put in earlier. Remember or jot down the name of this connectionwindows virtual router 3
  9. On the same list of connections, look for the one that says TAP-Windows Adapter. Right click it and select Properties
  10. Click the Sharing tab at the top and check the box to Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connectionwindows virtual router 4
  11. Under Home network connection, click the dropdown and select the name of the network you created earlier. Press OK
  12. Open your VPN app, select OpenVPN as the protocol in the settings if needed, and connect to a server in the United States. OpenVPN activates the TAP Windows Adapter
  13. Your PC is now a VPN-enabled wi-fi router!

How to set up a VPN-enabled virtual router hotspot on macOS

  1. Click the Apple icon to get a system menu, then select System Preferences.System Menu
  2. In System Preferences, click the Network icon.System Preferences
  3. In the Network window, click on the plus (+) sign at the bottom of the left panel to add a new service. In the pop-up window, select the following options: Interface: VPN, VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec, Service Name: [choose a name for your VPN connection]*Create a VPN connection
  4. Click Create. For these next steps you will need your VPN username, password, and a server address. You will probably also need an IPSec key, depending on your VPN provider’s settings, this can also be referred to as a Shared Key or Shared Secret. You can find these under the Manual Configuration section of the VPN provider’s support website. Most providers will also have a list of VPN servers that you can choose from.
  5. Enter the following details: Configuration: Default, Server Address:[server address as specified by VPN provider], Account Name: [username], Encryption: Automatic (128 bit or 40 bit)Authentication settings
  6. Check the box next to Show VPN status in menu bar to see your VPN connection status in the menu bar.
  7. Click on Authentication Settings…. On the User Authentication screen, enter your password in the box and the IPSec key in the Shared Secret box under Machine Authentication, then click OK.
    Authentication settings
  8. Next, click on Advanced… Check the box for Send all traffic over VPN connection, then click OK.Network Advanced Settings
  9. Click Apply to save all of your settings and then connect to your VPN with the Connect button. You are now connected to a VPN server. Now you just need to set up your VPN for sharing.
  10. Return to the System Preferences menu, then click on Sharing.System Preferences Window
  11. Select Internet Sharing from the left panel. The Internet Sharing options will appear on the right side of the screen. Set the following settings: Share your connection from: [the VPN L2TP connection you just created] To computers using: Wi-FiNetwork Sharing Screen
  12. Select Wi-Fi Options…, and enter the following details: Network Name: [choose a network name also known as an SSID], Channel: [leave as default], Security: WPA2 Personal, Password: [choose a password], Verify: [re-enter your password]Wifi settings screen
  13. Click OK. On the Sharing menu, check the box next to Internet Sharing. You will see a prompt asking you to turn on Internet sharing. Click Start. When Internet Sharing has been activated, a green light will appear next to the text: Internet Sharing: OnNetwork sharing on
  14. In your menu bar, you will now see two new icons. The first icon shows your VPN connection status. The other new icon shows your Internet Sharing status.VPN and Wifi icons showing connection and sharing
  15. Open the VPN app and connect!

If you select the wi-fi icon by clicking on it, you will see that it is no longer searching for available wi-fi signals. Instead, it tells you that wi-fi internet sharing is on, the name of the wi-fi signal that the Mac is broadcasting, in this example “Virtual VPN Router” is our SSID and the wi-fi channel that the signal is utilizing. You connect your multiple devices to this wi-fi router the same way as you would to any other wi-fi, using the SSID and password that you put into the wi-fi settings screen above.

Method #4: Connect Fire TV to a VPN-enabled physical wi-fi router

Unfortunately, we can’t give you step-by-step instructions on how to set up a VPN on your home wi-fi router. wi-fi routers come with a wide range of firmware, not all of which support VPNs, and those that do vary in their configuration processes.

First, you need to find out if your router even supports VPN connections. You can check the bottom or back of your router for its local IP address and default login info, or you can use Google to find the credentials associated with your particular model. Usually, you can type either or into your browser’s URL bar, and the most common username and password are both “admin”.

Once you’ve logged into your router’s firmware, look around for VPN configuration. For a typical L2TP/IPSec VPN connection, you’ll need your VPN provider’s server address, username, password, and shared secret.

If your wi-fi router doesn’t support VPN connections, check to see if you can replace the firmware with an open-source solution like DD-WRT, OpenWRT, or Tomato. This process of replacing the manufacturer’s firmware on a wi-fi router is called “flashing”. Use caution if you decide to go this route. Be sure that the firmware you download is compatible with your specific router. If you mess up, you could permanently damage the router and brick it so that it’s no longer usable.

If that’s not something you’re willing to risk, consider a pre-flashed router from a VPN provider.

Methodology: How do we choose the best VPNs for Firestick?

At Comparitech, we strive to publish the most accurate, comprehensive, and useful VPN reviews and recommendations on the web. The VPNs we suggest all go through our expert analysis, real-world use, and several security and performance tests. When it comes to WhatsApp VPNs in particular, we look at:

  • Apps: All of the VPNs we recommend make apps specifically for Fire TV, as well as most other major operating systems. We provide extra points for VPNs that also work well with devices like iPhones, Androids, PCs and Macs, so that you don’t need more than one subscription.
  • Servers: A Firestick is a portable device, and so if you’re traveling abroad, you might want to take it with you to watch content from back home. This will require reliable international servers that can provide an IP address from popular destinations such as the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
  • Streaming: Each VPN is tested for access to popular streaming services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, and Paramount+.
  • Speed: We measure and record download speeds from VPN servers located around the world and only recommend the fastest VPN services. We test each VPN for streaming to check for seamless watching without any lag or buffering.
  • Security: The VPN protocol and encryption scheme must meet modern standards and prevent data leaks. We look for 256-bit AES encryption and DNS leak protection as standard.
  • Logging policy: Each VPN’s terms of use and privacy policy are thoroughly checked for any language or lack thereof that could indicate the collection of personally identifiable data when using the VPN. We only recommend VPNs that don’t keep identifiable logs.
  • Customer service: Our reviewers contact each VPN as secret shoppers to gauge customer support response times and quality. We also consider things like how to get in touch and opening hours, with 24/7 live chat being our preferred option.
  • Ability to bypass censorship: We find out if VPNs can connect in countries with heavy censorship like China and the UAE. This includes access to streaming services, news outlets, and more.
  • Value for money: All of the VPNs on our list offer money-back guarantees and competitive discounts for long-term plans. We also consider the number of simultaneous device connections included in a subscription.

You can read more about our VPN testing methodology on our page about how we rate and review VPNs.

Why your privacy is at risk if you don’t use a VPN

If you connect to a public wi-fi network (e.g. coffee shops, airports etc.) any other user could access your browsing information. If you’re not using an encrypted connection a malicious user with easily available tools can find out websites you visit, your username and passwords, personal details including your name and address and videos you download and stream.

Anyone connecting to public wi-fi should use a VPN which will encrypt and hide all your browsing activity.

A VPN will also mask your online activity if you connect via your home or work internet provider. This is particularly important in countries such as the US where ISPs can legally sell and share your data with other organizations.  This data includes sites you visit and the content you stream. We’ve tested the best VPNs for security and privacy and NordVPN is our #1 choice for Firestick users.

How to Change Your Region on the Fire TV Stick

Changing your Fire TV Stick region will allow you to access geo-restricted content from other parts of the world. Once you have subscribed to a region, you will need to log in to your Amazon account and select “Your Account” > “Change Your Country or Region”.

From there, you can select the country or region that you would like your Fire TV Stick to originate from. You can also choose whether you want your current Fire TV Stick content to continue working or be removed (note: some content may not be available in certain countries/regions). After making your selection, click “Save Changes”.

Firestick VPN troubleshooting

If you encounter any issues connecting to or staying connected to the VPN through an app, try the following:

  • Check to ensure you have a 2nd-gen or later Fire TV device. 1st-gen Firesticks, which don’t support VPNs, will have an FCC ID on the housing: 2ABDU-0509
  • Uninstall and reinstall the VPN app. Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications. Reinstall using the steps above. Ensure you’re using the latest version of your VPN provider’s app.
  • Restart your Fire TV device by unplugging it, waiting one minute, and plugging it back in.
  • Try a different VPN server location
  • Check that your internet connection works normally without the VPN.

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How to uninstall a VPN on your Firestick

Whether you’re having trouble with a VPN app on your Firestick or you simply don’t need it anymore (perhaps you’re looking to switch to one of the best VPNs for Firestick listed in this post), you may wish to uninstall it. The good news is that this is very quick and easy to do.

Here’s how to uninstall a VPN app on your Amazon Firestick device:

  1. Select Settings from the top menu of your Firestick.
  2. Head to Applications.
  3. Click Manage Installed Applications.
  4. Select the VPN app you wish to uninstall.
  5. Click on Uninstall and then click it again to confirm the action.

VPN for Amazon Fire Stick / Fire TV FAQs

What is a jailbroken Firestick?

If a Firestick is jailbroken, it means you can download and install apps from outside of Amazon’s official Fire TV app store. This is done by going to Settings > Device > Developer options and toggling on Apps from unknown sources.

The term “jailbreaking” often refers to the process of modifying device firmware and/or gaining root access to a device. Rooting a Fire TV is more difficult and is unnecessary for most users, so it’s beyond the scope of this article.

Can my cable provider block a Firestick?

Yes, internet providers can block internet access to a Firestick, but in most cases they would have no reason to do so.

It’s much more likely that a cable provider would block access to specific websites or streaming sources rather than blocking all access to a device in your home. If you’re using Kodi on a Fire TV to stream pirated video, for example, then your ISP would block the source of the video rather than your Fire TV’s internet access.

What else can a Firestick do?

Aside from watching videos on streaming services, you can use your Firestick to play games, listen to music and the radio, or read the news. It also serves as a handy paperweight.

Many Kodi users prefer Firesticks to stream live and on-demand video from other sources. Check out our article on how to install Kodi on Firestick.

Can I use Firestick in another country?

Yes, but without a VPN, you’ll be limited to content that’s available in that country. If you visit Spain and try to watch Hulu, for example, you’ll be blocked because Hulu is only available to US residents. Use a VPN to switch your location to match the streaming service you want to use.

Do VPNs work with every version of Firestick and Fire TV?

No, not all VPNs work with every version of Firestick and Fire TV. However, this issue is usually only limited to the very first generation of Fire Sticks (launched in 2014). Chances are that your device is not as old as this, particularly because they have long since been discontinued. As such, you shouldn’t have any issue using your VPN with your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV as long as it offers apps for these devices.

Can I use a free VPN for my Firestick?

There are some free VPNs that support Amazon Firestick. However, there are some issues to consider. In particular, most of these free VPNs have limited data allowances so you won’t be able to use them for streaming. In most cases, you’ll suffer from slow speeds. Furthermore, they typically have only a very small number of servers available in even fewer locations. This makes unblocking region-locked content all the more challenging.

Can a VPN cause software issues with my FireStick?

No. Installing a VPN is a simple, easily-reversible process that is no different from installing any other app. If you’ve sideloaded a VPN app, it’s possible that it’ll be slightly more difficult to navigate (since it wasn’t designed to be used on a Firestick), but there shouldn’t be any problems as far as functionality goes.

Will a VPN unblock Netflix US on a Fire Stick?

Yes. A VPN can be used to unblock Netflix US on a Fire Stick. Netflix has been trying hard to crack down on people using VPNs and proxy servers to watch content that is not available in their country. However, NordVPN is a great choice as they have a superb easy-to-use Firestick app.

Is every VPN compatible with a Firestick?

Not every VPN is compatible with Amazon Firestick. Many don’t offer apps for Amazon Firestick or Fire TV which makes it that much more difficult (but not impossible) to get set up. That’s why it’s worth sticking with those recommended in this post, all of which provide the relevant apps to make the process quicker and easier. If you already have a VPN and find it doesn’t have an app for Firestick, there are ways around this such as installing the VPN on your wifi router.

Can Firesticks get viruses?

Firesticks are less likely to catch viruses than computers or smartphones, but they’re not entirely invulnerable to malware or viruses. In addition, firesticks operate on a version of the Android OS, which leaves them open to potential security threats.

Your Firestick’s risk of being infected with viruses or malware increases if you download and install apps from third-party sources instead of sticking to the official Amazon Appstore. To safeguard your Firestick from such threats, it’s a good idea to:

  • Download apps exclusively from the official Amazon Appstore
  • Steer clear of installing apps from unknown sources or third-party app stores
  • Regularly update your Firestick with the latest software updates from Amazon
  • Employ a trustworthy VPN service to defend your data and privacy

Adhering to these safety measures can lower the chances of viruses or malware compromising your Firestick and ensure your device remains secure.

My VPN isn't working on my FireStick - what should I do?

If your VPN is not working on your FireStick, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take:

  1. Ensure you have the latest version of the VPN app installed on your FireStick.
  2. Try restarting your FireStick and router to refresh the connections.
  3. If the issue persists, switch to a different VPN server location or contact your VPN provider’s customer support for assistance. They can provide specific troubleshooting steps tailored to your VPN service.