How To Install VPN On Fire TV Or Stick

 

Install VPN On Fire TVThis step-by-step tutorial will show you how to install a VPN service on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.  This tutorial will not work on the 1st Generation Fire TV Stick but will work with all other models (1st Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick).

If you notice that when you connect to the VPN service and your IP address does not change, more than likely, you are using a first generation Fire TV Stick and this process will not work for you.

Why would you want to setup a VPN on your Fire TV or Stick?  So that your nosy Internet service provider and others can’t see what you are streaming on your devices.  A VPN service will encrypt your link to the Internet and create an anonymous connection through a private IP address.

Another reason is to have the option of accessing sites or streams that are only available to people in a certain geographical regions.  The VPN service referenced below will give you the option of connecting through various servers that are located throughout different areas of the world.

Unfortunately, some Internet service providers are cracking down on those who use Kodi Media Center, Modbdro, Showbox, etc, to access video streams that are readily available on the Internet.  The reason why they want to do this is because many of the Internet companies also serve as cable companies as well, which means less money for them.  They may threaten to shut down your Internet connection if they don’t like what you are accessing through your Fire TV or any Internet connected device.

A VPN service will protect you against prying eyes and make your connection to the Internet anonymous.

Ever since I started creating tutorials on the Fire TV/Stick, one of the most popular requests was, “How to install VPN on Fire TV/Stick”.  Unfortunately, prior to one of the latest Fire TV firmware updates, it was not possible to do this unless your device had been rooted.  If you didn’t want to root your device, you were required to setup a VPN on your Wirless router but the downside to that was that your download speeds would suffer.  You also needed a router that you could flash DD-WRT firmware onto and this was a process in itself.

VPN Service Providers

I have used a half dozen VPN services over the past seven years and I finally came across two that work very well with the Fire TV or Stick.  One of the most important features to look at when comparing VPN services is download speed.  No matter which VPN service that you choose, you will notice a drop in your download speed due to the fact that your traffic is routed through a separate server.   Both of the VPN providers that I recommend below provide the best download speeds when compared to their competitors.

The two VPN service providers that I recommend are IPVanish and Private Internet Access.  I provide a video tutorial below on how to setup a VPN on the Fire TV or Stick with each of these VPN services.

For those of you who don’t have a wireless keyboard that you can use with your Fire TV or Stick, you may want to choose IPVanish because the application works great with the remote that comes with your device.  Hopefully Private Internet Access comes out with an update that will address this problem in the future.

IPVanish and Private Internet Access do not keep track of any traffic logs so if they were ever requested to provide your streaming history, it doesn’t exist.

Not only do I use a VPN on my connected devices within my home, I also use it when I am travelling.  You should NEVER connect to a public WIFI hot-spot without protection through a VPN service.

Both, IPVAnish anad Private Internet Access allow you to use their VPN service on five devices at the same time with one account.  This is great for those of us who use a VPN service on our computer, phone, and Fire TV or Stick.

These services also provide applications that can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  The mobile applications for both Android and iOS are outstanding.  Due to their large ecosystem of supported operating systems, you can use your account on your different devices.

I strongly suggest that you view each of the videos below prior to choosing a VPN service for your Fire TV or Stick.  Also, use the links below to browse the Web sites of each of these great services.

Click Here for IPVanish Web Site

Click Here for Private Internet Access Web Site

How To Install VPN On Fire TV or Stick With IPVanish Tutorial

Please watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.  The written instructions below the video are general steps that don’t get into the small details.

IMPORTANT:  Prior to starting the tutorial, ensure that you have the latest Fire TV/Stick firmware installed by going to Settings / System / About / Check for System Update.  Apply any updates that are available.

 

 

Important:  The First Generation Fire TV Stick does not work with Private Internet Access but will work with all other models (1st Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick).

Step 1  Register for an account at IPVanish by clicking HERE.  You will be assigned a username and password that you will use in a future step.

Step 2  Go into Fire TV Settings / System / Developer Options / and turn on Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging (optional).

Step 3  Install ES Explorer App through the search bar.

Step 4  Input the following address in the Download Manger within ES Explorer and install IPVanish application – http://troypoint.com/ipvanish

Step 5  Launch IPVanish and modify settings to your liking.

Step 6  Click the “Connect” button to create a VPN connection with your Fire TV or Stick.

How To Install VPN On Fire TV or Stick With Private Internet Access (PIA) Tutorial

Please refer to the video for detailed step-by-step instructions.  The written instructions below the video are the general steps but do not include the small details.

Special Note:  Within the video, I use the Rii i8+ Bluetooth Mini Wireless Keyboard With Mouse to configure the Private Internet Access App.  I strongly suggest purchasing a keyboard like this as many apps that we sideload onto the Fire TV or Stick are not remote friendly.  Also, it is important to note that there are different versions of the Rii Wireless Keyboard.  Make sure that you purchase the one that I am linking to above as this model supports Bluetooth which is important for Fire TV Stick users.

 

 

Important:  The First Generation Fire TV Stick does not work with Private Internet Access but will work with all other models (1st Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick).

Step 1  Register for an account at Private Internet Access by clicking HERE.  You will need your username and password in one of the following steps.

Step 2  Go into Fire TV Settings / System / Developer Options / turn on Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging (optional).

Step 3  Stay within System Settings and go into the “About” link.  Scroll down and click the button “Check for System Update” and apply any updates that are available.

Step 4  Install ES File Explorer which is a free download through the Amazon App Store.

Step 5  Create a favorite shortcut within ES File Explorer to http://troypoint.com/pia.  Click this favorite and install Private Internet Access Android client by clicking the link within the ES File Explorer Browser (refer to video above for step-by-step details).

Step 6  Launch the Private Internet Access App and input your username and password that were assigned at time of registration.

Step 7  Move the lever to the right to turn on PIA VPN service.

Step 8  Use a keyboard/mouse to configure settings and/or server connection options.

For those of you have problems with screen resolution when using this applications, more than likely, you are using the 1st Generation Fire TV Stick which does not work properly with Fire TV or Stick VPN setup.

Let us know in the comments if you have ever been harassed by your Internet service provider?

 

 

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