How To Install VPN On Kodi

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How To Install VPN On Kodi

Install VPN On KodiThis post will point you in the proper direction if you want to install VPN on Kodi.  Most Internet service providers are starting to block access to many Kodi addons, builds, and wizards.  By installing a VPN on your Kodi box, you will enjoy unlimited access to these blocked Kodi resources.

Internet providers are also starting to throttle download speeds for various Kodi addons and running a VPN service will usually help with buffering as well.

Last and certainly not least, many government agencies are starting to reprimand those who are using various Kodi addons, that provide free movies, tv shows, live feeds, etc.  If you are one of those people, you should protect yourself with a VPN on your Kodi box. 

A VPN or virtual private network will encrypt your traffic and provide you with a new IP address, which will hide your streaming activity from your Internet Service provider.  Your connection to the Internet will become anonymous, which will provide you with the privacy that you deserve.

Some of you may have received threatening letters from your Internet service provider, claiming that you have downloaded or streamed media that has a copyright.  They may even tell you that you may be contacted by the authorities for copyright infringement.  By installing a VPN on Kodi, you will not need to worry about receiving these letters anymore from your ISP.

Unfortunately, there is no good Kodi addon that allows you to setup a VPN unless you are running OpenELEC which is a branch of the popular media application.  OpenELEC has a Kodi addon that allows you to setup a VPN service directly within Kodi.  Most people want to run the main Kodi branch and also use a VPN to protect themselves so OpenELEC is usually not an attractive option and that is the reason for this guide.

The easiest way to hide your IP address when using Kodi is by simply installing a VPN service onto the streaming device that you are currently using.

I have created numerous tutorials that will walk you through the step-by-step details on how to install a VPN on the following Kodi boxes.

How To Install VPN On Kodi Tutorials

Fire TV or Stick VPN Tutorial

Android TV Box VPN Tutorial

Windows Tutorial

Mi Box VPN Tutorial

Router VPN Tutorial (when you do this, all devices connected to your router will be protected)

If you are running Kodi on your computer such as Windows, Mac, or Linux, most VPN services provide an application that you can download and install onto your system.  After you install the application, you simply input your VPN username and password into the login area.

Keep in mind that you can also use your VPN service on your other Internet connected devices that you frequently use.  Do you travel?  If yes, you should NEVER connect to a public wifi hotspot unless you are running a VPN service.

My VPN service of choice is IPVanish as they provide the fastest download speeds among the various VPN providers that I have reviewed.  The service works very well on all Kodi boxes, which isn’t the case for most VPN providers.



2017-04-21T08:39:10+00:00 By |Kodi, VPN Setup|31 Comments
  • Alan Walker

    recently bought purevpn for my Kodi I found it very reliable. Bought it from USAVPN and got special discount.

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  • Dominic Lewis

    Hey Troy, nice post.

    Wanted to ask, can I replicate the same process on other VPNs? apart from IPVanish, I also have Ivacy VPN that I use with my Kodi box. Not really familiar with how to configure Kodiboxes. thanks

    • If you can find an .apk file and it works with your device. Many VPNs that I tested with Kodi didn’t work well, especially the user interface.

  • You are looking at your internal ip address assigned by your router. That one doesn’t matter. The one that is changed is the ip address that your Internet Service Provider assigns to you.

  • Kylie Lopez

    Thanks for sharing. I am using PureVPN its working good so far with fast speed. YOu can recommend it here.

  • Andrew Spreckley

    I have installed ipvanish on my firestick but now my internet connection keeps dropping out so I cannot connect to my Amazon firestick. Any suggestions. Thanks

    • Make sure that you are using 2nd Generation model. Keep in mind that this does not work on 1st Gen sticks. If still having problem, try uninstalling and then reinstalling.

      • MiggyCabby24

        That sucks. So you have to upgrade to the new stick to be able to use Vanish ? Well, my stick is working fine, no need to upgrade at the moment.

  • K Stewart

    I’ve noticed when I watch a In Theater movie on Exodus it is in 480 and almost unwatchable. Is that the norm or is their something I need to do different? I try all the choices and it seems they are all the same. My firestick is new and I’m loving it other than this….Thx

    • Many of these movies in theaters in Kodi are called cams and someone is recording them with their phone. This has nothing to do with VPN and Kodi…this has to do with the person who uploaded the file.

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  • Matt K

    I installed IP Vanish on my second generation Fire TV box and when I connect my speed drop from 75 MBs to about 8mbs when I’m using IP Vanish. I’ve tried connecting to different servers and they are all so much slower. Any suggestions?

    • Matt, I usually get 10 on my device which is plenty for HD streams. The thing that most people don’t understand is that these servers that we are streaming from within Kodi are usually so busy that you aren’t downloading much faster than that anyway.

      • Matt K

        Ok thanks. I noticed that I had ran into a few buffering issues, but that could’ve been from something else. Thank you for your quick reply and everything that you do. Your videos and how to instructions are so easy to follow and very helpful. Thank you.

  • Schao

    I want to get VPN and my question is how many device can I use at the same time? I have my TV, Computers and smartphones and I have family members that comes over to my house and they’ll be using my wifi for their phone and sometimes it’s like 10 devices at the same time.

    • With IPVanish, you can use up to five connections at the same time. I suggest setting up a dual router configuration like I go through here if you need more than five. That way all devices connecting to the Internet through your router are protected –

      • Schao

        I just found out that 1st generation fire tv stick don’t work with vpn.

  • Morgan Franklin

    Hi there I was wondering is there anyway to put a vpn on a 1st gen fire stick

    • Hello Morgan, unfortunately there isn’t.

  • Shellie .

    I’m pretty sure my Firestick is a 1st generation, and I understand no VPN on that stick. My question is, if you have a Smart TV, can a VPN be added to that? Thanks!

  • Randy

    Hi, I have a 1st gen Fire Stick and a combo modem/router, neither of which will accept a vpn to my understanding. If this is true, do I have any option to protect my anonymity? Thanks

    • Randy, unfortunately, that is true. VPN can’t be used on 1st Gen devices and you need a specific router so you can load modified firmware that will run the VPN.

  • Allan Pierce

    How many devices can I install ipvanish on for one subscription?

    • Jim Beam

      …..their website says 5 ?

      • That is correct, you can use up to 5 devices at same time with VPN from IPVanish. Perfect if you are using multiple Kodi boxes.

  • Shane Freeland

    As for Playstation Vue, while running a VPN it does, in fact, popup a notification that “Playstation Vue has detected a change in your geo location…(blah blah) … be advised you can only stream from outside of your home area when using the Playstation Vue mobile app…” But then, clicking beyond that notice, it goes to the normal screen and begins streaming, just as it would without the VPN. Can anyone else verify or duplicate this behavior?

    • Hi Shane, I get the same result as well. However, sometimes I don’t get any notice at all and it works the way it normally does. Many times, I will only use VPN with Kodi and disconnect when using other services.

  • Frank Bega

    I’m new to kodi and want to know how they know you are using this?

  • Carlos Diaz

    Need some help. I successfully installed IP Vanish on my Fire Stick yesterday and it was working fine. Today it will not connect at all. It stops trying during authentication. I have the app on my iPhone and I’m having no issues at all.