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How To Install VPN On Kodi

This step-by-step guide 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. 

Install VPN On Kodi

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 LibreELEC or OpenELEC which is a fork of the popular media application.  Both of these forks have a Kodi addon that allows you to setup a VPN service directly within Kodi.  Most people want to run the main Kodi branch on an Android based operating system and also use a VPN to protect themselves so these two alternatives are 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.

Also, don’t forget to use your VPN account on the other devices that you use to connect to the Internet with.


How Do I Install VPN On Kodi Guide?


1  Register for IPVanish Account by Clicking HERE.

2  Write down your IPVanish username and password after you register for your account.

3  Determine which Kodi device(s) you want to install VPN on and proceed to respective tutorial below.

Prior to creating tutorials for IPVanish, I thoroughly tested the top VPN providers.

Fire TV or Stick VPN Tutorial

Android TV Box VPN Tutorial

Windows Tutorial

Mi Box VPN Tutorial

Raspberry Pi 3 LibreELEC 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.  You also have the option to use the same account on up to five devices at the same time.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best free VPN service for Kodi?

There are free services but keep in mind that they are making money in one way or another.  More than likely, they are either selling your data to a 3rd party or malware is being installed on your device when you install their application without you knowing it.

Also, free services usually result in very slow download speeds which would not be ideal for Kodi boxes.

You get what you pay for in this market and I strongly suggest not using free services as they can’t be trusted.

Why isn’t my ip address changing within Kodi?

When dealing with network-connected devices, you have an external ip address and an internal ip address.  The VPN software will change your external ip address which is the address that your Internet Service Provider assigns to your connection.

An internal ip address is the address that your router assigns to all devices within your network.

You only need to be concerned about your external ip address when using Kodi and this is what the VPN should be masking.

2017-09-05T16:48:03-05:00 By |Kodi, VPN Setup|189 Comments
  • sam coleman

    Can anyone help me with intalling zomboided repo every time I click on it I get error message.

    • Hi Sam, I just updated the tutorial. The developer blocked me from hosting the repo and that is why it won’t work that way anymore. See this new tutorial here, video coming soon as well with new process –

      • sam coleman

        Thank you very much for your reply,I do enjoy using your videos they are all ways easy and direct .That is a go for old people.

  • Tony Lohrman

    I installed ipvanish on my iphone, ipad, mac, and amazon tv which I run Kodi. All seem to be working great. Is there any special servers I should run Kodi on? I live in Fl and it likes to run Denver

  • Richard Lawn

    Hi Troy I took your advice & installed IP vanish on my android box ,it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done,not only did it not work I found that when I switched it off it seems to have damaged my box so I can’t use it. I can get the home screen but when I click on apps I just get a blank screen,also the clock stays on zero. This is a new box only a couple of months old. I am in desperate need of help !

    • I have never had any problems like this with IPVanish. Contact their support at and put TROYPOINT in subject line for faster help. I would suggest that you uninstall and then reinstall the app. Mine is working perfectly on my Android Box.

      • Richard Lawn

        Thanks for that Troy,I will give it a try

        • Richard Lawn

          Just an update Troy I left the box just sitting there on the home screen & without any prompting from myself it started reloading all the apps. It seemed to unfreeze & sort itself out about an hour after I removed the IP vanish. Am now half scared to put the IP vanish back on it,as you can see from my post I’m not the most hi- tech guy in the world ??

  • Johnny Layne

    So i just reset my Kodi. I lost everything. With the clean install i returned and the zomboided zip file still fails to install. Please help. I already purchased IPVanish.

    • Johnny, try restarting your device and router. It still installs great on mine.

      • Johnny Layne

        Thank you for the reply. No matter what i do it will not load the zip file. All others work fine.

  • Johnny Layne

    Does any one know what is wrong with the zomboided zip files fails to install?

  • Chad Finley

    I just got my vpn and I do t note be anything different. I still have issues watching shows on kodi. I logged in to the app on the firestick, made sure I was connect with the VPN and went to watch a show and still did the same thing it’s been doing, which I’m not able to watch any shows. Any suggestions? I just purchased this VPN.

  • Johnny Layne

    The repository fails to i stall?

  • Rybean

    I am using FTV and when I turn on ipvanish then go into Kodi it breaks my SMB share for my movies library from my PC. Any idea why they would happen?

    • This is due to the fact that your connection is encrypted when connecting to VPN on Kodi and it is causing problems with your network. When I want to connect to my Plex server, I usually just disconnect from VPN. There is an easy way around this in windows by simply connecting to IP Address of networked computer you want to reach as opposed to using computer names but I don’t know how to do that on a streaming device unfortunately.