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How To Setup VPN On Android TV Box

Setup VPN On Android TV BoxThis step-by-step tutorial will show you how to install a VPN service onto your Android TV Box and configure the settings as well.  This process is assuming that you have Google Play Store installed on your Android TV Box and you have a Google username and password that you can use to login with.

Why would you want to setup a VPN on your Android TV Box?  There are many reasons but here are the most important.

Your Internet Activity Is Being Watched

Most people don’t realize that their current Internet service provider keep logs of all streaming and download traffic on their respective accounts.  They can see everything that you have accessed on the Internet which includes media that you have streamed through your Android TV Box or any application (Kodi).  Also, if you ever travel and connect to public wifi hotspots, your online activity can easily be intercepted as well.  If you ever connect to any of these insecure access points, it is crucial to use a VPN service.

Your Internet Service Provider May Be Throttling Your Connection

Many Internet service providers are also in the cable television market and they don’t like you using these alternative streaming methods (Kodi, Mobdro, UKTVNOW, etc).  So, they either block access to them or they throttle your connection which results in terrible buffering or slow download speeds.  Android TV Boxes are becoming more popular by the day and the service providers will start taking more aggressive approaches to keep their share of the market.

Geo Restricted Content

Some of you live in areas where you cannot access a certain Internet service with your Android TV Box because you don’t live in an area that is allowed.  This is also a big one for those who live in countries where their government restricts access to services originating from outside their country.

IPVanish VPN Service Solves These Problems

When you use a VPN service provided by IPVanish on your Android TV Box, your connection is encrypted and traffic is routed through another server making it impossible for your provider to see what you are downloading.  Plus IPVanish doesn’t retain any traffic logs so your privacy is 100% secure.  When you connect to the IPVanish service, it assigns you a new IP Address which keeps your Internet traffic anonymous and secure.

By using IPVanish, you will eliminate the probability of your Internet service provider throttling or blocking access to some of the best streaming applications such as Kodi, Mobdro, UKTVNOW, Showbox, and many more.

Once you register for an IPVanish account, you can use the service on five different devices so you can protect yourself on your computer, smartphone, Fire TV/Stick, and Android TV Box.  Again, this is perfect for those of you who use public wifi access points so you can now secure both your Android TV Box and any other device that you connect to the Internet.


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How To Setup VPN On Android TV Box With IPVanish Guide

Step 1  Register for an account at IPVanish by clicking HERE

Step 2  Create a free Google Account so you download from Google Play Store

Step 3  Open Google Play Store on Android TV Box, search for IPVanish and install it

Step 4  Open IPVanish and sign in with your username and password

Step 5  Click Connect button

Note:  If your Android TV Box remote isn’t capable of mouse mode, here is a keyboard that I use that works very well – Rii i8+ BT Mini Wireless Bluetooth Backlight Touchpad Keyboard with Mouse

I strongly suggest that you watch the video tutorial as this provides the exact step-by-step methods to setup a VPN on your Android TV Box.  The text instructions are simply general steps and do not include the specific details.

Video Tutorial



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2017-09-06T17:34:51-05:00 By |Android TV Box, VPN Setup|44 Comments
  • Davida De La Harpe

    Sorted! thanks- except it seems i must turn it off when I cast from our local station which does not yet have an android compatible app. But fine, and again thanks from a retiree who is not particularly tech savvy but able to cope with clear instructions.

  • Jagadish KV

    Thanks Bro. It was simply Great and useful

    • Glad it worked for you.

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  • William Redpath

    Hi there I have a Sony tv with a built in Android box, I subscribed to IPVanish but still has the same ip address from isp. Can you help please?

    • Sr. Jammie Lewis

      This happens some time, Try restarting the hardware and software. If that does not work contact the support via live chat, they will solve the issue.
      It often happens with me but all i have to do is to restart ivacy vpn and some time contact the representative.

  • Karen Bryson

    Hi Troy, is there only IPVanish that works on Fire TV box ? I have Avira VPN but don’t know how to Install it on Fire TV Box any suggestions?

    • Clive Savage

      If you have an android phone you could download the vpn app on to that then download apps2fire on the phone also. You then use apps2fire to install it onto the fire box. There are other ways of doing this also.. …youtube is your friend here.
      Hope that helps.

  • Allan Davis

    As if by magic, I am without Kodi on a box that once held v. 16.1. I even subscribed to IP Vanish. Tutorials recommend removing the old version before installing 17.3 – done that. BUT, Kodi will not allow me to install on my box for some reason. I thought because I had a box with version 4.4.2 os, perhaps I could update that through their support site, but it says unable – check your servier argent. Even switched to non-protected IP and still didn’t work. Awaiting reply by e-mail. Meanwhile, any suggestions?

    • Rafael Rivera

      look for mygica apk or ftmc apk. since you have a 4.2.2 box, these were designed so that you could update to the latest Kodi with out having to buy a new box.

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  • Angela Edwards

    Hi i have installed vpn vanish as you said. But when i put my user and password in. It tell me that it doesnt match there records. How can i correct this please. Desperate now

  • Tim Meekings

    I noticed the scramble option in the settings. It is worth clicking on that? Or will it slow the thing down?

  • Todd German

    I have setup my Android TV Box, just as instructed. However, each time I leave the app, the connection
    is no longer established. For instance, after I have connected to the VPN server and check the IP, it has resorted back to what has been provided by my ISP. Any suggestions?

    • Todd German

      For me, it appears that the VPN service does not work via the app. I have to set it up under the VPN settings of my Android TV Box.

  • Juliette, send them an email at and put TROYPOINT in the subject. This will help escalate the support request.

  • Jack Carter

    My provider Spectrum (Charter) blocked information about Tick Box that I was interested in. They erased an email from them. How can this be legal? If I pay for the wifi service, what I get over it should not be their concern. Anyone else have trouble like that?

  • Hello Darron, just follow the video in this post here.

  • Helen Landry

    You had us disconnect….confused….my IP address went back to the usual one…am I supposed to reconnect?

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  • Nick Pont

    Hi, i have downloaded IP vanish and installed on my android tablet, can i use it on my Windows pc on the same account , or do i need a different version so need to pay again?


    • Nick, you can use same account on up to five devices.

  • Steve Kovacs

    Hi Troy,

    How can I tell if my android kodi box is compatible for ipvanish?

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  • Ian2deep

    Hi Troy,
    I have been trying to load Nordvpn onto my new Android tv box (Android 6.0.1) many times using the usual Playstore route, with no luck. It comes up with a “Download Successful” screen but has a banner across it saying something about the UI not operating. It stays there until the app is uninstalled. This also occurs with Cyberghost. Any thoughts on what could be wrong?

    • Hello Ian, sorry but I don’t have any tutorials on these services. I tested a bunch of them prior to going with IPVanish and it was one of the few that actually worked well with Fire TV/Stick and Android Boxes.

      • Ian2deep

        Thanks Troy. Do you know if IPVanish do a trial period. I don’t really want to commit to something that still does not work with this box?

        • Yes, they do provide a 7-day money back guarantee.

          • Ian2deep

            Good news Troy. I downloaded IPVANISH, followed your excellent installation video and instructions, and it loaded on my Alfawise H96+ Pro box straight away. Works well.Brilliant job. Thanks to you. Keep up the good work!?

          • Carl Morgan

            i tried to install this today and the reply kept coming back that my 3 digit code on the back of my card dident exist but yet i was charged for the three attempts before i gave up. so yes i want my money back

  • Teed Younger

    Hi, just installed following your tutorial on my nexbox x95 device. The ipvanish app says it is connected, but my ip address doesn’t change. Any ideas?

    • Dre

      Hi Troy,
      I have the same problem. I followed the instructions. I was able to connect onto the VPN app. But when go to a browser to check my ip address, it is still the same and public. When I go back to the VPN app, it has disconnected!! How do I keep it connected while I am in Kodi?
      I am using Avira Phantom VPN.

  • Carlos Manjarres

    Troy, i have Pure Vpn, can you please give instructions, how to set it up.
    Thank you again.

    • Hi Carlos, sorry but I don’t have a tutorial on that service.

      • Carlos Manjarres

        Thank you again Troy, keep up the good Work

        • AxeGrrl

          Hey Carlos, if you come across a good tutorial for PureVPN, please share 🙂 I’ve been banging my head againt the wall trying to get it to work!

          • Carlos Manjarres

            I have not been able to get any help on the download, but I will let you know when I find a way to do it

          • AxeGrrl

            Thanks much 🙂

          • Jeff Dunhill

            Hey Carlos, I’ve found the way to setup purevpn on android tv box via their support. They suggested me to start with downloading their android app and login and connect it as we usually do on our android phones. It worked for me, but they also suggested that some android boxes might be able to work smooth with the app for which they gave me a few manual setups (for pptp and l2tp protocols) which is plan B if the app has issues. I suggest you to ask their support team if the app thing ain’t working for you. They’ve also added a tutorial for setting up on android tv box in their support center, which might also help you. Cheers!

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  • Robert G. Gostl

    Troy, thanks for the video on how to set up IPVanish. Just to make it clear, is this is a subscription only paid service? The video does not indicate that.

    • Yes, this is a paid service. Worth the money in my opinion.