How To Install VPN for Kodi

This step-by-step guide will point you in the proper direction if you want to install VPN for Kodi.  Most Internet service providers are starting to block access to many Kodi add-ons, builds, and wizards.  By installing a VPN for Kodi, you will enjoy unlimited access to these blocked Kodi resources.

Internet providers are also starting to throttle download speeds for various Kodi add-ons 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 certain Kodi add-ons, that provide free movies, tv shows, live channels, etc.  If you are one of those people, you should protect your identity with a VPN on your Kodi box. 

VPN for 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 set up 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 set up 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.  This will take less than three minutes with my tutorials below.

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.

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Install VPN for 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 the respective tutorial below.

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

Install VPN for Firestick & Fire TV

Xbox One VPN Tutorial

Android TV Box VPN Tutorial

NVIDIA SHIELD VPN Tutorial

Windows VPN Tutorial

iPhone & iPad iOS VPN Tutorial

Chromebook VPN Tutorial

Mi Box VPN Tutorial

Raspberry Pi 3 LibreELEC 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.

You can use one IPVanish VPN account on up to ten devices simultaneously!

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 ten 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 an 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.

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neal hayden

Troy: I downloaded and installed a VPN directly directly onto my router. I have 2 issues: 1) Experiencing DNS leakage. According to the VPN provider and the router manufacturer the problem is with the internet provider. 2) Unable to watch Netflix when the VPN is engaged. Have you heard of these problems? Any suggestions?

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When I used to use a VPN through Dashlane it automatically connected and I did not have to pick a country, and I always got a larger amount of sources for video streams in Kodi. With IPVanish I just signed up and it makes me pick a country, and I’m not getting more sources to choose from which I thought I would. Is there a certain thing I have to do using IP Vanish to get more streaming sources on Kodi?

Kat
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Kat

Hi Troy,

Question…I’m following your turtorial on downloading add-ons to Kodi and none of the “builds” are working and I’m receiving error messages. I connected my IPVanish account to my firestick (and it’s running in the background) but I’m still receiving the same result. I’m following step by step. Are there any additional tips you have for me? Thanks!

Eddie Webber
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Eddie Webber

Hi Troy,
I just purchased a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. Will IPVanish install on that and if so which tutorial do I use?
Thanks
Eddie

Backdoc
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Backdoc

I have tried using NordVPN on the Android box (8Core, 32/3Gb 6.2.1 Android), but since it installs it on startup of the box, it does not allow my TV service to work, since they do not work through a VPN with their service. So I need a VPN that only runs in Kodi, and switches off when outside of Kodi. I wonder which .APK or add-on will do that.

Al...
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Al...

Doesn’t Nord allow you to disable it?

Sue
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Sue

Hi, I have a mygica box that we use Kodi on. Which guide is appropriate for installing a VPN onto the box or should it be installed on our router. I’m in Canada is that makes a difference. Thanks!!

garret
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garret

i just wanted to say that this site is hands down the best for learning about this! i have atom vpn installed and running, i cleared all of my cache and my providers, and it is still saying that there are no streams available on anything! help please

Brett
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Brett

Hi Garret,

I have not used Atom so that could be your problem?

Alan Kenny
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Alan Kenny

if i install a vpn on my laptop will my kodi box be covered or will i have to install seperatly

Tom
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Tom

Hi Troy,
Thank you for all the great work you do for all of us. I do have a question?
I have installed IPVanish. I also have Real Debrid. It seams when I connect the VPN my real debrid does not work. When the vpn is disconnected it works fine. I am doing something wrong or does it not work when the vpn is on?
Please advise if you have any help or suggestions.
Thank you,
Tom

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Let me start by saying that your site has been an invaluable resource for setting up and maintaining my clients devices (mainly Fire TV/Stick) Based on your recommendation I am testing IPVanish so I can reccomend it (thru your link) to my clients. All apps are working with IPVanish except Kodi 17.6. It has internt access but cannot access any Lan Devices/Files (SMB). Further research at IPVanish found an article that states that devices/apps have no access to Lan resources when using VPN. I keep reading that I will be able to use Kodi as “usual”. Can you comment on… Read more »

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For anyone else having this problem, once the VPN is on for one device on the LAN, it becomes invisible to other devices on the LAN – that’s what’s supposed to happen. If you need both a VPN and access to the LAN, install a VPN in the router – all your devices on the LAN will be protected by the VPN.