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How To Install VPN On Kodi

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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 certain 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.

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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

iPhone & iPad iOS VPN Tutorial

Chromebook 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.

2018-01-17T15:25:28+00:00 Kodi, VPN Setup|279 Comments


  1. Djones6969 April 20, 2018 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Any way of getting VPN on Xbox one I know I can do it via router but my router does not allow vpns

    • Troy April 20, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Unfortunately, router is the only way unless you tried sharing your Internet connection through your PC, connect to VPN on PC, but speeds are usually very slow doing that.

  2. Stephen April 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Hi , I’ve downloaded both kodi and ipvanish on my smart tv
    Once connected to ipv , does kodi automatically become protected , or must kodi have an internal add on of ipvanish to work ?

    • Brett April 12, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply


      Once connected on your device, the entire device is connected.

  3. Donald Stewart April 10, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Hi, I have set up IP Vanish on a IPad 2. After installing Tweakbox I get a message that my VPN isnt running, which it is, and then when I close that all I get is a white screen on Tweakbox. I let this go for 30 minutes and that is all I get. I have tried reinstalling Tweakbox, restarting the IPad but nothing works. It worked prior to installing IPVanish. I tried switching protocols but that did not help either. Please advise.

    • Brett April 12, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply


      Try uninstalling IPVanish and reinstalling Tweakbox. Then once Tweakbox is installed try connecting to your VPN and see if that helps.

  4. Lee Match March 27, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I’m running Kodi on a Windows 10 machine. Getting the machine to connect to a vpn is pretty straightforward but what I’d like to do is configure it so that only Kodi connects using a vpn. Is that possible? I’ve tried using the vpn manager add-on but it doesn’t seem to work on the windows machine whilst it’s working perfectly on an Rpi with Libreelec.

  5. Adele Shaw March 16, 2018 at 4:29 am - Reply

    I’ve never used or bought a VPN before so I am not sure how they work. May be a daft question but how do I get a VPN on my kodi tv box? Do I just download something onto my tv box and log in using the VPN I buy?

    • Troy March 16, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Hello Adele, use the guide links above for your respective device. They show you exactly how to install VPN on your Kodi box.

  6. Joshiline Prince March 3, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    If i am using terrium am i safe just turning on ipvanish on fire stick tv or does it need to be in terrium

    • Troy March 7, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Yes, when you turn on VPN on Fire TV or Stick, it protects the entire unit regardless of which apps are being used. It protects everything on the device.

  7. AC February 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy, great information. If i’m not a techi person, would it be easy to install kodi to my new Amazon fire TV?

  8. Ken Chevis February 25, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

    As you did not see fit to retain my negative comments about your endorsed product IPVanish, I deduce that you are similar to all the hucksters out there flogging products that do not measure up to the hype. Too bad your customer base cannot see the bad along with the good.

    • Troy February 27, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Hello Ken, I always approve comments that help people, but won’t promote negative comments that add nothing to the conversation. Plus, most negative comments posted on this site come from the other VPN competitors. IPVanish provides a no questions asked 7-day money-back guarantee. So, if their service doesn’t measure up to your expectations, you haven’t lost anything, right?? IPVanish has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 1,500 reviews so I am not the only person who thinks this is an excellent service. I hope that you can find a VPN service that will meet your expectations.

  9. Kevin February 24, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    New to this but with a paid VPN is able to work on multiple devices like a android box pc computer laptop iPad etc for the one fee and will it work if I am in bell fiber op as well

    • Brett February 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply


      With IPVanish you can use up to 5 devices simultaneously.

  10. Allen Finch February 23, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    if i am running kodi on a server and have kodi set for UpnP client on fire stick do i still need to run vpn on the fire stick?

  11. Mike January 24, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

    If I buy 5 connection can I share with my family and a friend

    • Troy January 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike, yes, I don’t know why this would be a problem.

  12. Sharon January 23, 2018 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Hi Troy
    I just downloaded PIA VPN . Without checking first if it will work on Kodi . Is there a way to use it? Thanks in advance

    • Troy January 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Sharon, I am not a big fan of that provider due to the fact that it doesn’t work well with remote and not as fast as IPVanish.

  13. Tom Davis January 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Will a VPN work in conjunction with Apple tv box

    • Troy January 18, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Hi Tom, the only way I know of doing this would be to setup a VPN on your router. When you do this, all Kodi devices that connect to the Internet through that router will be protected. Here is the tutorial –

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