VPN for Firestick

This step-by-step VPN for Firestick tutorial will walk you through the setup process through a video or screenshot guide below.

The VPN application that I use in this tutorial, IPVanish VPN, is specifically designed and optimized for the Fire TV Stick 4K, 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Televisions.  It is also recognized as the world’s fastest VPN which is the most important feature since we are using it to stream large HD video files.

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Why would you want to set up a VPN for your Firestick for Fire TV?  So that your Internet service provider (ISP), government, app developers, hackers, and other organizations can’t monitor and log what you are streaming or downloading.

A VPN will encrypt your connection to the Internet and create an anonymous connection through a private IP address, which will hide your identity and activity.

A VPN may increase your streaming speeds because many Internet providers impose throttling methods for various apps such as Kodi, Cinema APK, Popcorn TimeShowbox, IPTV, etc.   A VPN will eliminate ISP throttling and allow you to connect at speeds that will stop buffering on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

Another reason to use a VPN on your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV is to have the option of accessing sites or streams that are only available to people in certain geographical regions.  IPVanish VPN will give you the option of connecting through 1,000+ servers that are located in 60+ countries around the world.

Internet companies are cracking down on those who use various streaming apps to access video streams that are readily available on the Internet.  Many Internet companies also serve as cable television providers, which means less money for them.

Your ISP may threaten to sue you or shut down your Internet connection if they don’t like what you are accessing through your Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, or any Internet-connected device.

A VPN service will protect your identity and make it impossible for your ISP, government, hackers, app developers, or any other 3rd party from seeing what you are streaming or downloading.

What Is Best VPN For Firestick & Fire TV

Fastest VPN for Fire TV & Firestick

Fastest VPN for Firestick & Fire TV

I have used over a dozen VPN services during the past seven years and I finally came across one that works very well with all models of the Fire TV.  One of the most important features to look at when comparing VPN services is download/streaming speed.  No matter which VPN service that you choose, you will notice a drop in your download speed due to the fact that your traffic is routed through a separate VPN server and your connections is encrypted.

IPVanish provides the best download speeds when compared to their competitors and they do not keep any traffic logs of what you stream/download or access on the Internet.

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Specifically Designed App for Firestick & Fire TV

IPVanish VPN provides an optimized application for the Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Television that works excellent with a remote control.  The user interface makes it simple to use a VPN on your Fire TV device.  Most VPN services do not provide a Fire TV/Fire TV Stick application which makes IPVanish the preferred choice due to its ease of use.

IPVanish does not keep track of any traffic logs so if they were ever requested to provide your streaming history, it doesn’t exist.

Not only do I use a VPN on my connected devices in my home, I also use it when I am traveling.  You should NEVER connect to a public WiFi hot-spot without protection through a VPN service.

IPVanish will allow you to use their VPN service on ten devices at the same time with one account.  This is great for those of us who use a VPN service on our computer, phone, and Fire TV or Stick.

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Use IPVanish VPN on up to 10 Devices Simultaneously

IPVanish also provides applications that can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  The mobile applications for both Android and iOS are outstanding.  Due to their large ecosystem of supported operating systems, you can use your account on your different devices.

I have created additional VPN setup tutorials that you can use on your other devices as well.

If you ever travel and connect to public WiFi hot-spots, you should ALWAYS connect to the access point through a VPN service.  You can use your same IPVanish account on your other devices which is a great benefit.

You will find both a video tutorial and screenshot guide below on how to install a VPN on the FireStick or Fire TV.  The video covers installation instructions along with important settings that may be customized within the application.

 

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Settings Guide can be found below

VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, & Fire TV Cube Through Amazon App Store

Step 1 – Register for an account at IPVanish by clicking HERE.

Step 2 – Hover over the search icon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube and type in “Ipvanish”.

Step 2 - Search for IPVanish VPN In Fire TV App Store

Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.

Step 3 - Click IPVanish VPN Option on Fire TV or Firestick

Step 4 – Click the Download button.

Step 4 - Click Download

Step 5 – Click Open to launch IPVanish VPN application.

Step 5 - Click Open To Launch VPN Application On Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube

Step 6 – Input your IPVanish username and password and then click Login.

Step 6 - Input VPN Username & Password

Step 7 – Click CONNECT button.

Step 7 - Click VPN Connect Button

Step 8 – If you receive a VPN connection request such as this, click OK.

Step 8 - Click OK for VPN Connection Request On Fire TV Stick

Step 9 – Click Disconnect button to stop service.

Step 9 - VPN Will Connect On Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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How To Install VPN For Fire TV Stick/Fire TV Through Downloader App

If IPVanish is not available in Amazon App Store on your Fire TV model, you may install it through Downloader by following these instructions.

Step 1 From the Main Menu scroll to hover over Settings.

Step 1 Click Settings

Step 2 Click My Fire TV.

Step 2 Click My Fire TV

Step 3 Choose Developer Options.

Step 3 Choose Developer Options

Step 4 Click Apps from Unknown Sources.

Step 4 Click Apps from Unknown Sources

Step 5 Choose Turn On.

Step 5 Click Turn On

Step 6 Return to the home screen and hover over the Search icon.

Step 6 Click Search Icon

Step 7 Type in Downloader and click “Downloader” which will appear under keyboard.

Step 7 type downloader

Step 8 Select the Downloader app.

Step 8 select downloader

Step 9 Click Download.

Step 9 Click Download

Step 10 Click Open.

Step 10 Click Open

Step 11 Click Allow.

Step 11 click allow

Step 12 Click OK.

Step 12 click ok

Step 13  Type in the shortcode https://troypoint.com/ipv and click Go.

Step 13 type https://troypoint.com/ipv into url box

Step 14  Click Install.

Step 14 click Install

Step 15  Click Open.

Step 15 click Open

Step 16  Input your IPVanish VPN Username & Password – Register Here.

Step 16 type in VPN username & password

Step 17  Click Connect.

Step 17 click Connect


Available IPVanish VPN Settings for Firestick & Fire TV

Note:  If you don’t see some of these settings in your IPVanish app this means that you don’t have the most recent update.  I suggest uninstalling your current app Fire TV Settings / Applications / Manage Installed Applications / IPVanish / Uninstall.  Then, reinstall the app.

To access the settings section, click the gear icon in top-right corner.

Start IPVanish will automatically launch the application when the Firestick or Fire TV is turned on.  I leave this off because there are some applications that I don’t use the VPN with.

Auto Reconnect will automatically re-connect the VPN if it is terminated for some reason unexpectedly.  I keep this option turned on to allow for maximum protection in case the VPN disconnects for some reason.

Allow LAN access when turned on will not route local are network traffic through the VPN.  I keep this turned on so that I can connect to the Firestick or Fire TV through the network with various apps such as Plex Media Server or Amazon Fire TV Remote control app.

Split Tunneling allows the user to choose applications that can connect to the Internet without being routed through the VPN.  This is handy when using applications that don’t allow for VPN use such as Netflix.  This feature is still in its infancy and may not work properly on all Fire TV models yet.

Once inside the Split Tunneling settings, you can check which apps don’t require VPN protection.  Click the three vertical dots in top-right corner will allow you to show system apps such as Prime Video so you can activate this feature for those as well.

Show system apps button.

Show System Apps

System apps are displayed after enabling “Show system apps”.

Scramble adds obfuscation to Open VPN which may allow it to bypass Websites or services that block VPNs.  I keep this off unless there is a site or service that is blocking my VPN where this setting circumvents the action.

VPN Protocol is the connection protocol used by the application.

OpenVPN (TCP) and OpenVPN (UDP) are the available settings for VPN Protocol.  UDP usually provides much faster download speeds when using a VPN so I recommend that option.  If your VPN app is not connecting, it may help switching your connection protocol in this section.

Port is the tunnel through which your Internet traffic moves.

Port 443 is optimal since this is usually used for HTTPS traffic and may help get around various blocks.  I suggest leaving this setting on 443 unless directly by IPVanish staff to change it.

Contact Support will direct you to the IPVanish support information.

Terms of Service provides their most recent document.

Licenses provides a document with the licenses used within the application/service.

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How To Test VPN Is Working On Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube

Test VPN on Fire TV or Firestick

Test if VPN is working on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick through browser

After you have installed and activated a VPN on your Fire TV device, you may wonder how you can test to ensure that the service is working properly.  This is simple!

  1. Download and install Silk or Firefox Browser for free within the Amazon App store on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick
  2. Click the connect button within the IPVanish Fire TV/Firestick VPN to activate a secure connection
  3. Open one of the browsers that you have installed
  4. Within the address bar of the browser, type the following address https://dnsleaktest.com
  5. When the Website loads, you will see your current IP Address & location displayed which should be different than your original
  6. Click Standard test or Extended test to ensure there are no DNS leaks when VPN is on

Free VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube

Is there a free VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube?  Yes but they all come with limitations.

The free Firestick VPNs provide slow download speeds and then they try to up-sell you to their “faster plan”.  This is salesmanship at its best so beware.  It is crucial to use a VPN that provides fast download speeds due to the fact that we are sending large video files to our Firestick or Fire TV.

There are also free services available but they will turn around and sell your data to a third party which negates the reason of having a VPN in the first place.

IPVanish VPN has an untarnished reputation which is important when choosing a service designed to protect your identity and privacy.

General Firestick VPN Troubleshooting Tips

Most of you will never need these, but just in case I have you covered.

  • If your IPVanish Firestick/Fire TV/Fire TV Cube VPN application is not connecting, to into Settings / VPN Protocol and change to OpenVPN (TCP) or OpenVPN (UDP), whichever one isn’t currently active
  • Restart both your Fire TV/Stick and router by unplugging from power, let sit for a minute and then plug back in.
  • If your download speed seems slow or you are experiencing buffering, choose a different server, close to where you are located within the VPN application.  Keep in mind that there are multiple servers available for each location and you can try each of them to see which provides better results.
  • If you are having problems logging into IPVanish VPN, double check that there are no spaces within the email address that you use as your login.  Sometimes a space is automatically added following the @ symbol.
  • Uninstall the IPVanish VPN App on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick by going into Settings / Applications / Manage Applications / IPVanish and then click uninstall.  After you have removed the VPN, reinstall with the guide above.
  • If the IPVanish application doesn’t appear in Amazon App Store on your device, follow the screenshot guide above for installing through Downloader app.
  • If you forgot or lost your IPVanish password, you can reset it by clicking the “Forgot Password” link within the login area on the IPVanish Website.
  • No VPN will work on 1st Generation Firestick (released in 2014) due to low processing power.
  • If you need help with something, send IPVanish an email at [email protected] and include TROYPOINT in the subject line for an expedited reply.

Read my post on why I chose IPVanish as my exclusive VPN provider for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick by clicking the link below.

Best VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube

Firestick VPN FAQ

Is there a free VPN for Firestick or Fire TV?

Yes, there are free VPNs but they are slow and won't allow you to stream HD content. Most Free VPNs will sell your data to 3rd parties and this is how they make money.

Why does my download speed decrease when using a VPN?

Download speed will decrease due to the fact that you are routing your traffic through a 3rd party server and encrypting your connection. Download speed will still be fast enough to stream HD content.

Does IPVanish VPN work with Netflix?

Yes, IPVanish works with Netflix.

What does a VPN do?

A VPN encrypts your connection to the Internet and masks your IP address. This prevents your ISP, government, hackers, app/addon developers from logging what you are accessing while online.

What is the best VPN for Firestick?

The best VPN for Firestick is IPVanish due to their blazing fast speeds and zero logging policy. Its important to use a fast VPN due to the fact that you are streaming large HD files with the Firestick.

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