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How to Install VPN on Fire TV or Firestick – 1 Minute Install

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How to Install VPN on Fire TV or Firestick – 1 Minute Install

How To Install VPN On Fire TV or Firestick

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to install VPN on Firestick or Fire TV in one minute or less.

The VPN application that I use in this tutorial, IPVanish VPN, is specifically designed and optimized for the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV.  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.

Why would you want to setup a VPN on your Fire TV or Firestick?  So that your Internet service provider (ISP), government, and other organizations can’t see what you are streaming or downloading.  A VPN service 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, Terrarium TV, Showbox, Mobdro, 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 Fire TV or Firestick 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 shut down your Internet connection if they don’t like what you are accessing through your Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, or any Internet connected device.

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

VPN Service Providers

Fastest VPN for Fire TV & Firestick

Fastest VPN for Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

I have used a half dozen VPN services over the past seven years and I finally came across one that works very well with the Fire TV and Firestick.  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.

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.

Firestick VPN Remote Control Friendly

Specifically Designed App for Fire TV/Firestick

IPVanish VPN has recently come out with a new application for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that works excellent with a remote control.  The new 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 within my home, I also use it when I am travelling.  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 five 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.

Use Fire TV VPN on All Devices

Use IPVanish VPN on up to 5 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 hotspots, 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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How To Install VPN On Fire TV & Firestick Tutorial

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

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

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

3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears

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

4 – Click the Download button.

Step 4 - Click Download

5 – Click Open to launch IPVanish VPN application.

Step 5 - Click Open To Launch VPN Application On Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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

Step 6 - Input VPN Username & Password

7 – Click CONNECT button

Step 7 - Click VPN Connect Button

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

9 – Click Disconnect button to stop service

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

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Note:  IPVanish provides a 7-day money back guarantee if you aren’t happy with their service.  You may use one IPVanish account on up to five devices at the same time.

How To Test VPN Is Working On Fire TV Stick & Fire TV

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 or Firestick, 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 Firestick VPN

Is there a free Fire TV/Firestick VPN?  Yes but they all come with limitations.

Usually, the free Fire TV 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 that the VPN service streamers use provides fast download speeds due to the fact that we are sending large video files to our Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

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 Fire TV/Stick VPN Troubleshooting Tips

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

  • If your IPVanish Firestick/Fire TV 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 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.
  • If you need help with something, send IPVanish an email at [email protected] and include TROYPOINT in the subject line for a 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 and Fire TV

 

2018-04-26T18:25:42+00:00 Fire TV, VPN Setup|907 Comments

907 Comments

  1. Annette Saulet April 25, 2018 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Hi Troy. Thanks so much for all your tutorials and emails. Very helpful and I read each one and follow your suggestions. I have subscribed to IVPanish however, I am not quite sure which apps I should use it on. I have used your rapid app installer to add Mobdro, Kodi, Area 51 and LiveNetTV. Do I connect the VPN when I use all apps including IPTV apps or only for Kodi and Terrarium? Thanks so much.

    • Brett April 25, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Annette,

      I would suggest using a VPN for all apps to completely secure yourself from your local ISP.

      • Annette April 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        Thank you for your reply Brett. Wasn’t quite sure if I needed to use it on apps I pay for like Area 51 or just for ones like Kodi and Terrarium.

  2. Stephen B Fleming April 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    AT&T appears to be blocking use of the firestick. No functionality with stick

  3. Micheal Meeson April 24, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Hi Troy
    Installed IPVanish, every time I log into internet, ask robot security questions, takes for ever.
    Mike

    • Troy April 24, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Please explain this in more detail. What do you mean by logging into Internet? When this is on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you are already connected to Internet.

      • Margie Barlow April 25, 2018 at 8:01 am - Reply

        I have installed KODI and VPN on my Amazon Firestick TV. I want to watch MLB and I get an error message that states ” Sports Hub error – check the log for more information”. How do I watch MLB!

        • Brett April 25, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

          Margie,

          For reliable live MLB games I use Area 51 and never have any issues! It does cost $5/month but features every game all season long: https://troypoint.com/area-51-iptv/

  4. Bryan Taylor April 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Do I have to restart each time I turn on the Fire stick? Or is it automatic when the Fire stick turns on?

    • Troy April 23, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Hi Bryan, you can set VPN to turn on every time system boots from within IPVanish settings.

  5. Bill Padera April 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    When using IPVanish on a FireTVstick is there a way to update IPVanish? It has updated a few times on my PC but not sure about the FireTVStick. Do I need to uninstall it then just reinstall to get the newest version ?

    • Troy April 18, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Hi Bill, your VPN app on your Fire TV Stick will automatically update. You don’t need to do anything for that to happen.

  6. Owen Scerba April 12, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Hey troy, so I’ve downloaded the vpn onto my firestick and I’m able to connect to it just fine, however, my result on dnsleaktest are still giving me my actual location. There doesn’t seem to be any difference in what streams I’ve been able to watch in Kodi as well. Any tips?

    • Troy April 13, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Hello Owen, you should contact IPVanish customer support.

  7. Ginny Wright April 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy – I installed the VPN (IPVanish) and went to check to see if it is working. When I open the dnsleaktest you suggest it gives my actual location of where I physically am. You state “When the Website loads, you will see your current IP Address & location displayed which should be different than your original”. I guess I am not understanding……is the original where I physically am? I ran a test but am not clear how to read it…?

    • Troy April 12, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Ginny, are you first clicking the connect button within IPVanish and activating the VPN?

      • Ginny Wright April 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        It shows “connected”. Every time I go into IPVanish it shows it as active. I have clicked the “disconnect” button and gone all the way out and come back in and it will show “Connected”. But I set it up like you stated – to automatically connect.

        • Troy April 13, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

          Ginny, is your IP Address changing? You may live in the same area where there is an IPVanish server so your location wouldn’t change in a situation like that.

  8. Denise April 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy am 60 so it takes me a minute to catch up. Am trying to install the VPN to my firestick but having trouble understanding

    • Troy April 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise, I suggest watching the video above and clicking pause between each step.

  9. Bryan Fulford April 8, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Do these instructions work with NordVPN?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Hi Bryan, no they do not. Nord does not provide an App that is available in the Amazon App store.

  10. Sou April 8, 2018 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Hi Troy. I’ve tried setting up VPN with my Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 router without success few months ago.I’ve found that Asus RT-AC68U have vpn built in and I was wondering if I was to get the Asus RT-AC68U just to use it for VPN and use my Netgear AC2300 for just regular using will the two work together?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Hello Sou, yes that would work. See my tutorial above on dual router as I did the same thing. My main open router is Netgear R7000.

  11. Karl De Dobbelaere April 6, 2018 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Hello Troy
    Have you some experience with CyberGhost VPN on Fire stick ? Or is better to use IPVanish?

    • Troy April 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Hello Karl, I tested CyberGhost a year ago and their speeds weren’t as good as IPVanish. I have only tested so don’t know much about it.

  12. Phyllis Martin April 5, 2018 at 2:23 am - Reply

    I have a question. I signed up for IPVanish several months ago and stopped the service at the end of the 7 day trial. I have since resigned up for it when they offered a half price special. I had to use a different email for my username and create another password. I still have the IPVanish app on my fire tv apps. Do I need to uninstall that and reinstall the app to use my new email and password to restart my IPVanish for it to work?

    • Troy April 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Phyllis, no you don’t need to reinstall. Just put in your new username and password into the app.

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