Using a VPN (virtual private network) on your Fire Stick is a great idea that offers many benefits.
There are three main reasons people are increasingly using a VPN service with their Fire Stick or Fire TV:
- Stop your ISP from spying on your browsing activity (which is legal in the US, UK, Australia and parts of Europe).
- Get around geographic restrictions to easily access blocked content.
- Protect yourself from potential legal issues.
As we discussed in the Kodi VPN guide, streaming is often a grey area. But even more concerning, the consequences for copyright violations can be huge (up to 10 years in jail in the US and UK). Governments and industry are now also targeting streamers, whereas before they were mainly focused on torrenting and direct downloads.
Luckily, a good VPN service is the best solution for these issues because it will protect you through encryption.
But before we go any further…
Fire Stick VPN WARNING
Right now there are many dangerous and insecure VPN services flooding onto the market promising to protect your security and make you anonymous online (see the VPN Warning List for examples).
These VPN services are making big promises and bold marketing claims, but most of them will not keep you safe. In other words, many VPNs just don’t work right. And perhaps most risky are all the free VPNs, which collect and sell your data to third parties.
Unfortunately, based on my testing, even the most popular VPNs will expose your identity and leak your IP address. This is especially true for some of the larger VPN services that are frequently promoted online (see my PureVPN review, NordVPN review, or IPVanish review for examples).
This means one thing: you need to be careful when choosing a VPN to use with your Fire Stick.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s examine some good VPNs that I’ve found to work well with a Fire Stick or Fire TV.
Best VPNs for Fire Stick or Fire TV
Because this site is focused on internet privacy, I will not recommend any VPN service that does not pass all of my privacy and security tests. Another important factor I look at is privacy jurisdiction – where the VPN is legally based and how this may affect your privacy and data security. And finally, I examine the history, track record, and policies of the company to look for any red flags.
Here are the VPNs that met this criteria and will work well with your Fire Stick or Fire TV:
- VPNArea (based in Bulgaria)
- Perfect Privacy (based in Switzerland)
- VyprVPN (based in Switzerland)
- VPN.ac (based in Romania)
You will notice that I do not recommend any VPNs that are based in the United States, United Kingdom, or other mass surveillance countries (also known as 14 eyes or 5 eyes countries). That’s because using a VPN in these countries is potentially dangerous from a privacy standpoint. Furthermore, many of these same countries have enacted horrific copyright laws.
Install a VPN on a Fire Stick
In the steps below we will be using VPNArea – which is my overall top recommendation (see the VPNArea review). VPNArea does very well with both privacy protections and streaming. It offers you many advanced features to ensure you stay protected online, while also providing a VPN server network that is optimized for streaming.
Step 1: Go to your home screen of your Fire Stick (or Fire TV) and scroll to the right and select Settings.
Step 2: Once in Settings, go to the right and select Device, and then select Developer options from the menu.
Step 3: Find and select Apps from Unknown Sources. You will then see a popup window asking you to confirm.
Confirm by clicking Turn On.
Step 4: Now return to the Home screen and go to Apps > Utilities> and then download the Downloader app.
If you don’t see the Downloader app in the Utilities area, just search for it with the Zoom icon/button, or hold the microphone button on the remote control and say “Search Downloader app” and release the microphone button.
Step 5: Now open the Downloader app (available in Home > My Apps) and then enter the URL: https://vpnarea.com/vpnarea.apk
Step 6: Once the download finishes, you’ll be asked if you want to “install this application?” – select INSTALL.
Step 7: After you have installed the application click OPEN. Now the VPNArea should open. At this point, the Menu button should be deleted by default, so just click the round select button on your remote control, which should bring up the VPNArea app menu.
Step 8: Now click downward two times, and then again click the round select button on the remote control, which should take you to the Servers List. At this point you can select a server of your choice. (And as a general rule, the closer the server is to your location, the faster and more reliable the speed.)
Step 9: After selecting your server you will be taken back to the Home page. Now click downward two times and then one time to the right, you should see that the OFF button is selected. Click on it.
Now enter your VPNArea username (not email) and password. Finally, click downwards once and right once towards the OK button.
Step 10: You should now be connected to the VPN server you selected. You should see the green ON button verifying your connection status.
That’s it! Enjoy your Amazon Fire Stick or Amazon Fire TV with VPNArea.
Tips for using a VPN with Fire Stick or Fire TV
To wrap things up, here are a few tips to get the most out of your Fire Stick or Fire TV while using a good VPN service:
- Select the best server. Usually the best server will be the one nearest to you with the fewest users. This will help to ensure good overall speed and reliability, while also ensuring there is plenty of available bandwidth.
- Your ISP is watching. As mentioned earlier, internet service providers can (and are!) legally recording user activity in the United States, UK, Australia, and much of Europe. Keep this in mind at all times and protect yourself accordingly.
- Always use a VPN. Taking into consideration all of the various copyright laws, as well as the general loss of online privacy, it is a good idea to always use a VPN service. This will restore your internet privacy while also securing your electronic devices. And never use public WiFi without a VPN – you will be an easy target.
That’s it for this guide on setting up a VPN with Fire Stick or Fire TV.
Enjoy your streaming and stay safe!
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