How To Add A VPN To Your Amazon Firestick
Last Updated: April 30, 2020
The Amazon Firestick is an awesome little device. It streams hundreds of movies and TV shows in HD or 4K and can be jailbroken so you can install a range of apps like Kodi. You can also install a VPN onto your Firestick and that’s what we are going to cover today.
There are three reasons I can think of to add a VPN to your Amazon Firestick. You live outside the US and want to access American content. You want to keep your viewing habits to yourself along with the rest of your internet life. Or you watch less than legal streams and want to protect yourself.
Whatever you’re protecting yourself from, a VPN is the way to do it.
Install a VPN onto your Amazon Firestick
You have two main options when installing a VPN onto Amazon Fire TV Sticks. You can use the Amazon App Store or sideload the VPN .apk file. Using the app store is the easiest but not all VPN providers have an app. Fortunately, most providers have Android apps which you can use instead. The Firestick uses a version of Android so if your VPN provider provides an app, you can use that.
Install a VPN from the Amazon App Store
Installing any app from the Amazon App Store is the easiest as everything will be taken care of just like the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Apps can be updated and removed easily and the entire process is just much simpler. The downside is that not all VPN providers has an app in the store.
- Open your Firestick menu and select Apps.
- Select Categories and Utility.
- Look for your VPN in the list of available apps.
- Select the VPN and select Get.
- Select Open in the VPN app when installed.
- Enter your login details so you can connect.
- Select Login or Connect depending on the app to connect to the VPN network.
Now you can view whatever content you like whether geoblocked or not from behind the security layer of a VPN. Once installed, you can find your VPN in the Utility category in apps. You will need to connect to the VPN manually every time to turn on your Firestick but should not have to enter your login details every time.
Install a VPN from an .apk file
If your VPN provider doesn’t offer an app in the app store, you’re going to have to install it manually. This isn’t much more difficult but finding the .apk file for the VPN may take a little effort. You will need to use the Downloader app to get the file but if you have jailbroken your Firestick you will probably have this already.
- Navigate to your Fire TV Stick Settings menu.
- Select My Fire TV and Developer Options.
- Turn both ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources to On.
- Return to the Home screen.
- Select Search at the top and search for ‘Downloader’.
- Install Downloader.
- Open Downloader once installed and select the URL box in the center.
- Enter the VPN .apk file from the provider’s website into the URL box.
- Select Install and then Done once installation is finished.
- Select Settings and Applications.
- Select Manage Installed Applications and launch your VPN app.
- Log into the VPN and select Connect or Login.
I use Private Internet Access as my VPN and the downloads page has a direct link to the .apk file underneath the Android version. Your VPN may have something similar. Copy that URL into Downloader and the app will download the .apk to your Firestick and install it from there.
As you didn’t use the Amazon App Store, your VPN won’t be under Utility. You will instead need to use Steps 10 and 11 to access it each time. It also won’t update itself like App Store apps do. When a new version of the VPN software is released you will need to repeat this process to update it manually.
Using a Firestick with a VPN
If you have jailbroken your Firestick and use Kodi, using it behind a VPN is essential. Even if you use a vanilla Firestick, VPNs keep your internet use private. If you live outside the US, you can also access more content by using an American VPN endpoint server.
Whether you have something to hide, or not, using a VPN is now highly recommended. It keeps your connections private and stops you being monitored by your ISP. Even if you have nothing to hide, you have a right to privacy. A VPN enforces that right.