How To Check If Your VPN Is Working On Firestick
Last Updated: January 21, 2020
Today it has become essential to protect yourself online. This can be done using a VPN that will make sure your internet provider doesn’t know about what you are trying to access or watch online. VPNs are also helpful if you are using public unsecured Wi-Fi. Similarly, if you are using Amazon Firestick, you need to have a VPN installed in order to protect your privacy. In this guide we will show you how to check if your VPN is working on your Firestick device.
It’s very simple and hassle-free process to check if your VPN is working on Firestick. First, you have to look for a VPN service (Such as IPVanish or ExpressVPN) that supports the Firestick and then you are going to need a web browser installed (can be Firefox or Silk browser.). Now you will have to walk through below steps to get started.
Step 1: On the main menu of your Firestick you will see the search icon. Just type in the browser name, e.g. ‘Firefox’.
Step 2: Check ‘Firefox for Fire TV’ in the options below and install the app.
Step 3: After installation select ‘Home’ and then select the newly installed Firefox browser.
Step 4: Type ‘http://iplookup.flagfox.net’ in the ‘enter address’ section of the browser.
Step 5: Press ‘Enter’ and it will lead you to a website.
A new web page will appear which not only displays the map of your location but also the IP address and the country.
If you see the country or city and IP Address of the VPN server that you are connected to, then your VPN is connected. On the other hand if you only get the home location on the screen, your VPN is not connected. That’s how you will know if your VPN service is working or not.
Now if you need to return to your home screen again, simply press the ‘Home’ button on your Amazon Firestick remote control.
Best VPN Services for Firestick
There are numerous VPN services available today that work with the Amazon Firestick but those offering dedicated apps should be preferred. It’s because they allow you to install the VPN services app directly from the Amazon app store and there is no need to follow a lengthy process called Sideloading. Sometimes Sideloading also doesn’t work because the apps that are designed to run on the Amazon devices often create issues for the user.
Here are the three best VPN service providers that will run perfectly on your Firestick device and can be installed directly from the Amazon app store.
All these VPNs work well with the Firestick and you won’t be disappointed using any of these. However, it is recommended to use ExpressVPN as they offer a huge 30-day money back guarantee which allows you to test their services without any risks. During this period if you think your app isn’t working or it has some issues, you can get the refund.
They also offer to use their services absolutely free of charge for three months period if you sign up for their annual service.
Issues with First Generation Firestick Devices
You won’t be able to use VPN services if you have first generation Firestick devices. It’s what the remote control of your device will tell you that you are using first generation or second generation Firestick device.
If the device doesn’t have Alexa voice remote, which is a microphone button, then you are using first generation device. Second generation Firestick devices, on the other hand, have the Alexa voice remote.
On first generation devices the status of the VPN service may also show as ‘connected’ but if you follow the above mentioned steps you will know that it’s not connected. Some VPN service providers may also claim that their VPN services work with the first generation devices but it’s clearly a lie. Only the second generation devices will work properly with the VPN services like the ExpressVPN and the other two listed above.
If you are concerned about your privacy when watching your favorite content on Amazon Firestick, you should seriously consider using a VPN service. First you need to install a web browser (Silk or Firefox) on you device and then type ‘iplookup.flagfox.net’ in address or search bar of the browser. It will take you to a website where you can check your country name, server location and its IP address and see if your VPN service is working or not. You simply need to follow the above specified steps to do all that.