Do I need a VPN to use My Firestick?

Do I need a VPN to use My Firestick?

NO. But…

… if you need to bypass geo-restrictions and online censorship – then you require a VPN.

For example, if you want to watch a Netflix series that is only available in the US but not in Ireland, you can use a VPN to bypass this restriction and watch the series.

Benefits of a VPN Include:

1. Security

For one, it provides an extra layer of security and privacy while streaming content. VPNs encrypt data to protect your information from hackers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or other malicious individuals, which allows you to browse the Internet safely.

2. Access to International Content

Additionally, using a VPN with Fire Stick will give you access to geographically restricted content, such as international streaming services like Netflix or Hulu that may not be available in your country. It does this by masking your original IP by pointing your location to the desired one of your choice.

3. Less Lag

A good VPN also helps reduce buffering or lags while streaming movies and TV shows.

4. Reduced Throttle

Finally, some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) throttle speeds when they detect certain types of traffic, such as streaming video. By using a VPN on your Fire Stick, you can bypass this throttling and enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience.

How to Use a VPN with a FireStick

To set up your VPN on your Fire TV Stick, you have 2 main options:

1. Amazon App Store
2. APK

If your VPN isn’t in Amazon’s app store, try the Android app store.

  1. Download VPN of your choice from the store.

2. Go to ‘SETTINGS‘ on your Fire device and Click ‘MY FIRE TV’.

3. Click on ‘DEVELOPER OPTIONS‘ and search for the Downloader

4. Select ‘DOWNLOAD‘.

5. Allow access and click ‘OK’.

6. Enter the URL of your APK installer and click ‘GO‘.

7. Click ‘INSTALL’.

8. Sign in to your Fire TV and the app will activate.

9. Now turn on the VPN and connect to your desired server.

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List of Fire TV Sticks that Can Work With VPNs

  • Fire TV Stick (2nd Generation)
  • Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation)
  • Fire TV Cube (1st Generation)
  • Fire TV (3rd Generation Pendant Design)
  • Fire TV Stick 4K

Some VPNs That Can Be Used With Fire TV Sticks

PS: This list is not exhaustive.

  • CyberGhost
  • ExpressVPN
  • Hotspot Shield
  • IPVanish
  • Ivacy VPN
  • KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
  • NordVPN
  • Perfect Privacy
  • Private Internet Access
  • PureVPN
  • StrongVPN
  • Surfshark
  • VyprVPN
  • Windscribe

To read more on our favourite firesticks, see our post HERE.

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