As Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices have an Amazon-made Android fork as their OS of choice, it’s fair to assume that linking them to a virtual private network would be similar to establishing an Android VPN connection. While that’s not really wrong, it’s not perfectly accurate, either, so here’s how to set up a VPN on a Firestick once and for all.
Easiest Fire TV Stick VPN setup with an app
This is where Fire TV Stick’s Android base is showing itself the most, even if Amazon’s devices can’t access the Google Play Store. That doesn’t mean your provider doesn’t offer native support for them, so make sure to look for their VPN app on Amazon’s App Store before doing anything else. Chances are, you’ll get lucky, install it, input a few configuration details previously sent over by your VPN provider, and you’ll be good to go.
Even if you’re not so lucky, it’s extremely likely you’ll be able to get an Android VPN app to work even if it wasn’t certified for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick offerings. To do so, first install Downloader or one of its alternatives (we recommend sticking with Downloader), then use it to locate the latest version of a VPN Android app you’re looking for. This way, you can essentially sideload an APK file in order to run it on a Fire TV (Stick), maintaining most of the convenience of an app-based VPN solution you’d normally have.
Of course, you may have to update your VPN manually from time to time and don’t count on any official support if you run into compatibility issues, but this is certainly an alternative to consider if the aforementioned one isn’t available and you’re not eager to jump into more convoluted solutions. Speaking of which…
Manual Fire TV Stick VPN setup without an app
This is far from the most straightforward method for hooking up your Fire TV Stick with a VPN connection but it’s both more secure and even convenient if you consider long-term scenarios. Basically, the idea is to establish a home-wide VPN which replaces your standard Wi-Fi connection. The way to do so is with a relatively modern router capable of handling the rerouting and encryption on its own.
Now, the actual process of setting up a VPN on a router can greatly differ depending on the exact hardware (and software) at your disposal. In other words, do check the make and model of your router and inquire with your potential VPN provider before making any commitments because a universal step-by-step guide simply doesn’t exist here.
The good news is that a router-level VPN will likely yield smoother streams than running one from your Fire TV Stick, especially if you’re not keen on giving up 4K quality in exchange for added security and enhanced privacy protections.
Naturally, you should also be prepared to pay for one of the best Fire Stick VPNs out there in that instance, in addition to getting the latest and greatest edition of Amazon’s casting gadget if that’s the case.
“How to set up a VPN on a Fire TV Stick” was written by Dominik Bosnjak, a long-time VPN-user-turned-advocate who spends more time scrutinizing VPN Providers on a daily basis than he’d like to admit. When he isn’t writing VPN Guides and covering general Tech News, he’s probably spending time with his dog, video games, or both. Fun fact: the Shih Tzu in question is the only remaining creature in Dominik’s life who hasn’t told him they’re sick of him talking about Best VPN practices and government-sponsored erosion of digital privacy which made using the Internet less convenient over the years. He occasionally dabbles in video editing, Wall Street memes, and demonstrating a remarkable lack of guitar-playing ability.
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