Those familiar with Fire TV know the hustle of trying to access content that has access restricted to certain countries. Fortunately, a Virtual Private Network is a smart workaround that can be employed for you to access the content of your choice.
How VPNs Will Work
Virtual Private Networks work by obscuring your location from the sites you visit. You will be recognized as a viewer from a different and authorized location, thereby allowing you to gain access to geo-locked content that is out of your reach. You will need to install a player, the likes of Kodi beforehand. From there, it is now possible to install a VPN to your Firestick.
Choosing a VPN
You will need to select a VPN that suits your needs to make the most of your efforts. There are several VPNs available falling into free and paid software. Here are a few reviews to help you along with making your choice for the best free VPN for Firestick.
If you plan on using Kodi, you are going to need a VPN that is compatible with the player and also allow you to make use of all the add ons available. ExpressVPN not only works well with Kodi but supports usage of all the Kodi add ons. ExpressVPN offers the best speeds for streaming when compared to other free VPNs mentioned here.
It also provides satisfactory privacy protection. It will be easy to install ExpressVPN onto your Firestick as the VPN is available as a purpose fit app. It has a free trial available you may make use of to get free VPN services. Other VPNs with beneficial free trials include NordVPN and CyberGhost.
ExpressVPN is rather pricey once one decides to use the paid version.
2. Windscribe VPN
Many of the VPNs available have applications tailor-made to cater for Fire TV. If one is available from your VPN provider, you will be able to find the app by searching using the Fire TV home screen and then installing them from there. Windscribe is one such VPN. This VPN solution can protect an unlimited number of devices. There is an allowance of 10GB of free traffic allowed by the software. Windscribe has a good record in terms of security, employing a no login policy and standard encryption.
It should be noted, however, that it does not offer high speeds, especially when it’s a free version.
VPNs to Avoid
A few VPN software are reported not to be compatible with Kodi. The list includes HotspotShield, HolaVPN, and Betternet. Unfortunately, these free VPN solutions will not be able to work with Kodi and should be avoided for this purpose.
What To Do When There Is No Custom Made App
If your VPN provider does not have such an application available on Amazon Fire TV, it is still possible to install a VPN on your Firestick. The majority of VPN providers have android apps available on Google play. You will need third-party software to install the VPN onto your Kodi player to make use of it.
Firstly you will need to set your fire Tv to allow installation of applications from unknown sources. Once you have switched on your Fire Tv, head over to settings and select on “device,” select Developer Options from the list that pops from there. You will be faced with two settings, namely ADB debugging and Apps from unknown sources. Turn on both options.
If your VPN provider provides an APK file for its application, you may make a note of the download URL and proceed to search and download and install the Downloader app on your Fire Tv. This application allows you to download files from websites onto the device. You will need to run the downloader app and type in the URL for the VPN APK file. From there you can easily download it and go on to install onto your Firestick.
You may also download a VPN manager like Zomboided onto Kodi and use it to install the VPN. Another way around using a VPN with your Kodi player is to install the VPN directly to your router. This way, all your data traffic is protected.