How to install a VPN on a Fire TV Stick

Aside from protecting your privacy, virtual private networks (VPNs) make it possible for you to trick websites into thinking you are in another country, giving you access to a whole host of geo-specific content.

To watch TV shows and films on Amazon outside of your region you can install a VPN on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, and there are a couple of methods to do so. One is more complicated than the other so will depend on your level of skill, or confidence.

The easier route is to download VPN apps from Fire TV Stick’s built-in app store, but the choice is limited. Your options include IPVanish and Private VPN.

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How to install VPN on a Fire Stick

  1. Step 1

    To install an app, go to the Fire TV Stick’s homepage on your TV or device and click Apps.
  2. Step 2

    Go to Categories, Utilities, and select IPVanish VPN. Another option is VyperVPN. Both VPNs require you to have an account and this must be done on a desktop before you try to sign in to the account on the Fire TV Stick.
  3. Step 3

    Alternatively, you can sideload apps using their APK files, or by downloading the Google Play Store app to increase the number of apps available. This is a little more complicated. Find out how to install Google Play on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
  4. Step 4

    Once you have installed Google Play, you can install a VPN on your Fire TV Stick as you would from the standard app store. For this example, we are going with OpenVPN. READ NEXT: Best VPNs of 2017
  5. Step 5

    Go to your Settings on the Fire TV Stick, click Applications, Manage All Installed Applications, find OpenVPN in the list and follow the instructions to install it.
  6. Step 6

    The next step – which can actually be done at any previous point – is to change your location on Amazon. Installing certain VPN apps should bypass the need to do this, but not all apps do it to the same level of success so it’s a worthwhile step.
  7. Step 7

    To watch US Amazon Prime content in the UK, for example, go to Amazon UK, sign in to your account and click on Your Account in the top-right corner. Scroll down to Digital Content and select Manage your Content and Devices. READ NEXT: Install a VPN on Kodi
  8. Step 8

    Launch OpenVPN, or the VPN of your choice, and select a VPN location from the list that matches your Amazon location address. You are now ready to use the VPN. Pressing the home button on your Fire TV Stick remote will take you to the content menu.

Disclaimer: Watching content from a country you do not live in is technically against various sites’ terms and conditions and you will be liable if caught doing so. It is also illegal to access copyrighted material without permission.

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