This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to install a VPN service on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. This tutorial will work with all versions of the Fire TV device, regardless of the model (1st Generation, 2nd Generation, etc.).
Why would you want to setup a VPN on your Fire TV or Stick? So that your nosy Internet service provider and others can’t see what you are streaming on your devices. A VPN service will encrypt your link to the Internet and create an anonymous connection through a private IP address.
Another reason is to have the option of accessing sites or streams that are only available to people in a certain geographical regions. The VPN service referenced below will give you the option of connecting through various servers that are located throughout different areas of the world.
Unfortunately, some Internet service providers are cracking down on those who use Kodi Media Center, Mobdro, Showbox, etc, to access video streams that are readily available on the Internet. The reason why they want to do this is because many of the Internet companies also serve as cable companies as well, which means less money for them. They may threaten to shut down your Internet connection if they don’t like what you are accessing through your Fire TV or any Internet-connected device.
A VPN service will protect you against prying eyes and make your connection to the Internet anonymous.
Ever since I started creating tutorials on the Fire TV/Stick, one of the most popular requests was, “How to install VPN on Fire TV/Stick”. Unfortunately, prior to one of the latest Fire TV firmware updates, it was not possible to do this unless your device had been rooted. If you didn’t want to root your device, you were required to setup a VPN on your Wireless router but the downside to that was that your download speeds would suffer. You also needed a router that you could flash DD-WRT firmware onto and this was a process in itself.
VPN Service Provider
I have used a half dozen VPN services over the past seven years and I finally came across one that includes fast download speeds as well as excellent customer support.
Total VPN is my VPN of choice and I have been using this service for the past two years. This company does not keep track of any traffic logs so if they were ever requested to provide your streaming history, it doesn’t exist.
Not only do I use Private Internet Access on my connected devices within my home, I also use it when I am traveling. You should NEVER connect to a public WIFI hotspot without protection through a VPN service.
Private Internet Access provides applications that can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The mobile applications for both Android and iOS are outstanding. Due to their large ecosystem of supported operating systems, you can use your account on your different devices.
How To Install VPN On Fire TV or Stick Steps
Please refer to the video for detailed step-by-step instructions. The written instructions below the video are the general steps but do not include the small details.
Special Note: Within the video, I use the Rii i8+ Bluetooth Mini Wireless Keyboard With Mouse to configure the Private Internet Access App. I strongly suggest purchasing a keyboard like this as many apps that we sideload onto the Fire TV or Stick are not remote friendly.
Step 2 Go into Fire TV Settings / System / Developer Options / turn on Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging (optional).
Step 3 Stay within System Settings and go into the “About” link. Scroll down and click the button “Check for System Update” and apply any updates that are available.
Step 4 Install ES File Explorer which is a free download through the Amazon App Store.
Step 5 Create a favorite shortcut within ES File Explorer to http://troypoint.com/pia. Click this favorite and install Private Internet Access Android client by clicking the link within the ES File Explorer Browser (refer to video above for step-by-step details).
Step 6 Launch the Private Internet Access App and input your username and password that were assigned at time of registration.
Step 7 Move the lever to the right to turn on PIA VPN service.
Step 8 Use a keyboard/mouse to configure settings and/or server connection options.