The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have become essential if you’re an avid TV viewer and coupled with a VPN they’re a powerful entertainment system.
But which VPN do you choose?
The increase in popularity of the devices has brought about the need to use a VPN and in this guide we’ve compared and ranked the best.
While there are hundreds of different VPN services out there, most don’t support the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
However, there are some excellent options that offer dedicated apps that allow you to unblock extra content, access overseas apps and streams and protect your privacy while watching on your Fire TV Stick.
Although there’s aren’t too many services that offer dedicated Amazon Fire TV Stick apps we’ve been taking a look at the ones that do and rounded them up and ranked them in our Top 5 choices.
If you’re looking for a VPN for your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV, this is the place to start.
How to choose a VPN for Fire TV Stick?
Choosing any VPN can be a difficult process but choosing one for the Amazon Fire TV Stick means you need to consider some specific features.
To help you get the best out of your VPN we’ve listed some of the most common features you should be looking for when choosing a VPN for the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- Dedicated Amazon app: It should go without saying but not all services offer Amazon apps. Ensure you choose a service that does because without one, manual set-up is unnecessary and laborious.
- Unblocks services: Although all VPN apps will protect your viewing privacy you want one to enhance your entertainment. Choose a VPN that unblocks the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer, NBC Sport, SonyLiv and others allowing you to watch more from across the world.
- Simple interface: Using a VPN on the big screen can be time consuming. Some Amazon Fire TV Stick apps work better than others, look for one that has an easy to navigate interface and save yourself time in the long-run.
- Money back guarantee: While it’s not Fire TV Stick exclusive, it’s good practice to choose a VPN service that offers a money back guarantee. Many offer up to 30-days which gives you loads of time to test it.
The Best Fire TV Stick VPN:
Now you know a couple of the features you should be considering when choosing a VPN for your Amazon Fire TV Stick (or Fire TV) let’s find out which are the best for the job.
Throughout this guide I’ll be referring to it simply as the Amazon Fire TV Stick but this means they’ll work identical on the Fire TV or Fire TV Cube too.
1. NordVPN – Beautiful interface
NordVPN only released their Amazon Fire TV Stick app at the end of 2018 and it shows. It’s one of the best interfaces we’ve seen from any Amazon app with navigation one of the standout features.
Server selection is neatly packaged into categories making it easy to pick from individual countries or specialist usage servers such as P2P, Double-VPN, Dedicated IP or Onion over VPN.
We found the NordVPN app worked well for unblocking the most popular services. All servers unblock American Netflix so if you want to enhance your Netflix catalogue you’re sorted.
They also work well for unblocking other popular Amazon apps such as ITV Hub, TV Player, NBC Sports, SonyLiv and a whole host more. BBC iPlayer works too when viewed via a web browser app such as Silk Browser (Internet) or Firefox.
The app runs well in the background and we didn’t suffer any buffering or other obvious slowdowns. With the addition of their 30-day money back guarantee you’ve got plenty of time to test it.
Best VPN for Amazon Fire TV Stick 2019
2. CyberGhost VPN – Beginner friendly
CyberGhost VPN became another new VPN to the Amazon Fire TV Stick app market late in 2018 and like NordVPN you can see they’ve put an awful lot of thought into their interface and accessibility.
Navigating around the menus and selecting servers is intuitive allowing to you select the server you need and get connected with the minimal amount of effort.
Servers can be selected by country or using their ‘Streaming Friendly’ section which shows you what servers to use to unblock what TV apps and services.
All the most popular apps are unblocked using the VPN and they’re one of the best for unblocking specific regions of Netflix such as the American, German and French services. BBC iPlayer works well from any country when watching via a web browser on the Fire TV Stick.
There are some nice additional features like Ad-Block, Malware Protection, Data Compression and Block Social Tracking although your mileage may vary with these. They also have a huge 45-day money back guarantee.
3. ExpressVPN – Great unblocker
ExpressVPN has had an Amazon Fire TV App for quite some time and the standout feature is how well it works to unblock TV content and apps from around the world.
American Netflix works extremely well and there are a few other regions that can be unblocked too although these are a little more hit and miss.
Other services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and TV Player work well allowing you to watch them anywhere in the world on your Fire TV Stick.
At the start of the year ExpressVPN launched a brand new app which fixes previous navigation issues and makes selecting a country to connect to a breeze. It also matches the layout of most of their other apps.
The service offers a 30-day money back guarantee though so you’ve got an extensive amount of time to test it first risk-free.
4. IPVanish – Connections galore
IPVanish was essentially the first VPN service to offer a dedicated Amazon Fire TV Stick app and for that reason they’ve been the one we’ve had installed for the longest time.
While the app works well the interface does look a little dated in comparison to some of the newer apps. A positive however if you’re a current or past IPVanish user is the interface attempts to keep as uniform as possible with their other apps for Android, Windows and the like. This makes navigating it in that sense, easy.
The VPN unblocks some services but fails on most of the popular ones. Neither Netflix or BBC iPlayer work reliably and while you may find some servers work you often need to search around for longer than you would want.
Overall the app will keep your viewing habits secure, if you’re a Kodi user then what you’re watching and doing will remain private. However, if you want to unblock more content it’s best sticking with NordVPN or one of the others.
5. StrongVPN – Multiple-device king
StrongVPN is another VPN service that has had an Amazon Fire TV Stick for some considerable time.
The interface is easy to navigate although there’s not a great number of options to shout home about. If you just want to get connected with minimal interaction then it will likely suit you.
Unblocking Netflix does seem quite good with StrongVPN and while we did encounter some servers that Netflix detected as a VPN, others worked well.
The best feature of the StrongVPN service is that you can use it on up to 12-devices at the same time. So not only can you use it on your Amazon Fire TV Stick but also every other device in your household. In fact, you’ll probably never hit their device limit.
The service does have fewer server locations than most covering just 20 countries but there is a 30-day money back guarantee to test that to see if it’s suitable for your needs.
Which Fire TV Stick VPN is right for you?
With 5 VPN apps all ranging from very good to good, it can be hard to pick one. We recommend NordVPN because they’re slightly better than the other available options.
However, which VPN you end up choosing ultimately depends on your usage.
Below we’ve listed some of the most common. So if you’re still a little undecided take a look at these usage scenarios to whittle it down to the most suitable for you.
If you want to unblock more content, choose NordVPN. The service works well unblocking more services than most, everything from Netflix to BBC iPlayer and TV Player to NBC Sports work well. There aren’t many apps that unblock so many services.
If you want the greatest privacy protections, select ExpressVPN. Being registered off-shore and having a no-log policy makes ExpressVPN one of the most secure VPN services. If you want to protect prying eyes from what you’re watching or doing on your Fire TV Stick then definitely start here.
If you’re a complete novice and want ease of use, opt for CyberGhost VPN. With such a simple interface and helpful hints showing you what server to connect to for what purpose, it’s almost impossible to go wrong.
If you want to test without risk, get NordVPN or CyberGhost VPN. With 30 and 45-day money back guarantees there’s plenty of time to test the services risk-free. If they’re not for you then you can simply get your money back.
How do I get a VPN for the Fire TV Stick?
To get a VPN for your Amazon Fire TV Stick you’ll first need to sign up to one of the providers recommended in this guide.
You’ll need to do this on another type of devices like your computer, tablet or phone.
There’s no in-app way to subscribe on the Fire TV Stick apps directly.
Once you’ve signed up for one of the VPN services you can use the ‘Search’ function on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and tap in the name of the service you signed up for, for example, ‘NordVPN’.
The Fire TV Stick will find the correct app and then you can click on the ‘Get’, ‘Download’ or ‘Install’ button and wait for the app to install.
Once it’s installed you’ll find it on your ‘Home’ screen or in the ‘Apps’ section.
Are there any free VPN apps for the Fire TV Stick?
If you’re looking for a freebie then sadly, you’re out of luck. There are no free Fire TV Stick VPN apps available.
The best way to reduce the cost of a VPN is to sign up for an annual package. These are often up to 50% cheaper than paying on a monthly basis so it’s a great way to get a quality service without paying an arm and a leg for it.
It’s worth remembering that free VPN apps regardless of the device you use them on are a really bad idea for these reasons:
- Slow and overcrowded.
- Risky to your device’s security.
- Often sell data on your usage.
- Don’t unblock most streaming services.
- Install hidden extras onto your device.
For those reasons alone and more it’s worth spending a couple of dollars or pounds and getting a reliable VPN.
In Summary: Best VPN for Amazon Fire TV Stick
A lot has changed in the past year and some big names have recently released Amazon Fire TV Stick apps.
While there wasn’t too much choice at the start of 2018 there’s now a larger range in 2019. We recommend using NordVPN.
The interface of their app is one of the best we’ve seen which makes navigating around easy on your TV screen. They also unblock more TV services than most allowing you to use most of your apps anywhere in the world or unblock apps from other countries.
Couple that with some interesting additional features and their 30-day money back guarantee and you’ve got an all-round good VPN service for use on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
If you do have some extra time it’s worth checking out the other 4 recommended providers as they all have small differences that you may find more suitable for your needs.
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