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 should 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 Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube.
However, some excellent options offer dedicated apps which allow you to unlock extra content, access overseas apps and streams and protect your privacy while watching on your Fire TV.
We've been taking a look at services that offer Fire TV apps, rounded them up and ranked them into our top 7 choices.
If you're looking for a VPN for your Fire TV, keep scrolling down to discover which is the best.
How to choose a VPN for Fire TV?
Choosing any VPN can be a complicated 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 difficult.
- 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 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.
Top Fire TV VPN Choices
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.
ExpressVPN has had an Amazon Fire TV App for quite some time and it has only improved in recent years.
American Netflix works exceptionally 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 NBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and TV Player work well allowing you to watch them anywhere in the world on your device. In our recent tests we found them to be one of the fastest VPN services.
Navigating the app is quick and effortless allowing you to choose from over 3,000 VPN servers.
There's a neat option that allows you to tag other apps to the ExpressVPN app screen. This allows one-click opening of them once connected to the VPN.
The service offers a 30-day money back guarantee so you've got an extensive amount of time to test it first risk-free.
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NordVPN released a dedicated Amazon app a couple of years back with an interface that is easy to navigate. This makes selecting a country to connect to quick.
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 Obfuscated Servers.
We found the NordVPN app to offer a reliable connection speed and it 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.
3. CyberGhost VPN
CyberGhost VPN offers an Amazon app similar to that of ExpressVPN where connection can be made from the main screen. We like the interface a lot as navigation is effortless.
Moving around the menus and selecting servers is intuitive, allowing you to choose 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.
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.
VPNCity is a relatively new VPN service but surprisingly, their Amazon Fire TV app is solid.
Connection can be made quickly from the main screen with just a single button click. If you want to select a different country, they're handled on a separate menu.
We like the fact there are Streaming specific server options for both the USA and UK and would love to see this expanded in future.
When connected the app was reliable and we suffered no dropped connections plus it was one of the only apps we've seen where the BBC iPlayer app will work directly.
Prices are competitive and there's the standard 30-day money back guarantee which gives you plenty of testing time.
Surfshark is another newcomer to the VPN industry but throughout 2019 they grew to be one of the most well-known names.
Their rocket to success is well earned, providing a reliable and fast service with a massive range of apps.
Their Fire TV app doesn't disappoint either as it allows you to connect easily from the main screen with server selection tucked away and accessible from a second screen.
The app also sports their ‘CleanWeb' and ‘Whitelister' features which provide an added layer of protection.
Prices on the service are extremely cheap when taking extended subscription lengths and they offer an industry standard 30-day money back guarantee.
IPVanish was one of the first VPN services 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 an 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 and disguise your IP address. 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 ExpressVPN or one of the others.
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 are 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 streaming device you own.
In fact, you'll probably never hit their device limit.
The service does have fewer server locations than most covering around 30 countries but there is a 30-day money back guarantee to test that to see if it's suitable for your needs.
Which VPN is right for your Fire TV?
With seven VPN apps all ranging from excellent to passable, it can be hard to pick one.
We recommend ExpressVPN because they're 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 usage scenarios.
So if you're still a little undecided take a look at these situations to whittle it down to the most suitable for you.
If you want to unblock more geo restricted content, choose ExpressVPN.
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 highest 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.
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?
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 apps directly.
Once you've signed up for one of the VPN services you can use the ‘Search' function on the Amazon app store and tap in the name of the service you signed up for, for example, ‘ExpressVPN'.
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?
If you're looking for a freebie then sadly, you're out of luck.
There are no reputable free Fire TV Stick VPN apps available.
The most reliable 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 monthly, so it's a great way to get a quality service without paying full price.
It's worth remembering that free VPN apps regardless of the device you use them on are a terrible 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: A Brief Round-up
A lot has changed over the past few years and most of the major VPN service providers now offer Amazon apps compatible with all Fire TV type devices.
While there wasn't too much choice at the start of 2018, there's now a wide range in 2020.
We recommend using ExpressVPN.
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 the majority 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 excellent VPN service for use on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
If you do have some extra time, it's worth checking out the other six recommended providers as they all have small differences that you may find more suitable for your needs.