If you've got an Amazon Fire TV Stick and you're in Hong Kong then you'll already know that the majority of apps are blocked.
In this guide I'll be showing you how you can use your Amazon Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong.
Either the big brother Fire TV or the smaller edition Fire TV Stick. For this you'll need an app known as a VPN. A VPN app will allow you to unblock most of the apps on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and use them in Hong Kong.
So read on below to find out how you can use any region Amazon Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong.
What you need to use the Fire TV Stick
To use your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong you need to get a VPN app.
Before there wasn't much support for the Amazon devices but now there are a handful of VPN companies who support the devices.
A VPN app allows you to trick the Fire TV Stick into thinking you're in another country. So if for example you have a Fire TV Stick from the UK you can use a VPN app to trick the Fire TV Stick into thinking you're in the UK.
The result being that most apps will be unblocked in Hong Kong allowing you to use the device the same as in its intended country.
ExpressVPN works with slightly more apps than the competition and they've got a huge 30-day money back guarantee giving you loads of time to test it to see it working.
Follow the steps below to find out how to use the VPN to unblock your Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong.
How to use the Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong
You'll need to select one of the recommended providers from above. I've been using ExpressVPN and so my example below is following the steps for their service.
It is however an almost identical process using one of the other providers too so you can adapt the steps below.
How to use the Amazon Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong:
- Visit the ExpressVPN website and sign up for their service. Note: Their 12-month package is 49% cheaper than paying monthly.
- Go to your Amazon Fire TV / Stick and search ‘ExpressVPN'.
- Select to ‘Install', ‘Download' or ‘Get' the app.
- Go back to the main screen on your Fire TV / Stick and click the newly installed ExpressVPN app.
- Enter your login details.
- Press ‘Choose Location‘.
- Then select the country your Fire TV / Stick was purchased in, eg; ‘United Kingdom‘.
It will take around 30 seconds or less for the ExpressVPN app to get you connected to the country you selected.
Once it's connected just click the ‘Home' button on your Amazon remote control and you'll then be able to use most of the apps on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick as if you were in the United Kingdom or wherever you purchased your device.
It's also worth playing about connecting to different countries for use with Netflix as you can find different and greater content.
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Alternative VPN providers
It used to be the case that only 1 or 2 VPN providers offered dedicated apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick but in recent months this has changed.
There are now around 5-6 leading VPN services which directly support the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices with dedicated apps.
It's important to choose one of these providers because without offering a dedicated Amazon app you'll need to go through a lengthy and complicated manual set-up process.
All these following providers now offer dedicated and easy to use Amazon apps so if you want to shop around then choose one of these:
To process is pretty much the same regardless of which provider you sign up for. So simply choose one of the above, sign up and follow the instructions from the section above in this guide.
How does the VPN work and is it even legal?
The first thing to clear up is, Yes, VPN apps are completely legal.
Their purpose is to help you protect your privacy online and one of the ways in which it does this is by letting you hide your location.
So there's no need to panic that you're doing anything ‘dodgy' or ‘sketchy' by using a VPN.
How a VPN actually works is really easy to understand.
When you use your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick the apps you use can determine your physical location from your internet connection.
A VPN works by sending all of your data via another location first before sending it to the apps that you're using. So for example if you're in Hong Kong and you've got a UK Fire TV or Fire TV Stick your requests first get sent to the UK with the VPN and then on to the app you're using.
The app only ever sees a request from the UK and the VPN does all the hard work sending it back to you in Hong Kong.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick generation 1 issues
If you've got an Amazon Fire TV Stick and it doesn't have ‘Alexa Voice' at the top of your remote control then unfortunately VPN services won't work with your device.
You can tell by looking at the top of your Amazon remote control and looking for the little microphone button. If it's not there then this solution won't work for you.
Conclusion: Use the Amazon Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong
To use the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong you'll need to sign up for a VPN service.
There are now a handful of good providers which support the devices and I've listed them earlier in this guide. My recommendation is to use ExpressVPN as they work slightly better than the competition.
They've also got a 30-day money back guarantee in case you change your mind or can't get it working.
Click the button below and sign up for ExpressVPN, download their app onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and then connect to the UK or the country you purchased your device in.
Now enjoy watching your favourite apps in Hong Kong on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
What have you mostly been wanting to watch on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick in Hong Kong? I would love to know so why not post in the comments section below?