Fire TV Stick are great portable plug-and-play devices that let you easily stream your favorite media content to your TV. This gives you on-demand access to thousands of hours of video from Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and more. The Android-based Fire TV OS is also a favorite of Kodi users.
Most of this content is geo-locked, which means you can’t access your Firestick channels from abroad. Video streaming is restricted due to content licensing agreements, and local sporting events are blocked due to exclusive broadcast rights.
ExpressVPN is my first choice for streaming on the Fire TV Stick because it’s fast, secure, and compatible with all current Fire devices. In my tests, I recorded speeds of up to 58Mbps. My default connection speed is 52Mbps, so ExpressVPN actually made my connection faster. This is great for the Fire Stick because it means you can stream at the highest resolution.
It’s a premium VPN, but there’s good news: the service is backed by a refund policy, so you can get your money back within 30 days if you don’t feel up to it. I tested this policy and my request was processed quickly and without any issues.
While testing ExpressVPN, I used my Fire Stick to connect to 8 different server locations. I was impressed that each server worked perfectly in terms of streaming. On the UK server, I had no problems unlocking BBC iPlayer. When I connected to the US server to access Hulu and HBO GO, it worked just as well – ExpressVPN easily bypassed the limits of every Netflix and Amazon Prime video I tried.
Bandwidth and data are unlimited, so you can stream as many shows and movies as you want. I even watched seven episodes of Modern Family in a row without buffering.
With the highest level of military-grade 256-bit AES encryption, ExpressVPN ensures that your traffic is virtually unbreakable. It also has a Cyberlock feature – a kill switch that temporarily stops traffic while the VPN is connected to prevent the device from resetting (and leaking) its real IP address.
I ran ExpressVPN through several leak detection tests and found no DNS or IPv6 leaks. DNS requests and locations are always protected and hidden. This is useful for streaming, as leaks could tell Netflix your true location and prevent you from watching international shows. You can use ExpressVPN on up to 5 devices at once. I connected my Fire Stick, phone, and laptop simultaneously and still enjoyed excellent speeds and buffer-free streaming.
If you have questions about using ExpressVPN with your Fire Stick, the 24/7 live chat feature is very helpful – in my experience, the agent was very knowledgeable and answered my questions thoroughly.
NordVPN performs very well, with impressive speeds on short-haul connections and some very usable results on longer hauls. There are also a large number of servers to choose from – over 5,000 in total!
In addition to being able to download the dedicated Amazon TV app from the Amazon Appstore and use it with the Fire TV, Nord’s online tutorials can help you set up a VPN on your router.
NordVPN has done the best job of getting around blocking viewing of foreign streaming services. No matter where you take your Fire Stick, you’ll have access to Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Peacock, and pretty much every major company’s regular catalog. The same goes for live streaming, which is a bonus for sports fans.
NordVPN shines in the security department with double data encryption (connections run through two separate VPN servers) and support for all major security protocols. In addition, the company has a no-logging policy that has been audited by PwC.
Of the available pricing plans (all of which come with a 30-day money-back guarantee), the monthly plans are very expensive, but the multi-year subscriptions are very reasonable.
CyberGhost Known as an excellent streaming VPN, the CyberGhost app is available directly from the Amazon Appstore and works very well. With over 6,600 servers in 90 countries, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs.
In addition, CyberGhost offers filters to narrow down your server so that it is best suited for streaming. This is a very useful feature that we would like to see other VPNs pay attention to. It also has a filter for P2P traffic, which makes it a great torrent VPN – but you probably won’t be able to do that on your TV.
CyberGhost seems to have trouble unlocking BBC iPlayer in our recent tests – though these things can change frequently, which isn’t a good thing. So if you might want to watch a free UK streaming service, you’ll have to sign up with one of the other providers on this list.
However, if you want the maximum number of servers and a generous 45-day money-back guarantee, and iPlayer support isn’t important to you, CyberGhost is a good choice.
The next service on our list of the best Fire Stick VPNs is Surfshark, which has a lot to offer. It hasn’t been around as long as ExpressVPN or NordVPN, but it’s gaining traction for a number of reasons.
The service has no limits on how many devices you can connect to at once. It also has a kill switch, supports shared tunnels, and includes an ad blocker. Of course, there is no logging here either.
Surfshark has over 3,200 servers in 65 countries worldwide. It’s not an industry leader, but keep in mind that it’s the cheapest VPN on this list, costing just $2.49 if you opt for a two-year plan.
Hotspot Shield is another popular VPN service that is free. It is a completely free VPN for the Fire Stick that is easy to use and provides a high-speed connection for streaming content on your Fire Stick TV. However, you can only connect to servers in the US with this VPN.
Hotspot Shield provides users with 500 MB of data per day, which is more than Windscribe. In terms of performance, this VPN is better than most free VPNs as you can easily stream the content you want. However, the performance is bought by annoying ads. Unfortunately, Hotspot Shield monetizes its free version of the VPN through targeted ads. So, if you plan to use this free VPN, be prepared to see a lot of ads!
Hotspot Shield offers 15 GB of data per month or 500 MB per day, which means that if you reach the daily 500 MB limit, you’ll have to wait until the next day to get more data, unlike other free VPNs that don’t have daily data limits.
How to use Amazon Fire TV Stick with VPN?
If you want to turn on your viewing options when using Amazon Fire TV Stick with VPN, you just need to follow these simple steps.
- Sign up for a VPN.
- Download the VPN app to your Amazon Fire TV device.
- Sign in to the VPN app.
- Select a VPN server that is closest to the streaming content you want.
- Download the selected streaming app.
- Get comfortable and start binge watching!
The Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV are still the best options for streaming media. These Amazon devices have it all and open up the world of streaming your favorite media.
So if you’re not using a VPN on your Fire Stick, you’re really missing out. A good VPN will unblock geo-restricted media, ensure privacy, and enhance your streaming experience without sacrificing performance.