How to Install VPN on Firestick

Use an app or direct download on your Amazon Fire TV Stick

Using a VPN while streaming has many advantages, from hiding traffic from your ISP to safely using shared Wi-Fi to possibly even accessing content unavailable in your region. When you are using an Amazon Fire TV Stick to stream content, you have numerous VPNs to choose from by downloading an app from the app store or installing a direct-download APK file. Learn how to install VPN on Firestick safely, legally, quickly, and easily.

Choosing a VPN

Selecting the best VPN service provider to use for streaming on your Firestick is the first thing you'll need to do. The easiest way to narrow down your choices is to decide whether you want to download a VPN app from the Fire TV App Store or directly from the source and then look at VPNs compatible with Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Once you have come up with some options, consider the following factors to decide on the best one for you.

  • Does it have a good reputation? Choose a reputable VPN with excellent reviews.
  • Is the interface user-friendly? Make sure the VPN you choose is easy for you to use.
  • Does it fit your budget? There are many free VPNs available, but if you choose a premium service, consider how much it will cost over time. A free trial period and/or money-back guarantee are valuable, as well.
  • Is a reliable customer service platform available? Choose a VPN service that will be there if and when you require assistance.

How to Install VPN on Firestick from the Fire TV App Store

One advantage of using an Amazon Fire TV Stick is you have the Amazon Fire TV app store at your fingertips. A quick search of the app store will show you that many free and premium VPNs are available for almost instantaneous download. If you prefer the fastest, easiest approach, this is the best method for you. Here's how to download and install VPN on Firestick from the app store.

  1. Use your Amazon Fire Stick remote to select Search from the Home screen on your television.

  2. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter vpn on the search screen, then select vpn when the search result appears. A list of relevant apps will appear under Apps & Games.

    Screenshot of VPNs in Fire TV apps

    If you have a voice remote, you can also search by pressing and holding the Voice button on the remote saying, "VPN."

  3. Scroll through the list of apps to find the VPN app you want to download. Select the VPN app to open the download screen.

    You can also view more details about the app on this screen, such as screenshots, trailers, and reviews of the VPN.

  4. Select Download and wait while the app is downloaded to your Fire Stick.

  5. Press the Home button on the remote to return to the Home screen. The VPN app will now appear in the Fire Stick apps listed on your home screen.

  6. Select the VPN app you installed to launch the application.

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign up for the VPN you selected. If you already have an account, choose the login option to sign in to your existing account.

  8. Select a VPN location and choose Connect.

    Select OK if a VPN connection request appears.

  9. Start streaming using the VPN.

Install a Direct-Download APK File

If the VPN service you want to use is not available on Fire TV’s App Store but does have an APK file available online, you can install a downloader to your Amazon Fire TV Stick and then install the VPN for Firestick directly from the original source.

  1. Use your Amazon Fire Stick remote to select Search from the Home screen on your television.

  2. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter downloader on the search screen, then select downloader when the search result appears. A list of relevant apps will appear under Apps & Games.

    If you have a voice remote, you can also search by pressing and holding the Voice button on the remote saying, "Downloader."

  3. Scroll through the list of apps to find the downloader app you want to download. Select the downloader app to open the download screen.

    You can also view more details about the app on this screen, such as screenshots, trailers, and reviews of the downloader app.

  4. Select Download and wait while the app is downloaded to your Fire Stick. Select Open once the download is complete.

  5. Enter the URL for the direct download of the APK file for the VPN you want to download.  

    Make sure you choose the download for the VPN service provider's Android app.

  6. Follow the prompt to download the APK file. If you are not prompted, go to the Downloads section of the downloader app and select the APK file.

  7. Once the APK file is installed, you can open it. Because it was installed via a downloader app, it will not appear in your list of installed apps. Instead, you must access it through the Amazon Fire TV Stick Settings menu.

  8. Use your Amazon Fire Stick remote to select Settings from the Home screen on your television.

  9. Select Applications.

  10. Select Manage Installed Applications and look for the VPN app. 

  11. Select the VPN app and choose Launch Application.

  12. Sign in to the VPN app or create a new account.

  13. Select a VPN location and choose Connect.

    Select OK if a VPN connection request appears.

  14. Start streaming using the VPN.