What Is the Best VPN For Amazon Fire TV Stick in 2019?

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the most reasonably priced model in the Amazon Fire TV lineup. The tiny stick turns any HDTV into a smart TV by plugging it into any available HDMI port.

The device offers access to the Amazon Prime Video service, as well as a large number of apps and games, all of which you can enjoy on your HDTV or 4K TV.

Although the Amazon Fire TV Stick is available in numerous countries around the globe, the content offered on the device varies from region to region. This means movies, television shows, apps and games that are available in one country may not be available in others.

However, there is a way around these virtual content blockades. As any VPN user will tell you, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the best way to open access to blocked content thanks to a VPN’s location-spoofing abilities.

When a VPN user connects their Amazon Fire TV device to a VPN server, the VPN makes it appear as if the device is located in the same geographical location as the server. This opens access to content designated for that region of the world.

A VPN’s useful features are not limited to geo-spoofing. A VPN can also hide your online activities from the prying eyes of others, protecting you and your valuable personal and business information from hackers and other interested parties.

When considering a VPN for use with your Amazon Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device, keep the following vital features in mind: native app availability, global server coverage, connection speeds and security and privacy protections.

Please note that while I will refer to the “Amazon Fire TV Stick” throughout this article, everything I discuss also applies to the rest of the Amazon Fire TV device lineup, excepting the first-generation Fire TV Stick, which is not compatible with a VPN (more about how to use a first-generation device with a VPN later).

Best VPNs for Amazon Fire TV Stick

We tested all of our favorite VPN providers, and the results indicated that these 5 VPNs worked best with the Amazon Fire TV Stick:

    1. ExpressVPN: Provides native app support for Amazon Fire TV devices. Has reliable servers covering the globe. The provider’s fast and secure connections are perfect for streaming your favorite shows and movies.
    2. NordVPN: Offers native app for Amazon Fire TV devices. Military-grade encryption protects their speedy connections. Global server coverage could be better but is likely adequate for most users’ needs.
    3. CyberGhost: This low-priced provider offers a native app for the Amazon Fire TV platform. CyberGhost’s apps are easy to use, and their pricing is the lowest in this roundup.
    4. VyprVPN: This provider owns and operates its VPN servers, keeping your information close to the vest. The VyprVPN app is available from the Amazon Appstore, even though VyprVPN’s website doesn’t mention it.
    5. IPVanish: Easy-to-use native Amazon Fire TV app. Also owns and operates its VPN servers. The provider’s speedy connections are never bogged down by data caps or bandwidth limits.

I evaluated and ranked the top Amazon Fire TV Stick VPNs by the following criteria:

  • Native Fire TV app support
  • Connection speeds
  • Global server coverage
  • Security and privacy protections

Here’s my list of the top 5 VPNs for use with the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

1. ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN is the Wonder Woman of VPNs when it comes to the best VPN for use with the Amazon Fire TV Stick. (Was that joke too much of a stretch?)

ExpressVPN has 3,000+ VPN servers, strategically located in 94 countries. Global coverage like that opens up access to plenty of content you normally can’t access.

This provider offers a native app for most Amazon Fire TV devices (first-generation excepted, but more about that later). The app is easy to use and provides reliable connectivity.

ExpressVPN’s connection speeds are some of the fastest in the industry and can easily keep up with the 1080p and 4K HDR streams that the Fire TV Stick provides.

Military-grade encryption protects your connection, keeping the online activity on all of your devices undercover and undetected.

In addition to full Amazon Fire TV Stick compatibility, this provider also protects your other devices. Native apps are available for most popular device platforms.

Privacy isn’t a worry with ExpressVPN, as the British Virgin Islands-based provider keeps no logs of any kind and accepts Bitcoin as subscription payment, keeping even your payment information completely incognito.

While ExpressVPN’s simultaneous connection allotment of 3 connections on a single login is a bit below average, the provider’s extensive router compatibility allows users to protect all of their connected devices via a single access point.

Pros

  • Provides native Amazon Fire TV app
  • Connection speeds more than enough for streaming HD video
  • Global server coverage well above the industry average
  • Military-level encryption
  • Works well with most streaming services

Cons

  • Simultaneous connection allotment is low

BEST VPN FOR AMAZON FIRE TV STICK:ExpressVPN is my top choice for the Amazon Fire TV Stick. In addition to full Fire TV compatibility, the provider’s comprehensive global server coverage opens a world of content, and its fast connections can easily keep up with Amazon’s streams. A 30-day money-back guarantee is available.

Read our full review of ExpressVPN.


2. NordVPN

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NordVPN grabbed the runner-up spot in these rankings thanks to its native app support and fast connection speeds.

Although the provider’s global server coverage is merely average, with server farms in 61 countries, those locations will still unblock plenty of geo-blocked content.

NordVPN’s connections provide plenty of speed, which means the HD and 4K streams from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu and others will begin playing almost immediately and continue to play smoothly.

In addition to an app for the Fire TV, NordVPN also covers your other devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and others. All of the apps protect your connection with 256-bit encryption.

You can use NordVPN on up to 6 devices at once, and if you need more, you can make use of the provider’s compatibility with a large number of makes and models of routers.

NordVPN takes care of you in the privacy arena too, happily accepting Bitcoin to protect your subscription payment information and keeping no logs of any of your online travels while connected to their servers.

Pros

  • App for Fire TV devices
  • Servers in 61 countries around the globe
  • Fast connections
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Selecting a specific server is nearly impossible

GOOD VALUE:NordVPN offers Amazon Fire TV Stick compatibility at a low price, leaving you plenty of cash for streaming subscriptions. Fast connections and optimal security protections have you covered. A 30-day money-back guarantee is available.

Read our full review of NordVPN.


3. CyberGhost

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CyberGhost made it to the middle of the pack thanks to its ease of use, making it a great choice for first-time VPN users.

The provider delivers speedy connections (fastest in this top 5), making it an excellent option for streaming the content that all of the various Amazon Fire TV apps deliver.

CyberGhost’s global server coverage of 60 countries is merely average, but still offers plenty of power for unblocking content from other regions.

CyberGhost protects its users’ connections with military-grade encryption, keeping all of your online activities in an encrypted tunnel.

In addition to optimal online security, CyberGhost also protects your privacy thanks to its self-imposed no-logs policy and the acceptance of Bitcoin for subscription fees, which helps keep your payment info anonymous.

If you have other connected devices in addition to your Amazon Fire TV Stick (and who has only one these days?), you’ll be glad to know CyberGhost offers support for all of the popular device platforms.

Plus, up to 7 devices at once can be connected to the CyberGhost servers using the same login. If you need more connections than that, you can also use the service with a large number of router makes and models to protect all of your connected devices.

Pros

  • Native Fire TV app
  • Fastest connection speeds in this roundup
  • Great for first-time VPN users
  • No logs and accepts Bitcoin

Cons

  • Server coverage could use some improvement

BEST FOR NOVICE VPN USERS:CyberGhost is the best choice on this list for novice VPN users thanks to its easy-to-use apps. The provider’s one-click protection is a great way to get online quickly. The provider offers a 45-day no-risk money-back guarantee.

Read our full review of CyberGhost.


4. VyprVPN

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VyprVPN scored well enough this time around to snag the 4th spot thanks to its native app support for the Fire TV and its collection of self-owned and -operated servers.

The provider’s app does an excellent job of opening access to most of the streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and many others.

Once you’re connected to your favorite streaming content, you won’t have to wait long for the action to start thanks to the provider’s fast connections.

VyprVPN owns and operates all of its servers, and they’ve located them in an above-average 70+ countries around the globe, so you shouldn’t have much of an issue in accessing geo-blocked material.

The fact that those servers are self-owned and -operated means there are no third parties with access to your data, allowing VyprVPN to keep everything well-protected.

VyprVPN keeps no logs related to their customers’ online activities while connected to their servers. Sadly, the privacy protections end there, as VyprVPN does not offer any cryptocurrency payment options.

In addition to native app support for the Fire TV, this provider also offers comprehensive app support for most popular devices and many makes and models of routers. 3 simultaneous connections are allowed using the same username.

Pros

  • Native Fire TV app
  • No logs provider
  • Owns and operates its servers

Cons

  • Higher price than many VPNs
  • No cryptocurrency payment options

OWNS ITS SERVERS:VyprVPN’s servers provide fast, encrypted connections that are up to the challenge of streaming the HD video streams from Amazon’s popular streaming devices. A 30-day money-back guarantee is available.

Read our full review of VyprVPN.


5. IPVanish

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IPVanish managed to slip into the 5th and final spot in this roundup thanks to its self-owned and -operated VPN servers, which provide dependable, fast connections to its customers.

This provider owns and operates its 1,200 servers, located in over 60 countries around the globe. While not exactly providing Sherwin-Williams-level coverage, their server location numbers are average for the industry.

Those servers save no user logs of any kind, so your online antics are safe from the prying eyes of interested outsiders. The provider could improve their privacy protections though, as it doesn’t offer any private payment options, such as Bitcoin.

In addition to a native app for the Amazon Fire TV Stick, this provider also supports Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices. Those apps provide a handy obfuscation feature that makes your VPN traffic appear to be normal internet traffic.

IPVanish’s connections are fast enough to keep up with the streams that the Fire TV Stick offers, even the HD and 4K streams that some models provide.

You can connect up to 10 devices at once on the same username. But, if you have both the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family (God, I’m old!) visiting, you can make use of the provider’s compatibility with numerous router makes and models to connect everyone through one access point.

Pros

  • Offers the required native app for Amazon Fire TV devices
  • Self-owned and -operated VPN servers
  • 10 simultaneous connections allowed on a single login

Cons

  • Money-back guarantee is only 7 days
  • No private payment options

SO.MANY. DEVICES. AT ONCE!:IPVanish’s allowance of 10 simultaneous connections per username makes it great for users with a small business or large family. The provider does let us down privacy-wise due to its lack of a private payment option. I wish the 7-day money-back guarantee would be upped to 30 days.

Read our full review of IPVanish.


How to Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick With a VPN

If you’re looking to open up your viewing options while using a VPN with your Amazon Fire TV Stick, all it takes are these simple steps.

  1. Subscribe to a VPN.
  2. Download the VPN app for your Amazon Fire TV device.
  3. Log into the VPN app.
  4. Select a VPN server located nearest to the streaming content you’d like to access.
  5. Load the streaming app of your choice.
  6. Settle in for a bingeing session!

Check out another one of my articles to learn how to set up ExpressVPN with the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Is a Free VPN a Good Option For Use With an Amazon Fire TV Stick?

In my humble opinion, a free VPN is not a good option for use with any online activity.

While there are a few free VPN apps available for Amazon Fire TV devices, I’m willing to bet you’re not going to be happy with the “free” experience.

Many free VPN providers place limitations on the usage of their servers. In many cases, they apply bandwidth limitations and usage caps on free accounts. Neither of those things are good news when it comes to bingeing seasons of your favorite TV series.

You may also find that free users are herded into a virtual corral, where they sit in a queue until they are allowed to connect to a VPN server. Then, the user finds their connection options are limited to a small subset of servers.

It has long been true that if you’re getting something free from an internet service, then you and your personal info are the products being sold. That is especially true when it comes to “free” VPN services.

Many VPN providers that offer service gratis make their money by selling information about their users’ online activities to advertisers and other interested parties.

Some VPNs will even inject unwanted ads and tracking cookies into their users’ browsing sessions.

While you can always try a free VPN, I’d strongly recommend against it. It sucks to get halfway through the second season of Bosch only to find out your data cap has been reached for the month.

Using a VPN With a First-Generation Fire TV Device

As I mentioned above, VPNs do not work with first-generation Fire TV Sticks. While it’s true that you can install a VPN app on the device, it doesn’t have enough horsepower to keep the VPN connection up and running once you’re running another app.

Luckily, you can still protect your Fire TV activities with a VPN.

Use Your VPN With a Router

All of the VPNs on my top 5 list are compatible with numerous makes and models of wireless routers. This allows you to protect all of your connected devices, including your Fire TV device, through one central connection point.

In most cases, using your router requires some manual installation of an app or firmware onto your router. If you’re not comfortable with that process, you can buy a ready-to-go router at FlashRouters.com.

Set Up a VPN-Protected Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you don’t have a VPN-compatible router, or you’re not comfortable with setting it up, you can opt to use your Windows or macOS computer as a VPN-protected Wi-Fi hotspot.

Windows and macOS computers that have both a wired Ethernet connection and a Wi-Fi connection can share their VPN connection. By running your favorite VPN app on your computer and setting up the computer’s Wi-Fi as a hotspot, you can protect your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Conclusion

Amazon Fire TV Stick users will appreciate the benefits of using a VPN with their steaming device. A VPN opens up a world of streaming content, protects outsiders from monitoring your viewing habits, and prevents your ISP from throttling your connection.

I recommend ExpressVPN as the best VPN for your Amazon Fire TV Stick needs.

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