The Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV are great plug-and-play devices that make streaming easy on your big HD TV. It comes as no surprise then that Kodi users appreciate this simplicity and versatility to set up their media hubs on steroids using the Amazon platform. But with a lot of content geo-blocked and copyright trolls looming from every corner, many shows and sports streams require a VPN to go with your Kodi. Let’s not forget you want to bypass your ISP throttling, too.
Since Amazon’s Fire Stick doesn’t have direct access to Google Play, you would need to sideload your VPN APK app. Other than that, using a VPN with your Fire Stick is not rocket science. With that in mind, you need a VPN provider that offers a direct download of its APK file.
Tip: you might want to connect a mouse to navigate your VPN app on Fire TV. Newer versions of Fire TV Stick support a range of Bluetooth peripherals. Alternatively, use an Android or iOS app Mouse Toggle, which turns your smartphone into a mouse you can use to control your Fire TV, and navigate your VPN client.
Opera-owned Surfeasy features 1,000+ servers across 28 countries and provides decent speeds alongside a dedicated VPN client for Fire Stick and other platforms. Its free plan is limited to 500MB, but you can expand your free data allowance by posting links to Surfeasy on your social media. It also bundles a tracker blocker.
2. Finch VPN
Finch VPN relies on the OpenVPN GUI, which you can easily sideload to your Fire Stick. From there, all you need to do is download your Finch VPN config files and add them to the OpenVPN client. The provider offers step-by-step installation guide, which is not all that complicated. And its free plan comes with 3GB monthly data allowance and 50 servers across 20 countries.
Hide.me doesn’t offer an APK download, but you can set it up on your Fire Stick by side-loading the OpenVPN GUI and adding the Hide.me config files. You can ask for assistance if you like. Its free plan grants you access to servers in Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore and comes with a 2GB data cap per month.
BlackVPN has a three-day free trial and a standalone APK download available from its website. Based in Hong Kong, BlackVPN supports OpenVPN, L2TP, and 256-bit encryption, and allows seven simultaneous connections. If you’re after streaming, the free trial is quite enough to give you an idea of the speeds and performance you can expect from this VPN. After that, BlackVPN is wallet-friendly at €99/year for all server locations or €75/year for a combination of US+UK streaming-optimized servers.
As you can see, the downside of free VPN plans is most of them come with a data cap. And if you want to stream, you might want to consider upgrading to a paid plan once you’ve tried the free service. Among other providers that work great with Fire Stick and offer free trials and generous refund policies, check out CyberGhost VPN, PureVPN, IPVanish, ExpressVPN, and NordVPN.
I strongly recommend that you steer clear of free VPNs like Hola or Betternet. They might look like something, but the majority of completely free VPNs monetize by selling your data or spreading malware.