You can only use a VPN on a second generation (or later) Fire TV Stick. To use one on a first generation device, it would need to be rooted. Unfortunately, software updates have rendered the original Fire Stick unrootable.
There are a couple of different ways to sideload apps. The quickest and most convenient is to install the app you want onto your Android phone and copy it across using .
And because these apps are not designed for the Fire Stick, they may not be compatible with the device’s remote. In this case, you’ll need an app like (paid, from the Play Store) to bypass the problem. This shows a mouse cursor on screen which can be controlled using the d-pad on the remote.
To do this, install .
Cjester, if you just want a VPN to get past geoblocks. You can use a DNS service like Privacy Hero Streaming VPN - it's an app on FireTV with free download and no info required trial. Won't slow down streaming at all and works with netflix US, UK and France as well as a bunch of other services. Highly recommend.
"You will experience much slower download speeds than you would without the VPN, although they may still be fast enough to stream HD video." is an understatement. I'm on my second highly recommended paid VPN and they both slow downloading and browsing considerably. I pay a ridiculous amount of money for high speed internet and now I'm paying to have it slowed down. I can't imagine how bad my Firestick would be with a VPN.
IPVanish provides a secure environment for everyday web use. Once you establish a VPN connection all of your online data (emails, instant messages, data transfers, online banking) pass through our encrypted tunnel.
When you install and run the app, it launches straight into the login screen, with no option to create an account in the app itself. If you don’t have an account already, you’ll need to switch over to a desktop computer to make one. It’s a paid service.
If you want to use a service that does not have its own app, or if the app doesn’t work on a Fire Stick, you’ll need the third method — installing files that contain all the configuration information you need.
The downside to sideloading VPN apps is that not all of them will work. Some may simply be incompatible, and others may be forced into portrait mode (which won’t look great on a TV). If this happens, install the app Set Orientation [No Longer Available] from the Play Store (it’s free). This enables you to force apps to run in landscape mode.
Download the OVPN file from your VPN provider to your phone. Now open Apps2Fire and swipe across to the to copy it over to the Fire Stick.