Last week, I shared how to install Kodi on a Fire TV Stick.  Now, since there are some good reasons to use a VPN when streaming Kodi, I wanted to share this tutorial on how to install IPVanish VPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick.

I used to think it was not possible to install IPVanish VPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick.  After all, the official page on the IPVanish site says it can’t be done.

However, after installing Kodi on it, I realized how easy it was to sideload APK files onto a Fire TV Stick.  If I could do it with the Kodi app, why not the IPVanish app?

Well, you can do it, and it’s easy!  It takes less than 5 minutes.

IPVanish VPN Only Works on the 2nd Gen Fire Stick or a Fire TV Box

If you are wanting to install IPVanish on an older 1st gen Fire Stick, unfortunately, it doesn’t work.

It used to not appear to work at all, and then it got an update and appeared to work.  People were able to install and connect.   However, I started getting reports in the comments from people who were testing the external IP address (mentioned at the bottom of this post), and it turned out to not be working on 1st gen Fire Sticks.  If anyone discovers anything otherwise, or finds a workaround, please let me know in the comments.

In order to install IPVanish VPN, you’ll need the “All-New 2nd gen Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote” which is only $40 and runs Kodi very well.

amazon-fire-tv-stick-with-alexa-remote

Note: This also works on any Amazon Fire TV box!

Update: IPVanish is Now on the Amazon App Store!

That’s right!  Unless you want to skip to the bottom of this post to learn more about IPVanish, you can pretty much ignore the rest which is now obsolete.

So, just head on over to the Amazon App Store on your Fire TV or Stick, and search for IPVanish.

If you’re feeling nostalgic or like doing things the hard way, read on…

Downloads Required to Install IPVanish VPN on your Fire TV Stick

Before we get stared, start downloading these 2 files:

Prepare Your Fire TV Stick Before Installing IPVanish VPN

  • On your Fire TV Stick, navigate to Settings > System > Developer Options and turn ON both options (Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging).
  • Find and take note of your Fire Stick’s IP address by going to Settings > System > About > Network.
  • Open adbLink on your computer (which you downloaded and installed earlier).
  • Click the New button.
  • In Description, give your Fire TV Stick a name.
  • In Address, type the IP address of your Fire TV Stick that you took note of earlier.
  • Click the Save button.
  • Click the Connect button, and you should see your Fire TV Stick’s IP show in the Connected Devices box.
  • Then click the Install APK button, navigate to the IPVanish APK file you downloaded earlier and select it.
  • You will see a popup asking if you really want to install the APK.  Click Yes.
  • You should see a small progress bar in the bottom right corner of the screen letting you know it’s working.  It should take a minute or two, so be patient.
  • When it’s done, you’ll see a popup that says Installed.
  • All done!  You should now see IPVanish VPN in the Apps section of the Fire TV home screen.

Screenshots of Installing IPVanish VPN on a Fire TV Stick

The above instructions should be pretty easy, but in case you need some visuals to make sure you’re in the right place, here are some screenshots.

Kodi and IPVanish VPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick

IPVanish VPN Running on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Method #2: Using ES File Explorer to Download IPVanish to Fire TV Stick

  • Be sure you did the initial step to Prepare Your Fire TV Stick Before Installing IPVanish VPN
  • Go back to home screen, select Search, and type ES Explorer. Select  ES File Explorer and install it by selecting ‘Get‘ or ‘Download
  • Launch the ES File Explorer app and add the following address into Download Manager (this can be found on the left hand side of the screen under TOOLS) http://bit.ly/ipvanish3014apk and name it IPVanish
  • Select Download and the IPVanish installer file will download to your Fire TV Stick
  • Unzip / Extract the newly downloaded zip file to get the APK file inside it
  • Select the extracted apk file, and you will see the IPVanish installation screen. Click Install
  • IPVanish VPN is now installed on your Fire TV Stick and can be accessed via Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > IPVanish > Launch Application

About IPVanish VPN

IPVanish is a VPN service that encrypts your Internet traffic, hides your IP, spoofs your location, and much more.

If you’re going to be using Kodi unofficial add-ons for streaming or downloading, I recommend using a VPN.  Curious why you would need a VPN?  Check out my post on 4 Reasons Why Kodi Streamers Need a VPN.

Use coupon code TECH25 for 25% off any plan with IPVanish VPN!  Plus, it comes with a 7-day money-back guarantee to make sure it works well for you.

How to Know if the VPN is Really Working

Please note that the IP address seen in your network settings is your internal LAN IP address and it usually starts with 192.168.x.x. This is completely separate from these discussions. That won’t change and has nothing to do with the VPN.

What you need to look for is your external IP address.  It should change when you connect or disconnect from your VPN.

Normally, it’s as simple as going to one of a bunch of websites that will show you your external IP address, including just typing “IP” in a Google search.

However, on a Fire Stick, it’s not that easy because there’s no web browser.  So, instead here’s another way to see your external IP address from within Kodi.

This is how you can be sure that the VPN is working properly on a Fire TV or Stick:

  • From the usual “Fusion” source of http://fusion.tvaddons.ag, install from zip and select the respository-xbmchub-x.x.x.zip repository
  • Go to Install from repository > TVADDONS.AG Add-on Repository > Program add-ons > Indigo
  • Install Indigo and open it.
  • Select System Information
  • You will find your External IP address there
  • Switch over to the IPVanish app, and connect or disconnect
  • Now switch back to Kodi, go back to the Indigo main menu and select System Information again
  • You should see the External IP addressed has changed to something different

Any Questions or Issues with Installing IPVanish on Fire Stick?

Please let me know in the comments below if you get stuck somewhere or run across issues.  I’m happy to help.

206 comments on “How to Install IPVanish VPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick

  1. Richard Wood on

    Hi there, great tip. Only issue I seem to have is that when I switch on IPVanish on my fire stick, it drops the wifi connection. Could this be an issue with my router or other settings? All other devices pick up and use IPVanish no problem at all

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  2. Maurice Crouch on

    I am having the same issue, just bought an Amazon fire stick, IPVanish works ok on PC and Android phone but internet connection drops out with firestick OS version is 5.2.1.1

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  3. Douglas Rood on

    Just a note….. you no longer can root the firestick unless you have an older version!! If you could root it then your VPN would work!!

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  4. Maurice Crouch on

    I bought the Fire TV Stick from Amazon 2 weeks ago, so it shouldn’t be an old one I will try and update the OS to your version

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  5. Tradewinds on

    Hello, I managed to install ipvanish onto my firestick and selected the country of choice but I noticed the IP Address was locating… for what seemed ages, nevertheless I thought I would see if I was able to get BBC iplayer from uk, unfortunately firestick seemed to have lost internet connection with message “Home unavailable, check internet connection” I am assuming the cause is the lack of IP Address earlier on installed IPvanish. Am I correct if so how do I get it working on VPN?

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  6. Maurice Crouch on

    Decided to buy another Fire Stick With Voice Remote but I have the same problem with this one message comes up “Home unavailable check internet connection” when I check the connection it says connected with problems. Works fine without IPvanish.

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      • ronniev on

        I am having the same issue… After ipVanish is running for just a couple minutes I end up losing internet connection on my Firestick, and it won’t allow me to do anything until I restart the firestick by unplugging and replugging. I haven’t tried doing a full re-install quite yet just to rule out something wierd.. Any tips?

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  7. Maurice Crouch on

    This happens just after connecting to IPvanish before starting Kodi one time I was connected to Ilford, Uk, another I was connected to Denmark

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      That’s strange. It works for me and we have the same Fire TV Stick with Alex Voice Remote.

      One more thing… check your OS version and see if it has an update. Make sure you’re on at least Fire OS 5.2.2.0.

      If that doesn’t work, you should reach out to IPVanish support to see if they can help fix your issue.

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  8. Tom G on

    when i have IPvanish active and connected i check on the network page located in the systems section of the amazon fire stick and my ip address is the not the same as the ip address that ipvanish is giving me. It is the ip address for my wireless network that is still showing up.

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  9. Douglas Rood on

    Not sure Tom but thinking that IP is unique to the firestick and is not a public IP.
    I use “what is my IP” on my FireStarter page and it shows a different IP when using IPVanish :)

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  10. Douglas Rood on

    Has anyone anywhere found a work around yet for the older firesticks? I was at Best Buy last week and they were still selling the older firesticks and most people will think their covered while using a VPN.

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  11. Dave P on

    Hi Nathan
    Like others I excitedly installed IP Vanish on to my Fire Stick,only to find it is not the Alexa compatible model
    Met with the Home unavailable screen and internet lost , how can I uninstall it ?

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      From the Home screen, select Settings > Manage All Applications.
      To see the apps stored on your device, select Fire TV. …
      Scroll up or down to find the app you want to uninstall, and select it.
      Select Uninstall, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

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  12. William Jones on

    I installed the apk file but the app does not show up on home screen – I’m unable to find it. It appeared to be a successful load. Is there a step I’m missing?

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      • William Jones on

        Thanks for your reply. I don’t think it actually installed. There was an issue with my having two adblinks running at once which I noticed in process explorer. I uninstalled and then cleaned up files that were not uninstalled properly, then reinstalled adblink. I was able to install ipVanish. After a hard time finding the app on firestick i got it to run. Then I resumed a stream of a program I had been watching from Amazon Prime, It wouldn’t start saying there was a Geo block of some sort. I was flabbergasted. Isn’t one of the main points of ipVanish to prevent geo blocking? Do you have to select a certain server to avoid blocking? If so how do you know which server will work?

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        • Nathan Kinkead on

          If you’re in the middle of a stream and the switch on your VPN, that will kill the current stream. Streaming a video involves somewhat of a handshake between device and server. When you turn on your VPN, it breaks that handshake because you’re suddenly located at a different IP address. You need to reinitiate the stream.

          Now, in your specific case, it’s Amazon Prime, so it may not start the stream again with the Geo block message because they might have started blocking the use of VPNs. I know that Netflix and Hulu started doing that earlier this year. It’s possible that Amazon is doing it too.

          If so, you’ll need to disable the VPN while your using these legitimate paid services that make use of VPN blocking.

          It is as simple as clicking the Disconnect button in the IPVanish app.

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  13. Oliver Percivall (The Ultimate on

    Is it free to have IPvanish installed and working on the firestick running Kodi?
    I read somewhere you also need a monthly paid for vpn account…

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      • Paul Smith on

        I have successfully installed IPvanish (thank you) but have not received any request/instructions re payment. I’m not in the least techy so how do I go about paying? Even if it’s installed do I assume it won’t work until payment is set up and how will I know it is working? Sorry to be dumb

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          • Paul Smith on

            Thanks for the help Nathan, I’ve successfully opened an account, logged on and connected and everything appears to be working as it should, BUT as soon as I connect the Firestick to IPvanish, the Firestick seems to disconnect from the internet. When I check status in settings I am told that the Firestick is connected to the network, but that there is no internet connection. All lights appear as they should on my router, and I have rebooted the router, but the problem remains. As soon as I disconnect the Firestick from IPvanish everything returns to working mode and I am able to stream as usual. I desperately want to “protect” what I am streaming etc, do you have any idea what is causing this issue. As I stated, I’m not in the least techy, but could it be a firewall issue perhaps? M
            any thanks in advance for any help you can give.

      • Spin Hodge on

        I have the same issue. IPVanish says “connected,” yet it is showing my actual IP address under “Location” (despite being a different city). Am I still protected?

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        • Nathan Kinkead on

          Are you talking about location settings? That is a manually configured setting on the Fire Stick and a VPN won’t change that. I don’t think that would have any impact on this. What you can do it Google search “ip” and see what IP it gives. Then using a IP locator site to see what location that IP is known to be in. Or, you might be able to just go to Google maps and it would center in on the location that it thinks you’re in.

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  14. d3rd3vil on

    Yeah either a resolution for the FireTV Stick 5.2.1.1 would be great or I need a new one….or buy a FireTV? Damn decisions decisions again….

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  15. pghfrftr on

    I just checked my Amazon account, and saw that I purchased the Fore Stick with Alexa voice. Just to be sure, how do I find the Fire Stick OS? Thank you!

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      • pghfrftr on

        Thank you Nathan, I got technically brave and was able to find it. Also, I do have the Alexa Voice Fire Stick, but it is only version 5.1.1. So the ipvanish probably won’t work. If you don’t mind, I have 2 more questions. I’ve noticed that here on your site you talk about updating kodi. Is there somewhere on your web site where you give directions on how to do this, and how oft it should be done? And, what might happen if it is not regularly updated? We are in the process of “cutting the cord”, so we might be relying on kodi quite a bit.
        Thank you!

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          • pghfrftr on

            I tried to download the apk file for android onto my iPad, mac desktop, and a windows computer without any luck. None of them recognized the file. Any suggestions?
            Thank you!

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            Oh, thank you for pointing out a step I missed. I can’t link directly to the .apk file, so I zipped it. Be sure to unzip it to get the .apk file inside.

            I updated the post. Thanks.

          • pghfrftr on

            Thank you Nathan! I did unzip it. Neither my windows laptop nor my mac desktop would recognize the file after unzipping it. I had both do an online search, and both of them found nothing to open an android file. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong, just can’t figure it out.
            Thanks again!

          • pghfrftr on

            Hi Nathan, I was able to get ipvanish onto the fire stick. When I go to their web site, they will have me pay, and then allow me to make a log in and password that I can use when I open it on the fire stick, correct. After that, I go to the fire stick again, log in on the ipvanish app, and then is there anything else I need to do, or just open the NHL app and watch my home teams game?
            Thanks again!

          • pghfrftr on

            Also, if it doesn’t do what I need it to do, how good is ipvanish on their refunds? I only need it for the hockey games.
            Thank you!

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            Yes, after you checkout, you will be able to sign in using your same login in the IPVanish app. Once signed in, you will have some settings to pick a server if you want (either by speed or by geographical location), and you’ll have a “Connect” button. Once connected, then open the NHL app, and it should see you as coming from the country of the server that you selected. Now, if it doesn’t work, be sure to check your account settings. You may have your address in there and it would be using that to block games.

  16. Rob on

    I’m just getting my Kodi set up. I have the Alexa Fire Stick. Will be adding add ons this week. So far I have just Kodi. Then I stumbled upon this VPN thingy. I understand why I need it. Do I just open up Kodi and DL as per instructions? From there it knows that whenever I’m in Kodi to block my IP? And when I open an add on such as Exodus it knows to block that info (for lack of better terminology)? I’m just trying to picture how it works. Is it like anti-virus on my PC? Where when I’m in Windows (Kodi) my Norton anti-virus (IPVanish) is protecting me when I’m browsing and downloading stuff (Exodus, 1channel, etc) via Chrome?

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Yes, it’s like Antivirus in that it runs at the operating system level and protects the whole computer. A VPN will install on your FireStick as an Android app that you have to sideload using my tutorial. The VPN will cover all network activity on the FireStick while it’s connected, including Kodi.

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  17. Jolly Blackburn on

    I have ipvanished installed on my firestick. It has worked for the last 30 days. Today I noticed it wasn’t connected. When click connect it just says “reconnecting” and seems to be looping between authenticating and trying again repeatedly.

    All the computers on same network are working with ipvanish.

    Changing servers does no good. Reset to default settings. Rebooted the firestick. I can’t seem to connnect.

    Has something changed?

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Hey Jolly. Thanks for reaching out. Let me see if I can help.

      You have other computers running IPVanish on them and those are working fine? How many computers? The reason I ask is that there is a limit of the number of devices that you can install IPVanish on. It should be limited to 5 devices.

      My other thought is that your subscription may have expired due to no renewal payment. I only think to ask that because you said it has been working for the last 30 days. If you signed up for monthly and it didn’t auto-renew, that would explain it.

      Let me know what you find. Thanks!

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      • Jolly Blackburn on

        Thanks for the response. I noticed ipvanish sent out an email saying users would need to install a new update on January 10th because things were changing behind the scenes and some users would be not be able to connect without it. I did so manually and all it working again. Glad it was nothing more complicated than that. ;) But I wanted to update here in case anyone else runs into the issue.

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  18. Yking on

    Hi! Are the installation instructions the same for Mac users? If not, how can this be done using a Mac? Also, is IPVanish the only vpn that can be loaded? I currently have Nord VPN. And I have the fire stick with Alexa. Thank you!!

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      You need both files. One is the APK file (Android app package), and the other is ADBlink which is specific to your computer’s operating system. Get ADBlink for your OS, and then follow the instructions where you use that program to choose the APK file you downloaded, and it will push to your FireStick and install on there. FireStick runs Android. I hope that helps.

      Now regarding the VPN, no, IPVanish is not the only choice, it’s just my recommended choice. I’m not familiar with Nord VPN, but if they have an Android app, then you might be able to follow these instructions with that (if you can get a hold of the apk file).

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  19. Kellen on

    Hello Nathan. Thank you for posting this tutorial up for everyone. I purchased IPVanish with your TECH25 promo code. I need some help on a step that isn’t working for me. “In Address, type the IP address of your Fire TV Stick that you took note of earlier.” I have noted the IP on my Fire TV, but when I hit done on the adbLink program, and then hit connect, nothing happens. It won’t connect and I have no idea why. Nothing happens at all when I click on connect.

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    • TonyPitt on

      Sorry for the delay, i was unable to connect to my 2nd FS until last night. Your update worked perfectly, thank you so much for taking the time to do this! On a side-note I figured out why my 2nd FS could not connect to the adbLink. Apparently this particular FS was showing 2 different ip addresses. I as able to go to System/About on 1 and pull the ip address, connect, install the APK and all was good. Tried for days with this method on the 2nd with no luck. I finally pulled the ip address from the Settings screen of the FS before even getting into Kodi and it was different than the ip address once I was actually in Kodi. Used this other one and bam, success. Thank you one again Nathan!

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  20. VGardner on

    Hi! I have IPvanish now successfully installed on my Firestick. What settings should I have on IPvanish? I clicked to automatically connect and connect to fastest server in the country. Do I just close the app out and open whatever app on the firestick I want to use?

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    • VGardner on

      Nathan, never mind! I read though the comments to see that as long as I am “connected” my streaming would be protected within any app. Thanks again

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  21. JV on

    I was under the impression that I was being throttled. I followed the above and can get VPN connection successfully. However, each time I attempt to fire up Kodi with VPN my connection to the network on my firestick drops. What could be causing this?

    I have a relatively new fire stick, I checked for system updates, I have it in developer mode. I’m sick of the buffering! Save me Nathan!

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    • Glenn Kessler on

      please explain further. I did a Google search for the IP and it was different than the IP on the device that I installed the ipvanish. Are you saying that this indicates that ipvanish is working? Sorry, but the installation of ipvanish on the firestick is not as easy as you make it out to be… took a long and careful time doing it

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      • Nathan Kinkead on

        Sorry it’s not clear enough. Also, I just realized that part of the post is obsolete and needs to be updated because Fusion in gone. You would need to Google search the word “IP” from a browser in the Fire Stick. Unfortunately, the Fire Stick doesn’t come with a browser. However, if you installed the “Downloader” app on the Fire Stick, you should be able to use that as a browser and run a Google search.

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  22. Ricky Hooper on

    So once i have IPVanish installed onto my FireTV and am successfully logged in, when it says “connected”, am I safe to assume that when I fire up my Kodi app and begin using it, the IPVanish app that connected prior to loading Kodi on my FireTV is still working as a VPN to all Kodi streams? Just hoping to get confirmation on that… Thank you!

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  23. Nathan Kinkead on

    The IP address seen in your network settings is your internal LAN IP address and it usually starts with 192.168.x.x. This is completely separate from these discussions. That won’t change.

    Do this. Before connecting to IPVanish, go to https://myiplocation.org/ and see what IP and location it says. This is how the Internet sees you without a VPN. The location is usually very approximate to somewhere in your city, usually where your ISP is based. Now, connect to IPVanish and then refresh that website. You should see the IP address and location change to match the server that you have selected in the IPVanish app. This is how the Internet sees you when you’re connected to your IPVanish VPN.

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  24. James on

    Every time I connect my firestick to ipvanish I get everything but a up address and it says locating and never gives me one how do I fix this problem

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  25. Angela Silliman on

    I’ve been trying to download the apk for almost 45 mins now but when the loading bar finally goes to the end it just restarts. Is this supposed to happen?

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      By “download”, do you mean downloading from the link on my website? Or do you mean pushing the APK file to your FireStick via adbLink? Pushing the file should only take a minute, so there must be something wrong if that’s happening. Perhaps try the other method.

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  26. Dale on

    Can I use IPVanish on the newest model of the Fire Stick without requiring Tomato or DD-WRT firmware on my router? i.e. can I just use my regular router without modification?

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  27. Border on

    Just downloaded and installed IPVanish on my Alexa Fire Stick and at first it connected and had the graph showing the connection but then it disconnected and now will not stay connected. Also, I have a problem seeing the entire ipvanish screen, the sides are too far left and right to read. Tried changing format on TV but only have wide and zoom available (older TV). How do I get this to stay connected?

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  28. Joseph on

    We recently got ipvanish for our firestick and when we tried both, the quick connect and choosing a server it starts to connect then says disconnected. What am I doing wrong?

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  29. Graham Seddon on

    Hi

    I have installed the latest version of IP Vanish which is 3.0.13.987 on my Amazon Fire Stick.
    I have logged in checked my IP Address & then clicked Connect & the IP Address has not changed but the location has?

    Why is my IP Address not changing, am I doing something wrong.

    I have a 2nd Generation Fire Stick.

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      • Graham Seddon on

        The IP Address i’m looking at is on the IP Vanish app so when I click the connect button its says the same IP Address again but does change it to a new location

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        • Nathan Kinkead on

          The IPVanish app will show your real external IP address, because they see where you are. But because of their VPN service, other websites will not see your real IP address, but they see one of IPVanish’s.

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  30. charliemedia on

    SPMC – KODIMASTERS & KODI-KRYPTON 17 – FIRE TV GURU 12.12 , These 2 builds are now running well especially with Krypton on-board the Amazon Firestick,a thing i bought last summer and went through many Builds to my own choice.Then did a Factory Restart got all my space back and loaded KodiMasters as it’s in the UPDATE in KODI it simply updates from Jarvis to Krypton right away on the stick and now running so well just removed the FIRETVGURU and now my stick can take any build on different Kodi or SPMC OR XBMC and have 3 – buids just in the CLOUD . Amazing little Plug + Play device that delivers in a very fast and reliable way for £34:99 ONLY ((((( WOW ))))) :)

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  31. what_the_deuce on

    I’ve got IPVanish installed and running on my Amazon Fire Stick, but I’m confused about your instructions on how to check to see if it is really working. You say “go to https://myiplocation.org and see what IP and location it says”. Are you saying open some sort of browser on the Fire Stick? How do I do that? Obviously if I go to a computer on my local network and do this, I’m going to always see my IP provider’s ip address, so that’s not going to confirm whether or not IPVanish is working on my Fire Stick. Can you clear this up? I’d really like to feel confident that IPVanish is truly hiding my ip when the Fire Stick streams content.

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  32. Brisk on

    Hi. Thanks for the guide. I have the latest fire stick and IPVanishVPN versions. It is installed properly and works. It’s the speeds that are the problem. I have a native download speed of 70 to 90mb. When I run speed test on my iPad with ipvanish on I get speeds of 30 – 60 MB per second which is not great but acceptable. When I run same Speedtest on fire stick on the same server I get speeds of 2 to 6 mb speeds which is not. If I auto connect it connects me to servers across the country. It’s as if it thinks I am somewhere else. I have done everything I think off including wiping everything and reinstalling, resetting router, Trying the different openvon options and tons of servers. It should run the same as my iPad or at least close. I need a fix! Any ideas?

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Brisk, was your FireStick getting the same 70-90 mbps speed tests with the VPN disconnected? I want to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, just in case your Fire Stick is getting a weaker wifi signal or something.

      Also, again, to compare apples to apples, make sure to manually connect your Fire Stick to the same VPN server that your iPad was connected to when it got those acceptable speeds.

      The auto-connect feature looks for the server with the fastest response time and connects to that one, regardless of where it is. If you have speed issues with ones that are selected automatically, you might want to find one that works for you and set it to auto-connect to that one manually.

      If you check all these things and you’re still not getting the same speed on your Fire Stick, it could be something wrong with the Fire Stick. Maybe its wifi is not as capable as your iPad, or maybe it’s not capable of encrypting and decrypting data as quickly as the iPad. Do you have the original or 2nd gen Fire Stick?

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  33. RockyJocket on

    Okay. IPVanish installed and ran Kodi just fine on Fire TV. Neither Netflix nor Amazon TV will work with it installed. What did I miss? Am I to now manually change the Fire TV IP address to match the new IP address set by IPVanish? I see where I can do that, but is it an instruction that I missed or…?

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      No, you don’t need to change your IP address. Netflix and Amazon Instant Video have technology that detects the use of a VPN, and they block it. If you want to use those, just click the disconnect button in the IPVanish app.

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  34. Geoff Solomon on

    Hi, have installed ipvanish as per your instructions but my external ip is still showing as my home (uk) one – so don’t think it’s working – this is a first generation firestick. Any thoughts please ?

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  35. Geoff Solomon on

    Hello, have installed ipvanish on my first gen fire stick as per instructions but my external ip addrsss has not changed – can you help please

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Did you check your external IP using the Indigo plugin or using another method? You said you installed it, but did you open the IPVanish app, login to your account, and click the connect button? I just want to make sure.

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        • Nathan Kinkead on

          Geoff, I just replied to your forum post, but I’ll update it here to in case others have the same issue.

          I just tested it again myself and it’s working perfectly. The external IP address showing in Indigo changed after I connected the IPVanish app.

          However, I did notice that the IPVanish APK file that I linked to in my post was old (3.0.4). I just updated the link to the latest version (3.0.14). Maybe that was the problem.

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          • Geoff Solomon on

            Hi Nathan

            Just got round to setting up again using the newest APK file 3.0,14 but afraid that in Indigo my local IP is still showing so am afraid this is still not working for me.

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            Geoff, a VPN will have no affect on your Local IP. That is the IP that is only defined within your house. What you care about is your External IP address. That is the IP address that defines who you are and where you are to the world. That’s what servers see. When you connect to IPVanish, then in Indigo, you should back out and then go back into the System Information page and you should see the External IP address change to something different. Look up that IP in an IP locator website, and it should not show your location, but the location of the IPVanish server you’re connecting to.

          • Geoff Solomon on

            Nathan, my apologies there was a mistype in my last post, it is definately the EXTERNAL IP address that I am checking and having checked in an IP locator site it is still showing my local address

          • Cyndi on

            I am having the same problem, I am connected on IPVanish to a different location but when I check on indigo my external IP is still showing the previous external IP before IPVanish no change for me either. Does this mean IPVanish won’t work for me? I’m using 1 gen Fire Stick

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            I just tested this myself again a couple days ago, and it was working perfectly. I want to help you figure this out. Please help by providing some info about your setup…

            1) Please confirm that you are going back a screen and then enter the System information page again (to make sure it refreshes the data)

            2) Which version of Fire Stick do you have? Original 1st gen or the new 2nd gen with Alexa Voice Remote?

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            Geoff, it turns out the you and a couple others here in the comments are reporting the same issue. I just tested this myself and it was working perfectly, so I want to help you guys figure this out.

            1) Please confirm that you are going back a screen and then enter the System information page again (to make sure it refreshes the data)

            2) Which version of Fire Stick do you have? Original 1st gen or the new 2nd gen with Alexa Voice Remote?

          • Geoff Solomon on

            Hi Nathan, just to clarify what I am doing, firstly opening the IP Vanish app and then click connect – it states connected to a server in New York, I then click Home and open Kodi ( version 16.1) then open Indigo and click on System Information from where I can see the external IP address is still my local UK one.

            Would confirm that the device is a first generation firestick running Fire OS 5.2.4.1

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            Geoff, I’ve now heard from a few people who are using 1st gen Fire Sticks running into the same issue. I guess the 1st gen Fire Stick still doesn’t support VPNs, even though the app now appears to work. I’ll update the post soon to address this situation.

  36. Hewzi on

    Hi. Really struggling here. I’ve downloaded ipvanish from a number of sources onto the firestick.
    I can open the app, choose servers, change preferences, but when I connect, it says my visible IP address is exactly where I am at home. I.e. My IP address has not vanished! My account works perfectly on my iPhone app. It’s just the firestick that seems to not be working.
    Please help!

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    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Hewzi, I just tested this myself again a couple days ago, and it was working perfectly. I want to help you figure this out. Please help by providing some info about your setup…

      1) Please confirm that you are going back a screen and then enter the System information page again (to make sure it refreshes the data)

      2) Which version of Fire Stick do you have? Original 1st gen or the new 2nd gen with Alexa Voice Remote?

      Reply
      • Hewzi on

        Hi Nathan, thanks for the reply.
        I have checked my visible IP address using a couple different methods. I’ve tried indigo system settings and also through the downloader browser using the ipmonkey website.

        I’m a little unsure which variants of the firestick I have. I have one with voice control and also one without. When I checked how to find the generation level, the method I found was to check the software level – I did this and it looks to me like they are gen2.

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        • Nathan Kinkead on

          Hewzi, does this happen for both Fire Sticks? Since it is working fine for me using a Fire Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, then I wonder if there is an issue with the older models of Fire Stick.

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          • Hewzi on

            I think there is probably something incompatible with the firestick.
            Trial abandoned. Ipvanish account closed. :-(

          • Nathan Kinkead on

            Hewzi, sorry it didn’t work out for you. Since you had new and old FireSticks, can you confirm if you tried this with both of them or just the old one? I want to know if it’s an issue with the 1st gen FireStick or something else.

  37. Jessica Hinds Moffitt on

    Do you have to turn the ipvanish on and off every time you use kodi? Or does it just automatically turn on itself ?

    Reply
  38. David Carson on

    Hi Nathan. I think I’m having the same problem as other people. I got IP Vanish up and connected but it still shows my visible IP address hasn’t changed. Jumped on Indigo and it also shows my External IP address as my original unchanged location. What am I doing wrong?

    Reply
    • Nathan Kinkead on

      David, I’ve now heard from a few people who are using 1st gen Fire Sticks running into the same issue. I guess the 1st gen Fire Stick still doesn’t support VPNs, even though the app now appears to work. I’ll update the post soon to address this situation.

      Reply
  39. megan wise on

    Hello,
    I just installed IPVanish to use with Kodi / Exodus and now no streams will open in Exodus. Things are also taking a lot longer to load. Any suggestions? Thanks

    Reply
  40. Laura Marie on

    I changed my Ip vanish password on my account and I am unable to update password on firestick. I figured I’d uninstall and start over but I can’t find option to do that either.

    Reply
  41. Steven Tewson on

    Hi Nathan, I have a 1st gen firestick too & like David Carson, encouraged by finding this article (& that there now appeared to be a ‘workaround’ for 1st gens) – opened an iPVanish a/c.

    Installs fine, ‘appears’ to work (location changes etc), but on checking “Indigo” – the external IP address is still the same. In EU there may(?) be changes coming re: streaming – (unsure of status) hence going for VPN.
    So looks like I’ve paid for vpn, but to no avail. Will buy a 2nd gen firestick pending on what you hear/find out – thanks.

    Reply
  42. Steven T on

    Hi Nathan, I have a 1st gen firestick too & like David Carson, encouraged by finding this article (& that there now appeared to be a ‘workaround’ for 1st gens) – opened an iPVanish a/c.

    Installs fine, ‘appears’ to work (location changes etc), but on checking “Indigo” – the external IP address is still the same. In EU there may(?) be changes coming re: streaming – (unsure of status) hence going for VPN.
    So looks like I’ve paid for vpn, but to no avail. Will buy a 2nd gen firestick pending on what you hear/find out – thanks…

    Reply
    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Steven, thanks for your comment. Yes, I’ve been hearing multiple comments from people this past week saying that the 1st gen Fire Stick installs and appears to be working, but it’s not actually working. There must be some kind of hardware limitation with the 1st gen Fire Stick that prevents a VPN from working on it. I’m going to update this post to let people know that they’ll have to buy a 2nd gen Fire Stick (http://amzn.to/2rnfxNq) for this to actually work.

      Reply
      • Steven T on

        Thanks a lot for getting back so quickly Nathan. (PS – on re-reading, I realise I’ve made it sound a bit like you’ve ‘recommended it’ – whereas you were only going on the info. you had at the time). Would’ve got a VPN anyway.

        But looking around, can’t find *anywhere* else that reckons 1st gen firestick’s *are* supported – so I think (with the update to Kodi), that iPVanish now installs, but is still stuck (possibly more by its own architecture) than a software issue ‘we’ can do anything about.

        But thought it was worth putting up another ‘doesn’t work for me’ in case people were still searching, But everywhere else is “N.B. – Won’t work for 1st gen fire sticks” – even some quite recent stuff.

        Many thanks – think it’s worth getting the 2nd gen.

        Reply
      • Steven T on

        Thanks a lot for getting back so quickly Nathan. (PS – on re-reading, I realise I’ve made it sound a bit like you’ve ‘recommended it’ – whereas you were only going on the info. you had at the time). Would’ve got a VPN anyway.

        But looking around, can’t find *anywhere* else that reckons 1st gen firestick’s *are* supported – so I think (with the update to Kodi), that iPVanish now installs, but is still stuck (possibly more by its own architecture) than a software issue ‘we’ can do anything about.

        But thought it was worth putting up another ‘doesn’t work for me’ in case people were still searching, But everywhere else is “N.B. – Won’t work for 1st gen fire sticks” – even some quite recent stuff.

        Many thanks – think it’s worth getting the 2nd gen.

        Reply
        • Nathan Kinkead on

          Thank you so much for the testing and feedback. Since I only have a 2nd gen Fire Stick myself, I couldn’t test it. At first, I had looked it up and found that VPNs don’t work with the 1st gen Fire Stick. Then, after a big OS update, I started getting lots of comments from people telling me that IPVanish started working after the update. It turned out that it wasn’t actually working, but was just appearing to work.

          I updated the post today to let people know. Thanks, again!

          Reply
  43. MrsG on

    We’ve got 2nd generation Firestick. Full updates done. Installed and able to login and connect with IPVanish. Tested external IP through Indigo. Still not changing. It’s still showing our original IP. IPV shows connected e.g. to USA but still not amending external IP. Not sure what we’re doing wrong?

    Reply
    • Nathan Kinkead on

      Really? I tested it myself last week. Just to confirm, did you back out to the previous screen in Indigo and then go back into the System information screen to refresh the external IP after you’re connected to IPVanish?

      Reply
      • MrsG on

        Yes. Tried it a couple of times. Gave it different amounts of time too to ensure the system refreshed and nothing. Works fine on phone etc but Firestick def a problem.

        Reply
  44. Nicole DeBuys Rodgers on

    So I installed IPVanish and all was working fine but today it wouldn’t connect. I click on connect and it would go through all the way to authenticating and then nothing would happen after that and it would still say disconnected. Any suggestions? Internet, fire stick, and TV were all working fine.

    Reply
  45. GP on

    I have just downloaded from the app store. Now it’s asking me to log into my account. I have not signed up to an account with them! Not getting any option to sign up. Please advise

    Reply
  46. Fiona Larwood on

    When I turn on my Firestick it goes to an IPVanish screen that has a ‘Connect’ button in the top left corner and just hangs. I can’t back up to the main firestick screen or reboot my firestick using the remote (play and select).

    Reply
  47. David Round on

    Hunter, did you find a solution to this? i’m having the same problem with losing internet connection using the latest firestick.

    Reply
    • Nathan Kinkead on

      I have the latest Fire Stick, and I’ve had that happen a couple times where it loses all internet connectivity. I just unplug the power cable and plug it back in. When it booted back up, it had internet just fine.

      Reply
  48. Esteban Luques on

    I JUST INSTALLED MY 2ND GEN FIRE STICK WITH IPVANISH, IPVANISH WILL CONNECT TO A VPN BUT MY IP ADDRESS WONT CHANGE AT ALL SO I STILL GETTING BLOCKED FOR NOT BEING INSIDE THE USA

    Reply
  49. Erin Adams on

    I downloaded and installed ipvanish on my fire stick, I use the fire stick remote app on my phone and I can’t use the remote while the vpn is connected. I’m so sad! Halo!

    Reply
  50. Adam on

    Two things. Once I get the IPVanish app loaded and launched from my Firestick, will my browsing be private on my iPhone and computer as well? Meaning if I’m running IPVanish and watching tv but also want to occasionally browse internet on my phone, will that be hidden as well?
    Two, will IPVanish have to be launched every time I turn on the tv, say when I go to bed and wake up, do I have to turn on IPVanish again or is it always on once I turn it on and keep the stick plugged in my tv.
    Sorta new to all this. Appreciate your help.

    Reply
    • Nathan Kinkead on

      IPVanish only covers the device that it’s installed on. If you want it to protect your phone and your computer, you can install the IPVanish app on those devices too. Your account can work with up to 5 devices.

      Yes, you have to launch the IPVanish app and click the Connect button to be protected. However it has auto-launch and auto-connect settings so you don’t have to worry about it.

      Reply

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