In this post, I will answer a lot of the questions people have about the OpenLoad pair (OLPair) authorization in Kodi. I’ll explain what it is and how it works. I’ll also show you how to OLPair when using a VPN on your Kodi box or Fire Stick.
If you are a Kodi streamer, you have probably seen this pop-up before…
Why are you seeing this? What does it do? Is it safe? How do I do it? How often do I have to do it? How can I OLPair with a VPN? Is there an alternative to OLPair?
Allow me to answer these questions…
Why Does OpenLoad Require Pair Authorization?
OpenLoad is an awesome host that has a ton of video sources and has pretty good bandwidth.
A while back, they were not liking how all these Kodi users were using their streams without a browser. My guess is that their complaint stemmed from the inability to have proper traffic reporting in Google Analytics or something. For a while, they were actually blocking Kodi users from their servers.
So, Tknorris, one of the developers of URLResolver (which is the behind the scenes add-on that all the streaming add-ons use), worked with OpenLoad to devise this pair solution.
What Does OpenLoad Pair Actually Do?
From a technical perspective, when you open a browser and go to the pair website, it allows OpenLoad to register your IP address and get some analytics data on you. This allows them to include Kodi users in their analytics reporting that they already have for their website.
If you’re not familiar with Google Analytics, it shows reports on traffic on your website. It is very helpful for website owners to get a better understanding on which pages are more popular than others, and where they are coming from to get there, whether it be Google, social media, or a referral link from another website.
Another thing that this pair feature does is requires you to click the captcha to prove you’re not a robot. This helps to stop automated systems from scraping and downloading all of their video files.
Probably the biggest reason for this is to serve you some ads. You’ll notice on the page where you pair, there are ads between the captcha and the Pair button.
Is OpenLoad Pair Safe?
Yes, it’s safe.
How Do I Pair? What If I’m Using a Fire Stick With No Browser?
This is a question I get a lot on this topic. The pop-up message is not entirely clear how to do it.
Do you need to go to that website on the Kodi box? The answer is “no“, which is great news for Fire Stick users who don’t have a browser to use.
So, when you get this message, you can just pull out your phone, and use your mobile browser to go to https://olpair.com and pair. The reason this works is because your Kodi box and your phone are likely on the same local network which share a single external IP address of your house.
How Often Do I Have to Pair with OpenLoad?
The pair page states that it will give you access to their streams for 4 hours. So, you will need to keep pairing again every 4 hours.
I don’t know about you, but that’s really obnoxious. How about a way around it…
How to Pair with OpenLoad when Using a VPN
The one exception to the previous suggestion of using your phone is if you’re using a VPN (which I strongly recommend).
If your Kodi box has VPN software installed and running, then it will have a different external IP address than your phone (which would not be on the same VPN). In this case, you would need to use a browser on the Kodi box itself.
If your Kodi box is a Windows or Android box, then you should have a browser available to use. Just switch between the Kodi app and your browser app using Ctrl+tab on a keyboard or using the recent apps button on Android.
If you’re using a Fire TV or Fire Stick, you won’t have a web browser. But, you can download one by searching for the “Downloader” app and installing that.
Or, if all of this is too much hassle, and you’d rather just not deal with olpair with a vpn, keep reading for the Real-Debrid workaround…
Dump the Pair and get Reliable Streams with Real-Debrid
I have geared this whole post until now towards people who don’t use Real-Debrid, because after you start using Real-Debrid, you’ll never see that pop-up message again. Real-Debrid also works great with a Kodi VPN.
Plus, if you’re using Real-Debrid, you will have lots of high quality, high bandwidth steams available. It’s totally worth the roughly $3/month. (BTW, I don’t get any commission from them. I just know how great it works.)
To learn more, read How to Get Reliable Kodi Stream Sources with Real-Debrid.