This tutorial will teach you how to install Private Internet Access VPN on Amazon FireStick. The following instructions and insight apply to any of the Amazon Fire TV devices such as the FireStick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and the Fire TV Stick Lite. Read on and find out more!
VPN solutions have become a lot more popular in recent times, mainly thanks to the geo-blocking put in place by streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Zattoo. For instance, the sporting delights of ESPN USA are strictly limited to that location alone.
Without the use of VPN services, it would be virtually impossible to bypass geo-restrictions, but luckily, they exist. Even better, there are a plethora of excellent options to choose from. One such service is PIA (Private Internet Access) VPN, and this article will explain concisely how it can be used with the FireStick.
Why Choose PIA VPN for FireStick
The chances are that you own a FireStick but want to use it to stream certain channels that have geo-blocks. For instance, if you own a FireStick and cannot access Netflix US because you live abroad, a VPN is your best bet to bypass the restrictions.
PIA stands for Private Internet Access. It’s a truly special VPN solution with several great features that are outstanding (we wouldn’t be recommending this for Amazon FireStick if it wasn’t). Below are some of the reasons for this choice; so, stick around and learn with us!
Disclosure: Though PIA VPN is a good choice, it would be unfair if I don’t disclose that I personally like and use ExpressVPN on all my devices including Fire TV Stick. If you want to give it a try, here’s how to install ExpressVPN on FireStick.
The first factor that we considered was the price. PIA VPN has more than one billing option- three, to be precise. The pricing starts at $9.95 a month. The best deal is the 3-year plan, going at $2.19 a month. The 78% discount applied amounts to just $79 for three years!
The third billing option costs $3.33 a month and $39.95 a year. This is pretty much a good thing, given how generally expensive VPN subscriptions can be.
Nevertheless, it is advised that you start with the lesser plan to best sample the finer features of PIA VPN.
Regarding payment options, PIA accepts payments with crypto, PayPal, and regular credit cards. In addition, gift cards by certain retailers are accepted. This kind of payment is convenient if you seek anonymity.
Compared to other VPN solutions with a limitation to about five simultaneous connections, PIA VPN allows you to connect to the service with as many as ten different devices, with just one subscription plan.
This is a real bonus in an industry where the average is five simultaneous connections.
Many VPN solutions are judged by the number of servers they have. It stands to reason that the best VPN services will have the most amount of servers and available locations. This will help to increase efficiency in by-passing geo-block restrictions.
PIA has well over 3000 servers in 48 different countries, with powerful features to help unblock the likes of Netflix US, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Ease of Use
Compared to other VPN solutions with complicated user interfaces, all in the name of being fancy, PIA VPN is quite easy to use. It combines a fine, green-themed layout with a concise user experience such that it is easy to use, even for a first-time user.
The truth is that not all VPN services are suited to unblocking the geo-restrictions of all streaming platforms. Some work well for Hulu but are poor choices for Netflix USA.
Using PIA VPN, you will have access to unblocking geo-restrictions for a wide range of streaming platforms, so you can stream as much as you want to.
Browsing Security and Privacy
PIA VPN offers maximum security and anonymity when browsing so that your data is not compromised. In addition, you are well and truly anonymous, as high-grade encryption protocols secure the browsing tunnel.
In addition, there are special features for blocking ads and malware and the use of the WireGuard protocol.
How to Install Private Internet Access VPN on FireStick
Private Internet Access can be acquired from Amazon’s App Store. Installing it on any of FireStick’s variants is quite easy.
But before that, you will need a valid PIA subscription in order to use it on Fire Stick or other devices. Here’s the link to buy a subscription from its official website.
The following instructions will highlight the installation steps using the official, recommended option. Here we go!
Installing PIA VPN from the Amazon App Store
1. Search for Private Internet Access from the Amazon App Store.
2. From the list of options, click appropriately and Download the app.
3. Private Internet Access will be installed.
4. After downloading, click on Open.
How to Use PIA VPN on FireStick
If you have followed our precise steps up until this point, great! The next step is to use the VPN solution that you have just downloaded on your FireStick.
How to Access PIA VPN App
For this, all you have to do is to navigate to All My Apps. From here, you can view all the apps you have installed on your device. Moving it to the very top of the list is quite convenient for our little exercise, so that’s exactly what we’ll do.
To move the app, tap on the Menu button, click on Move, and Drag the app to the preferred position. Finally, click on OK to complete.
Now, you can open the PIA VPN and proceed to the next step. Read on.
- Having moved the app around a bit previously, the first step is to launch the PIA VPN service on your FireStick device.
- Access your account with the credentials you got from your initial subscription to the PIA VPN service by clicking on Sign In.
3. After successfully signing in, PIA will require permission to begin configuration for your device, the FireStick. You will have to click on OK multiple times until a connect request pops up from FireStick.
4. PIA’s home screen will then appear.
5. To link your FireStick to the VPN service, click on the large yellow button in the center of the screen.
Selecting PIA VPN Server on FireStick
The layout or user interface of the Private Internet Access VPN solution is set up in such a way that it is easy to use. Navigation is very straightforward, and so is selecting a server.
After launching the app, you can easily select a server from the list of locations. You will find that some countries e.g. the USA, have multiple server locations available in-app.
While Amazon Firesticks continue to rise in popularity, you may need a VPN like Private Internet Access to really get the most out of your Firestick. Thus, we have created this guide to show you how to easily set up and install a Private Internet Access VPN on your Amazon FireStick. As long as you follow our step-by-step instructions, you’ll be fine.
So, having synchronized PIA VPN with Amazon FireStick, you can sit back and enjoy streaming BBC, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and U.S Netflix from wherever you are in the world, without having to worry about geo-restrictions.
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