Whether you are looking for a way to browse anonymously on your Firestick or want to stream geo-restricted content, a virtual private network (VPN) is the most effective tool for you.
A good VPN will help you unblock and access streaming platforms that are geo-restricted including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer, etc.
You can connect to any server and access international streaming content on your Firestick.
For example, if you want to access Hulu on your Firestick, you simply need to connect to a US VPN server. It will change your IP address to the US, allowing you to stream Hulu movies and shows abroad.
Even though premium VPN services are recommended for Firestick users, there are plenty of free VPN services as well that you can use with your Amazon Fire TV Stick. There are some really good, completely free VPNs for Firestick that you can use free of cost to stream geo-restricted content.
How to Choose a completely free VPN for Firestick
Not all free VPNs work with streaming services as they are not capable of bypassing geo-restrictions.
Additionally, most services are not safe to use as they have embedded trackers, and malware. So, if you want to use a VPN for your Firestick, make sure to consider the following important things:
- The VPN should have apps available on Amazon Store and Google Play Store.
- A number of servers in different countries for streaming geo-restricted platforms.
- Good download speed for bufferless streaming.
- Strong 256-bit AES encryption for security and privacy.
- Zero IP/ DNS/ WebRTC leaks.
1. Easy to use apps
Make sure the free VPN you choose offers apps on Amazon Store and Google Play Store. It should be lightweight and easy to use as Firestick already has limited sources, so a heavy VPN app will slow down your device.
2. Wide server network
Perhaps one of the most important criteria is a wide server network. The free VPN should offer a wide network of servers across the world. It is important for two things, first, a large server network means you can potentially unblock any streaming service you want.
Second, with a large VPN server network, you are unlikely to experience slow speeds during peak hours. Also, most streaming platforms have blacklisted free VPN IP addresses so if you try to access any streaming site like Netflix, or Hulu, you will get the proxy error.
However, if the free VPN offers a great number of servers, it becomes harder for the streaming services to block access. So, you can easily watch your favorite shows and movies on your Firestick from anywhere in the world.
3. Fast speeds
Streaming requires fast download speeds. For example, Netflix’s minimum speed requirement is at least 3 Mbps for standard definition video quality and 5 Mbps for HD quality. So, if your VPN connection is slow, you will not be able to enjoy streaming, as you will experience extreme buffering and poor video quality.
Therefore, it is important that the free VPN you choose for your Firestick offers fast speeds.
4. Security and Privacy
A major problem with free VPNs is that they are not really secure. According to a study, almost 40% of the free VPNs were found to leak user data. Most contain trackers and malware in their apps that compromise user data security.
Therefore, it is essential that the VPN you choose offers 256-bit AES encryption, kill switch and protection against potential IP and DNS leaks. DNS leaks ensure that your activities cannot be monitored online.
5. Ability to unblock streaming platforms
Most free VPNs cannot unblock geo-restricted websites and streaming platforms. That is why it is important to choose a free VPN for Firestick that works with popular streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, HBO, and more.
With a free VPN, you can connect to any server location you want and stream international content that is not available in your country. Some popular streaming sites you can access with a VPN on your Firestick are:
- YouTube TV
- Amazon Prime Video
- Sling TV
How to use a free VPN on Firestick
Here’s how you can use a VPN on Firestick:
- Launch your Firestick.
- From the home screen, go to Apps > Categories > Utility.
- Search for the free VPN you want and click the Get button.
- Once the app is installed, Open it and log in to your account.
- Connect to a server location you want.
- That’s it, you can now stream anything you want on your Firestick.
It will now change your IP address, allowing you to access geo-blocked content from anywhere in the world. It will also encrypt your traffic, ensuring online security and privacy.