Amazon Fire TV VPN Compatibility (Private Internet Access) – Updated

 

 

This post was written in order to inform you on which Fire TV devices are compatible with the Private Internet Access App. This is the only service I have tried personally, so I will share my experiences on that only. If you would like to share your experience with a different service, feel free to leave it in the comments below.


Amazon Fire TV (First Generation – 2014) – Not Tested

If you purchased your Amazon Fire TV before December 2015, you most likely have the First Generation. If you purchased it recently, it is always a good idea to double check because some stores may be getting rid of old supply. One easy way to find out is to look at the package it came in. If the box looks like the image on the left, it is the First Generation.  Also, if it DOES NOT have a microSD slot, it is the First Generation.

I have not tested this Fire TV with the Private Internet Access App. If I get one in my hands, I will update this post. If you have tested it, please let me know your results.

 

 


Amazon Fire TV Stick (First Generation – 2014) – Not Compatible

If you purchased your Amazon Fire TV Stick before October 2016, you most likely have the First Generation. If you purchased it recently, it is a good idea to double check for the same reason listed above. One easy way to find out is to look at the package it came in. If the box looks like the image on the left, it is the First Generation.

This device is NOT compatible with the Private Internet Access App. When I tried to click connect, the IP address remained the same with no changes. It might say successfully connected, but if the IP address remains the same, that means the App is not functioning correctly.


Amazon Fire TV (Second Generation – 2015) – Fully Compatible

If you purchased your Amazon Fire TV after December 2015, you most likely have the Second Generation. Amazon always sells the latest model, so you would be getting this one. If you are purchasing from a store, make sure the box looks like the image on the left. Also, if it has a microSD slot, it is the Second Generation.

This device is fully compatible with the Private Internet Access App. You can change your location to any of the available servers on the app. This will be the best option for using a VPN.

 

 


Amazon Fire TV Stick (Second Generation – 2016) – Fully Compatible

If you purchased your Amazon Fire TV Stick after October 2016, you most likely have the Second Generation. Amazon always sells the latest model, so you would be getting this one. If you are purchasing from a store, make sure the box looks like the image on the left. Another quick way to know is to look at the remote. If it has a button with a microphone, it is the Second Generation.

This device is fully compatible with the Private Internet Access App. You can change your location to any of the available servers on the app. This will be the second best option for using a VPN.

 

 

 


All New Fire TV (2017) – Fully Compatible

This device is easy to spot as it is the first Fire TV introduced with a dongle design. It was released on Oct 25, 2017. It is fully compatible with the Private Internet Access app. You can buy one here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


What’s next?

After checking the compatibility, you can sign up for Private Internet Access. After signing up, you will still need to install the app on your device. The app can be found on this link.

Don’t have a compatible device?

Your cheapest option is to get a hold of a compatible device. If you would like to keep your device, the only option is to find a router that is compatible with DD-WRT (an open source firmware). You will need to first install DD-WRT, and then follow the instructions provided here to set up OpenVPN. This will allow any device in your household to connect to this router and have an encrypted internet connection. I have had good experiences with the Linksys WRT1200 and Linksys WRT1900.


Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. As I stated, PIA has been the only service I have used with these devices. My philosophy is that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” I am willing to try other services too if there’s an interest for it. However, I highly recommend this one for its affordable pricing.

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