If you are streaming enthusiast who wants easy access to different streaming services, you might already own an Amazon Fire Stick, or you are thinking of buying one.
I, myself, am very fond of the Amazon Firestick.
However, some of the content can be geo-blocked based on where you are residing, which can be an issue. Also, as a privacy-conscious user, I want not only to stream content but to also remain secure online at all times.
From my experience with VPNs, I have concluded that one of the best and most reliable alternatives on the market is NordVPN.
If you are not using it yet, I warmly recommend you try NordVPN out for yourself.
NordVPN will enable you with a large global content library, and, at the same time, it will keep you shielded from prying eyes.
But does it work with Amazon Firestick?
Does NordVPN Work With Amazon Firestick?
Yes, NordVPN works with Amazon Firestick.
The service provider offers an easy-to-access native app for second-generation Amazon Fire devices, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
In other words, you can easily install NordVPN to use it with your streaming services. That way, you will have access to geo-blocked services no matter where you are, including Netflix and Hulu, while at the same time staying safe and protected online with NordVPN’s excellent privacy and security features.
Overall, NordVPN is the full package, and it can satisfy even the pickiest users, such as myself. Plus, the fact that it offers a native app for newer Firestick devices is clearly a big plus.
It’s necessary to mention that for older versions, however, you’ll have to rely on other ways of setting up NordVPN, but it’s still possible.
To help you out, I will go through that later in the article.
How to Install NordVPN on Amazon Fire TV Stick?
The installment process of the NordVPN app is quite easy, as shown in the video.
Even if this is your first time installing an app on your Firestick device, following these 10 simple steps will make this experience a piece of cake.
Keep in mind that the interface will be a bit different than the mobile or computer version of NordVPN, but it will be quite easy to handle it within minutes since your first login.
There is another way of installing NordVPN, which was used before the official release of NordVPN’s app on the Amazon app store.
You can do this manually by obtaining the .apk file from NordVPN.
How to Control NordVPN on Fire Stick?
I really enjoy the Amazon Firestick, but navigating through the platform with a remote can be kind of annoying.
Keep in mind that you can always install the Mouse Toggle option for convenience over the classic remote navigation or use a Bluetooth mouse.
Still, mouse or no mouse, you need to learn how to control the apps on your Firestick, including NordVPN.
The first time you log in to NordVPN, you will see the “Turn CyberSec On” message.
After clicking to confirm, you will be given the message that I previously mentioned, which verifies that you trust NordVPN for further use.
Once you finish with this, you will enter NordVPN’s interface.
When NordVPN initially released the app for Amazon Fire Stick, the interface was very similar to its mobile and desktop version. However, sometime later, they updated it.
Now, when you log in to NordVPN, by navigating to the left, you will see a slider menu where you can find the Home button, the Settings button, as well the All Countries servers. To navigate through it, go up and down, and you will see the interface on the right changing accordingly.
Under Specialty servers, you will find some of the most valuable options that come with NordVPN, including the Onion over VPN, the P2P supported servers, NordVPN’s Dedicated IPs, etc.
For the obfuscated servers, enter the Settings menu on the bottom.
How Can I Use NordVPN With a First-Generation Fire TV Device?
First-generation Fire TV devices can be more challenging to manage with a VPN since they don’t support the native NordVPN app.
However, you can still use NordVPN to stream privately, although it might be a more complicated process overall.
In cases such as this one, when you can’t use a native NordVPN app or software, there are two possible scenarios to keep yourself shielded online and access geo-blocked content.
Use With a Router
Installing NordVPN on your router will automatically encrypt all of your internet traffic, thus it will protect every device connected to that particular network.
NordVPN supports most routers, which means you can install it on your home router as well, as long as it is compatible.
For more information, you can turn to NordVPN’s tutorial list, where you can find all of the compatible routers with NordVPN as well as their comprehensible step-by-step instructions on how to properly do this.
Create a NordVPN-Protected Wi-Fi Hotspot
When your router model is not supported by NordVPN, which is something that can happen with older models, you can try creating a NordVPN-protected Wi-Fi hotspot from your computer.
You can use both Windows 10 and macOS laptops to create a hotspot, and, from there, share the network with other devices.
If NordVPN is active on your computer when you are establishing the hotspot, you will create a VPN-encrypted internet connection available to all devices, including your Amazon Fire TV device.
If you don’t know how to do it, check out these two helpful tutorials:
Where Can I Get NordVPN .apk file for Firestick?
For the manual installation of NordVPN’s app, you need to obtain the .apk file from NordVPN’s official website by opening it on any browsers.
On most Android devices, you can do that by clicking on the VPN Apps button from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Under the Google Play button, you should see the .apk download file.
Since Firestick does not have a browser, you can use the Downloader app, and type in https://nordvpn.com/download/android/, where you will be given the option to either download the NordVPN app from Android or to download the .apk file.
How to Use NordVPN on Amazon Firestick?
To use NordVPN on Amazon Firestick you need to download the native NordVPN app from the Android app store or manually download it yourself with the help of the .apk file.
Once you are done with the installation, open your NordVPN app, and log in with your credentials. From there, you can connect to any server that you want to use, and change the settings directly through the interface.
Can I Use Third-Party APKs?
Yes, you can use third-party APKs on your Firestick.
To do that, however, you need to change your settings and enable the feature.
The process is called “sideloading”.
Go to your home page and navigate to your device’s Settings in the upper right corner. Find “Devices“, then open “Developer Options“.
From there, toggle the button to turn on “Apps from Unknown Sources” and “USB Debugging“.
After you’ve done this, find the .apk version of the app you want to download.
You can do this either by browsing the web on your Firestick or loading a previously saved .apk file from a cloud storage service.
Can't Login on Amazon Firestick With NordVPN
If you can’t log in to Amazon Firestick with NordVPN, there can be a few solutions to the problem. First, make sure that you are using a second-generation-or-later Amazon Fire devices since NordVPN won’t work with first-generation devices.
If this is not the case, proceed by checking the following things:
How To Check If NordVPN on Firestick Is Working?
To check if NordVPN is working on your Firestick, you need to compare your IP address without an active VPN connection to the IP address when you connect to a NordVPN server.
To do that, before you connect to NordVPN, open your browser’s app on the Firestick. If you don’t have one yet, you can download Mozilla since it has a native app for the device.
Then, open the NordVPN app, log in with your credentials, and connect to a server in a different country.
Go back to the browser and do the same thing all over again.
This time, the location and IP address should be different.
If they are, it means that NordVPN is working.