Private Internet Access (PIA) on a Firestick [Installation Guide]

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Private Internet Access is a well-known VPN out there, but it doesn’t provide a dedicated app for Amazon Fire Stick.

However, that isn’t to say that you’ll stream your favorite content unprotected – you can install PIA on your Fire TV or Amazon Fire Stick. Stay tuned as we take you through on how to set up one.

With a VPN, your browsing data is encrypted, thus keeping it safe from ‘spies’ of your Internet Service Provider, employer, or even the government. 

Also, a VPN ensures maximum privacy by preventing the ISPs from throttling your speeds, which is only useful when watching on Kodi.

Additionally, VPNs are capable of bypassing restrictions, which means you can access geo-restricted sites, including Netflix US, Hulu, and ITV Hub without buffer.

Okay, enough of the introduction. Let’s dig into some of the steps to install Private Internet Network on Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV. But before that, we’re going to discuss briefly on how to install the PIA using its APK file.

Avoid Downloading APK Files from Third-Party Sites

The internet is full of misleading information, which in most cases, does not work. If you want to install PIA on your device, then use its APK file to download. You can access it from Androids, Mac, or Windows.

The good news with PIA is that it allows its users to install the app directly from their website. This is because their files have been repackaged with malware and uploaded to attract online fraudsters who try to interfere with their systems.

Most websites provide malicious APKs, and as such, we recommend downloading the PIA directly from your VPN provider as it guarantees full protection.

Installation of Private Internet Access on Amazon Firestick

To start with, you will need a few things before you can install Private Internet Access. You will need a 3rd generation firestick, or a fire tv, as well as a subscription plan on Private Internet Access. 

It is also noteworthy to mention that Private Internet Access offers its users a 7-day money refund to those users who are dissatisfied with its services. 

Step 1: Authorize to install applications from unknown sources

You cannot download or install apps from unknown sources because Amazon default only allows users to install applications from known sources. 

And because Private Internet Access has no apps on its store, you will have to authorize the installation of applications from unknown sources. 

Below are the steps you need to follow: 

  1. From your home screen, go to “settings” located at the top bar. 
  2. Next step: select “My Fire TV.”
  3. Select “Apps from Unknown Sources” to guarantee the installation of foreign apps
  4. Take your remote control and press “home.” You will be taken to the home screen. 

Step 2: Get the Downloader app

Most people have found it easier to install app files on their Firestick using an application known as “Downloader.”

If you want to install an application using this app, you have two options: one – you can hold the microphone button on your remote control and two – go manual to find it by using the search bar. 

Once you have found the application you want to download, click “download” and the app will start downloading automatically. 

Step 3: Install Private Internet Access

Once you have downloaded the Downloader app, open it. And when you open this app, you will notice an entry box on your right. Go to it and press the center button of your remote control. 

That’s where you will enter the URL of the application you want to install. So for our case, please type in the following URL into that space. Make sure you have included the quotation marks:

Once that is done, click “Go” button located at the bottom of your screen. Your application should commence download. Confirm the application’s permission once it has finished downloading. Click “INSTALL” and “OPEN” on the screen that you will be taken to. 

And maybe we should give you some good news. Private Internet Access Android application works pretty well with Amazon Firesticks remote control. This means that you don’t need any other software to get started. 

You can begin right away. What you need to do is to sign in using your login credentials. There will be a pop-up asking for access to your configurations. Please press “OK” then “OK” on the page that you will be taken to. 

Congratulations! You now have access to your Private Internet Access application. But before you connect, please ensure that you have enabled the kill switch, as well as the ad blocks. 

How to unblock geo-restricted content using a VPN

You have correctly set up your application. Unblocking geo-restricted content should be the least of your worries at this stage. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Know the streaming service or material you want to access. 
  2. Sign in to your VPN application. 
  3. Connect to a server with an appropriate location. For instance, use America to unblock Netflix US, or Britain to bypass ITV Hub. 
  4. Try if you can stream from your platform. It should not have any loading issues, and in case there is, please reach out to your VPN customer support team. 

How to update Private Internet Access on an Amazon Firestick (manually)

You should know that you won’t be able to update apps that aren’t on Amazon Fire app store. That said, you will be required to update your Private Internet Access application manually. Fortunately, this will not be a Herculean task. 

Enter the URL of the Private Internet Access application on the Downloader app like you did when installing. The difference is that you will not have the option to download but to update. Also, make sure you keep checking the website to see if there is any new update. 

Is it possible to use Virtual Private Network on a first-generation Firestick?

This is bad news for you. You can use a VPN on a first-generation Firestick because Firesticks do not support VPN tunnelling. But the question is: how will you know that you’re using a first-generation Firestick? You need to check for FCC ID at the back. If it’s written 2ABDU-0509, it’s a first-generation device.

Having Problems Connecting to Your VPN?

In most cases, your VPN may fail to work correctly due to connectivity issues. For example, you might experience difficulties accessing a restricted streaming site or even connecting to your VPN server.

So how do you go about it?

You may have to clear the Fire Sticks’ cache, which only takes a couple of minutes. Here’s how to do so:

  1. On the main screen, from the navigation bar, select Settings.
  2. Click on the Applications bar and manage the Installed Applications.
  3. Select your VPN app (say PIA), from the list of installed apps. 
  4. Click the Force Stop button and proceed to clear the cache.
  5. Once that is done, restart your VPN app and check whether the connectivity issue has been resolved.

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