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How to Install NordVPN on Firestick

Since its launch in 2014, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, also known as the Firestick, has been making waves in the media streaming community. Where before users were forced to squint at their laptop screens or navigate the cumbersome UI of a set-top boxes or smart TV, the Firestick offered a more user-friendly experience overall. Its small form factor allows it to be used with any HDMI-compatible screen, while its OS allows users to download apps for just about any streaming service imaginable.

Kodi is by far the most popular of these applications, and is single-handedly responsible for a large part of the Firestick’s popularity. Thanks to its myriad third-party add-ons, Kodi users have access to an astonishing array of streaming content. Not all of this content is strictly legal, however. Both copyright holders and ISPs have taken a dim view of the service and its users, who may get hit with notices, fines and interrupted service reactively or even preemptively. A virtual private network, or VPN, is an effective tool to protect yourself against liability. Today we will show you how to install NordVPN onto Firestick, in a step-by-step guide that also covers this excellent VPN provider’s stand-out features.

Why Use a VPN with Firestick?

The potential legal risks that come with streaming content on Kodi makes it clear why a VPN is a good idea for that player. The encryption and anonymity a VPN can provide both help to protect users from these legal threats. But we are often asked why other Firestick users should bother with a VPN and whether they will slow your internet connection down. The fact is, with most top-of-the-range VPN providers, any impact on connection speeds is absolutely minimal. And there are a number of compelling reasons why using a VPN with a Firestick is a good idea:

  • Security: Firesticks run on an operating system called Fire OS, which is based on the Android operating system. Android devices make up the overwhelming majority of market share which means they are a big target for hackers. But the Android software itself is notoriously insecure in comparison to rival OS’s such as iOS. This means any Android device, including a Firestick, is potentially vulnerable to being hacked or put under surveillance. But a VPN offers protections from such threats by encrypting all of your online traffic and so helping to ensure that your Firestick and all the personal data it contains is safe.
  • Safer Public Wi-Fi: The Firestick is small and easy to take around with you, but when connecting on the go, you are likely to have to use public Wi-Fi networks. But public Wi-Fi is incredibly insecure, and it is not recommended to expose any personal data when using it. With a VPN, all your data is encrypted, which means you can make use of public Wi-Fi with confidence, knowing your private data is protected.
  • Accessing content abroad: The portability of a Firestick makes it the ideal device to travel with and, in theory, you should be able to watch your favourite movies and shows wherever you are. But the reality is, most streaming services are restricted to only be used in specific countries. But with a Firestick, it is possible to get around this geo-restriction and by connecting to a server in your home country (or anywhere else!) So, with a VPN, it is indeed possible to watch you want, when you want, wherever you are!

Why Choose NordVPN?

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NordVPN is, without a doubt, one of the top-performing VPN providers around right now. Their privacy settings are about as good as it gets, with a comprehensive zero-logging policy that covers everything from bandwidth to traffic, time stamps, and even IP addresses. Their 256-bit AES encryption is nigh unbreakable, and they also offer a number of extra security features including an automatic kill switch and DNS leak protection. NordVPN even offers special, dedicated servers for those who want to stream using P2P files.

In the past, their speeds have been criticised, but they have been working on this and now the large majority of their servers are ultra-fast. And it is their server network which is perhaps their biggest feature, with more than 1,090 servers in 61 different countries. For those who want to take their Firestick around the world and keep watching, NordVPN are therefore a perfect fit and their pricing also makes them a lot more reasonable than many of their rivals too. Overall, NordVPN is a great bet for Firestick users.

You can try NordVPN for yourself and take advantage of the special offer available. You can get a 72% discount on their 2-year plan, which works out to just $3.29 per month, with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

How to Install NordVPN on Firestick

There are a handful of VPN providers which offer official Amazon apps and can, therefore, be downloaded onto a Firestick quickly and easily. Unfortunately, NordVPN is not one of them. But don’t let that put you off! Their Android app can still be downloaded and the process is not nearly as difficult as you might fear. All you have to do is follow this simple step-by-step guide to get NordVPN up and running on your device:

  1. Switch on your Firestick and on the menu along the top of the Home Page, click on Settings.
  2. Scroll along the menu until you see the tab for Device. Click on it.

  1. You will see an option called Developer Options. Click on this and ensure that the tab entitled “Apps from Unknown Sources is set to On.

  1. Go back to the home page and this time click on the Search button, which looks like a magnifying glass.

  1. Enter Downloader into the search section. Then click on the same word when it is listed below the keypad.

  1. Select the Downloader app icon, which is bright orange with a down arrow on it from the following screen. Then click to install the app. Once it has been installed, launch the Downloader app.

  1. The Downloader app main menu will be prompting you to enter a URL. Enter the following URL exactly: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/apps/android/generic/nordvpn-sideload/latest/NordVPN.apk. If that looks like it will take too long, you can also try http://bit.ly/2y9IVxq

  1. Click ‘Go’ and this will download the NordVPN.apk installation file. The download may take a while so be patient. Also, don’t worry if it says Connecting rather than downloading. It is doing the job.
  2. Once the NordVPN app download process is complete, click Install.

  1. Once the installation process is complete, click on Open to launch the NordVPN app.

  1. On the NordVPN app homepage, you will see an option to Create Account. If you don’t already have a NordVPN you can do that through the app by clicking here. But it is a tricky process on the Firestick, so we would suggest you create an account on their website using the links above and then click on the head-shaped icon in the top left of the screen. Then click on Sign In and enter your NordVPN login details to begin.

Generational Issues

Before you do commit to purchasing a NordVPN account, it is important to check which generation of Firestick device you are using. This is because some do not support VPNs. If you have one of the newer 2nd generation Firesticks, you will be able to get NordVPN working without a problem. But, if you have a 1st generation device, you will find that you can download the NordVPN app, but cannot get it to connect.

If you are unsure what generation your Fire TV Stick is, there is an easy way to check. Switch on your Firestick and go to Settings, System, and then About. Here you will be able to see which version of the FireOS operating system your device is running.

A 1st generation Fire TV Stick can only update to Fire OS 5.2.1.2, but a 2nd generation device will be running Fire OS 5.2.2 or later. If you find you are using a 1st generation device, we would recommend you consider an upgrade for security and privacy reasons–not least to be able to run a VPN. A 2nd Generation Firestick currently costs $39.99 on Amazon, a small price to pay for the extra protection you will be afforded.

How to Use the NordVPN App on Firestick

Once you open the NordVPN app on your Firestick and have logged in, you will find it functions exactly as the Android app on a smartphone or tablet does. And this is largely the same as their other apps on different devices too. The Homepage consists of a map of the world with pins marking the approximate location of NordVPN’s extensive range of servers. There is a Quick Connect button at the bottom of the page, which you can click on if you just want to connect to the best NordVPN for your location. This process should only take a few moments and then you can simply leave the app running in the background and get on with streaming content on your Firestick.

If you want to choose a server in a specific location, you can navigate around the map and click on the pin for the country you want to connect to. The button in the centre of the screen will now read Connect and if you click this, you will be connected to the best server in that country for you based on your connection. If you want to choose specific servers, you can also do that by clicking on Servers. That is all you really need to know to get connected to NordVPN, but of course, there are various additional features you might also want to explore.

Additional Features

As well as conventional Server connections, NordVPN also offers a selection of servers which have been individually tailored to optimise them for a specific purpose. These include:

  • Anti-DDoS – Offer great protection from Distributed Denial of Server (DD0S) attacks.
  • Dedicated IP Servers – Allow users to order a private IP Address for an additional charge.
  • Double VPN – Reroutes your traffic through two servers for extra privacy protection, but they will impact more on connection speeds.
  • Onion over VPN – Links you via a VPN server and the TOR Network for extra security, but again with the compromise of slower connection speeds.
  • P2P – Optimised for users who want to stream or download BitTorrent or other P2P files.

There are also a few features in the Settings Menu which may be useful for Firestick users. Here you can setup NordVPN to Autoconnect to a specific server and also instruct it to open automatically when you start using your Firestick. You can also set up your kill switch to stop any applications (such as Kodi) automatically should your VPN connection fail. You can also check out or amend your account details and connect customer support.

For most Firestick users, however, it is NordVPN’s simple and quick connections to a huge range of servers which will prove most useful. And although the app itself has to be sideloaded, once it is up and running it is one of the most user-friendly around. Use this step-by-step guide to help you get up and running, and if you have any problems, please reach out to us in the comments section below!

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  • Michael Durocher

    I am having an extremely hard time being able to actually click on the Sign In option. Any tips?

    • Tom

      After having gone through this tutorial, I was only able to log into nordvpn once I connected a bluetooth mouse, which lets you actually elect things.

      • Matthew Gruger

        What brand mouse did you use with the fire stick?

      • Scott Lenart

        Warning this is clunky, but worked. I was able to configure using CetusPlay for Android from play store. You need to enable both debugging types on the stick and launch CetusPlay on your phone and restart your stick. You click “manage connections” at the top and direct it to your stick. Use cetus to navigate to your already installed NordVPN and launch it. Change Cetus to Mouse mode via the icon in the top right. You should see a mouse cursor. If you don’t the app isn’t working right. Use the mouse cursor to select the account options you need.
        Remember to be patient. This is very clunky, but will save you from buying/borrowing a BT mouse. Note I wasn’t able to get to the kill switch stuff via this yet. I just wanted to get the info out there.

        • Karen Englert Shelly

          Been struggling for days with this issue. When you say “enable both debugging types on stick” what are you referring to?

        • AKoz

          Thanks for the advice It was clunky but worked well with your hints.

    • Meg

      I used an iOS app MouseToggle. You use the iOS device only once to push the app to the Firestick. After that, with the Firestick app running, you get mouse capabilities on the Firestick remote control by double-clicking the play button.
      Now I’ve installed NordVPN, I want to set the kill switch, but can’t find a setting to do it. Has anyone managed it?

      • Michael Durocher

        In the app store reviews, half said it works, half said it doesn’t work. It has worked for you tho?

        • Meg

          Yes, it worked. Well, after I remembered to disconnect from NordVPN on my iPad so it could WiFi the app across to the Firestick (doh!). It works really well, actually. I’m glad of the added functionality on the remote.

      • Kevin

        I used an Android app for Mouse Toggle for Fire TV. Used the app APPTOFIRE on an Android phone to push the mouse app to the Fire Stick. You can also use it to push the NordVPN app from the phone to the stick. Once the mouse control app is installed on the Fire Stick, it works with a double click of the Start/Pause button on the sick controller to turn on the mouse control. You can open the NordVPN app and then use the mouse control for signing into your account. It worked and I am using NordVPN on my Fire Stick.

      • David Nadolski

        It worked!!! Finally! Thank you Meg. I was toiling over this for two weeks. I even went to another websiyte where I was installing all sorts of apps on my buddy’s android that never worked and now… It worked on my iOS!!! Here’s to ya Meg. You totally made some dude in Chicago’s DAY!!! Thank you!

    • Kevin

      See my comment under Meg’s post. It worked for Android systems. I thought that I would need to get a BT mouse, but the control app did the trick. It costs a couple dollars, but it worked well for me.

  • Andrew Hall

    Cannot seem to log in on Nord VPN as the cursor on the Firestick does not highlight it? All the other steps up to this point work perfectly. Any suggestions? Many thanks.

    • Dennis Ludlow

      try Cetus Play which is free from the app store. Make sure your phone and firestick are on the same wifi network.

  • Paul Oldroyd

    Same problem. Anybody have an idea about how to highlight the log-in option?

    • Dennis Ludlow

      I had to use Cetus Play on my android phone to use a mouse on the firestick. It doesn’t work very well and the scroll by using 2 fingers didn’t work but it will save you the trouble of purchasing a mouse.

  • John David

    download mouse for remote

  • Paul Oldroyd

    Sorted it by downloading Remote Mouse. Unfortunately NordVPN doesn’t seem to be effective any longer at shifting location for the Fire TV stick 🙁

  • Karen Englert Shelly

    Not sure how you were able to just click on the sign in option without some kind of mouse?? No blue tooth on any of my TV’s Tried Logitech K400 Plus TV keyboard and that didn’t work. Also tried downloading a few different remote apps on iphone and android notebook. Nothing works – hungup on the signing in – so frustrating.

    • Dennis Ludlow

      download Cetus Play from the app store and use that. 2 tips I will give you is to make 100% sure that your firestick AND android phone are on the same wifi network. And also reboot both devices if it just seems like it isn’t working.

      • Cetus Play Mouse mode click does not work on my Samsung Galaxy 8.

  • Elijah Matthews

    I figured it out, You have to start from the bottom of the page clicking the buttons and slowly go up until and clicking the center button on the remote until you see the buttons changing. You will then be able to click into the sign-in screen

  • stephen

    i have the nordvpn but when i connect i dont change my ip address and i cant stream live football with smart iptv app any ideas would be greatly appreciated

    • Gerald Couch

      Hi Dennis

      Followed your instructions downloaded Cetus Play to my
      Samsung phone had to do a restart on both but finerly got NordVPN
      working on my Firestick. As you say it’s a little fiddly but i will get
      use to it. Thanks again for the info.

  • AKoz

    How do I know that NordVPN is connected without exiting out of Kodi? I have seen scenarios on my PC when I come back after some time and I need to reconnect. When I have left Kodi running overnight is there a way to see if I am still connected via the NordVPN app. Currently I use the FireTV remote “home” button back to Amazon and start NordVPN app. It is probably still running, but I have no way to tell. During the NordVPN app installation I thought I saw a message that there was a simple display to tell when NordVPN app is running. (on the Ipad a small icon appears in the upper left) Being focused on the pointer thing I clicked by that too soon. Any help?

    Related question: I used to home button back to Amazon and Kodi would be displayed under recent apps and I could return to Kodi that way. It is not displayed there anymore but the last app I installed is instead. Now I seem to need to shut down Kodi and restart it to get back to Kodi. Is there a way to see which user managed apps are running and return to them? This would probably solve part of my problem above as well.

  • Borodin

    I have installed Nordvpn today on mobiles…pcs…android tablets and an Amazon fire box…no probs…but it absolutely refuses to work on my 2nd generation Firestick regarding BBC iPlayer…. it installs fine and my Firestick location in ‘preferences’ tells me London….but my device SSID and IPS remain non UK and I cannot play from the BBC iPlayer website….off anyone has any ideas or had also encountered this please help….cheers