How to Download, Install and Use ExpressVPN on Amazon Firestick

There are two ways to install ExpressVPN on a Firestick. Since it has an app listed on the App Store, you can download and install it directly on your device. You can also sideload ExpressVPN, done by downloading its APK file from the Web and then installing the VPN app manually.

Also, know that ExpressVPN works on practically any Firestick or Fire OS-powered device (including Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Stick 4K Max). The only Fire TV Stick that's not supported is the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick, released in 2014.

To unblock content on your Firestick from a specific country, connect to a VPN server and ensure your Amazon account is set to that same country. You can do that by navigating to Your Account > Your Content and Devices > Preferences > Country/Region.

How to Install ExpressVPN on Firestick

As mentioned above, there are two ways to download ExpressVPN for a Firestick, based on whether you can access the App Store. These are your options:

Method 1: Install ExpressVPN on Firestick Using Amazon App Store

If you have a Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick Lite, or Fire TV Cube with the App Store preloaded, you can rely on it to install and keep ExpressVPN updated. So, here's our step-by-step guide.

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your computer and any Web browser.

2. Then, turn to your Firestick or Fire TV device. Using the "Search" function on your media streamer, look up "ExpressVPN."

Looking Up ExpressVPN on Firestick

3. You should see the app among the search results. Navigate to its icon and select it

Looking for ExpressVPN on Firestick

4. At this moment, you should see ExpressVPN’s overview. Select "Download." The application will now download and install on its own. Go ahead and launch it

Setting Up ExpressVPN on Firestick from App Store

5. Using your remote controller, select "Sign In" on ExpressVPN’s launch screen. 

Initial ExpressVPN Setup Screen on Fire OS

6. Provide your email address and password, and select "Sign In" again.

Signing In to ExpressVPN App on Firestick

7. The app will ask you to collect anonymous data. Go with "OK" or "No, Thanks."

ExpressVPN Anonymous Analytics Prompt on Fire OS

8. Select "OK" when asked to set up the VPN. Fire OS will ask you to allow ExpressVPN’s connection requests. Select "OK." That's it!

Fire OS Connection Request Prompt

Method 2: Install ExpressVPN on Firestick Using Downloader App

If you don't have access to the App Store, or if you'd like to bypass it, ExpressVPN provides another installation method. Here's how to get ExpressVPN for a Firestick via sideloading.

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your computer and any Web browser.

2. Navigate to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options (on your Firestick). Select "Apps From Unknown Sources" and switch to "ON."

Enabling Apps From Unknown Sources on Fire OS

3. Return to your device's home screen. Go all the way to the top and then to the left. Select the magnifying glass icon.

4. Using the virtual keyboard, type in "Downloader" and download the app. Open the newly installed app, and grant any permissions needed.

Downloader App Fire OS Asking for Permissions

5. Now, contact ExpressVPN's support (via live chat on the VPN's website), and ask for the URL of the latest version of ExpressVPN's APK file. Input that URL back into the Downloader app.

6. ExpressVPN's APK installation file should now download to your Fire OS. Once done, open the file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the app.

7. Launch ExpressVPN and log in using your email and password.

Initial ExpressVPN Setup Screen on Fire OS

8. Decide whether to allow ExpressVPN to collect anonymous information, grant any permissions needed, and that's it.

ExpressVPN Anonymous Analytics Prompt on Fire OS

How to Use ExpressVPN on Firestick?

Once you install ExpressVPN for your Firestick, you'll be free to connect to any of its servers. So, here's how to connect and disconnect from ExpressVPN's Servers on Firestick:

1. Select the "three dots" icon on ExpressVPN's home screen. This will now open the Location Picker, showing all 3,000+ servers.

Picking Location Manually in ExpressVPN on Fire TV

2. You can choose from two tabs – "Recommended" and "All Locations." To connect to any location, select that location's name using your remote.

List of Available VPN Locations in ExpressVPN on Fire OS

3. To disconnect, you can use the ON/OFF switch found on ExpressVPN's home screen.

Connect Button ExpressVPN Interface on Fire OS

How to Update ExpressVPN on a Fire TV Stick?

If you've installed it from the App Store, ExpressVPN will be automatically updated. To check whether this option is enabled, go through the following steps:

1. From Fire OS's home screen, scroll to the top. Then, scroll to the right and select "Settings."

Applicatons Settings Firestick

2. Now, select "Applications," followed by "Appstore."

Appstore Settings on Firestick

3. Underneath "Automatic Updates," it will say "OFF." Switch that to "ON."

Automatic Updates Firestick

In case you've sideloaded ExpressVPN, you need to repeat the installation procedure to update it. Basically, you install a new version over the existing one. For more information and to get an up-to-date URL for ExpressVPN's APK file, contact the VPN's support team.

How to Tell if ExpressVPN is Working on a Firestick?

The best way to tell whether ExpressVPN works on your Firestick is to check your IP address. That's how you'll see whether your digital location corresponds to the location of the VPN server (which is how you'll unblock new streaming apps when using ExpressVPN for Firestick).

What you need to do is to launch any Web browser on your Firestick. If you don't have one installed, you can use Amazon Silk. Then, visit "https://whatismyipaddress.com/" and let that website read your IP address and display your virtual location on a map.

Once again, the location you see there should correspond to the location of your chosen VPN server. That means your actual physical location should be hidden while using ExpressVPN.

How to Uninstall ExpressVPN from Your Firestick?

Uninstalling ExpressVPN from your Firestick isn't different from uninstalling any other Fire OS app. Here's what you need to do:

1. Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > ExpressVPN.

Manage Installed Apps on Firestick

2. Select "Uninstall" and then confirm your decision.

Removing ExpressVPN on Firestick

ExpressVPN Not Working on Firestick? - Try This!

When ExpressVPN fails to work properly on your Firestick, you'll want to try changing a server, changing a protocol, clearing ExpressVPN's cache, and reinstalling the app. Here's more information about each of those troubleshooting steps.

  • Switch to Another Server: ExpressVPN offers a lot of servers and covers multiple locations in countries that are popular among VPN users. Still, you can encounter an overcrowded server whose performance is throttled. So, the easiest solution is to switch to another VPN server.
  • Switch to Another Protocol: On Fire OS, ExpressVPN brings OpenVPN and Lightway - in two different variations each. To switch between those protocols, select "Options" and go to "VPN Protocol." Pick any of the available protocols on your screen and then return to ExpressVPN's home screen. Finally, connect to a VPN server.
Changing VPN Protocol in ExpressVPN on Fire OS
  • Clear ExpressVPN's Cache and Data: By removing ExpressVPN's cache and data, you can force the app to reload its database upon the next launch. So, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > ExpressVPN. Then, clear the app's data and cache.
Clearing Cache and Data from ExpressVPN on Firestick
  • Reinstall the Application: Lastly, we recommend uninstalling ExpressVPN and reinstalling the app. That way, you'll delete ExpressVPN's dependencies, cache, and other related data. So, the next time you install the app, you can start from scratch (and without any errors, hopefully).

Final Thoughts

The quickest way to install ExpressVPN on a Firestick is to use your device's App Store. In just a few minutes of your time, you'll gain access to 3,000+ servers and countless streaming apps. Sideloading is also a great option, but it takes a bit more time to complete.

Of course, ExpressVPN works on many other devices as well. To extend its protection to other gadgets in your household, turn to our central guide on how to set up ExpressVPN.

FAQ

Does ExpressVPN Work on Amazon Fire Stick?

Yes, ExpressVPN works on the majority of Fire TV Stick devices. The only Firestick that doesn't support VPNs is the first-gen Fire TV Stick (released in 2014).

Is ExpressVPN Free on Firestick?

Yes, ExpressVPN comes as a free-of-charge app for your Firestick. However, you need a subscription to log in and start using the VPN.

Does ExpressVPN Connect Automatically on Firestick?

Yes, you can set up ExpressVPN to connect automatically on your Firestick. Just go to Options > Auto-Connect and enable that option.

Can You Use ExpressVPN's MediaStreamer on Fire OS?

Yes, you can use ExpressVPN's MediaStreamer on Fire OS as a proxy. As such, it allows you to unblock streaming apps, which can be very useful on Fire OS.

Once you subscribe to ExpressVPN, contact the VPN's support. ExpressVPN's team will send you detailed instructions based on your exact device model and possible use cases.

Can ExpressVPN Unblock Netflix on a Fire Stick?

Yes, you can easily watch Netflix US via ExpressVPN on any device – and that includes Fire Stick devices. Aside from the US version of Netflix, this VPN can access other countries' libraries, including those available in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy.

Can You Sideload ExpressVPN on Fire OS Devices?

Yes, you can sideload ExpressVPN on Fire OS. This is done by using the VPN's APK file. Even though this method of installing ExpressVPN isn't the quickest, it comes in handy when you can't access Amazon's App Store for any reason.

What's the URL of the ExpressVPN APK Installer?

ExpressVPN releases new versions and updates periodically, so we recommend contacting ExpressVPN's support via the live-chat functionality on its website. They'll happily provide you with the latest URL of ExpressVPN's APK file.

Is ExpressVPN Better Than NordVPN for Firestick?

Yes, ExpressVPN is better than NordVPN for a Fire TV Stick - even though both are hugely powerful VPNs. NordVPN has more servers, but ExpressVPN unblocks more streaming apps, and it's the fastest VPN available.

This is where we conclude our guide on how to install ExpressVPN on a Firestick. If you have any questions, make sure to post your comment below. Lastly, thanks for reading!

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