How to Set Up a VPN on Kodi

The truth is that if you look online, you’ll find various types of installation instructions on how to use a VPN alongside Kodi. Therefore, this topic requires your full attention and your effort to find the most up-to-date information – and that’s where TechNadu comes into play. Being long-time Kodi users, our editorial team has decided to explain how to set up a VPN on Kodi, while trying to cover as many different platforms and devices as possible. With this said, you’ll find easy-to-follow steps in this article, in addition to plenty of other useful information.

Before jumping to our instructions, we’d like to give you a few useful pointers. First of all, know that you’ll find ExpressVPN in our VPN installation guides, which we’ve decided to recommend after having tested more than 60 VPN services. ExpressVPN allows you to unblock your Kodi and all of its add-ons, which means you’ll get to stream pretty much any type of content available via add-ons from Kodi’s official repository. Keep in mind that ExpressVPN also protects your online data in the best way possible, and you’ll get to use it on up to five devices at the same time.

Then, please note that we’ve prepared two guides below. First, we recommend checking our general step-by-step guide on how to install a Kodi VPN. This will give you a general idea of what this process entails, so you can enter it prepared. However, there’s a slight difference for each platform that Kodi supports, so you’ll find platform-specific guides to supplement our general instructions. More precisely, we’ll talk about how to set-up and configure a Kodi VPN on the following platforms:

And now, let’s get to the point. Here’s how to set-up a VPN on Kodi in 2020.

How to Use a VPN for Kodi – General Step-By-Step Guide

First, we’ll explain how the process of installing a VPN on Kodi looks like. It means that you should follow these steps no matter what operating system you use. Once the time comes, we’ll redirect you to our platform-specific guides.

  • We’ll assume that you’ve downloaded and installed Kodi on your device. There’s no need to do anything with the application itself, so you can keep it closed.
  • Now, you need to obtain certain information from your VPN and install it on your device. For this purpose, you’ll need to download your VPN’s app and have your username and password handy. Download and then install the VPN application, and then log-in to your user account. To see how to set up a VPN on your platform, check out the content found below. Find your operating system there and follow the instructions.
  • Now, connect to a specific server using your VPN application. From this moment on, you’ll get a new IP associated with the location of your chosen VPN server. You’re now free to launch Kodi.
  • That’s pretty much it! You can now use Kodi to install add-ons, and since you have a new IP address, you’ll get to unlock new types of content.

As you can see, you need to run your VPN alongside Kodi – separately. You’re free to connect to any server using your VPN, and then open Kodi and use it like you usually would. If you’d like to access content that is available in some other country, close Kodi and use your VPN to connect to a different server. Reopen Kodi and continue where you left off.

How to Set-Up & Configure a VPN on Kodi – Instructions for Specific Platforms & Devices

Now, let’s see how to set up a VPN on a range of popular operating systems. Make sure to carefully read the following descriptions and use the provided links as well.

Set Up a Kodi VPN on Windows

There are three methods to set up a VPN on Windows. You can go with a native Windows VPN application (provided by your VPN), use OpenVPN Connect (for VPN providers that offer the OpenVPN protocol), or you can set up a VPN on Windows manually (if you want to use a protocol such as L2TP/IPSec).

Our recommendation is to use your VPN’s native application. This is perhaps the easiest way to get started with a Windows VPN, and this is the only way to get every VPN protocol that your VPN service offers. Once you install the VPN on your Windows PC, use to connect to a remote server, and then launch Kodi to unblock a specific type of content. To learn more about your best options, here are the best VPNs for Windows. And you’ll also want to know how to install Kodi on Windows.

To explore all your options on how to install a VPN for Kodi, we’d like to recommend our article on installing a VPN on Windows, where you’ll need everything you need to know.

Set Up a Kodi VPN on macOS

You have three options when it comes to installing a VPN on macOS. You can go with your VPN’s native application, use a third-party solution (like Tunnelblick, which supports the OpenVPN protocol), or you can use macOS to configure a VPN manually.

The easiest and the most effective method is to use a native VPN application on macOS, provided by your VPN service (here are the best VPNs for macOS). You install it like you would install any other software, and you can be sure that you’ll get every protocol that your VPN offers. In other words, you get the best possible chance to unblock the content you want to stream via Kodi. Speaking of which, here’s how to install Kodi on a Mac.

We have a dedicated article on how to set-up a VPN on a Mac, so make sure to give it a read. You’ll find all three possible installation methods explained there.

Set Up a Kodi VPN on Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

Amazon’s FireOS is based on Android, so it’s not surprising to see many VPNs offering native apps for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Aside from using a native app, you are also free to “sideload” your VPN (if it’s not available on Amazon’s App Store). Depending on which Fire OS device you have, you can go with wired or wireless sideloading.

We recommend you pick a VPN that supports Fire OS natively, so check out the best VPNs for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It means that you’ll have two apps installed side by side, which is your VPN app and Kodi. Use the VPN to switch between servers, and then use Kodi to access new types of content. Check out how to install Kodi on Fire OS.

For additional information, make sure to read our article on how to set-up a VPN on Fire TV & Fire TV Stick. We made sure to include all Fire OS devices, so you should be well-covered.

Set Up a Kodi VPN on Android & Android TV

Everything said in the previous segment applies to this one as well. If a VPN offers a native FireOS app, it also offers a native Android app (these are the best VPNs for Android). Then, you are free to use a third-party solution as well, like OpenVPN Connect. And if you can’t find your VPN’s app in the Play Store, you can also sideload it (you’ll need your VPN’s app for this purpose, as an APK file).

Once you install your VPN, proceed to install Kodi on Android. Then, use these two apps side-by-side. And also, keep in mind that everything said in this segment applies to both Android and Android TV. The only difference here is that not many VPNs offer native software for Android TV, but you still have some good and reliable options.

We’ve prepared three different methods of setting up a VPN on Android. So, make sure to click on the provided link to learn more.

Set Up a Kodi VPN on iOS

We all know that iOS is a closed system, which is why Kodi isn’t available in the iOS App Store. However, there are still ways to install Kodi on iOS – if you’re willing to go through some workarounds (don’t worry, no jailbreaking is needed). However, the situation is quite different when it comes to VPNs, as there are plenty of options to choose from.

Once you decide to use a VPN, first check out the best VPNs for iPhone and iPad. Then, feel free to subscribe and download your VPN’s app from the iOS App Store. Alternatively, you can use a third-party app, such as OpenVPN Connect, and you can configure a VPN on iOS manually.

To learn more, here’s our comprehensive guide to setting up a VPN on iOS devices.

Set Up a Kodi VPN on Routers

Until now, we have talked about installing a VPN on individual devices. However, perhaps the most convenient way to use a VPN is by installing it on a router. It means that any device you connect to your router will get a new IP – and will be capable of unblocking new types of content. This is something that happens in the background, so you can continue to use Kodi without having to switch between different servers all the time.

As you probably know, Kodi can be installed on smart TVs, Raspberry Pi computers, and even on Apple TV (via a native tvOS app, soon enough). However, finding VPN applications that run on those platforms can be extremely hard – if not impossible. However, a solution to this problem is to run your VPN on a router, as this is a platform-agnostic method.

First, we recommend you check the best VPN routers. As you’ll see, there are plenty of options out there – and we recommend paying attention to DD-WRT routers. Once you obtain your VPN credentials, you’ll be able to set up a VPN on your router. Then, feel to use Kodi on just about any device in your household, and you’ll see that new types of content will be accessible.

We sincerely hope that you’ll manage to install a VPN for Kodi. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below. We are more than glad to exchange ideas with the rest of the Kodi community, so let’s keep in touch!


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