How to Set Up a VPN on Kodi in 2022

Aside from letting you organize your locally stored media collection, Kodi also acts as a gateway to online content. Thanks to an endless list of Kodi add-ons, you can watch movies, TV shows, sports programming, and even live TV. However, before you can do that, you must learn how to set up a VPN on Kodi since most of its add-ons are geo-restricted.

That means Kodi add-ons are typically available in select countries only (in the US primarily). Even though you can install any add-on, Kodi will refuse to play its content unless your IP address shows you're in a supported country. Of course, that's exactly where VPNs come into play, as they allow you to change your IP in an instant.

To set up a VPN on Kodi, you actually need to set up and use a VPN besides Kodi. Those 2 applications need to run side-by-side, which is possible on practically every Kodi-supported device and platform. Keep reading to learn how to make that happen.

How to Set Up a VPN on Kodi

Setting up a VPN for Kodi requires you to install a VPN app on your computer, phone, tablet, media streaming device, and more. Use the provided links to learn more:

Windows

Laptop on a table

The simplest way to combine Kodi with a VPN on Windows is to use a native VPN application. Here's what exactly you need to do:

  1. Get a VPN with a native Windows app. Our #1 recommendation is ExpressVPN. (You can also try it risk-free for 30 days.)
  2. Once you subscribe, return to ExpressVPN's home page.
  3. Select "My Account" and provide your credentials to access your online dashboard.
  4. Click "Download for Windows."
  5. Download and install ExpressVPN on your Windows computer.
  6. Launch ExpressVPN and complete the initial (one-time) setup.
  7. Connect to a VPN server and wait until ExpressVPN's UI turns green.
  8. You can now launch Kodi and unblock new types of add-ons.

There are also other ways to install a VPN on Windows, based on your goals. To check those additional methods and instructions, here's how to set up a VPN on Windows. You can also learn more about how to use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Windows.

MacOS

Apple logo on a MacBook

As you'd expect, macOS supports different methods of installing VPNs. We think you'll benefit the most by using a native VPN application in the following way:

  1. Get a VPN that has a native macOS app. Your pick should be ExpressVPN.
  2. After you subscribe, return to the home page of ExpressVPN's website.
  3. Pick "My Account" and access your ExpressVPN online dashboard.
  4. Select "Download for Mac" to download the VPN's installation file.
  5. Install and launch the VPN and complete the initial setup.
  6. Connect to a VPN server and initialize your session.
  7. You can now launch Kodi and use geo-restricted add-ons.

In our main article on installing a VPN on a Mac, you'll find 2 additional methods. Make sure to click on the provided link to explore your options. Aside from that, you can consult our guide on using Kodi with ExpressVPN on macOS.

Firestick (Fire OS)

Fire TV Cube Setup

If you've already installed Kodi, you're familiar with sideloading. However, in terms of VPNs, this procedure is much simpler. So, here's how to install a VPN for Kodi on your Fire TV Stick.

  1. Subscribe to a VPN that works on Fire OS. It would be best if you went for ExpressVPN.
  2. Turn to your Firestick and navigate to its search functionality.
  3. Type in "ExpressVPN" and select the VPN's thumbnail.
  4. Select "Download" and then click "Open."
  5. Input your ExpressVPN credentials and reach the VPN's home screen.
  6. Select any VPN location based on which Kodi add-on you want to unblock.
  7. You can now return to Fire OS' home screen and launch Kodi.
  8. Feel free to access any Kodi add-on (you won't find any geo-blocks).

If you'd like to see more detailed instructions, we've prepared a guide on installing ExpressVPN on a Fire TV Stick. And to explore other installation methods (there are 2 additional methods, by the way), here's how to set up a VPN on a Firestick.

Android & Android TV

Applications on a mobile phone

Considering that you'll find both Kodi and VPN apps on the Play Store, you already know that this process will be easy. So, here's how to install a Kodi VPN on your Android device.

  1. Subscribe to a VPN with a native Android app. Our #1 recommendation is ExpressVPN. (You can try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days.)
  2. Once you get your subscription, turn to your Android device.
  3. Launch the Play Store app and search for "ExpressVPN."
  4. Tap "Install" and then open the ExpressVPN app.
  5. Complete the initial setup and reach ExpressVPN's home screen.
  6. Pick a VPN location and initialize your VPN session.
  7. You can now leave ExpressVPN and open Kodi.
  8. Test your VPN connection by trying to unblock Kodi add-ons. That's it!

To learn more about this procedure, including some additional tips and tricks – you can turn to our guide on installing a VPN on Android. We also offer an ExpressVPN-centric guide, so here's how to use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Android.

iPhone & iPad

iPhones kept on display

You've probably had a hard time installing Kodi on your iPhone – as you're forced to sideload the app. However, getting started with VPNs on iOS is easy. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN, which has the most capable native iOS VPN app.
  2. Visit the iOS App Store and download ExpressVPN to your device.
  3. Launch the VPN app and provide your credentials to log in.
  4. Complete the initial setup and reach ExpressVPN's home screen.
  5. Connect to a VPN server and initialize your session.
  6. You can now leave ExpressVPN and open Kodi.
  7. Previously blocked Kodi add-ons should now work. That's it!

There are additional ways to set up a VPN on your iPhone. Use the provided link, and you'll get to our step-by-step guides explaining everything you need to know. And if you decide to pick our #1 recommendation, here's how to use Kodi with ExpressVPN on iOS & iPadOS.

Chromebooks (Chrome OS)

Image of a woman putting a Chromebook in a bag

Today's Chromebooks support Android applications, making it easy to set up a VPN on Kodi on Chrome OS. With that said, you'll want to go through the following steps.

  1. Subscribe to a VPN with a Play Store app. Your pick should be ExpressVPN.
  2. Once you subscribe, launch the Play Store on your Chromebook.
  3. Search for ExpressVPN and then download the app.
  4. Launch the VPN and log in using your ExpressVPN credentials.
  5. Complete the initial setup and reach the VPN's home screen.
  6. Connect to a VPN server and initialize your session.
  7. You can now open Kodi and unblock new add-ons. That's it!

If you'd like more detailed instructions, here's our guide on setting up a VPN on a Chromebook, which brings handy screenshots as well.

Routers

A router cable

By installing a VPN on your router, you'll change your IP address at the core of your connection. That means you'll get to unblock Kodi on any device in the following way:

  1. First, make sure to have a VPN-compatible router (here are some great options).
  2. You also need a VPN that works with routers. You should subscribe to ExpressVPN.
  3. Then, here's how to set up ExpressVPN on your router.
  4. Restart your router once you set up a new VPN connection.
  5. From this moment on, your traffic will flow through your chosen VPN server(s).
  6. You can now launch Kodi on a device connected to your router's network.
  7. Previously blocked Kodi add-ons should now be accessible. That's it!

There are multiple ways to install a VPN on your router, based on which model you have. If you're a more advanced user, you should consider flashing your router using DD-WRT. In that case, here's how to set up ExpressVPN on DD-WRT routers.

Final Thoughts

As you know by now, there's no way to integrate a VPN directly with Kodi. Instead, you're forced to use those 2 applications side-by-side. Therefore, make sure to pick a VPN that can unblock many Kodi add-ons while managing to provide streaming-friendly speeds.

As mentioned throughout our guide on setting up a VPN on Kodi, our top recommendation is ExpressVPN, which comes as a bulletproof pick. It's easy to set up, easy to use and works with Kodi without a hitch. On top of that, you can try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days.

However, if you wish to expand our options, our guide to the best VPNs for Kodi will answer all your questions. Finally, learn how to set up a VPN on even more devices!

FAQ

How Do I Setup a VPN on Kodi?

The easiest way to set up a VPN on Kodi is to use those 2 applications independently. That's how you'll protect more than just your Kodi-related traffic.

More precisely, you need to install a native VPN application on your device (computer, phone, tablet, streaming device, etc.). Then, you'll use it to establish your VPN session, which is when you can start using Kodi.

Is There a VPN Add-on for Kodi?

Some third-party developers used to offer VPN add-ons for Kodi - but all of them were difficult to use and often led to data leaks.

That's why our guide instructs you to use a VPN app independently from Kodi. In other words, you should use Kodi and your VPN app side-by-side, as that's the best way to unblock new add-ons and protect your Web traffic against leaks.

How to Protect Yourself Against Sudden VPN Connection Drops?

If a VPN connection drops, your data might be exposed outside the VPN tunnel. To prevent this, you need a VPN with a kill-switch – such as ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN comes with a kill-switch enabled by default, which you can check by going to Settings (Preferences) > General. Tick the box next to "Stop all internet traffic if the VPN disconnects unexpectedly."

How Do I Change My IP Address on Kodi?

To change your IP on Kodi, you need to use a VPN app to connect to a server. Doing so will grant you a new IP address (as long as your session is active).

If you connect to a server in your own country, you simply get a new IP address. And if you connect to a server in a different country, you'll get an IP address that points to that specific country (therefore, you'll unblock new Kodi add-ons).

How Do I Install a VPN on Kodi on a Fire Stick?

To install a VPN for Kodi on your Fire TV Stick, you need to subscribe to a VPN that offers an app on Amazon's App Store.

Then, you can download that app and use your VPN alongside Kodi. Our recommendation is to go with ExpressVPN. Also, here's how to install it on your Firestick.

Which Geo-Restricted Kodi Add-ons Should You Try?

If you turn to our guide on the 60+ best Kodi add-ons, you’ll find nothing but legal and safe-to-use options, which we recommend trying.

However, many of those add-ons come geo-blocked, so they’re an excellent way to test your VPN service. We especially recommend add-ons such as iPlayer WWW (available in the UK), Crackle (available in the USA), and Popcornflix (available in the USA).

How Do I Get a Free VPN on Kodi?

You can get a free VPN for Kodi by installing it independently on your device. However, know that most free VPNs simply aren't good enough for Kodi.

Free VPNs come with limited bandwidth. Also, they tend to be on the slow side. So, using them for streaming will often lead to a less-than-desirable experience. However, if you still wish to proceed, here's how to install a free VPN on Kodi.

Know that many premium VPNs offer deals often, bringing their price down drastically. Here are the best VPN deals available right now.

That would be all on how to set up a VPN on Kodi. If you have any questions for us, know that you can always post a comment below. Thank you for reading!

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