Last Updated on October 9, 2020
The following tutorial will show you How to Install Windscribe VPN on FireStick. Windscribe VPN will also work on Fire TV Cube, Gen 3 Fire TV Pendant, as well as smart TVs and soundbars with Fire TV built-in. You can follow the same installation and set-up steps as instructed in this guide.
Many of us use VPN occasionally for private and secure browsing and get sensitive work done on the web. In case you didn’t know, VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, which allows a client to establish a private connection to a server hosted elsewhere.
It is a temporary connection bond that acts as a tunnel or bridge, with data being transmitted between each end of the connection. Data encryption also has a significant role in the act, with top-priority to keep data packets from being leaked outside the VPN connection.
This all might sound complicated to most of you. In fact, browsing the web securely isn’t the only thing you can do with a VPN. It is also heavily used for mass media consumption in the streaming market, where licensed on-demand content or standalone streaming service is available in select regions only.
With a VPN, you can bypass geo-restrictions of a particular streaming service, thanks to its ability to change your local IP address with a virtual one. As long as you disable GPS, the only way for a geo-blocker to identify your location is to check your IP address.
If you are legitimately going to pay for a subscription in order to stream content from a geo-restricted streaming service, you will also need to purchase a VPN plan from a trusted VPN provider. Then again, many of you probably have a constrained budget limit for monthly streaming subscriptions. Adding another expense to your budget for a VPN might not be possible for you.
In such cases, you can try out free VPN services, which doesn’t require users to pay for a plan. Some VPN services restrict you to limited data usage and throttle your bandwidth, while other free-tier VPN services log your web activities and sell your personalized data to third-party companies. This is why it’s difficult to rely on free VPN services.
The only trusted free-tier VPN provider is Windscribe, offering one of the best free plans for users. It also supports a wide variety of devices and web browsers, including Fire TV devices.
If you are trying to stream content from a geo-restricted streaming service without a VPN subscription, then you can follow this guide to install and set up Windscribe VPN on Firestick.
What is Windscribe VPN?
Windscribe VPN is one of the few VPN services that doesn’t ask users to pay for a subscription plan or throttle your bandwidth intentionally. It lets you connect to secure servers in 100+ cities across 63 countries. However, the free tier limits you to only a handful of North American, European, and Asian servers, which includes the United States, Canada, United Kindom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.
Once you confirm your email address in the registration process, you get 10GB data every month for your VPN usage. Otherwise, you will be limited to 2GB per month. There is no limit on simultaneous connections, and you can use Windscribe VPN on as many devices as you want.
Windscribe VPN does have OpenVPN and IKEv2 support, with AES-256 data encryption to keep your tunnel traffic secure from web trackers. It has a system-wide auto-kill switch, which instantly blocks internet access in case the VPN connection drops.
Other than logging your monthly bandwidth usage, Windscribe doesn’t collect any of your personal data, unlike other free VPN services.
Windscribe’s obfuscated servers can unblock Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer with a high success rate, which is unlike any other VPN service in the market. With paid plans, you get access to Windscribe’s Windflix US server, which lets you unblock geo-restricted content on Netflix.
Windscribe also provides a comprehensive list of features. You can choose between OpenVPN TCP (for superior reliability) or UDP (for better speed) before connecting to a server.
You can also generate advanced IVEv2 and SOCKS5 VPN configuration, giving users the ability to fine-tune the experience. You can also enable split-tunneling and select which apps do get to use the VPN connection and which apps don’t.
It even lets you allow or block local network discovery, which is necessary for the Amazon Fire TV remote control app or the casting feature on your Android/iOS device to work with the Firestick.
Although Windscribe’s free plan is appealing to most of the users, you can also opt to pay for a monthly or yearly plan for unlimited data and unlock premium VPN servers. The Windscribe monthly plan will cost you $9/month, while the yearly plan is priced at only $49/month. It also unlocks R.O.B.E.R.T in the Windscribe VPN client, a DNS tool that blocks advertisements, malware, and web trackers.
Features of Windscribe VPN
- Windscribe VPN has servers in 60+ countries across the globe, with 100+ popular cities to choose from.
- Free users get 10GB of data usage by confirming their email address. Windscribe also doesn’t limit bandwidth for free users.
- The VPN service provides P2P and obfuscated servers in several countries.
- Windscribe’s industry-standard AES-256 encryption and SHA512 authentication offer superior security and data leak protection.
- Alongside free plan, Windscribe offers exceptional value with its affordable monthly and yearly plans.
How to Install Windscribe VPN on Firestick?
As previously mentioned, Windscribe VPN supports OpenVPN-compatible devices, including Amazon Fire TV. You can simply go to the Amazon Appstore and install the Windscribe VPN client on your Firestick. Those who are not familiar with the process can follow the step-by-step instructions below.
- First, select the Search option (hand lens icon) from the top-left corner of the Fire TV home screen.
- Now search for Windscribe VPN with either the on-screen keyboard or the voice search function on the Fire TV search menu.
- Select Windscribe VPN from the list of search keywords below the search option.
- On the following results page, click the Windscribe VPN app logo found under the Apps & Games.
- Click Get to download and install Windscribe VPN on Firestick. The whole process might take more than a minute.
When Windscribe VPN is installed on your Firestick, you can return to the Fire TV home screen, scroll down to Your Apps & Channels row, and click See All. From the list of installed apps, you can highlight Windscribe VPN and click to launch the app on your Firestick.
How to Use Windscribe VPN on Firestick?
When you launch Windscribe VPN on your Firestick for the first time, you will be asked to either log in to your existing account or sign up for a new one. Assuming that you don’t have a Windscribe account, click the Sign Up option.
After that, enter your preferred username and password in the required field, then click the Sign-Up or Create Account button below. It will take a few seconds to connect to Windscribe’s servers and complete the account creation process. Once it’s done, the app will ask you to enter your email address for 10GB of data usage. Simply enter it in the text field and click the “Give Me My 10GB/Month” option. To get the 10 GB of data, make sure that you check your mail inbox for the confirmation link from Windscribe. Otherwise, your free-tier VPN usage will be limited to 2 GB every month.
Windscribe VPN has a beautiful and intuitive user interface. To connect to the best VPN server, click the big power logo on the home screen. In a few seconds, Windscribe will connect to the best VPN server near you. Similarly, you can disconnect from the VPN server by clicking the green power logo.
From the home screen, you can also choose your preferred country for a VPN connection. It’s worth noting that you will be prompted to upgrade to a monthly or yearly plan, only when you try to connect to premium VPN servers. Click the Upgrade option on top of the home screen to purchase your monthly or annual Windscribe plan. You might have to link your credit/debit card with your Amazon account first.
The cogwheel icon on the upper-left side of the Windscribe VPN home screen brings up the settings menu. You can change the app language from the General tab. The Connection tab offers advanced VPN options, which lets you select the VPN connection mode, toggle on split routing, allow or block LAN traffic, and choose to launch the Windscribe VPN client on startup.
If required, you can also view your activity log or sign out from the Windscribe VPN client.
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This guide has everything you need to know about Windscribe VPN on Firestick. If you are looking forward to streaming geo-restricted content on your Firestick for free, then Windscribe is a must-have VPN client for your app collection. The subscription plans are also reasonably priced, in case you exhaust 100% of the monthly free-tier VPN usage.