Simple, step-by-step help to set up a VPN with Kodi. Install a VPN on Kodi in just 5 minutes, and watch tons of great TV while staying secure and anonymous.
So you know you need to be using a VPN with Kodi. A VPN is the best way to make sure your identity, privacy, and personal information are protected on Kodi, and to keep you safe from unwanted snooping and spying. Using a VPN will also prevent your ISP from blocking you on Kodi. Plus, it will let you unblock Kodi add-ons (like Netflix, HBO, BBC, ESPN, Sky Sports, ITV, etc.) so you can stream content from every source, all around the world, which is just awesome.
Now, how to set it up? Installing and using a VPN with Kodi is super simple. The whole process will only take a few minutes. Here’s exactly what to do.
How To Install A VPN On Kodi: Step-By-Step Instructions
With the top VPNs for Kodi, setup is extremely easy. We’ll show you how to set up and use NordVPN with Kodi since it’s the best Kodi VPN in our opinion, as well as a PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2018-2015.
Why is the NordVPN-Kodi combo so excellent? First, NordVPN’s servers are configured to work with Kodi, so you get maximum protection without slowing your connection. NordVPN is the only VPN with special, ultra-fast servers dedicated specifically to streaming, for the fastest streaming speeds. NordVPN also has best-in-class security and privacy features that are a must-have for Kodi users (including no logs and no DNS leaks). There are plenty of other handy features, like great apps and the ability to use up to 6 devices at once — a more generous offer than most VPNs. Finally, Nord has one of the best deals out there — making it the best service at the best value. (For more about NordVPN and Kodi see our NordVPN review.)
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Even if you use a different VPN the setup will be very similar. Essentially, you download an app or some software for the device or devices you want to use, click connect, and go. Here’s how to install NordVPN on Kodi step-by-step, whether you use it on Firestick, your computer, mobile or other device. Time requirement: About 5 minutes
STEP 2) Log in to your account on NordVPN’s website.
STEP 3) Click over to the ‘Download area’ tab and find the device you want to set up service on (computer, mobile, router, etc.).
TIP: Want to install NordVPN on Firestick, Fire TV, or another device? Set up NordVPN on your router to use it with multiple devices on your network, or with any streaming device that doesn’t support VPN (Amazon Fire TV & Stick, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.). See how to install your VPN on your router — especially if you want to use NordVPN with Kodi on Firestick. If you want full-service set up, you can actually buy a router that already has NordVPN installed. After you’ve signed up with NordVPN and have an active account, head over to these router pros. NordVPN has several custom routers available. Just have your NordVPN account information handy at checkout so you can have your router preconfigured before it’s shipped out to you. With your configured router and NordVPN Firestick will be secure and protected, along with all your other devices.
STEP 4) Download the app, software, or configuration files for whatever device(s) you use with Kodi.
I’m on a Mac, so I’ll go through how to set up on OS X, but it works in a similar way with other systems and devices. If you need more help see your VPN provider’s installation guide (NordVPN has step-by-step instructions for each device displayed nicely in their tutorials section). With Kodi NordVPN works across devices.
After downloading the software, open it up and install it in your Applications folder (on the pop-up screen, just drag the NordVPN icon into the folder). Then go to your Applications folder, find the newly added NordVPN application, and open it up.
STEP 5) Start using the NordVPN app.
When you open the NordVPN application, for whatever device you’re using, log in with the email and password you entered when you created your account. (If you haven’t yet created an account, you can do so from within the app).
5.1) The first thing you’ll want to do is turn on the handy Smart-Play feature. This will let you stream content on popular sites like Netflix, BBC, and many others without needing to change your settings. This is a big part of why NordVPN gets our vote for best VPN. In addition to ultimate privacy protection on Kodi, when you want to unblock other content Smart-Play makes it incredibly easy to stream from multiple areas simultaneously with no hassles. It just works. It’s super fast and slick, and opens up a whole world of great TV.
5.2) Next, you can select a region to automatically connect to when you open NordVPN. If you just want anonymity while you browse, you can pick the nearest city to you. Or you can pick a different country if you want anonymity plus content unblocking in or from that region. (Many of us here autoconnect to the UK because we’re always using Nord to avoid blackouts on MLB.tv and similar services.)
5.3) If you want to start NordVPN every time you boot your computer, switch on the ‘Start On Boot’ option.
5.4) Hit the little glasses icon in the upper right corner. Now you’ll see the long list of servers available for you to connect through. Nord makes it easy to see which servers are running the fastest, so you can always get a super-fast connection for optimal streaming.
5.5) Choose a server, hit connect, and you’re done. I recommend using the ‘Ultra fast TV’ servers, as these have the fastest streaming speeds. Only NordVPN has dedicated servers for streaming at super-high speeds on Kodi. So if you’re using a different VPN you’ll need to play around to find the fastest server to connect to. If you need to unblock add-ons or content sources, remember to turn on Smart-Play, or connect to a server in the same location as the content you want to unblock (for example, to unblock BBC iPlayer, connect to a UK server). If you do any torrenting, you may want to use a ‘Tor over’ or ‘Double VPN’ server for maximum security.
STEP 6) Watch what you want, safely and privately. You’re now good to go. While you’re connected to a NordVPN server, just launch Kodi and use it like you always do. NordVPN will work quietly in the background to send your connection through their server, making sure you stay safe and private on Kodi.
You can switch servers/locations at any time with just a click. The ‘Kill Switch’ feature is very handy if you’re using Kodi or similar and want to make sure you’re never unprotected.
You don’t need to change anything in the ‘Configuration.’ But, if you’re more experienced and know you have a need to make a change, only one click to switch protocols or add a custom DNS setting.
That’s all it takes to stay secure on Kodi (plus avoid any Kodi legal troubles). NordVPN is the easiest, fastest, and most secure VPN we’ve found, and we love the dedicated servers for high-speed streaming and the Smart-Play feature. That means you no longer have to choose between total online privacy and security, and streaming content at the fastest speeds in multiple regions simultaneously without changing settings. You have the best of both with NordVPN. Plus, using NordVPN on Firestick is easy and fast. Here again is the link to try it free for 30 days.
Enjoy your NordVPN-Kodi TV streaming powerhouse!