Netflix not working with VPN on Firestick? Try this easy fix! (December 2021)
Watching Netflix with a VPN on Firestick is a bit more difficult than it is on a laptop or smartphone. Fortunately, there are some things you can do. Read on to find out if Netflix is not working with your VPN on Firestick.
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Quick Fix: Netflix Not Working with VPN on Firestick?
Read the more detailed sections below to find out how and why Netflix has stopped working with your VPN on your Firestick. However, if you just want a *quick* fix, follow the four steps below.
- Get NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($2.49/month)
- Download Official VPN Apps on Your Firestick
- Locate the new server
- Open the Netflix app and enjoy
It’s that easy.
What to do when Netflix stops working with VPN on Firestick
There are several reasons why your VPN may stop working with Netflix on your Firestick. The first thing you need to do is test your VPN on another device – a laptop, iPad, or smartphone – to see if it’s a bigger VPN server problem. See my article Netflix does not work with a VPN to learn more.
If your VPN still works with Netflix on your other devices, you know it’s a Firestick problem specifically. If this is the case, I recommend trying out the free Firefox browser download on your Firestick instead, you can sign in and stream Netflix content through the browser just as you would on your laptop.
Why did Netflix stop working with your VPN on Firestick?
I spoke to a couple of VPN service providers to find out why some providers might have difficulty unblocking Netflix on Firestick. The response I received was not very detailed or clear – perhaps to protect their company’s intellectual property.
However, the problem seems to be that the Firestick is unique in how it allows third party apps to access basic information about the device. This makes it easier for apps to detect VPN usage in the background.
Before we go any further, it is important to state the obvious. Amazon Firestick is a budget device with budget specs. If you are looking for the best streaming experience while using a VPN, the best choice is a laptop and an HDMI connection.
However, the convenience that Firestick offers is unparalleled. So, if you want to continue using your Firestick with a VPN to watch Netflix, the best thing to do is to use a good VPN.
I recommend NordVPN ($3.49 a month) or Ivacy ($2.49 a month) because these two providers always have (fast) servers that work with Netflix in the US, UK, Canada – and many other regions – Netflix.
Background: Netflix made headlines in 2016 when it said it would start blocking VPNs from accessing its servers. The reason for taking action was simple – Netflix has different libraries for different regions.
And a lot of its customers were using cheap VPNs to connect to fake IP addresses and access Netflix libraries from different regions.
For example, New Zealand (where I live) has a small library compared to the US, despite paying the same price per month for Netflix. With a few extra bucks, we can buy IPVanish, TunnelBear, Private Internet Access, Hotspot Shield, or any other cheap VPN and unlock Netflix’s global library.
Those days are gone. Netflix is now actively blocking VPN connections.
The good news is that some VPNs still work with Netflix. If you ever want to watch Netflix with a VPN on Firestick again, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you have a good VPN that still works with Netflix.
I recommend NordVPN ($3.49 a month) or Ivacy ($2.49 a month) because these two work best on FireStick.
Other VPNs like the ones I mentioned above — IPVanish, TunnelBear, and Hotspot Shield — only work with Netflix for some time. This is because they don’t monitor their connections with Netflix as much as high-end VPNs, who use technical teams 24/7 to make sure their servers have 100% uptime with Netflix.
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