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Using Surfshark on Fire Stick – how to download and set up

Verified by Amy Reeves

Accessing diverse content while maintaining online privacy and security has become more important than ever. That’s where robust virtual private networks (VPNs) come into play, paving the way for a protected and unrestricted streaming experience. 

Not only does Surfshark VPN bypass geographical content barriers, but it also ensures your data remains private with high-level encryption and secure VPN protocols.

This comprehensive guide walks you through the ins and outs of installing and optimising Surfshark VPN on your Fire Stick. We will discuss the step-by-step process of setting up the VPN, choosing servers and the effects of various settings. You’ll also learn the main streaming and privacy considerations with Surfshark and find useful tips for troubleshooting common issues.

How to install Surfshark on Fire Stick

Installing Surfshark on Fire Stick is a straightforward process that involves the following steps.

Step 1: Register for a Surfshark account

Your first step will be to create a Surfshark VPN account. Navigate to Surfshark’s official website. Here, you’ll see a “Get Surfshark” button.

Upon clicking, you’ll be directed to the pricing page to choose a plan that best suits your requirements.

There are various subscription term lengths, as well as subscription plans with different features and settings. Choose the best for your requirements and follow the payment instructions.

Step 2: Search for Surfshark VPN on your Fire TV Stick

Navigate to the search option on your Fire TV Stick interface.

Once there, type “Surfshark VPN into the search bar or use the Voice Search function.

The Surfshark app should promptly appear as the top result in the list.

Step 3: Download and install the app

Select the Surfshark app and then hit the “Get” button.

This action will initiate the download of the Surfshark VPN application onto your Fire Stick device. Once the download wraps up, the app will automatically be installed on your device.

Step 4: Launch and log into Surfshark

After the successful installation, you can launch the application. You can do this by selecting “Open” or using the Burger menu symbol (three horizontal lines) on your Fire Stick remote.

At this point, if you’ve already subscribed to Surfshark VPN, choose “Log in” and enter your credentials.

You can also log in using the Surfshark app on your mobile device. Simply open your Surfshark mobile app, navigate to “Settings” > “Account” > “TV login,” and then enter the code displayed on your Fire Stick’s Surfshark app. This method offers a seamless login experience, bridging your mobile and TV interfaces.

Configuring Surfshark on Fire Stick

Now that you have successfully installed Surfshark on your Fire Stick, it’s time to configure the settings to optimise your VPN experience.

Connecting to a VPN Server

Once logged in, you’ll land on the Surfshark app homepage. This page displays the VPN connection status, a list of available server locations, and a “Connect” button.

Upon tapping the “Connect” button, Surfshark will automatically link you to the most optimal server available. The first time you connect, you’ll receive a connection request pop-up. 

Granting permission will enable Surfshark to manage your VPN tunnel, strengthening your internet connection. As soon as you connect, your connection status turns green and displays “Connected,” which signifies your internet connection is secured.

One of Surfshark’s helpful features is that it lets you select your default connection preference. You can choose between the “Fastest Server” and the “Nearest Country.

The “Fastest Server” connects you to the quickest server, while the “Nearest Country” connects you to a server close to your location; your choice of server location can significantly impact your VPN experience. 

If speed is your primary concern, then choosing the “Fastest Server” would be right. On the other hand, if you wish to access content geographically close to you but still blocked due to restrictions, the “Nearest Country” would be ideal.

Auto-connect and kill switch features

Surfshark provides additional features that enhance convenience and improve online security. Two of these features – Auto-connect and Kill switch – are particularly significant. Let’s explore what they offer and how to enable them on your Fire Stick.

Auto-connect feature

When enabled, this feature automatically establishes a connection to Surfshark VPN whenever your Fire Stick device is turned on. This way, you can start streaming content or browsing online without manually connecting to the VPN each time.

To enable Auto-connect, head to the Surfshark app and click on the “Settings” icon located at the bottom left of the menu. In the settings, select “VPN Settings,” and you’ll find the option to toggle Auto-connect on or off. For continual protection, we recommend keeping this feature turned on.

Kill switch feature

If, for some reason, you cannot connect to Surfshark, the kill switch ensures that your device won’t have internet access, preventing your data from being exposed to external networks. This feature is beneficial if your VPN connection abruptly drops while you’re online, as it safeguards your information from being accidentally exposed on the unsecured network.

You’ll find the kill switch setting in the same menu as the Auto-connect feature. Simply navigate to “VPN Settings” and toggle on the kill switch. This way, you’ll have an extra layer of protection should you ever lose your VPN connection.

Streaming and privacy tips with Surfshark VPN on Fire Stick

Getting Surfshark VPN set-up on your Fire Stick isn’t just about installation and configuration. The real impact lies in optimising its features for your streaming needs and maintaining your online privacy.

Let’s explore how Surfshark can enhance your streaming experience and look at some tips for maximising your online privacy.

Bypassing geo-restrictions with Surfshark

Regional blocks make certain content or streaming services inaccessible in some locations. Whether you live in such a region or you’re staying there temporarily while travelling, the capacity to unlock restricted content is one of the most significant advantages of using Surfshark on your Fire Stick.

Surfshark has a server network spanning over 3,200 servers across 100 countries.  To connect to a specific location, head to the list of locations displayed on the left side of the Surfshark app interface.

You can use the search bar or scroll through the list until you find your desired country. A single click on the flag icon of the selected country, and voila! You are virtually in that location.

Furthermore, if you regularly connect to specific servers, Surfshark includes a “Favourite servers” feature. You can earmark your most-used servers by clicking the star icon next to the location. These servers will then appear in your list of “Favourite servers,” making them even easier to find and connect to in the future.

By connecting to a server in your home country or a region where the content is accessible, Surfshark allows you to navigate past these geographical limitations.

Encryption and secure connections for privacy

When it comes to privacy, Surfshark employs Advanced Encryption Standard with 256 bits (AES-256) to safeguard your data. This encryption level is considered the gold-standard in the industry and is practically unbreakable.

In addition to AES-256 encryption, Surfshark offers a range of secure VPN protocols. These include WireGuard, IKEv2, and OpenVPN, all providing a balanced mix of speed and security. 

These protocols and encryption ensure that your online activities remain private and secure, even when connected to less secure networks like public wifi.

How to optimise streaming performance

To get the best streaming performance with Surfshark, it’s worth familiarising yourself with some key features – CleanWeb and Bypass VPN.

CleanWeb is a fantastic feature that enhances your streaming experience by blocking unwanted ads and protecting you from malware and trackers. It also provides additional security when using unverified websites or apps.

On the other hand, the Bypass VPN feature enables split tunnelling. This feature allows you to select which apps can connect to the internet without routing through the VPN.

It’s handy when you want some apps to connect to the open web while directing your streaming apps through the VPN for unrestricted access.

Additionally, the “Route via VPN” feature allows you to specify which apps will exclusively connect to the internet via the VPN connection.

This can be particularly useful to ensure that certain streaming apps always connect via the VPN, providing a seamless and unrestricted streaming experience.

Troubleshooting Surfshark on Fire Stick

Even the most streamlined services may encounter occasional hiccups. Surfshark on Fire Stick is no exception. After installation, you may encounter issues related to connectivity. Here are a few common ones:

Unable to connect to Surfshark VPN

This issue could arise due to network settings, outdated app versions, or server issues. Try switching to a different VPN server or check for updates to the Surfshark app. If the problem persists, try resetting your network settings.

Slow connection speed

If your internet speed is slower when connected to Surfshark, try switching to a server closer to your location or choose a less congested server. Adjusting VPN protocols can also help – OpenVPN (UDP) is a good choice for better speed.

Connectivity problems

There are several strategies to handle connectivity problems when using Surfshark on Fire Stick. Let’s delve into some solutions you can apply when encountering issues.

Change the VPN protocol

Connectivity issues might be due to the current VPN protocol. The solution to this is straightforward. Navigate to “Settings,” then proceed to “Protocol.” 

Initially, you can switch to the OpenVPN (TCP) protocol. If this doesn’t work, test other available protocols until you find one that establishes a stable connection.

Sending diagnostics

If changing the protocol doesn’t solve the connectivity problem, consider sending diagnostic data to the Surfshark team. This step aids the developers in identifying and rectifying the problem more rapidly. 

To do this, open your Surfshark app, go to “Settings,” and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll find an option to send diagnostics here. Additionally, leaving a brief message about the issue you’re experiencing can provide valuable context for the team.

Reinstall the Surfshark app

If the issue persists after you’ve tried changing the protocol and sending diagnostics, another potential solution is to reinstall the Surfshark app. 

Uninstall your current app first, then head to the Amazon App Store to install a fresh copy of the Surfshark app. Check to see if the reinstall has resolved the connectivity issues.

Side-loading the Surfshark app

If all else fails, consider side-loading the Surfshark app. Side-loading refers to installing the app from a source outside of the Amazon App Store. While this method is more technical, it can sometimes bypass issues inherent to the app version available on the store.

Remember, the Surfshark support team is always available to help with any persistent issues. If you cannot resolve the problem alone, don’t hesitate to contact them for assistance.

Conclusion

We’ve walked you through the process of installing and configuring Surfshark VPN on a Fire Stick, so you can bypass geo-restrictions, unlocking a world of streaming content.  However, its benefits extend beyond enhanced streaming. 

Surfshark VPN offers advanced security features that improve your online privacy and safety, such as:

  • Robust AES-256 encryption 
  • Secure VPN protocols, offering robust protection even on less secure networks
  • Kill switch to keep you protected when the VPN connection drops

Optimising streaming performance and handling connectivity issues using the tips below help you get the full benefits of using Surfshark VPN with a Fire Stick.

Frequently asked questions about Surfshark for Fire Stick

Yes, Surfshark is designed to be compatible with a wide range of Fire Stick models. It supports the 2nd and 3rd generations of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, along with the 4K Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and the Fire TV Cube.

So, Surfshark can be used with all Fire Stick models, except the first generation. 

While it’s true that using a VPN can cause some decrease in your internet speed, due to the additional route your traffic takes via the VPN server, Surfshark is designed to minimise this impact. In fact, if you have a high-speed connection, such as 100Mbps, a drop to 80Mbps due to VPN use may not noticeably affect your browsing or streaming experience.

However, if you do notice a slowdown, there are several steps you can take to optimise your speed:

  • Switch server location 
  • Try a different protocol 
  • Reinstall Surfshark VPN

One of the primary advantages of using Surfshark on your Fire Stick is the ability to bypass geo-restrictions on streaming platforms. By changing your server location in the Surfshark app, you can trick these platforms into thinking you’re in a different country, granting access to content unavailable in your region.

Surfshark provides robust security for Fire Stick users thanks to its top-tier encryption and advanced security protocols. With Surfshark, your data is safeguarded by AES-256 encryption, the same standard used by banks and military organisations worldwide.

Moreover, Surfshark supports reliable protocols like WireGuard, IKEv2, and OpenVPN, further enhancing your connection’s security and stability. These protocols ensure a secure tunnel for your data, protecting it from potential intruders.

Also, Surfshark’s strict no-logs policy ensures that your online activities are never recorded or shared, respecting your privacy. With Surfshark on your Fire Stick, you can rest assured your streaming and browsing are secure and private.

You’ll find a list of servers worldwide on the app’s main screen. Simply select a server from this list to connect to it instantly. If you have specific countries you frequently connect to, you can mark them as favourites for easy access in the future.

Connecting to a server closer to your location can improve connection speeds. Moreover, you can access geo-restricted content by switching to a server located in a specific country. This flexibility allows you to optimise your streaming or browsing based on your current needs.

Surfshark stands out with its policy of unlimited simultaneous connections. This means you can install and use the Surfshark app on as many Fire Stick, mobile or TV devices as you like without any impact on your connection speed. It’s one of the few VPNs that offer such a generous policy. 

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Mariana is an experienced technology writer specialising in web and internet technology. She writes about cyber security, including VPN; web development; and software engineering. She has been writing since 2006 and held a position of English lecturer at Technical University of Varna in Bulgaria until 2022, working in a variety of educational fields.

For the Independent Advisor, Mariana writes about the usefulness of VPNs and how people can protect themselves and their data online.

Amy Reeves

Editor

Amy is a seasoned writer and editor with a special interest in home design, sustainable technology and green building methods.

She has interviewed hundreds of self-builders, extenders and renovators about their journeys towards individual, well-considered homes, as well as architects and industry experts during her five years working as Assistant Editor at Homebuilding & Renovating, part of Future plc.

Amy’s work covers topics ranging from home, interior and garden design to DIY step-by-steps, planning permission and build costs, and has been published in Period Living, Real Homes, and 25 Beautiful Homes, Homes and Gardens.

Now an Editor at the Independent Advisor, Amy manages homes-related content for the site, including solar panels, combi boilers, and windows.

Her passion for saving tired and inefficient homes also extends to her own life; Amy completed a renovation of a mid-century house in 2022 and is about to embark on an energy-efficient overhaul of a 1800s cottage in Somerset.