How to use an Amazon Fire TV Stick in France



Chris has a passion for helping you watch your favourite TV abroad. When he isn't helping you he can be found watching football, browsing Netflix or watching a good documentary.

If you’ve ended up on this page because you want to use an Amazon Fire TV Stick (or Fire TV / Fire TV Cube) in France then this is the guide for you.

In this guide I’ll be showing you the super easy (yes, beginner friendly!) way you can use your Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube in France.

While the Amazon Fire TV devices are cool and France is beautiful, put them together and they don’t work well at all.

You see, the Fire TV Stick or any of the other Fire TV devices aren’t actually officially available in France which means most of the apps you’ll use on a regular basis are blocked.

The great news is there’s a super simple way to fix that and below I’ll be showing you how.

So if you’re an NBC app watcher from America, an iPlayer app watcher from the UK, a SonyLiv watcher from India or any other kind of Fire TV device user then read on.

Can I use the Amazon Fire TV Stick in France?

Yes, yes and yes. However, if you turn up in France with a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube from another country or you order one online and have it sent to you in France then it won’t work out of the box.

Almost all the apps you’ll want to use are blocked.

To use your Fire TV Stick, Fire TV or Fire Cube in France you’ll need the help of a VPN app.

A VPN app lets you disguise your real location and make it look like you’re somewhere else.

So if you’ve got a UK Fire TV Stick for example and you’re trying to watch BBC iPlayer you’ll find its blocked in France. However, when you use a VPN app you can pretend you’re still in the UK which unblocks BBC iPlayer.

This works for almost all apps on the Fire TV devices and for any country. So it doesn’t matter if you’ve got an American, British, Indian Fire TV device or one from any other country, they all work in France when using a VPN.

So where can you get a VPN app?

Where do I get a VPN for the Amazon Fire TV Stick?

VPN apps are really popular for unblocking TV content these days. This means there are many available these days.

It’s really important to know that not all VPN apps work with the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube. In fact, 90% don’t work.

There are however a couple of great services that have dedicated VPN apps for the Fire TV devices and after some careful testing, we found the following three worked the best.

Our three recommended VPN apps for the Fire TV in France are:

  1. ExpressVPN – Other readers recommend this + 30 day money back guarantee
  2. NordVPN
  3. IPVanish

Now all you need to do is choose one of the three above. You can’t make a mistake because they all work well, so just choose the one you like the sound of the most.

I found ExpressVPN to be a little easier to use and really liked their app so that would be my recommendation.

A VPN service will cost you a few dollars per month. If you’re going to be in France for more than a couple of weeks it’s worth signing up for 12-months because most services are a lot cheaper when doing so.

For example, ExpressVPN is 49% cheaper when you take their 12-month package than if you pay per month.

How do I use the VPN with my Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Now you’ve signed up for one of the three VPN services above you’ll need to download their app.

Switch on your Amazon Fire TV Stick (or Fire TV / Fire TV Cube) and on the top menu locate the ‘Search‘ button (it’s the magnifying glass icon).

In the search box start typing ‘ExpressVPN‘ or the name of the service you signed up for until you see it appear.

Then scroll down and click on the name.

Click on ‘Download‘, ‘Get‘ or ‘Install‘ depending on what it says to download and install the app.

The app will start to download and when installed, alert you. Press the ‘Home‘ button on your Fire TV device’s remote control.

ExpressVPN Firestick

Now press on the new ‘ExpressVPN‘ icon you see on your main screen.

When the app opens you’ll need to login or activate it if it’s your first time using it. These are the same details you used when signing up.

Then press on ‘Choose Location‘. You should now select your home country, the country you purchased your Fire TV device in or the country of the app you’re trying to watch.

The app will take a few seconds to connect. Once it’s connected press the ‘Home‘ button. You can now use all your favourite apps in France like normal.

What apps can I use in France?

Almost all apps will work once you’re connected to the VPN service.

For example, you can watch different regions of Netflix with your regular Netflix account. The best is the American Netflix site because it has the most content. Simply connect to America on the ExpressVPN app.

You can also use other apps like NBC Sports, ITV Hub, TV Player, SonyLiv and others.

Some such as BBC iPlayer will require you to visit their direct website using a Fire TV web-browser. For this using the built-in Silk Browser (also known as ‘Internet’) or FireFox is the best.

It’s unfortunately impossible to unblock different regions of Amazon Prime.

In Summary: Can I use the Amazon Fire TV Stick in France

You can use the Amazon Fire TV Stick in France but for this, you’ll need to get an additional app called a ‘VPN‘.

You can get our recommended VPN app for doing this by clicking the button below.

Sign up for their service and then download their app on to your Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube. Then connect to the country your Fire TV device is from.

You’ll now be able to unblock the majority of apps and services.

We would love to hear what your favourite app is on the Fire TV Stick, so why not let us know in the comments below?

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20 Responses

  1. David burchett says:

    I am looking to purchase a fire stick and use Express VPN in France, however our internet is not very strong, is there a minimum strength for this to all work?

    • Chris says:


      To stream video you will need a certain level of speed. If you can barely stream local video from French websites then this is unlikely to work for you. Do you know what speeds you can currently achieve?

      • David burchett says:

        Between 3-5mb. Orange say it cannot improve until fibre is available.

        • Chris says:

          Hi David,

          Unfortunately at those speeds you’re likely to have a lot of problems using this method. Mostly buffering and very low quality. Sorry I can’t offer a better outlook.

  2. Beverly Townsend says:

    I am living in France, have NordVPN and a French Amazon account. If I buy a Firestick from here will I be able to watch BBCiplayer, ITV hub, English Netflix?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Beverly,

      You should be able to but you will need to use the following guide to install the UK apps as it will likely come pre-loaded with localised French streaming apps.

      • Beverly Townsend says:

        Thank you Chris for your prompt reply. I looked at the How to change the loaded apps on the Fire stick. I also have a UK Amazon account so if I go to the relevant link on there will that work? This account has my French address registered to it. Thanks.

        • Chris says:

          Hi Beverly,

          Sorry for the slow response this time.

          It would be best if you login to your UK Amazon account on the Firestick which should (in theory) give you access to install the UK apps. This would allow you to skip the earlier instructions for loading the apps from other countries.

          You would then need the VPN app to access the apps, essentially to play the services you require. I can’t give 100% guarantee for your specific circumstances but I’m mostly confident this solution would work in your situation.

  3. Sheri Sing says:


    My husband and I are in France for six months. We are missing some of our favorite sports and TV form the USA and Canada. Will the Amazon Fire Stick work for the sports and TV?

    Thank you for your time and expertise.


    • Chris says:

      Hi Sheri,

      The Amazon Fire Stick will work for Sports and TV with a VPN which will allow you to access most services you have a subscription for back home or any ‘free to air’, provided they have an Amazon app. It’s not 100% but most of the major services should work.

  4. Mike says:

    Can I use the same Firestick & VPN at 2 different locations (Home & Boat)?

  5. Andy says:

    I live in France and have a ExpressVPN. My VPN allows me to watch Prime Video via my UK Prime account.
    I also use it to connect to SkyGo and my UK Netflix account. However, I’ve found that Netflix is increasingly spotting the VPN and blocking me. (I have use Google, Safari and Firefox as required to regain access but this is often temporary).

    Two questions:
    If I buy an Amazon Fire Stick in France and use my existing VPN, will this get around the Netflix problem?
    I access BBC iPlayer using VPN via the internet. This works but always encounters prolonged buffering and poor picture quality. Would thus improve with a FireStick?
    Thanks in advance

    • Chris says:

      Hi Andy,

      Unfortunately simply using a Fire Stick probably wouldn’t resolve the issues you’re describing.

      We haven’t noticed much issue recently with ExpressVPN. Have you tried contacting their support directly to see if they can offer a solution?

      The buffering issue sounds more like an internet problem. Do you live remotely or in an area that has a poor internet connection?

  6. Hetty Verney says:

    Do I need a different router as well as the app?

  7. Ingrid says:

    Would I be able to unblock the YouTubeTV app in France with one of these VPN services?

  8. SUSAN Lee says:

    I have installed ExpressVPN for use in France but Bbc IPlayer is still blocked as are lots of films on Prime! Any suggestions or should I get my money back?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Susan,

      For BBC iPlayer if you’re using the app you may still find yourself blocked. You would need to use one of the Fire TV Stick’s web browsers such as ‘Internet’, sometimes called Silk Browser.

      Amazon Prime is notoriously difficult to unblock so if this is your main usage you may want to get a refund before the 30 days are up.

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