In this guide I’m going to show you how you can use both the Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick overseas in any country in the world.
The Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick devices are excellent [If you haven’t got one yet, grab one here]. If you’ve already got one then you’ll know how handy they are. They’re especially good to help you access your favourite TV even on TVs that don’t have built in apps.
Everything from Netflix to Amazon Prime is available on them and a host of local TV services like BBC iPlayer in the UK, NBC in the US and many more.
Unfortunately though, the Amazon devices are limited to certain countries and if you’re travelling overseas or you’re an expat then they generally don’t work.
In this guide I’m going to show you a quick and easy way how you can use the Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick overseas in any country in the world.
Use Amazon Fire TV Stick overseas
If you’re taking an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick with you overseas or you’ve managed to order one and get it shipped to a country they’re not available then you should know that they ‘officially‘ won’t work.
Most of the content is restricted to the country you’re from.
If you try to use services like BBC iPlayer or other local TV services from your home country then you’ll be blocked from accessing them. If you try to access subscription services such as Netflix then you won’t be able to access home content but will instead get local content which may be more restricted than your own country.
To use the Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick overseas you’ll need to get an app called a VPN.
A VPN is a small app that allows you to protect your online privacy and as part of that, change your location to appear elsewhere.
Below I’m going to show you the simple steps you need to take to get a VPN for your Fire TV or Fire Stick and how it will help you to use your Amazon device overseas.
It’s important to note if you’re using a Fire Stick then you’ll need a Generation 2 device. It’s the one with the Alexa voice remote. Alternatively, any Fire TV will work.
How to use Amazon Fire TV Stick overseas
The first step is to choose a VPN provider. There are hundreds available out there but only a few are suitable for using with the Fire TV and Fire Stick.
Three VPN services that work well with the Fire TV and Fire Stick are:
I’ve been using ExpressVPN with my Fire Stick but you can use any of the three above as they all work well. In my example steps below I’m using ExpressVPN.
- Visit the ExpressVPN website by clicking here and sign up for their service. You can get 3 months free on a 12-month package by using this link.
- Once you’ve signed up for their service go to your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick and use the Search feature to search ‘ExpressVPN’.
- Click on Install to download the ExpressVPN app to your Fire TV or Fire Stick.
- Once installed click on the ExpressVPN app and login with your the Email Address you signed up with and your Password.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation.
- Navigate to the Choose Location (1.) option and click on it. Select your home country.
- The app should automatically connect for you but if not press the Connect (2.) button. It’s the one that looks like a large power button.
Once the app has connected you’ll be able to access your Amazon apps and access content from your home country.
App mileage may vary
While it’s possible to make the majority of apps on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick work using the above solution, your mileage may vary.
It’s not possible to make all apps work. One that refuses to work is Amazon Prime but the majority such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and more work well overseas.
You’ll also be able to access any blocked websites such as TV sites that don’t have apps available. If you use an app such as Silk Browser then you’ll be able to access blocked websites or services that work through Silk Browser.
Recap How to use an Amazon Fire TV Stick overseas
To use an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick overseas you’ll need to install an additional app on your device called a VPN.
A VPN app allows you to change your online location to make it appear as if you’re somewhere else.
By using a VPN you can unblock many of your favourite apps and TV services overseas in any country in the world. This works even in countries where the Amazon devices aren’t available.
To get my recommended VPN, ExpressVPN, click the button below and sign up for their service. You can then install their app directly from the Amazon app store onto your Fire TV device.
Where have you been using your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick? I would love to know what countries you’re using it in and with what apps using a VPN. Why not let me and others know in the comments section below?