Amazon Prime Video has drawn in more than 150 million paying subscribers, all thanks to its wide array of beloved content, exclusive deals, and quality originals. Naturally, if you’re one of those subscribers, you want to stream everything you have access to, no matter where you are. But to do that, you need an Amazon VPN.
You can only stream the content available in the region where you have bought the Amazon Prime account. That means when you travel, you don’t have access to your account. Unless you have Surfshark, which allows you to access your full country library no matter where in the world you are.
How to use an Amazon Prime VPN
Step 1: Download a VPN
While there are VPNs that don’t work with Amazon Prime Video, Surfshark supports at least 13 libraries.
Downloading a VPN is straightforward: go to Surfshark’s website and choose the platform you want to download it on.
Step 2: Create an account
Type in your credentials, sign up, and you’re good to go.
Step 3: Connect to a server location
Connect to the VPN server matching your account’s country to get access to your shows even when you’re not at home.
Note: You can also download titles before you travel to watch them offline from anywhere in the world. The titles available to download are marked “Watch While Abroad.”
What to do if Amazon Prime blocks your VPN
If Amazon Prime blocks your VPN, this means that it’s blocking an IP (Internet Protocol) address that the VPN dedicated to you. Since you’re not the only one using that IP address, streaming services see it and assume the traffic is coming from a VPN.
If Amazon Prime Video is blocking your VPN, try the following tips:
- Clear your browser’s cache.
- Enable incognito/private mode.
- Connect to a different server location.
- Restart the device you’re using.
- As a bonus tip, you can try connecting to a different VPN server in the same region.
If you’re still experiencing issues, feel free to contact our support team. Our customer success sharks work 24/7. If you need a quick response, drop a message via live chat; otherwise, submit a request, and they’ll contact you via email.
Why use a VPN with Amazon Prime – apart from accessing content?
Getting access to your Amazon Prime library even when you’re not in the country is cool as it is, but there are more benefits to VPN use than just that:
Privacy: Don’t worry about your ISP, snoopers, or even your VPN provider seeing everything you do online.
Anonymity: when connecting to a VPN server, you replace your device’s IP address – basically your address online – with the server’s, so everyone thinks you’re connecting from the server’s location.
Security: Prevent hacking attempts by securing internet connections and staying safe on unprotected public networks.
It all seems great, but does a VPN have downsides? I’ll touch on it in the next section.
How can I get the best streaming quality and speed with a VPN?
A VPN can impact your connection in two ways. Some speed is always lost for routing via a server, and the longer the distance, the bigger the fall. A smaller bit of traffic is taken up by “encryption overhead” – the sending and receiving of data needed to maintain your connection secure. However, good modern VPNs make those drops barely perceptible.
If your VPN is slowing down the internet connection, you can try out some tips and tricks to resolve it. Start with the following:
- Check if it’s the VPN that’s causing connection issues by running a VPN speed test.
- Switch to a different server location — usually, the closer the location, the better the speed.
The next couple of tips are for those who like to get into more advanced features:
- Change your VPN protocol settings. Currently, WireGuard®* is considered to be one of the fastest VPN protocols.
- Switch between TCP/UDP with OpenVPN. UDP is faster and better for streaming, while TCP is more reliable but slower.
*“WireGuard” is a registered trademark of Jason A. Donenfeld
Improve your Amazon Prime experience with a VPN
A VPN is your key to watching your Amazon Prime content and keeping your internet presence private and secure while you do it. And with Surfshark, you can access your account’s country library from wherever you are. Because, hey, there can never be too much entertainment after all.