The number of original content titles produced by Amazon Prime Video almost doubled from 2014 to 2019. But in a vast library of seemingly endless entertainment, not all of it is equally available to everyone. When that’s the case, Amazon Prime VPN could be the solution.
To unlock more Amazon Prime Video libraries, you’ll need a VPN.
Step 1: download a VPN
While there are VPNs that don’t work with Amazon Prime Video, some still do. Surfshark is one of them.
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
Put in your credentials, sign up, and you’re good to go.
Step 3: connect to a server location
Choosing the right server location depends on your needs. If you want to access Amazon US, connect to one of the server locations in the US. The same applies to other Amazon libraries that we unlock.
What to do if Amazon Prime blocks your VPN?
When you read that Amazon Prime is blocking your VPN, it means that it’s blocking an IP address that a 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 a live chat; otherwise, submit a request, and they’ll contact you via email.
Why use a VPN with Amazon Prime – apart from accessing content?
Unlocking unavailable TV shows and movies is an obvious reason for having a VPN. But that’s not all it offers.
So, what more do you get from a VPN?
- Privacy. Don’t worry about your ISP, snoopers, or even your VPN provider seeing everything you do online.
- Security. Prevent hacking attempts by securing internet connections and staying safe on public unprotected networks.
It all seems great, but does a VPN have downsides? I’ll touch on it in the next section.
Can a VPN affect streaming quality and speed?
There are two enemies when it comes to streaming: buffering streams and unavailable content. Since I’ve talked about the latter already, let’s talk about speed.
A VPN can slow down your internet a bit. Why? That’s because a VPN has an encryption process that makes your connection private and secure. However, a good premium VPN has minimal to no effect on speed, depending on how far is a server location you’re connecting to and your overall internet connection.
For example, AV-Comparatives VPN Report concluded that Surfshark is a top 3 VPN by download speed, which is essential for streaming.
If your VPN is slowing down 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 as one of the fastest VPN protocols.
- Switch between TCP/UDP with OpenVPN. UDP is faster and is better for streaming, while TCP is regarded as more reliable, but slower.
To sum it up
A VPN is your key to unlocking more Amazon Prime content and keeping your internet presence private and secure while you do it. And with Surfshark, you can access Amazon Prime US, UK, Japan, and Spain. Because, hey, there can never be too much entertainment after all.
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