How to set up a VPN on Android TV

Are you one of the millions of Android TV users? If your smart TV runs Android or you have an Android TV box, you can get a VPN to protect it. But how do you set up an Android TV VPN? That’s easy – just follow this guide.

How to set up a VPN on Android TV (box)?

It is easy to set up a VPN on an Android TV or Android TV box. As long as your chosen app is on the Google Play Store, you should have no issues with getting it to run. I’ll use Surfshark as an example.
Here’s how you do it:

  1. Find your VPN on the Google Play Store and install it.

Find your VPN on Google Play Store

  1. Open the VPN app, create an account or log in,

Open the VPN app

  1. Click “Connect” and that’s it!

Click Connect

Clicking “Connect” will connect you to the closest, fastest VPN server. If for any reason you want to connect to another country, then you can pick a location manually under the “locations” tab.

Disclaimer: Surfshark does not encourage using a VPN in any way that would potentially violate the law or Terms of Service of other service providers.

Yet this may not work for everyone. Your TV or box may be running an older version of Android – older than Android 5 (Lollipop) – or you may not find the app in the store. What can you do then? You can sideload the VPN on your device!

How to sideload a VPN on Android TV (box)

“Sideloading” is a term for installing an app that’s not available on the Google Play Store. Sideloading a VPN is more complicated than just getting it from the Store – but only by a little. 

Keep in mind that you should be cautious when sideloading. These apps haven’t been tested by Google. Only use software from trusted providers. 

You will need to download special configuration files before you can start working. They come from your VPN service provider. In this example, we’ll be using Surfshark VPN to show you how you can do it yourself. 

  1. Log in to your Surfshark account on the website and download the configuration files. The website will recommend the files for the server closest to you.

Log in to your Surfshark account and download configuration files

  1. Extract the downloaded .zip files anywhere you want.
  2. On the Google Play Store, download and install the OpenVPN Connect client.Install the OpenVPN Connect client from Google play
  3. Launch the OpenVPN Connect client and select the “OpenVPN profile” option.

Select the OpenVPN profile

  1. Click “menu” on the top left of the app. 
  2. Navigate to the folder where you extracted the configuration files and click “Import.”

Import configuration files

  1. Choose whatever “Title” you want. 
  2. For credentials, enter the automatically generated credentials shown at the bottom of this page.

Enter the automatically generated credentials

  1. After adding the profile, click on it to connect. If you get any trust prompts, accept them.
  2. The status should turn green after you establish a connection.

Status should turn green after you establish a connection

  1. That’s it!

A secure VPN protection will keep your DNS and IP hidden. To check for DNS and IP leaks, visit this page. In any case, your connection should now be established, providing you with all the benefits of a VPN. Speaking of which, what are those benefits? 

Do I need an Android TV VPN?

Whether you have an Android TV or an Android TV box, you need a VPN for your device. Here are the three main reasons why:

  1. Stream privately and buffer-free

If you want to stream while staying secure and private, you have a right to do so. Keep your VPN on even when watching Netflix with your friends or watching Friends on Netflix alone. And if you’re worried about losing speed, just look for a provider with good server coverage and infrastructure (like Surfshark). 

In some cases, a VPN can even improve your streaming speeds.

  1. Bypass throttling 

It’s not only hackers that you should be worried about. “Internet throttling” is when your Internet Service Provider (ISP) intentionally slows down your connection. They often do it when users stream video or download files. But a VPN can mask your internet activities. That way, the provider will not know when to throttle your connection, and you’ll be able to enjoy the full capacity of your internet. 

  1. Protect your devices

The “smart” part of your smart TV comes from the internet. However, that same internet connection opens up your devices to hackers and other threats. A VPN adds a good layer of protection to your TV.

Experience lag-free, safe streaming with a VPN   

Android TV is a great choice when it comes to smart television. Yet making it even better is only three short steps away. Improve your experience by getting an Android TV VPN. Watch safely, watch privately!

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