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If you’ve never had an Apple TV VPN service before, even Surfshark may seem daunting. But don’t worry, your subscription payment is safe due to our 30-day money-back guarantee.

If you don’t enjoy using Surfshark, just ask for your money back within the first 30 days of your purchase and you’ll get a full refund. 

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How to set up a VPN for Apple TV – 3 methods

Set up a VPN on a router for your Apple TV

Apple TV doesn’t natively support VPN connections, so you have to get crafty.

Step 1. Make sure your router is compatible with a VPN. You may need to update the firmware first.

Step 2. Install a VPN client on your router. Surfshark has guides for Asus, DD-WRT, and Tomato routers.

Step 3. Pick a server location and turn the VPN ON. Make sure it works by looking up your IP on Google!

Confused? No problem! For a more in-depth explanation, check our guide on how to install a VPN on your router.

Set up a virtual router with a VPN for your Apple TV

Set up a virtual router with a VPN for your Apple TV

Note: You’ll need a Windows computer for this one.

Step 1. On your PC or laptop, navigate to the TAP adapter settings in your Network & Internet section.

Step 2. Configure your VPN adapter to allow sharing.

Step 3. Turn your VPN and then your Wi-Fi hotspot ON. Now you can connect your Apple TV to the hotspot.

For an easy-breezy step-by-step explanation, take a look at our virtual router setup guide.

Set up smart DNS on Apple TV

Note: Smart DNS doesn’t give you many of the true Apple TV VPN features. It just makes your DNS requests appear as they come from somewhere else. This way, no one knows at a glance where your device is.

Step 1. Sign in to your Surfshark account.

Step 2. On the My account page, you will see the option to turn on Smart DNS. Click Activate! You’ll get an email once your Smart DNS is ready.

Step 3. Find the Configure DNS section in your Apple TV’s settings and enter your Smart DNS address manually. You’re good to go!

Not sure about the process? Don’t worry – we’ve also got a detailed guide for enabling smart DNS on your TV.

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Why go for Surfshark?

Variety of features

Variety of features

A good VPN for Apple TV offers a lot of features. CleanWeb will help you avoid annoying ads when browsing. At the same time, your privacy will be guarded by Surfshark’s WebRTC and DNS leak blocks.

Guaranteed security

Guaranteed security

Regular security audits by external agencies ensure that Surfshark stays true to our word. It also helps us identify and fix any weak points in our infrastructure.

3200+ servers in 65 countries

3200+ servers in 100 countries

The distance between you and the server can impact your VPN connection speed even more than the protocol choice. But with VPN servers across the globe, Surfshark is guaranteed to have one perfect for your needs.

A VPN for all Apple TV generations

You can set up a router or a smart DNS on ALL Apple TVs:

  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 3rd Gen.
  • Apple TV 2nd Gen.
  • Apple TV 1st Gen.
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Surfshark VPN vs. free VPNs

Free VPNs: technically a thing, practically not an option. Used with an Apple TV or not, a premium VPN has many benefits that come from having a steady source of funding. When it comes to Apple TV VPNs, here’s how premium stacks up against free:

No logs

No logs

Unlike free VPNs, premium VPNs don’t have the same incentive to keep your browsing logs for sale to advertisers - they get money from subscriptions.

Modern protocols

Modern protocols

A premium VPN provider can spend more on research and development, providing a steady, reliable service, all due to the steady stream of income.

Unlimited data

Unlimited data

A free VPN may limit bandwidth or data to get you to sign up for their paid plan. With a premium VPN, you’re already getting 100% of the service and unlimited simultaneous connections.

Prioritizing security

Prioritizing security

Keeping up with the hackers isn’t cheap and easy. Premium VPNs have the money and the will to do so. Can’t say the same about free VPNs.

Thousands of servers

Thousands of servers

Both the number of servers and the number of countries they’re located in are important. A premium VPN will always have more of both.

Good speeds

Good speeds

Premium VPNs can spend a lot more money on improving the server infrastructure, whether it’s adopting RAM-only servers for security or using 10Gbps ports for speed.

3200+ servers, 100 countries, 6 continents

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Can you use a VPN with an Apple TV?

You can use a VPN with an Apple TV, but you can’t install a VPN app on the Apple TV itself. Therefore, you’ll need to set the VPN up on a router, which will cover your TV.

How do I activate a VPN on an Apple TV?

There are three ways to get a VPN to work with an Apple TV:

  • Set it up on the router that the Apple TV connects to;
  • Use a Windows PC to set up a virtual router;
  • Configure the Apple TV to use a smart DNS service. 

While the last method won’t provide full VPN functionality, it will help with things like hiding your location.

What VPNs work on Apple TV?

VPNs that work on Apple TVs are VPNs that:

  • Can be set up on your home Wi-Fi router;
  • Work on Windows to set up a virtual router;
  • Have a smart DNS feature.

Surfshark is compatible with all of these methods. Aside from unlocking content, it also has many privacy and security features.

Why are there no VPN apps for Apple TV?

For a VPN app to work, the system it’s operating on has to support VPN connections. The operating system on Apple TV does not. 

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