Are you wondering how to run a VPN on an Amazon Fire Tablet? Before you begin searching for the right VPN provider, it is important to know how Fire OS works. Amazon Fire tablets use a proprietary version of Android OS. It shares many of the same limitations as Android devices in regards to VPN apps. Amazon Fire tablets support PPTP, L2TP and IPSec protocols, but not OpenVPN.The Amazon Appstore also lists a small number of third-party VPN apps.
Set up a third-party VPN on an Amazon Fire Tablet
Although installing a non-Amazon VPN is difficult, it is possible without being a rocket scientist.
These are the things you will need:
- A subscription to a VPN provider
- A download link, or the APK file
Here are the steps to sideload a non-Amazon VPN app.
- Pull down from the top of the screen with two fingers and tap on the gear icon to open settings.
- Tap on Security & Privacy.
- Select Apps from Unknown sources.
- Tap on the toggle beside the web browser.
- The APK file can be downloaded from the VPN provider’s website.
- Download ES File Explorer from Amazon Appstore
- Use ES File Explorer to locate the VPN’s APK file and click Install.
This also can be accomplished differently. You don’t have to install the VPN directly. Instead, you can install the Google Play Store app, and then use it to install all other apps that are not Amazon-related, such as VPNs.
To install Google Play Store, toggle the Apps From Unknown Sources option on. Next, download the APK files required to make the store function.
- Google Account Manager
- Google Services Framework
- Google Play Services
- Google Play Store
You should always get the most recent version. Each one can be found on the APKMirror site. Install them using ES File Explorer. Please make sure they are in the exact same order as listed above.
After you are done, please turn off your tablet and start it again. When you log in again, the Google Play Store application will be available. This last method is worth the extra effort if you are planning to install more than one non-Amazon Appstore app.
Amazon VPN – Setting up a VPN with an Amazon Fire Tablet
You can use an Amazon Fire tablet’s built-in VPN Settings to access a VPN. However, you will need to follow these steps in order to set it up.
- To reveal the Settings icon, swipe down on the notification bar.
- From the Settings menu, select Wireless & VPN.
- Select VPN now
- To add a new entry, locate the + sign at the top right corner. Click on it
- Name your VPN connection, and then edit the fields to suit your needs.
- Save your settings and go back to step 4, where you should see your new VPN.
- Enter your credentials by clicking on the button. Connect.
- Once all required fields have been filled correctly; your notification bar will now display the traditional key symbol that signals that your data has gone through the VPN.
You can use Google to check if the VPN is working. For example, if you type “What’s My IP” and the IP address you see is not your real one, then it’s working.
A third-party VPN app is a good choice if you are looking for something with a better track record. There are many better options outside of the Amazon Appstore. However, they need a bit more setup.