You can make your Kodi experience broader and safer using a VPN. Not only will it give you an added layer of privacy and security, it may also allow access to even more content online.
First, we'll explain what exactly a VPN is and what it does, then offer our pick of the five best options. We're assuming you already know lots about the Kodi media player and that's what brought you here, but if not you can find out everything you need to know by following the links below:
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Essentially it's a secure, encrypted internet connection which will keep you completely anonymous and your activity private when using the internet. It does so by creating a private tunnel over the internet to a server. That server can be in the same country as you or located elsewhere. All of the data traffic sent over the VPN is encrypted, so it can't be intercepted.
Since Kodi is all about streaming video, you'll want to opt for a VPN service that offers servers optimised for smooth streaming, as well as good security and privacy.
You can find out more about VPNs and what they do in our full VPN guide.
Best VPN for Kodi
NordVPN is one of the best options, not just for streaming but by any measure. It's outside of the jurisdiction of the 'fourteen eyes' and it has a strict no-logs policy. This means you don't have to worry about any of your internet activities being tracked. Plus, there are more than 5,000 servers to choose from across 63 countries.
There's an excellent level of encryption, too, including a DoubleVPN option and a kill switch.
It's easy to set up and there's great 24/7 support. It's quick and it works on most operating systems, including Android and the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Plus, you can use it on up to six devices simultaneously.
Read our full NordVPN review for more details
If speed is your top priority then ExpressVPN could be the best VPN for you. We've found speeds to be excellent over the years, and there are servers in 148 cities in 94 countries, meaning you shouldn't have any problem accessing content that you want to.
There are apps for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire TV Stick as well as the expected ones for macOS and Windows. There's also the option to install ExpressVPN onto your (compatible) router so that the VPN will protect every device connected to it, even if it can't directly run the ExpressVPN app.
It also has a quick and efficient support system and a 30-day money back guarantee so you can try it out and get a refund if you're not totally happy.
Read our full ExpressVPN review.
Hong Kong-based PureVPN boasts more than 2,000 servers across a whopping 140 countries, and now has a zero logs policy, which means there's no record of when you used the service, nor how long for.
PureVPN offers a Kill Switch and split tunnelling (on Windows and macOS) and it runs its own DNS servers too.
We like that you can choose a server that's best suited to streaming as opposed to other activities, and there's great support available along with a generous 31-day refund policy.
Check out the great-value packages available from PureVPN.
4. Goose VPN
We've included Goose VPN here because it's a VPN service that's designed for streaming and explicitly states that P2P is allowed.
When you select a country you're able to pick a server that's optimised for streaming and P2P, making it simple to use for anyone running Kodi. A page on the company's website explains that it offers the secure OpenVPN protocol which is great for Kodi users.
There's no app for Amazon Fire TV Stick, and only 41 servers in 27 countries. But although those numbers aren't outstanding, we still found we could easily access media in the countries we wanted to - including the US - and found connections were fast and reliable.
Read our full Goose VPN review
Our final recommendation is CyberGhost. It has a solid reputation for security and transparency, too, with excellent encryption and apps for Android, Amazon Fire TV Stick and iOS in addition to Windows and macOS.
There are more than 2,790 servers available across 60 countries, as well as a kill switch. It's based in Romania, therefore outside the 14-eyes, and is very simple to use.
Its website offers help running the VPN with Kodi on various devices including Raspberry Pi.
One of the highlights is the fact that, like PureVPN, it lets you choose a server based on what you want to do, in this case streaming video. The Unblock streaming mode
Read our full CyberGhost review.