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How To Set Up A VPN With Kodi

By Jeremy Evans / May 8, 2017 / Tags: ,

Here’s how to set up a VPN with Kodi (XBMC), so you can watch tons of great TV around the world while keeping your identity and personal information private.

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So you know you need to be using a VPN with Kodi. A VPN is the best way to make sure your identity, privacy, and personal information are protected on Kodi, and to keep you safe from unwanted snooping and spying. Plus, it will let you unblock Kodi add-ons (like Netflix, HBO, BBC, ESPN, Sky Sports, ITV, etc.) so you can stream content from every source, all around the world, which is just awesome.

Figuring out how to use Kodi has the bigger learning curve. Setting up and using a VPN with Kodi is super simple. The whole process will only take a few minutes. Here’s exactly what to do.

Setting Up A VPN With Kodi: Step-By-Step Instructions

With the top VPNs for Kodi, setup is extremely easy. We’ll show you how to set up and use NordVPN since it’s the best VPN for Kodi in our opinion, as well as PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2017-2015, and because that’s what I use personally.

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But other VPNs work in a similar way. Essentially, you download an app or some software for the device or devices you want to use, click connect, and go. Here’s how to do it step-by-step. Time requirement: About 5 minutes

STEP 1) Head over to NordVPN and sign up for an account. They have a 30-day money-back guarantee. Right now, you can get their limited-time deal: $3.29/mo for two years. Otherwise, it’s $5.75/mo for a year of service.

NordVPN is one of the best VPNs out there today

STEP 2) Log in to your account on NordVPN’s website.

STEP 3) Click over to the ‘Download area’ tab and find the device you want to set up service on (computer, mobile, router, etc.).

TIP: Set up NordVPN on your router to use it with multiple devices on your network, or with any streaming device that doesn’t support VPN (Amazon Fire TV & Stick, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.). See how to set up your VPN on your router. If you want full-service set up, you can actually buy a router that already has NordVPN installed. After you’ve signed up with NordVPN and have an active account, head over to these router pros. NordVPN has several custom routers available. Just have your NordVPN account information handy at checkout so you can have your router preconfigured before it’s shipped out to you.

NordVPN devices and downloads


STEP 4) Download the app, software, or configuration files for whatever device(s) you use with Kodi.

I’m on a Mac, so I’ll go through how to set up on OS X, but it works in a similar way with other systems and devices. If you need more help see your VPN provider’s installation guide (NordVPN has step-by-step instructions for each device displayed nicely in their tutorials section).

How to set up NordVPN on a Mac

After downloading the software, open it up and install it in your Applications folder (on the pop-up screen, just drag the NordVPN icon into the folder). Then go to your Applications folder, find the newly added NordVPN application, and open it up.

STEP 5) Start using the NordVPN app.

When you open the NordVPN application, for whatever device you’re using, log in with the email and password you entered when you created your account. (If you haven’t yet created an account, you can do so from within the app).

NordVPN get started

5.1) The first thing you’ll want to do is turn on the handy Smart-Play feature. This will let you stream content on popular sites like Netflix, BBC, and many others without needing to change your settings. This is a big part of why NordVPN gets our vote for best VPN. In addition to ultimate privacy protection on Kodi, when you want to unblock other content Smart-Play makes it incredibly easy to stream from multiple areas simultaneously with no hassles. It just works. It’s super fast and slick, and opens up a whole world of great TV.

NordVPN SmartDNS

5.2) Next, you can select a region to automatically connect to when you open NordVPN. If you just want anonymity while you browse, you can pick the nearest city to you. Or you can pick a different country if you want anonymity plus content unblocking in or from that region. (Many of us here autoconnect to the UK because we’re always using Nord to avoid blackouts on MLB.tv and similar services.)

NordVPN servers

5.3) If you want to start NordVPN every time you boot your computer, switch on the ‘Start On Boot’ option.

5.4) Hit the little glasses icon in the upper right corner. Now you’ll see the long list of servers available for you to connect through. Nord makes it easy to see which servers are running the fastest, so you can always get a super-fast connection for optimal streaming.

5.5) Choose a server, hit connect, and you’re done. I recommend using the ‘Ultra fast TV’ servers, as these have the fastest streaming speeds. Only NordVPN has dedicated servers for streaming at super-high speeds on Kodi. So if you’re using a different VPN you’ll need to play around to find the fastest server to connect to. If you need to unblock add-ons or content sources, remember to turn on Smart-Play, or connect to a server in the same location as the content you want to unblock (for example, to unblock BBC iPlayer, connect to a UK server). If you do any torrenting, you may want to use a ‘Tor over’ or ‘Double VPN’ server for maximum security.

NordVPN connect

STEP 6) Watch what you want, safely and privately. You’re now good to go. NordVPN will work quietly in the background to send your connection through their server, making sure you stay safe and private on Kodi.

You can switch servers/locations at any time with just a click. The ‘Kill Switch’ feature is very handy if you’re using Kodi or similar and want to make sure you’re never unprotected.

You don’t need to change anything in the ‘Configuration.’ But, if you’re more experienced and know you have a need to make a change, only one click to switch protocols or add a custom DNS setting.

NordVPN for content unblocking and online privacy

That’s all it takes to stay secure on Kodi. NordVPN is the easiest and fastest VPN we’ve found, and we love the Smart-Play feature. It means you no longer have to choose between total online privacy and security, and watching content in multiple regions simultaneously without changing settings. You have the best of both with NordVPN. Here again is the link to start your 30-day trial.

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