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How to install Kodi VPN – A Complete Guide On The Best VPN for Kodi (Updated – 2018)

What is Kodi?

Kodi is an open-source media player software application which allows its users to play and view most streaming media, such as videos, music, podcasts, and videos from the internet, as well as all common digital media files from local and network storage media – and it’s totally free. But first, what is VPN?

What is Kodi VPN?

A Kodi VPN is an encryption tool that safeguards your online privacy and identity. An example of a VPN for Kodi would be Ivacy itself which is by a mile, the safest and the easiest choice to dodge geo-restricted walls to stream Kodi channels and at the same time securing your privacy from copyright advocates. While many channels are easily accessible for free however most US and UK-based streaming channels, for example, ESPN and BBC iPlayer, as well as live TV, is blocked.

The natural way to get around that region blocking issue is to use a VPN. Activating your VPN before running the Kodi app allows you to surf movies and TV shows without being blocked by region restrictions.

Another common issue with Kodi users is that they, more often than not, end up getting a notice for streaming. That’s because of the status of Kodi’s addons. We will discuss that a bit later in the coming section but the point is, the users of Kodi often have to use an anonymous VPN service with their Kodi device or app to make sure their data is totally encrypted and so, they’re protected from being sniffed out and as a result, safe from any legal or any sort of notice.

Is Kodi Legal?

The most asked question on the internet and the answer to it, is yes, Kodi is legal, absolutely legal. That being said, there are technicalities. The problem arises with the open source nature of Kodi and from where the streaming content is coming from.

Although there are various different Kodi addons to stream content from, not all add-ons are official. If a user is sticking to the official Kodi add-ons, that is absolutely legal. On the contrary, 3rd-party add-ons offer free content from several sources that are deemed illegal in a lot of countries since users can use those add-ons to stream latest movies and TV shows.

And since Kodi is open source with most 3rd-party add-ons coming from sources other than the official, shutting down these third-party add-ons is somewhat impossible. So, whenever authorities or bodies have stepped up to take down a repository or an add-on, another substitute addon rises up in a jiffy.

And so, Kodi itself is entirely legal, but questions are always raised about how the aforementioned third-party add-ons provide streaming content.

Why Do You Need a VPN for Kodi?

A Kodi VPN add-on is required to make the most out of Kodi and to experience infinite streaming. It will double the entertainment already offered by Kodi. Next are the reasons why a VPN for Kodi is necessary:

  • Stay out of the radar authorities, including the DMCA.
  • Overcome speed limitations
  • Using a VPN for Kodi safeguards your online privacy and personal information and streaming preferences
  • Unblock geo-restricted streaming add-ons such as Made In Canada, Channel 7, BBC iPlayer, Hulu Plus, ESPN and hundreds of other global TV channels
  • Gain unrestricted access to any channel on Kodi, from any location and unblock shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones, UFC Pay-Per-Views, Netflix’s House of Cards, Arrow, Doctor Who, Stranger Things etc.
  • Avoid NSA, GCHQ, and Mossad surveillance plus snooping from other state agencies
  • Allows installation of otherwise blocked add-ons

Can you use Kodi without VPN?

VPN is not a prerequisite for Kodi which means yes, one can easily use Kodi without a VPN. Though, it is highly recommended to use a VPN for Kodi to safeguard your online privacy and security. While using the Kodi platform you are heavily engaging with quite a lot of third-party add-ons, which contains a risk of copyright issues. Similarly, ISPs and copyright advocates tend to monitor your internet traffic and track you down.

Likewise, Kodi because of its open-source nature is defenseless to cyber attacks. As a result, the information you put in Kodi is able to get in the hands of hackers. Considering the said risks, it is advisable not to use Kodi without a Kodi VPN.

How to use VPN with Kodi?

Every so often you would encounter an inaccessible add-on on Kodi. That is because geo-restrictions do not allow anyone outside of a chosen location from streaming content on certain add-ons. Nevertheless, with the help of a VPN for Kodi, you can stream geo-blocked add-ons like a breeze.

Going around and evading geo-restrictions on Kodi by using a VPN for Kodi is very similar to unblocking websites on your internet browser. All you require is connect to a server the addon is accessible from and stream unblocked content. Here’s what we did:

  • Tried accessing the BBC iPlayer addon to stream content without a VPN connection and got the error
  • To overcome this error, we launched Ivacy
  • Entered the login credentials
  • Selected a server in the UK and hit connect
  • Made sure that the protocol was set to PPTP or IKEv2 for unblocking and security
  • Then after a successful connection launched Kodi
  • We were finally able to access the geo-blocked addon and enjoy streaming!

How to Install VPN on Kodi (OpenELEC Krypton – Kodi VPN Raspberry Pi)?

Ivacy offers its exclusive OpenELEC VPN add-on for Kodi. Just follow these steps to setup VPN on Kodi:

  1. Launch Kodi and go to Settings > File Manager
  2. Now double click Add Source
  3. When a box appears, click on None > enter the URL: http://www.ivacy.com/kodi-addon/> click Done > Give a name to the add-on (for instance Kodi-addon) > Click Done > Click OK
  4. Go back to Kodi home screen
  5. Click on Add-ons > then Add-on Browser (the package box icon located at the top-left corner) > Install from zip file > Kodi-addon > service.ivacy.monitor-1.3.0.zip
  6. Wait for the repository to install (it may take few minutes)
  7. Once the add-on is installed, go to Program Add-ons > Ivacy Monitor OpenVPN > Add-on Settings
  8. A box will appear, enter your Ivacy credentials (username and password)
  9. To change the server location, click on “Change or disconnect VPN connection” and select the server location of your choice and it will connect automatically
  10. Congratulations, you are now ready to use Ivacy Kodi add-on

How to Install VPN on Kodi (OpenELEC Isengard – Raspberry Pi)?

Ivacy offers its exclusive OpenELEC VPN add-on for Kodi, including prior builds like Isengard (15.0 onwards). Just follow these steps to configure VPN on Kodi

  1. Launch Kodi and go to Settings > File Manager
  2. Now double click Add Source
  3. When a box appears, click on None > enter the URL: http://www.ivacy.com/kodi-addon/> click Done > Give a name to the add-on (for instance Kodi-addon) > Click Done > Click Ok
  4. Go back to Kodi home screen
  5. Click on Add-ons > then Add-on Browser (the package box icon located at the top left corner) > Install from zip file > Kodi-addon > service.ivacy.monitor-1.3.0.zip
  6. Wait for the repository to install (it may take few minutes)
  7. Once the add-on is installed, go to Program Add-ons > Ivacy Monitor OpenVPN > Add-on Settings
  8. A box will appear, enter your Ivacy credentials (username and password)
  9. To change the server location, click on “Change or disconnect VPN connection” and select the server location of your choice and it will connect automatically
  10. Congratulations, you are now ready to use Ivacy Kodi add-on

How to install/setup Kodi VPN on Firestick /Fire TV?

By the means of a compatible VPN for Kodi Firestick, Amazon Fire TV users can relish unlimited geo-restricted content on Amazon Fire TV. After setting up Kodi on Firestick /Fire TV, next thing to do is unblock all the restricted content and accessing limitless action, adventure, Live TV, documentaries and sports channels on Kodi.

Setting up a VPN over Firestick or Fire TV requires you to configure the VPN over your router. That’s it really. You can refer to the router section of this post to learn how you can configure Ivacy over your DD-WRT router. Note that configuring VPN over router may slightly vary from one VPN/Router provider to another.

Once the VPN is configured over your router, all you’ll have to do is just fire up your firestick and start streaming all the movies and TV shows uninterrupted and anonymously.

How to install/setup Kodi VPN on Windows?

By equipping your streaming device directly with a Kodi VPN, you can bypass geo-restrictions and secure your online privacy at the same time. Setting up a Kodi VPN for Windows is as easy as ABC. Before it begins, start by downloading a VPN on your system.

When downloaded, install it and after installation, activate the VPN app. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Search for Kodi on the Microsoft store and download the Windows Kodi app
  2. Next, go to this link, scroll down and Install Ivacy on your Windows
  3. Now, sign up for an Ivacy subscription
  4. Enter login details > open Kodi > stream movies and TV shows!

Upon successful Kodi VPN setup on Windows, you have unleashed unlimited entertainment. Go to the Kodi console, install your favorite channel add-ons and keep streaming. You will be able to access all channels restriction-free in premium HD Quality for selected channels and at super-fast speed.

How to install/setup Kodi VPN for Mac?

  1. Go to this official link and get Kodi for Mac
  2. Sign up for an Ivacy subscription
  3. Go to this link, scroll down and Install Ivacy on your Mac device
  4. Enter login details > open Kodi > stream movies and TV shows!

How to Setup Kodi VPN through DD-WRT Routers?

Instead of equipping each device individually with a Kodi VPN, setting up a VPN on routers offers a greater advantage. Through that, not only will you be able to go fully uninterrupted, you’ll also be able to secure each device connected to that router including your laptop and smartphone. In the below demonstration, we will be showing you how to setup Kodi VPN on any DD-WRT router. (Note that the following methods are meant for DD-WRT and Tomato Routers. For other routers get in touch with our chat team. For detailed method on how to configure VPN on DD-WRT routers, check out the linked support page.)

  1. Register to Ivacy
  2. Flash DD-WRT on your router
  3. Create DD-WRT Password
  4. Set the Time Zone on your DD-WRT page
  5. Setup SSIDs for each of the channel on your router
  6. With the help of WPA2 encryption, secure your wireless channels
  7. Enter Ivacy credentials
  8. Consider changing your IP Address to 192.168.2.1
  9. Before you reset cable modem, try connecting LAN port from primary router to a WAN port of VPN router
  10. Use internet and check whether this process has worked

The demonstration below shows how to setup Kodi VPN on Tomato routers using PPTP protocol.

  1. Launch Tomato router control panel and log in
  2. Navigate to Basic > then Network from the left panel
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the Connection Type
  4. Now enter the login credentials of your VPN service
  5. Do ensure that Use DCHP and Use Default Gateway on Remote Network are checked
  6. Enter the server address you want to connect to PPTP Gateway
  7. Select Keep Alive for the Connection Mode from the drop-down menu
  8. Now check if the MTU is set to default and your LAN or Wireless Settings are also set to default
  9. In addition, don’t change Subnet Mask or Options field
  10. Scroll down to the page and hit Save

Your VPN connection should now be up and running

Note: Although, VPN connection via router will encrypt your internet traffic and anonymize you, the address you configure on router level will not be able to unblock every geo-restricted addon. To unlock those geo-restricted addons you will have to change the server’s address again.

How to install/setup Kodi VPN on iPhone, iPad and more iOS Devices?

When talking about Apple’s iPhone and iPad, what rings in mind are its top features, stylish design, high-grade security and extravagant looks. But, when bringing Kodi into the equation with iPhone and iPad, accessing popular channels and media content is simply impossible, thanks to geo-restrictions. Therefore, we provide you with an easy setup process below that will help you to install the best Kodi VPN on iPhone and iPad.

Upon successful Kodi VPN installation on an iOS device, your device would become a one-stop shop for unblocked on-demand streaming content from around world.

How to setup Kodi VPN on iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices:

  1. Sign up for an Ivacy subscription
  2. From App Store download and install Ivacy Kodi VPN on your iOS device
  3. After installation, launch Ivacy, go to servers’ list and connect to your choice of server
  4. Finally, launch Kodi on iPhone or iPad and enjoy unrestricted access to channels and add-ons, previously blocked

How to install/setup VPN for Kodi Android?

When using Kodi on Android devices, Kodi VPN for Android provides a better, safer streaming experience as you bypass restrictions and stream your favorite content without the fear of any notice or action. While ISPs and copyright authorities are always on the look and spying over your online activities, a VPN for Kodi makes you appear anonymous and protects you from prying eyes over the internet with the help of leading-edge split tunneling and super-secure encryption.

Here’s how to install Kodi VPN on Android:

  1. First, download the Android Kodi app by going to the Play store
  2. After that, Sign up for an Ivacy subscription
  3. Download and install the Ivacy Kodi VPN app for Android from Play store
  4. Launch Ivacy, connect to any of the  275+ servers in 100+ locations
  5. Launch Kodi on Android and enjoy unrestricted access every media content

VPN Manager Kodi for OpenVPN – Kodi VPN Setup

When seeking to set up a VPN directly on Kodi through an addon, use VPN Manager for OpenVPN add-on. The add-on sponsors multiple VPN service providers and you can use the service from within Kodi. You will have to download and install the OpenVPN GUI software. Then download the executable OpenVPN files from your VPN provider. Once you are through these processes, just follow these steps:

  1. Download Zomboided Repository from GitHub onto your system
  2. Launch Kodi
  3. Go to Add-ons
  4. Now click on the ‘Add-on browser’ icon (the package box icon) location at the top left corner
  5. Select Install from zip file
  6. Navigate to the location where you downloaded Zomboided Repository zip files
  7. You will see a notification in the top right corner once the add-on is added
  8. Now click on Install from repository
  9. Go to Zomboided Add-on Repository > Services > VPN Manager for OpenVPN
  10. Install the add-on and wait for Add-on enabled notification
  11. Now open the add-on (for first-time users, click on OK when a popup appears to configure a VPN)
  12. Go to Add-on Settings
  13. Under the VPN Configuration, select the VPN Provider you want to setup
  14. Enter the username and password
  15. Now go to VPN Connection tab and select First VPN connection (optionally used to auto connect during boot)
  16. Choose the server you want to connect
  17. You can add more VPN connections by entering the servers (maximum 10 default servers are allowed)
  18. Click OK and enjoy VPN connection

How to Add Channels on Kodi?

Similar to several other open-source platforms, Kodi as well does not come pre-loaded with a channel library. Setting up channels on Kodi is another thing to know.

In order to experience the best streaming on Kodi, users are required to install add-ons manually. Mentioned below are the simple steps guiding you to add channels to your Kodi device.

  1. Launch Kodi
  2. In the main menu, scroll to Videos from the left pane. You will be able to see “File”, “Playlists” and “Video add-ons”. Click on Video add-ons button
  3. Upon clicking Video add-ons a window with various add-ons will appear
  4. Scroll your cursor to the lower-left corner of the screen and tap on options icon
  5. On the options panel, click Get More. Upon loading, you will be exhibited with numerous broadcasting channels that allow you to stream online. Select the channel you wish to add to your Kodi library. For example, I have selected 1Channel
  6. In the add-on installation dialogue box, click on Install
  7. The channel add-on will download itself, and you will see a tick mark on the channel’s name
  8. Once it’s installed, click Open
  9. The channel’s content is now ready for streaming. Select a program and enjoy!

Channel1 was just an example. In addition to Channel1, you can stream many channels on Kodi simply by installing the add-ons as described in the manner above. Premium channels include ESPN3, Fox News, ET Canada, BBC, and MTV.it on demand, NFL Game Pass, Disney Channel amongst numerous others.

To sum up

Kodi media player has become the impeccable home of entertainment, offering movies, TV shows, live sports, and live IPTV channels. With the support of third-party Kodi add-ons, you are capable to stream the latest media content. However, when accessing several channels on Kodi, users face obstacles such as geo-restrictions and internet censorship barriers. With the help of a Kodi VPN, users can unblock those barriers and experience uninterrupted streaming at all times.

To straightaway bypass the restrictions and watch unrestricted blocked content on best Kodi add-ons, use Ivacy VPN for Kodi which is the top Kodi VPN services. With a range of 275+ servers located in 100+ locations of the world, Ivacy is the best VPN for Kodi 2017.

 

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