You can make your Kodi experience faster 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. Here, we round-up the best VPN for Kodi.
First, we'll give you a quick overview of what exactly a VPN is and what it does, then talk you through 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, which essentially means that it will keep you completely anonymous 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.
If you're looking for a VPN to use with Kodi, you'll want to opt for a service that offers fast download speeds for smoother 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 2017
- RRP: £5 per month, US$6.49 per month
IPVanish is one of our favourite VPN options and is particularly popular among Kodi users. It has 700 servers and counting, and that's across more than 60 countries, so you'll be able to change your virtual location to a wide variety of places to suit your needs.
You'll be able to connect five devices at once with your IPVanish account, and it won't log any traffic at all. One of the benefits of IPVanish is that it owns and operates its entire internal infrastructure (its private network, its physical points of presence and its anonymous servers), while many other VPN companies use third parties.
IPVanish offers a Kill Switch to end internet activity should the VPN drop for any reason, too.
IPVanish works on almost any platform, and there's a 7-day money back guarantee if you are undecided about whether it's going to work for you.
- RRP: From £5 per month, From US$5.75 per month
NordVPN is another of our favourites because it is 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 500 servers to choose from across 51 countries.
There's an excellent level of encryption, too, including a DoubleVPN option to make it extra secure and a kill switch.
It's easy to set up and there's great support, it's quick and it works on most operating systems. Plus, you can use it on up to six devices simultaneously.
- RRP: Free version available; £3.74 per month, Free version available; US$5.83 per month
Our third recommendation offers a free version which could convince you to give it a go if you're worrying about coughing up your cash. It has a solid reputation for security and transparency, too, with excellent encryption and apps for Android and iOS in addition to Windows and MacOS.
The issue with the free version is that there are lots of features you won't get access to, and there is a waiting period each time you connect. You'll also be disconnected after three hours, but you can reconnect immediately. But it is a good way to try out the service before you subscribe to it.
- RRP: From £6.50 per month, From US$8.32 per month
If speed is your biggest priority then ExpressVPN could be the best VPN for you. It logs only date stamps, but keeps no record of your IP address. You can choose from 145 cities in 94 countries.
There are apps for iOS and Android in addition to MacOS and Windows, and you'll also find that it offers a router VPN option that will protect every device connected to it for an extra level of security within your WiFi network. It also has a great support system and a really good 30-day money back guarantee.
- RRP: From £2.30 per month, From US$2.95 per month
Hong Kong-based PureVPN boasts more than 500 servers across 141 countries, and doesn't record any activity aside from connections and bandwidth used only to optimally manage its servers.
PureVPN offers a Kill Switch and split tunnelling, and it maintains its own DNS servers too.
We like that you can choose location by activity to connect you to an optimal server, and there's great support available with a 7-day money back guarantee.