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How to Unlock Geo Blocked Content on Firestick

We all need some fun in our lives after all those tiring days. The best thing about today’s entertainment is that you can enjoy it at the comfort of your home. Due to the digitalization and globalization we can access numerous entertainment content from around the world. People turn to online streaming to watch movies, TV shows, documentaries, Live TV, and a lot more.

When it comes to online streaming, one of the most prominent changes that we saw in the entertainment world is the availability of streaming devices. A perfect option for streaming content is Firestick, which is a digital media player introduced by Amazon. The device helps you stream content to an HD TV from the web. It also allows people to access one of the most extensive libraries of high-quality digital content with more than 4000 videos on-demand apps.

However, the problem is not all good content is available everywhere in the world. The Firestick was designed for the U.S. market and thus, many sources tend to be geographically restricted if you access them out of the U.S. Apart from the U.S. the Firestick is fully functional only in a few countries. Following is the list of countries where people can enjoy all the features:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Japan
  • India

So, if you live in any of these countries, you’ll be able to access most of the content easily. However, if you live outside these countries, it will be difficult for you to stream due to geo-restrictions (read more). In addition, there are a few movies and TV shows that you can stream from any other country without any geological restrictions.

If you are worried about the restrictions, don’t worry because we have a solution. You can bypass geological restrictions on Firestick and then stream any content from around the world. In this post, we are discussing how to unlock geo blocked content on Firestick so that you can enjoy your favorite content anywhere in the world.

Ways to Unlock Geo Blocked Content on Firestick

1.  Change Your Country on Amazon

Amazon allows the Prime users to make Prime Video Purchases in different countries. Rentals and Prime Video Purchases are available in a few countries only that we mentioned earlier. If you want to change your Amazon Prime Country to a different one, you’ll have to access Amazon.com. Following are the steps to change your country on Amazon:

  1. Go to the browser on your mobile or laptop and launch Amazon’s website. Sign in to your Amazon account that is associated with your Firestick. Go to the ‘Accounts and Lists’ option, a drop down menu will appear. Click on ‘Your Content and Devices’.
  1. Click on ‘Preferences’ and then click on ‘Country/Region Settings’. Then click on ‘Change’ next to your country name.
  1. Next you’ll get to see this window. Here Amazon asks you to fill in the information related to your country. You can now enter the country name and details with which you want to associate your Firestick.

After you’ve carried out these steps, go to Firestick and restart it. You’ll have to do everything from scratch again; register the Firestick with your Amazon like you first did. Since you’ve entered the details of the country where Firestick is fully functional, you’ll now be able to unlock geo blocked content there.

2. Use VPN to Change Your IP Address

If you want to unlock geologically restricted content on Firestick apart from just Prime Video, then you’ll need to change your IP address. When you change your IP address you can access a variety of content from around the world. You can use streaming apps like Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and others. If you change your IP address without a VPN, you’ll need the IP address associated with the country from which you want to stream. According to this article by Pocket-lint, the best way to change your IP address is by using a VPN. You can use any good VPN that works on Firestick to access the geo blocked content. Here are the steps to connect a VPN on your Firestick:

  1. Sign up for a VPN, for example, ExpressVPN. You can download it from the official store and then install it on Firestick.
  2. Open the VPN and choose the country where the service or content is available on Firestick.
  3. Wait for a few seconds until the VPN connects to that server.
  4. Now you’ll have a different IP address on your Firestick. Go back to your Firestick and start streaming the content that wasn’t accessible earlier.

3. Change Your Location on Firestick

Though this step doesn’t have much effect on the content  you access on Firestick, it can help getting weather updates through Alexa. To change the location on your Firestick, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Homescreen of Firestick and click on Settings.
  2. Go to Preferences
  3. Click on Location
  4. Now enter the postal code for your preferred location

Wrap Up!

If you notice that there aren’t any specific apps on your Amazon store on Firestick, it means that app is geo blocked in your country. For example, if you don’t live in the UK and are trying to access ESPN on Firestick, you won’t be able to. An easy way to unlock geo blocked content on Firestick is to use VPN.

A high-quality VPN uses its own custom protocols to reduce the speed loss and keep your identity anonymous. It changes the IP address of your device and helps you bypass the geological restrictions. A good VPN will not only help you unlock geo blocked content, but also protect you from streaming unsafe open source platforms on your Firestick. Such content may contain hazards, dangers, threats, and different types of risks.

In the end, you can benefit from your Amazon Firestick to the fullest if you unlock the geologically restricted content on it. You can also access the geo blocked content by using a proxy server or by using a smart DNS service. However, the most secure method is to use a VPN to get a reliable solution to this issue.

Huynh Nguyen

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