Heard about a really cool Amazon App but when you looked for it in the Amazon AppStore, you couldn’t find it? It’s because some apps are restricted by region. In today’s guide, I’ll show you how you can install and use Amazon apps from other Countries.
This solution works for all Amazon devices including the Amazon FireStick and Amazon Fire TV Cube.
The Amazon app store restricts apps by region/country. Their app catalog is different for each country. Google Play Store and Apple Appstore do the same. You only get access to apps that are available for your region.
However, it’s totally possible to install apps that are available in a different country’s Amazon App Store.
All you need to tweak your account settings. This will allow you to download and install apps from various regions (for example, Hulu from the US and BBC iPlayer from the UK) on your FireStick or Fire TV.
So, what do you need to do to install and use Amazon apps outside of their intended country?
This usually requires you to do two things. Firstly, you will need to change the region/country in which your Firestick is registered. Secondly, you’d require an IP address from the country where the app is actually available.
💡Note: Even though you can change the country setting at any time you want, I recommend creating a new Amazon account for this. This will ensure that your Amazon shopping or other such Amazon activities will not be affected by this change.
This will also give you access to TV shows and movies that aren’t available on Amazon Prime Video in the country where your Amazon device is registered in. Amazon Prime Video has different content libraries for each country due to geographic licensing restrictions.
How to Install Amazon Fire TV apps Available in Other Countries/Regions
As mentioned earlier, this is a two-step process. The process is extremely simple. Please follow along whenever you are ready.
1. Change the Country of Your Amazon Account
The first step is to change the region of your Amazon account, which is linked to your FireStick. Use your mobile phone or PC to do this. You can change the country/address at any time you want.
Here are the steps to changing your Amazon account’s country/region:
1. Sign in to the Amazon account that is linked to your Firestick.
2. Navigate to the Amazon website and select Account & Lists.
Look for the option Content & Devices and click it.
3. Now select the Preferences tab.
4. Click the menu Country/Region Settings.
5. Click the Change button.
6. Enter the address of the region where the app you wish to download is available. If you do not have an address, do not worry, you can get one from websites such as Random Address Generator.
Then, click on the Update button.
7. If you are asked to confirm the address change, choose Update again.
2. Change the FireStick IP address to the Country that you Added to the Amazon Account
To unblock geo-restricted content from streaming services such as Prime Video, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Crunchyroll, you’ll need an IP address associated with the country where the content is available.
The easiest and fastest way to change your IP address is to use a VPN.
A VPN will hide your actual IP address and give you an IP address associated with the country, where the app/service is available. For example, if you are in the UK you can download Peacock TV from Amazon USA. Or if you’re in the USA, you can download BBC iPlayer from Amazon UK.
💡Note: The apps that require a valid subscription will still require an active subscription to work. A VPN will not allow you to stream without a subscription in that case. However, streaming apps that do not require a subscription will work with just the VPN.
I recommend these two VPNs:
Both of these come with 30-day Money back guarantee. Check our Best FireStick VPNs Guide for a detailed comparison.
I personally use ExpressVPN because it is the fastest and most secure VPN available at the moment. They have a dedicated app for Fire TV devices. It usually works with all streaming services. They also offer an unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee, so it’s essentially like a free trial.
💡Note: Some streaming services block certain VPNs, so take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantees to test out if the VPN works with the app/service that you are trying to access.
Here’s how you can set up ExpressVPN on Firestick:
1. First of all, sign Up for ExpressVPN HERE
2. Navigate to the Find Icon on your FireStick home screen.
3. Now, go to the Search option
4. Enter the word ExpressVPN using the onscreen keypad and select it from the Search results.
5. Now, click the ExpressVPN icon under Apps & Games section
6. Click on Get /Download and wait for it to install on your FireStick
7. Click Open to launch the ExpressVPN app
8. Enter your login credentials that you used when you registered for ExpressVPN. And click Sign In
9. Choose a server location of your choice and click the Power Icon to connect to the server.
Once connected, your IP address will change automatically. Meaning, your Internet activities are now anonymous and anything you stream on this FireStick device is safe from the prying eyes. It will also unblock geo-restricted content.
For detailed review & installation process, read our guide: ExpressVPN Review: Installation & How-to Use
Now you can try streaming on the app that you downloaded from your new region! If you are having buffering issues, check out our guide to Stop Buffering on Firestick.
I hope this guide has helped to install apps from another country on Amazon FireStick. The method may seem complicated at first but trust me it’s super simple.
Do try it and let us know your experience. Which apps do you want to try and from what country? If you are facing any trouble regarding this, do leave a comment below and we’ll help you out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Amazon Firestick region locked?
Yes, Amazon FireStick is region-locked. This means you will be served content and apps based on the region where your device is registered.
Can I get into trouble for changing my Firestick location settings?
It’s unlikely that you will get in trouble for changing the country. Loads of people access the content they already pay for at home while they are traveling.
Is Using a VPN legal?
Yes, using a VPN is perfectly legal in most countries including the USA, the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and more. However, VPNs are prohibited or heavily regulated in a handful of countries including Russia and China. Check out our guide Why should you use VPN at all times?
Hi, I am Alyssa! I am a tech enthusiast and a blogger. I have been using Kodi and FireStick since 2016. I wanted to share my latest tech discoveries and knowledge with the World, which led me to start this blog in 2021. I post in-depth how-to guides for FireStick devices & Kodi in a way that is easy to understand for people of all ages. Thanks for stopping by!