The abbreviation VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Behind this is the ability to connect a PC (or a smartphone or tablet) to another network through an encrypted connection. What a VPN does for Kodi and how to set it up can be read below.
What is a VPN?
A typical scenario for using VPN is the secure connection of a PC from the home office to a workstation network. A VPN connection to the personal network at home is also typical, for example, to safely use unencrypted public WLANs. Here we show you how this works with the Fritzbox, for example.
In addition to a professional or private VPN connection, a second scenario for VPN use has become popular in recent years: the use of commercial VPN services. Providers like NordVPN, Ivacy, Mullvad, or Cyberghost VPN offer the option of running their own internet traffic through VPN servers around the world for a fee.
The idea behind this is that redirection through an external VPN server ensures a higher degree of anonymity on the Internet. For example, if you have a VPN connection, your Internet provider will ideally no longer see the websites you are visiting in your browser. However, the websites themselves no longer see your private IP address, but rather that of the VPN server you are currently using. Since you generally share this with other VPN users, it is much more difficult, at least with the usual methods, to track the surfing behavior of individual VPN users.
There are tons of reliable VPN providers out there. As a general rule, when choosing a VPN provider for Kodi, in addition to the availability of clients for your operating system (see below), you should also ensure good privacy and the least possible “log” of browsing data. You can find an up-to-date comparison of good and safe VPN providers in this article, for example.
In this article, we examine the advantages and disadvantages as well as the features of VPN services in more detail.
Why should you use Kodi with a VPN service?
The Kodi media center offers countless ways and means to play media like videos, music, photos, and more. In addition to playing locally stored data, Kodi also offers almost limitless options for consuming streaming content of all kinds.
Kodi add-ons are mainly used here. Even extensions that can be called directly from the official Kodi sources allow, among other things, access to the media libraries of public broadcasters or various private TV channels.
One frequently cited purpose of VPN services can be transferred one by one to Kodi: geoblocking override, that is, regional restrictions on certain streaming offerings. For example, if you want to watch football outside of Europe through your Sky subscription, search the tube. The same goes for countless Kodi streaming add-ons. On the contrary, these blocks can often be bypassed via VPN – if you simply connect to a country where the desired content is available, you can generally access it without any problem.
If bypassing geoblocking still falls into some kind of legal gray area, VPN promises could of course also lure people into simply forbidden streaming options – Kodi fans provide plugins for the media center on relevant forums. that provide access to streaming sites enable copied movies or TV series. At least in the ideal case, a VPN would allow the use of such offers without legal consequences.
At this point, we would like to emphasize that using a VPN is not a justification. represents consuming copyrighted material via Kodi. Even if well-known commercial VPN providers in particular like to advertise that their use makes it virtually impossible to track users, there is always a residual risk. The following applies: Using illegal streaming offers through Kodi is always at your own risk, even with a VPN service.
Prepare Kodi for VPN use
Setting up a VPN service for Kodi basically doesn’t require any special preparation within the Mediacenter. In this article, we will show you how to install and configure Kodi on a PC or mobile device.
However, the actual setup of a VPN still happens at the system level. On Windows, macOS, Linux, or mobile devices via Android and iOS: the easiest way is to use a VPN via the corresponding applications for the corresponding operating system. Almost all the relevant VPN providers provide the corresponding solutions through the home pages or app stores of mobile devices.
Alternatively, manual configuration of VPN connections is also possible. The procedure here depends on the type of connection used and the operating system. For example, it is common to configure VPN connections using the OpenVPN standard, which is supported by most commercial VPN service providers. As a general rule, the corresponding instructions for the different operating systems can be found in the help area of the VPN provider.
The actual use of VPN with Kodi is carried out de facto in two steps. Before you want to consume blocked streaming content from another country with Kodi, for example, start the VPN service of your choice and connect to a server in the corresponding country.
Only when this is constant, start Kodi and open the corresponding stream. As long as the VPN is in place, using the streaming offer through Kodi should work without a hitch. Your ISP does not see which streams you are playing, nor does the streaming source find out who is behind the IP address of the connected VPN.