Using a VPN Kill Switch on Firestick!

by Sean Dixon

No one can deny a VPN has been a revolutionary tool. How else can you mask your IP address from prying organizations, specifically on Firestick? Better yet, in every VPN, there’s a feature or two that sets it apart from the rest of the VPNs. One of the most notable features happens to be none other than the Kill Switch. 

There are only a handful of VPNs that offer Kill Switch. Two of them are ExpressVPN and Surfshark. If you’ve never heard of the latter, no worries. We’ve covered how to use Surfshark on Firestick, so rest assured. 

Let us give you a round-up of basics so we can move on to the actual thing.

How does a VPN Kill Switch Work?

The workings of a Kill Switch for a VPN are pretty straightforward. A Kill Switch ensures that even when your internet connection is unstable, your anonymity remains intact by turning off your internet before someone can detect that you’re using a pseudo IP address.

There are several occasions where your internet connection may drop without any specific reason – be it a connection failure at your end or a technical fault. That’s why a Kill Switch always remains alert and acts quickly, so your privacy doesn’t get compromised. 

For instance, you’re streaming a movie on Firestick, and your internet connection is disrupted without your knowledge. Your IP address will become public, and from ISPs to the government, every organization may know. They may even ban your IP address in the future if you’re using a VPN due to the strict laws in several countries.

Enabling Kill Switch using ExpressVPN on Firestick

As we’ve mentioned before, there are only two VPNs that offer a kill switch on Firestick. One of them is ExpressVPN. It is one of the best VPN providers that comes with a huge toolkit to make your streaming and browsing experience one of a kind. 

With over 3000+ servers in 94 countries, ExpressVPN surely knows how to keep its customers happy. Regardless of where you live and which country’s IP you’d like, this VPN provider will not fail you in the least.

Apart from a kill switch, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee along with 24/7 available customer service to assist you at any time of need.

So, let’s get started on how to set up a kill switch on Firestick using ExpressVPN:

  1. On your Firestick device, navigate to your ExpressVPN app. At the bottom right, you should see Options. Click on it.
  2. Next, you need to select Settings from the menu displayed.
  3. Click on Network protection.
  4. Find the option of blocking the internet when unable to connect or reconnect to VPN and enable it.
  5. Now the kill switch has been successfully enabled. You can enjoy watching your favorite shows without any worries.

Given that ExpressVPN is on the pricier end, we can understand why you might be skeptical. However, fret not; we’ve got an alternative option for you as well. 

Enabling Kill Switch using Surfshark on Firestick

Among the numerous VPN providers, one of the most affordable options is Surfshark. With over 3200+ servers in 65 countries, you can never go wrong with Surfshark. It provides the fastest internet connection so that your streaming experience isn’t disturbed in any way. 

If you’re worried about Surfshark’s security and privacy concerns, you don’t need to be. This VPN provider protects your privacy at all times, thanks to its kill switch, among other features. Surfshark also doesn’t keep any data logs on its users.  

Through Surfshark, you can browse privately, hide your actual location, block ads and malware, and stay safe on public Wi-Fi. Best of all, you can access geo-restricted content and websites as if they were never blocked in the first place.

So, without further ado, let’s get to know how to enable a kill switch using Surfshark on Firestick:

  1. On your Firestick device, open the Surfshark app. 
  2. Click on Settings from the left drop-down list.
  3. Look for the VPN Kill Switch option and enable it from the menu.
  4. Once you’ve done that, restart the Firestick device.
  5. You can now enjoy a wholly secure streaming experience. 

In this way, regardless of the VPN you use, your internet connection will be secure at all times, and you’ll get to stream content as per your liking. A kill switch does the job of tabs on your internet connection, so you don’t have to. 

Some VPNs provide an automatic kill switch which works in a similar way and ensures every device of yours works well with a VPN. 


That’s all the wisdom we had to impart about enabling a kill switch on Firestick. Hopefully, you can do it on your own now. If we helped make your life easier, do recommend this blog to your friends!

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