This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to setup a VPN connection on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX without using any open VPN client from Amazon app store download or Google Chrome store. That way, the setup is much easier compared to previous Kindle generations since everything can be done from its onboard VPN client and it only takes a few steps to set it up.
Although this tutorial uses specific instructions from Private Internet Access, it can be used as a how to setup vpn connection tutorial for almost any other VPN client on an Android device. Just check with your own VPN service or network administrator for the VPN configuration information and make the necessary adjustment.
On your Kindle Fire, swipe down from the top of the screen and you can either tap Wireless (faster) or Settings. For this purpose Settings only adds an (unnecessary) extra step.
- Tap VPN and Add a VPN Profile.
- Type in the VPN profile information below, using explanation from Private Internet Access (PIA)*
- VPN Name: Private Internet Access
- Type (The security protocol for the VPN): L2TP/IPSec PSK
- Server address: us-texas.privateinternetaccess.com (you can pick other available servers)
- L2TP secret: Do not enable (Just leave this blank)
- IPSec identifier: Leave empty
- IPSec pre-shared key: my safety
- Tap Save to create your VPN profile
Your VPN profile is saved and appears on the VPN screen.
From the VPN screen, tap the VPN Profile (Private Internet Access).
Enter the username and password for your VPN, and then tap Connect.
You might also want to check Save account information to save your credentials. You don’t typically want to keep re-typing your username and password every time you want to connect to a VPN server.
Once your VPN is activated you should see a key icon and your VPN profile should say that you’re connected (under the VPN name).
That’s all there is to it.
With the latest generation of Kindle Fire HDX, it’s very easy to setup a native VPN connection so there’s no excuse of not using it and compromising your information security when accessing the Internet via a public Wi-Fi.
You might want to setup a few profiles for different connection servers. As a rule of thumb the closer a server is to your location, the faster the connection is. However, you still want to have the options to connect to other available servers.
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