Setting up OpenVPN access on the Kindle Fire.

The setup of a VPN on the Kindle is not very straight forward and will certainly void any kind of warantee that you have on the device, you may be better off using our SmartDNS system if your Kindle is still under warantee or if you are not happy installing unapproved apps.

To date there isnĀ“t an 'Official' VPN for the Kindle Fire and Amazon will not really want you 'Side-Loading' apps like this. So, having said that, you should able to to use .apk files on your Kindle Fire. We recommend and will show you how to setup your Kindle Fire using OpenVPN for Android by Arne Schwabe. However, any Android .apk app should work, you'll just need to import our configuration files, if you already have an OpenVPN application installed on your Kindle, you can get our config files from here.

1. Set Installation Permissions.

Pull your notification bar down on your Kindle, and select Settings - Applications and set ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ to ‘On’.

2. Download OpenVPN for Android to your computer.

VPNUK Limited users can download the .apk installer file 'OpenVPN for Android' by Arne Schwabe from our server directly to your Kindle or to a computer for transfer over USB. Click here to download the file.

3. Download and Install ES File Explorer to your Kindle.

Go to the Amazon market place and download the Free ES File Explorer to your Kindle. You will find the application on Amazon here.

2. Start Configuration

Click here to configure the OpenVPN config files from our server.

3. Choose a Server

If your account is on the Shared IP platform, you are welcome to choose any or as many servers as you like. If you have a Dedicated IP account your server details will be automatically selected for you.

4. Get the files

Choose which file you would like to configure, you have the choice of TCP and UDP. TCP connections are useful if you are behind a University or Corporate firewall.

5. Open ES Explorer

Open ES Explorer, you will find the application on your home screen.

5. Navigate to the Download folder

Go to the Download folder.

4. Install OpenVPN.

Install OpenVPN

6. Open Application

Go to the OpenVPN application and open it, you will find the application on your home screen.

7. Import new configuration

Go to 'Profiles' and select 'Import'.

8. Select Configuration file

Click onto any of the '.ovpn' files and then click onto the 'Select' button. You will find the configuration file in the 'Download' folfer on your Kindle.

9. Confirm Import

Click the the 'Import' icon to confirm the profile import.

10. Configure Connection

Click onto the 'controls' icon.

11. Basic Configuration

Select 'Basic' from the list of options.

12. Username & Password

Enter your VPNUK login username and password. You can find this information in the 'Welcome Email' or you can retrieve the details from the 'Client CP'. Then return to the profiles overview by clicking onto the back arrow twice.

13. Connect the VPN

Click onto the profile you would like to connect to in order to initiate the conection procedure. The first time you connect to OpenVPN for Android you may receive a prompt. Check the box labelled 'I trust this application' then click 'OK'.

14. Connection Overview

The connection will now initiate and connect you to the VPNUK server. You can see the active connection in the notification overview.

Troubleshooting Guide

Your VPNUK account should work first time, everytime. If you ever experience any problems with your VPN connection the first thing we urge you to do is contact us on our Live Help service, we can offer instant assistance with all connection issues and get you back online. The following is a basic troubleshooter for the more common issues that can arise from our VPN service.

ISP DNS Hijack / DNS Leak Protection

Some ISPs will attempt to hijack your DNS settings which hinders the VPN connection from functioning correctly. If you find that your VPNUK connection does not route your traffic correctly you can try changing your Public DNS server to the VPNUK DNS server or to an alternative like Google DNS.
1. Go to Settings.
2. Go to 'Wireless' settings.
3. Go to 'Wi-Fi'.
4. Click your connection from the list of available networks for a few seconds and select 'Modify network' when the option appears.
5. Select the option to 'Show advanced options' and ensure the IP Settings dropdown is set to 'Static'.
6. Change 'DNS 1' to the VPNUK Public DNS server: 109.169.6.2 or the Google Public DNS IP address: 8.8.8.8.
7. Thats it!

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