Best VPN Apps for Apple TV – 9to5Mac

Best VPN Apps for Apple TV – 9to5Mac

Setting up a VPN on your Apple TV 4K allows you to avoid geographic region restrictions and access services that are normally unavailable to you. With tvOS 17, VPN apps can now be installed directly on Apple TV.

VPN apps available now for Apple TV include NordVPN, PureVPN, IPVanish, ExpressVPN, and more. Here are all the best VPN apps for Apple TV available right now…

Using a VPN to virtually change locations has many benefits when it comes to streaming services, as much video content is siled due to licensing agreements for different regions. The services offer very different content listings depending on where you are geographically located.

However, until now, it was quite difficult to use a VPN with the Apple TV box. The Apple TV didn’t support VPN natively, which meant you had to set up a VPN on your router and proxy connections through it. But with tvOS 17, Apple TV can be easily configured to use a VPN connection directly by downloading a compatible VPN app from the App Store.

How to set up a VPN on Apple TV

To set up a VPN on Apple TV, update to tvOS 17, then download one of the compatible VPN apps listed below from the App Store.

Sign up for the VPN service and tap the enable button in the app to enable the VPN connection on your Apple TV device. Once the connection is successfully established, tvOS will present a “VPN App Connected” alert in the corner of the screen.

When you’re done, you can turn off the VPN through the app, or go to the Settings app and manage the installed VPN profiles in the VPN & device management section.

VPN apps for Apple TV

NordVPN has launched its Apple TV app, bringing the popular IT VPN service into the living room. You can use NordVPN to change geographic location and access content from streaming services without geographic restrictions. Choose from VPN servers located in over 60 countries. With the NordVPN app, traffic from your Apple TV network is routed through NordVPN servers in an encrypted and secure manner. Communication uses the NordLynx protocol for maximum bandwidth and throughput speed.

Surfshark VPN is now available on Apple TV with one-click setup. Subscribe online, then download their tvOS app and log in to start browsing through their VPN on your Apple TV box. Surfshark lets you connect to over 3,200 servers across 100 countries, has AE2-256 encryption, and allows unlimited simultaneous connections. This means you can stream to your Apple TV, while your entire household also uses Surfshark VPN on their devices.

PureVPN has racked up thousands of five-star reviews for its iPhone and iPad app, and is now also available on the Apple TV App Store. Their user interface displays a grid of available server locations, with easy download and upload speed tests to compare your options before you log in. PureVPN offers high-speed connections in over 90 locations around the world, perfect for streaming in 4K and HD.

IPVanish is now available in the tvOS App Store. IPVanish offers a choice of over 2,500 servers located around the world. Their tvOS app allows you to easily search their directory to find the server you want. You can save multiple locations as favorites to easily switch between them and use their Optimal Location feature to automatically find a nearby VPN relay server with the best connection to you, thereby optimizing response speed and latency.


The ExpressVPN app also just launched an Apple TV app this month. One of the biggest brands to offer Apple TV support, its app lets you browse securely with servers located in over 105 countries around the world. Download the app, sign in to your existing ExpressVPN account by scanning the QR code, and press a button to start using Apple TV on the ExpressVPN network.

The first VPN app available for Apple TV is FlowVPN. The app allows you to easily connect through their VPN and choose your preferred VPN server using a visual map user interface. You will then be assigned a virtual IP address located in this geographic location. FlowVPN supports WireGard and IPSec protocol options. You can try FlowVPN with a free trial. Get the FlowVPN app from the App Store.


SwizzVPN offers VPNs physically located in Switzerland and many other countries around the world, with unlimited speed and bandwidth. They uniquely offer one-time unlock purchase options, so you don’t need a monthly subscription to use them. Their Apple TV app may not be the prettiest app you’ve ever seen, but it’s functional: choose from a list of servers, then press the big green “Connect” button to get started.

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Tailscale is also now available on Apple TV. Tailscale allows you to create your own secure peer-to-peer network without relying on an intermediary corporate server network. You can choose an exit node to relay all traffic from the Apple TV, or the Apple TV can be designated as the exit node itself. You can use Tailscale for free with up to 3 users and 100 devices.


VPNIFY is now available on Apple TV, and their VPN uniquely offers a generous ad-supported free tier on desktop. This means you can do casual proxy browsing and try their service without paying anything; Reasonably priced premium paid plans are available for Apple TV and all platforms as optional upgrades. They have plenty of geolocations to choose from and no bandwidth usage limits for streaming and downloading.

X-VPN offers 8,000 proxy servers to choose from in 50 locations worldwide. It can automatically detect the fastest server for you. You can change location with one click. An X-VPN account allows surfing on up to five devices. They have a strict user privacy policy and do not record any data logs. Sign up for an in-app subscription with monthly and annual plans.

SafeShell promises fast and secure browsing thanks to its collection of high-speed servers available around the world. Their high-speed VPN connections allow you to stream in HD. Try SafeShell with a free trial before committing to a subscription tier. You can sign up seamlessly via in-app purchase, with weekly, monthly or yearly plans. Their “zero logs” policy means you can rest assured that they don’t keep online activity or connection logs.

We’ll update this list as new VPN apps become available for Apple TV on tvOS 17.

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