How to change DNS on Fire TV stick

Using a VPN is the easiest and most effective way of spoofing your location on an Amazon Fire TV Stick (aka Firestick, but this also includes all Fire TV devices). 

For more information on using a VPN on the Firestick, please see Best VPN for Fire Stick.

It might be possible, however, to evade geographic restrictions on content, or even avoid throttling by your ISP, by changing the DNS settings of your Fire Stick.

Note you do not need to do this if using a VPN, as DNS requests are sent through the VPN tunnel to be handled by your VPN provider.

1. Go to Settings -> My Fire TV -> About -> Network and make a note of all the settings there (taking a photo with your phone is an easy way to do this).

fire stick Network

2. Go to Settings -> Network and select your WiFi network. Click the remote’s menu button (☰) to Forget this network.

how to change network on fire stick

3. Click on the connection again and enter your network password (SSID). Instead of clicking Connect, click Advanced.

enter wifi password fire stick

4. Enter the "IP address”…

enter IP address fire stick

5. … and "Gateway” values you noted in step 1.

enter fire stick gateway

6. For Subnet Mask enter 24 if the Subnet Mask value you noted in Step 1 was, or 32 if the "Subnet Mask” value was  For any other Subnet Mask values, use this tool to calculate the number. The value listed after Mask Bits is the one you are looking for.

enter network prefix length on firestick

7. Enter the primary (DNS 1) and secondary (DNS 2) DNS settings.

 enter DNS 1 fire stick

But what DNS setting should I enter?

If you use a commercial smart DNS service, it will tell you what DNS settings to use. If you want to use public DNS service, then see A Complete Guide to Changing your DNS Settings for a discussion on your options.

If you want to use Kodi on your Firestick, check out our how to set up Kodi on Firestick guide to get up and running.

How to verify the DNS changes is working

Once you have changed your DNS settings, you might want to check that the change is working. To do this, download the Firefox for Fire TV browser and visit You should see your new DNS server settings under "DNS Address detection.”

Image credit: By Steve Heap/Shutterstock.

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.


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