5 Best VPNs for Amazon Prime in 2019

Amazon is offering more exclusive content to its Prime Video subscribers than ever before. Using a VPN for Amazon will allow you to unblock all the incredible content Amazon Prime Video has to offer, no matter where you are. In this article, we’ll show you how to unblock Amazon Prime and list the best VPNs for the job.

Amazon Prime VPN

In 2016 Amazon made its Prime Video offering available in over 200 countries worldwide. It was only available in the United States and a few select other countries for the initial 10 years of its existence. Amazon Prime’s expansion to over 200 countries is certainly welcome news for many who hadn’t previously been able to access the content due to geographical restrictions. However, what some people may not realize is that the content available on Amazon Prime video is not equal and varies greatly from country to country. The titles available in other countries can be merely a small fraction of what is available in the US library. That means that if you’re an Amazon Prime Video subscriber from outside of the US, you’re missing out on a great deal of awesome content.  

Don’t worry, though, there’s still a very simple way you can gain access to the Amazon Prime Video US library even if you’re abroad or if you live outside the US. With a VPN for Amazon Prime, you can easily bypass the geo-restrictions and access the US library without issue. On top of that, you can use your VPN as a way to protect your privacy online by masking your IP address and encrypting all of your activity on the internet.

The Best VPN for Amazon Prime

Take a look at the list below which provides a comparison of our experts’ top picks for best Amazon Prime VPN.

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. NordVPN
  3. CyberGhost
  4. ProtonVPN
  5. IPVanish

We’ve selected these five VPNs as being the best for Amazon Prime due to their speed, reliability, server locations, and crucially for their ability to unblock Amazon Prime. 

It is important to note that Amazon is constantly working hard to block access to the Prime Video content from anyone who is connected through a VPN. Amazon can do this by blacklisting known or suspected VPN IP addresses. 

It is often a cat-and-mouse game between Amazon prime blocking VPN services, and VPNs finding a way to circumvent the block. Many VPN providers are unable to figure out how to unblock Amazon Prime, and many others have simply given up trying. The VPNs we have selected in this article are all known to be able to get around Amazon Primes efforts at blocking VPN access. Using any of these VPNs to unblock Amazon’s Prime Video US library.

Top 5 VPNs for Amazon Prime

Take a look at the summaries below for a detailed view of the best Amazon Prime VPN services 2019. 

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a superb VPN provider all-around, but it really shines when it comes to unblocking Amazon Prime Video content. Being one of the few providers that can successfully outwit Amazon’s VPN blocking schemes, in addition to having blazing-fast servers in 148 countries worldwide and 32 locations in the United States, ExpressVPN is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to unblock Amazon Prime. Customer service is top-notch and available 24/7/365 to help you out should you run into any issues accessing Amazon Prime.

The client software is extremely simple to use and super reliable. Security features are world-class and include AES 256-bit encryption, DNS leak protection, and a killswitch. ExpressVPN subscription is a bit on the pricier side but is well worth the investment. You can also give ExpressVPN a try risk-free, thanks to their no-quibble 30-day money back guarantee!

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is a top-class VPN provider that gets the job done for anyone who wants to unblock Amazon Prime. With air-tight security features and a robust network of worldwide servers, you can feel safe and secure with NordVPN while at the same time enjoying your favorite Amazon Prime Video content. NordVPN boasts a whopping 1900 servers in the United States, so you’ll have no issues finding a server capable of unblocking the Amazon Prime US library.

The dedicated client application works flawlessly and looks great. NordVPN is nicely priced to begin with, but they often run amazing discounts so you can save even more if you’re able to take advantage of one of their frequent promotions. You really can’t go wrong with choosing NordVPN as your Amazon Prime VPN provider.

3. CyberGhost

Based in Romania, CyberGhost is a great VPN provider for privacy-minded individuals due to Romania’s strong commitment to digital privacy. In addition to that, CyberGhost is an outstanding VPN provider for unblocking content from Amazon Prime Video. CyberGhost offers over 3,000 servers in 60 locations, including 539 servers in the United States.

A generous 7 simultaneous connections, 24/7 live chat customer support, and world-class security features are just a few more reasons why CyberGhost is in our top 5 VPNs for Amazon Prime. To top it all off, CyberGhost offers its customers an incredible 45-day money back guarantee, so you’ll have more than enough time to test the service to make sure it’s the right one for you.

4. ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN is a first-class choice for unblocking Amazon Prime Video content. From the makers of ProtonMail, this VPN provider is also geared towards security and privacy. With lightning-fast connection speeds, it is also ideal for streaming video. Although ProtonVPN doesn’t boast the vast server network that the others in this list do, they do operate servers in the United States that are fast and capable of circumventing Amazon’s VPN blocking attempts.

Additionally, ProtonVPN offers unlimited bandwidth, so you can stream all the content you want without having to worry about overstepping some arbitrary quota. Proton VPN is available on multiple platforms and offers friendly customer support via an email ticketing system. This is the VPN for the more privacy-conscious users out there who also want to unblock content from Amazon Prime.

5. IPVanish

Though US-based IPVanish isn’t capable of unblocking Netflix or BBC iPlayer, it does a great job of unblocking Amazon Prime. IPVanish is one of the few VPN providers that personally owns its entire network of servers. This means that not only are you ensured a fast and reliable server network but also that none of the network data is ever handled by any third party.

The IPVanish network offers over 1,000 servers covering 60 different countries around the globe, including over 600 servers in the United States. IPVanish is a budget-friendly VPN option that is fully-featured, offers great speeds and outstanding security, and is definitely worth a shot for anyone interested in unblocking Amazon Prime Video.

Why do I need a VPN for Amazon Prime?

As we touched on at the beginning of this article, Amazon imposes geo-blocks and restricts much of its best content to the US library. This means that you won’t have access to the US Amazon Prime Video library if you’re living or traveling outside the United States. To get around these geo-restrictions, you’ll need to use a VPN to trick Amazon Prime into thinking that you’re located in the US.

Since you’re connecting through a remote server located in a different location when you connect through a VPN, your IP address changes to that of the remote VPN server. Therefore, any website you access through the remote VPN server will register your IP address and location as that of the VPN server, and not your actual physical location. If you use a VPN to connect through a server located in the US, you can easily trick the Amazon website into thinking you’re in the US, even if you're thousands of miles away. Once Amazon thinks you’re in the United States, you’ll be granted full access to the Prime Video US library. 

What can you unblock with an Amazon Prime VPN?

With an Amazon Prime VPN, you’ll be able to unlock the entire Prime Video US library and watch popular shows like Downton Abbey, Sneaky Pete, or Mr. Robot. Shows such as these are available in the US catalog, but not internationally, so you’ll need to connect through to the US via a VPN in order to watch them.

Check out the table below which provides a handy comparison of different countries’ Amazon Prime Video library sizes.

CountryNumber of Titles
Diff. with Amazon US
Price/month
United States182460$12.99
United Kingdom11066-7180$7.68
Canada6130-12116$6.11
Australia4940-13306$4.96
New Zealand4737-13509$5.99
Ireland4591-13655$7.68
Sweden4338-13908$6.83
Finland4338-13908$6.83
Norway4308-13938$6.83
Denmark4301-13945$6.83
South Africa4250-13996$5.99
Germany2992-15254$9.11
Austria29767-15270$9.11
India2351-15895$1.76
Mexico1746-16500$5.09
Russia783-17463$6.83
Netherlands772-17474$6.83
Latvia770-17476$6.83
Singapore713-17533$6.54

As you can see, there is a dramatic difference between what is available in the US library and what is available in other countries’ Amazon Prime Video libraries. This is why using a VPN is so valuable in giving you the ability to access a much wider range of content.

How to unblock Amazon Prime catalogs

 Amazon connects your Prime Video account to your “Home Location”, meaning that you can only access content available in that location. If you’re new to Prime Video and haven’t set up your account yet, then you’ll need to make sure to set your Home Location as the US in order to access US content. If you’ve already set up an account and registered it in a different Home Location, you can always create a supplementary account with the Home Location set as the US. You’ll want to make sure that you’re connected to your VPN through a US server when setting up the secondary account. 

Other popular methods some people use to circumvent geo-restrictions are tools like proxy servers or Smart DNS. The problem is that these types of tools typically don’t work as well as VPN for unblocking content, nor can they provide the level of security and privacy that a VPN can through military-grade encryption standards.

See below for step-by-step instructions.

How to unblock Amazon Prime US if you already have a Prime account

If you already have a Prime account from a different country but would like to unblock the US library, simply follow the steps listed below.  

  1. Firstly log into your account and change your Home Location to the United States.
  2. You may be prompted to add a new payment method since the Home Locations are based upon the payment methods you have saved in your Amazon account. In this case, you will need to sign up for a virtual debit card registered in the US in order to properly set your Home Location to the US.
  3. Once you’ve set your Home Location to the US, just connect to an American server and you’ll have access to the US library.

If you already have an Amazon Prime US subscription, but you’re out of the country and want to access the content, simply connect to a US server through one of the VPN providers listed here and you’ll be good to go.

Amazon does allow for US subscribers to view a limited amount of content from abroad, but if you want access to the full library instead of just a handful of titles, you will need to connect through a VPN.

How to sign up for a US Amazon Prime account

If you don't already have a prime account, then follow the steps below:

  1. If you do not already have a US Amazon Prime Video account, then you will need to create an account registered in the US.
  2. Similarly, as above, you will need to sign up for a virtual debit card registered in the US in order to create your American Amazon account.
  3. Next, you will need to connect to a US server location using one of the VPNs listed in this article and register for an Amazon account.
  4. Once you have successfully registered your US Amazon account and purchased your subscription to the Prime Video service, all you’ll need to do is make sure you are connected to a US server location through your VPN and you can enjoy the entire US Prime Video library.

Is Amazon Prime blocking VPN users?

Due to regional licensing restrictions, Amazon is prohibited from showing certain content in certain locations. It is therefore in Amazon’s interest to prevent individuals from outside the United States from accessing content only licensed to be broadcast in the US. This is why Amazon does everything it can to block VPN users from accessing US content from outside the country. 

Amazon can block VPN access to its services by blacklisting IP addresses that are known to be or suspected to be VPN IP addresses. If your VPN provider’s IP addresses are blacklisted by Amazon, then you will not be able to access any of the video content on the website. Another method is to block certain ports commonly used by VPNs. Likewise, if the port you are using through your VPN connection is blocked by Amazon, you won’t be able to access the content. This is why it is important to stick with one of the VPN providers listed in this article that have the ability to circumvent these blocking attempts.

You may be worried that if Amazon detects that you are using a VPN, you may be banned from using the service altogether. We can assure you that won’t be the case. Using a VPN is completely legal in the vast majority of the world. The worst that can happen in this case is that Amazon blocks your attempt to access the video content. If that happens, try a different US IP address or contact your VPN provider to see if they have a specific list of IPs that are known to work with Amazon Prime Video.

FAQs

Written by: Attila Tomaschek

Attila is a Hungarian-American currently living in Budapest. Being in the VPN game for several years, he brings a deep knowledge of the industry to share with ProPrivacy readers.

5 Comments

  1. Jonas

    on December 31, 2017
    Reply

    I got ExpressVPN yesterday to use with Amazon Prime, and it worked! Now this morning (the next day) it's not. I've tried multiply locations and all seems to be identified as proxies and won't play the video. What VPN works with Amazon Prime?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Jonas

      on January 2, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Jonas, First contact ExpressVPN's support team. It is very likely they are already working on a solution. The other VPNs listed above should work, but please be aware this is a cat-and-mouse game.

  2. vic

    on December 26, 2017
    Reply

    This is late December 2017. I have tried 2 VPNs and contacted a third. The first one I installed claimed UK Amazon Prime availability in France but didn't actually provide that access from the go-get. I contacted another who advertised Amazon Prime availability but when quizzed said they couldn't do it - something about Amazon being more aggressive these days. The third VPN claimed they could get Amazon ..... and they did for 1 evening. Amazon quickly closed the connection. 2 days later the VPN regained access to Amazon for 1 afternoon before Amazon shut it down. The larger point is "Do VPNs really work?". If Amazon, Netflix and even my insurance company can see I am using a VPN, what's the point?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to vic

      on December 28, 2017
      Reply

      Hi vic, Whether or not VPNs are being blocked by Amazon Prime is a cat-and-mouse game, and it does seem that Amazon is being more aggressive with its blocking at the moment. On the larger point, please see our VPNs for Beginners guide for how VPNs work, including a discussion on what they can and cannot be expected to do. Websites will always be able to see the IP address you connect from. If that website knows the IP address belongs to a VPN service, it can block it. Your real IP is still hidden from that website, your ISP (and governmnet) still don't know what you get up to online, and WiFi hackers will still be unable to access your data. Most good VPNs usually find a way around these geo-blocks (for example by refreshing their IP stores or using fancy DNS routing), but as I say, it is a cat-and-mouse game.

  3. Katrina Power

    on October 5, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Bob, At the time of publication, VyprVPN had been working with Amazon Prime Video. We will remove it from the list while we investigate. We're sorry for the trouble this may have caused you - we strive to keep these lists as up to date as possible. We will contact VyprVPN to see if they are working on regaining access to Amazon Prime Video. In the meantime, VyprVPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee that you can take advantage of, if you find yourself unsatisfied with the service. Cheers, Katrina

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