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The best Apple TV VPN for 2021

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With tens of millions of Apple TV units sold since its launch over 10 years ago, there are a lot of people around the world who use the device as their primary way to watch TV shows and movies - and thanks to a VPN, you can now make your device work even harder for you than before. 

One of the great things about Apple's streaming device is the way you can take it wherever you travel and plug it into any TV to keep entertained at all times. And that’s where an Apple TV VPN can really help, allowing you to access all your favorite content regardless of your location. 

Many of the world’s leading VPN providers can be used for Apple TV, but given that so many are out there, you’re probably wondering which to choose. The best services are fast, easy to use and provide access to a wide variety of content - and we’ve rounded up the best five Apple TV VPNs for you on this very page.

 What makes the best Apple TV VPN?

When it comes to choosing the ideal VPN for Apple TV, you’ll want one that provides access to a great selection of high-speed servers - that means it should also be up to the task of 4K streaming. 

Depending on your streaming service of choice (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, etc) you'll want to check that the VPN enables you to unblock its feeds when abroad that can often be subject to geo-restrictions. The VPN should also be affordable and uncompromising on security.

Because VPNs can just be a little tricky to get set up on an Apple TV unit (see below for more details on how) then you're also looking for a service that's as quick and easy to set up as possible and has brilliant customer support at hand - either in the form of online support articles or via helpful 24/7 live chat - just in case you run into difficulties.

Today's best 3 Apple TV VPNs:

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1. ExpressVPN - the #1 best Apple TV VPN
ExpressVPN - our favorite VPN overall as well - is fantastic at unblocking geo-restrictions on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ and many more. It's really easy to set up and use on Apple TV and it comes with a no-questions-asked 30 day money back guarantee and three months extra free.

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2. NordVPN - superb mix of streaming and security
NordVPN holds a fantastic reputation - and for good reason. It's prolific in the streaming services it can unlock and has extra security perks, too. Set up via SmartDNS or through your router to supercharge your Apple TV.

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3. Surfshark - one of the cheapest VPNs available
Look no further than Surfshark if you want to grab a fully-functioned Apple TV VPN and an absolute bargain. it's a fantastic, premium option that's unbelievably simple to use and has become a TechRadar favorite. It offers most of the same features as the other top services, just for less money.


The best Apple TV VPNs 2021:

ExpressVPN is the best Apple TV VPN

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1. ExpressVPN

The best overall VPN - and excellent for Apple TV too

Fast speeds: Very | Number of servers: 3,000+ | Server locations/countries: 160/94 | Maximum devices supported: 5 | Streaming sites unblocked: Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu | Support: 24/7 live chat, web guide

Easy set up
Unblocks most major streaming services
Great security features
Fantastic live chat support
Only able to connect 5 devices

ExpressVPN takes the crown as the best Apple TV VPN, providing an array of impressive features that will improve your streaming experience.

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One of the best things about ExpressVPN for Apple TV is that it has been developed with 4K HDR streaming in mind, so you can expect fast speeds and a great overall performance. It doesn’t compromise on choice, offering over 3,000 servers across 94 countries. 

ExpressVPN provides access to a range of geo-restricted apps and streaming servers, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and YouTube, and it’s compatible with Apple TV 4K, 4th gen Apple TV, 3rd gen Apple TV, 2nd gen Apple TV and 1st gen Apple TV.

There are two methods of using ExpressVPN on your Apple TV. You can either use Express's own MediaStreamer or install the software on your Wi-Fi router. The latter will enable you to benefit from all of ExpressVPN’s features, and even gets around one of the few negatives of the service - the fact it's 'only' compatible with five devices at any one time.

Also among the features are an integrated kill switch, zero-knowledge DNS (its own encrypted DNS for all servers), an audited no-logs policy, 256-bit encryption, a built-in speed test and unlimited bandwidth.

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NordVPN - Apple TV VPN

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2. NordVPN

A speedy, reliable, well-known provider

Fast speeds: Yes | Number of servers: 5,400+ | Server locations/countries: 80+/59 | Maximum devices supported: 6 | Streaming sites unblocked: Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu | Support: 24/7 live chat, web guide

Reliable
Access to Netflix, Amazon and other major streaming providers
Double VPN
We prefer others' mobile apps

NordVPN regularly makes its way on to our round ups of the top VPNs for various functions (as well as sky-high ranking in our overall best VPN list), and things aren’t any different when it comes to VPNs for Apple TV. You’re getting a best-in-class provider that is easy to use and offers a great overall performance.

With NordVPN, you can unblock Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and many other streaming services. Accessing international content libraries is no issue at all thanks to a network of more than 5,000 servers in 59 countries.

One of our favorite features is Double VPN, which encrypts your internet traffic via two servers and means you don’t have to worry about privacy. Handy to know if, for example, you're using yoru Apple TV over hotel Wi-Fi and want to be sure that your internet traffic is safe.

It also has SmartDNS for the set up, or users can install software on their router. And NordVPN too offers a how-to guide and 24/7 support that should help you get set up without too many issues.

There's not too many gripes to speak of when it comes to Nord, although we personally think its mobile apps could do with a bit of a redesign. Of course, that won't bother you if all you really want your VPN for is to use with Apple TV.


Surfshark - vpn for apple tv

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3. Surfshark

An excellent value for money Apple TV VPN

Fast speeds: Yes | Number of servers: 3,200+ | Server locations/countries: 100+/63 | Maximum devices supported: Unlimited | Streaming sites unblocked: Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu | Support: 24/7 live chat, web guide

Easy to connect
Access to major streaming platforms
Extremely cheap 
Could be too basic for some

Surfshark is another popular VPN service that offers some great features and can be used with Apple TV. What’s great is that you can get it up and running through a few easy steps thanks to its SmartDNS feature - much like the providers above.

Once set up, you’ll be able to access Netflix, Hulu, iPlayer and a whole host of other streaming services via your Apple TV device. There’s a choice of over 3,000 servers in 60+ countries across the world, and to make things easier and quicker, you can connect to the fastest available server.

If you want to do more than just access TV streaming services, you can install Surfshark on your router. It boasts some great security and privacy features, such as a kill switch, DNS leak protection, 256-bit encryption, a no-logs policy, and protection against malware, web trackers and intrusive adverts. 

Compared to other VPN services, Surfshark is set apart by the amount of value it offers and it's right up there on our cheap VPN guide. For less than $2.50 per month, you can connect as many devices as you like. Should you run into any issues, there is 24/7 support and a 30-day money-back guarantee.


VyprVPN for Apple TV

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4. VyprVPN

A serious VPN with features aplenty

Fast speeds: Average/inconsistent | Number of servers: 700+ | Server locations/countries: 70+/66 | Maximum devices supported: 5 | Streaming sites unblocked: Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube, Hulu | Support: Live chat, web guide

Access to many major streaming providers
Satisfying no logging policy
Good live chat support
More powerful VPNs out there

With over two million customers globally, VyprVPN is easily described as one of the world’s most popular virtual private networks. And if you’re an Apple TV user, you’re in luck as this service is compatible.

You’re getting a large server network consisting of 70 countries and over 200,000 ISP addresses across the world. Like any premium VPN service, Vyper enables users to protect their privacy, clamp down on censorship and get around geo-restriction blocks. It provides access to Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video and many other platforms.

We love the fact that VyperVPN offers several ways for connecting your Apple TV, such as through a router app, by connecting via your Mac’s Wi-Fi connection or by using a DD-WRT/Tomato router. 

In terms of overall features, there’s high-speed streaming, high-end encryption, IP address protection, an audited no-logs policy, a kill switch and 24/7 customer support. One downside is that you can only connect five devices on a single subscription, but as is generally the standard, VyprVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy. 


CyberGhost - Apple TV VPN

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5. CyberGhost

A quality VPN with a vast server network

Fast speeds: Yes | Number of servers: 6,900+ | Server locations/countries: 110+/89 | Maximum devices supported: 7 | Streaming sites unblocked: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu | Support: 24/7 live chat, web guide

Thousands of servers
Great features 
Occasional interface niggle
Struggles with some streamers

If you’re looking for a top-notch VPN service that gives you access to an insanely huge amount of servers, look no further than CyberGhost. Available for Apple TV, it allows you to connect to way over 6,000 servers in 90 countries.

Thanks to such a large network of servers, you won’t have an issue accessing geo-restricted content on US Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime, Peacock and other streaming services (wherever you are in the world). But it must be said that CyberGhost does drop marks here, as it didn't work at all as a BBC iPlayer VPN and we couldn't get access to exclusive content on Netflix catalogs in areas like the UK< Canada and Australia.

CyberGhost claims its servers provide 'speed you need for the smoothest viewing experience', which is a definite if you own an Apple TV, and helps prevent buffering, bandwidth throttling and network limitations. The best and quickest way to set it up is through DNS, but there is the option to get your router connected, too. 

Other features include AES 256-bit encryption, a built-in kill switch, DNS and IP leak protection, a choice of OpenVPN, IKEv2 and WireGuard protocols, and the ability to connect up to seven devices. There’s also 24/7 customer support and an impressive 45-day money-back guarantee. 


How do I use a VPN on Apple TV? 

Sadly - unlike, say, using a VPN for Amazon Fire TV - there isn’t a silver bullet solution when it comes to using an Apple TV VPN. That's because you can’t simply download and log into a dedicated app to make things easier.

But you can still use a VPN on your Apple TV, and there are two main ways to do this as explained in our dedicated guide on how to set up and use a VPN on Apple TV.

TL:DR? Well, the first method is to set up the VPN on your router and then use this connection on your Apple TV. Your chosen provider will offer detailed instructions on how to do this. It’s quite a fiddly undertaking, although you’ll be able to experience all the features of the VPN service on your Apple TV.

The other way is by using a SmartDNS, which will enable you to bypass geo-restrictions and access all the content you want on your Apple TV - so be sure to grab a VPN provider that boasts that function. To do this, you’ll need to head to “network” within the settings of your Apple TV, go to “Wi-Fi” and click on your connection. 

You’ll then see an option for “Configure DNS” - press that and change the setting to “manual” instead of "automatic”. Finally, to get your VPN up and running, add its IP address and you’re good to go.

Again, your provider will provide comprehensive instructions and support on how to do this. For example, our #1 choice ExpressVPN offers a really clear written and video guide on getting the VPN working for Apple TV.

Nicholas Fearn is a freelance technology journalist and copywriter from the Welsh valleys. His work has appeared in publications such as the FT, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, The Next Web, T3, Android Central, Computer Weekly, and many others. He also happens to be a diehard Mariah Carey fan!