If Hotspot Shield isn’t working or has stopped working on your Firestick, the service you’re trying to watch has blocked Hotspot Shield’s IP addresses.
Don’t panic, there are several fixes you can try to resolve Hotspot Shield not working on Firestick.
If you want to know why this has happened and how you can prevent it from happening again, read on to the end of the article.
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Hotspot Shield not working on Firestick: Fixes
To fix Hotspot Shield not working on Firestick, try these fixes in order. If one doesn’t work, move on to the next one until you can use your Firestick with a VPN again.
Clean your Firestick cache/data
Cleaning your cache is essentially the “turn it off and turn it on again” solution for your Firestick apps.
If Hotspot Shield has stopped working, the VPN app may have run into an error that can be fixed with a restart.
Cleaning your cache will restore Hotspot Shield to its default settings and this could fix the error that’s making the VPN not work on your Firestick.
Change to a different protocol
VPNs use different protocols. These are a set of rules that the VPN follows when providing you with an anonymous internet connection.
Some of these protocols prioritise security while others prioritise speed.
Hotspot Shield might not be working on your Firestick because the protocol you’re using is no longer providing a secure anonymous connection.
Try changing to a different protocol to fix Hotspot Shield not working on Firestick.
Reinstall Hotspot Shield
While not the most technical or in-depth solution, if it works, it works.
Reinstalling Hotspot Shield will give you a fresh install of the app and any errors your current installation may have will be erased.
Change to a different server
If Hotspot Shield has suddenly stopped working on your Firestick, the service you’re trying to watch has blocked the IP address Hotspot has given you.
Changing to a different server will give you a different IP address and if that one hasn’t been blocked, Hotspot Shield will work with your Firestick again.
Upgrade to a better VPN
If you’ve made it this far then the service you’re trying to access has identified and blocked all the IP addresses Hotspot Shield can provide.
This has happened because the measures Hotspot Shield uses to stay ahead of IP blocks are no longer working.
Hotspot Shield will need to fix or implement measures to allow it to stay ahead of streaming service blocks, but this could take a long time and is expensive.
The easiest and best way to fix this issue is to upgrade to a better VPN. We recommend NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month). These VPNs have measures in place that prevent you from running into the same problems you’ve come across with Hotspot Shield.
When a streaming service identifies and blocks an IP provided by these VPNs, NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) will close that IP and open a new one. This ensures you can watch any streaming service reliably on Firestick.
Why has Hotspot Shield stopped working on Firestick?
The reason Hotspot Shield has stopped working on your Firestick is because its IP addresses have been blocked by the service you’re trying to access.
To avoid copyright and licensing breaches, streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and BBC iPlayer try to block VPNs from accessing their services.
Copyright and licensing breaches are a problem for streaming services because they’re usually met with substantial financial repercussions.
Because the use of VPNs could result in these breaches, streaming services block VPNs. Hotspot Shield isn’t working because it’s been blocked.
How do streaming services block Hotspot Shield?
Streaming services block Hotspot Shield by monitoring for an abnormal amount of connections coming from the same IP address provided by the VPN.
Hotspot Shield is a popular VPN. It has a lot of customers but it doesn’t have enough IP addresses to provide each customer with their own IP. This creates a problem where customers are forced to share IP addresses.
Normally, only 8-10 devices or a small household worth of devices will connect to a streaming service via the same IP address. Because Hotspot Shield forces its customers to share IPs, hundred or even thousands of devices now use the same IP and streaming services deem that as abnormal.
Once the IP address has been identified as abnormal it’s blocked and you’ll no longer be able to access the streaming service using that IP.
Over time streaming services are able to identify all of the IP addresses Hotspot Shield can provide. And this is why it’ll no longer work on your Firestick.
Do VPNs still work on Firestick?
The VPNs that still work on Firestick are the ones that have measures to get around these VPN blocks.
When a streaming service blocks an IP address that has been provided by these VPNs, NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) will close that IP and open a new one. This will allow you to reliably use a VPN on your Firestick, and it ensures that you never run into the same issues you’ve come across using Hotspot Shield on your Firestick, again.
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