The Nvidia Shield TV is without doubt the most popular streaming device of 2020, and the continuous winner for the best Android TV box.
With the rise in sales of Android TV boxes, more and more users are looking for ways to stay secure, and hide their activity when streaming Movies and Shows online.
The best way to hide your activity from your ISP (Internet Service Provider), so they can not trace or monitor what you are watching, is by using a VPN.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup IPVanish VPN on the Nvidia Shield TV, with a step by step guide.
IPVanish VPN for Nvidia Shield
The reason most users tend to lean towards IPVanish as their prefered VPN for the Nvidia Shield is because they are considered the fastest VPN for streaming.
IPVanish and StrongVPN (sister companies) own their own servers, which means they are able to 100% guarantee a 0 logs VPN, which means they do not record or log any data on your activity when using their service.
The app is available via the Android TV app store (Google Play Store), and is designed for Android TV devices, which helps with the usability, making it easy to use, even for those that are new to VPN apps.
How to setup IPVanish VPN on Nvidia Shield TV
Here are the step by step instructions to install and setup IPVanish VPN on the Nvidia Shield TV in 2020.
You will need a login to be able to access IPVanish VPN on Android TV.
First, visit the IPVanish website and create a username and password. Keep the login data safe as this will be used on the Nvidia Shield to log in.
After creating an account, and claiming any discount available, we can move on to setup IPVanish on the Shield TV.
Step by Step Guide to installing IPVanish on the Nvidia Shield TV
Step 1 – On the Nvidia Shield, navigate to the Google Play Store and click OK on your remote to enter the app store.
Step 2 – Inside the Google Play Store, navigate to the search icon in the top right of the screen. In the search bar at the top, type in ‘ IPVanish ‘
Step 3 – Click ‘Search’ and then continue to click the IPVanish logo, this should be the first app that comes up after searching IPVanish as seen below.
Step 4 – Click on install
Step 5 – When the download finishes, click open
Step 7 – After clicking ‘Login’ you will now be presented with the IPVanish connection screen. You can change the the settings on the left hand side of the app to best suit your preference.
For the best settings, we recommend setting the country of your residence, for instance, if you are based in the UK, select UK.
Changing country is beneficial if you want to Geo-Unlock content that is not typically available in your country.
Please Note : Your speed will reduce when you are choosing a country that is further away from your location. Those in the US, may see slower speeds when connecting to the UK (and vice versa).
Step 8 – When connected, you will notice your new IP address in the top left of the IPVanish app, and will be presented with a graph that provides insight into the speeds and bandwidth of your VPN connection.
Setting up IPVanish VPN to auto connect
One of the features of IPVanish is the ability to automatically connect to a VPN when your device boots up.
This is useful if you want your device to be connected to a VPN 100% of the time.
To setup IPVanish to automatically connect to a VPN when you turn on your Nvidia Shield, follow the below steps.
Step 1 – In the top right hand corner of the IPVanish app, click the cog icon, which will open the settings menu.
Step 2 – Tick the first box that says ‘Start IPVanish‘
Step 3 – Navigate to ‘Startup connection action‘ and click OK
Step 4 – This option will be your own preference. You can choose to automatically connect to the fastest server available, or connect to your last connected server (useful if you connect to another country).
Step 5 – Click OK.
And that is how you automatically connect your Nvidia shield to a VPN when your device boots up!
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