How to set up Surfshark on Android TV

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install the Surfshark VPN app on your Android TV or Android box. 

You will need an Android TV or Android box running Android 5.0 or later and an active Surfshark subscription, which you can purchase on the Surfshark pricing page.

 

You will learn how to:

  1. Install the Surfshark app
  2. Log in to the app
  3. Connect to the VPN
  4. Manage Surfshark locations
  5. Manage Surfshark features
  6. Manage Surfshark settings
  7. Ensure your connection is successful

 

Install the Surfshark app

 

  1. Open the Play Store on your Android TV and search for Surfshark.
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  2. Press Download or Install.
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Log in to the app

 

  1. Once the installation is complete, you can either click Open or find the Surfshark icon in the installed apps menu and press on it.

  2. Click Log in.


  3. Enter the email address you used when registering and your password. Click Log in.

    Alternatively, you can log in using the Surfshark app on your mobile device. To do that, open your phone's camera device and take a picture of the QR code, or press on Or enter a login code, which you can find by going to Settings > Account > TV login, and enter the code you see on the Surfshark app.

 

Connect to the VPN

 

Once you log in, you will see the homepage of the Surfshark app. Here, you can see the VPN connection status, the list of locations, and a button to connect to the VPN.

  1. Press the Quick-connect button, and the app will instantly connect to the fastest server available.


  2. When connecting to a VPN server for the first time, accept the connection request in the pop-up window by pressing OK.


  3. You can also connect to the Faster server or the Nearest country.

    To do so, click on the button of your preference, as indicated below.


  4. As soon as you connect, you will see the connection status on the app's homepage.

    If it is green and says CONNECTED, your internet connection is secured.

 

Manage Surfshark locations

Surfshark has 3200+ servers in 100 countries. Choose the server, click on it, and that's it.

  1. You will find the list of locations on the left side of your screen. Use the search bar or scroll down until you find a specific country. Click on the flag icon of your preferred location, and you will instantly connect to it.


  2. If you want Surfshark to remember your favorite locations, press the star on the right side of the location. Now this server will appear in the list of your Favourites.


  3. The bubble icon next to the star indicates how loaded the Surfshark servers are in a specific location; in other words, how many people are connected to servers in that location.

    The first bubble in this picture indicates that Surfshark servers in Germany are under a heavy load at the moment. The second bubble shows that only a few people are connected to Surfshark servers in Japan.
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  4. You may have noticed Static IP and MultiHop tabs at the top of your Surfshark app.


    Static IP – you will get the same IP address each time you connect to the Static IP servers.

    MultiHop – you will be connected through two different VPN servers. You can also choose both of these servers.

 

Manage Surfshark features

In the features tab, you'll be able to find two features.


Enable CleanWeb. It’s a feature that blocks ads, trackers, malware, and phishing attempts.

Access Surfshark Bypasser. It’s a feature that allows specific apps & websites to bypass the VPN tunnel.

 

Manage Surfshark settings

You can customize your Surfshark app to suit your personal preferences. Go to the Settings tab.


Click on VPN settings.

Here, you can:

  • Enable Auto-connect.

  • Select your Quick-connect location.

  • Enable KillSwitch. It's a feature that protects you from unexpected VPN disconnections.
  • Change the connection protocol.

  • Enable Small packets. This feature improves your connectivity when using slower networks.

Click on My account.


Here, you can do the following:

  • Check your current subscription plan.
  • Log out of your account.
  • Enter login code.


Switch to App settings.


Here, you can do the following:

  • Change the app language.
  • See the current app version.
  • Choose whether the app sends crash reports.
  • Choose whether the app sends analytics of usage data.
  • Send diagnostics.

 

Ensure your connection is successful

 

Let’s see if your connection is successful after setting up a VPN. You can do it by performing an IP leak test and a DNS leak test on our website.




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