While not as extensive as some of the other VPNs we reviewed, Surfshark’s selection of apps covers a very good number of operating systems and devices.
As you’d expect, there are native Surfshark apps for Windows, OSX, iOS and Android, as well as Linux. There are also browser add-ons for Chrome and Firefox, but not for Safari for some reason, which is a shame seeing as it’s the second most used browser in the world after Chrome.
Of course, you can still use Surfshark with Safari by downloading the OSX or iOS app. The difference is that the app encrypts all your traffic while the browser add-on only encrypts traffic originating in your browser.
Encrypting all your traffic is usually safer, but there are valid reasons while you might not want to do it, for instance if you’re using an app that doesn’t work with a VPN. Luckily, Surfshark comes with a Whitelister that allows you to exempt specific apps and websites from going through the VPN.
On the bright side there’s a Surfshark app for your Firestick which you can download directly from the Amazon app store. In contrast, some VPNs, including a number of heavy hitters, can only be used with Amazon devices if you download the app from the Google Play Store or sideload it, which is a more involved process.
- You can also install Surfshark manually on:
- Apple TV
- Most smart TVs
- PS3 and PS4
You’ll need to tweak your device’s DNS settings to do this. Similarly, installing Surfshark on your router will require a manual install, which can be daunting if you’re not tech-savvy.