Amazon has revolutionized the world of Home TV entertainment with its stunning product, Amazon Firestick. Fire TV Stick not only lets you access some regular TV channels but also it provides you with the freedom to experience the entertainment and it is way beyond the parameters of the cable or satellite TV. Apart from Amazon Prime show and Netflix videos, you can even use various other Amazon Firestick apps to watch the contents of your choice and demand.
There are plenty of Firestick apps available and they perform various functions based on your needs. Amazon Firestick Apps enables you to watch each and everything that they have access of on your TVs. It also gives you a higher convenience, by letting you customize your library based on your needs. There is an enormous amount of apps to choose from, many of you would get confused about where to start? For that, we have curated a list of most important Firestick apps that you can install or sideload on your Firestick.
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Preparing Your Fire TV for Apps
Once you have set up Firestick properly, you can start installing some Firestick apps. But before doing this, you need to prepare your device. You have to install sideloaded apps, that is not available in the Amazon Appstore. To install the sideloaded apps on your device, you need to change two settings.
- ADB Debugging: Just enable the ADB debugging, go to Settings > Device > Developer Options > ADB Debugging and select On.
- Unknown Sources: This allows apps from unknown sources to be installed on your Fire Stick, go to Settings > Device > Developer Options > Apps From Unknown Sources and select On.
Firestick Productivity Apps
ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer is another common method for getting APK files onto the device so that you can sideload them. This app has a reputation among Android users, It runs pretty well on the Amazon Fire Devices, and it is very easy to use. You don’t have to download it manually, just enter the URL and the app will take care of the rest. You can use this app to browse your storage without any hassle.
VLC is one of the highly used media players, But why would you need VLC on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick?
There are two main reasons:
- Apps that provide access to illegal content needs a third-party video player to display their content.
- You can use the VLC to watch content saved on your another local device using the home network.
Even though you can sideload almost any app on your Firestick, many of them have not been adapted for the TV Screen, So that it requires finger taps and other gestures for navigation. The simple and effective solution is to install the mouse pointer. The best app is Mouse Toggle, with a double tap of your remote’s Play button, you can launch the on-screen mouse icon. You can easily control it using your remote’s D-pad. You can download it by simply entering its URL on the before mentioned downloader app.
TuneIn Radio is one of the best ways to fill your ears with music is to install TuneIn Radio. Although Spotify also provides an Amazon Fire app, you need to have a premium membership. TuneIn Radio is fully free for all the users. Tuneln provides access to 100,000 radio stations from all over the world, along with four million on-demand programs.
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Firestick Apps for Browsing
If you want to watch YouTube on your Firestick, then you need to install a browser app. Since the Google products are not available on the Amazon. You can get browser form other companies. Here Firefox and Silk are worth considering. If you are already Firefox users, then this is the browser you should install.
Since you can sideload apps, you can easily install any browser you need, including Google Chrome. But Silk is more popular. Silk is Amazon’s in-house browser and has been specially designed to work on the Amazon Fire devices. It enables you to control web videos and music using the remote’s Play, Skip, and Pause buttons. and it also provides a lot of standard browser features including a password manager and browsing history.
Firestick Apps for Sports
Watch ESPN is another app for sports lovers. It not only streams sports but you can even opt for the on-demand services as well. Hundreds of sporting events are covered by ESPN and all of them can be available on your Fire TV. You can choose sports or event you desire to watch and purchase the passes for it. You can also purchase passes for a monthly or yearly basis. It is also available in a 7-day full trial, but when completing the seventh day, you will be charged based on the plan you initially chose, unless you cancel the services.
NBA App has a straightforward design that gives you access to tons of live NBA content, including full games, stats, and replays, pay per view events, League Pass releases and more. NBA delivers the right amount of basketball content which can keep you informed both on and offseason.
Sling TV works great on most of the streaming devices, including Firestick. You can simply download the app and you can access the service’s channels. You can get live sports streams through this app. It also provides you with channels that cover all kinds of sports, including baseball, football, soccer, hockey, and basketball. Both ESPN and beIN Sports delivers plenty of live contents So that you will never have to worry about falling behind in your favorite sport.
UFC Fight Pass
The UFC Fight Pass is the best way to access live pay per view events right on your Fire TV. With the Fight Pass, you can check out upcoming bouts, research fighters, or even look through the clips from weigh-ins, past matches, and interviews. You can subscribe to pay-per-view cards and stream the fight live as it airs. Simple, easy and perfect for Firestick.
Firestick Apps for News
You can watch all the news for free, which is made possible with the Euronews. It is a collaboration between a group of 23 European and North African national broadcasters, including ITN, RAI, RTE, and VGTRK. Euronews was founded in 1993 and has grown to offer free news in 156 countries and in 12 European and Middle Eastern languages. It has the channels for four languages, which includes English, Hungarian, Dutch, and Turkish, that are available for Amazon Fire devices. The non-English channels are an excellent resource if you are trying to learn other languages.
Haystack TV is another option for you to consider. Unlike Euronews, it does not offers live TV. Instead, it gathers the clips from hundreds of reputable online sources to deliver your videos about the topics you are interested in. The more you watch the app, the better it gets to you, the more it learns about with sources you enjoy and watch subjects that you are interested in.
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Firestick Apps for Movies
Plex is a well-known app for many users, that needs no introduction. It is one of the best ways to stream your locally saved media to other screen and devices around your home. If you pay for Plex Pass you can even access your content remotely. Read more about Plex for Firestick here.
Netflix is one of the most used and highly featured streaming apps. It has more than 100,000 hours of content and 50,000 TV Shows and Movies. You don’t have to pay for anything else especially sports and news. You can get both for free after they have cut the cord. The company’s services are not free. But considering the contents provided by Netflix, its good value for money.
Kodi is the another most popular streaming service, which is the biggest competitor for Plex. Both apps have pros and cons, But Kodi is highly customizable, but it requires more maintenance too. Since the Kodi is not available in the Amazon Appstore. You can sideload it onto your device. Read more about How to Install Kodi on Firestick? here.
Hotstar is the most popular video streaming service that has plenty of movies and tv programmes. You can watch all the popular shows including Modern Family and Homeland. It also lets you stream IPL, all international games played in India, and a lot more sporting action, including the likes of Premier League. Read more about VPN for Hotstar here.
DittoTV is an app that enables you to stream live TV that’s otherwise broadcast to your televisions, and you can even choose from a wide range of content at just Rs. 20 a month, It is one of the most affordable ‘premium’ offerings.
There are the most essential apps that have to be installed on your Firestick.
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