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How to Install & Activate PBS on Amazon Firestick



PBS on Firestick

If you’re looking for a way to stream all the PBS content on your Fire TV Stick you will need the PBS app on your device. The PBS app is officially available on the Amazon App Store for users to download the app on their Firestick. With the PBS app, you can watch content from the unique content library which includes award-winning documentaries and movies. You can add shows to your favorite and easily access and watch them whenever you want.

Limited content on the PBS app is free to watch. However, with a PBS Passport membership, you can expand the content library with more TV series, shows, and movies. The PBS app has an in-built cast option to screen mirror the app to the Fire TV Stick if you don’t want to install the app on your streaming device.


Before installing the app, here are the PBS Membership plans which give you full access to the PBS content library.

PBS ChannelsMonthly CostYearly Cost
Basic Membership$40
WTTW Passport$5 $60
WTTW Passport$10$120
2-for-1 Dining Card$15$180

How to Sign Up for PBS

1. Head to the official website of PBS.

PBS website

2. Click on the Sign In option in the top-left corner and select Create a PBS Account.

3. Enter the asked personal information and click Create Account.

4. Pay for the membership to complete the PBS sign up process.

How to Get PBS on Firestick / Fire TV

1. Click the Home button on the remote to get the home screen. Tap the Find icon on the home screen.

2. Scroll down to the Search bar.

Select AppStore

3. Search for the PBS app and select the app from the search results.

4. On the next screen, tap the Get or Download button to install the app.

5. Then, click the Open button to launch the app on your Firestick.

How to Download PBS from Amazon Website

Using the Amazon App Store website, you can install apps on your Firestick remotely.

1. On your PC, go to the Amazon website.

2. Sign in with your Amazon account that you are using on your Firestick or Fire TV.

3. Go to the Search bar and search for the PBS app.

Install PBS from the Amazon website

4. Select the app from the results.

5. On the next screen, click the Get App button and choose your Firestick device.

6. Within a minute or two, the app will be installed on your Firestick.

7. Open the app and sign in with your PBS account.

How to Sideload PBS on Fire TV Stick

Downloader is the best tool to sideload apps on Firestick. It is completely free to download and use.

1. On the Fire TV/ Stick home screen, go to Find Search.

2. Type Downloader and select it from the suggestions.

3. Click Get or Download to download the Downloader app on your Firestick.

4. Go to SettingsMy Fire TVDeveloper Options.

5. Enable Install unknown apps and turn on the option for Downloader.

Select Downloader

6. Open Downloader from the home screen or the Your Apps & Channels section.

7. Allow the app the necessary permissions and enable JavaScript in Downloader’s settings.

8. Enter the PBS APK file URL in the input/text box and select Go.

9. Click Install and choose Open to start using the PBS app immediately.

How to Activate PBS on Firestick []

1. After installation, launch the PBS app and select Sign In to get the activation code.

2. Open any browser on your smartphone or PC and visit the PBS activation

3. Provide the Activation Code.

Activate PBS on Firestick

4. Sign in to your PBS account.

5. Set up PBS on your Firestick device and stream the content.

How to Screen Mirror PBS from Android Smartphone

Using the Screen Mirroring feature on Firestick, you can mirror your Android smartphone screen. With that, you can easily screen mirror the PBS to your Firestick.

1. Initially, enable the Screen Mirroring feature on your Firestick. Go to SettingsDisplay & SoundsEnable Display Mirroring.

Select Enable Display Mirroring

2. Now, connect your Android smartphone to the Firestick’s home WiFi network.

3. Open the PBS app on your Android smartphone. If you don’t have the app, install it from the Play Store.

4. Login with your account and play any video content on the app.

5. Go to the Notification Panel on your smartphone and tap the Cast icon.

Tap screen cast to mirror PBS

6. From the list of devices, choose the Firestick device.

7. Now, the video content from your smartphone will appear on your Firestick device.

8. To stop the mirroring, tap the Cast icon from the Notification Panel and click the Disconnect button.

How to AirPlay PBS on Fire TV

If you are a Fire TV user, you can AirPlay media content from your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, the AirPlay feature is not available for Firestick streaming devices. Turn on the AirPlay feature on Fire TV to mirror the PBS app from your iPhone.

1. Turn on the AirPlay feature on your Fire TV. Go to SettingsDisplay & SoundsApple AirPlay & HomeKit → Turn on AirPlay.

AirPlay PBS to Firestick

2. Then, connect your iOS device to the Firestick’s home WiFi network

3. Open the PBS app on your iPhone. If you don’t have the app, install it from the App Store.

4. Login with your subscribed account if needed and play any video content.

5. Now, go to the Control Center and tap the Screen Mirroring icon.

6. From the list of AirPlay-compatible devices, choose your Fire TV.

7. The video content from your iPhone will appear on your Fire TV.

8. To stop the mirroring, tap the AirPlay icon and choose iPhone from the Devices list.

How to Stream PBS on Firestick Outside the US

The PBS app is available only in the US.

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1. Is PBS available on Fire TV Stick?

The PBS app is available to install on Fire TV Stick.

2. How to fix the PBS app not working on Firestick?

If PBS is not working on your Firestick, try these fixes.
1. Check the internet connection.
2. Restart the TNT app.
3. Clear cache on Fire TV Stick.
4. Restart the device.
5. Update the TNT app.
6. Uninstall and re-install the TNT app.
7. Reset the Fire Stick.

3. Can you stream PBS Passport content on Firestick?

Yes, you can stream PBS Passport content on your Firestick device.

4. Is PBS Passport available on Amazon Prime Video?

Yes, the PBS Passport is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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