Amazon Fire TV comes with its own set of apps preloaded on it for entertainment. Unfortunately, Amazon Fire TV Media Player apps are not included in the preloaded apps. It’s odd that Amazon doesn’t include a media player app for Firestick and Fire TV.
There are numerous media player apps available for download from the Amazon / Google Play Store. That’s why in this guide we narrow it down to the best 2 Amazon Fire TV media player apps and how to install each app.
While the large variety of content available for selection is great for viewers, it can get frustrating to learn each of the individual app’s controls.
Basically, there are two main contenders for Firestick Media Player apps: VLC and MX Player.
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This is not much of an issue for those who routinely watch content on only one or two apps. But, it is a major problem for users who like to enjoy content from many different sources. For such users, there is a solution. They can use dedicated media players like VLC to enjoy a great variety of content, without having to master the controls of multiple apps.
How to Install VLC on Fire Stick or Fire TV?
The VLC app is available for Android on the Play Store. This means that the app is available for installation on the Fire TV as well as Fire TV Stick. VLC is a highly customizable, and easy to use media player app, which is far better than any Amazon Fire TV media player in the market.
Installing it quite a straightforward process. Here’s how you can install the VLC app on your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV box in a matter of seconds.
Step 1: Press the “Home” button on your remote for Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
Step 2: Click on the “Search” icon.
Step 3: Type the letters “VLC” without the quotes in the search box using the on-screen keyboard, which can be operated by pressing the Up, Down, Left, and Right keys on the remote.
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Step 4: Once you have typed the letters “VLC”, execute a search by pressing the “Center” button on the remote.
Step 5: You will be instantly presented with numerous search results, among which you should also find the VLC app. However, if you do not find the VLC app, then click on the Apps and Games category in the search results. Here, you will find the VLC app.
Step 6: Press the “Center” button on your remote to download and install the VLC app. The download will take a few seconds to minutes, depending on your internet speed.
Step 7: Once the installation is complete, click on the “Open” button in the VLC app to open it, and start using it.
How to Install MX Player on Fire TV / Firestick
MX Player is another highly popular media player among Android users. Its popularity is perhaps second only to VLC. The easy to use, feature-rich app makes a great media player for Amazon Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV devices as well.
- To install MX Player on Fire TV / Firestick, install Aptoide. Then use Aptoide to install MX Player. Fortunately, MXPlayer is easy to install directly on these two devices.
MX Player can also be sideloaded to the devices using any of the sideloader apps available on the internet, or you can use the Downloader app to install it on Fire Stick.