How to Download Apps on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Are you done setting up an Amazon Fire TV Stick and ready to start streaming? It’s easy to install apps on your Amazon streaming device. We’ll show you a few ways of getting new applications onto your stick.

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What are your options for installing apps?

One way to get new apps is to use your stick’s built-in Amazon Appstore app. Here you can search for the app you want and install it on your device without leaving your couch.

The other way, which we’ll cover here, is to use Amazon’s Appstore in a web browser on your computer. With this method, you find the app you want to install, send it to your device online, and the app gets installed on your device. You might prefer this method if you don’t like navigating menus with your Fire TV remote.

If you’re looking for an app that isn’t available in the Appstore, you’ll need to jailbreak your Fire TV Stick and sideload the app on it. This method is a bit more advanced, but you can learn it by following our guide.

Download apps with your Fire TV device

To use your Fire TV Stick to install apps yourself, first access your device’s home screen by pressing the Home button on your remote.

From the home page, select “Appstore” to launch Amazon’s official app store.

Choose "app store" on the home screen.

When the Appstore opens, you will find a variety of apps to install on your device. Select the app you want to install here.

Select the app to download.

If you’re looking for a specific app, select Search from the App Store menu bar at the top. Then enter the name of your app and select it from the list.

Tip: If your Fire TV Stick remote has a microphone button, tap and hold to search for apps by voice.

Select the app in the search results.

After selecting an app, select “Get” on the app’s associated page to download and install the app on your device.

Choose "Receive."

When your app is installed, the Get button will become Open, allowing you to launch your newly installed app. You can open the app from your app library at any time.

Choose "Open."

And this is how you get new apps on your Fire TV Stick without being dependent on other devices.

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Use Amazon’s Appstore website to install apps

You may find it more convenient to search for apps in Amazon’s Appstore on the Internet. If you want to use it to download new apps to your Fire TV Stick, follow the steps below. It’s easy to delete Fire TV Stick apps later if you want.

First, launch your favorite web browser on your computer and open the Amazon Appstore. On the website, sign in to the same Amazon account you use on your Fire TV Stick.

After you sign in, select your device in the “Device type” section on the left. This ensures that the Appstore only displays the apps that are compatible with your device.

Select a device "device type."

In the same left sidebar, select your specific Fire TV Stick model so only the compatible apps are shown.

Select the specific device model.

In the right pane you can see all the apps that you can use on your device. Choose the one you want to install on your stick.

If you want to find a specific app, scroll up and use the search box at the top.

Select the app to install.

You will be taken to the page of your selected app. From here, click the “Ship to” dropdown menu in the right sidebar and select your Fire TV Stick. This is the device on which Amazon will install your app.

Then select “Get App”.

Select the target device and select "Get the app."

Your chosen app will begin installing on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. When that’s done, you can launch and use your newly installed application.

Enjoy streaming content from different apps on your device!

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