How to Install Apps on Fire TV

Installing apps on an Amazon Fire TV (or Fire TV Stick) is dead easy. Here's how.

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  • how to install apps on amazon fire tv 0 Update to the latest software 1
  • how to install apps on amazon fire tv 2 Browse apps 2
  • how to install apps on amazon fire tv 4 Install app 3
  • how to install apps on amazon fire tv 5 Open the app 4
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Step 1 of 4: Update to the latest software

Setting up a Fire TV is simple: you plug it into a spare HDMI socket on your TV, attach the power cable and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Be sure to enter your Amazon details (email and password) and you'll need to do this to install apps.

Make sure your Fire TV has the latest software. Find the option to check for updates under Settings, System, About.

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Setting up a Fire TV is simple: you plug it into a spare HDMI socket on your TV, attach the power cable and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Be sure to enter your Amazon details (email and password) and you'll need to do this to install apps.

Make sure your Fire TV has the latest software. Find the option to check for updates under Settings, System, About.

Step 2 of 4: Browse apps

When you're ready, scroll through the main menu with your remote control and select Apps.

As with other app stores, there are various categories so scroll through them until you find what you're after. Those you might like to install include Netflix, Plex, YouTube, Disney Life and - if you're in the UK - BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub and Demand 5.

There are also games to download, plus other apps, and these are a mixture of free and paid-for offerings. If you have a payment method linked to your Amazon account, this will be debited if you buy a paid-for app here.

If you're unsure if you want to get a particular app, simply press the circular button in the centre of the direction buttons to see an app's description.

Do check out our roundup of the best apps for your Fire TV, too.

Step 3 of 4: Install app

When you've found Netflix, iPlayer or whichever app you want to install press the circular 'select' button and then the 'Get' button to start the installation.

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Step 4 of 4: Open the app

After the file is downloaded it will be installed automatically. The button will then change to 'Open' when it's ready.

Some apps will require you to enter your username and password to use them, while others only offer this as an option for convenience. For example, you can't use Netflix unless you already have a subscription. Most catch-up TV services also now require you to sign up for an account and login.

This is annoying, but there are benefits: you'll see your favourites and you'll be able to resume videos from wherever you left off (even if that was on another computer or device).

And that's all there is to installing apps on a Fire TV. But also see How to install Kodi on a Fire TV.

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