The Fire TV Stick is a streaming device that lets you turn any TV into a smart TV. Then you can download apps from the Amazon Appstore to watch movies, TV shows, and more. But with thousands of apps available to choose from, it can be difficult to pick which one to download. To help you choose, here is our list of the best free apps for your Fire TV Stick.
Fire TV makes it easy to stay on top of current events with the built-in News app. While many news organizations have free Fire TV apps that you can download, this app from Amazon will recognize your location and give you several apps to watch live local news.
In addition to letting you watch local channels, this customizable news aggregator app also lets you stream live national sports, entertainment, and financial news from organizations like Reuters, ABC, CBS, and more. The app also helps you catch up on trending stories with short, on-demand videos that you can scroll through every day.
If you’re looking for a free streaming service to replace your cable, Pluto TV lets you flip between more than 250 live channels. This ad-supported app has channels for live news and sports, but most of its channels are centered around a certain genre or even a specific TV show.
In addition to its live channel selection, you can also watch thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows on Pluto TV. The app has over 150,000 hours of content from major television networks and movie studios, including Comedy Central, TV Land, Nickelodeon, and more.
IMDb TV: Best Fire TV App for Award-Winning Movies
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is one of the most popular websites for finding information about films, actors, directors, and more. So, it makes sense that IMDb TV is one of the best Fire TV apps for finding award-winning movies, artsy documentaries, and critically-acclaimed TV shows.
While you will have to watch ads with this free streaming service, IMDb claims that it only has about half the ads of network TV. You also have the option to create a free account and link it to your regular IMDb account. This way, you can quickly add movies to your watchlist when you find them on the IMDb website or in the app.
Plex: Best Fire Stick App for Streaming Your Own Content
If you already have a personal collection of movies, TV shows, and music on your computer, you can easily watch them on your TV with the Plex app. This free app also organizes your videos and adds a poster image, cast lists, and other details, so you can easily find any of your content.
Plex also comes with a library of on-demand videos and live TV shows you can stream. The app even analyzes the videos in your collection and recommends free videos that you might like. If you want to pay a little extra, you can get a Plex Pass to watch your videos on any device, even when you’re away from home.
Peacock TV: Best Free Streaming Service for Fire TV
Amazon recently announced that Peacock TV is now available on all Fire TV devices. Peacock TV is one of the only streaming services that lets you watch thousands of hours of movies, TV shows, news, and live events for free, without even entering your credit card information.
Since Peacock is NBC’s streaming service, this is one of the best apps you can get to watch shows like The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and more. Plus, you will also be able to watch “most” of the Tokyo Olympic programming with this free app on your Fire TV Stick. However, the free tier is ad-supported, and you might be blocked from watching certain movies or TV episodes unless you upgrade to a paid plan.
If you are willing to pay a monthly subscription fee, check out our list of the best streaming services to find out which paid app is best for you.
YouTube: Best Fire TV App for Everything Else
When you don’t know what to watch, there’s always YouTube. Google claims that over 500 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute, so there’s always something to watch. Plus, the app has tons of free movies that you can stream, as long as you’re willing to sit through a few ads.
Once you sign in to your YouTube account, all your liked videos and saved playlists will instantly appear on the Fire TV app. You can even link your smartphone app to your Fire TV device and control playback from your device.
Your Fire TV Stick comes with the Amazon Music app built-in, but if you don’t have an Amazon Music subscription, you can play music on your TV for free with Spotify. While a free Spotify account lets you stream over 70 million songs, you will have to listen to ads, and you can only skip six songs every hour.
The Spotify app gives you all the same functionality as the mobile app, and it displays cool cover art and band photos for each new track. You can use your Fire TV remote to play, pause, and skip songs, or you can sync it with your mobile app, so you can seamlessly switch between streaming on your phone and streaming on your TV.
The Silk browser is one of the best Fire TV apps because it allows you to browse the web on your TV. Since the app was designed by Amazon, you can easily use your Fire TV remote like a mouse to move your cursor around. Then you can use the voice control button on your remote, so you don’t have to type a URL out letter-by-letter.
While it might seem a little weird to browse the internet on your TV, there are lots of reasons you might want to download a web browser on your Fire Stick. This app allows you to watch your Facebook videos on a big screen. Plus, you can use Silk to do a speed test on your Fire TV device to see if your WiFi signal is strong enough to stream in 4K.