How to Install BBC iPlayer on Firestick / Android

Amazon Fire Stick fairly supports a large number of streaming services. Of all, BBC iPlayer has been one of the top choices among entertainment fans as it is the one-stop destination to stream anything. For all these and more of its features, one must download it. If you want to know more details about BBC iPlayer on Firestick, Android Box, Android TVs, smartphones, and tablets, then get into the section below.

What is BBC iPlayer?

BBC iPlayer is an internet streaming service to watch live TV as well as on-demand content from BBC. You will also find news, sports, music, documentaries, dramas, etc. It adds the latest TV series and shows to a wide selection of channels and categories. Besides streaming, users of BBC iPlayer can even download content to watch it without the internet. The most unique option available on BBC iPlayer is it supports pause and rewind live channels. You can even create playlists to add contents that can’t be watched.

How to Install BBC iPlayer on Firestick

Those residing on UK will get access to BBC iPlayer from Amazon App Store.

1. On the Firestick home screen, select the Search icon that resembles the magnifier using the left navigation key.

2. Use the on-screen keyboard to start entering the app name as BBC iPlayer. When suggestions appear, select the same.

3. Highlight the BBC iPlayer tile under Apps & Games section on the search window.

4. When directed to the app information screen, select Get or Download and press the Select button on the Fire TV remote.

5. You shall need to wait for the downloading progress of the BBC iPlayer app to complete.

6. If your see Open button in place of Get, then select it to launch it.

Alternative Way – Install BBC iPlayer using Downloader

BBC iPlayer is geo-restricted and can be accessed only from the UK. However, the sideloading process will let you install it from anywhere on Firestick.

Configure Firestick

The following steps should be carried out to sideload third-party apps on Firestick.

1. From the Fire TV home screen, select Settings.

2. Choose My Fire TV (System or Device) option.

3. Select Developer Options.

Choose Developer Options

4. Select Apps from Unknown Sources and Turn it On.

Apps from Unknown Sources

5. When prompt appears, choose Turn On button.

Install BBC iPlayer using Downloader

After making the above changes on the Firestick Settings, you shall need to follow the steps given below to install BBC iPlayer.

1. Select Applicatios available on the menu bar of Firestick home screen.

Select Applications

2. Highlight the Manage Installed Applications option and check for Downloader. See how to install Downloader for firestick.

Manage Installed Applications

3. To open it and download the BBC iPlayer apk, choose the Launch application option.

4. On Downloader home screen, navigate to select the http:// field.

5. Provide the path as Then press GO button.

Enter BBC iPlayer URL on Downloader

6. The downloading process will begin and it might take some time based on the internet connectivity speed.

7. After the download, choose the Install option on the prompt that Firestick shows you.

Install BBC iPlayer

8. Select Done or Open on the pop-up showing App installed message.

Launch BBC iPlayer on Firestick

9. To delete the BBC iPlayer apk, click on Delete and confirm it again by selecting Delete again.

Why Use VPN with BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is a region-specific app available for UK users only. This means you cannot access it in all parts of the world. Here comes the role of VPN and with which you shall connect to the UK server to start streaming its contents. Since VPN will keep your connection private and anonymous, your real IP address cannot be traced. It includes government, ISP, trackers, etc.

Guidelines to Use BBC iPlayer on Firestick

After the installation, you shall access BBC iPlayer on Fire TV with ease. Here is the step-by-step tutorial.

Important! It is assumed that you have an account with BBC iPlayer and connected to UK server on a VPN (if in case of using it from anywhere outside UK)

1. Long press the Home button on Fire TV remote to select Apps option.

2. Select BBC iPlayer to launch it on your device.

3. Highlight Sign In button to provide your username and password of the BBC iPlayer account.

Sign In to BBC iPlayer

4. On the following screen, you will see the activation code. Make a note of it.

Activation Code

5. Open a browser on your PC or phone and visit

6. Provide your sign in credentials to log into BBC iPlayer account.

7. Enter the code that you have noted down on TV to activate it on the Firestick.

8. On your Fire TV, click on the Continue button to start using BBC iPlayer.

9. Select OK on the Privacy notice from BBC iPlayer.

10. When landed on the home screen, you can access different genres to stream contents.

  • Home
  • Channels
  • Categories
  • Search
  • Settings

Frequently Asked Questions

Does BBC iPlayer has parental controls?

Yes. BBC iPlayer is a kids-friendly app and supports parental control. Thus the parents can restrict kids from accessing certain contents.

Can I change the location on BBC iPlayer?

Yes. BBC iPlayer lets you change the location from PC, phone or tablet. Click on the Change Location option either from the bottom left or go to Settings to choose between available location and stream those contents.

How to resolve playback or buffering issue with BBC iPlayer?

Make sure you have an active internet connection. If the problem persists, you need to disconnect other devices.

How long the programs available on BBC iPlayer?

Most often the programs will be available for a longer time for about 365 days or more. You can check for the program availability just below the description of the playback screen.

Does BBC iPlayer supports more than one user signed in on Fire TV?

Yes. BBC iPlayer users can switch between multiple accounts just by clicking on the Switch User icon when signed in.

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