How to Download and Install VLC Player on Firestick

It is mandatory to use the best media players for uninterrupted streaming. Most streaming services come with a built-in media player. If you experience buffering issues or video loading, then it’s time to choose an external player. Undoubtedly, VLC Player is an excellent media player that can be accessed as an external player on compatible streaming apps. While it is available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu, this section guides you on VLC Player for Firestick.

What is VLC Player?

VLC is a free and open-source media player that supports most file formats. It includes MP4, MKV, MOV, AAC, FLAC, AVI, M2TS, and more. With VLC, you can access both multi-track audio as well as the subtitles. Besides video, it works as a full audio player with equalizer and filters, complete database, etc. It has customizable skins and extension support. VLC is an all-in-all multimedia player that plays everything from files, discs, devices, and streaming protocols. With the Real Debrid integration on VLC, you can stream videos without buffering issues.

Guidelines to Install VLC Player on Firestick

Amazon App Store features VLC media player app. So, installing it on Fire TV is all the way simple and easy. Just follow the steps as given below.

1. Navigate on the menu bar of Firestick to select the Search or Magnifier icon.

Select Search - VLC Player Firestick

2. Using the on-screen keyboard, input as VLC. Make sure to select it when you get a suggestions below.

Search for VLC

3. On the search result screen appears, highlight the VLC tile under the Apps & Games section.

Select VLC Tile - VLC Player Firestick

4. Select the Download or Get button to begin its download process on the Fire TV.

Click Get - VLC Player Firestick

5. Wait for the Firestick to complete the installation of the VLC app.

VLC Player - Downloading

6. Click on the Open button to launch VLC media player on Fire TV.

Open VLC Player on Firestick

Guidelines to Sideload VLC Player on Firestick

If you can’t install VLC Player using the above method, you shall sideload it on Fire TV. The below-given steps need to be carried out.

Configure Firestick

To install the VLC media player as a third-party app, you need to make changes to device settings. Here is all you need to do.

1. With a hands-on Firestick home screen, select the Settings option from the menu bar.

2. Choose the Fire TV option. If you don’t find it, then look for Device or System to highlight it respectively.

Select My Fire TV

3. Navigate to choose the Developer options on the following window.

Click Developer Options

4. Then, highlight the option called Apps from Unknown Sources and turn it On.

Apps from Unknown Sources

5. On the warning prompt, click the Turn On button.

Select Turn On

Steps to Sideload VLC Player on Firestick

With the above changes, you should follow the steps as given below in the same order to get VLC Player on Fire TV using Downloader.

Note: If you don’t own Downloader on Fire TV, get it from Amazon App Store. The section will install Aptoide TV at first and then helps you with the VLC installation.

1. On the Firestick remote, press the Home key. Select Downloader from the list of installed apps.

2. Downloader will open up with the Home tab selected. Navigate to click on the URL field.

Downloader Home Screen

3. On the search field, type in the URL of Aptoide TV without any error. Press GO.

4. Wait for the Downloader app to complete the Aptoide TV download process.

5. If you are asked to install the app, click Install to proceed further.

6. With this, the installation process will begin and it will take some time.

7. If screen shows App installed notification, click Done to proceed.

  • Selecting the Open button is recommended if you don’t want to free up some space on FireTV.

8. You will be redirected to the Downloader home screen and click Delete on the pop-up.

9. When asked to confirm, select the Delete button once again to remove the apk file of YesPlayer.

10. Use the search bar of Aptoide TV to find VLC and click Install to download it.

11. After the installation, it will open up automatically, and you can thereby access it on Firestick.

Why Use VPN on Firestick

Firestick users are recommended to get a trustworthy VPN for privacy and security reasons. It hides your online activity with a virtual IP address. This way, it restricts others from tracking your activity while online. The key advantage of VPN is it prohibits surveillance by the government and ISP. It also encrypts ISP throttling issues and ensures you get a buffer-free streaming experience. With VPN, you can stream any content without any legal issues.

Guidelines to Use VLC Player on Firestick

With the download and installation of VLC on FireTV, you shall learn to use it and its features.

1. Go to Your Apps & Channels section of the Firestick to select See All.

See All

2. Scroll down and select the VLC Player tile. Press the Menu key on the Fire remote to choose Options.

Select Options

3. Choose the Move or Move to front option to access VLC from the Fire TV home screen.

Move to Front -  VLC Player Firestick

4. Highlight the VLC app tile to launch it on your Firestick.

5. When it loads up, the main screen will display the locally stored videos and audio, if any.

VLC Player Firestick - Home Screen

6. Select any media, and VLC will start playing it instantly on your Fire TV.

And that’s all about the VLC Fire TV version. Let us know in the comments if this guide has helped you install and use it with ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make VLC default player on Firestick apps?

To integrate VLC to any streaming service, click on Menu to select Settings and click on the Choose default player option. Finally, click on VLC Player to stream content.

Is VLC media player safe?

Yes. As far as the VLC is considered, it is completely safe to install and use on any device.

Are there any hidden charges associated with VLC?

No. VLC is completely free, and users need not pay anything to stream content over it.

What are the advanced controls available on VLC?

VLC users can access advanced features includes subtitle subscription, video and audio filters, and more.

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