How to Install Stremio on Firestick and Android TV in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 4 Jan 2022

Introduction:

Cord-cutters are on the rise. Forbes estimates that the number of people who have cut the cord on their satellite or cable connection has tripled over the last 7 years, with over 50 million US citizens growing disillusioned with the rising costs of cable and satellite TV. 

One cannot blame these people when they are turning to alternatives like Stremio. It’s a streaming app that lets users stream TV shows, drama series, and movies for free. Stremio sets itself apart from its competitors by not hosting any content. Instead, it just directs you to other streaming providers.

In this guide, we’re going to give you a comprehensive tutorial on how to install Stremio on your Firestick, Firestick 4K, Firestick Lite, Fire TV Cube, and Android TV. That’s not all. We’ll also tell you how you can download Stremio addons and take your streaming experience to the next level. Read on to know more.

How to Set up Your Firestick for Stremio Installation?

Before you can install the Stremio app on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, you need to make a few tweaks to your device’s settings. These tweaks are necessary because Stremio isn’t available on the Amazon App store. You’ve to download it from a third-party source. 

Follow these steps to prepare your Firestick for Stremio installation: 

  • Click on the Search option on your Firestick homepage.Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  • Search for the app by writing ‘Downloader’ in the search bar Amazon Firestick Search menu with Download. Search for Downloader
  • Follow the instructions to download the Downloader app.Clickable option to install Downloader on Firestick

The next thing you need to take care of is to tweak your Firestick’s settings to allow the installation of third-party apps. 

  • Select the Settings option from the home screen or long-press the apps button on the remote control to directly open Settings. Next, select My Fire TV from the list of menus and options. Amazon Firestick Settings menu with My Fire TV highlighted 
  • Select Developer options and click on install unknown apps.Developer options highlighted in the My Fire TV menu, find Developer options.
  • Select the Downloader app you just installed and turn it ‘ON,’ or turn the ‘Apps from Unknown Sources‘ option ON. Apps from Unknown Sources categorized under Developer Options in My Fire TV settings

Now your Firestick can download apps from third-party sources.

How to Get Stremio on Firestick?

Follow these steps to install/sideload Stremio on Firestick:

  1. Open the Downloader app you just installed from the Amazon store. For that, go to your apps and games. Click on the Downloader app and give it all the permissions it asks for (provided it asks for any).  
  2. Click on the URL bar and write https://strem.io or ‘strem.io‘. Click ‘Go‘ or press enter. Downloader app screen, adding strem.io URL
  3. When the home screen of the Stremio website loads, a pop-up will appear to remind you that the website uses cookies. Select Got it!’ (Ignore this step if nothing of such sort appears on your screen).Stremio website on Downloader app, a cookies prompt pop-up. Select Got it
  4. After a few seconds, you will be on the main Stremio app page. 
  5. Click on the three small parallel lines icon on the top left of the website. It is the main menu.Stremio website on Downloader app, Menu button highlighted
  6. Click on the Downloads option.Stremio website on Downloader app, Downloads button highlighted
  7. It will take you to the main downloads page that will have multiple APKs available for download. All the APKs are compatible with different devices. Stremio app, the main downloads page with multiple APKs
  8. Scroll down to the Android section and find the APK link that shows ARM ARK. Stremio app download page, the Android section that shows ARM ARK

Click on it as it is the appropriate version for your Firestick. 

  1. Your APK will start downloading right after you click it.IPTV Smarters downloading status on Firestick
  2. Once the download is complete, click on install. The APK’s installation will begin. Install Stremio prompt on Firestick
  3. Once the installation is complete, click on Done. App Install Stremio prompt on Firestick
  4. Once the installation is over, delete the APK. It has already served its purpose and is only consuming space now. Stremio App installing status prompt
  5. While you’d be trying to delete the APK file, a pop-up might appear asking you whether you’re sure you want to delete it. Select ‘Delete’Stremio App confirmation status prompt
  6. If you don’t want to delete anything, click on Open. Doing this will launch the app.Stremio App installed Open prompt

How To Install Stremio on Your Android TV?

You can install Stremio directly on your Android TV – there’s no reason for you to tweak your Android TV’s settings as you did with your Firestick. Want to know why? Stremio is available on the Google Play Store. You can thus directly download and install it on your Android TV. 

However, if you can’t find the Stremio app on the Google Play Store, follow these instructions to side-download and install Stremio: 

  1. Open Google Play Store on your Android TV. 
  2. Download the AFTVnews app. It’s basically the Downloader app but is available in a different name on the Google Play Store. You can recognize the app with its orange background.   
  3. Open the AFTVnews app.  Give it all the permissions it asks for (provided it asks for any).  
  4. Once you’ve opened the Downloader app, you will see a bar where you are supposed to write a URL of the app you want to install. Type the URL: https://strem.io. The Stremio app will start downloading automatically. Wait for the download to finish. 
  5. You might get a prompt asking you whether you trust the website for downloading apps. Click Yes or Go.  Otherwise, go to your Android TV’s settings, find the AFTVnews app and give it the required permission. 
  6. Once the download is complete, follow the instructions to download the Stremio app.
  7. Upon the completion of the installation, you can open the app directly. Alternatively, click on Done and delete the APK of the recently installed app (to free up space on your Android TV) before launching the app. 
  8. Since you have side-loaded the Stremio app, it may happen that the app won’t show up in your Android TV’s app drawer. To find the app, you’d need to go to your TV’s Settings
  9. Go to apps and then find the Stremio app in there. 
  10. Sign-up for the app. Or, if you’re already a Stremio user, enter your login credentials (email and password) and sign in.

Getting a VPN for Stremio

Before you install Stremio on your Android TV or Firestick, you might want to consider getting a VPN subscription.

Most people use VPNs to hide the streaming of copyrighted content. However, Virtual Private Networks are for various types of users. VPNs can encrypt your traffic to ensure that your internet service provider and the government can’t see what you’re browsing on the internet. 

This will make sure that even if you’re streaming content that is banned or copyrighted in your country, you don’t end up attracting the attention of your ISP or the government. Our recommendation for a good Firestick VPN is ExpressVPN. 

Here’s how you can download and install ExpressVPN on your Firestick

  • Open your Firestick’s search bar. 
  • Type ‘ExpressVPN’ and press enter. 
  • Select the ExpressVPN icon from the search results.Amazon Firestick Express VPN highlighted on home screen
  • Start the download and wait until it’s complete. ExpressVPN installation option on Firestick
  • Once the download is complete, sign in to ExpressVPN by entering your login details (email and password) Sign In option on ExpressVPN
  • The only thing left to do now is connecting to a server location. You will see the connecting symbol on the screen. Click on it and let the VPN automatically connect you to a reliable server location.

Logging into Stremio

Unless you’ve been using Stremio in the past (in which case you can skip this section), you’d need to sign up for the app. Here’s how you can do it. 

Stremio gives you two options to sign in. You can either sign in with Facebook (Stremio states that it won’t post anything on your wall if you choose this option). Or you can log in as a guest by selecting Log in, then Guest Login. Keep in mind that if you sign in as a guest, your settings will be erased once you log out.

Using Stremio App for the First Time

Using an application for the first time can be confusing. Which is why we’re going to provide you with a step-by-step guide to use the Stremio app for the first time.  

  • Go to your Firestick’s main menu or apps, and open your app library. You can also long-press the home button on the remote control to open the shortcuts menu. Click on Apps. Select Apps
  • Find and click on the Stremio app. Make sure you remember how the Stremio app’s icon looks because its icon isn’t supplemented with any name.Stremio app icon in your device's app library
  • After clicking on the Stremio icon, give the app a few seconds to open. Stremio app opening screen
  • Accept the app’s privacy policy by clicking on Allow. Stremio app Allow permission to send error reports to their development team
  • Stremio will give you different options to sign in (or sign up). One way is to scan a QR code from your mobile app. Scanning the QR code will help you sign into the app immediately. Alternatively, you’d have to create an account. Stremio option to scan the QR code to sign into the app
  • If you are yet to sign up for the app, enter the requested information and accept Stremio’s T&Cs to continue.Stremio option to sign into the app using email id and password
  • After entering your login credentials, click on Sign upStremio sign up page using email id and password

Here’s how Stremio’s homepage will look like. 

  • Stremio account HomepageStart your Stremio journey by discovering its features from the top-right menu. You can start by browsing through multiple categories of content Stremio has to offer, including movies, series, channels, etc.Stremio app Dashboard
  • You will also see a My Libraries option where you can keep all your favorites. The movies or shows that you stream and leave midway will show up on the main page. This will enable you to complete them at your own pace. Stremio app Dashboard, My Library highlighted

Remember that you will have to install addons for streaming your favorite pieces of content on Stremio. Installing Stremio addons is a super easy process (much easier than that of Kodi). Here’s why we’re so sure.

Using Stremio on Your TV

Whether you have installed it on your Firestick or Android TV, using Stremio is going to be a piece of cake after you’ve signed into the app. The app’s homepage will show you all the recently released movies and TV serials. Once you’ve watched a few pieces of content, Stremio will customize its homepage based on your browsing history and likes and dislikes.

If you want to explore the app, click on different options from the menu. Under the Discover category, you can choose the type and category of movies you prefer streaming. Similar is the case with the Genre category. 

Any movie you select can be accessed in the My Library option. Stremio also lets you integrate it with Trakt. And the best thing about Stremio is that it enables you to download addons to find quality streaming links using the app.

How to Install addons on Your Stremio App?

One of the best things about Stremio’s addons is that they won’t take up any space on your device, even if you’ve installed the addons. That’s because the addons stay online. This means you can install as many addons as you like without worrying about storage space.

Types of Stremio addons

You will find two main types of addons on Stremio:

  • Official addons. They can be installed with a single click.
  1. Community addons. These addons have a relatively lengthy installation process. However, community addons are more useful than their official counterparts. 

Follow these steps to download addons on your Stremio app:

  • Select the addons option from the left drop-down menu on the app. Stremio app dashboard, Addons highlighted
  • Choose the category Community’ to see the relevant ones. Stremio Community add-ons
  • Install any addon of your choice. Stremio lets you download and install multiple addons simultaneously. Stremio Community add-ons, download and install multiple addons simultaneously
  • You’ll be notified of the completion of an addon’s installation. 

Go to the community category to see all the addons you’ve installed.

Streaming Through Stremio App

Streaming your favorite pieces of content through the Stremio app is pretty straightforward. All you have to do to stream a movie or drama serial is to search for its name using the search bar on the app’s homepage.  

Once you click on the film’s name, you’ll be given a list of streaming links. All of the links will be of the addons that you installed. You can choose the one that you find the fittest, having the best quality.Stremio app dashboard, search button

Choose A Quality addon

Whenever you choose a movie to stream, you will see many links to stream the film from. These links will be from the addons that you installed before. So, choose the one with the highest quality, and enjoy your streaming. 

Enabling the Subtitles

To enable subtitles, click on the subtitle icon after clicking on your movie. The icon will most likely be present in the corner of your video while it’s playing. After that, enable the toggle on the top right and choose your desired subtitle language.

Conclusion

Stremio is one of the best streaming apps out there. Apart from letting you watch your favorite content, it also suggests content you might be interested in. Stremio even notifies you of the platforms your favorite content is available on (and whether you can watch it for free or not).

On top of that, none of this app’s addons will be installed on your device. This means there’s zero opportunity for any malicious developer to inject malware into your system. It also means that you can download as many addons as you want, without worrying about storage space.

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