How to Install VLC Player on Amazon Firestick in 2024

Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 13 Mar 2022

Foreword: VLC Player

Not sure how to set up VLC player on your Firestick? While it’s generally available on the official Amazon Appstore, there have been instances where Firestick users were unable to download the official VLC for Fire app. Fortunately, if you know how to sideload Firestick apps, the workaround is also very easy.

This article is your complete guide to installing and using VLC on all Firestick devices, including Fire TV Stick Lite, Firestick 4K, and Fire TV Cube. Keep on reading to get the ultimate streaming experience on your Firestick!

How to Install VLC Media Player via Amazon App Store

  1. Goto Find from the home screen and then click on Search.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  2. Type Vlc Player on the search bar
    Type Vlc Player
  3. Select Vlc for Fire. It will appear under APPS & GAMES head.
    Click Vlc for Fire
  4. Hit on the Download icon to begin the installation process of VLC on Firestick
    Click on Get to donwload VLC

How to Install VLC Media Player on Firestick via Downloader

Above, you saw the method of downloading the VLC media player through the Amazon App store, but there is also another method that you can use to install VLC player on your Firestick. This method applies to sideload the app via the Downloader application.

Downloader is a completely free application that you can use to download pretty much everything from the internet. The best part about this application is that it doesn’t bug you with advertisements.

This app has pretty much become essential for those who own a Firestick, as its built-in browser lets you download all those applications that are not available on the Amazon Appstore.

In order to go forward with this installation process, you have to download the Downloader application first and then make some changes in the existing settings of your Firestick.

Part 1: How to Install the Downloader Application

  1. Click Find >> Search from your Firestick home screen.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  2. Browse for Downloader.
    Amazon Firestick search function with Downloader highlighted
  3. Choose Download to start the installation process.
    Clickable option to install Downloader on Firestick
    While this application is downloading, go on and make some changes to your Firestick settings.
  4. Head back to your home screen and select Settings present in the right corner.
    Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted
  5. Tap on My Fire TV.
    Select My Fire TV
  6. Pick Developer options from the list.
    Developer options highlighted in the My Fire TV menu, find Developer options.
  7. Turn on the Adb debugging option to enable Adb connections over the network
    ADB debugging option highlighted
  8. Choose Install unknown apps.
    Install unknown apps highlighted > Select Install unknown apps
  9. Enable Downloader that will allow it to install applications that are not in the app store.
    Downloader shown as turned on and highlighted among the Install Unknown Apps options in My Fire TV settings menu


Part 2. How to Sideload VLC Media Player on Firestick

  1. After launching the downloader application, select the URL box.
    Downloader Home menu
  2.  Enter the link and Hit Go.
    Type VLC Url
  3. The downloading process will then begin. Once the download is complete, a window will appear. Pick the INSTALL option.
    Installing Vlc
  4. Wait for the installation process to complete. The time will be dependent on your internet connection.
    Install Highlighted VLC
  5. A window will then appear in front of you asking you to Delete the Vlc player apk from local storage. Choose the Delete option to free up some space on your Firestick.
    Delete Vlc apk
  6. Select Delete again
    Selecte Delete Option Vlc

After this, VLC media player has been successfully downloaded on your Firestick. If you are going to use this app often, then add it to your home screen, which will make it easy for you to access the application whenever you want.

How to Add VLC Player to Firestick Home Screen

  1. Select the See All option from your home screen present right beside the Settings icon.
    Firestick select the + icon just before Settings
  2. You will see the Apps and Games window on your screen. From here, tap on the VLC player and press the menu button on your remote.
    Select VLC App
  3. Click Move.
    Move Vlc App
  4. You can now place the application wherever you want by clicking the select button on your Firestick remote.
    Vlc App Highlighted
  5. VLC player will now be accessible from your Firestick home screen.
    Vlc App on Firestick Homescreen

How to Use VLC Media Player

  1. Open the application once it is successfully installed. As soon as you open it, a window will appear asking you to Allow VLC to access your media, files, and photos. Select Allow.
    Allow File Access VLC
  2. After that, the home screen of the VLC media player will appear. It will show four options: Video, Audio, Browsing, and Other.Select the Browsing option if you wish to play media from your Firestick’s storage. However, if you already have audio and video content. Then, you can play that by choosing their relevant fields. You can also easily add new servers here too by using FTP or SFTP details.
    Vlc Video Page
  1. To make some changes in the settings, choose Other and then Settings. Here you will see numerous options that you can use to make changes in audio, video, subtitles, interface, and much more.
    VLC Settings Highlighted

The settings tab also has an Advanced menu home screen that can assist you in clearing database cache, which comes in handy when applications start getting slow and show glitches.

Vlc Setting page Advance section
Vlc Setting page

VLC Player And Other Streaming Services

The best part about the VLC player is that it can be combined with almost any other streaming service out there.

Strix is an essential application for all movie and TV shows enthusiasts. It is an android application that offers a huge variety of movies and Tv shows to its viewers. It also has adult content, but do not worry, as the application has a built-in parental lock that will keep your kids away from such content.

Strix is completely free to use and is compatible with android, windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and many other platforms. It also offers its viewers videos in varying qualities like 1080p, 360p, and 720p.

Keep reading! We will take you through the steps of downloading and integrating Strix with VLC.


How to Install Strix via Amazon Firestick

  1. Select Find and then Search from the Firestick home screen.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  2. Look up Strix on the search bar. From the suggestions that come up, look for Strix App.
    Type Strix app
  3. Choose Strix from under Apps and Games
    Select Strix App
  4. Tap the Download button to set up the application
    Strix Installing
  5. Once the download is complete, launch the application.
    Launch Strix App

How to Integrate STRIX With VLC Player

  1. Open Strix.
    Strix Home Screen
  2. Select Settings present at the top left corner of the page.
    Setting Highlighted Strix
  3. Tap on Choose Preferred Player.
    Choose Preferred Player Strix
  4. Click on VLC.
    Choose VLC Player
  5. A message will appear at the bottom of your screen saying Player Set To: org.videolan.vlc. VLC player is now successfully set up as your media player for Strix
    Player Set To org.videolan.vlc Message

Guide to Navigate VLC PLAYER on STRIX

After you decide on a movie or show on Strix through VLC player, your screen will have a number of options that can enhance your streaming experience.

  1. On the bottom left corner of your screen, you have the Subtitles and Audio option
  2. Then alongside the Pause and Fullscreen buttons, you have the Settings option from where you can tweak everything according to your demands
  3. Under Settings, you have a list of multiple other options like Repeat mode and Playback speed that you can utilize to get the most comfortable and easy streaming experience.

What Is VLC and Why Do I Need It?

VLC Media player is one of the best Firestick apps available. It is a completely free streaming service that can integrate audio and videos from other streaming services and IPTV providers. It can also play videos from Firestick’s internal storage.

It is compatible with all platforms like Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux and supports many file formats like MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MKV, H.264, WMV, and MP3. The best part about this application is that you can stream your content without pop-up ads!

It has a quick and simple installation process. You can easily download VLC by sideloading it from the Downloader application.

Keep Yourself Safe!

Tada! Your Firestick is now ready to stream your favorite movies and TV shows. However, we do want to offer you a word of advice. Everything that you stream online is visible to the government and the Internet service provider (ISP).

Thus, to save yourself from any legal trouble and privacy breaches, we recommend you download a good Virtual Private Network (VPN). However, we do understand that the Internet can be really confusing in deciding which VPN is the best.

We recommend using ExpressVPN. It is user-friendly, economical, and compatible with most platforms and devices – such as Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, Smart TVs, and routers.

It also has over 160 server locations from 94 countries, which makes your IP address almost impossible to track. Therefore, make use of ExpressVPN to have a safe and comfortable streaming experience.


Overall, VLC media player is a must-have application if you own a Firestick. As compared to expensive streaming apps, the VLC player app is completely free, really easy to install, and compatible with most devices. So, happy streaming!