For viewing programs on Television, we either use the services of a cable TV operator or install a dish and watch TV directly using the Dish. In either case, we have to integrate the input signal with the TV through a set-top box or a plug-in box. With technological advancement, the plug-inbox was replaced by a plug-in stick called Firestick.
The firestick had functions similar to the Plug-in box. It merely had to be plugged into the TVs HDMI port for streaming shows, photos, games, music, channels, and Apps on TV. The most significant advantage of a Firestick is that you can watch your favorite programs even when on the move. There are a lot of features like the in-built support for Android apps, 4K streaming, and Alexa support which can be packed into the Firestick.
The Appstore on Firestick is, however not very conducive to the addition of new apps, but that does not in any way hinder us from getting nice and astonishing apps on our own. Some of the apps are available on Amazon Appstore, and for more; we would have to sideload apps from any other third-party Appstore.
To sideload third-party apps on the firestick we have to change the following setting as indicated below:
a) Enable ADB Debugging: The acronym ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, which is a command-line tool that helps communicate with the Firestick. To enable ADB Debugging, we have to open settings and select My Firestick’’. After selecting ‘My Firestick’ go back and select ‘Developer options’ and check ‘Android debugging’ or ‘USB debugging’ under ‘Debugging and select ‘On’.
b) Unknown Source: To install apps from unknown sources on the firestick we have to go to the setting option and select ‘Menu’ at the upper-right corner & then choose ‘Special access’. After having done this, pick ‘Install unknown apps’ and choose the application you are installing the APK file from, and finally toggle the ‘Allow from this source’ option to ‘On’.
19 Best Apps for Firestick in 2020
Having undertaken the above steps, you are ready to install apps both from Amazon Appstore and an unknown source. The Best Apps for Firestick in 2020 available for downloading are list below:
a) Firestick Apps for security:
1. Express VPN
The Internet has become almost analogous to the air we breathe, as it has become next to impossible to think of a world without it. With so many people on the internet, there is always a lurking fear of someone spying on us.
Express VPN app guarantees online privacy and protection of your identity. It conceals your connection and makes it unnoticeable or invisible to the hackers, the internet service providers, the government, or other encroachers on the net.
Many internet service providers, to regulate the net traffic movement and reduce bandwidth congestion cut down the speed of the internet. Express VPN app helps bypass this issue to save from buffer-free experience to the online streamers.
Express VPN also helps to connect to any server anywhere in the world by-passing all geo-restrictions and giving access to any content on the net.
b) Firestick apps for Movies and TV Shows:
Movies and TV shows are watched by millions of people and form a big chunk of internet users. Firestick can help with the best apps for this purpose, as indicated below:
This app is not available on Amazon Appstore, so it has to be sideloaded on the firestick. It is free to download and install. It installs easily on the Amazon Firestick and is a very safe and secure app. This app helps to watch online free films, Live TV Shows of your choice. You can watch many more programs using Kodi if you jailbreak, implying removal of software restrictions imposed by Apple, which is similar to rooting on an android device.
You will need to jailbreak or root your Firestick before you install it to have access to Kodi add-ons and Kodi builds, which could provide an unlimited pool of contents on the web. Using the All-in-one add-ons, you can find the free film and TV shows, local and national news, sports, music, children’s contents, religious topics, etc. etc.
3. Cinema APK
This is another streaming app of Firestick which became extremely popular after terrarium TV got discontinued. Using this app, you can watch hundreds of movies and TV shows for hours on end, and still, you will never get bored with the variety of content available.
With an active team of developers backing this app, new content is immediately added as soon as it is available. Any shortcomings or bugs are immediately fixed, making it a simple and highly functional app. You will immediately connect with this app as it is very user friendly even if you are new to streaming. It is one of the best apps because of its high compatibility with your firestick remote and the TV screen.
4. Bee TV
This app has become highly popular in the list of Firestick apps despite it being relatively new. The Bee TV app software works very smoothly and is exceedingly fast, without impairing the performance of the firestick. A huge list of movies and TV shows to choose from enhances its popularity further. Despite being new, it is at par if not above in popularity and functionality with popular apps like Cinema APK, etc.
5. Cyberflix TV
After Terrarium TV shutdown this is another app that gained in popularity believed to be a copy or clone of that app both in terms of form and function. With excellent optics and an extraordinary collection of movies and TV shows, it provides an overall excellent watching and entertaining experience.
Using web scraping tools, it provides links for the videos of your choice. From the list of links provided, you can view the video you want to watch. On Cyberflix you can also fast stream from Real Debrid or Trakt TV account enhancing its entertainment index.
6. CatMouse APK
This is another app believed to be a clone, but an improvised clone of the Terrarium app with tons of movies and TV shows you would like to watch, on its list. The best part is this app sans ads, which is a very nice feature, as ads in between a movie or a TV show are very annoying, act as a disturbance and kill the interest making it boring.
An interesting feature of this app is if you want to watch any show or movie is, it asks whether to play or download with sub-titles or copy stream links.
Another feature boasts of is that you can set the CatMouse homepage to open any page of your choice. You can click to select your favorites and can automatically have your most preferred category opened. You can fast stream the account on the CatMouse APK app also.
After taking over the Cinema HD app and removing the ads and refurbishing the app with more improvements, the developers launched it re-naming the app as UnlockMy TV app. The user interface feature of the Cinema HD app was kept as it is in this new launch.
Having made provision for subtitles while watching movies and TV shows, has helped maintain interest while seeing a movie even in a noisy environment. It also helped by without having to pause your viewing, in case you want to put your small baby to sleep.
MediaBox app with a huge database of movies and TV shows is one of the most popular apps in the list of Firestick apps. Being an aggregator app without any contents of its own it keeps on regularly updating its contents with new videos. With a good streaming quality, it streams the latest movies and the most recently aired shows. It ensures quick and effortless playback of its scrapers.
The best feature of this app is that unlike other apps that lookup for links on the web and provide multiple streams for the requested video, this app has a straightforward interface offering one-touch/one-click play. TVZion immediately begins to play as soon as you select the Movie or TV show you want to watch.
10. Tea TV
With the discontinuation of the Terrarium app lot, many good apps came up, Tea TV is also one of them. It had started to show its presence during terrarium apps existence, but after its closure, it surfaced as an excellent app.
It is rated amongst the best firestick app with a good user interface which allows quick switch over from movies to TV shows and vice-versa. Furthermore, the firestick remote operates efficiently, smoothly, and without any hassles due to its high compatibility with the app.
The scraper quality of the app pulls from a variety of different sources and lines up a number of streams, allowing you multiple choices at a click.
11. Typhoon TV app
Needless to say, this app also owes its existence to the closure of the terrarium app. This said, it in no way reduces the importance of this app. It is one of the best apps, for on-demand viewing of any movies or TV shows. It boasts of an inventory from the oldest of the old movies and TV shows to the most prominent ones as on date.
As compared to it being lightweight, with not too heavy software it has a lot of features and works without any issues on Firestick or any other device.
c) Firestick apps for Live TV programs
12. Live NetTV
This app as per its name, can help stream live TV programs using satellite TV through the internet. It gets rid of any cord or cable connection. You can directly stream from the net. If you watch live TV on Firestick, there is no better app than this for you. This app gives you the flexibility of hundreds of channels across the globe whether, in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Asia, or any part of the world, you name it.
You can also have the viewership of a lot of HD channels across the world. The only issue observed is in case of a problem in the server of any transmitting station. In that case, no app will be able to stream that channel until the server problem is not resolved.
With multiple tabs and a user-friendly interface, you can view any channel of your choice like sports, TV shows, movies, news, entertainment channels, and any you can probably think of. It is a single click app, and you can view immediately any channel of your choice just by clicking on it.
13. Mobdro App
Mobdro is another app to reckon with if you want to stream a TV program live using your firestick. Want to watch cable TV channels over the internet this app is the right choice. It can be installed within no time with minimal use of your storage space.
A very smooth app with a user-friendly interface quickly locates the channel of your choice for immediate playback.
This app is free of cost with ad inclusion, but the premium version without any ads is available at a price. Further in-keeping with your location it offers region-specific channels also.
14. Redbox TV
The Redbox TV app brings hundreds of channels offering a complete range of Live TV channels from all across the globe from the USA, UK, India, and many other regions of your choice or beyond.
It’s a lightweight, bug-free app supported by ads. These ads need not get you worried as you can block them by just pressing the back button as the ad appears, and you will go back to your normal streaming.
It offers a lot of popular channels sacrificing on some of the premium ones. As the saying goes, ‘You can’t keep the cake and eat it too’, so some premium channels have to be sacrificed for the more popular ones. This app is, without a doubt, worth a try.
15. Sling TV app
A well known paid service Live TV app in the USA. You can install this app directly from the Amazon play store, without any need for sideloading. It offers a variety of Channels using primary service plans offering up to 50 channels, at a monthly subscription of $25.
It is, as compared to the standard cable TV, a very cost-effective way of viewing TV over the internet. Besides the regular plans as stated above, you can also view, by making extra payments, any additional plans of your choice. This is purely left to the discretion of the viewer, e.g. Showtime; a non-regular plan is available at an extra cost of $10 per month. There is, in no way, any compulsion of necessarily having a standard package if you want to go for a special plan of your choice.
Though this app limits its usage to the USA only, it can be accessed using a VPN app from anywhere in the world.
d) Miscellaneous Apps
Besides the above apps, firestick also supports certain utility apps as discussed below:
16. YouTube app
Due to certain disagreement between Amazon and Google, YouTube was not available on the Amazon store for some time, but as of now, it is available there too. It can be sideloaded using the downloader app on the firestick.
The YouTube app can also be watched on the firestick using a browser. You can sign in to the YouTube app through your Google ID. This app, it may be noted, does not access live TV service provided by YouTube.
17. Mouse Toggle app
This app is important to have on the firestick. We have seen any app that can be sideloaded on the Firestick, but not all features of many of them are compatible with the TV screen and do not work perfectly well. Some require a mouse, which is not a part of the firestick remote. These features require finger taps and other actions. This is where mouse toggle comes of help and allows the users a mouse function with the remote.
18. Downloader App
This app allows you to sideload third-party applications onto the firestick easily. In spite of a huge reference list available with Amazon Store still, some good third-party apps are required from outside. This process is known as sideloading. The problem is Firestick does not allow third-party apps through the web browser e.g. the third-party Kodi app is not allowed to be downloaded by Firestick.
In such a case downloader, with its light-duty software is used. This software allows downloading and installing the APK software files from the web on to the firestick for certain functional needs.
19. Aptoide app
Amazon Appstore has a huge list of apps available for Firestick but may not a comprehensive requirement of apps. In addition to those apps when some third party good apps may be required like Kodi, etc. However, the downloader app can do so, but it requires a URL of the source for downloading the APK file.
Aptoide then comes of help. It also has a huge list of firestick and Android apps and becomes an alternative to the Amazon Appstore. It has any app whether a streaming app or a utility tool whatever you are looking for. Being professionally designed it makes searching for any app very easy.
To conclude the topic, it would not be proper to say that the above is the all-in-all list of apps for Firestick. Twitch, Spotify, and TuneIn are some of the music, radio, and audio streaming apps, whereas Happy Chick and RetroArch are examples of gaming apps.
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The list of Apps is inexhaustive, but we have limited our discussion to mainly security, Movie and TV show, i.e. entertainment apps, and lastly some utility apps. Testing of many new apps is an ongoing process, and if they usher well for the use of Firestick may be in the next list, they could also find a place for themselves.