The 15 Best Amazon Fire Stick Apps

Stream movies, news, sports and more on your Fire TV

A woman checking the apps on her Fire Stick.

Fire Stick and Fire TV devices work fine right out of the box, but you're limited to the movies, TV shows, and music that's available through Amazon. If you want to broaden your entertainment horizons, then you need to download some apps. But with so many Fire Stick apps available, it can be tough to figure out which ones to download.

We found the best 15 Amazon Fire Stick apps that let you watch movies and television, keep track of news from around the block and around the world, listen to music, and even stream your digital media collection to your TV.

Some of these apps require a subscription to use, or to unlock all of the content, but you can download and check all of them out for free.

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Premium Movies and TV: Netflix

A screenshot of Netflix on Fire TV.

Netflix is a premium streaming service that includes tons of shows and movies, and the Amazon Fire TV app is a great way to watch on your television instead of your computer.

In addition to hit movies and many of your favorite shows, you'll also find Netflix Originals like Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black that you can't watch anywhere else.

If you're already a Netflix subscriber, this is the first app you should download.

What We Like:

  • Has a massive library of television shows, movies, and documentaries.
  • Exclusive Netflix Originals.
  • Includes 4K content.

What We Don't Like:

  • You need a subscription, so if you don't subscribe to Netflix this app isn't useful.
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Free Live Television: Pluto TV

A screenshot of the Pluto TV app on Fire TV.

Pluto TV is a live television streaming app that's totally free. You can use it without even signing up for an account, but you are limited to only a few channels if you don't create a free account.

Most of your favorite channels are probably missing, but this app does have a lot of live television for free.

If you subscribe to any television streaming services like Sling TV, you can also get apps for them on your Fire Stick. If you don't, then grab Pluto TV.

What We Like:

  • Access to live television without a subscription.

What We Don't Like:

  • Requires a Pluto account to unlock all features.
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Free Movie and Television Streaming: Tubi

A screenshot of the Tubi app on Fire TV.

Tubi is like Netflix, but you don't need a subscription. You can even use it as soon as you download it without making an account. Like Netflix, you'll find a library of on demand movies and television shows that you can watch whenever you want.

The downside is that it's ad supported, so you have to watch commercials during every video.

What We Like:

  • Free movies and television with no subscription required.
  • You can start watching without even signing up for an account.
  • Includes some movies that aren't available on streaming services like Netflix.

What We Don't Like:

  • The app prompts you to create an account and doesn't make it clear that you can watch without making one.
  • You have to sit through a lot of advertisements.
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Free Anime, Science and Tech Shows: VRV

A screenshot of VRV on Fire TV.

VRV is a streaming service that has content from a lot of platforms that you're probably familiar with.

The biggest draw is anime from Crunchyroll and Funimation, but you'll also find content from Cartoon Hangover, Seeso, Rooster Teeth, and a whole bunch of others.

What We Like:

  • Free access to a ton of cartoons, anime, science fiction, horror, and other genres of entertainment.

What We Don't Like:

  • Free users can't watch everything. To access some shows and episodes, you need a paid subscription.
  • A single paid subscription doesn't unlock everything on VRV, since it has content from Crunchyroll, Funimation, Cartoon Hangover, and others.
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Free Cartoons: Cartoon Network

A screenshot of the Cartoon Network app on Fire TV.

If you're looking to get your cartoon fix on your Fire TV device, the Cartoon Network app is a great option. It's totally free to download and use, but you do get access to more episodes if you have a valid cable subscription. 

What We Like:

  • Free access to a lot of Cartoon Network's popular shows.

What We Don't Like:

  • Doesn't have full seasons.
  • Limited free access, requires a cable login to access everything.
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Free World News: Euronews

A screenshot of the Euronews app on Fire TV.

Euronews provides daily breaking news from dozens of European and North African news agencies.

If you're looking for world news from a source you might not otherwise have access to, this app is a great way to keep yourself up to date. It's even available in multiple languages.

What We Like:

  • Latest world news from multiple different networks.
  • Available in several languages.

What We Don't Like:

  • No live news, so you're limited to clips of popular and breaking stories.
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Free Local and World News: Haystack

A screenshot of the Haystack app on Fire TV.

Haystack aggregates news from sources all over the world, and provides you with an easy way to find content from the local, national, and international sources that you're interested in.

What We Like:

  • Allows you to access local news for any location by changing your home region.
  • Includes news from trusted local, national, and international sources.

What We Don't Like:

  • Includes new and breaking news, but no live news.
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Sports For Cable Subscribers: ESPN

A screenshot of the ESPN app on Fire TV.

There are a lot of Fire TV apps that let you watch live and pre-recorded sports, but the amount of content you can access for free is limited. The ESPN app is a great option for free live sports if you don't have a cable subscription, especially content that's broadcast on ESPN3.

What We Like:

  • Access to live games for free.
  • Some games have multiple stream options for different perspectives or commentaries.

What We Don't Like:

  • Limited free content, some games require a cable login.
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Free Sports Live Streams: Stadium

A screenshot of the Stadium app on Fire TV.

Stadium is the best free sports streaming app on Fire TV devices, and it's worth downloading if you're looking for more live sports options. Like the rest of the sports apps, it does have a mixture of both free and premium games.

What We Like:

  • Access to live streaming sports for free.

What We Don't Like:

  • Some games are only available to premium users.
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Free and Premium Music Streaming: Spotify

A screenshot of the Spotify app on Fire TV.

Fire TV devices come with Amazon Music, but if you don't have an Amazon Prime or Amazon Music subscription, then Spotify is a better option. You only get access to all of the features if you have a premium subscription, but you can still listen even if you don't.

What We Like:

  • Allows you to stream music for free.
  • Integration with the mobile app allows you to seamlessly switch between streaming from your phone and streaming through your television.

What We Don't Like:

  • Free accounts have limited functionality.
  • If you signed up for Spotify with your Facebook account, you can't log in directly through the app on your Fire Stick. You need to log in through the Spotify app on your phone.
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Free Video Game Live Streams: Twitch

A screenshot of the Twitch app on Fire TV.

The Twitch app is the best way to watch game streams on your Fire Stick. The app doesn't have all of the features you're probably used to on the Twitch website, but it does have an interface that's easy to navigate, so you won't have any trouble finding what you're looking for.

What We Like:

  • Lets you watch all your favorite games and Twitch streamers for free on your television.

What We Don't Like:

  • Can't see chat without signing in.
  • Limited access to chat even if you do sign in.
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Web Browsing: Firefox

A screenshot of Firefox on Fire TV.

Web browsing on a TV with a simple controller like the Amazon Fire TV remote won't ever replace your computer, or even your phone, but it can come in handy to have as an option.

Firefox and Amazon's own Silk browser are both fine options, but Firefox wins out in terms of usability and stability.

What We Like:

  • Responsive and easy to use.
  • Less buffering and authentication issues than Amazon's competing Silk browser.

What We Don't Like:

  • Lacks most of the settings and customization options available in desktop and mobile versions of the browser.
  • Uses Google search by default, and doesn't let you switch to a different search engine.
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User Generated Video Content: YouTube

A screenshot of the YouTube link app on Fire TV.

YouTube has so much content that you literally couldn't watch it all if you sat down and did nothing but watch YouTube videos for the rest of your life. The problem is that there is no official YouTube app for Amazon Fire devices, but you can watch through either the Firefox or Silk web browser.

The YouTube app for your Fire Stick is actually just a link. When you open it, you get the choice to have it point to Silk or Firefox, and then it opens the YouTube website in the browser that you chose. It's a less than ideal situation, but it is the best way to experience YouTube on a television with your Fire Stick.

What We Like:

  • This is the best way to watch YouTube content on your Fire device in any kind of an official capacity.

What We Don't Like:

  • Due to disagreements between Google and Amazon, this isn't an actual app.
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Streaming Your Own Media: Plex

A screenshot of the Plex app on Fire TV.

Plex is an app that you can use to stream movies, TV shows, and music from your computer to your Fire TV. It's a little different from the other apps on this list, because you do have to set up Plex Media Server on your computer, and it's useless if you don't have a library of digital media.

If you do have a big library of digital music, TV shows, and movies ready to go, the Plex app is a must-have. 

What We Like:

  • The easiest way to stream media from your computer to your TV with a Fire Stick or Fire TV device.

What We Don't Like:

  • You need to set up Plex Media Server on your computer for this to work, so using Plex is more complicated than using other Fire Stick apps.
  • Advanced users will have more flexibility by sideloading the Kodi app and using the Plex add-on.
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Essential For Advanced Users: Downloader

A screenshot of the Downloader app on Fire TV.

Every app in this list, including Downloader, is available directly from the app store on your Fire Stick or Fire TV device, but the official store is just the tip of the iceberg.

Advanced users can use a technique called sideloading to install apps that aren't available in the official store, like the powerful streaming app Kodi. If you want to dip your toe into sideloading, you need an app like Downloader.

What We Like:

  • This is the easiest way to sideload powerful apps and a huge variety of games, emulators, and other apps onto your Fire TV device.
  • Totally free, but you can donate if you get a lot of use out of it.

What We Don't Like:

  • The average Fire Stick or Fire TV user won't have any use for an app like this.