The Best Streaming Apps for Android

Top apps for streaming audio and video on your smartphone or tablet

The Google Play Store is home to millions of apps, but what are the best streaming apps for Android? To save you the hassle of trying each one, we've conducted our own research and compiled a list of the best Android apps for streaming movies, TV, music, and games.

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Watch Live TV and On-Demand Movies: Hulu

Hulu app downloading a movie on Android
What We Like
  • Growing library of original content.

  • Download shows and movies to watch offline.

  • Live TV plan includes 50-hour cloud DVR.

What We Don't Like
  • Offers fewer channels than most cable plans.

  • Cost of add-ons can quickly add up.

Out of all the video streaming apps, Hulu stands out because it offers live TV in addition to a rotating selection of on-demand movies and shows. Hulu With Live TV costs more than a regular Hulu subscription, but it's worth it to watch channels like FX and USA. That way, you can catch shows like American Crime Story and Chucky as soon as they air. You can also watch many current TV shows on-demand as well as Hulu originals. Hulu even offers add-ons like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime.

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Stream Songs and Music Videos on Android: YouTube Music

YouTube Music Android app
What We Like
  • Includes mainstream and indie music.

  • Watch concert recordings and exclusive artist interviews.

  • Upload your own songs and listen to other users.

  • Works well with Google Assistant.

What We Don't Like
  • Audio is sometimes consistent.

  • Doesn't have everything you can find on Spotify.

The new and improved YouTube Music app has replaced Google Play Music as the best music app for Android. YouTube has always had a great selection of music videos, but YouTube Music offers content you won't find anywhere else including live concert footage. With its preset playlists and reliable recommendations, YouTube Music is a great place to discover new artists. Anyone can listen to YouTube Music for free with ads, or you can pay for a monthly subscription to get rid of ad breaks.

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Rent and Buy Movies to Watch On the Go: Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video app
What We Like
  • Massive library of modern and classic films and TV shows.

  • Rent and purchase new movies as soon as they leave theaters.

  • Stream Thursday Night Football and WNBA games live.

What We Don't Like
  • Some videos aren't available in specific countries.

  • Not as much original content as Hulu and Netflix.

If you have a movie in mind you want to watch, the first place you should check is Amazon Prime Video. A lot of popular movies and shows are available to watch for free with ads, but a subscription to Amazon's streaming service gets you ad-free access the thousands of titles including a growing library of Amazon originals. When you rent and buy movies from Amazon, you can stream them on any device, including your phone with the Prime Video app.

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Stream Online Games and Watch Others Play: Twitch

Twitch app for Android
What We Like
  • Millions of gaming and non-gaming channels.

  • Good integration with other social media platforms.

  • Get notified when your favorite streamer goes live.

What We Don't Like
  • No parental control options.

  • Streams vary in quality.

Twitch is the top social media platform for streaming gameplay, but most people just drop in to watch. You can catch video game competitions and chat with live streamers from all around the world. If you want to show off your own skills, it's possible to broadcast gameplay footage directly from your phone. Twitch also hosts a growing number of non-gaming channels focusing on topics like cooking, crafts, and even politics.

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Keep Up With Breaking Sports News and Scores: ESPN

ESPN app for Android
What We Like
  • Get real-time scores and standings.

  • Covers every major sports league.

  • Free sports podcasts.

What We Don't Like
  • Subscription required to watch live sports.

  • Tons of ads.

The EPSN app provides the latest updates for the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and every other major sports league. Pick your favorite teams to see breaking news and lives scores. You can also keep up with college sports and even esports. If you have a cable plan that includes ESPN, you can watch live games on your phone through the app, but there's more than enough free content for sports enthusiasts to enjoy.

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Stream Live TV for Free on Android: Pluto TV

Pluto TV free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Completely free.

  • No account required.

  • Customizable interface.

What We Don't Like
  • No way to get rid of ads.

  • Limited selection of traditional cable channels.

Pluto TV offers a wide selection of live channels and on-demand content at absolutely no cost. Just like most cable TV services, the app lets you see the lineup for each channel, and you can even customize the TV guide to hide channels you don't watch. The movies and shows you have access to will vary depending on your location, but as long as you're willing to sit through ads, you can watch as much as you want without sharing any personal information.

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Watch Free Movies Anywhere, Any Time: Tubi

Tubi free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • All content is free with ads.

  • High quality video available for most titles.

  • Log in to create watchlists and get recommendations.

  • Categories include Not on Netflix, Indie Films, and Only on Tubi.

What We Don't Like
  • Free account required for age restricted content.

  • Frequent short ad interruptions.

On Tubi, you never have to worry about which movies are free to watch. This 100% free streaming service hosts a rotating selection of mainstream movies as well as classic TV shows. You don't have to create an account or share any personal information, but logging in gives you the option to “like” or “dislike” content so Tubi can make recommendations.

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Best Android Streaming App for Kids: PBS Kids Video

PBS KIDS Video app for Android
What We Like
  • Safe fun for all ages.

  • Hours of free videos to keep kids occupied.

  • New educational content every week.

What We Don't Like
  • No option to download videos to watch offline.

  • No way to search for episodes.

PBS has been entertaining and educating children for decades with shows like Sesame Street, Arthur, and Curious George. The PBS Kids app brings these classic characters to the digital age and every week features new educational videos you won't find anywhere else. Best of all, you don't have to worry about your kids making any accidental purchases since everything is free.

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