How to Use VLC Player on Amazon Fire TV Stick

VLC Media Player doesn’t need an introduction. It is a de facto choice among many for enjoying videos on phone or desktop. If you have the Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can also load the VLC Player onto it. The VLC Media Player on the Fire TV Stick can be used to play videos from external storage, and other apps can be integrated with the VLC Media Player to play the content directly into the app.

VLC media player is free and supports all file formats including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MKV, H.264, WMV and MP3. They can also optimize audio and video playback based on the device and support integration with streaming services and IPTV providers. Read on to learn how to use the VLC player on the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Install VLC Player on Amazon Fire TV Stick

The VLC player is available in the Amazon App Store. That means the installation process is quite simple compared to sideloading. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Visit the Fire TV Stick at home.

Step 2: Go to the Search menu.

Step 3: Choose Search.

Select search

Step 4: Use the virtual keyboard to find the VLC player or ask Alexa to search for VLC.

Step 5: Select VLC from the suggestions.

Select VLC player

Step 6: You can recognize the app by the famous orange traffic cone.

Step 7: In the menu that opens, click Get.

Step 8: Fire TV Stick will download the app in a minute or two.

open vlc

That’s it. You have successfully installed the VLC media player on the Fire TV Stick.

Fire OS is an Android-based fork. You can easily download the VLC Media Player APK file to the Fire TV Stick using the Downloader app. However, since the app is officially available in the Amazon App Store, we recommend that you stick to it for a smooth app update process in the future.

Place the VLC media player on the home screen

Chances are, you’ll be using the VLC player quite a lot on the Fire TV Stick. Instead of constantly going to the Apps menu to open the app, you can place it right on the home screen.

With the new Fire TV Stick UI, users can only pin up to six apps to the home screen for easy access. Follow the steps below to put VLC media player on the home screen.

Step 1: Open the Fire TV Stick Home.

Step 2: Long-press the Home button on the Fire TV Stick remote.

Step 3: Go to the apps menu.

Select apps menu

Step 4: Scroll down to the VLC app.

Select vlc app

Step 5: Press the Option button on the remote control.

Select train

Step 6: Select Move from the side menu.

Step 7: Move the app up and click Ok.

Vlc moved up

Now you can easily access VLC media player from the home screen.

Why you need to install VLC media player on Fire TV Stick

  • VLC media player allows you to play any photo, video or file on the device.

  • It’s free with no paid features.

  • No annoying ads in the user interface.

  • Many Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) apps you can choose VLC as the default media player. Using VLC as your external video player will also reduce the ads on many apps and APKs.

Overview of the VLC player

When starting, the VLC Media Player asks you to grant the appropriate authorization to access all files and folders on the device. The app welcomes you to the home screen with five options – video, audio, playlists, browsing and other.

VLC ui

The Video, Audio and Playlists menus are self-explanatory. The browsing menu is an interesting add-on. You can browse the local files on the device, start streaming by adding the appropriate network address, and even connect to a new server using FTP or SFTP details.

Vlc ftp on Firestick

You can also customize the video playback experience and the appearance of the subtitles from the VLC settings menu. The ability to play with audio settings is also available.

VLC settings on the Firestick

In the Advanced menu, you can clear the database cache to start over. This is useful if you encounter glitches in the app frequently.

Start using the VLC Player on the Fire TV Stick

VLC player remains unrivaled. It really is a digital savior in this day and age. The app has stayed at its roots and continues to offer an unmatched video experience on all operating systems. Go ahead, download it to the Fire TV Stick, and share your experience with VLC in the comments section below.

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