How to Use VLC Play­er on Ama­zon Fire TV Stick

Parth Shah

VLC media player needs no introduction. It's a de facto choice of many to enjoy videos on the phone or desktop. If you have the Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can load VLC Player on it too. Using the VLC media player on Fire TV Stick, one can play videos from external storage, integrate other apps with the VLC media player to play the content right into the app.

Use vlc on amazon Fire TV stick

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

Install VLC Player on Amazon Fire TV Stick

VLC player is available on Amazon App Store. Meaning the installation process is quite simple compared to sideloading. Follow the steps below.

Note: We are using the new Fire OS UI on the Fire TV Stick in the example below. If you haven’t received the update, make sure to update the OS to the latest version from the Settings app.

Step 1: Visit Fire TV Stick home.

Select Find menu

Step 2: Move to the Find menu.

Step 3: Select Search.

Select search

Step 4: Search for VLC player using the virtual keyboard or ask Alexa to search for VLC.

Step 5: Select VLC from the suggestions.

Select vlc player

Step 6: Recognize the app with the famous orange-colored traffic cone.

Step 7: Click on Get from the following menu.

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

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 sideload the VLC media player APK file on Fire TV Stick using the Downloader app. But since the app is available from the Amazon App Store officially, we would advise sticking with it for a seamless app update process in the future.

Place VLC Media Player on the Home Screen

Chances are, you are going to use the VLC player quite a lot on Fire TV Stick. Instead of going into the Apps menu all the time 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 on the home screen for easy access. Go through the steps below to place the VLC media player on the home screen.

Step 1: Open 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 key on the remote.

Select move

Step 6: Select Move from the side menu.

Step 7: Move the app to the top and hit Ok.

Vlc moved to top

Now you can easily access the VLC media player right 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 interface.

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

VLC Player Overview

Upon startup, the VLC media player will ask to give relevant permission to access all the files and folders on the device. The app will greet you on the home screen with five options - Video, Audio, Playlists, Browsing, and Other.

Vlc ui

The Video, Audio, and Playlists menu 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 relevant 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 subtitle look from the VLC settings menu. The ability to play with Audio settings is present as well.

Vlc settings on firestick

The Advanced menu allows you to clear the database cache to start over from scratch. It’s useful when you face frequent glitches in the app.

Start Using VLC Player on Fire TV Stick

VLC player remains unrivaled. It is truly a digital savior in the current era. The app has stuck to its roots, and it continues to deliver an unmatchable video viewing experience among all the OS. Go ahead, download it on the Fire TV Stick and share your experience with VLC in the comments section below.

Next up: Is your Fire TV Stick showcasing a black screen? Read the post below to learn how to troubleshoot the issue.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.