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The 15 Best Apps For Firestick In 2020

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Undoubtedly, Amazon Fire Stick is now trending as one of the best streaming media players in the world.

One moment users are fascinated with the idea of plug-n-play entertainment set up with Alexa Voice support, the next moment they face the dilemma of choosing the right apps from a plethora of options available.

Instead of filling your dashboard with so many unnecessary apps, it is better to have a few important ones that meet your purpose well.

In this regard, here are some best apps for Firestick to get started. They are compatible with both Firestick 4K and Fire TV Cube. Let’s get started.

15 Best Apps For Firestick

1. Express VPN

Express VPN

Let’s start with something to protect your privacy. There will be times when you will require to access country-specific applications without any risk. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) will help you achieve that with ease.

Out of all available options, Express VPN is highly sought-after amongst Firestick users for its 256-bit encryption, unlimited bandwidth, and unmatched safety for using P2P and torrent websites.

It has an in-built speed optimizer to scale up your network speed instantly. If you want to get maximum speed, it will suggest you best server locations to choose from at that point of time. 

You can have 5 simultaneous device connections with a single plan. It has servers in 94 countries which makes it an undisputed king of VPN service. Express VPN does not offer any free trial, you can only go for premium subscription starting @12.95 per month.

Pros

  • Super-fast speed
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • No Streaming restrictions

Cons

  • No Free Trial

2. Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll

If you like Eastern Asian Anime, manga, and drama, Crunchyroll will keep you hooked to your screen. Unlike Crackle, this on-demand streaming service is available worldwide and is most popular for having a wide catalog of Japanese anime content.

You can watch popular shows like My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Black Clover and many more.

It has a limited free library and is paid for giving access to Japan’s most popular anime streaming content. It will cost you $7.99 a month. But regular users can save more on a 3-month or yearly package that cost $22.99 and $79.99, respectively.

The free version runs ads in between episodes and can turn you off if you are habituated to immersive entertainment. But nevertheless, it is highly sought after amongst Fire Stick users for satisfying their quest for Anime hit shows.

Side note: We have also featured this app on our article on the best free anime apps. Learn more about it if you are interested in free anime apps.

Pros

  • Exclusive Japanese Anime content
  • Free 14-day Premium Trail

Cons

  • Caters to Anime lovers only

3. BBC News

BBC News

When it comes to the feeding world with the latest groundbreaking news, nothing can beat BBC News. Undoubtedly, most people blindly put their trust in the BBC’s trustworthy journalism.

They collect news from every corner of the world and offer you in video and articles format. It stacks up news videos from different categories and let them autoplay one after another without any commercial interruption.

BBC News covers on a wide range of news such as technology, sports, entertainment, health and business. Also, it is popular as the best firestick weather app to cover up-to-the-minute live weather feedback.

The application is available in the Amazon store to download. But, it is accessible only to UK users. The moment you step out of the UK, it won’t work and you might need a VPN for streaming BBC for sure.

Pros

  • Highly trusted news app
  • Watch Live TV
  • Read Articles

Cons

  • Only accessible in the UK

4. Cinema APK

Cinema APK

Who is here for some free movie apps for Firestick? Well, Cinema APK will not disappoint you ever. Formerly known as Cinema HD or HD Movies, this third-party application lets you watch the latest Hollywood flicks and TV shows in resolution as high as 1080p.

It requires no sign-in and doesn’t ask for your mobile number to get started. Just launch the application and start using it right away. All of these for FREE!

However, Cinema APK is not available in Google Play Store. You have to download it from any third-party website, but the app is completely legal to use. That’s because it does not promote any torrent-like downloads.

The only way Cinema APK makes money is by running ads in between the content. But, the ads are not disturbing in any way. They will not pop-up in between the content you’re watching. Thus, it is one of the best movie streaming apps for Firestick.

Pros

  • 100% free
  • Requires no registration
  • Viewers-Friendly pop-ups

Cons

  • Not available for iOS version

5. Pluto TV

Pluto TV

Here is another pick under the best live TV app for Amazon firestick- Pluto TV. This ViacomCBS owned streaming app has 250+ TV channels on its dashboard with 20 million average active users per month.

You get no monthly bills or yearly contracts- watch them all for free. It directly deals with content partners, and as of March 2020, it has partnered with more than 170 content providers from all over the world. 

Pluto offers binge-worthy content to make most out of your time. It has Ice Pilots for adrenaline junkies and Forensic Files for true crime fans. You can also watch the World Poker Tour, Glory Kickboxing, Fear Factor, etc.

Under the movie section, it has critically acclaimed movies of stars like Mila Kunis, Nicolas Cage, Patrick Swayze, and many more. Sadly, it is currently available only in the US, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia.

Pros

  • 100% free
  • 250+ Live TV Channels
  • Runs on any device

Cons

  • Limited country access

6. Spotify

Spotify

Spotify has over 230 million users and is popular as one of the best music app around the world. Its library has more than 50 million tracks from pop hits to old classics.

Apart from music, it has a wide collection of popular podcasts such as WTF with Marc Maron, Critical Role, the Adventure Zone, etc. Interestingly, you can watch comics too (some limited editions only).

On the home page, you will find official playlists of big hits, country-specific musical hits, and smart-AI generated suggestions just for you. It also pulls down data on what kind of music your friends are listening to and displays as suggestions.

The browse option is pretty straightforward. You can search for music based on genre, release date, popularity, and more. The free version has limited daily quota, unlike a premium plan that starts from $14.99 per month.

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Pros

  • Great music selection
  • A wide collection of Podcast
  • Highly user-friendly

Cons

  • Free version offers low bit rate

7. Sling TV

Sling TV

Looking for multilingual content, including Spanish, Hindi and Arabic? Sling TV can help you. It has both paid and free streaming services to cater to a wide user base.

For example, it has ABC News Live under free service while CNN and Fox News under premium subscription. Now here you may have to make a difficult choice while going premium.

The sling comes with two premium plans- Sling Blue and Sling Orange. While both are priced at the same monthly fee of $30 per month, they represent totally different channel lineups. So, in case you find your favorite channels distributed in both bundles, Sling has a combo Blue/Orange package too, which costs $40 per month. 

Movies lovers will find Sling to be useful as it streams major channels like AMC, FX, TBS, and the USA Shows & movies. But that does not mean you can’t have your hands over on-demand new releases. They will cost you somewhere between $2.99 to $4.99 per title.

Pros

  • Month-to-month service
  • 85,000+ titles On Demand
  • Programs in 22 languages

Cons

  • Costly package

8. FileLinked

filelinked

This can be your handy utility tool to transfer and download bulk files at once irrespective of their size. It is one of the popular file-sharing apps for Firestick.

The process of file transfer is very easy. Just log in to your dashboard, add files to it and it will create a unique download URL with a code to access them by others. Share the link and code with the receiving party and they can instantly download the files without any hassle.

If you are transferring some copyright data, it is better to access FileLinked with a VPN on.

Speed-wise, it offers you a premium like service. You can download a movie here much faster than Torrent. On top of that, the procedures are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. You can even create your own store with files. Anyone with a passcode to that store can download files without requiring you to follow the same procedures again and again.

Pros

  • Free to use
  • Fast downloading speed
  • Allows creating own store

Cons

  • Requires device access through “unknown sources”

9. PopcornFlix

PopcornFlix

Owned by Screen Media Ventures, Popcornflix is one of the best free movie streaming apps to watch over 700 films from different genres without any signup.

The list of genres is wide and includes films from popular categories such as comedy, romance, thriller, action, documentaries, etc. You can also watch classic Bollywood films too.

It’s an ad-supported free streaming platform so don’t expect too many features as compared to paid applications. 

Despite its limited commercially interrupted library, it is highly user friendly, which is why it was acquired by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment in 2017.

But nevertheless, it offers you instant access to any movies without going through any complex sign up or verification process. It is also available in all major streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox. You can find its applications in play store and AppStore as well.

In short, PopcornFlix is a free medium to access old movies and TV shows without expecting new releases like on Netflix, Hulu or Disney+.

Pros

  • 100% free to use
  • No Sign up required
  • Home to classic old movies

Cons

  • Limited Library
  • Not for accessing new titles

10. Nick Jr.

Nick Jr.

Nick Jr. is the most kids-favorite app you could find for Firestick. The app contains both free and paid episodes of Nick Jr. Originals such as PAW Patrol, The adventures of Paddington, Zack and Quak, Rusty Rivets, Dora the Explorer, and many more.

The videos play ad-free and automatically switches to the next episodes. That makes you comfortable to leave your kids in front of the TV without any hassle.

However, Nick Jr. features various preschool apps too. The games are designed to teach basic preschool education through games. Games like Pet House Puzzles, Ultimate Rescue, Super Shape Stunt, and Catch that Robot is trending for offering education and fun activities at the same time.

While some shows are free, others might need you to subscribe to Nick Jr. at a price of $20 per month.

Pros

  • Popular Kids shows
  • Preschool games
  • E-Learning videos

Cons

  • Costly subscription fee

11. Tubi

Tubi

Paying for Korean Dramas, Anime, or British Series? You can save that money with this app. Tubi is home to 20,000+ movies and television shows, all of which can be accessed for free.

You need no signup- just download the app and start streaming movies directly from its dashboard. If you’re worried about its legitimacy, it’s completely legal and is available on all major platforms, including Xbox, Playstation, and Smart TVs.

Despite offering a free platform, it lets you personalize your watch list, bookmark your favorite shows and watch them in HDs till your heart’s content. It adds new movies and shows to its list each Friday thereby giving you more reasons to binge-watch Tubi on your weekends.

The smart AI pulls recommendations based on your search habit and you discover shows of your interest without any effort.

Pros

  • New Titles each Friday
  • 100% free access
  • Powerful AI for smart suggestions

Cons

  • No ad-free option

12. Morph TV

Morph TV

Clone to the popular Morpheus TV, Morph TV is an android application that offers various online streaming content. Morph TV APK will provide you with all the necessary features you would wish for in your streaming application for an effortless, smooth streaming experience.

However, Morph TV does not host the media contents directly. Like the multi-source Morpheus TV, MorphTV also borrows its contents from online public sources. It still has some pirated content, and as far as it has not received any legal complaint, you can reap the benefits.

If you are someone who likes their streaming platforms neatly organized into easily accessible sections, Morph TV is your go-to app. You will also be updated about new releases and trending content from time to time.

It automatically loads subtitles to each video and allows you to save them for watching offline. In addition to being on Firestick, Morph TV can also be downloaded to your PC and Android phones.

Pros

  • Full HD, and 4K video quality
  • Subtitles in 20+ languages
  • Ad-free
  • Offline streaming

Cons

  • Real-Debrid Integration not applicable

13.  HBO Now App

HBO Now App

If you are against piracy and do not mind paying a few bucks for a quality subscription, HBO Now is an offer for you.

HBO Now is a streaming app by HBO and provides access to all contents, including over 125 of its original series, exclusively available for its subscribers. Instead of paying for some of the HBO contents, which are found as add-ons for most premium streaming platforms like Amazon Video, DirecTV Now, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, avail them for $14.99 per month.

Easily available on most devices like tablets and smartphones, you can also install the HBO Now on your FireStick or PC without any hassle.

Needless to say, as it is a paid subscription, there will be no ads, and all videos will be available in HD and HQ format. But again, the service is limited to USA users only.   

Pros

  • HQ and HD video quality
  • Multiple subtitles option
  • Ad-free
  • Compatible with most OS and devices

Cons

  • Only available in the US
  • Does not provide near-real-time streams of HBO

14. Disney+ app

Disney+ app

Disney+ app is the newest streaming platform that was launched last winter and has been a popular name amongst the premium streaming apps. It is owned and operated by the Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI), a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

That means you will find all movies and series produced by Walt Disney here. Since Disney now co-owns Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, you can access their contents too. Also, with exclusive access to all Star Sports Channel, it could be your best live sports app for Firestick.

When it comes to the streaming quality of the contents, Disney+ is at par with that of Netflix. If you are looking for a streaming platform for kids or the family, Disney+ is your one-stop destination.

With a vast catalog, the Disney+ subscription comes at a much, much lower price than any other online streaming platform- @6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

Pros

  • HD, Full HD, and 4K video quality
  • Built-in video player
  • Ad-free
  • Reasonably Priced

Cons

  • Requires Sign-Up
  • Geo-blocking limits access

15. Toggle Box (Bonus)

Mouse Toggle for Android TV

Though Firestick works on modified Android OS, it doesn’t support all Android apps. That’s because, unlike mobile, it has a remote interface to which not all apps are friendly.

Here, Mouse Toggle saves you from missing those apps on your Firestick. It creates a mouse pointer on your screen. You can control it from the arrow buttons on your remote. It enables you to access certain sections of any app not designed for firestick remote. Just go to an object, point your mouse on it and click with your Select button on your remote.

It’s a lightweight app and is immensely helpful accessing apps like Showbox that is otherwise incompatible on Firestick. Just remember that the mouse pointer disappears automatically when left idle for some time. Just press the Play/Pause button twice and it will reappear.

The best part is it’s completely free to use.

Pros

  • Lets you access incompatible apps
  • 100% free to use
  • No ads

Cons

  • Requires device access through “unknown sources”

Conclusion

There are some apps that come preloaded with Amazon Fire Stick such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Twitch, etc. So, we didn’t mention them over here. We tried to pick the best apps for Firestick that will help you use your firestick to the full potential.

Did you find these suggestions helpful? Do let us know if it didn’t have what you were looking for. We are all ears!

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