How to Search for Apps on the Amazon Fire Stick
The Amazon Firestick is an amazing digital streaming device that grants its users access to a wide variety of mainstream streaming services, though it can perform other functions, as well. However, Firestick’s functionality is somewhat limited, right out of the box. Essentially, default settings limit you to listening and watching content from Amazon.
While this certainly is a huge limitation, you can download additional apps to your Firestick and give it more functionality. Here’s how to search for apps on Amazon Firestick.
Firestick is made with video streaming in mind, before anything else. Every unit comes with Amazon Prime Video preinstalled, meaning that you have immediate access to Amazon’s streaming catalog. However, with so many streaming services available out there, such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, HBO Now, CBS, and others, you’ll likely want to be able to access this content, as well.
Additionally, there are dedicated music apps for Firestick devices; Spotify, for instance, is downloadable from the Amazon Store. There are many other apps for news, sports, podcasts, and other types of content. Web browsers? Yep, the Firestick can be used for web browsing, which is a gateway to apps that can’t be found on the Amazon Store.
Keep in mind that even though the majority of Firestick-native apps are free, some will require a monthly fee or an up-front payment.
Searching and Downloading the Apps
You can download and install apps directly to your Firestick, via the internet. No, you don’t need a browser to do this, nor do you need a third-party device as an intermediary. That being said, you can opt to search for and install apps on your Firestick via a web browser, but more on that later.
To add an app to your Firestick, go to the Amazon App Store, and search for it. As mentioned, the majority of the apps are free, which can make app browsing quite an interesting experience.
To download an app that you’ve found, first select it from the search results and then select Get on the next screen. This will start the downloading process. Do not turn off your Firestick, TV, or your internet connection while the download is progress because you’ll have to go through the entire process, again. Once the app is downloaded, you may be prompted to follow the installation instructions.
Once you’ve done everything as instructed, wait until the installation process is done and that’s about it. Your app will be ready to use and accessible from the apps list.
A Quick Guide on Browsing/Downloading
If you are in a hurry or can’t be bothered with finding it manually, here’s a quick guide on how to access the Apps section and find the app that you are looking for.
First, go to the Home screen on your Firestick. Then, press the Right button on the remote. Keep pressing it until you’ve reached the Apps tab. Then, press the Down button and this will lead you to the Apps section. Using the directional pad, find the app that you want to install, or simply browse through apps.
Once you’ve found the app that you want to download, use the directional buttons to highlight the Get link and then press the central button on the Firestick remote’s directional pad.
A Quick Guide on Searching
In order to find and install an app that you can’t see in the Apps tab, you should use the Search function. If you know the exact name of the app in question, simply use the search bar to find it. To access the search bar, go to the Home screen and press the Left button on the remote’s directional pad. Use the pad to type in the app’s name, select it, and then click Get to download it.
If you can’t remember the name of the app that you’re looking for, try to find it through the search bar. Enter its purpose or features and, most likely, you’ll find it. Firestick’s search engine is more powerful than you may think.
Downloading from the Amazon Website
This does sound like a more complicated method, but it really isn’t. You just need to get to the Amazon’s official site and search for the app. Beyond that point, everything is completely automated, making the whole process very easy and user-friendly. You’re probably more used to your computer, but after a few tries with the Firestick you’ll get the hang of it.
However, to install an app from your PC’s browser, go to amazon.com/appstore, navigate to the Fire TV Model section (located in the sidebar to the left) and tick the checkbox next to the Firestick option. Now, find the app that you want to download and click it.
On the next page, you’ll find the Deliver to option in the right part of the screen. Select your Firestick device from the list and click Get App. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be logged in to your Amazon account in order to complete this process.
Searching and Downloading on Firestick
There are two main ways to search and download apps to your Firestick. Using the Amazon App store is more typical route, but downloading the apps directly from your Amazon account via PC is simpler and more straightforward. There are ways to download and install apps that are not featured on the Amazon App Store or website, but that topic requires an article of its own.
How do you download your Firestick apps? Which method do you prefer and why? Hit the comment section with any questions, thoughts, and cool apps that you might have.