Anime’s popularity in the West has come a long way since its introduction in the 20th century. In the fifty years since it began appearing in the United States, anime has grown from a niche artform in the West to a fandom with a massive backing. The influence of series like Dragon Ball Z or Gundam helped to inspire major blockbuster films like The Matrix and its sequels or Pacific Rim. Shows like Cowboy Bebop and Death Note have attracted fans even from outside the world of anime, falling love with the world of both series and eventually moving onto other series. Movies like Ghost in the Shell and Akira have both taken from and contributed to western culture, with the former credited for inspiring filmmakers such as the Wachowskis and James Cameron, while the latter gave way for films like Looper, Inception, Chronicle, and Midnight Special.
If you own a Fire Stick, anime is easy to find and watch on your device. While there are a ton of ways to stream anime, from Crunchyroll to Kodi plugins, one of our favorite ways to watch anime on the Fire Stick is actually by using the FireAnime app on your device, which allows you to quickly and easily select from a number of streaming shows on your device without being subject to monthly fees, ad breaks, or any other restrictions in watching your shows. Let’s check out how to install FireAnime on your Fire Stick!
Using a VPN
In general, your Fire Stick doesn’t necessarily require a VPN. However, if you’ve found your way to this page, it’s probably because you’re using your Fire Stick for something that isn’t a standard application available through the Amazon Appstore. Be it basic piracy apps like Showbox or Terrarium TV, or more complicated applications like Kodi, which allow you to fully load your Fire Stick with a new interface, along with thousands of applications and add-ons to completely change how you watch movies forever. These systems are easy to setup and use, but there’s a big reason why people turn away from them: they aren’t entirely legal. While thousands of users get away with consuming pirated content on the internet every day, it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone gets away with piracy. If you’re caught by your ISP, you can land yourself in some hot water, including losing access to your internet or even facing major fines from groups like the MPAA.
So, if you’re looking to consume pirated content on your Fire Stick, the best way to go about keeping yourself safe from getting caught is to use a VPN. Most popular VPNs weren’t necessarily designed with piracy in mind, but they do support keeping your internet use secret so that you can catch up on the latest hit series online without having to pay for cable or subscribe to yet another streaming service. To check out some of our favorite VPNs, check out our guide to using VPNs on the Fire Stick here.
Turn on Unknown Apps
To sideload applications on your Fire Stick, you’ll need to start by turning the option on within the settings of your device. Start by opening up your Fire TV display by waking up your device and holding the Home button on your Fire TV remote to open the quick actions menu. This menu has a list of four different options for your Fire TV: your list of apps, sleep mode, mirroring, and settings. Select the settings menu to quickly load your list of preferences. Alternatively, you can head to the home screen of your Fire TV and scroll all the way to the right along the top list of your menu, selecting the settings option.
Press the down arrow on your remote to move to the settings menu of your display. Fire OS has its settings menu set up horizontally rather than vertically, so scroll through your settings menu from left to right until you find the options for “My Fire TV.” (In older versions of Fire OS, this is labeled as “Device.”) Hit the center button on your remote to load the device settings. For most users, these options are mostly there for restarting or forcing your device to sleep, as well as viewing the software settings for your Fire Stick. However, there’s one option here we need to change before we can move forward. Click on Developer Options from the Device settings; it’s the second down from the top, after About.
Developer Options only has two settings on Fire OS: ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources. ADB debugging is used to enable ADB, or Android Debug Bridge, connections over your network. We won’t have to use ADB for this (a tool included in the Android Studio SDK), so you can leave that setting alone for now. Instead, scroll down to the setting below ADB and press the center button. This will enable your device to install applications from sources other than the Amazon Appstore, a necessary step if we’re going to sideload FireAnime onto our device. A warning may appear to let you know that downloading apps from outside sources can be dangerous. Click OK on the prompt and click the Home button on your remote to head back to the home screen.
With the ability to install apps from unknown sources now enabled, we just have one more step to go. We’ll need to install an application from the Amazon Appstore in order to properly download and install these APK files, since out of the box, your Fire Stick can’t actually do it. While there isn’t a specific browser application available for download inside the App Store, there is an app that allows you to download content directly to your device.
Using the built-in search function or using Alexa on your Fire Stick remote, search for “Download,” “Downloader,” or “Browser”; all three will bring forth the exact same app we’re looking for. That app is, appropriately, called Downloader. It has a bright orange icon with a down-facing arrow icon, and its developer name is “TroyPoint.com.” The app has hundreds of thousands of users, and is generally regarded as a great application for your device. Hit the download button on the Amazon Appstore listing for Downloader to add the app to your device. You won’t need to keep the app on your Fire Stick after we’ve used it for this installation process, so don’t be afraid to uninstall the app if you’d rather not keep it around.
Once the app has finished installing, hit the Open button on the app listing to open Downloader on your device. Click through the assorted pop-up messages and alerts detailing updates to the application until you’ve reached the main display. Downloader includes a bunch of utilities, all neatly outlined on the left side of the application, including a browser, a file system, settings, and more. That said, the main aspect of the application we need is the URL entry field that takes up most of your display inside the application.
Downloading the APK
With Downloader installed we can finally move forward with actually installing FireAnime. To do this, all you’ll need is the proper APK download link for the application you want to install, and thankfully, we have a direct link to FireAnime for you to plug in. Using your Fire Stick remote, type the following URL into the field provided, then hit Go on your Fire Stick.
That link will provide you with a recent version of FireAnime, and thanks to the auto-update built into the application, you can update the application once it’s been launched. If this link goes down, however, let us know in the comments or head to the FireAnime subreddit to get a link to the newest version.
With the FireAnime APK now downloaded onto your device, all that’s left to do now is install the app directly onto your device. When the installation display for FireAnime appears on your screen, you’ll be greeted with a display that alerts you to the information the app can access. For anyone who has installed APKs on Android devices previously, this screen will immediately look familiar; though it’s the Amazon-themed version of the installation screen, it’s still very ‘Android.’ Use your remote to highlight and select the “Install” button and your device will begin to install the app.
Once you have FireAnime up and installed on your device, and you’ve made your choice of a VPN, you’re ready to start streaming anime right to your device. The app is easy to browse, with a clean menu for streaming new and classic shows, and with the entire app being controlled with your Fire Stick remote. You can use the fast-forward and rewind buttons to skip ahead or back by 30 seconds, while the left and right D-pad buttons allow you to fast-forward or rewind by 10 seconds. Playback is smooth and fast, and as long as you’re protected with a VPN, you’ll be able to stream whatever you want without concern. The app should be able to update from the menu, but if it doesn’t, you can always manually update the app by getting the newest download link from the app’s subreddit, r/FireAnime.
With FireAnime installed on your device, you’re one step closer to being able to stream your favorite shows whenever you want. Stay tuned to TechJunkie for more Fire Stick tips, tricks, and guides every day.