The Amazon Fire TV Stick (preferably the 4K version) is probably our favourite streaming device – and one of its best features, is that it comes with a library of thousands of apps.
But one might get a little overwhelmed with so many things you could download. So whether you just bought a new Fire TV device, or you’ve had it for a while and want to find new apps to try – here’s our list of some of the best firestick apps for UK users.
Keep in mind, there’s no way to cover them all – and new ones come every day – but this list should get you started. (Some apps, like Amazon Prime Video, come pre-installed – so we didn’t list them here).
Most of these apps are free (though some belong to a paid service, like Netflix), and can be downloaded either directly on the device, or via the Amazon App Store on your desktop (and choosing to “Deliver It To Fire TV” after you’ve registered your device).
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The Essential Firestick Apps
Once you get your new Fire TV Stick out of the box, these are are the apps almost any Firestick user in the UK should install first.
The company that’s practically synonymous with cord cutting and streaming TV. Netflix stopped offering free trials in the UK, but once you subscribe, there are no long contracts – so you can unsubscribe and then re-join at any point.
Up until 2019, the YouTube app was absent from all the Amazon Fire devices, due to a feud between Amazon and Google. Thankfully, that was resolved, and you can now get the official YouTube app on your firestick.
With a big-screen interface, 4K videos and the ability to “cast” selected YouTube videos directly from your phone – this app will give you the ultimate YouTube experience.
3. BBC iPlayer
While the BBC TV-streaming app can’t quite compete with the likes of Netflix yet – it has certainly improved in recent years. Watch catch-up shows from all the BBC channels, get up to date with BBC News, and binge on a selection of box-sets from the vast BBC archives – if you love UK programming, this is the app to get.
4. ITV Hub
If you’re a fan of shows such as Love Island, X Factor and Coronation Street, you can watch them all on-demand via the ITV Hub firestick app. Just remember – the adverts are still there, and you can’t skip them… (though there ARE a few ways to watch ITV without adverts – even on the Fire TV).
5. All 4
Another popular commercial TV channel that has its own on-demand app is Channel 4. With catch-up episodes of shows like The Great British Bake Off, and 100s of box-sets, you’re likely to find interesting things to watch – just remember, you can’t skip the adverts…
Your selection of UK broadcast channels won’t be complete without Channel 5. You get catch-up episodes of brand new shows, as well as box-sets of past-shows. From reality shows like Big Brother to popular Australian and American shows – the selection is good. Though, again – adverts are part of the package…
7. Apple TV
Apple’s streaming TV service gives you both the ability to purchase movies and TV shows on-demand, as well as the subscription-based Apple TV+, which offers original content, with shows like The Morning Show and For All Mankind.
Apple TV+ offers a 7-days free trial, or you can get a full free year if you buy an iOS device.
8. UKTV Play
A set of channels (that now belongs fully to the BBC) – Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama – you’ll get on-demand boxsets of entertainment, comedy and reality shows like Taskmaster, Ghost Adventures and even classic episodes of Eastenders.
Sometimes you want to stream and watch your OWN video files. From home videos you took with your camcorder 20 years ago, to old VHS and DVD tapes that you ripped to your computer (with a VHS to DVD converter). If you have the video as a file on your computer – you can stream it to your Firestick, with the Plex app. (You need their desktop app installed on your desktop, and the Fire TV app installed on your firestick.)
Last year, Plex have also added an ad-supported library of free movies and TV programmes – though, for now at least, the selection in the UK is not very impressive.
Note: While the app is “free”, you’ll need to pay to unlock its full capabilities.
10. Firefox / Silk
Want to browse the “regular” web on your telly? Now you can, with one of the Firestick browsers. Silk is Amazon’s own web browser, and Firefox is a Firestick version of the popular desktop/phone browser.
They both work well on your TV, with the remote acting as a mouse cursor on your screen. Though, if you want to type URLs or login details, you’re better off using the Fire TV Smartphone Remote App.
Firestick Streaming Apps
Besides the essentials, there are so many more streaming services and apps these days, with an abundance of content for your Firestick. Here are some of the best ones.
11. Pluto TV
If you miss the “live” TV experience, Pluto will be right up your alley. You get 40 free streaming “live channels”, which you can flip through with an on-screen TV guide. From movies, true crime shows, sports and even poker – this is the ultimate screen saver, or something to watch when you really don’t know WHAT you want to watch.
If you’re looking for live Freeview channels (other than the major broadcasters who have their own apps), and you don’t want to use an aerial and a Freeview box – TVPlayer comes to the rescue… sort of.
While we keep waiting for an “official” Fire TV Freeview app (there’s a very limited one for smartphones), TVPlayer lets you stream some of the Freeview channels for free. A longer list of live Freeview channels, and some on-demand programming, is behind a paywall with TVPlayer Plus – so keep that in mind.
If you like watching other people playing video games, as well as esports, Twitch is the app for you.
It lets you watch people who livestream their games, as well as recorded shows – and you can even join the chat (though don’t count on using the regular remote for chatting…)
The ultimate place to watch official music videos and live performances. Although you can also find most of this content on YouTube, there are some exclusives – plus, it really is more convenient when you’re mostly looking to lose yourself in music videos and artists.
The peculiar YouTube competitor, Vimeo is a video sharing service that’s ad-free and offers more control over who can watch your videos – so some creators prefer it over YouTube.
Not to be confused with Disney’s Netflix competitor, the new Disney+ service, DisneyLife is a limited streaming service from Disney that’s aimed at kids. With classic Disney movies, TV shows from the Disney channels, and even sing-along with music tracks, this is a fun destination for your children.
17. Amazing Classics
If you like old, peculiar films and TV shows (mostly American) – and we don’t mean the Oscar-winning classics, but weird, B-style horror films, sci-fi and comedies – then you’ll get your fix with the Amazing Classics app. It’s all free, and you’re likely to find some fascinating stuff – as well as a lot of oddballs…
18. TED TV
You’re probably familiar with TED, the non-profit organisation that posts inspiring talks, or as they call them – “ideas worth spreading”.
With the TED app for the Firestick, you get a convenient interface where you can scroll through and stream hundreds of short TED talks, in a wide variety of topics.
If you’re a boxing fan, you can now get to see all the biggest live and recorded matches on your Firestick – without needing a Sky/Virgin Media/etc’ subscription. The app itself is free to download, but you’ll need to subscribe to the ‘channel’ itself for £12/month.
20. Hayu – Reality TV On Demand
Moving from boxing to a different type of on-screen fighting: reality TV. Hayu offers more than 200 reality TV shows, mainly of the… ehm… let’s call it ‘guilty pleasure’ type. From Keeping Up With The Kardashians to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The first month is free, but going forward you would need to pay £4.99/month. You can also subscribe to Hayu via Amazon Prime Channels.
The Amazon Firestick isn’t just for TV watching – you can also use it to stream music, which you listen to via your TV’s speakers/soundbar.
With Spotify, which is one of the leading music streaming services, you can stream more than 50 million songs – either via the free, limited tier (with adverts), or with a monthly subscription.
22. Amazon Music
Amazon have their own streaming music service, Amazon Music, which is quite similar to Spotify. There are two tiers – there’s Amazon Prime Music, which you get for free with your Amazon Prime subscription, but only has about 2 millions songs. And then there’s Amazon Music Unlimited, which requires a separate monthly subscription, with more than 50 million songs. (You can try it free for 30 days).
23. TuneIn Radio
Listen to live radio stations from all over the world – more than 100,000 stations with music, talk shows, podcasts and on-demand shows. It’s not just a way to listen to stations from the UK – but it’s a great way to discover new music all around the world.
24. Audible for Fire TV
Build a library of top-notch audiobooks, from all types and genres, and then listen to them on your telly, with the Firestick. First, you should subscribe to the service (you can get your first free audiobook via this link), and then – if you keep it going – it’ll cost you £7.99/month for one additional audiobook credit every month. Read my full Audible review here.
25. BBC News
If you don’t want the full BBC iPlayer experience, and just want to stay updated by reading and watching news from the BBC, this app gives you exactly that.
Firestick Utilities And Misc. Apps
The Amazon Fire TV Stick isn’t limited to just streaming video/audio. It’s a mini-computer connected to your TV – so these apps help you do some unique things with it…
26. Facebook for Fire TV
It might feel a bit strange, at first, to browse Facebook on your telly. But we do it everywhere else these days, so why not on the big screen? The Facebook app for the Firestick lets you browse your regular feed, see photos, watch videos – and even post to Facebook.
27. NordVPN for Fire TV
There are several reasons to use a VPN app on your Fire TV device. First, it gives you more privacy – so your ISP, or someone trying to listen-in on your WiFi, can’t see the things you’re doing – and watching – on your device.
But also, a VPN can help you get over Geo-blocks with some of the streaming apps – so it can let you watch American Netflix in the UK (though that doesn’t always work on the Fire TV), watch BBC iPlayer from abroad, etc’. I usually recommend NordVPN, as it’s the one I use mostly, but you can also check out ExpressVPN.
28. Just Eat
I know, I know – the idea of ordering food delivery on your TV is a bit crazy. You can’t even get up for that? Then again… why not? The photos and dishes look nicer on your big telly than on your smartphone, you can easily re-order food you liked before, and it’s all pretty convenient.
29. VLC For Fire TV
While Plex is a much more robust streaming app, sometimes you don’t need all those options and features which make it a bit complicated. So VLC (which is also a popular desktop app) does one thing, which it does very well – it streams and plays video/audio files from your desktop/phone, onto the Firestick.
VLC supports almost every media file format, just remember you also need to run the VLC server software on your desktop PC.
30. NASA For Fire TV
Reach for the stars, right from your sofa! The NASA app on the Firestick lets you watch live NASA-TV streams, look at more than 16,000 space images, thousands of space videos, and even see what the Earth looks like from the International Space Station – in real time.
31. Bob Ross – The Joy of Painting
Bob Ross was a famous American painter and painting instructor, who hosted a long-running TV show called The Joy of Painting. Now, you can watch episodes of the show right on your Firestick, and either learn with Bob, or just relax in front of his art.
32. White Log Fireplace
This one might sound silly, but it’s perfect for those cold winter nights, or just for Christmas. It won’t ACTUALLY keep you warm – it just shows an endless loop of a fireplace on your telly – but it’s a wonderful, soothing screensaver.
If you want a few more options and a selection of fireplaces, you can try this Fireplace App – but it’s a paid one.
Games For The Firestick
The Amazon Fire TV line always supported games – and while it won’t replace a gaming console, you can certainly have some fun with it. Some games work well with the regular remote, and some would need a Fire TV Gaming Controller.
Also, note that the first-generation Firestick is a bit under-powered for some of these games, so I would recommend them mostly with the Fire TV Stick 4K.
33. Crossy Road
A classic hit, similar to the old Frogger game but with modern (though retro) graphics and gameplay. Basically, you help the chicken cross the road – but it gets more and more complicated… and it works well with the regular Firestick remote.
Oh, and it’s free (With in-app purchases).
34. Hungry Shark Evolution
Grow your shark over 75 missions, letting him eat other fish, as well as humans, and arm him to his big teeth with weapons… Yeah, it’s as crazy as it sounds – but it’s a lot of fun, with 3D graphics. And it works with the Firestick remote, though a controller would probably work better in this case.
The basic game is free, with in-app purchases.
35. Asphalt 8: Airborne
Most Firestick games are pretty casual – but this game proves that even high-end games with advanced graphics can work well – though you would do better with the more-powerful Fire TV 4K Stick.
It’s a fully-featured racing game with 56 cars (some from licensed brands such as Lamborghini and Ferrari) and tracks in 9 different settings. It does technically work with the Fire TV remote, but should really be used with a Fire TV game controller.
The basic game is free, with in-app purchases. Also, note that the game needs 1.42GB of free space on your Fire TV device.
36. Stranger Things: The Game
If you’re a fan of the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, this fun little game will make you smile. As a game based on an 80’s-retro-show, it was made to look like an 80’s game – “Experience an action adventure game just like the ones our heroes would have played back in the day.”
You get the explore the town of Hawkins, solve puzzles, and hit things with Nancy’s bats..
Best of all – it’s free!