How to Update Apps on the Amazon Fire Stick

To make sure that your streaming experience goes smoothly, your Fire Stick apps should be up to date. Fire TV usually does the job for you, by automatically updating all your apps, as well as your operating system. However, in some cases, you need to update your apps manually.

How to Update Apps on the Amazon Fire Stick

In this guide, we will show you how to update all your apps on your Fire Stick, as well as download and remove apps from your Fire TV. Additionally, we will answer some common questions regarding your Fire TV Stick upgrades.

How to Update Apps on Fire Stick?

The simplest way to update apps on your Fire Stick is to enable automatic updates. This will upgrade your apps to their most recent version, as long as you are connected to the internet. Make sure that your Fire Stick has a stable internet connection, otherwise your device will not be able to update any apps. This is how it’s done:

  1. Navigate to the Home screen.
  2. Use the “Right” button on the directional pad to select “Settings” from the options menu.
  3. Use the “Right” button to locate “Applications.”
  4. Go to “Appstore.”
  5. Use the circular center button for “Automatic Updates” and make sure it is set to “On.”

The process of manually updating an app on Fire Stick is also fairly simple.

  1. Launch your Fire Stick and navigate to the Home screen on your device.
  2. Select the menu on the top of your screen, by pressing “Up” on your Fire Stick remote.
  3. Scroll to the “Apps” section by pressing the “Right” button.
  4. Use the directional pad to scroll through the available apps.
  5. Select one of the apps by pressing the circular center button on the directional pad.
  6. The app will usually have an “Open” button, but if an update is available, it will be replaced with an “Update” button.
  7. Select “Update” with the Fire Stick remote and wait for the download to finish.
  8. The “Open” button will appear after the app has been updated.

How to Update Sideloaded Apps?

Sideloaded apps on Fire Stick have to be updated manually. To complete this, you will need to install an additional program. It may seem complicated, but by following the steps below, you’ll manage to do it quickly.

  1. Open your Home Page and go to “Settings” on the menu bar.
  2. Go to “Device,” and then go to “Developer Options.”
  3. Find “Apps from Unknown Sources,” and select “On.”
  4. Return to “Settings,” go to “About,” and then to “Network.”
  5. Write down your Fire TV Stick’s IP address.
  6. Go to the adbLink page on your computer and download the program.
  7. Install the program.
  8. Launch it and click “New device.”
  9. Add your Fire Stick and insert the IP address.
  10. Install the newest version of the app you want to update on your Fire Stick.
  11. Open adbLink, and then select “Install APK.”
  12. Go to your browser and find the .apk file in the adbLink interface.

The next time you turn on your Fire TV, your sideloaded apps should be updated.

How to Add Apps to Fire Stick?

Although Fire Stick is of great convenience on its own, the functionalities of Fire Stick can be greatly enhanced by adding apps that suit your specific needs. There are three main ways to add new apps to Fire Stick.

How to Download Apps on Fire Stick From the Apps Menu?

  1. Make sure that your Fire Stick has a stable internet connection, otherwise your device will not be able to download any apps.
  2. Launch your Fire Stick and navigate to the Home screen on your device.
  3. Select the top menu by pressing “Up” on your Fire Stick remote.
  4. Scroll to the “Apps” section by pressing the “Right” button on your Fire Stick remote.
  5. Select “Apps” by pressing the circular center button.
  6. Use the directional pad to scroll through the available apps.
  7. Select one of the apps by pressing the circular center button on the directional pad.
    Note: If the app had never been previously downloaded, the “Get” button will pop up. Whereas, the “Download” button will appear if you have previously downloaded the selected app.
  8. Wait for the download to complete.
  9. Select “Open” to launch the app.

There are several things to keep in mind while following the outlined steps.

  • The most popular apps will be in the featured section at the top of the “Apps” category.
  •  To view all of the offered apps, the user must use the directional pad to scroll down through the “Apps” category.
  • After selecting one app, additional information will pop up, which the user can examine to make an educated selection between apps with similar functionalities.
  • The speed of the download will vary from app to app, depending on their size, as well as the speed of your internet connection.
  • After the selected apps have been downloaded, they can always be accessed through the “Apps” section on your Fire Stick.

How to Download Apps Using the Search Function on Fire Stick?

Only the most popular apps will be visible at the top of the featured category in the “Apps” section. If the app you are searching for is not visible, you can always browse by using the search function on your Fire Stick.

  1. Select the magnifying glass at the top left of the menu by pressing “Up” and “Left” on your Fire Stick remote.
  2. Use the directional pad to type in the name of the app you are searching for.
  3. Select the app on the list by pressing “Down” on the directional and pressing the circular center button on your app.
  4. Select “Get” or “Download.”
  5. Wait for the download to finish. Afterward, select “Open” to launch the app.

How to Download Apps Through the Amazon App Store?

The final way to download apps entails using your browser and the App Store offered by Amazon. The prerequisite for using this method is having an Amazon account. After finding and selecting the app you wish to download, the process is automated, and the app will be downloaded to your Fire Stick. This is how it’s done:

  1. Open the web browser of your choice on your PC or another device.
  2. In the search bar, type in “amazon.com/appstore.”
  3. Scroll down and select the checkbox next to the “Fire TV Model” of your specific device.
  4. Locate the app you are interested in, and select it to see more information.
  5. Specify the device you want the app to be sent to by opening the dropdown menu on the right side.
  6. Selecting “Fire TV.”
  7. Click on “Get App” or “Deliver.”

The app will be automatically installed on your Fire Stick. Afterward, select “Open” on your Fire Stick to launch the app.

How to Remove Sideloaded Apps?

Sideloaded apps can’t be uninstalled the same way as other apps. This is how it’s done:

  1. Connect to your Fire TV with ADB (Android Debug Bridge – a program used for sideloading applications).
  2. To find out the name of your app package, run this command on ADB: “adb shell pm list packages -3”.
  3. Then run the following command: “adb uninstall PACKAGENAME” and make sure to use the app’s correct package name.

This will automatically uninstall your sideloaded apps on your Fire Stick.

Additional FAQs

How Do I Upgrade the Amazon Fire Stick?

You can update your Amazon Fire Stick software directly from the Fire Stick device. This is how it’s done:

1. Launch your Fire Stick.

2. Use the “Right” button on the directional pad to select “Settings” from the options menu.

3. Find “My Fire TV” on the list of options.

4. Use the directional pad to go to “About.”

5. Go to “Check for system update.”

If there is an available system update, you can use the circular button on the direction pad to select “Update.”

How Do You Update Netflix on Fire Stick?

If your video streaming platforms aren’t updated, you might run into issues while trying to play a particular show. Netflix is no different. Generally speaking, once you update the app, it will start functioning normally. This is how it’s done:

1. Press the “Home” button on your Fire TV remote.

2. Navigate to “Settings” on your menu bar.

3. Go to “Applications.”

4. Head over to “Manage installed applications.”

5. Find “Netflix.”

6. Select “Update.”

If there is an available updated version, it will show up in the list of options. If you can’t see that option, it means that the app is already up to date.

Can You Update an Older Fire Stick?

If you have an older version of Fire Stick, it can be updated just like any other version. It would just be labeled differently in Settings (“Device” or “System”).

Once you find it, go to “About,” and then to “Check for system updates.” From that point on, you can update your Fire Stick to the newest version.

What Are the Free Apps on Fire Stick?

There are numerous free apps and channels you have access to on your Fire Stick. Some of them are automatically installed, and others you can find in the Amazon App Store. Here are some of the most popular free apps on Fire Stick for streaming movies, music, and TV shows.

• YouTube

• Cinema HD

• Kodi

• Tubi

• Twitch

• Spotify

• Typhoon TV

• Crackle

• Bee Tv

• Popcornflix

How Do I Update Apps on Jailbroken Fire Stick?

Apps are updated on a jailbroken Fire Stick the same way you would with regular apps on a regular Fire Stick. If you’re interested in finding out how – just go back a couple of questions. All the instructions are there.

Keep Your Fire Stick Updated for the Optimal Streaming Experience

Now you know how to update Amazon apps and sideloaded apps on Fire Stick. You have also learned how to update your Fire Stick, remove sideloaded apps, and many more useful things that will make your Fire Stick function perfectly.

Have you ever updated an app on your Fire Stick? Did you use any of the methods outlined in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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