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Installing Various Firestick Apps Prompts Automatic Subscription to Service

Installing various firestick apps prompts automatic subscription to service

Firestick and Fire TV users beware: Downloading various applications from the Amazon App Store is now automatically subscribing users to the service.

Installing applications on these devices has always been extremely easy and best of all, most are entirely free to download. However, a new wrinkle in this process has appeared as some apps will automatically subscribe you to the service when simply downloading a free app.

This is the case for some of the most popular apps available today and includes the likes of Paramount+, Apple TV, Philo, Starz, and more. If you search for these via the Amazon App Store, you will see that the first option says something like “Subscribe & download app”.

subscribe and download app

In the past, this would simply say “Download” and allowed you to install the app free of charge. However, users now must scroll over to the “Download app only” button to ensure they don’t register for this paid service.

subscribe and download app

Even those who have already paid for a subscription could be prone to getting charged again since Amazon processes these subscriptions separately.

Those that provide a free trial option will automatically sign you up and download the app simultaneously but as we know, these “Free Trials” always require payment and will automatically charge you once the trial expires.

If Amazon wasn’t frustrating Firestick owners enough by blocking shortcut remote buttons, 3rd party launchers, and adding full-screen video ads, this latest stunt is sure to anger users everywhere.

Many are jumping ship to popular Android Boxes that run the Android TV/Google TV OS including the all new onn. Google TV 4K Pro which has 32 GB of storage and is available for only $49.99.

If you are browsing for and installing applications on your Firestick or Fire TV device. Be careful so that you don’t end up registering for a service you do not wish to pay for!

This story was originally published by Elias at AFTVNews.

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  1. Avatar for Mslea Mslea says:

    A bunch of crook. Its terrible that they are intentionally tricking people of of there money. I usually sideload adfree apps. Lol, I just don’t like commercials.

  2. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    Wow. Amazon is determined to turn every single streamer against them. I’m sure their bottom line will deminish a great deal over the coming year.

  3. This is crazy, I have 4 of the fire sticks, but only 1 is hooked up, the wife uses this one all the time, going to give her the heads up not to download any apps

  4. There not allowed to do that… Isn’t it against the law ? that’s highway robbery… I have a fireTV but haven’t downloaded any apps, but thanks for the heads up

  5. Avatar for JPM69 JPM69 says:

    Well it is shady not sure it’s illegal as it shows “download and subscribe” as the default selection with price You just need to move to the right and select “download only”.

    They’re definitely preying on people to not pay attention.

    So glad i left the Amazon streaming devices. More should follow after this latest stunt.

  6. Simple solution is to use a pin for purchase, if it ask for your pin, if you put it in, you are making a purchase, every free app i downloaded never asked for my pin, takes 30 seconds to set it up.
    Every company out there are gouging customers in B.S. ways.

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