locast app

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This step-by-step instructional guide will show you how to install the Locast App on any device you prefer for streaming free Live TV.

Locast is a popular app for streaming free local news that carries hundreds of news stations across the country.

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It is available for installation on tons of devices including Firestick, Fire TV,  Roku, iPhone, Android devices, and more.

Several cord-cutters have trouble finding local news stations without using an OTA Antenna and this app helps resolve that issue.

Currently, there are over 100 stations available in select locations. However, this is likely to grow as more channel options are added.

For these reasons and more, we have included Locast within the following lists:

This guide will show you how to install the Locast App on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4k.

To do so, we will download the app from the Amazon App Store.

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However, all app stores hold this application so these steps will also work on any device you prefer.

Locast – Google Play Store

Users can still access Locast via their Web Browser on any device and this includes Android TV Box.

The Puffin Browser works great for all Android TV devices including NVIDIA SHIELD and more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Locast streams are only available in certain areas within the US.

You will notice some of these cities below, but you can find the full list of compatible locations on the Locast Official Website.

If you are not located in a compatible area you will receive the screen below. The good news is you can simply “unblock” geo-restrictions like these by using a VPN to change locations.

If you receive the screen below after installing Locast, that means you are located in an area in which Locast is unavailable. A simple way to "unblock" geo-restrictions like these is by using a VPN to change locations.

How To Install Locast App on Firestick/Fire TV

1. From your device home-screen hover over the search icon to type and select Locast


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From your device home-screen hover over the search icon to type and select Locast

2. Choose Locast under Apps & Games

Choose Locast under Apps & Games

3. Click Get

Click Get

4. Wait for the app to download

Wait for the app to download

5. After installation, you can choose to open the Locast TV app. But for this example, we suggest holding down the home button on your remote.

After installation, you can choose to open the Locast TV app. But for this example, we suggest holding down the home button on your remote and click Apps.

6. Click Apps

Click Apps

7. Hover over the Locast app and select Move

Hover over the Locast app and select Move

8. Place the Locast app within your Apps & Channels wherever you prefer

Place the Locast app within your Apps & Channels wherever you prefer

9. Launch Locast

Launch Locast

NOTE: As mentioned previously, if you receive the screen below after installing Locast that means you are located in an area in which Locast is unavailable.

A simple way to “unblock” geo-restrictions like these is by using a VPN to change locations.

If you receive the screen below after installing Locast, that means you are located in an area in which Locast is unavailable. A simple way to "unblock" geo-restrictions like these is by using a VPN to change locations.

10. Once you connect to a compatible location, you will receive an activation code. I suggest writing this down.

Once you connect to a compatible location, you will receive an activation code.

11. Visit the following URL on another device – locast.org/activate

  • If you don’t have an account, you will need to click the Create Account option

Visit the following URL on another device

12. Fill out the required information and click Register

Fill out the required information and click Register

13. You are then directed to the Activate Locast page

You are then directed to the Activate Locast page

14. Enter in the activation code from the previous step and click Submit

Enter in the activation code from the previous step and click Submit

15. Your Firestick/Fire TV is now activated with Locast.

Your Firestick/Fire TV is now activated with Locast.

16. That’s it! You have successfully installed the Locast app on your Firestick/Fire TV.

That's it! You have successfully installed the Locast app on your Firestick/Fire TV. 

17. Enjoy streaming local channels for free!

Enjoy streaming local channels for free!

For those with a Roku device, use the instructions below for installation.

How To Install Locast App on Roku

This guide shows how to install Locast on a Roku Streaming Stick+. However, these steps will also work for any variation of Roku.

1. From the home screen click the search option

From the home screen click the search option

2. Type Locast

Type Locast

3. Click the first option for Locast

Click the first option for Locast

4. Choose Add channel

Choose Add channel

5. Click Ok

Click Ok

6. Return to the home screen and find Locast

Return to the home screen and find Locast

7. Choose Move channel

Choose Move channel

8. Move and drop Locast at the top of your Channels list

Move and drop Locast at the top of your Channels list

9. Click to launch the Locast channel

Click to launch the Locast channel

10. Similar to the Firestick/Fire TV, if you are not in a compatible location you will need to use a VPN to unblock geo-restrictions

  • If you aren’t using a VPN, be sure to view our VPN for Roku Guide for more information

11. Once you have changed to a compatible location, you will also need to activate Locast on your Roku device

Once you have changed to a compatible location, you will also need to activate Locast on your Roku device

12. Visit the following URL on a different device – locast.org/activate

  • If you don’t have an account, you will need to click the Create Account option

Visit the following URL on another device

13. Fill out the required information and click Register

Fill out the required information and click Register

14. You are then directed to the Activate Locast page

You are then directed to the Activate Locast page

15. Enter in the activation code from the previous step and click Submit

Enter in the activation code from the previous step and click Submit

16. Your Roku device is now activated with Locast.

Your Firestick/Fire TV is now activated with Locast.

17. That’s it! You have successfully installed the Locast app on your Roku device.

That's it! You have successfully installed the Locast app on your Roku device.

Enjoy! We have included Locast within our list of Best Roku Channels.

Locast Features & Description

Locast is an excellent app with hundreds of local news stations available for free streaming.

You can view the complete list of channels and watch live news from any Browser, including the Silk Browser, on the official website:

Locast Official Website

Users will find HD streaming of their favorite local news channels as well as Settings for closed captioning, language, and more.

Users will find HD streaming of their favorite local news channels as well as Settings for closed captioning, language, and more.

This app pairs perfectly with many IPTV Services that do not carry local stations.

This is very similar in comparison to VUit and the Local Now apps.

For those using Kodi on their devices, Locast is available for installation as an add-on.

How to Install Locast Kodi Addon

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Locast App FAQ

What is Locast?

Locast is a Local News App that carries hundreds of news stations across the country for free Live TV streaming.

Is Locast free?

Yes! Locast is 100% free and available for use and installation on nearly any device.

What Channels does Locast feature?

Locast has hundreds of channels from various News Stations across the major US cities. This number will continue to increase as more locations are added.

Is Locast available on Firestick?

Yes. This guide will show you how to install Locast on a Firestick or Fire TV device.

Is Locast available on Roku?

Yes. This instructional guide will provide you steps to install on any Roku device.