VLC Media Player – How To Download and Use on Firestick/Android (2022)

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This step-by-step guide will show you how to download and use VLC Media Player on Firestick, Fire TV, and Android TV Box.

VLC Player is a popular video player that works on tons of devices including Media Streaming Devices.

This includes the Amazon Firestick, Chromecast with Google TV, Android, iOS, more.

VLC is similar to the popular MX Player that also works fabulously on the Firestick and other devices. See below for more information on MX Player.

The following tutorial will show you how to download VLC Media Player as well as how to integrate it into your favorite Streaming Apps.

Because VLC Player is available in most app stores, installation is simple and quick.

Currently, the app is available for use on the following devices:

  • Windows
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Firestick/Fire TV

Because of VLC’s compatibility with streaming APK’s and its high popularity, we have included it in our list of Best Firestick Apps.

In this tutorial, we will be using an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K which is the most popular streaming device available today.


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However, these steps will be similar for any Android TV Box including NVIDIA SHIELD, Chromecast with Google TV, and more.

Android TV Box Resource Guide

 TROYPOINT TIP: Although VLC is a reliable media player, TROYPOINT recommends using MX Player when pairing with streaming apps and services.

Users can download VLC Player on any Android device from the Google Play Store or via the link below:

VLC Media Player – Google Play Store

If you prefer to use VLC on an iOS device such as iPhone or iPad, simply install from the Apple App Store:

VLC Player – Apple App Store

You can also find direct links for tons of devices at the VLC Player Official Website – videolan.org/vlc.

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How To Install VLC Media Player

1. Install the free TROYPOINT App on your Firestick or Fire TV.

If you haven’t done this yet, please refer to the following tutorial that demonstrates this simple process.

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2. Launch the TROYPOINT App.

launch the troypoint app

3. Choose Rapid App Installer.

choose rapid app installer

4. Scroll down to find VLC Media Player and click the down arrow.

click the down arrow for vlc on firestick

5. Wait for the app to install.

wait for the app to install

6. Click the play button to download VLC Player.

click play for vlc on firestick

7. Click Install.

click install

8. You will then see App Installed message.

vlc on firestick app installed

That’s it! You have successfully installed the VLC Media Player app on your Firestick/Fire TV.

How To Integrate VLC Player

After installation of the app is complete, we can now integrate VLC Player into our favorite applications.

In this guide, we are using Cinema APK with VLC. However, this will also work for most apps including those in the TROYPOINT Best APK’s list.

Best APK’s for Movies & TV Shows

Use the guide below to integrate VLC Player within Cinema:

1. Click Menu button in the upper left-hand corner (3 horizontal lines).

Click Menu button in upper left hand corner (3 horizontal lines)

2. Scroll down and select Settings.

Scroll down and select Settings

3. Click Choose default player

click choose default player

4. Choose VLC Player

choose vlc player

That’s it! Your content selections will now play using the VLC Media Player.

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From the home screen hover over Find.

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Scroll down and click Search.

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Type in

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Click Connect.

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Click OK.

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New IP Address

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VLC Player Features & Details

Users oftentimes find that these apps and APK’s buffer when viewing content.

However, using an external video player such as VLC is a great way to reduce buffering problems if you are experiencing issues.

Using VLC Player paired with real-debrid is a great way to eliminate buffering on any device including the Firestick.

How to Stop Buffering on Firestick

Many have found that using VLC as your external video player will also reduce ads in many apps & APK’s.

If you prefer apps that are completely ad-free, check out our updated list below:

Best Ad-Free Apps for Firestick/Android

For other streaming options that provide free Movies, TV Shows, and more, check out the following resource guides:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Devices Can VLC Player be Installed On?

VLC is compatible with tons of devices including Firestick, Android, iOS, Windows, and more.

Is VLC Media Player safe?

Yes. VLC is a safe external video player that works with tons of streaming apps and APKs.

How do I Install VLC Media Player?

This guide will show you How to Install VLC on a Fire TV Stick 4k. However, these steps are similar for nearly any device imaginable.

Is VLC Player Free?

Yes. VLC is a free media player that is easy to download on your preferred device.

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1 thought on “VLC Media Player – How To Download and Use on Firestick/Android (2022)”

  1. Hello,
    I have a Fire TV (2nd Gen) running Fire OS (672831220) with VLC 3.3.4 installed.
    No matter what I do VLC will not show on Favorites, Recents, or even in All Apps.
    The only way to access it is scroll all the way down to Manage Installed Apps in Setting.
    I’ve tried everything. Am I missing something?

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