Last Updated on 8 months by Amelia Johansson
Tired of paying money to watch local live TV channels on your fireTV device and want to get some free channels? If yes then you should learn how to install Freeview on Firestick 4K and on a FireTV Cube to get various free live TV channels in no time.
This app is available in various countries like the United Kingdom, New Zealand and in Australia too. As this app is inspired by BBC iPlayer and that’s why you will get some free live channels. However, you should read this article until the end to learn the proper installation method.
Even though I am also going to share with you a method to watch live channels in different countries where this app is not available. But before we move further it is must learn what is Freeview app and how it works and will you get on a FireTV by reading below section.
What is Freeview
Freeview is a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) that provides many local Live TV Channels to its users. The best part of this service is they don’t provide any contract or ask for the monthly subscription as everything is completely free.
However, they also offer a premium plan in which a user can buy channels like Hulu, Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max etc. To use the premium service of Freeview you will be required to have an antenna, Set-top boxes, or a DVR that is compatible with this app.
Other than this you can only use this app to watch local channels that are still free and doesn’t require cable connection at all. Freeview is available in three different countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Do I Get Freeview on Amazon Fire Stick
Currently, Freeview is not available for Amazon Firestick yet neither for UK, NZ nor for Australia. It is because they haven’t built a version for FireTV yet. However, it can be still downloaded from Google Play Store on Android Phones or TVs and even on Apple Store for iOS devices including Apple TV.
But until I am here you don’t need to worry about it anymore since I manage to find a way to install Freeview on Firestick within a few minutes. This method is known as the sideloading or installing of 3rd-party applications by jailbreaking our device.
Perhaps you should keep in mind that this app isn’t built for FireTV yet that means you cannot use it with remote. In this way, you should rather use a FireTV Remote application or simply use Mouse Toggle app to watch any live TV channel from the list.
Instead of this most of you might wondering if I can watch it outside the UK, NZ or Australia then the answer is yes. As for this you just need to install the best VPN service for you and then you will be able to watch it anywhere in the world.
I would recommend you to use Express VPN as it is quite affordable as compared to others and provide more security. Even though it can be used on 5 devices simultaneously means you can keep all your devices secure with a single account.
How To Install Freeview on Firestick/FireTV
Now as we know what is Freeview and how it works so if you are ready to go and want to learn how to install it on your FireTV then you don’t need to worry about it anymore. Because now we are moving towards the installation section.
Also, as I told earlier that this app is not available on Amazon Store that means we need to sideload this app. And for this, the first thing that is required is to jailbreak and if you haven’t done yet then make sure to follow this guide:
After you complete jailbreaking your FireTV now we need to download Downloader application. It is the best and only free app available that is used to install 3rd-party apps. Before that ES File Explorer was used too much but after some time they just disable this feature and make it premium.
This is the reason why we are using Downloader instead of ES File Explorer but in case you already have premium version then I would recommend to check another guide.
Ok, so let’s follow given below steps to download Downloader and install Freeview on Firestick 4K:
Close all apps and open Home Screen and from there hover to the above menu and select Search or Magnifying glass icon.
Now you need to use the keyboard and type Downloader there and below you will see some results so click on Downloader.
From the next screen, you will see various apps related to your search term so simply click on first app having Orange background (as shown in the screenshot below).
Once you click on it you just need to select Download (You Own it) button from the next screen.
After this just wait for a while until the app is downloaded and once it is installed click Open to launch it.
Launching Downloader for the first time will require some permission to access Photos, Files and Media so when it asks just select Allow.
After allowing permission you will then notice a Quick Tour Guide appears there just ignore it and select Got it to dismiss that notification.
At this time you will notice a simple box having HTTP:// prefix so hover to it and then press the select button to launch keyboard there.
Now using that keyboard type https://firesticklab.com/freeview.apk and then select Go button.
The downloader will try to connect to the server and after this, your app will start downloading.
Once the app is downloading it will open an installation window on your screen so now click on Install button.
Just wait for a while until the app is installed and once it is completed click on Done button.
When you click Done you will see Downloader app having a window with three different option so simply click on Delete button.
You will then again asked for the confirmation so again click on the Delete button to remove the backup file.
Now the Freeview App has been installed successfully on our Firestick device and you can easily use it by going to Your Apps & Channels > See All. or press the remote home button for 5 seconds and the click on Apps
It will then show the list of installed applications just scroll down and then hover to Freeview icon and press select to launch it.
In case if you are living outside the UK, NZ, or Australia you need to first connect to the VPN and once it is done you will be asked to type postcode. You can easily find the postal code of countries by searching it on Google and enter it in your app.
Other than this you might not be able to enter the postcode because of incompatibility of Remote then make sure to first download and install Mouse Toggle app. Once everything is done you can use this app normally and watch various live channels free of cost.
Sideload Freeview on Firestick using ES File
Now as I already told the installation guide above but if you don’t want to use Downloader because you have ES File Explorer premium. Then you should probably check out this guide to sideload Freeview using ES File Explorer app. How To Install ES File Explorer on Firestick
However, if you don’t have a premium app and you are using free version then skip this section and read the above guide instead. As sideloading of 3rd-party apps is now a premium feature that won’t work on a free version now.
Ok, so follow below steps to sideload Freeview on Firestick using ES File Manager app:
- Launch ES File Explorer on FireTV and from Home Screen hover to the left–panel.
- Now scroll down and then select Tools to expand its content.
- After this select Download Manager from the list.
- At this time move to the right-hand side and click on + sign.
- It will open a new window now type https://firesticklab.com/freeview.apk in the above section and leave the second.
- Now simply click on the Download Now button and your app will start downloading.
- Just wait for a while until the app is downloaded and then click on Open File.
- After this from the next screen click on Install App.
- This will launch installation window now select Install button from below.
- Now wait for a few seconds and when you see App Installed just click on Open to launch it.
That’s it Freeview is now installed on your device and you can simply use it to watch live channels free. But if you want to add some more channels then don’t forget to buy their premium plan.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Since we already learnt the complete installation method but if you still have some doubts or want to ask any question. Then make sure to first read the list of these faqs below where you will find most asked questions that people are asking.
Although if this list doesn’t work for you and you are still having some confusion then you don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section. I will be very glad to hear from you will try my best to answer any question that you are asking.
Can You Get Freeview on Firestick For Free?
Yes, anyone can easily download Freeview for Fire TV devices by using the sideloading method. It is because this app is not available on Amazon Store yet. However, it can be downloaded from Play Store on other Android-based Televisions.
Freeview App on Firestick Not Working?
Freeview app is currently available in the UK, NZ, & Australia, in case if this app is not working then you surely using it outside these countries. To solve this problem you just need to change your location to one of these countries and then you will be able to use it normally.
Do You Use Freeview Without VPN?
No, in case you are living in countries like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia then VPN isn’t required. However, this VPN is highly recommended for outer countries as this service won’t work there. You should use Express VPN as it offers fast speed, provide tight security and can be used on 5 devices at a time.
Is Freeview Available on firestick United States?
No, Freeview isn’t available in the United States yet but maybe in future, we will able to see this app. Until now the only way to watch free live channels is through VPN service. If you haven’t purchased a VPN yet then follow this article and get the best service for you.
Freeview is the best application available to watch live TV channels from different countries like the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. However, this app is not available for FireTV device yet that’s why you can read this article to install Freeview on Firestick 4K and on FireTV Cube.
Furthermore, since this app doesn’t support remote access and that’s why you should use Mouse Toggle app to use it. However, it may not work in various countries because of the geo-restrictions that’s why I recommend using a VPN for this.
Just in case you installed this app but still have some doubts then make sure to go above and check out faq list. Although if this doesn’t work then feel free to let me know in the comment section I will be glad to hear from you and will love to help you out.