How to Use VLC to Stream Videos to Fire TV







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If you’d like to stream videos from your Windows PC to your TV set with Amazon Fire TV, you can use VLC Media Player to play videos saved on your computer. Here’s how.

First, Install VLC Media Player on Fire TV

To get started, first, you’ll need to install the VLC app on your Fire TV. It’s available for free in the Amazon app store. To do so, turn on your TV set, navigate to the Fire TV home page, and select “Find.”

Launch the Fire TV home page, go to the Find section and press the Fire TV Remote's center button to open it.

On the Find page, navigate downward and select the “Search” card.

Navigate downwards and select the "Search" card.

Type “VLC” using the onscreen keyboard. Highlight “VLC Media Player” in the search results and press the center button to select it.

Type "VLC" using the on-screen keyboard. Highlight the "VLC Media Player" from the search results and press the center button to select it.

That will open the “VLC for Fire” app card in the Amazon App Store. Next, press your remote’s center button to open the VLC app page.

press the remote's center button to open the VLC app page.

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On the “VLC for Fire” app page, select “Download” to begin downloading the app.

press the center button again to start the app download and installation process.

After it installs, go back to the Fire TV home page. Navigate to the Apps and Channels tab on the right-hand side (It looks like three squares and a plus sign.) and press the center button to open it.

Navigate to the Apps and Channels tab on the right-hand side and press the center button to open it.

Move the highlight onto the VLC Media Player app card in the lower part of the screen, and then press the remote’s Options button, which looks like three horizontal lines.

Navigate to the Apps and Channels tab on the right-hand side and press the center button to open it.

In the menu that appears on the right side of the screen, select “Move.”

Select Move from the right-hand side of the screen.

Next, move the VLC Media Player card to the highlighted bar at the top. This way, you’ll be able to get to the VLC app quickly later.

move the VLC Media Player card to the gray highlighted bar at the top.

On the remote, press the center button to confirm its placement, and then press the Home button to return to the Fire TV’s home page. You’ll notice the VLC Media Player app shortcut pinned there for quick access.

Notice the VLC Media Player app shortcut pinned on the Fire TV home page for quick access.

Next, Enable Sharing on Your Windows Computer

To use VLC Media Player on Fire TV to browse and play the video files from your computer, you’ll also need to enable file sharing on Windows. We’ll need to visit Control Panel to do that.

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To open Control Panel, click the Start button, type “Control Panel,” and press Enter.

Click Start, type "Control Panel" in the Windows Search, and hit Enter.

In the Control Panel window, select “Network and Sharing Center.”

From the Control Panel window, select "Network and Sharing Center."

Click “Advanced Sharing Settings” in the left column.

Click "Advanced Sharing Settings" on the left column.

In the “Network discovery” section of “Private (current profile),” enable the “Turn on Network Discovery” option and check the box beside “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices.” Also, enable the “Turn on file and printer sharing” option. Then, click the “Save Changes” button.

Select Network Discovery and File Sharing options.

Once you’re done, you can close the Network and Sharing Center window.

Next, using File Explorer, locate the folder containing the videos that you want to share. Right-click the folder and select “Properties.”

Go to the folder containing the videos you want to share over the network and right-click on it to select "Properties."

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In the “Properties” window, click the “Sharing” tab, and then select the “Share” button.

Click on the "Sharing" tab and then the "Share" button.

Select your Windows user account from the list and click the “Share” button at the bottom.

Select your Windows user account from the list and click the "Share" button at the bottom.

Click “Yes” in the User Account Control prompt, and you’ll see a confirmation window stating, “Your folder is shared.” Under the folder name, you’ll see the folder address (the network path) appearing in gray. Click “Done” to close the window.

When you see shared folder path, click on Done to confrm the folder sharing changes.

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Finally, Access the Shared Folder from Fire TV

After enabling file sharing on your Windows computer, the VLC Media Player app will automatically detect it on your network.

On the Fire TV home page, select the VLC Media Player app shortcut to launch it.

From the Fire TV home page, click on the VLC Media Player app shortcut to launch it.

When the VLC Media Player app opens for the first time, it will ask for permission to access photos, videos, and other files on the Fire TV. Select “Allow.”

When VLC launches for the first time, select "Allow" to permit it to access media folders.

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In the “Browsing” menu on the left column, navigate sideways to the “Local Network” option.

From the "Browsing" menu on the left-column, navigate side-ways to the Local Network section.

Press the remote’s center button to open it, and VLC will show your Windows computer with its shared folders.

VLC automatically detects your shared PC on the network and shows it there.

Open the computer’s name card and log in with your computer’s username and password to let VLC access your shared folders.

Log in with your shared computer's username and password to let VLC access the shared folderes.

After that, you’ll see the shared folders. Select the folder that you want to open, and then choose the file that you want to play using VLC.

Click on the one you want to open and choose the file you want to play using the VLC media player.

You can use the VLC Media Player app on Fire TV to play all your videos or audio files from your computer’s shared folder. Have fun!

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