How to add BBC iPlayer to your Amazon Firestick when outside the UK (Downloader app version)
The BBC iPlayer is a video streaming service, designed for users in the UK only.
The BBC iPlayer FireStick app is only available for UK residents.
If you try to add BBC iPlayer app to your Firestick whilst in Spain, then you may not find it in the available apps in your apps store. This is because it is “geo-blocked”, using your internet IP address to check whether or not you are located in the UK.
However it is possible to manually install the BBC iPlayer app on your Firestick.
But for people living outside of the UK, you will need a VPN or Smart DNS service to hide your “non UK” IP address and access the free content on BBC iPlayer.
We cover VPNs and Smart DNS services for a Firestick on this page : How to set up and use an Amazon Firestick in Spain for BBC iPlayer
This is a step-by-step guide on how to install BBC iPlayer on FireStick, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube. (Correct as at Dec 2020)
Step 1: Open FireStick Home
Step 2: Click on the Settings menu at the top
Step 3: Select Device/My Fire TV
Step 4: Tap on Developer Option – if Developer Option is not available click here to see how to gain access to this option
Step 5: Click on Apps from Unknown Sources
Step 6: Click Turn ON
Step 7: Return to FireStick Home > Then click on the Search icon
Step 8: Type ‘Downloader’ and click on it
Step 9: Select the Downloader app from below
Step 10: Press Download if it isn’t downloaded on your FireStick
Step 11: Click Open once the app is downloaded
Type 741561 and click GO
Step 13: Click Download – this may be done automatically
Step 14: Once the download finishes, click Install – this may be done automatically
Step 15: Press Install again
Step 16: Once the app is installed, press Done
Step 17: Return to FireStick Home > Go to Settings > Then Applications
Step 18: Select Manage Installed Applications
Step 19: Here you will find BBC iPlayer in the list, click on it
Step 20: Click Launch Application
Step 21: Sign into your BBC Account. If you do not have a BBC account, then you will need to create one at bbc.com/account
Step 22: iPlayer loads up and is available to use
Note : if trying to use BBC iPlayer outside the UK you will need to set up a VPN or Smart DNS service on your firestick, to hide you “foreign” IP address – How to set up and use an Amazon Firestick in Spain for BBC iPlayer