In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to install and use the Crackle app on FireStick. This process works on all Fire TV products, including FireStick Lite, FireStick 4K, and Fire TV Cube.
Amazon’s aggressive push and constant innovation continue in the streaming device market with the FireStick. It’s come to a point where the device is a must-have accessory in any living room. The FireStick is packed with well-known streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Peacock, and AiryTV. Among the sea of paid streaming services, Crackle brings a breath of fresh air with free TV shows and movies.
Who doesn’t love free TV shows and movies? I sure do. While services like Netflix and Disney+ do a commendable job with high-quality original shows and movies, it doesn’t hurt to check out free streaming offerings from the likes of AiryTV and Crackle.
We have already covered AiryTV and how to install it on the FireStick. In this post, we will move our focus to the Crackle app and how to use it on the FireStick.
Before I show you how to install Crackle, let’s understand what it is and why it’s getting so popular these days.
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What Is Crackle and Why Is It So Popular?
Similar to Netflix and Prime Video, Crackle is an on-demand streaming TV service. Back in 2006, Sony purchased Crackle, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as Sony Crackle. In 2019, a new member came on board. Sony sold a controlling stake of the streaming service to Chicken Soup for the Soul. As of now, both of the industry giants are collectively working on Crackle.
There is a good selection of entertainment on Crackle. The content mix includes movies, TV series, and a handful of original programs. You won’t have a hard time finding something you like.
Crackle’s offering includes films with Hollywood megastars like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jack Nicholson. You will likely bump into plenty of recognizable titles. There is something for everyone here.
However, Crackle’s availability is limited to just a few regions. The service is available for free in the United States and Australia. The company offers paid services to Latin America and Caribbean countries.
Let’s now install and use Crackle on FireStick.
How to Install Crackle on FireStick
Crackle is natively available on the FireStick. Simply search it on the Amazon App Store and install the app. You don’t need to mess with the sideloading process. Follow these steps to download Crackle on FireStick.
Note: The screenshots below are of the new FireStick interface that Amazon recently released for existing devices. Amazon has made significant changes to the menus and button placements. If you are still using an old interface, please update your FireStick to the latest available version.
1. Start up your FireStick. On the home screen, select Find.
2. Scroll down and select Search.
3. Type Crackle using the virtual keyboard.
4. Scroll down below the virtual keyboard and select Crackle from the suggestions.
5. Find the CRACKLE app with an orange background and white font.
6. Click Download or Get and your download will begin.
7. When installation is done, just Open the app. You’re ready to use Crackle on FireStick.
Let me tell you, Crackle is addictive. Instead of scrolling to the app at the bottom of the Apps and Games list every time, I advise you to place the app at the top of the list for your convenience. Go through the steps below to make the change.
1. On your FireStick remote, press and hold the home button.
2. Go to Apps.
3. You’ll see all the apps that are installed on your device. Scroll down and find Crackle on the list. While Crackle is highlighted, press the options button on your remote.
4. Select Move from the sidebar.
5. You can now move Crackle to your desired position. I’ll place it in the top row so that it’s accessible from my FireStick home screen.
That’s it. Crackle TV is now at your fingertips on your FireStick. Let’s open the app and explore the service.
Crackle Features and Offers
One of the best things about the Crackle app is user convenience. It won’t force you to create an account right away. You can sign up for the service or skip it for now to explore the app.
Crackle is true to its slogan: “Watch free movies, TV, and exclusive original programming anytime, anywhere.” The app is absolutely free to use in the US.
You must be wondering, how does Crackle make money? After all, it costs a good chunk of money to run app servers and produce original shows. The answer is simple: ads. The app comes with ads here and there. However, they are not aggressive or annoying. The ads are well-balanced and don’t affect the user experience much.
Speaking of user experience, the interface is easy to use and navigate. You won’t have to scratch your head finding relevant menus and options.
Even though the Crackle app is limited to certain regions, it hasn’t forgotten about the global audience—Crackle supports a bunch of languages. You can use subtitles as well. Simply play the content you want to watch and click any button to open the settings. From there, you can adjust CC.
Where Else Can I Access Crackle?
Crackle is a cross-platform service. It’s available on FireStick, Roku, Android, iPhone, and even the web.
Is Crackle Legal?
Just a few years ago, Crackle was owned by Japanese entertainment giant Sony. That alone should answer your question about the legal status of the service. Moreover, the ads are legitimate and are not the constant, disruptive, full-screen ads you may encounter on other free streaming services.
Is Crackle Free?
Crackle is 100% free to use. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if paid plans were introduced in the future.
What Types of TV Series and Movies Are Available on Crackle?
Crackle provides thousands of TV shows and movies to stream. They are categorized into various genres, such as sci-fi, thriller, comedy, drama, and Crackle original.
How Can I Update Crackle on FireStick?
Crackle is officially available on the Amazon App Store, so updating it doesn’t require any manual effort. When a Crackle update is available, your FireStick will install the update automatically.
How to Unblock Crackle from Other Countries
As I mentioned, Crackle is only available in a handful of countries. If you try to access Crackle from another region, the service will show an error: “Thanks for visiting, unfortunately, we are not currently available in this region.”
You can easily bypass this limitation using a VPN for FireStick. There are many excellent VPN services for FireStick. Among them, ExpressVPN tops our recommendations with its blazing fast speeds, unblocking power, excellent security and privacy features, and more.
ExpressVPN has a dedicated app in the Amazon App Store. Simply download and install the app from the store and start using the service. Read our detailed installation guide to learn more.
Enjoy Free Movies and TV Shows on FireStick
Did you go through the steps above and successfully install the Crackle app on your FireStick? I’m sure you will have a great time browsing the extensive collection of TV shows, movies, and Crackle originals. If you can’t access Crackle from your location, don’t forget you can still unblock and use the app with a VPN for your FireStick.Legal Disclaimer - FireStickTricks.com does not verify the legality or security of any add-ons, apps or services mentioned on this site. Also, we do not promote, host or link to copyright-protected streams. We highly discourage piracy and strictly advise our readers to avoid it at all costs. Any mention of free streaming on our site is purely meant for copyright-free content that is available in the Public domain. Read our full disclaimer.
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