How to Install an APK on an Amazon Fire Stick (2023)

If you want access to apps or app updates that aren’t available on the Google Play Store, you may want to know how to install APK’s to your Amazon Fire Stick.

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In this article, we’ll discuss how to install third-party apps to your Firestick, directly from the internet or your computer; plus, how to safely install APK’s to your Android device.

How to Install an APK on Firestick?

To install an APK on your Firestick from a computer running Windows or macOS:

  1. From the top-right of the Firestick home screen, click on “Settings.”
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  2. Locate and select “My Fire TV.”
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  3. Select “Developer Options.”
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  4. Turn on “ADB Debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources.”
  5. An “Apps from Unknown Sources” warning message will display, select “Turn on.”
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How to Install Downloader App?

To install Downloader on Firestick/Fire TV:

  1. From the main menu, select “Settings” found towards the top left-hand corner.
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  2. Select “My Fire TV.”
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  3. Select “Developer Options.”
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  4. Click on “Apps from Unknown Sources” and turn it on.
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  5. Navigate back to home and select the “Search” icon.
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  6. Enter “Downloader” into the search bar.
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  7. Click on the “Downloader” app.
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  8. Select “Open,” then “Allow,” then “OK.”

How to Install APK’s on an Android Phone or Tablet?

Before installing an APK on your Android device, consider enabling an app scanning feature by Google Play Protect. It fishes out potentially harmful apps, by scanning them before download, and those already installed on your device.

It’s typically enabled by default. To check whether the app scanning feature is enabled on your Android device:

  1. Launch Google Play Store.
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  2. From the top left-hand corner, click on the hamburger menu.
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  3. Select “Play Protect.”
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  4. Click on the “Settings” (gear icon) found at the top-right hand corner.
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  5. Check that the “Improve Harmful App Detection” setting is on.
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  6. Check that the “Scan Apps With Plat Protect” setting is on.
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To install APK’s on a Google device with Android 8.0 Oreo and newer:

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  1. Navigate to and open “Settings.”
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  2. Select “Apps & Notifications.”
  3. Click on “Advanced” to expand it.
  4. Click on “Special App Access.”
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  5. Select “Install Unknown Apps.”
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  6. Select the source app, e.g., Chrome.
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  7. Click on the toggle button next to the “Allow From This Source to enable sideloading” option to switch it on.
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To install APK’s on a Samsung device with Android 8.0 Oreo and newer:

  1. Navigate to and open “Settings.”
  2. Select “Biometrics and Security.”
  3. Click on “Install Unknown Apps.”
  4. Click on the trusted application you want the APK file to install from, e.g., Chrome or My Files.
  5. Click on the toggle button next to the “Allow From This Source to enable” option to switch it on.

How to Install APK’s From Your PC With ADB?

  1. Install Android Debug Bridge on your PC. Use a Windows third-party tool like ADB 15 Seconds Installer for a quicker and easier way to install it.
  2. Open a CMD window and enter the command “adb –help” then hit “Enter.”
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    • ADB version, global options, general commands, and Networking information should now be displayed in the window.
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  3. If you receive an error message instead, try closing the window, re-opening, then entering the command again.
  4. To connect your TV, locate and click on “Settings.”
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  5. Then select “Device Preferences,” then “About.”
  6. Scroll down and click on “Build” until the “You are a developer” message appears.
  7. To find out your TV’s IP address, navigate to the Settings page.
  8. Select “Network & Internet” and click on the active connection. The IP address is typically listed towards the top.
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  9. To connect the ADB on your computer to your Amazon Fire TV, on your computer enter and run the command “adb connect” followed by your TV’s IP address.
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  10. Accept the prompt that appears on the TV. Then you’ll receive an ADB successful connection message.
    • To confirm successful connection another way, enter and run command “adb devices.”
  11. To install the APK files that you want, enter and run the command “adb install” – space, then move the downloaded file to the app window.
  12. When the complete path is pasted in the file, click “Enter.”
  13. You should receive a success confirmation message and the app will be displayed on the TV.
    • To sideload an APK next time, just enter and run the command “adb connect” from your computer and then command “adb install” for each APK.

How to Sideload a Fire TV Device Using a Downloader App?

In this example, we’ll use the Fire TV Stick Lite, though these instructions will work for any Fire TV variation. To install Downloader and enable “Unknown Sources,” do the following:

  1. From the home screen, locate and select the “Find” option.
  2. Select “Search,” locate and select “Downloader.”
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  3. Select the “Downloader” app, then click on “Download.”
  4. Once the install is complete, select “Open.”
  5. Go back to home and access “Settings.”
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  6. Select “My Fire TV.”
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  7. Select the “Developer” options.
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  8. Click on “Install unknown apps.”
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  9. Locate and select the “Downloader” app.
    • This enables “Unknown Sources” for the “Downloader” app and allows sideloading on your Fire TV device.

To sideload an app to your Amazon Fire TV device:

  1. Go to the official website for the app you wish to sideload, e.g., Kodi.tv.
  2. Locate and select the Download and download for Android option.
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  3. Press and hold on the download link, then choose “Copy link address.”
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  4. Go to notepad and paste the link in there.
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  5. From here, you have two ways to enter the link into Downloader:
    • Either type in the full address, or
    • Use bitly.com to shorten the address. Paste it into the “Shorten your link” text field, then hit “Shorten.”
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  6. Once you’ve entered either the long or shortened version of the address into Downloader, click on “Go.” It should automatically start to download.
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    • If the Bitly address doesn’t work, type in the original long address.
  7. From the install window that pops up, click on “Install.”
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  8. Then click on “Done” or “Open.”
  9. The app should open, then follow the on-screen instructions to start using the app.

If you can’t access the app because it doesn’t display with the others:

  1. Go to “Settings” on the home screen.
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  2. Select “Applications” > “Manage installed applications.”
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  3. Scroll through the list to locate the app.
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  4. Select it, then hit “Launch Application.”
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How to Sideload a Fire TV Device With an Android Phone?

Use the instructions below to sideload your Amazon Fire TV device with an Android phone:

  • You can find the Android APK on your Fire TV’s internal storage. You’ll need to download the “Total Commander” app to your Amazon Fire TV device:
    1. To get to the installation page, on your remote, hold down the “Alexa” button and say, “Total Commander app.”
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    2. To install it, click on “Get.”
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    3. Again, hold the “Alexa” button and then say, “Send Files to TV app.”
    4. To install the app, select “Get.”
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    5. On your Android device, install the SFTV app.
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    6. On both devices, open the SFTV app to give the necessary permissions.
    7. From your smartphone, select “Send” and select the APK file to sideload.
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      • It will be sent to your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Bear in mind that for SFTV to work, both devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
    8. Once the APK has been transferred, access “Total Commander” and look in the Download folder to find the APK.
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    9. Select it and click on “Install the app.”
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    10. On the next page, allow “Total Commander” to “Install Unknown Apps.”
    11. Click on “Install” and the Android APK will sideload onto your Fire TV Stick.
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  • Navigate to “Appstore” > “All Your Apps” to see your sideloaded apps. Some apps may show an incorrect icon.

Note: Because Fire OS is a highly modified Android OS, some Android apps won’t be able to run on Fire TV Stick.

How to Enable Third-Party Apps in Settings?

To enable third-party apps installation on an Android device:

  1. Navigate to “Settings” > “General.”
  2. Click on the “Security” option.
  3. Check the box next to the “Unknown Sources” option.
  4. Select “Ok” to the warning message.

Additional FAQs

How Do I Install APK Files on Amazon Fire Stick?

In this example, we’ll use the Fire TV Stick Lite, though these instructions will work for any Fire TV variation. To install Downloader and enable “Unknown Sources,” do the following:

1.From the home screen, locate and select the “Find” option.

2.Select “Search,” locate and select “Downloader.”

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3.Select the “Downloader” app, then click on “Download.”

4.Once the install is complete, select “Open.”

5.Go back to home and access “Settings.”

6.Select “My Fire TV.”

7.Select the “Developer” options.

8.Click on “Install unknown apps.”

9.Locate and select the “Downloader” app.

·This enables “Unknown Sources” for the “Downloader” app and allows sideloading on your Fire TV Device.

To sideload an app to Amazon your Fire TV device:

1.Go to the official website for the app you wish to sideload, e.g., Kodi.tv.

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2. Locate and select the Download and download for Android option.

3.Press and hold on the download link, then choose “Copy link address.”

4.Go to notepad and paste the link in there.

5.From here, you have two ways to enter the link into Downloader:

·Either type in the full address, or

·Use bitly.com to shorten the address. Paste it into the “Shorten your link” text field, then hit “Shorten.”

6.Once you’ve entered either the long or shortened version of the address into Downloader, click on “Go.” It should automatically start to download.

·If the Bitly address doesn’t work, type in the original long address.

7.From the install window that pops up, click on “Install.”

8.Then click on “Done” or “Open.”

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9.The app should open, then follow the on-screen instructions to start using the app.

Is There a NordVPN App for Fire Stick?

Yes, there is. Visit the official NordVPN website to download the application and start using it on your Fire Stick.

How Does Amazon Fire Stick Work?

The Amazon Fire Stick streams content directly from the internet as opposed to downloading it onto a device. With your Fire Stick is plugged into your TV’s HDMI port and connected to your Wi-Fi, sign in to your Amazon account and you’ll get to access all your favorite content in real-time.

The things you’ll have access to includes:

• Any music and video purchases made using your Amazon account

• Any pictures uploaded to your Amazon Cloud account

• Thousands of apps and games

• Netflix and YouTube

• For a fee, other TV and movie streaming services like Hulu.

Even though not all the services are free, using a Fire Stick can work out cheaper than the typical monthly cable TV package, with the option for a wide variety of choices when sideloading other apps to it.

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Access to Apps of Choice via Your Amazon Fire Stick

Installing APK’s on to your Fire Stick opens up access to pretty much any application you want outside of the Google Play Store. However, this freedom could expose your devices to harmful malware and viruses; thankfully, Google provides robust security measures to block them.

Now that you know how to safely install APK’s on to your Fire Stick, we’d love to know whether the process was successful? Did the apps you choose to download work as expected? Let us know about your experiences in the comments section below.

FAQs

Do APK files work on FireStick? ›

Install APKs from an Android phone or tablet

There are a few mobile apps that can copy applications to a Fire TV device, but the best option is Apps2Fire. It's available from the Play Store, and can copy APK files or your phone's own applications to your Fire TV.

How do I install apps from unknown sources on fire stick? ›

From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick's home screen, scroll down to “Settings”. Next, scroll to the right and select “System”. Next, scroll down and select “Developer Options”. Then select “Apps from Unknown Sources” to turn the option to “ON”.

How do I allow an APK file to install? ›

Android 8 or above

On your device, tap Settings > Apps. Tap Special access > Install unknown apps. Tap the browser from where you will download the APK, such as Chrome. If prompted, toggle Allow from this source on.

Can you sideload APK on FireStick? ›

You can have any app side-loaded with just a few clicks onto your FireStick device. You can also use Downloader to install other files, such as music, videos, and more.

What program is needed to open a APK file? ›

Since APK files come in compressed ZIP format, any ZIP decompression tool can open it. So, for viewing the contents of an APK file, all you have to do is rename its extension to . zip and open it. Or, you can open it directly through an open dialogue box of a zip application.

How do I install apps from unknown sources? ›

Allowing app installs from Unknown Sources in Android
  1. Navigate to Setting > Security.
  2. Check the option “Unknown sources“.
  3. Tap OK on the prompt message.
  4. Select “Trust“.

How do I allow an app to use unknown sources? ›

Android 8. x & higher
  1. From a Home screen, swipe up or down from the center of the display to access the apps screen.
  2. Navigate: Settings. Apps. .
  3. Tap. Menu icon. (upper-right).
  4. Tap. Special access. .
  5. Tap. Install unknown apps. .
  6. Select the unknown app then tap the. Allow from this source switch. to turn on or off .

What is ADB debugging Firestick? ›

You can use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to connect your development computer to an Amazon Fire TV device or stick for installing, testing, and debugging your apps. Before you use ADB, you must enable debugging on your Fire TV device, and set up ADB on your computer.

Why do my APK won't install? ›

Insufficient storage space: Your storage space may have filled up with no more space to accommodate new apps. Corrupted app or apk file: This is most common with apps downloaded from outside Google Play Store. The app is either corrupted or incompletely downloaded or copied as the case maybe.

Why APK apps are not installing? ›

The Android app not installed error can be combated after resetting app permissions. Go to Settings > Apps > Reset App Preferences/Reset Application Permissions. After this, third-party software can be installed on your device.

Why cant my APK install? ›

Why APK won't install on Android? First, make sure that your Android version supports the APK version you want to install. Also, remove the Play Store version of the app before installing an APK. Don't forget to check the storage space and permission to install apps from unknown sources.

Can I install any Android app on FireStick? ›

Although it's not a particularly well advertised feature, the Amazon Fire TV and the Amazon Fire TV Stick allow for sideloading of Android applications. With a little effort you can easily load apps on your Fire TV that aren't available in the Amazon Appstore.

What does sideload mean FireStick? ›

Sideloading means putting apps on a device that aren't available in that device's app store.

What is APK stands for? ›

An APK (Android Package Kit) is the file format for applications used on the Android operating system. APK files are compiled with Android Studio, which is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for building Android software. An APK file includes all of the software program's code and assets.

How can I open APK file without any software? ›

To open APK files on a PC without an emulator, you need to add the ARC Welder extension to your chrome browser. You can get this extension from here. After adding the extension, add APK files and click on 'Launch app'.

Why APK file is not opening? ›

APK files cannot be opened by themselves in any operating system other than Android. Windows and Mac computers cannot decode these files. So, to open and run them in Windows and Mac, you need tools and software to make this possible. Below are software and tools that allow users to open APK files.

How do I allow installation of apps sources other than the Play Store? ›

For New Android Versions (Oreo, Pie, Android 10, 11 and 12)
  1. Go to your Android Settings > Apps & Notifications.
  2. Select Advanced or the three dots at the top-right corner – users might see either option depending on their device.
  3. Select Special App Access.
  4. Choose Install Unknown Apps.
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Can an app bypass permissions? ›

Android apps must ask for permission to access sensitive resources on the phone, like the GPS, the camera, or the user's contacts data. When you say that an app can't access your location data, the operating system can prevent it from doing so because it runs the app in its own sandbox.

Do I want ADB debugging on or off? ›

With ADB debugging turned on, a malicious individual just needs to be on the same network and know (or guess) your Fire TV's IP address to gain control of the device. For the most part, it's best to turn ADB debugging off when traveling with your Fire TV and fine to leave it on when using the device at home.

What is bricking a FireStick? ›

A “bricked” Fire TV is one which will no longer boot to the home screen. This usually results in the Fire TV getting stuck on the white Amazon boot logo, getting stuck on the colorful Fire TV boot animation, or continuously rebooting at one of those two screens.

How do I enable ADB mode? ›

Enable adb debugging on your device

To make it visible, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times. Return to the previous screen to find Developer options at the bottom. On some devices, the Developer options screen might be located or named differently. You can now connect your device with USB.

How do I force Android apps to install? ›

Reinstall apps or turn apps back on
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Play Store .
  2. On the right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Manage apps & device. Manage.
  4. Select the apps you want to install or turn on. If you can't find the app, at the top, tap Installed. Not installed.
  5. Tap Install or Enable.

Why does my Firestick keep saying app not installed? ›

If you can't download apps on Fire Stick and want to fix it, check your network status. Alternatively, check for the amount of free space available in the internal storage of your device. If these tips don't work, try restarting your Fire Stick.

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Can you sideload an APK? ›

You can sideload apps directly from your browser on Android. Simply open a page that offers APKs and download it. You'll see a warning that the APK can harm your device; tap OK to proceed. Once it downloads, you'll see a little banner with a shortcut to open it.

Is sideloading Fire Stick safe? ›

Users who have “sideloaded” apps and other content to their connected televisions through their Amazon devices may have infections with malware that can take over their entire networks.

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