How to install APKs on Firestick or Fire TV
The Amazon Firestick is a popular device that allows users to stream their favorite movies, TV shows, and games on their TVs. However, some apps and games are not available on the Amazon Appstore, which is the official app store for Firestick. Luckily, there is a way to install these apps and games by sideloading APK files. In this article, we will guide you on how to install APKs on Firestick.
What are APK files?
APK stands for Android Package Kit, which is the file format used by the Android operating system for installing and distributing applications. These files can be downloaded from various sources on the internet and can be installed on Android devices. Amazon Firestick runs on a modified version of Android, so it is possible to install APK files on it.
Enable installation from unknown sources
Before installing APK files on Firestick, you need to enable installation from unknown sources. This is a security measure implemented by Amazon to prevent the installation of malicious apps on the Firestick. Here’s how to enable installation from unknown sources:
- Open the Firestick settings menu by selecting the Settings option from the home screen.
- Scroll to the right and select the My Fire TV option.
- Select the Developer Options from the list.
- Turn on the Apps from Unknown Sources option.
Once you have enabled installation from unknown sources, you can proceed with the installation of APK files on your Firestick.
Install the Downloader app
The Downloader app is a popular app that allows you to download files from the internet on your Firestick. You can use this app to download and install APK files on your Firestick. Here’s how to install the Downloader app:
- From the home screen, select the search icon on the top left corner.
- Search for the Downloader app and select it from the search results.
- Select the Download button to download and install the app on your Firestick.
Download and install APK files
Now that you have enabled installation from unknown sources and installed the Downloader app, you can proceed with the installation of APK files on your Firestick. Here’s how to download and install APK files:
- Open the Downloader app on your Firestick.
- Enter the URL of the APK file you want to download in the address bar and select Go.
- Wait for the file to download. Once the download is complete, select Install.
- Wait for the installation to complete. Once the installation is complete, select Done.
You can now find the installed app in the Apps & Channels section on your Firestick home screen.
Tips for installing APK files on Firestick
Here are some tips to help you install APK files on your Firestick:
- Only download APK files from trusted sources. Downloading APK files from unknown sources can be risky as they may contain malware or viruses.
- Keep your Firestick updated to the latest software version. This can help prevent compatibility issues when installing APK files.
- Be sure to uninstall any previous versions of the app before installing a new version.
- Use a VPN when downloading and installing APK files. This can help protect your privacy and security when downloading from third-party sources.
Installing APK files on your Firestick can expand your streaming options and give you access to apps and games not available on the Amazon Appstore. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can safely and easily install APK files on your Firestick. Remember to only download APK files from trusted sources and keep your Firestick updated to the latest software version.