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Downloader App Removed from Google Play Store

downloader app not in google play store

The well-known Downloader App is currently not available in the Google Play Store for Android TV Devices and Boxes.

This is due to an absurd DMCA takedown request from Warner Brothers Discovery in India.

The Downloader App is used by millions of cord-cutters daily to sideload apps and APKs that are not available in their device’s respective app store.

Users attempting to install this application via the Google Play Store where it is usually located are no longer able to do so.

When selecting the Downloader App via Google search, you are met with the following screen.

Downloader App unavailable

If you do a search for Downloader within the Google Play Store itself, you will notice it is no longer available.

downloader app not in google play store

Why is Downloader Not Available in the Google Play Store?

Google has removed Downloader from the Google Play Store after a false DMCA request from Ishita Singh and MarkScan in India.

MarkScan represents Warner Brothers Discovery and has submitted the takedown request with no grounds for removal and Google has obliged it without attempting to verify its legitimacy at all.

This is just another example of Google bending to the pressure of a ridiculous claim from a foreign country.

In May of 2023, Downloader was removed for an absurd DMCA takedown request from Isreal’s Yes TV stating that the app allowed users to access a website that infringes their copyright.

This resulted in the app being unavailable for 20 days which resulted in a loss of 47% of active users.

You can help the developer of Downloader, Elias from AFTVNews, by retweeting the following tweet and letting Google Play know of the error it has made.


We will keep you updated on the details of this situation as more information is made available.

The Downloader app was never available in Google Play for phones, tablets, and generic Android Boxes.

However, it was available for systems running Android TV/Google TV such as NVIDIA SHIELD, Chromecast with Google TV, BuzzTV, onn. Google TV Box, and more.

How to Install Downloader on Android & Google TV – Video Guide

NOTE: In this video, we will reference the JioPages Browser. However, this application has now changed its name to JioSphere so this is what you will need to install and use to download the Downloader App on your device.

Please Donate to Elias @ AFTVNews Website

This is the absolute worst time that this could happen as Elias relies on donations sent through the application. Obviously, this is the busiest time of year for the app and this meritless removal will hurt him financially.

The Downloader app is the foundation for everything we do with our Android TV/Google TV & Fire TV systems and we need to show Elias our support during this time.

Here’s a link to a donation page for Elias on the AFTVNews Website. Please think about how much you use the Downloader app and if you can make a donation, Elias would greatly appreciate it. Every little bit counts!

Donate to Elias @ AFTVNews?

How to Install Downloader App on Android TV & Google TV – Screenshot Guide

1. From the home screen of your device, select apps and click the search bar.

click search

2. Type jio.

type jio


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3. Select JioSphere.

select jiosphere

4. Click Install.

click install

5. Wait for the app to download.

wait for app to download

6. Click Open.

click open

7. Click Accept.

click accept

8. Select Standard Mode.

select standard mode

9. Choose Skip Tour.

choose skip tour

10. You are then presented with the JioSphere home screen. Click the URL bar and type


11. Scroll down to find the Downloader App and click Download.

click download

12. Click download anyway.

click download anyway

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13. At the top of the screen you will see File Download message. Click Open.

click open


14. You will then be prompted to enable unknown sources for JioSphere. Click Settings.

click settings

15. Click the toggle to enable unknown sources for JioSphere.

unknown sources on for jiosphere

16. Click Install.

click install

17. If prompted, click Decline.

click decline

18. Click Open.

click open

19. Select Allow.

select allow for downloader

20. Click OK.

click ok

21. You are now presented with the Downloader App home-screen.

downloader app home screen

You can now install Apps and APKs of your choice using the Downloader App. Enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Downloader App?

The Downloader app is a tool used by millions to sideload apps & APKs on various streaming devices.

Why is Downloader not in Google Play Store?

It is unclear why Downloader is no longer available in Google Play. Hopefully, this is a small error on Google’s part that will be solved soon.

Is Downloader Free?

Yes. Downloader is absolutely free to install and use on any device including Firestick, Fire TV, and Android TV Boxes.

How do I Install Downloader?

The guide above provides both a video guide as well as a screenshot guide for installing Downloader when it is not available in the Google Play Store.

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Notable Replies

  1. Thank you for the heads up Troy :ok_hand:

  2. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    That JioSphere is a real PITA on my Nvidia Shield. Slow manuevering, disconnects my VPN, turned off my Safety dot, wouldn’t open keyboard and so on. I tried a restart 3 times and reboot twice, still no luck. I had to uninstall it.

  3. Try using TV Bro instead Miki. Same process.

  4. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    JioPages isn’t in the playstore. I’ll find an APK. Tx Troy.
    Sorry but no go. Jio Pages loaded, but after extremely slow page loads I start typing and get troy in but then the next letter locks my entire system up and takes over a minute to shut down. Buttons simply stop working or commands/clicks take forever to initiate. So I did get TvBro to download it and was able to run it using X-plore. I have the APK now. Tx.

  5. Sorry Miki, working on two things at the same time when I posted that last reply. I meant TV Bro instead of Jio.

  6. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    All good Troy. TV Bro works perfectly. Time to learn how to use it properly though. :face_with_spiral_eyes:

  7. Hi all,

    I thought you might want to know that downloader has been removed from the Google play store due to some bogus copyright claim.

    I covered it here:

  8. Ah, i did have a look under the APK and streaming devices section - could’nt see anything … should have known there would have been a dedicated section for Troy’s posts :sweat_smile:

    I’ll remove my post

  9. Hi, I just got the new Firesticks 4 k max and I installed Tivimate and I cannot record to the USB even after formatting it for external storage. Any ideas on what I can do? I have the original Firestick 4k from two years ago and have no problem recording it to the added USB. Thanks.

  10. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    Troy can u get rid of your ads off of my account please. Per the upper banner you see.?
  11. It’s worse on a phone! lol

  12. I’m tell you Downloader was on Google play yesterday
    Jerry :sunglasses:

  13. I believe i just download “Downloader app” yesterday.

  14. Avatar for JPM69 JPM69 says:

    Did you click a donation amount by accident?

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36 thoughts on “Downloader App Removed from Google Play Store”

  1. Downloader is available again in the play store. I install it, I set the unknown sources, I accept permissions when I enter it. But it will not search anything. It also will no longer launch from my home screen on my MECOOL. Driving me a bit crazy. Why suggestions anyone? Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Troy,
      I successfully downloaded the Downloader app on my S3PRO Super Box, but when it won’t let scroll down on the TROYPOINT Tool. Any suggestions? Thanks

  2. Hey Troy. Even though DOWNLOADER is up again, sideloading apps like CINEMA, etc. is not possible. Reason; when Settings is opened, there is NO Developer Options to select on FireTV. This is true for a new Firestick I purchased last week. Is there an alternate procedure that can use to sideload these apps without DOWNLOADER?

  3. I already have Downloader installed. Do this affect how well it works? Cant watch anything anymore, says No Stream Available, so do I need to now delete it and/or download the Jio file?

  4. i saw that the downloader creator said that he should have the app back on google play by june 3..

  5. Jiopages won’t let me type in your address for downloader. I get troypoi typed in and it just freezes up and I have to exit. What is going on, I have a brand new Shield.

  6. Tried to download jiopages to onn android tv box,Google Play Store said can’t download to this TV. Need help

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