es file explorerThe article below will show you How To Install and Use ES File Explorer on Firestick, Fire TV, and Android TV Box.

ES File Explorer is the most popular file manager for Android devices available today.

What does this mean? Essentially, ES File Explorer can install, delete, and manage applications and more within your device. It is an all-around application tool that Firestick, Fire TV, and Android Box users can take full advantage of.

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Why Should You Install and Use ES File Explorer?

Imagine using your device without an app that lets you explore all your files. It’s like working on a Mac without Finder or using a Windows PC but with a missing File Explorer.

ES File Explorer is one of the most popular file managers available today. It features an extensive file manager that goes beyond basic file management tasks.

This free local and network file manager (freeware) can be used to manage files, applications and even multimedia. It has been downloaded more than 300 million time according to its developers, ES APP Group.

ES File Explorer offers the following features:

  • easy-to-use file and application manager
  • compatible with Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Yandex, Amazon S3, Ubuntu One, SkyDrive, Sugarsync and other cloud storage clients
  • browse multimedia including pictures, videos, music as well as other documents
  • install or uninstall apps and view compressed files
  • used as an FTP and LAN Samba client
  • allows access to a user’s images, music, videos, files and documents
  • lightweight size at only 15.7 MB
  • supports more than 30 languages
  • filter files using Search
  • allows login using sftp key file
  • document type settings
  • allows to be opened/share in browser menu in web view
  • allows users to analyze directory in property
  • clean, organized design

What Features Make Up the Home Screen of the ES File Explorer?

The ES File Explorer home screen allows users to manage their files efficiently. Below is a description of each feature.

ES File Explorer Home Screen

Top Right Section

ES File Explorer Top Right Section

  • Messages – contains messages sent by ES File Explorer
  • Social Media Buttons – allows access to Facebook and YouTube

Left-Hand Menu

ES File Explorer Left-Hand Menu

  • Settings – allows users to control general, security, tools and system settings

ES File Explorer Settings

  • Favorite – allows users to add apps, documents, movies, music and images as well as perform a web search using the Web Search function

ES File Explorer Favorites

  • Local – contains files in the local system categorized into Device, Download, Internal Storage and system

ES File Explorer Local

  • Library – serves to locate repositories of images, music, movies, documents, apps and compressed files (NOTE: The Compressed Files section allows users to open and manually add .zip and .rar files, among others.)

ES File Explorer Library

  • Network – allows users to access various network files from LAN, Cloud drive, FTP, Android TV and Bluetooth. Users can also manage their device through the computer through the View on PC feature.

ES File Explorer Network

  • Tools – contains ES File Explorer’s tools such as Download Manager, Space Analyzer, Music Player, Hide List and Cleaner

ES File Explorer Tools

There are also other features located at the lower part of the menu.

ES File Explorer Lower Main Menu

  • Recycle Bin – toggle the button to the right to enable the Recycle Bin so deleted files are automatically moved to this folder
  • Show icon on folder – when enabled, icons are displayed in folders
  • Root Explorer – allows users to browse and edit all root files and folders on a rooted device
  • Gesture – used to record specific gestures to perform certain functions within the app.
  • Show hidden files – when enabled, displays hidden files
  • Thumbnails – when enabled, displays files and apps as thumbnails
  • System hidden files – when enabled, displays system files that are hidden

Home Section

ES File Explorer Home Section

  • Internal Storage – used to display percentage of used space in the device’s internal drive
  • system – used to display percentage of used space in the device’s system
  • Space Analyzer – used to display percentage of used space with information about Pictures, Documents, Audio, Apps, Videos, among others; also used to group and l large files, redundant files, duplicate files, new files, junk files, all files and app-associated folders.


This section contains Music, Movies, APP, Images, Note Editor, Cleaner, Logger and Cloud Drive.

ES File Explorer Icons

  • Note Editor – used to modify note files on the device
  • Cleaner – used to manually delete cached data on the device or set up automatic clearing when exiting ES File Explorer
  • Logger – used to save actions done in the app and record a log for 15 days (except for items that have been copied, deleted, movies or renamed)
  • Cloud Drive – used to access cloud storage including Google Drive, Amazon S3, OneDrive, Dropbox, among others

Lower Menu
This section contains features that allow you to add and search for apps, refresh the app, browse on all open windows and review history.

ES File Explorer Lower Menu

By clicking New Files, which is located above the lower menu, you will be asked to hide or show new file records on the homepage.

Can I Install Third Party Apps Using ES File Explorer?

One of the most popular reasons for downloading ES File Explorer is to install third party apps. These apps are not available within the Amazon App Store, however, we can still side-load them onto your device.

NOTE: Since unverified apps are not be allowed by Amazon App Store to be installed, you can side-load without using the official app-distribution method by installing a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.

Many people use ES File Explorer to Install Kodi on Fire TV or Firestick. Using ES File Explorer is an easy, efficient way to install all the best third party applications.

Because of its awesome functionality and tons of added tools, ES File Explorer is featured on the TROYPOINT Best Apps For Firestick and Fire TV list.

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How To Install ES File Explorer

You may install ES File Explorer through different ways via:

  • Amazon App Store
  • Google Play Store
  • Other app sites

via Amazon App Store

You can easily install ES File Explorer on your Firestick/Fire TV device by searching for and downloading through the Amazon App Store. This method now works on all versions of Fire TV devices.

NOTE: If you are using an Android TV Box, you can install an alternative app instead since ES File Explorer is current not available via the Google Play Store.

As of this writing, it is not clear whether the app will be restored in the app store. To learn more about this issue, I’ve prepared a post that you can access by clicking the link below:

ES File Explorer Removed From Google Play Store

Step 1
Type “ES File Explorer” in the Search option of your home screen.

search es file

Step 2
Click ES File Explorer.

click es file explorer

Step 3
Click Download.

click download

Installation is complete! You can now access ES File Explorer from your device.

If it does not show up on your home screen, you can find it under All Applications and move by long-clicking and dragging the app to the top of your apps lists.

via Google Play Store

Google Play Store logo

As of this writing, plenty of streamers and cord-cutters around the globe have had issues accessing or installing ES File Explorer via the Google Play Store. It is not yet clear whether it will be restored in the app store soon. I will update this post should there be any changes.

For the meantime, you can download an alternative app file manager by accessing my previous post: ES File Explorer Removed From Google Play Store.

via Other App Sites

You may also install ES File Explorer from its official developer, ES APP Group, on or from other app download sites such as APKPure or Uptodown. The instructions vary depending on the website but installing the app on your device is easy.

How To Use ES File Explorer

The most used function of ES File Explorer is installing 3rd party apps not available within the App Store. To do this, you will need a download URL for the specific app you are trying to install.

In the instance below, I will install Aptoide. Aptoide is a Google Play Alternative that hosts thousands of applications for download. Most apps available within the Google Play Store can be found in Aptoide and installed on your Fire TV Device.

The steps below will show you how to install Aptoide via ES File Explorer. However, you can install numerous other apps of your preference by using the same method.

If using ES File Explorer to install 3rd party applications as shown in the guide below, I strongly suggest a VPN. Using a VPN will protect your privacy from Internet Service Providers and any potential onlookers.

How To Install VPN on Fire TV/Stick

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Step 1
From the ES File Explorer main menu, scroll down and click Tools.

click tools

Step 2
Click Download Manager.

click download manager

Step 3
Click the + New icon.

click new

Step 4
Click the Path: field.

click path

Step 5
Type the download URL for the specific app that you are trying to install then click Next.

type url

Step 6
Type a name for the file download and click Next.

type name

Step 7
Click Download Now.

click download now

Step 8
Wait for the download to finish.

wait for download

Step 9
Once completed, click Open file.

click open file

Step 10
Click Install.

click install

Step 11

click install again

Step 12
Click DONE if you would like to launch the app later, or OPEN if you want to launch it right away.

click done

Aptoide is now installed and available for use on your device. To access it, simply find within your apps list and open the app.

ES File Explorer Extras

While the most popular function ES File Explorer provides is a downloader, there are many other features the app offers as well. One of my favorite options is the Cleaner tool within the main menu.

If you are looking for more space on your device but don’t want to delete any apps, the Cleaner can help. It will remove Obsolete APK’s, advertisement junk, and more. Simply hit the Cleaner Button in the upper right-hand corner and select Clean Now.

Another way to manage your applications and clear up space is to use the Storage Analyzer. Within this option is a chart showing the usage of your device and the amount of space available.

By knowing exactly what is taking up room on your device, you can edit and remove any unwanted apps and more. You can even clear the cache of numerous apps at once with the Cache Cleaner.

If you are someone who stores content on your streaming device, using ES File Explorer is a great way to manage it. You can edit and delete images, music, documents, and more all within the main menu of the application.

Delete Apps via ES File Explorer

Removing apps within ES File Explorer is extremely easy and you can even uninstall multiple at once. To do so, use the guide below.

In this guide, I am using a Fire TV 4K with Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote.

Step 1
From the main menu, click the APP icon.

click app

Step 2
Long-click on an app that you would like to remove and select all other apps.

select apps

Step 3
Scroll down and click Uninstall.

click uninstall

Using the multiple uninstall function is a great way to add storage and speed up your device in only 3 short steps. Just another reason why ES File Explorer is such a popular app among all streamers!

How To Remove Floating Widget

Often times, ES File Explorer users encounter a floating widget on their device after the app has been installed. If you see an annoying emblem on your Fire TV or Android device, this can be removed.

The floating widget is shown highlighted in the image below. In this instance, the widget is a picture of an android icon which is very common among all streaming device users:

If you have encountered this, it can be irritating and difficult to remove. Luckily, there is a simple fix to this problem that can be solved using the steps below.

Step 1
Find and open ES File Explorer on your device.

Note: If the ES File Explorer app is not located on your device’s home screen, click  the YOUR APPS & CHANNELS section beneath RECENT.  Scroll all the way to the right and select See All. This will bring up a complete list of all your installed applications.

open ES file explorer

Step 2
On the left-hand side menu, select Settings.

select settings

Step 3
Scroll down and under GENERAL SETTINGS, click Logger floating widget settings.

click logger floating widget settings

Step 4
Click Enable logger floating widget to disable notification widget

click enable logger floating widget

IMPORTANT: Make sure the check mark located on the far right of the text is white. If it is blue, the floating widget logger is enabled and will appear on your screen.

After disabling, ES File Explorer will no longer notify you with the widget whenever an app has been used or updated.

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ES File Explorer

Is ES File Explorer ad-free?

No. While it is a freeware, developers earn from the ads that appear to compensate their efforts.

How often is the app updated?

Developers update the app regularly which keeps it running at optimum performance.

Can compressed files be opened using ES File Explorer?

Yes, .zip, .rar, 7Z and GZ files can be opened or manually added under the Compressed Files section. In addition, it can encrypt and decrypt using AES-256 for better protection.

Can I uninstall apps simultaneously?

Yes, this is possible with ES File Explorer.


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Overall, ES File Explorer has an unlimited amount of tools and abilities perfect for any streaming device. There are tons of other features this application provides that can help you get the most out of your Fire TV/Stick or Android Box.

If you use ES File Explorer, let us know your favorite tool or feature in the comment section below!

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