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How to Download Apps on Firestick and Fire TV (3 Simple Steps)

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The following instructional guide will show you How to Download Apps on Firestick and Fire TV.

We provide two methods for installing apps on Firestick including apps that aren’t available within the Amazon App Store.

The Amazon Firestick is likely the most popular media device available today.


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Its low price point and “jailbreaking” abilities make it a popular choice for cord-cutters and more.

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One of the best features of this device is the capability to download apps on Firestick with ease from various sources.

These applications come in all shapes and sizes and will help you get the most out of this powerful device.

In the guide below, we will show you How to Download Apps on Firestick and Fire TV from the Amazon App Store.

We will also show you how to “sideload” applications that are not available in Amazon’s App Store.

This is the best way to gain access to tons of content including Movies, TV Shows, Live Streaming, and more for free.

In this tutorial, we are using a Fire TV Stick 4K Max. However, this will also work for any variation of Firestick or Fire TV device you have.

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How to Download Apps on Firestick/Fire TV

Downloading Apps on your Firestick or Fire TV device is a fairly easy process that will take 30 seconds or less.

First, we will show you How to Download Apps on Firestick from the Amazon App Store.

1. From the home screen of your device, hover over Find and select Search.

select search to download apps on firestick

2. Search for the app you would like to install.

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search for your preferred app

3. Choose the application for download.

choose the application to download apps on firestick

4. Click Get or Download.

click get or download

5. Wait for the app to install.

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wait for the app to install - how to download apps on firestick

6. You are then met with a “Ready to launch!” message.

That’s it! You have just downloaded an App on your Firestick device. Enjoy!

If you prefer to browse through various app choices, we suggest using the Appstore.

To do so, use the instructions below.

1. From the home screen, hover over Find and select Appstore.

how to download apps on firestick via appstore

2. You can now browse through various app options.

browse through to download apps on firestick

3. Choose your preferred app for download.

choose preferred option how to download apps on firestick

4. Click Get or Download.

click get or download

5. You will then encounter app “Ready to launch!” message.

how to download apps on firestick ready to launch message

Installation is now complete. Enjoy!

If you want to learn how to download apps on Firestick and Fire TV that aren’t available in the Amazon App Store, read our guide below.


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How to Sideload Apps on Firestick and Fire TV

Apart from apps available in the Amazon App Store, Firestick owners can also “sideload” various apps & APKs onto this device.

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This is possible by enabling unknown sources within the settings of your Firestick or Fire TV.

We will also use an installer tool called Downloader that will allow you to download any app you prefer.

Doing so will unlock the device for access to thousands of applications that you cannot find within Amazon’s App Store.

Use our guide below that will show you How to Download Apps on Firestick and Fire TV via sideload.

1. From the home screen of your device, hover over the Find option.

hover over find

2. Click Search.

click search

3. Search for and select Downloader.

seach for and select downloader

4. Choose the Downloader app.

choose downloader

5. Click Download.

click download

6. Wait for the app to install.

wait for app to install

7. Once the app finishes installing click Open.

downloader ready to launch

8. Return to the home screen and open Settings.

open settings

9. Click My Fire TV.

click my fire tv

10. Choose Developer options.

choose developer options

11. Click Install unknown apps.

click install unknown apps

12. Find the Downloader app and click it.

find the downloader app and click

13. This will turn Unknown Sources to On for the Downloader app. This will enable side-loading on your device.

unknown sources now on to sideload on your fire tv

Alternative App Store on Firestick/Fire TV

After installing Downloader and enabling Unknown Sources, we can download any app or APK we prefer.

In this instance, we will show you how to install Aptoide TV which is a Google Play Alternative featuring thousands of apps not provided in the Amazon App Store.

1. Launch the Downloader App

launch downloader

2. Click Allow.

Click Allow

3. Click OK.

Click OK

4. Select the Browser tab within the left menu.

Select the Browser tab within the left menu.

5. Click the Search box and type the following URL exactly as it is listed here – tv.aptoide.com and click Go

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Click the Search box and type the following URL exactly as it is listed here - tv.aptoide.com and click Go

6. Scroll down and click Download Aptoide TV.

Scroll down and click Download Aptoide TV.

7. Wait for the file download to finish.

Wait for the file download to finish.

8. Click Install.

Click Install.

9. Click Done.

Click Done - how to download apps on firestick

That’s it! Aptoide installation is now complete which you can access for thousands of Streaming Apps, Tools, and more. Enjoy.

For more Firestick Resource tutorials, check out our popular guides below:

How to Download Apps on Firestick FAQ

Are Apps Free on Firestick?

Yes. Most applications are free to install on Firestick and Fire TV. However, some require a monthly subscription fee for access to content.

How do I Install Unknown Apps on Firestick?

You can easily install unknown apps on firestick by enabling unknown sources within the settings of your device.

How do I Download Apps on Firestick?

There are numerous methods to download apps on firestick including via the Amazon App Store, via Downloader, ES File Explorer, and more.

What are the Best Firestick Apps?

Some of the Best Firestick Apps include Netflix, Pluto, Downloader, IPVanish, and more.

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