Install Downloader On Android TV BoxThis step-by-step tutorial will show you how to install Downloader on Android TV Box.

The Downloader app is one of the most important tools that we use on jailbroken Firesticks and Fire TVs.

This tutorial will show you how to use it on all of the other Android-based devices as well.

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You will also learn how to use ES File Explorer as an alternative to Downloader and how to install apps directly through Chrome Browser.

The Downloader application is a popular tool for those of us who side-load applications quite often on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.  Now, with the release of version 1.1.6, we have the ability to install it onto Android TV Boxes.

The release is available within the Google Play App Store on devices running the true Android TV Operating System such as the NVIDIA SHIELD, and Mi Box.

Downloader Browser

Browser Feature In Downloader App

Important:  Most of you are NOT running the Android TV operating system.  Most Android TV Boxes are running stock Android and not Android TV, there is a big difference.

The tutorials below cover both Android TV and Stock Android operating systems.

The Downloader application comes with a built-in browser which we can use to download files onto our Firestick or Fire TV.  In order for the app to be approved for the Google Play Store, the developer had to disable the built in browser.  But, we can side-load a plugin through Downloader which will allow us to use the browser on an Android TV device.

The browser feature does not currently work very well on Android TV Boxes running the stock Android OS.  I will show you how to complete the same task through Chrome browser instead.

As of this article, Downloader already has over 5 million users and is one of the most popular applications within the Amazon App store.

Congratulations and special thanks to Elias Saba over at for developing this wonderful application.

How To Install Downloader On Android TV Box Tutorial

Video Tutorial

TROYPOINT Tip: Click pause button on video player between each step so you can keep up.


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The following are general steps to complete this process.  You should watch the video above for important details.

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Steps for Stock Android TV Boxes, Phones, & Tablets

Note:  For those of you running true Android TV such as NVIDIA SHIELD OR Mi Box, see the guide below this.

1 Launch Google Play Store.

Click Google Play Store

2 Install ES File Explorer File Manager.

Click Install

3 Click Settings.

Launch ES File Explorer

4 Click Security & restrictions (some older Android releases may only read “Security”).

Click Security

5 Click Unknown sources.

Click Unknown Sources

6 Turn on unknown sources for ES File Explorer.  On older Android versions, there is only one button for Unknown Sources and this covers all apps on the device.

Turn on ES File Explorer

7 Launch ES File Explorer.

Launch ES File Explorer

8 Click Downloader Manager under Tools.

Click Download Manger

9 Click + New on bottom row of app.

Click New

10 Type into Path box. You may input any name that you would like in Name box.

Type in

11 Click Open File button.

Click Install

12 Click Install

Click Install

13 Click Install again.

Click Install again

14 Click Open.

App Installed screen - click open

15 Click Allow.

Click Allow

16 Click OK for Release Notes.

Click OK

Downloader is now installed on your Android TV Box running stock firmware.

The browser feature in Downloader App doesn’t work well on stock Android.  Please watch video above to learn how to download and install apps through Internet browser on these devices.

Steps for Android TV Devices (NVIDIA SHIELD, MI BOX)

1 Open Google Play Store.

Open Google Play Store

2 Search for “aftvnews”.  Click Downloader to open Install screen.

Type in aftvnews

3 Click Install for Dowloader

Click Install

4 Click Open.

Click Open

5 Click Allow

Click Allow

6 Click OK for Release Notes.

Click OK

7 Type in to install browser extension for Downloader app.

Type in

8 Click Settings button if prompted.

Click Settings if prompted

9 Turn on Unknown Sources for Downloader App.

Turn on unknown sources for Downloader

10 Click Install button again.

Click Install again

11 Click Install button.

Click Install

12 Click Done.

Click Done

13 Click Delete to get rid of the installation file.

Click Delete

14.  Click Delete again to confirm.

Click Delete again to confirm

15 Click Settings.

Click Settings

16 Enable JavaScript so Websites load better in browser of Downloader App.

Turn on Javascript

Downloader is now install on Android TV device such as NVIDIA SHIELD or Mi Box.

The Browser feature of this application works great with the remote on Android TV devices.

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TIP: If you’re trying to install unverified apps into your Firestick or Fire TV from the Amazon App Store, you can only complete it by side-loading or installing anything into your device without using the official app-distribution method. I recommend using a VPN to install such apps. Click this link to learn how to install a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.

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Most cord-cutters use a VPN to hide their Internet activity while streaming movies, TV shows, and live channels.

If you aren’t using a VPN when accessing free or low-cost media, your Internet Service Provider, government, hackers, and app developers can log everything that you do online through your visible IP Address.

Your current IP Address is

The most popular VPN among cord-cutters is IPVanish due to their blazing fast speeds and zero log policy.

Its important to use a VPN that is fast since we are streaming large HD files.  Its also crucial to find one that keeps no logs of what their subscribers access while online.

Setting up IPVanish VPN on your streaming device is simple!

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Step 1 Register for an IPVanish VPN account by clicking the link below.

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Step 2 – Hover over the search icon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube and type in “Ipvanish”

You may also find the IPVanish App in the Google Play Store for those of you who are using Android TV Boxes, phones, and tablets.

Click Search

Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.

Type in Ipvanish

Step 4 – Click the IPVanish icon under Apps & Games.

Click IPVanish logo

Step 5 – Click Download.

Click Download

Step 6 – Click Open.

Click Open

Step 7 – Enter  your username and password to login.  Your username is the email that you used to register for IPVanish service with and your password is automatically generated and emailed to you.

Click Sign In

Step 8 – Click Connect button.

Click Connect

Step 9 – Click OK for Connection request if it appears.

Click OK

Step 10 – You will notice that your IP Address changes along with location of connection.  You are now operating anonymously through your device.

Click the Home Button on your remote and the VPN will remain running in the background.

Successful Connection

Congratulations!  You are now protected by a VPN which means everything that you stream or access through your Firestick or Android TV Box is hidden from the rest of the world.

If you ever need to stop the VPN service, simply re-launch the application and click the DISCONNECT button.

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