This guide will show you how to sideload Fire TV applications and I will demonstrate two easy ways to accomplish this task.
You may ask, “What is sideloading?”
Sideloading is the process of installing Android applications onto the Fire TV or FireStick that aren’t readily available in the Amazon app store. Since the Fire TV utilizes the Android operating system, it is possible to sideload Android applications onto the device.
There are thousands of Android applications that aren’t available in the Amazon App Store that work great on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. The two methods outlined below will show you how to easily install them, or I should say “sideload” them.
NOTE: In case you would want to install unverified apps into your Firestick or Fire TV, this will not be allowed by the Amazon App Store. However, you can side-load without using the official app-distribution method by installing a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.
How To Sideload Fire TV Guide
It is strongly suggested that you watch the videos for each method as steps will be covered in detail. The written instructions below the videos are summaries of each process.
Method #1 – Install Free Aptoide TV Application
The first method involves utilizing the Aptoide TV Application on your Amazon Fire TV or FireStick. You can think of Aptoide as an Android app store very similar to Google Play. You will install this new app store onto your Fire TV device and then choose the Android applications that you would like to sideload.
Within Aptoide TV, you will find many Android Applications that aren’t available in the Amazon App Store. One of the most popular sideloaded applications is Kodi and you can easily install that through this remote-friendly application.
In my opinion, this is the easiest method of the two since it doesn’t require using a computer to sideload the Android Applications to your Fire TV or FireStick.
- Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources under Fire TV Settings / Device / Developer Options
- Install the free Downloader App and input the address https://troypoint.com/app and install the Aptoide TV Application
- Open Aptoide TV and search for the Android Applications that you would like to sideload (install).
Method #2 – Install Free adbLink Software On Computer
The second method involves downloading the Android application (.apk file) onto your computer that you would like to sideload over to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You will then use a free program on your computer called adbLink that will allow you to easily transfer the application over to your Fire TV/Stick.
adbLink may be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
In the video below, I am sideloading the same program that we install in the first method above called Aptoide TV. Once this application is installed on your Fire TV or FireStick you will be able to use this alternative app store to get your Android applications.
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- Go into Fire TV Settings / Device / Developer Options / and turn on App from Unknown Sources and USB Debugging
- Go into Fire TV Settings / Device / About / Network and write down your ip address that is displayed
- Download and install ADBLink onto your computer
- Create a connection within the software and input the ip address of your Fire TV device that you want to sideload your Android application onto
- Download the Android .apk file that you would like to install onto your computer.
- Within ADBLink click the Install APK menu item, browse for the .apk file that you downloaded in the previous step and select it.
- You will receive a success message once the application has been installed.
Protect Yourself With A VPN When Using This Technology
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 188.8.131.52
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 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.
Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.
Step 4 – Click the IPVanish icon under Apps & Games.
Step 5 – Click Download.
Step 6 – 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.
Step 8 – Click Connect button.
Step 9 – Click OK for Connection request if it appears.
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.
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.