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How to Sideload Amazon Fire TV – Ultimate Fire TV Sideloading Guide

In this article we will tell you how better to side load Amazon FireTV. The Amazon Fire TV is very famous and popular TV boxes for Kodi. So, if you want to find out more about  Amazon Fire TV. Then we propose you to read our tutorial below, we have written there about it on few different occasions, and usually include it whenever we’re recommending a Kodi TV box for various reasons. But if you’re going to use the your go-to streaming device, you will be doing a little bit of side loading. You can side load Amazon Fire TV apps, like Kodi, in a several simple directions.

So, if you want to search for more information about our tutorial, for example how to side load Kodi or a VPN program onto your Amazon Fire TV, then just check out the following to links:

Below, you can detect a lot of information about our ultimate Fire TV side loading guide where we have described a several easy direction, you can easily side load programs like Kodi onto the device, explain what side loading means on Amazon Fire TV, and why the device requires side loading for some apps.


Before We Proceed

If you have and use the Amazon Fire TV for Kodi, then we highly recommend sideloading a VPN app onto your Fire TV as well. At times, Kodi users have got copyright infringement notices from their ISPs after streaming through Kodi. To protect your identity and hold your viewing habits private, we strongly recommend IPVanish – a fully-featured VPN solution.

 Sideloading the Amazon Fire TV Explained

If you confused or just you need help for sideloading on your Amazon Fire TV, then dont worry we will tell you more detail about that. The following explanations and definitions should help clear up your confusion!

What is sideloading?

“Sideloading” is what you do when you install new apps onto a appliance that are not accessible on the official App Page. This means that you can instal apps onto a appliance from outside of that device’s operating system or just use an alternative way to load new apps onto the appliance.

You can do Sideloading for Amazon Fire TV just using several various methods. The easiest way is very simply to change a few system settings that are usually there for creators (Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging) that provide you more freedom with your Amazon Fire TV. The Apps from Unknown Sources setting simply tells your Amazon Fire TV to accept the installation of apps that aren’t detected on the official Amazon App Store.

The ADB Debugging option have able to give your Amazon Fire TV to connect to some another appliance (same to the computer) over Wifi or USB, where you can use particular software to install new apps that way. You may not need ADB Debugging, but you will always need to give Apps from Unknown Settings with any sideloading way you use.

For all ways, you can sideload using just a several easy to download applications and a handy tutorial.

Why Do I Need to Sideload on the Amazon Fire TV?

Although Amazon uses the popular Android operating system, it uses a changed variant. This is not uncommon with first-party TV apliances. We have detect that to be the case with the Chromecast appliance from Google.

On of the reason why you should sideload very popular and famous apps like Kodi onto the Amazon FireTV is that Amazon has decided to bar them from its app store. They’re simply more restrictive of the type of apps they give to operate on their device. This is not to say that adding Kodi or a VPN program through sideloading is wrong. In fact, doing so should not void any warranties. Amazon simply wants to place some restrictions on average users to discourage certain activities it doesn’t prefer.

Will Sideloading Work with Amazon Fire Stick?

By the way, Amazon Fire Stick and The Amazon Fire TV usually use similar changed Android operating system. That means that all of the sideloading options listed in this tutorial will work with both devices.

With those definitions and explanations, let’s launch into the sideloading guide. We have given 2 different ways that you can use to sideload. One is fairly simple, the other might be a little bit more complicated for newcomers. You can use either one of these ways to sideload apps on your Amazon Fire TV.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t matter which ways you use, sideloading requires you to download “APK” files. “APK” is the file path (like .EXE or .JPG), that Android applications use. These files are usually harmless, but be sure to use very great virus protection software to protect your computer.

Ultimate Fire TV Sideloading Guide: The Easy Method

Because we realize you may be coming to this article while conducting research before you buy a Fire TV, In the future will do this tutorial more understandable together with potential Amazon Fire TV owners.

First, we’ll define the terms you’ll need to understand in order to sideload apps onAmazon Fire TV.

Start By Changing System Settings

There are two system settings you’re going to want to change: ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.

To set both of these settings to ON, do the following:

  • Go to Settings

  • Under Settings locate Developer Options

  • There, you will see both ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources. Separately click on both of these and turn them both ON

You can use ADB debugging that give you opportunity to connect to your Amazon Fire TV from a computer and install apps directly from that computer. Meanwhile, giving Apps from Unknown Sources provides you the option to directly download those files onto your Fire TV device from the web, and then install them with a third-party app. This also brings us to our next step. For the easy way, you won’t need ADB Debugging, but it won’t hurt to turn it on just in case you want to use it.

Download a Third Party File Manager

If you took decision to sideload directly from downloaded APK files (the easiest way), then you should download and install a third-party file manager. There are more of these out there, but the easiest one to use that is also free is ES File Explorer.

You should know also that are additional file managers, including one named Total Commander. For our tutorial, usually we use ES File Explorer solely.

To download and install the ES File Explorer File Manager, do the following:

  • Go to your Amazon App Store
  • Search ES File Explorer


  • Click to download and install ES File Explorer

You will detect this file in your apps section.

What Does ES File Explorer File Manager Do?

If you are going to use or you have used already ES File Explorer that listen to us. Program can give you to manage files that are on your appliance and gives you to install unofficial apps directly from the program. For example, you can sideload Kodi or a VPN using ES File Explorer without having to use any external appliance.

If you suddenly have detected when beginning to sideload apps on the Amazon Fire TV is that the ES File Explorer does the process much simpler. As stated, directly downloading APK files onto your device and installing them with the ES File Explorer is the fastest way to sideload, but it’s not the only method. You can also load those APK files and install them onto your device using a computer connected to your Amazon Fire TV thanks to the ADB Debugging option.

Here’s what ES File Explorer looks and how it operates.

lets suppose you wanted to install Kodi onto your Amazon Fire TV.  And if you tried to go to the Amazon App Store, you wouldn’t detect it. You would need the Kodi APK file. On the Amazon Fire TV, you can directly download and install that APK file through ES File Explorer with the web address to the file.

Suppose you took decision to to sideload the latest variant of Kodi. You could grab the proper download link from the official Kodi website, and then add the new file in by click on the “+ New” button on the ES File Explorer home screen:


We recommend to consider this link(, make sure to select “Web” for the source, and click OK. ES File Explorer then begins the download process for the APK file. Once the download is complete, ES File Explorer walks you through the Kodi installation process as well.

As long as you have Apps from Unknown Sources set to ON, the download process through ES File Explorer will install Kodi or any other APK file properly.


You should pay attention that you cannot easily sideload an APK file without a file manager like ES File Explorer. While you can download the APK file, just having the Apps from Unknown Sources setting activated does not immediately give the Amazon Fire TV to start installing these unsigned apps. The appliance still won’t give you to install them, as its built-in application installer will still not consider them legitimate. That creator setting simply prevents the system from disallowing their installation through other means.

The Ultimate Fire TV Sideloading Guide: The Complicated Method

If it takes a lot of time then you can also sideload apps onto your Amazon Fire TVover a shared Wifi using or Bluetooth. This way is a little bit more complicated and for the most part unnecessary. But if you’re looking to do it, it can be done.

Start By Changing Settings

It is very similar as to easy way, you need just to activate two specific creator options: ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources. Both are important, but you cannot do this without giving the ADB Debugging.

Download ADB for Mac or PC

Next that you need to do it is downloading the ADB tool adbLink for Mac or PC, afret that you will be able to connect to your ADB-enabled Android appliance.

  • For Mac users, click here to download the ADB tool.
  • For Windows PC, click here to download the ADB tool.

You can use The ADB tool ( of which there are few, but adLink is very easy for using) gives you to connect to your Android appliances and install the APK files on your computer directly onto your Android appliance. If you’re trying to sideload externally, this is an essential tool to have.

Using An ADB Tool

Using an ADB tool can be also a little bit confusing for a newcomer. Our tutorial on how to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick has a very great explanation for how this works, but we will summarize it here as well.

  • Download your desired APK file (such as the IPVanish VPN APK)
  • Open your adbLink program
  • Make sure your Amazon Fire TV is turned on, and the ADB Debugging option is on as well
  • Go into your Android Fire TV System Settings and locate About
  • Click on Network, and copy down the IP Address for your device
  • On your computer, click on New from your adbLink home screen

  • Add in the appropriate information about the Amazon Fire TV, including the IP Address
  • On your adbLink homepage, click on Connect to connect your Amazon Fire TV with your computer over the Wifi network

You can now install different APK files that you have on your computer, such as the IPVanish VPN APK, the Kodi APK, or many other third-party addons you won’t find on the Amazon App Store.

Alternative Method: USB Flash Drive

Also we will consider Alternative possible way is to use a USB Flash Drive to install your file. This way uses ES File Explorer and a USB Flash Drive that you can connect to your Amazon Fire TV on one of the free ports on the back.

  • Make sure you have Apps from Unknown Sources enabled
  • Connect your USB Flash Drive to your Amazon Fire TV. MAKE SURE TO USE A FLASH DRIVE THAT NO INFORMATION ON IT
  • If the Flash Drive is not properly formatted to work with Amazon Fire TV, it will allow you the option to format it once you connect it to your Amazon Fire.

  • On your computer, download your app’s APK file
  • Attach your USB Flash Drive to your computer and move or copy the APK file to the Flash Drive
  • Remove the USB Flash Drive and then attach it to a free port on your Amazon FireTV
  • Your Amazon Fire TV should flash a message at the bottom of the screen when the Flash Drive is connected
  • Open ES File Explorer
  • On the left side menu, scroll down and enable Show hidden files
  • Scroll back up. Choose Local and select the USB

  • Choose Open and then choose your desired APK file
  • Click on Install for the APK files to install your new app