Ever dreamed of getting Android apps from outside the official Amazon Appstore on your Fire TV device? You can, in a process often referred to as ‘jailbreaking’. It’s easy to run and it’s not the illegal or hacked process it seems.
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What Does “Jailbreaking” a Fire TV Stick Mean?
“Jailbreaking” is a term used (inaccurately) to describe the process by which apps from outside the Amazon Appstore are allowed to be installed on your Fire TV streaming device. Since the days of jailbreaking iPhones, the term now seems to be widely used to refer to opening your device to unofficial apps. Some people may also use other terms such as “rooting” and “hacking” to refer to the same procedure.
However, you don’t really like jailbreaking, rooting or hacking your Fire TV Stick. All you need to do is activate an option on your Stick that allows you to load apps (in the form of an APK file) from outside the official Amazon Appstore onto your device.
So if you want to install an app that is not available in the Appstore, you will have to sideload it onto your Fire TV Stick after jailbreaking the device. The process is both legal and simple.
Allow sideloading on your Amazon Fire TV Stick
To jailbreak your Fire TV Stick, you must first enable the unknown apps option and then download the Downloader app to install unofficial apps. Here the procedure is divided into two parts.
Step 1: Enable unknown sources on your Fire TV Stick
To allow the installation of apps from outside the Amazon Appstore, first open the Settings menu on your Fire TV Stick.
In Settings, choose ‘My Fire TV’.
On the “My Fire TV” page, select “Developer options”.
From the “Developer options” menu, select “Apps from unknown sources”.
Remark: If you plan to sideload from your Android device rather than the Fire TV device itself, you should also enable the “ADB Debugging” option here.
Choose “Enable” in the prompt that opens to activate the option.
And that’s it. You can now load the APK file of your favorite app and install the app that way on your Fire TV Stick.
Step 2: Download the Downloader app on your Fire TV stick
Now that the APK installation is enabled, go ahead and download an app like Downloader that will let you download the APK files of your favorite apps and install them on your Stick.
Downloader is a free download manager available on Amazon Appstore. You can use this app to download any kind of file to your device including APKs. There are other apps that allow you to do this, but for demonstration purposes, we’ll show you the Downloader installation process.
To get the app, first go to the Appstore option from the home screen of your Fire TV Stick.
Open the “Search” option, find and select “Downloader”.
On Downloader’s app page, choose “Download” to download and install the app on your Stick.
When Downloader is installed, select “Open” to launch it.
On the first screen of Downloader, you will be asked to allow the app to access your files. Select “Allow” in the prompt.
On the main Downloader screen, place your cursor in the “Enter a URL or search term” field and type the web address (URL) of the site or APK you want to download. Then choose ‘Go’.
Warning: Make sure you only get APKs from reliable sources. We recommend APKMirror as a reliable and safe source for APK downloads.
When your APK is downloaded, run it and your Fire TV Stick will prompt you to install it. Your app will then be installed and you will find the newly purchased unofficial app in your main app drawer.
Another way to sideload apps on your Fire TV Stick is to use the free Apps2Fire app on your phones. This is also an easy way to get new apps on your Stick.
And that’s how you jailbreak and then install your favorite apps on your Amazon streaming stick. Enjoying!
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