Amazon firestick is a small device to convert any TV into a smart TV by plugging it into TVs HDMI port. And, it enables to stream movies, TV shows, music etc using the internet. Along with this, users can download and play games using Amazon firestick. Another interesting thing is, Amazon firestick allows you to download apps from the Amazon app store and use. But, the Amazon store does not contain a few popular apps like YouTube, Kodi etc. Therefore, firestick users need to sideload the apps which are not available in the Amazon store. Sideloading the apps on Amazon firestick can be done through the downloader app. Let’s see how to sideload apps using the downloader app.
Sideloading apps with Downloader
Sideloading is a process of installing apps on a device unofficially. Since Amazon store does not provide all apps, firestick user needs to sideload the apps which are not available officially. This can be done using the Downloader app. Downloader is an app which enables you to download apps which are not available in the Amazon store. Downloader app is completely free of cost and ad-free. File size of this app is small, hence consume very less device space.
For security reasons, firestick will not allow sideloading of apps directly. Hence, user needs to do some initial settings changes before sideloading apps with downloader app.
Step 1: Go to settings and then select your device
Step 2: Then, click on ‘ Developer options’.
Step 3: Under developer options, turn on ‘ADB debugging’ as well as ‘ apps from unknown sources’
Step 4: Again select ‘ turn on ‘ to confirm download from unknown sources.
Now, your device is ready for sideloading using downloader app.
Step 1: Open ‘Downloader’ app on your device. Go to ‘settings’ option in the vertical bar at the leftmost side of the screen.
Step 3: A new pop-up window will appear now. Click on ‘yes’.
Step1: Open downloader app on your device. You can several options in the vertical bar at the left side of the screen. Select ‘ Home’ from these options.
Step 2: A new window will appear now. You can see the URL field on the window. Press the select button on your remote to select the URL field.
Step 3: To install an app, you need to download apk file of the app from its official website. So, enter the URL of the apk file you want to download.
Step 4: After entering the URL, click on the ‘GO’ option. Apk file will start to download now.
Step 5: Kindly wait until the download completes. Then click on the ‘install’ option.
Step 6: Now the installation of Apk file will start. After the installation completes, you can see the notification on the screen.
Step 7: You can see ‘ done ‘ and ‘open’ option on the screen. If you want to use the app immediately click on ‘open’. Else, click on ‘done’.
This is how Amazon firestick user can sideload apps using the downloader app.
There are two alternative ways to sideload apps on firestick without using the downloader app.
Alternative ways to sideload apps on firestick
Sideloading apps on firestick using ES file explorer.
ES file explorer is another app by using which firestick users can sideload the apps. This app is available in the Amazon store. Initially, download and install ES file explorer app on your firestick by following simple instructions on the screen. After installation, follow the below steps to sideload apps using ES file explorer.
Step 1: Open ES file explorer app on your device. You can find several options on the left side vertical bar. Select the ‘ Tools’ option from the list.
Step 2: Next, select ‘ download manager ‘ under tools.
Step 3: A new window will appear. Then, click on ‘+New’ option. A pop-up window will appear, enter URL to download apk file of the app and type the app name in the specified space.
Step 4: Click ‘ download now’ and follow the simple instructions on the screen to complete the installation of apk file.
Sideloading apps on firestick using Android mobile
For Android phone users, there is a simple way to sideload apps on your firestick. Using ‘Apps2Fire’ app Android users can sideload the apps they have in their Android phone to their firestick.
Step 1: Download and install ‘’Apps2Fire’’ app on your Android device.
Step 2: Go to ‘settings’ in firestick home screen and select ‘ device’.
Step 3: Few options will appear on the screen now. Select ‘ Developer options’. Then, enable ‘ADB debugging’.
Note: Note down the IP address of your firestick by navigating to settings à FirestickàNetwork.
Step 4: Next, open ‘Apps2Fire’ app on your Android device. Click on the overflow menu icon ( three vertical dots)
Step 5: Now select ‘ setup’ and then enter the IP address of your firestick you have noted down earlier. Then click on the ‘save’ option.
Note: You must have Apk file of the app in your Android device which you want to sideload on your firestick.
Step 6: Go to the home screen of ‘Apps2Fire’ app and select the upload option at the top right portion of the screen.
Step 7: Next, select Apk file which you want to sideload from the appeared list. And, tap on the ‘install’ option. Apps2Fire will install apk file on firestick in the background. This is how Android users can sideload apps on firestick.
Among these methods, Sideloading with downloader app has become very popular due to safety, convenience and simple steps. Firestick users can opt any of above-mentioned methods to sideload apps on firestick as per their wish.