You might have been side-loading apps on your iPhone or Android device for a while. In case you were unaware, the same could be done with your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Side-load Apps on Amazon Fire TV Stick
So, you are looking to get more out of your Amazon Fire TV Stick? Side-loading apps on Fire Stick isn’t as hard as it looks. The procedure doesn’t require any sort of rooting or jailbreaking and lets you install apps that are not available on the Amazon app store.
The process of side-loading apps on the Amazon Fire Stick is absolutely safe and it doesn’t require you to tamper your hardware. All you need is a net connection and a third-party app.
The Amazon Fire Stick runs a custom version of Android which means that most of the native Android apps will work with the Fire Stick. Anyway, you should still check the apps which are compatible with the Fire Stick before loading them.
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Getting Amazon Fire TV Stick ready for side-loading
The OS running on the Fire Stick allows you to enable/disable any external installation. This feature is disabled initially and this means you would get an error on trying to side-load any apps. So, all you need to do is enable this feature. Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to enable it.
- At the top of the home menu, you will find Amazon Fire TV Stick’s settings page. Open it.
- Choose the device option which could be located on scrolling right.
- Select the developer options and turn it on and accept the warning message that is displayed.
Now, you are ready to install the apps on the Fire Stick.
Install the apps on Amazon Fire TV Stick
If you want to install new apps on the system then get the downloader app from the app store. Go to the Search tool present on the left or use the Alexa voice search button on your remote and search for “Downloader.” It provides you an URL bar to enter download links for apks. Use the built-in browser to search for the download link for the app you want. Just ensure that the file name ends with .apk.
Once, you download the app on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can now install it normally and enjoy its benefits. There are lots of other places from where you can get the apps but you need to be careful that the sources are reliable.