Sideload apps Fire TV USB Drive

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March 6, 2016


Guide Sideload apps Fire TV USB Drive kodi or any other Apps

 

The addition of the free file browser, Total Commander, to the official Fire TV appstore. Now makes it possible to sideload apps like Kodi onto the Fire TV without the need to use ADB and a PC.

As long as you can load a USB drive with an APK file, you can sideload it onto the Fire TV without any outside connection or utility.

 

Sideloading Apps.

 

This method uses an app called Total Commander (installable directly from the Fire TV Appstore) to install APK files stored on a USB drive. This method works for the 1st-gen and 2nd-gen Fire TV, but does not work for the Fire TV Stick because it does not have a standard USB port. You only need a computer to transfer the APK files you want installed onto the USB drive. Then you can do everything else directly on the Fire TV without the need of a computer or ADB. This method is ideal if you want to install many APKs at once or very large APKs since you don’t have to wait for each one to be transferred to the Fire TV.

How to Sideload apps Fire TV USB Drive

  • Transfer the APK you want to sideload onto a USB drive. The USB drive must be using the FAT32 file system. If you are installing Kodi, download the Android ARM version from here.
  • Plug the USB drive into the USB port on the back of the Fire TV.

Enable apps from Unknown Sources

  • From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s home screen, Settings→System→Developer Options→Then select “Apps from Unknown Sources” to turn the option to “ON”→ Click OK” on the popup message which appears.

 

  • Install Total Commander for free from the Amazon Appstore. You can either search for it using the Fire TV’s search, or select to send it to your Fire TV using Amazon’s website.

Pros

Easy to Follow steps using USB Stick
Total Commander Download Link
Format USB to FAT32

Cons

You need a PC to format USB and load app file.

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