Learn how to sideload Android apps to your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using a Windows computer. Amazon has given Fire TV owners the ability to easily sideload .APK files to their device. The whole process should take less than 10 minutes. Since the Fire TV does not have touch screen capabilities, only certain Android apps will run correctly on the device (click here for a link of recommended apps to sideload). Mac users can use this tutorial.
How-to Sideload Apps to the Amazon Fire TV with Windows
ENABLE ADB DEBUGGING
1. Go to Settings
3. Developer Options
4. Enable ‘ADB Debugging’
OBTAIN FIRE TV IP ADDRESS
1. Go to Settings
4. Under ‘Network’ – Write down the IP Address
SET UP ADB FOR WINDOWS
1. On your computer, download and run the ADB installation here.
2. Type ‘Y’ and hit Enter to install ADB and Fastboot.
3. Type ‘Y’ for the ADB system-wide installation and again for the device drivers installation.
4. You will prompted to install the drivers. Confirm and install the ADB drivers.
SIDELOAD APP TO FIRE TV
1. Open ‘Command Prompt’
2. Type in,
adb connect IPADDRESS
and hit Enter. Type in the Fire TV’s IP address (from earlier) instead of IPADDRESS. ‘Connected to IPADDRESS:5555′ will appear upon successful connection.
3. Download the Android’s app .APK file and remember it’s location within your computer. In terminal, type in,
adb install C:\filepath\filepath\filename.apk
and hit enter. The installation may take some time depending on the file size. I installed XBMC (50mb) in this example and it remained on this screen for about 5 whole minutes before the success message appeared.
TIP: To easily find the file path for the .APK file, right-click the file and go to “Properties”.
The file path is located in the ‘Location’ field.
4. Upon successful installation, the following message will appear.
You can access the app under Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications