How To Install Android Apps on Amazon Fire TV #Sideloading #FireTV

How To Install Android Apps on Amazon Fire TV

amazon-fire-tv-android-app-installFire TV is Amazon’s Android video streaming box and runs Amazon’s fork of Android 4.4.2 called Fire OS. Like all Amazon Android devices it ships with Amazon’s own Appstore.

To install Android apps on the Fire TV that are not available on Amazon’s Appstore requires installing the Android app APK file on the device without going through the app store, aka process called “sideloading”.

Sideloading Android Apps on Amazon Fire TV

1) Enabled Fire TV’s ADB debugging from Settings > System > Developer Options

2) Download Android SDK bundle from here. Unzip the SDK and locate the adb binary file. The download is a 470+ MB file and includes all files needed for development.

For sideloading APK files only need the adb program located in ./adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20140321/sdk/platform-toolsbinary/adb) is needed and I have uploaded a 500KB sized zipped copy of adb (for Mac OS only) at adb.zip. I recommend downloading the file from Amazon directly if you have issues with copy.



3) Get the Fire TV’s IP Address from Settings > Select System > About > Network

4) Navigate to the directory with the adb program. Run commands below on a Mac OS machine. For Windows you should not need the “./”

aa140:~ aa140$ ./adb kill-server
aa140:~ aa140$ ./adb start-server
* daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
* daemon started successfully *

Now the adb program is running on your local machine.

5) Connect to the Fire TV using command below.

aa140:~ aa140$ ./adb connect {IP Address of Fire TV}
connected to {IP Address of Fire TV}:5555

6) Install/Sideload the APK file onto the Fire TV with command below.

aa140:~ aa140$ ./adb install androidfile.apk
216 KB/s (774438 bytes in 3.489s)
pkg: /data/local/tmp/androidfile.apk
aa140:~ aa140$

7) Launch app from Fire TV.

Settings > Applications > Select Application > Launch application

See images below of an Android WiFi Scanner app on Fire TV.

Locating App on Fire TV


Launch Android App on Amazon Fire TV


Additional Help For Installing Android Apps on Fire TV

For more help see Amazon documentation links below.



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