How To Install App On Fire TV Stick Using Downloader

In this guide, you can learn how to install an app (APK) outside of Amazon Store into your Fire TV stick.

This is usually needed when an app is not available in the Amazon store and/or the app is region-restricted. (Not available in your country).

What Is An APK?

APK stands for Android Application Package and is the file format that Android uses to distribute and install apps.

What System Is The Fire TV Stick Running On?

Fire OS is the operating system that runs Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and tablets. Fire OS is based on Android, so if your app runs on Android, it can run on Amazon’s Fire devices too.

How Do I Install Third-Party Apps on Amazon Fire TV Stick?

How To Install App On Fire Stick TV Using Downloader
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To install any apps manually (outside of the Amazon store) on Fire Stick TV, you will first need to install a Downloader app. To do so, follow the instructions below:

Installing Downloader App into Fire TV Stick

From your Fire Stick TV, go to the menu and select Settings.

Fire TV Stick settings

Select My Fire TV

Fire TV Stick device option

Choose Developer Options

Fire TV Stick developer option

Select Apps from Unknown Sources

Fire TV Stick  apps from unknown source option

Select Turn On

Please note switching on apps from unknown sources is not needed to install Downloader app.

However, to install any third-party app(APK), this option needs to be enabled.

turn on apps from unknown sources on Fire TV Stick

Now, Return to the home screen and hover over the Search icon

Fire TV Stick  search option

Type in Downloader

search downloader app on Fire TV Stick

Select the Downloader app

select downloader app on Fire TV Stick

Choose on Download

download downloader app on Fire TV Stick

Select Open

Open downloader app on Fire TV Stick

 Choose Allow when you see the permission warning

allow downloader app permission on Fire TV Stick

When you see the Quick Start Guide, Select OK

downloader app quick start guide

Downloading App Into Fire TV Stick Using Downloader App

That’s it! You can now download any third-party app(s) into your Fire Stick TV.

All you need to do is type in the URL (link) of the APK file and click on Go.

Note: If you don’t know how to find app URL (link), read further below.

enter url to download app on Fire TV Stick

It will then download the APK file

apk file downloading on Fire TV Stick

Once the download is complete, you can then Install the APK file and use it on your Fire TV Stick.

install apk file on Fire TV Stick

How To Download APK File From Google Play Store Into Fire TV Stick?

Go to and in the search engine, type in the [app name] play store.

In this example, I want to download BBC iPlayer app on my Fire TV Stick Device and I would type BBC iPlayer play store and hit enter.

When you see the search result, look up for the link > store > apps and click on it.

downloading android app manually via web browser

Now copy the app link from the address bar.

downloading android app manually

Next, Go to APK downloader site and paste the link that you’ve copied earlier into the white box and click on Generate Download Link.

Generate APK Download link

Now, right-click on the click here to download XXXX(Name of the app) and choose the copy link address.

You can then paste it in a notepad so you can view the APK file link as per the example below.

Finally, type in the link into the Downloader app so you can download the app into your Fire TV Stick.

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