ES File Explorer can once again download APK files directly — Sideloading guide updated

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ES File Explorer can once again directly download APK files, but not in the same way it did before. When ES File Explorer first appeared in the Fire TV appstore, it immediately became a popular app because you could use its “Favorites” feature to load a webpage within the app. You could then move a highlight cursor around the webpage and select files to download directly to the Fire TV. At some point, whether deliberately or unintentionally, ES File Explorer lost the ability to download APK files directly when selecting a link from a webpage loaded within the app. While APK files still don’t download within ES File Explorer when selecting a link on a webpage, the latest version has an updated Download Manager that can download APK files directly. The only catch is you have to enter the full URL to the APK file you want to download, which may be tedious due to long URLS. You can’t simply load a page and navigate to a download link. I have updated my sideloading guide that uses ES File Explorer to use the Download Manager, instead of using the workaround of finding a link to a zipped version of the APK.

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4 comments
  1. Excellent update on how to install the kodi app on to a firestick

  2. Ed says:

    Someone could easily come up with a competitor and sell it for $1 and make a fortune. I challenge a developer to make a better file manager and get it approved on the amazon app store.

  3. gdroid666 says:

    “The only catch is you have to enter the full URL to the APK file you want to download, which may be tedious due to long URLS. You can’t simply load a page and navigate to a download link.”

    entering the URL directly is still way less tedious that trying to get ES file explorer to highlight and DL the link you want on fire tv sitck
    no matter how long the URl is , it’s not even usable on fire tv , selecting a link is next to impossible
    this seems like it’s much easier

  4. You actually make it seem really easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually one thing that I feel
    I would never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and
    very vast for me. I am taking a look forward on your
    next put up, I will try to get the cling of it!

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