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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