How to Sideload Apps onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Android Phone or Tablet

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The newly released Android app AGK Fire has made it easier than ever to sideload apps onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Android smartphone or tablet. The app can not only install downloaded APKs like XBMC, but it can also install apps that are already installed on your smartphone or tablet. This means you can install an app from the Google Play store onto your Android device and then transfer that app to a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

How to use AGK Fire

  1. Enable ADB debugging on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
    screenshot-adb-debugging
  2. Write down your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s IP address.
    screenshot-ip-address-ipaddress
  3. Download and install AGK Fire onto your Android smartphone or tablet. You can download it from either Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, or directly from the developers XDA post.
  4. AGK Fire can transfer any app currently installed on your smartphone or tablet onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It can also install an APK file that is on your smartphone or tablet. So, if you haven’t done so yet, download the app that you want installed on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick from the web or the Google Play store using your smartphone or tablet.
  5. Launch AGK Fire on your smartphone or tablet and enter your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s IP address when prompted. If you miss the prompt, you can enter the IP address in AGK Fire’s settings menu.
    agkfire-ip
  6. If the app you want to install on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick…
    • …is already installed on your smartphone or tablet, then simply select it from the list of apps in AGK Fire.
      agkfire-applist
    • … is an APK file you download onto your smartphone or tablet, then press the menu button in AGK Fire and choose “Select an APK File” and navigate to the downloaded APK file.
      agkfire-menu
  7. Choose the “Install on” button in the popup dialogue.
    agkfire-installon
  8. Wait for the app to be installed on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Depending on the size of the app, this may take several minutes.
    agkfire-installing
  9. The app installation will be done when you see the message “[APP NAME] installed”
    agkfire-installed

Troubleshooting
AGK Fire is a new app and the developer is still working out some issues. If the app installation on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick fails, try disabling ADB debugging on your smartphone or tablet. If that doesn’t work, try adding “:5555” (without the quotes) to the end of your Fire TV’s IP address in AGK Fire’s settings. If you’re still having trouble, post a reply to the developers XDA forum thread with your experience and hopefully the two of you can figure out the issue and improve the app in the process.

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55 comments
  1. RgnKjnVA says:

    Currently playing ‘9 Innings 2014’ on AFTV! Some controller quirks that I also saw in 7 Minute workout app but overall this is VERY cool.

  2. James says:

    The developer rocks! I am loving this app!

  3. Big K says:

    NICE!!! This is an excellent site. I have the fire stick coming after the new year and was wondering if I could possibly use My Hootoo tripmate Elite 6000mah to power the device. I read that some TVs won’t push enough power.

    For (TRAVEL PURPOSE)

  4. Punkbutler88 says:

    I did this so i could install Vudu. Vudu worked, but the remote doesnt work for it….

    • Andy says:

      Did this get you HDX signal or not? (Know you posted almost a year ago, sorry)

    • YOU JUST HAVE TO DOWNLOAD Settings

      Connect your wireless bluetooth device (mouse, keyboard, trackpad, headphones, etc.) to the Fire TV.

      Download Settings .APK here:

      http://www.mediafire.com/download/ztg89cez0ozdhy9/settings.apk

      AND HOW TO INSTALL IT ON FIRE TV :
      _______________________________________________________________________
      TAKE YOUR ANDROID DEVICE AND DOWNLOAD ES FILEMANAGER IN IT, AND DO THE SAME IN YOUR FIRE TV. ONCE YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED ON BOTH DEVICES LANUCH IT. THEN COPY THE SETTINGS APK TO YOUR PHONE. DONE? OK. ON THE FIRE TV IN THE ES MANAGER GO TO LOCAL, BLUETOOTH AND FIND YOUR PHONE.AAAAAANNNNNNDD… NOW YOU CAN ACCESS IT’S FILE SYSTM HAHA…COPY IT TO YOUR FIRE TV AND INSTALL IT ….

      NOTE : IT WORKS FOR FIRE TV AND STICK BOTH. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT IT WORKS ON ANDROID TV, NEVER TESTED IT. BUT IT SHOULD WORK TRY IT.
      ———————
      NO PROBS.
      ———
      -UPS

  5. decca says:

    Hi this website is rock! Many thanks to aftnews for my amazon fire tv question. Quick question I just got fire tv stick Do I have to follow block software update on the fire tv stick to sideload app to my amazon fire tv stick?

    Many thanks again!

    =D=

  6. george branham says:

    Why did google pull your app,its such a good….im sad…..:-(

    • Gopi Adusumilli says:

      I think it has to do with Donate button in the app. I removed it an resubmitted it but they suspended that to giving the exact same reason. So now I am still trying to figure out whats going on.

  7. I have started a website http://www.agkfire.com for all info on the app. Thanks for AFTVnews.com for all the help. I am working on new updates on app. we post it soon.

  8. Tom bradway says:

    Can you add a blog on site that lists apps that work with the remote. , police scanner works great and
    Plays in the background

  9. Mary says:

    Side loading works great but nothing I try seems to work with the Fire remote. Any advice?

  10. Bytemeister says:

    I downloaded the Primewire Player App but am having trouble navigating on the Primewire website to choose a movie or TV show to watch. The Fire Stick remote is fairly worthless to get to a spot on the website screen to select what I want to watch. Any suggestions on navigating a complex web page like Primewire? Thank you in advance

  11. David says:

    I woke up this morning, started my amazon fire tv and noticed that all my side loaded apps were removed. The box started over by to stock as if they zapped my box, dunno how to put everything back, wondering if there was a new update, anyone please help me?

    • Max Sedenka says:

      ^^^ David’s question is really important. Can anyone help him out with an answer? I ask because I want a FireTV, but not if I can’t load gaming emulators on it.

      Any help would be a appreciated!

  12. John says:

    It said the install was successful but nothing is appearing on my fire stick. Also, I tried the sync and now I have over 100 apps on my stick (none of the ones I wanted) and it says I have to delete from cloud (and lose them on all devices) to remove them. Any help?

  13. Troy says:

    Can you download the Showbox app to the fire stick? And if so, will the remote work with this app? Thanks so much…

    • Mamma says:

      You can! You will need either an air mouse or an air mouse app.

      • ROYBOY says:

        anyway you can help me please??
        i sideloaded the settings apk to use a mouse on my fire stick tv and now nothing works not my reote for the stick nothing??
        please can u help?

  14. marc says:

    anyone know how to get the remote to work on the side loaded apps that are installed?

  15. Veera A says:

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  16. I am really pleased to read this website posts which carries lots of valuable information, thanks
    for providing such information.

  17. I have the show box downloaded but my fire stick remote won’t allow me to scroll to select .It’s like it’s not compatible .

  18. Joe Smith says:

    I successfully installed kodi on my primary firetv box. I am trying to install on my other boxes. I have changed my ip to the box I am working on and am unable to load to my boxes?

    I have shut down all other boxes. Restarted phone, modem and routers. AGK shows connected to the correct ip, but still unable to load to the box.

  19. Paul Whiteing says:

    Hi, when I try to transfer some apps from my Android phone to fire tv stick they go Ok but others give me message “remote mouse for fire not added” “Daemon not running” error and then mention my TV stick IP address with .5555 added afterwards. Am I doing something wrong?

  20. sesh says:

    I tried to sideload the Google play in the Amazon Fire Stick. But it is not launching at all.

    It works for Chrome and EZ File explorer.

    Do we need to do any extra steps to make work the Google Play?

  21. Aaron Heinly says:

    I have a Fire TV Stick and a Kindle Fire HD but cannot mirror nor load my Fire games on my Stick. I can mirror my iPhone with an app. Can I mirror my Fire HD with an app? I can sideload from Android. Can I sideload from FireHD?

    • Darren says:

      You should be able to mirror straight from your kindle settings. I have mirrored my fire phone and my kindle fire HDX with no problems. Go to Display and select the option to mirror screen. Select your fire stick and it connects. It’s really easy.

  22. Star says:

    I have the fire stick app and side loaded showbow box it works but neither remote or remote app will work how can I fix this.

  23. Jdc says:

    I have loaded ITV player and entered my post code as requested, however I can not click on the confirm button. Any ideas ?

    • Karen says:

      I’m having the same issue. Even tried the iPhone remote app…still couldn’t click confirm. Have downloaded a couple of different Bluetooth mouse apps, but can’t get them to connect to the fire TV stick. I’m so frustrated with this. Anyone figure this out?

  24. T-Time says:

    OUTSTANDING!!! A must have! Please, do not be afraid to use this AFTV app as it will truly deliver. You WILL NEED to have an additional way to move around through sideloaded apps. I downloaded AGK fire app to my knock off Android tablet(Prestige Pro), the Remote Mouse for Fire Stick from the Amazon App Store to use on said tablet and Fire Stick. I am now watching the Xfinity TV Go app on my Fire stick, about to install Kodi. Be patient and follow directions and you can do this. I am not the most proficient geek and I was able git r dun!!

  25. jd warren says:

    Keep getting an error saying “Chrome failed during startup with an unexpected error” Anyone else having this issue?

  26. Brian says:

    I downloaded show box to my Amazon fire stick but I am on able to use the remote. Is there anything else I can do so I can utilize fire stick in possibly watch some movies

  27. Stacey Hughes says:

    Tried to sideload ‘All 4’ TV app and get the following error:
    Upload failed: [179 KB/s (6309175 bytes in 34.311s), pkg: /datalocal/tmp/com.channel4.ondemand-1 .apk, Failure
    [INSTALL_FAILED_MISSING_SHARED_LIBRARY]]

    PLEASE HELP

  28. Clark says:

    Showbox requires a BT trackpad. Amazon sells one integrated w a mini-keyboard that works a treat. Only ~10 or so.

  29. Ray wall says:

    I downloaded the app. Transferred a app on tour the fire stick. But when I open the app the controls don’t work on the remote for the app.
    Showbox app.

  30. carlo says:

    Every time I try to sideload my version of Arbbuild kodi onto my fire stick I am being met with and “updater error” any ideas?

  31. SwaggyP says:

    I used AGK fire to side load an application from my samsung galaxy phone onto my Fire TV stick. It say it was successfully installed. Does anyone know where is should be on the Fire TV Stick. It did not show up under apps.

    • Ernesto says:

      You need to go under Settings, then click on Manage Installed Apps. It will be there. The more you access the app, it will show up under Recent Apps.

  32. Julio says:

    I’m very frustrated with trying to connect a bluetooth mouse to the fire stick. I have read everything possible on this plus you tube videos. I can’t figure out where to get this settings apk to enable the mouse. I do have fire agk? How will this help with mouse? I guess I’m missing something but what???? Help

  33. dave emery says:

    I only have 3 tabs
    I can push apps but not pull from the firestick.
    Can some one please give me step by step instructions on how to pull a backup from the stick to my s7 edge and then push it back to a different stick

  34. Stephanie says:

    I successfully sideloaded directv app, but when I click on it in the firestick, it says it’s not associated with my amazon account. Any suggestions?

  35. Muchisimas gracias por la informacin, era exactamente lo que estaba buscando en google.

  36. “Totalmente de acuerdo, muy acertado el artculo, enhorabuena”

  37. Sam says:

    Can I install kodi from my phone to firestick anyone?

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