The addition of the free file browser, Total Commander, to the official Fire TV appstore now makes it possible to sideload apps like Kodi onto the Fire TV without the need to use ADB and a PC. As long as you can load a USB drive with an APK file, you can sideload it onto the Fire TV without any outside connection or utility. Here’s how to do it.
- Transfer the APK you want to sideload onto a USB drive. The USB drive must be using the FAT32 file system. If you are installing Kodi, download the Android ARM version from here.
- Plug the USB drive into the USB port on the back of the Fire TV.
- Wait for the Fire TV to mount the drive.
- If you haven’t done so before, enable “Apps from Unknown Sources” on your Fire TV by following this guide.
- Install Total Commander for free from the Amazon Appstore. You can either search for it using the Fire TV’s search, or select to send it to your Fire TV using Amazon’s website.
- Launch Total Commander once it’s installed and select the USB option in the list of directories.
- Select the APK file you want to sideload from the list of files on your USB drive.
- Select “Install”.
- Select “Install” again.
- Wait for the APK to install.
- The app is now installed. Select Done to finish or Open to open the app.