How to transfer Amazon Fire TV Apps to a Fire TV Stick

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There are currently about 180 Amazon Fire TV apps and games that are listed as incompatible with the Fire TV Stick. Many of those apps run perfectly fine on the Fire TV Stick, but for one reason or another are listed as incompatible. Minecraft, the best selling Fire TV game, is one example of such an app. It runs surprisingly well on the Fire TV Stick, but cannot be purchased and installed on the Fire TV Stick directly. This guide will walk you through the steps of copying an app or game from a Fire TV and installing it on a Fire TV Stick. Neither device needs to be rooted.

  1. Install the app on your Fire TV as you normally would through the Amazon Appstore.
  2. Connect to your Fire TV via ADB
  3. Run the command: adb shell
    terminal-adb-shell
  4. Run this command to list all of your installed apps:
    pm list packages -3 -f
    transferapk-01
  5. Locate the app you want to transfer in the printed list and copy its file path; the part between the colon (:) and the equal sign (=)
    transferapk-02
  6. Run the command: exit
    terminal-exit-shell
  7. Copy the app’s APK file to your computer with the following command:
    adb pull /data/app/com.mojang.minecraftpe-1.apk /Users/AFTVnews/Downloads

    transferapk-03
    Note: Be sure to replace /data/app/com.mojang.minecraftpe-1.apk with the app location you copied in step 5, and replace /Users/AFTVnews/Downloads with the path to a directory on your computer where you can temporarily store the app file.

  8. Now simply sideload the APK file you just copied to your computer onto the Fire TV Stick.

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24 comments
  1. Elizabeth says:

    I want to get the abc, cbs and the cw on the fire stick but I don’t have the fire TV just the stick. Is this possible? Is there an easier way to do this ie a third party. I am not real clear on doing this via a command line..though you do have good instructions.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for your reply and advice. Just have a windows tablet and a laptop..and a cheap tracphone (non android). Don’t think this will work for me. Wanted to find a way to do this without buying another device. I can watch online but thought it’d be nice to watch on my TV.

    • The easiest way to do this… which is still sort of difficult is to load up the Windows command prompt, connect to your fire tv ip address (listed on your router or fire device) and then ADB connect the program compile you downloaded to your windows disk and then transfer to the fire tv. This will take a few minutes to copy about 25 megs – slow upload.
      On the side note, even though some of these programs can be side loaded, I do not recommend running these apps as a end user unless you are personally trying to test a program as a developer – you could cause software / or hardware issues with your device when you side load unofficial software. I’ve seen power problems and hardware crashes from running unofficial programs.

      Here is a good site – http://sideloadfiretv.com/

      I STILL WOULD NOT RECOMMEND SIDELOADING as development testing can
      HURT your device in different ways, such as bugs incompatible code drivers etc. I would wait until the program passes testing before you install it and the software is found in the official catalog.

      • Dumberer says:

        All of my side-loaded apps work fine.
        This website has already excellent written guides on how to sideload, there’s no need to link to an external site.

      • tuxen says:

        Don’t feed the users bs like it can ruin your hardware.
        You are clearly not a electronics engineer. How should that ruin your hardware? Some way magically minecraft or another app overclocks your fire-stick, even without root? Or destroy another piece of psysical hardware.

        Come on.. Keep your ignorant paranoid delusions to yourself.

        • tuxen says:

          As the other user points out you most likely just came here to promote your site. You say it can destroy your device which is BS and then at the same time promotes a sideloading site?!

          • monkey says:

            No I think you would be fine. I would just check with Amazon forum to see if they have had any problems with the app on the device.

            You could add a mouse keys to the fire tv and try that with different apps.

  3. Some Person says:

    Fire TV has an adb client. It could just connect to the Fire TV Stick directly. No need to have your PC in the middle.

    adb shell

    then

    adb connect
    adb install /data/app/com.mojang.minecraftpe-1.apk

  4. sdsee says:

    For those who don’t have a fire tv, are apps backed up from a kindle fire hd compatible with the stick?

  5. tuxen says:

    Any Android app is potentially compatible with a fire-stick as fire-OS is a fork of Andriod that is compatible with just about any Android app.

    It’s no different than installing a generic app to your Android phone. Especially with the “Install from unknown sources” option.

    There can be versions of apps, mostly games that require a specific SoC (Chipset) to run. I’ve seen this a few times in the Amazon store opposed to the Google playstore where drivers for more chipsets are nessesary because of the many different devices depending on Google store.

    In a case where it can only be controlled with a touchscreen a mouse will usually do the trick.

    There is also some apps that will only run in portrait mode, and thereby look funny or be unuable.

    So which apps are compatible and to which degree they can be easily controlled with a remote depends on a test.

    You can NOT damage your hardware, the most that will happen is the app will not run or run slow because of the lesser SoC/chipset, or be difficult to control with a remote.

    Again just like on any other Android device.

  6. rcrh says:

    So, do these steps make any sideloaded app appear on the firetv home menu?

  7. tuxen says:

    No.. And this is not about sideloading apps to fire-tv but fire-stick.

  8. AJD says:

    I got Minecraft PE onto my Fire Stick. I get the startup screen when I launch the app, but I can’t do anything. Do I need the Fire Game Controller? Or should the standard remote be able to do something, like press the “play” button?

    • Allen says:

      Did you manage to get this working, I have the amazon game controller and I still get stuck on the home screen and cant click the play button.

  9. ssbsts says:

    Awesome! I was searching the web for exactly this. It’s nice to have backups of the AFTV version of Netflix and Youtube.

    I made the mistake of uninstalling Netflix a few software versions ago, and could never find the correct version to install until I updated. This is peace of mind now. Thanks!

  10. Steven Carr says:

    I have installed an app externally and I can get to it via settings/applications however I am unsure how to move it so it is in the apps section of my amazon fire stick. Can anyone help me?

  11. easyasfuck says:

    ok if u want to do it via computer use Wondershare MobileGo
    connect your fire stick to pc with usb cable that come with the stick load up Wondershare MobileGo click apps and install to phone storage

    job done

  12. sandra says:

    when you transfer an app does it have all your game progress is. Crossy road characters ? thanks;)

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