As someone starts to tinker with the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television, it’s almost inevitable that they install a file manager. Now that File Commander has sadly dropped support for Fire TV devices, the list of good and free file managers in the Fire TV Appstore consists of ES File Explorer, Total Commander, and Data Manager, so it’s notable when a new one joins the group. TvExplorer is a new file manager that just arrived in the Fire TV Appstore a few days ago. Unlike the other three file managers mentioned, it was made specifically to be used on a television streaming device. Read more ›
File Commander is a well known file manager that just added support for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It doesn’t have quite as many features as ES File Explorer, like the ability to download files through a built-in web browser, but it easily repalces Total Commander as the 2nd most feature rich file manager in the Fire TV appstore. Although it may not be able to technically do as much as ES File Explorer, File Commander might be the better option for many of you, thanks to its superior user interface and Amazon Drive support. Read more ›
ES File Explorer is one of the most popular and most powerful Android file explorers. Today it has officially been added to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick appstore. ES File Explorer is one of the most feature rich file browsers available for Android and has been one of the most popular apps to sideload onto the Fire TV from day one. It’s great to see it officially come to Fire TV devices.
This is mostly the same app that many of you have been sideloading. The interface has been polished a bit to work with the Fire TV, but you’ll still be moving a highlight box around the screen to interact with the app. The power of ES File Explorer comes not from what it can do with files on your Fire TV, but what it can do with remotely accessible files. You can access or download files from any number of sources like Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP servers, your home network, and so much more. The app even has a built in web browser, music player, video player, and more. Look forward to posts from me in the near future showing off different things you can do with ES File Explorer.
Total Commander is the first real file explorer to make it’s way into the official Fire TV and Fire TV Stick appstore. Sure there are plenty of file explorers, which are probably more feature rich than Total Commander, that you can sideload onto the Fire TV, but it’s nice having one available directly from Amazon. One of the features of most file managers, which Total Commander supports, is that they allow you to sideload apps. Since Total Commander can access USB drives connected to the Fire TV’s USB port, the addition of this app means you can now sideload apps onto the Fire TV without havigng to connect via ADB or a PC utility like adbFire. Total Commander could now be the easiest way to sideload apps onto the Fire TV for some people. Look for a guide up shortly on how to use Total Commander to sideload apps. You can even install plugins for Total Commander to expand its capabilities, like accessing APKs stored in Dropbox or Google Drive.