Amazon Fire TV 3 and Fire OS 6 support sideloading apps like Kodi

For those wanting definitive confirmation, the new Amazon Fire TV 3 does allow sideloading apps like Kodi. Apart from a small issue with my Downloader app that has now been fixed, sideloading on the latest Fire TV running an all new Fire OS 6 is exactly the same as it is on other Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. Read more ›

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Element’s Fire TV Edition television allows sideloading 3rd-party apps like Kodi

With any new Fire TV device, the first question I’m always asked is whether or not you can sideload 3rd-party apps, like Kodi, onto it. Element’s new Fire TV Edition televisions were no exception when I asked what you guys wanted me to check out. I’m happy to say that sideloading on these TVs is fully supported in the exact same way as it is on Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The option to enable “ADB Debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources” are present in the TV’s settings exactly where you expect them to be. I was able to install my Downloader app and install both Kodi and SPMC without any issues. Sideloaded apps also appear on the home just fine, both in the recent row and in the app row.

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Kodi and sideloaded apps are fully compatible with the new Fire TV interface


There has been a bit of false information and confusion circulating regarding sideloaded apps, like Kodi, on the new Fire TV and Fire TV Stick interface brought on by the 5.2.4.0 software update. First and foremost, you can still sideload 3rd party apps on the new version/interface just as easily as you’ve always been able to. Second, you can still launch sideloaded apps, including Kodi, from the Fire TV home screen. This includes both the “RECENT” section and the “YOUR APPS & GAMES” section. If you can’t figure out how to do this, here is what you need to know. Read more ›

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How to sideload apps like Kodi or SPMC on the Amazon Fire TV & Stick using Downloader

This guide will walk you through the steps of installing (a.k.a. sideloading) a 3rd-party app, like Kodi or SPMC, onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. This guide uses my own app, called Downloader, which is available for free from the Amazon Appstore. You do not need a computer, an external drive, a keyboard, ADB, or anything else to follow this guide. All you need is your Fire TV remote and about a minute of your time. This is currently the quickest way to sideload apps on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, and is easier than using ES File Explorer. Read more ›

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Software update 5.0.5.1 brings sideloaded apps to the Fire TV Home Screen and a new App Shortcut

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A new Fire TV and Fire TV Stick software update, which makes it easier to get to both your sideloaded and official apps, will begin rolling out to both first and second generation devices soon. The new software update carries version number 5.0.5.1 and will finally allow sideloaded apps to appear in the “Recent” section of the Fire TV’s home screen. The update also adds two new ways to get to your Fire TV’s “App” section. You will now be able to double-press the Home button, on your Fire TV remote or game controller, to jump directly into your app library. Additionally, there is now a new “My Apps” shortcut in the popup that appears when you hold down the Home button. Read more ›

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Ultimate Sideloading Guide for Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

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This guide will show you the easiest ways to install, a.k.a. “sideload,” 3rd-party apps on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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How to restore Kodi or other sideloaded app to the Recent list on the Fire TV

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Update

This guide is outdated. Go here for the new updated method.

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How to launch Kodi, XBMC, SPMC and other sideloaded apps from the Fire TV homescreen

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Sideloaded apps like Kodi, XBMC, and SPMC are inconvenient to launch since they don’t show up on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s “Home” and “Apps” section. Instead you have to dig deep into the settings menu, requiring over 20 remote button presses, to launch a sideloaded app. I’ve been putting off writing this guide in hopes of finding a universal way to make all sideloaded apps equal citizens to official apps from the Amazon Appstore. That hasn’t happened, so this is a comprehensive guide of all the different ways to launch sideloaded apps faster. Each method is presented with its pros and cons for you to decide the best option for your needs. The guides concentrate specifically on Kodi, XBMC, and SPMC, but will work for any sideloaded app, unless otherwise noted. None of the methods require rooting. Read more ›

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Amazon rejects Fire TV apps that peek over their walled garden

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Amazon is in the business to sell you an experience with the Fire TV, not just hardware. That’s why they’re able to sell the device at cost and keep the product line a worthwhile venture. When apps like homescreen replacements, launchers, and media players try to change that experience, Amazon has been swift in rejecting these apps from the official Fire TV Appstore. Read more ›

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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. Read more ›

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