Filelinked, the Android app and service formerly known as DroidAdmin, has gone offline and there are indications that it has been taken down deliberately. Filelinked, which touted itself as “the #1 Bulk Downloader Tool,” is, or possibly was, a popular tool for sideloading apps on Fire TV and Android TV devices. It was primarily used as a means to easily access a large number of apps, most commonly used for pirating movies and TV shows, which were not allowed in the Amazon Appstore or Google Play Store. This strong link to piracy may be the cause for its demise because the app’s website, and the backend service that makes it work, have been taken down earlier today.
Filelinked allowed its users to upload a list of URLs that lead to files. The entire list could then be accessed in the Filelinked app by entering a numeric code associated with the list. Once the list of files was loaded in the app, users could then select any or all files to be downloaded and, in the case of APK files, be installed.
While Filelinked did not host any of the files itself, the app functioned very much like an app store by allowing its users to easily browse through lists of apps they wanted to install. This, combined with the fact that most of the apps listed were related to piracy, is likely why it was banned from both the Amazon Appstore and the Google Play Store three years ago, back when it was still known as DroidAdmin.
At some point today, Filelinked’s website was taken down and began loading a 404 message saying “Sorry, the page you are looking for could not be found.” While you might think the service might just be having server issues, Filelinked’s official Facebook group, which served as its main forum for user support, has also been taken down today. The official YouTube channel for the service is still up, but that channel hasn’t been updated in over 3 years and still uses the old DroidAdmin name.
Since Filelinked’s website, Facebook support group, and backend service have gone down simultaneously, it seems unlikely that the service is simply having technical issues. There doesn’t seem to be any other information right now, so your guess is as good as mine if the service was forced offline or voluntarily removed. While the Filelinked app itself can still be installed and launched, it is useless without the backend service that converts numeric codes to lists of files.
While this is purely speculation, it seems likely that Filelinked was taken down by the same entities that take down BitTorrent websites. While neither Filelinked nor BitTorrent websites host any illegal or copyrighted material themselves, they both do host lists that help people get to those things. For that reason alone, it’s reasonable to think that the same entities that take down BitTorrent websites may target Filelinked and take it down for similar reasons.