How to enable ADB debugging on an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Cube

There are many reasons to turn on ADB debugging on an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Smart TV. Doing so allows you to perform actions, such as running shell commands, to make changes to your Fire TV. This guide walks you through the steps for how to enable or disable ADB debugging.

Originally published December 10, 2014. Last updated October 13, 2023.

2020+ Interface

  1. Select the Settings gear icon on the far right of the Fire TV home screen.
  2. Select “My Fire TV” or, if you’re using a Fire TV Smart TV, select “Device & Software” from the Settings menu.
  3. Select “Developer Options” from the menu. If you don’t see a Developer options menu item, follow this guide to reveal it.
  4. Select “ADB debugging” to change the setting to “ON”

2016-2020 Interface

  1. From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s home screen, scroll to “Settings”.
  2. Next, scroll to the right and select “Device”.
  3. Next, scroll down and select “Developer options”.
  4. Then select “ADB debugging” to turn the option to “ON”.

2014-2016 Interface

  1. From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s home screen, scroll down to “Settings”.
    screenshot-settings
  2. Next, scroll to the right and select “System”.
    screenshot-system
  3. Next, scroll down and select “Developer Options”.
    screenshot-developer-options-developeroptions
  4. Then select “ADB debugging” to turn the option to “ON”.
    screenshot-adb-debugging

22 comments
  1. Y314K says:

    Has there been any use for the “Apps from Unknown source” option. All the app’s I tried to sideload have worked without this setting turn on ??

    • AFTVnews says:

      The “Apps from Unknown sources” option has nothing to do with ADB and sideloading. All apps installed through ADB will install just fine with that setting off. When enabled, it allows an app already installed on the Fire TV to install apps. For example, ES File Explorer is capable of installing apps, but only if “Apps from Unknown sources” is enabled.

      • Y314K says:

        Ahh.. Forgot about file explorer installing apps.. Have always just done the PlayStore or AFTV Utility option… And with the AGK Fire app I will probably never need it…

    • annette says:

      i am trying to turn the adb off but my fire tv stick won’t even let me onto the settings. It just keeps saying firestarter something went wrong restarting homebuttonobserver now. It is also saying firestarter exception clearing logcat failed. Does anybody know how to help me at all please.

      • Dennis Isom says:

        Yes, you have to start from default, but you’ll loose alot of your build. You can install them again though.

  2. Los says:

    I have downloaded the Twc tv app and it says I must disable debugging when I do so however it still does not work any suggestions?

  3. Emma Swimby says:

    Very new to this.I have just got an amazon firestick.I had it working last night.but today I cant get onto kodi.the screen its coming up with just says PICTURES.VIDEOS.MUSIC.PROGRAMS.SYSTEM.how do I get back to the main screen.it wont let me go on kodi icon page

  4. Gus says:

    I downloaded the app but when installing dishnetwork app it does work says not supported any help

  5. Ever says:

    I do not have USB debugging option

  6. Q. Ball says:

    USB Debugging is not an option under System>Developer Options on my FireStick, either.

    Should it be? Can it be added or activated? If so, how?

    • Ray says:

      I don’t have the USB Debugging option on my Fire Stick either, although I have received pop-up messages about it when sideloading from an Android device. The problem I now have is that having enabled it to sideload the Spectrum app, I now have to disable it again in order for the Spectrum app to actually run. And, I have no way of doing that. Any suggestions?

  7. john says:

    I have a amazon firestick I buy from best on june 14, 2017 and the usb debugging is not on it. will it still download kodi and put new kodi builds on it?

  8. Barry anderson says:

    Is there any way to enable adb without the Alexa remote which I have lost?

    • Sherry says:

      You can download an app on the Google plsystore on your phone or tablet that allows you to use it as a remote for the firestick.

  9. ADD209 says:

    Ok if you can side load then there’s an app in Google playstore called insomnia. It has a 4.9 star rating. I used this and it works perfectly. No need to root. Just side load the app. Open it press the select button on your remote and job don’t. It’s that easy

  10. ADD209 says:

    Ok I’ll explain this the best I can. On your fire stick/box go to options/ device/ developers options and turn on ADB debugging and apps from other sources. Now on any Android device download apps2fire. When you open apps2fire you will need you fire I.P address. You can find this in options/ device/ about/ network. After putting in the IP address you can now sideload apps from your Android to your fire stick/box. Now go to play store on your Android device and download insomnia (it’s got a black circular logo with yellow Zzz. Once that’s download open apps2fire again and scroll down till you find insomnia and click install. It will auto install the app. Now open insomnia on your fire stick/box and press the select button on your remote. It should now say (your device suffers from insomnia) this will stop it going to black screen (you also now know how to sideload apps lol NOTE. I don’t know if this stops the screensaver so go to options/ display & sound/ screensaver settings/ start time and select never. Hope this helps folks

  11. Avishkar sarda says:

    Avishkar sarda hr
    I need help unable to connect apps2 fire from mobile to Firestick plz help me out

  12. Abdulah says:

    Hello i have problem whit my firestick tv. On my setting diel fiel ADB debugging doesnt existed. Please help

  13. Justin Me says:

    I don’t have adb debugging option on my insignia fire tv os 6.2.9.1. Is there any way to sideload or jailbreak without this option under device and software section?

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