How to enable Apps from Unknown Sources on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Turning on Apps from Unknown Sources on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick allows you to sideload apps onto the device from within another app, like a file browser. Enabling the Apps from Unknown Sources option is not required when sideloading apps via ADB or a PC utility. It is only necessary to enable this option if you want apps, which are already installed on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, to have the ability to install additional apps.

New Interface (v5.2.4.0 and newer)

  1. From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s home screen, scroll to “Settings”.
  2. Next, scroll to the right and select “My Fire TV”. (It may be listed as “Device” on older models)
  3. Next, scroll down and select “Developer options”.
  4. Then select “Apps from Unknown Sources” to turn the option to “ON”.
  5. Lastly, select “Turn On” from the popup message that appears.

Old Interface (v5.2.2.0 and older)

  1. From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s home screen, scroll down to “Settings”.
  2. Next, scroll to the right and select “System”.
  3. Next, scroll down and select “Developer Options”.
  4. Then select “Apps from Unknown Sources” to turn the option to “ON”.
  5. Lastly, select “OK” on the popup message which appears.

  1. Wadi says:

    Not available on older firmwares? Or maybe all apps are allowed ?


  2. wmcdaniel says:

    install kodi on fire stick

  3. William R Evans says:

    Thank you. Merry Christmas.

    William Evans

  4. William R Evans says:

    Can’t wait to install Kodi

  5. chanel says:

    i dont see apps from unknown on my fire stick

  6. Testshoot says:

    Nor is it on my Fire TV Rev. 1. I can’t even get Total Commander to see the USB drive.

  7. ROSE M CUPELLI says:

    I dont know how to get the apps onto the amazon fire tv….my daughter has no trouble getting apps to her roku

  8. Daz says:

    I was having problems with Kodi not playing movies or anything for that matter. I thought it had become corrupted somehow so decided to uninstall and then reinstall it. Did so but all addons vanished and now it’s saying need vpn to play movies. Haven’t got a clue wot to do. Anyone please help. Just got my firestick plugged into tv, only way I can do it.

  9. lisa jones says:

    thank you so much I couldnt get to unknow sources without your help.Every other video i tried to watch had me so confused

  10. jb spurlock says:

    I am blocked on this firestick..will not allow me to move on after i enabled apps from unknown sources. How do I preceed

  11. G says:

    You guys should use android tv boxes. They are
    Twice as fast
    And hold the doubt or triple the ram. There’s a
    Keyboard I get that’s amazing. Holds bigger builds and can lan In with Ethernet cable
    I’d suggest. The km8p 16/2. I have some
    And and I support not only kodi but help people with et support.

  12. Hector says:

    Im having problems everytime i watch a movie tge screen turns white a green robot pops up saying test and i have to start my movie all over if anyone can help me remove this its also not installed in the apps so idk what to do its gets annoying

  13. Annoth says:

    I have downloaded a bunch of different techniques and programs and I still can not install programs and I STILL get “no streaming available ” have apps unknown sources on. I go to install ft ok m zip file and I can not install anything.

  14. Carol says:

    I have followed every instruction on associating my google account with fire stick. Still no joy. Can’t download anything as function not available at this tim. All my setting etc are as they should be. For the second time today I am re settin fire stick to factory setting. Been at it for six hours

  15. Diamond Dave says:

    Thanks! Saved me!

  16. Angela Workman says:

    I cant get to my homescreen ,firestick,have no internet at home eithr n thought this was gonna work I checked all ways I could thing to 2..how2 f ya dont got internet how 2s f ya dont got an ethernetcord..I mean geesh what else can I do guys ..plz help n asap..

  17. says:

    I have a gen 4 fire stick. Whenever I scroll to settings then to developers options and click on Apps from unknown sources it doesn’t show the pop up message for me to turn it on.
    What seems to be the problem?

  18. Terry says:


    I have purchased Amazon cube 2nd generation. In Devloper options I have only 2 options 1) ADB Debugging 2) install Unknow apps. I don’t have options call apps from Unknow sources. Please help

  19. Leona says:

    In my settings on my Firestick it doesn’t have the option apps from unknown saucers so I carnt turn it on?

  20. Cynthia says:

    It really helped me! Thank you so much!

  21. Brad says:

    When I download a file off of Downloader it says “for your security, your tv is not allowed to install unknown apps from this source”. I have a brand new fire tv cube

  22. beardown says:

    Same issue with cube. anyone know the fix ?

  23. Aaron Medina says:

    Having the same issues with the cube anyone able to find a loophole or anything like that?

  24. Louis D says:

    Don’t open the downloader app until you have enabled download unknown sources to ON. Then make sure debugging is not enabled.

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