HBO Max is not currently available in the Amazon Appstore for Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition devices. Fortunately, it’s easy to sideload the app and use it as long as you first take a few precautions to avoid common issues with the app. If you simply sideload the app like you would any other APK, you could end up with the wrong icon appearing, the icon not appearing at all, or the app refusing to install altogether. Here’s a step-by-step guide for everything you need to do to have a good HBO Max experience on Fire TV devices.
- Uninstall HBO Now
If you have the HBO Now app installed on your device, you need to uninstall it. If you don’t know how to uninstall apps on Fire TV, follow this guide.
- Delete HBO Now form Amazon Account
Go to the Your Apps list on Amazon.com and see if HBO Now is on the list. If it is, select the Actions menu and then select the Delete this app option.
- Clear Appstore Data & Cache on Fire TV
On your Fire TV, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications. Select Appstore from the list and then select both the Clear Data and the Clear Cache options.
- Sync Amazon Account on Fire TV
Now go to Settings > My Account, which is the last settings menu on the far right. From there, select the Sync Amazon Content option and wait a few seconds.
- Restart Fire TV
Restart your Fire TV by going to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart.
- Sideload HBO Max
Sideload the HBO Max app by using the Downloader app and entering the URL
If you’re not familiar with sideloading and need detailed step-by-step instructions for sideloading with Downloader, follow this guide.
- Launch HBO Max
Once the APK for HBO Max has been downloaded and installed, launch the app from your app list by holding the Home button on your remote and selecting the Apps option. The HBO Max icon should be at the very bottom of the list. If you see an HBO Now icon, instead of an HBO Max icon, then you likely missed a step above. You can either repeat this guide or just use the HBO Now icon because it should still launch HBO Max. If you can’t use your remote in the app, it’s because you installed the wrong version of the app. See here for more info and how to fix it.