How to update your sideloaded HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — Updated July 2020 w/ Latest APK

Since HBO Max is not yet available in the Amazon Appstore, it must be sideloaded. Instructions for how to sideload the app can be found here, but you might be wondering how to update the app once you’ve already installed it. The process for updating is identical to sideloading. Simply open the Downloader app, enter the URL to the newer APK, download it, and install it. The new version will automatically update/replace the old version. You do not need to uninstall the existing version first. A new version 50.2.0.37 of HBO Max was just released and you can get it by entering bit.ly/firehbo into the Downloader app. If you need more detailed instructions, follow this guide.

Update

7/26/20 A new HBO Max v50.3.0.362 is now available. Get it by entering bit.ly/firehb into the Downloader app.

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14 comments
  1. Darren Newman says:

    I use apkupdater to update my apps. It’s open source and available for download on github here https://github.com/rumboalla/apkupdater

    “APKUpdater is an open source tool that simplifies the process of finding updates for your installed apps.
    It provides similar functionality to an app store, but instead of depending on a single source, it aggregates the results from APKMirror, Aptoide, F-Droid and Google Play.”

  2. ben says:

    what about future updates. how will i know if there is a update in the future. just keep checking downlaoder?

    • I’ll keep this article updated with the latest version, so you could check here periodically. I can also post a comment here when a new version is available. That way if you subscribe to notifications for this post’s comments, you’ll get an email when there is a new version.

  3. Joseph R. Neal, Sr. says:

    I have no idea how I did this but I am streaming HBO through HBO NOW icon. Is it possible that I have subscribed to two streams through Amazon HBO & HBO NOW?

  4. I have just updated this guide with the latest version of HBO Max’s APK, which is currently v50.3.0.362 available at bit.ly/firehb

  5. Hugh says:

    I thought the latest release was v50.3.0.369. At least that’s what’s running on my phone which came from the Google Play Store just a couple days ago. This one (V50.3.0.362) is on both my Fire sticks and works fine though. Many thanks for being so helpful BTW.

    • The phone version of HBO Max does not have the same version number as the TV version of HBO Max. The two are different apps and they cannot be interchanged. You’re right, the latest phone version is x.x.x.369 but the latest TV version is the one posted above, which is x.x.x.362.

  6. mousepaws says:

    So,. it downloads, it installs, then I open it, within downloader, and it runs fine. I’m able to log into my account and everything. But .. when I leave the app, the icon is noplace to be found. I cannot re-open it. Is there a way I can find the app or force an icon to show up in the menu? Or do I have to re-install and open it every time I want to use HBO MAX?

  7. smartguy101 says:

    Just user the HBO Now app with your Max login / password. All the same series and movies, just not the additional kid profiles options. no big deal

    • Jacq says:

      That only works for a very small number of HBO subscribers. Most providers are not available with HBONow, including mine.

  8. Elias J. says:

    HBOMax sideloaded OK on c.2019 Cube (Fire OS 7.2.1.2)(PS7212/1333) [Fire TV Home Version 6231058.1], but there is no “Your Apps & Channels” icon. Only way to load is via “Manage Installed Applications”. I have a v2 box I can try it on later. P.S. Loads fine.

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