Fire TV Sideloading with ADB on a Mac

This guide shows you how to sideload APK files like Kodi onto a 1st-gen Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV, or Fire TV Stick using Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on a Mac.

  1. Download the APK file, onto your Mac, that you want to sideload to your 1st-gen Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV, or Fire TV Stick. If the app is in the Google Play Store, you can try using this APK Downloader or see if it’s available on APKMirror.
  2. Connect to your Fire TV using the ADB utility. If you have not installed ADB or do not know how to connect to your Fire TV device, then follow this linked guide.
  3. Enter the command:
    adb install <path-to-apk-file>Be sure to replace <path-to-apk-file> with the full path to the APK file you wish to sideload. Alternately, you can enter adb install  and drag the APK file into the Terminal window to automatically fill in the file’s path. (Note that there is a space after install)
  4. Wait for the words “Success” to appear. This could take several minutes, depending on the file size of the APK. Once done, you can launch the sideloaded app by navigating to
    Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications.
  5. If you want to sideload additional apps, just repeat step 3 with the additional APK file. If you’re done sideloading, don’t forget to disconnect your ADB connection by running the command:
    adb disconnect <IP-ADDRESS>
    (Be sure to replace <IP-ADDRESS> with your Fire TV’s IP address.)

One comment
  1. Ralph Spoilsport says:

    Thank you so much. This article (and the connected articles) worked perfectly for me!

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