Fire TV Sideloading with ADB on a Windows PC

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 Windows PC.

  1. Download the APK file, onto your Windows PC, 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, 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 Command Prompt 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.)

  1. WK says:

    Hi there,

    I managed to sideload two APKs using the Windows ADB method, but subsequent to that, I’ve encountered the “device is offline” issue, and it’s also clearly listed as offline when i type “ADB devices”

    Is there a way to resolve this?

  2. Joe says:

    So, I’m trying to side load Kodi since ES File Explorer is no more. I followed these instructions exactly and I am getting an endless stream of

    error: more than one device/emulator
    – waiting for device –

    In the command prompt…any suggestions?

    • Seth says:

      I’m having the exact same problem, Error: device offline
      -waiting for device- Someone please follow up to help.

      • terryc says:

        I was connecting to my Fire TV Stick via my Windows laptop thru wifi network. Kept getting the “offline” error.

        Only way I fixed it was to reboot my laptop. Perhaps there are some registry updates required after you install the ADB application on your laptop.

        Good luck

  3. top says:

    Thank you very much for this awesome instruction!!

  4. gabriel ferreira says:

    muito Bom consegui utilizar ele sem algum problema super recomendo

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