How to update your sideloaded HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick

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.

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How to install and use HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV or Firestick — Avoiding common icon/launch issues

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. Read more ›

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How to Sideload APK Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Stick, Cube, or Fire TV Edition with Downloader — June 2020 Updated


Installing apps that are not available in the Amazon Appstore, a.k.a sideloading apps, on Amazon Fire TV devices varies slightly depending on which model you are using. This guide covers how to sideload APKs on all models, including Fire TV boxes, Firesticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Edition televisions and soundbars. Read more ›

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How to use the new Smart Home Dashboard on Amazon Fire TVs and Firesticks

Amazon has recently made a Smart Home Dashboard available on select Fire TV devices, as spotted by some Reddit users. It seems as though the dashboard is only available to some devices and/or some users, so you may not be able to access it. Here is an overview of how to use it and some of the things it can do. Read more ›

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How to Uninstall apps on Amazon Fire TV / Firestick / Fire TV Cube / Fire TV Edition

It might seem like a trivial thing for experienced Amazon Fire TV users, but simply uninstalling an app on the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Edition television/soundbar isn’t entirely obvious for some people. Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to remove regular Fire TV apps, as well as instructions for removing hidden apps that don’t appear in the default list of apps. Read more ›

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How to reset all app Permission Notifications on Amazon Fire TV & Firestick

A common question I’m asked is how to restore the file / storage access permission in my Downloader app on Amazon Fire TV devices because the user hastily denied access without paying attention the first time the notification was shown. The easiest way to make permission prompts reappear, which works for any permission for any app, is to go to the Fire TV’s “Settings” screen, select the “Applications” menu, select the “Manage Installed Applicatications” option, select the app you want to reset, such as Downloader, and then select “Clear Data.” You will then be asked a second time to verify that you want to “Clear Data” and you’re done. Read more ›

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How to identify which model and version of Amazon Fire TV, Stick, Cube, Edition that you have

With all the different Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks (a.k.a Firesticks), Fire TV Cubes, Fire TV Pendants, and Fire TV Edition televisions that have been released over the last few years, it’s difficult for some people to figure out exactly which model or generation device that they own. This guide will help you easily determine what you have. Read more ›

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How to move and organize Fire TV apps with the new Pinning feature

As of software update 5.2.6.9 for older Fire TV models, like the Fire TV boxes and Fire TV Sticks, and software update 6.2.6.0 for newer Fire TV models, like the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube, the way to arrange the order of your apps and channels on the home screen and the app grid has changed. It’s no longer possible to move apps up and down the list. Instead, you can now select to pin apps to the front of the list. I’m told that the ability to move apps will be added to the new pinning feature in a future software update, but, until then, here is the best way to control the arrangement of your apps and channels. Read more ›

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How, and why, to pull video recording files off of the Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR


With access to the internal hard drive of the Amazon Fire TV Recast, it’s easy to transfer video recordings off of the internal drive. This guide will walk you through how it’s done and explain why you may want to do it in the first place. There are more reasons than simply to save recordings and free up space. Read more ›

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Fire TV Recast Teardown Guide — A look inside Amazon’s over-the-air DVR

The Amazon Fire TV Recast among the best ways to stream and record over-the-air channels through a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It has a lot of great features, but the one thing I’m asked about the most is if there’s a way to pull recordings off of the device. Since Amazon doesn’t provide that functionality, it might be possible with a bit of creative exploration. The best way to do that is to access the device’s hard drive. To start things off, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to take apart the Fire TV Recast, as well as a close look at its components. Read more ›

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