SIDELOAD APPS TO THE AMAZON FIRE TV WITH A MAC

SIDELOAD APPS TO THE AMAZON FIRE TV WITH A MAC

This tutorial will show you how to sideload Android apps to your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using a Mac. Amazon has allowed users the ability to install .APK files to their device which means users can install Google Play apps to their Fire TV. However, since the Fire TV does not use a touchscreen, only select apps will work well for the Fire TV

How-to Sideload Apps to the Amazon Fire TV with Mac OSX

ENABLE ADB DEBUGGING

1. Go to Settings
Amazon Fire TV Settings
2. System
Amazon Fire TV System
3. Developer Options
Amazon Fire TV Developers Option
4. Enable ‘ADB Debugging’
Amazon Fire TV  ADB Debugging

OBTAIN FIRE TV IP ADDRESS

1. Go to Settings
Amazon Fire TV Settings
2. System
Amazon Fire TV System
3. About
Amazon Fire TV About
4. Under ‘Network’ – Write down the IP Address
Amazon Fire TV Network

SET UP ADB ON THE MAC

1. On your Mac, download the platform-tools here. Unzip the file to your desktop.
2. Open Terminal. Under Launchpad > Other > Terminal
Mac OSX Terminal
3. In Terminal, type in,
cd /Users/YourUserName/Desktop/platform-tools
and hit Enter.
CD Platform-tools
You will see a similar message if successful:
cd-success
4. Now type in,
./adb connect IPADDRESS
and hit Enter. Make sure you type in the Fire TV’s IP address (from earlier) instead of IPADDRESS.
Example:
ADB Connect
You will see a similar message if successful:
ADB Success

SIDELOAD APP TO FIRE TV

1. Download the app’s .APK file to your desktop and in Terminal type in,
./adb install /Users/YourUserName/Desktop/filename.apk
and hit Enter.
In this example, Snes9x EX+ is installed (available here)
Install APK
You will see a similar message if successful:
Install Success
2. The game is now sideloaded to your Amazon Fire TV. To access the app, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications
Sideload Google Play Apps to the Amazon Fire TV