The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has an “Apps” tab in the main menu where you can find and install certain apps to the device.
For many people, the apps that are available in that location are perfectly find to allow for the watching of popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and more.
But you may find that a specific app you want isn’t available. While some of these apps can’t be installed on the 4K Fire TV Stick, there are others that can be installed in a more complicated way. This is where sideloading comes into play.
Sideloading allows you to install apps from other locations, such as the Downloader app that is available in the app store. Typically sideloading is disabled because it’s a potential security risk to install unapproved apps, but there are many apps that are perfectly safe which you can sideload to improve your 4K Fire Stick experience.
Our guide below will show you how to enable sideloading on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
How to Enable Fire TV Stick 4K Sideloading
The steps in this article were performed on an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. Some older Fire TV Stick models aren’t able to sideload apps in this manner.
Note that some sideloaded apps can harm your device. If you elect to sideload an app on your Fire Stick, there is risk involved.
Step 1: Select the Settings option at the top of the screen.
Step 2: Scroll to the right and choose the My Fire TV option.
Step 3: Select the Developer options item.
Step 4: Turn on ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.
You can then go ahead and install the desired app from its location. Once you’ve finished installing your app, you may want to come back here and turn these options back off.
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