How to Sideload Apps on FireStick | 2 Step Guide (2020)

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We often find intimidated white faces when we mention about Sideload Apps for Firestick, or using APK files to get started with your app streaming.

The reasons are quite obvious. ‘Cyber crime and safety’.

FireStick is your cable alternative which comes with many perks, yet to access all of its features you have to install certain APK files.

And that is where my friends sideloading creeps in.

sideload apps on Firestick

Before getting off on the right foot we were also obviously quite skeptical about how sideloading may or may not trash our FireStick investment.

But somehow miraculously,our curiosity took the best of us and we landed on liking to sideload apps on Firestick, while testing and featuring more and more apps on our website.

Sideloading is a convenience if you do it right. And here comes our free-not so self acclaimed- suggestion.

Follow us for the right and safe content, since we are always playing around with this tech toy.

What is Sideloading?

Back to our main concern. So What is Sideloading?

What does it do? How am i going to benefit from it?

Lets get to it one by one shall we.

Sideloading as the name suggests means downloading an app in APK file format, through a source other than your mainstream downloading portals.

Side loading allows you to install your favorite running apps from multiple sources (which are not available on your Google Play services), usually classified as ‘Unknown Sources’ on FireStick.

Here comes another technical twist of understanding which most of us miss, when getting to know sideloading better. FireStick runs Android.

Wait? what is the twist in that? Hold on to that thought.

Amazon FireStick has Google as its major competitor since Google Play services and Android goes hands in hand. It masks this by bringing forth another alternative of downloading, and THAT is the easy access of being able to sideload an app.

The only reason why most apps are restricted on Google Play services or Amazon Store is purely because of the content safety.

Most apps we feature and love to write about all the time are usually which are safe to use, even though Amazon really likes poking in its warning of ‘third-party’ pop-ups.

The benefit of having sideload apps on Firestick? All of your favourite streaming toys are on board with you. From games to free streaming, you can sideload apps on Firestick for all the amazing content you could not get your hands on previously.

And then comes our best friend KODI!! how on earth did we forget about that?

Kodi offers you these amazing Kodi builds and Kodi add-ons which you cannot survive without if you are a true tech lover like us.

Most of these Kodi add-ons and Kodi builds can only be obtained from a third party source. Therefore sideloading is a must in the world of Kodi.

Now that we have prioritized sideloading so much for you, (while testing out) the next following question bugged us too!

Why Do People Run from Sideload Apps?

Of course there are several ways, mediums, domains, services out there promising you the best streaming if you choose them. But does everyone have them installed in their systems? Nope not at all.

Often a foreign downloading medium is avoided mainly because of safety concerns. Hence, sideloading is avoided as well.

We are here to tell you that whatever schema you have about sideloading is all baseless and false. (after testing it out of course!)

Sideloading helps you have your content without any restrictive, traffic generating pop-ups and the reason people choose it because of all the content you can access for free which you may not find otherwise on other play services.

What Kind of Apps are usually Sideloaded?

1. Custom-built business apps,

2. “Free” movie viewers,

3. Third-party app stores,

What are the Mediums for Sideloading the Apps?

In our use so far we have only come across the ‘Downloader’ app, which has been a great friend in getting us all of those add-ons we could only previously dream of.

Attention FireStick Users: Important Notice Before You Continue Reading!

While most of you may or may not know, Governments and ISPs worldwide have a strict check on their users online activities. In case, any copyrighted content is found streaming, you can land into serious consequences which may be as severe as suspending of your online account. Please know, that your current IP is visible to everyone. We therefore urge you to get started with a reliable Firestick VPN immediately. This will help cover your identity via VPN’s multiple servers, while giving you the premium viewing experience.

IPVanish has been the fastest and most reliable secure VPN we have come across so far. Their servers are widespread and strictly secured. The VPN is very easy to install and user-friendly on every device including the Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you are not sure about the app, it comes with a 7-day money back guarantee with a refund. IPVanish also has a very attractive deal in which, when paid for a whole year subscription you can avail 46% discount on your annual plan!

How to Install Downloader App on FireStick

Step 1: Install Downloader App

You can directly download the Downloader app from your Amazon Store. Once you have your Downloader installed, you would not need to sideload it.

Here is how you can install the app:

#1. Fire up the Home screen of Fire TV.

#2. Navigate to the ‘Search’.

#3. Type ‘Downloader’.

downloader app

#4. Look for the ‘Downloader’ in the apps. Select the Downloader icon.

#6. Click on the ‘Get’ icon with the arrow pointed down below. Your app will be downloaded shortly.

install downloader to sideload apps on Firestick

Soon after the Downloader app is installed, you will see it in the section of ‘Apps & Games’.

A shortcut will also be made on the Home screen.

How to Sideload Apps on Firestick and Fire TV Using Downloader App

Step 2: Sideload Apps using the Downloader App

Since we all have been there, that is; the after math of installing apps, trying to locate and work on it. We are going to show you how can you easily sideload the apps.

How to Access Downloader App to Sideload Apps on Firestick?

At times, the app does not show up on the main home page.

Don’t panic. It has been safely downloaded, there is no hidden monkey business. You can easily retrieve it in few clicks. Here is how:

  1. Press your Home button for a minute, until the FireStick main menu pop ups.
  2. Click on ‘Apps’.
  3. You should see all installed apps.
  4. Navigate through the installed apps and look for ‘Downloader’.
  5. Select the app.
  6. Use the remote to press on ‘Options’ to Move.
  7. Now click on ‘Up’.
  8. Press on ‘Select’ when you have located your app where you desire to see it on your Home/Main screen.
  9. Now you can find the ‘Downloader’ app on main menu.

Getting Started with Downloader- Enable JavaScript

As soon as you install Downloader app, you will see a header pop-up written as ‘Update Notes for Downloader’.

Go ahead and click on ‘OK’.

A little tweak by us: ENABLE the JavaScript feature.

Why is that important? For ease of streaming, and proper downloading of some of the downloads to happen properly.

Here is how you can easily enable the JavaScript:

#1. Fire up your Downloader.

#2. Choose and click on ‘Settings’.

firestick downloader settings

#3. Check on the box to enable the JavaScript in your ‘Settings’.

how to enable javascript in downloader

#4. If a warning pop-up happens, simply click on ‘Yes‘.

The reason you do not see such warnings happen with other most of the apps, is because majority have their apps enabled by JavaScript by default.
enable javascript firestick downloader
Always protect yourself with a reliable and fast VPN services. We recommend you masking your activities from the public portals, especially with cyber crime on the loose. Investing in a good VPN service will not only help you access huge library of free media, but also keep you safe from any hackers only.

For the same reason we recommend you IPVanishVPN. In our personal experience, IPVanishVPN has been one of the fastest and most reliable VPN with a smooth user interface and almost null log policy. It has multiple servers with strong security check, ensuring your connection stays anonymous on one of their many servers.

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  • On your FireStick device, go to the homepage and type in and search for ‘IPVanish VPN’ in your search bar.
  • Click on the IPVanishVPN you see in your search.
  • Click on ‘Download’.
  • Once downloaded, you would need to register with the username and password information you must have provided while registering.
  • Once signed-in, click on ‘Connect’.
  • Soon you would be connected. You can disconnect from the connection whenever you wish to stop using a VPN.

Our Top picks of Best Sideload Apps for FireStick

Sideload Streaming Apps


Another free app on your way, the good UnlockMyTV is an amazing option for you to watch your favorite movies and shows there and then. The media library is amazing, extensive and quite strong as compared to other all free apps.

From great old legendary movies to all the updates of new genres, this app is bound to entertain people from all age groups with a variety of shows and movies. What’s great about this certain app is that it is able to scrape superior quality streaming links from various sources.

There are several 1080p streams with barely any dead links. Every link works, saving us all that time and irritation. UnlockMyTV is gaining popularity as a replica of Cinema HD clone.

CatMouse APK

A great entertainment hub, it has a dedicated team of developers with regular updating of their content with new releases every now and then. It is lightweight and easy to use with quality streams.

You can pick up on streaming links from various servers in different locations. The navigation and handling are fairly easy and remote compatible.


Kodi is a fun and open application for many diverse platforms and can easily be installed on your Amazon Firestick apps, without any hidden or additional costs to it. The simple user interface with its burgeoning reputation is what catches our eye the most.

Apart from media entertainment it also lets you share your photos. If you are keen on downloading any favorite TV shows, you will definitely have to download PVR ad an add-on for the app.

Be mindful that whenever you are going to use Kodi you should always have a VPN protected due to the heave surveillance often done online.

Titanium TV

If you are or have ever been fond of terrarium TV, then you would find Titanium TV the exact replica of Terrarium TV. Most users are inclined to feel the same about Titanium TV.

If you look at the layout of both of the apps, you would be pretty much agreeing with us right here when we say it seems like the same codes have been used to write both of the apps. Sounds amazing for the old Terrarium TV.

The good thing about this TV is that it works pretty much the same as its old fellow. so this is good news about all the old fellow users who have been fond of terrarium TV.

How are the features distinctive? The features are pretty much the same as Terrarium TV, you would find some big catalogs of TV shows, movies, and some other HD streams. The app is also able to fetch come commendable links, including several HD streams.


Netflix- Best Firestick App for a movie today. Or should we say another name of entertainment today? If you do not have Netflix, how can you even call yourself a movie or series person? One of the most widely streamed platforms for TV shows and movies Netflix is a running phenomenon of great media.

The best feature about Netflix is it’s easy running, fresh content, no bugs or slow streaming, a massive variety of media content, and how you can share your screen with your friends too. It is budget-friendly and user-friendly.

You can even use a Netflix VPN which you can stream in other countries and use other country’s versions of Netflix without any legal issues. Once you install Netflix on your Amazon FireStick, you can have the best entertainment for life!


Stremio is another amazing quirk of the amazon app world. It comes in half to half ratio with some of their perks reserved for their customers who are wailing to pay for the app. If you are done with complicated and exhausting app bugs and what no. This one is another great alternative for those who are much bound over smooth streaming.

We promise you if you give this streaming a try, the Stremio would become a regular streaming app. for starters, Stremio has a much simpler interface and is quite user-friendly as compared to other online streaming apps.

If you want to install an add-on. Stremio allows you to do that online, without cramping your data storage, meaning that if you install add-ons, on any low-storage devices, your devices would not get crammed regardless of how many add-ons you install.

You can add official or local add-ons. You can easily access any add-ons with a single click. They are organized, lined up and ready for your use whenever you access that feature. Now that’s is a rare for any such streaming online streaming.

So Should I get those Sideload Apps on Firestick?

If you have scrolled all the way down just to still ponder on this, allow us to tell you this again. YES!

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