How to Sideload Apps on FireStick with Downloader App

The Downloader app is officially available on Amazon Store. You don’t have to side-load it onto your device. Here is how you can install the app:

1. Go to the home screen of the Fire TV / Stick if you are already not there.

2. Use your remote to navigate to Find > Search on the menu bar in the middle of the screen.

3. Now type in Downloader (without the quotes) using the onscreen keypad. You should see the app suggestions on the list as you begin typing.

When you see Downloader on the list, select and click it.

4. You should now see Downloader under the APPS & GAMES section. Go ahead and click it.

5. Click the ‘Get‘ or ‘Download‘ button to download and install the app. You should have the app in no more than a couple of minutes.

Once the app is installed, you can access it from the Your Apps & Channels section (more on it later).

How to Prepare FireStick to Use Downloader and Sideload Apps

The default setting of FireStick doesn’t allow users to install third-party apps as a security measure. Therefore, you won’t be able to sideload applications using Downloader until you make a few tweaks.

To install APKs via Downloader hassle-free, you’ll need to allow FireStick to install apps from unknown or third-party sources.

Follow these steps:

1. Launch your FireStick home screen and navigate to the Settings icon.

2. Scroll down to the My Fire TV tile and click on it.

3. Click on Developer Options.

Note: If you don’t see Developer Options, follow our guide on How to Get Developer Options back on FireStick

4. Select Install unknown apps.

Note: Some versions of FireStick may have the option Apps from Unknown Sources instead of Install unknown apps. In that scenario, select Apps from Unknown Sources, turn it ON and skip step 5 below.

5. Navigate to Downloader and select it to turn it ON.

Your FireStick is now prepared to install our app using Downloader.

How to Download Apps on FireStick Using Downloader App

Now that you have prepared your FireStick, I will show you how to sideload apps on your Fire TV or FireStick within minutes. But, before that, here are a couple of extras to make your life easier.

How to Access Downloader?

To access Downloader from Your Apps & Channels (which is a list of the installed apps on FireStick), follow these steps:

1. Select the app icon on the home screen in the menu bar in the middle (the icon on the right with 3 squares and a + sign). You may also click the similar button if you have one on your remote.

2. Scroll down and click Downloader.

Getting Started with Downloader

When you open the app for the first time, click Allow to grant permission.

Click OK on this Quick Start Guide prompt.

Using Downloader to Sideload Apps on FireStick

Finally, we get to the point where we see how the Downloader app helps download APKs and side-load the apps on Fire TV Stick. Again, it is straightforward.

First, we learn to download from the direct URL for the files. Then, we know how to download a file from a website.

Download/Install APKs on FireStick with Direct URL

Let us first use the ‘Home’ option, which lets us directly download the files using the URLs pointing at those files.

1. Click Home on the left sidebar.

2. On the right, click inside the input/text box.

3. Enter the file URL and press Go on the onscreen keyboard.

For Tivimate clone enter (Preferred)
For XCIPTV clone enter

4. The download will automatically start. Once the file download completes, click Install on the bottom right

5. Once the app is installed, you will see a notification confirming the status. You will also see two buttons on the bottom – Done & Open.

6. Choose Done if you want to open the installed app later. Click Open to start using the app right away.

7. When you click Done, you will see a pop-up on the Downloader interface. Press the Delete button to remove the APK file from your storage. You don’t need it any longer.

8. Now go back to all apps and look for the app you downloaded, launch the app then enter the username and password you received in the welcome email. It might take a short time for the playlist and tv guide to completely load.