Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is a versatile streaming device that can transform any ordinary television into a smart TV, giving users access to a multitude of entertainment options. However, the Fire TV Stick's capabilities are not limited to the apps available on the Amazon Store. You can also install applications from unknown sources, increasing the range of content you can access. This is especially useful for apps that are not available on the official Amazon app store. Before you can do that, however, you need to enable the option that allows your Fire TV Stick to install apps from unknown sources.
Please note that installing apps from unknown sources can pose security risks if the sources are not trustworthy. Therefore, always ensure that you download apps from reliable sources to avoid potential harm to your device or data.
To allow installation from unknown sources, follow these steps:
1. Access your Fire TV Stick settings: From the home screen, navigate to the top and select the settings menu, typically depicted by a gear icon.
2. Navigate to 'My Fire TV': Use the right directional button on your remote to move through the menu items until you find 'My Fire TV' or 'Device'.
3. Enable 'Developer Options': Developer Options is hidden until you enable it. To enable Developer Options, go to About page and then click of the device name (e.g. Fire TV Stick 4K) page 5-10 times until it says you are a developer. Developer Options should now appear inside My Fire TV page.
4. Select 'Developer Options': Once in the 'My Fire TV' menu, scroll down and select 'Developer Options'.
5. Enable 'Apps from Unknown Sources': In the 'Developer Options' menu, you'll see an option labeled 'Apps from Unknown Sources'. Toggle this setting to 'ON'.
6. Acknowledge the Warning Prompt: You will receive a warning about the potential security risks of installing unknown apps. Read it carefully, and if you agree to proceed, select 'Turn On'.
With these settings in place, you can now download apps from sources outside the Amazon Appstore.