How to sideload Android apps to Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Sideload Android appsDo you want to sideload some good Android apps to your Amazon Fire TV Stick? It is very easy, so just follow these steps and you will be ready to enjoy your sideloaded Android apps on your Fire TV Stick in a few minutes.

  • First of all you will need to download Apps2Fire application to your Android device.
  • Start your Amazon Fire TV Stick and go to System – Settings – Developer Options.
  • Enable ADB Debugging and enable Apps from unknown sources.
  • Visit System – Settings – About – Network.
  • Write down the IP address of the Fire TV Stick.
  • Open Apps2Fire on your Android device and enter the IP address of the Fire TV Stick.
  • You can now choose which applications you want to upload to the Fire TV Stick.
  • Once uploaded you will find these applications under Settings – Applications – Manage uploaded applications.

You might get some trouble running these applications, as they are not really made for Amazon Fire TV Stick. Since your TV is not using a touch screen, but Android apps are made for touch screens, you will not be able to use the menu system in a convenient way. There are different ways to fix this problem, but the quickest and maybe easiest is to use a Bluetooth mouse which can be connected to your Amazon Fire TV Stick easily. If you would rather just use your mobile device as a mouse then you can install Wukong Remote on your Android device and then you should have this working much better at once. It is still not perfect, but you will be able to move around inside the applications and start whatever function you are looking for!

Considering becoming an Amazon Prime member to enjoy your Amazon Fire TV Stick even more? Read more about watching Amazon Prime from outside US here!

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Setup your router for Amazon Fire TV Stick!

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If you have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, but live in a nation where you can not watch Amazon Instant Videos or subscribe to Amazon Prime and maybe not watch Netflix either, then it is time to fix the problem. The solution is setting up your router for the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The basic problem is that services such as Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, Netflix and lots of TV channels are made for watching and enjoying in the United States. In the moment you leave the nation and go overseas (or somewhere else) things will not work that good anymore. To get things working, this is what you need to do!

If you want to use your UK Fire TV Stick abroad or German Fire TV stick abroad, just change United States with Germany in all the descriptions in this article. The solution is the same.

Enjoy Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad

Here is what you will need to do.

  1. Make sure to have an Amazon.com account registered with an address in the United States.
  2. Get yourself a subscription to Unlocator (it is totally free for seven days, no payment information needed).
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  3. Confirm your subscription to Unlocator in email.
  4. Now you need to setup Unlocator on your router. The address to your router is normally 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. Login and there you should setup the router to run with the DNS servers provided by the Unlocator SmartDNS service. For more information on how this actually works we recommend reading the tutorials on the Unlocator website.
  5. In the Unlocator control panel you can setup in which region you want to watch Amazon video. By default you will use Amazon.com, but if you setup in the control panel of Unlocator for Amazon.co.uk to be used or Amazon.de, you can get access to those instead.
  6. Restart your router and connect to the WiFi connection provided by the router with your Amazon Fire TV Stick, and it should now be working.

This may sound very easy, and if you use Unlocator it should be easy. Hopefully it will work quickly for you, but if you have problems you can try asking here, but the best will often be to contact Unlocator directly so that they can help you.

If you simply want more information about watching Amazon Prime from abroad on a laptop, Android system or on iOS, read the following article.

Since Unlocator is totally free to try for seven days it is very easy to get started and no risk at all involved. You may need some technical insight to set it up on your router, but Unlocator has very detailed guides telling you how to setup their services on different routers, so it should be very easy for you to setup your Amazon Fire TV Stick for use outside the United States, outside the UK and outside Germany!

How to buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad?

Fire TV StickIt isn’t always that easy to buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick. The reason is simple, it isn’t available in countries in which Amazon Prime is not available. That is why you can currently order the Amazon Fire TV Stick in Germany, Austria and the United States.

For us who do not live in any of these nations that means we have to be smart if we want this to work. We had some friends in Germany bring one to us as they came visiting, but you can also arrange this with post forwarding services giving you a temporary address in for example the United States and then all post arriving to that address will automatically be forwarded to your address somewhere else. This is quite expensive, but it works.

But, a much easier way is of course to find some family or relatives in one of the mentioned countries and make them send it to you per post instead, because these postal forward services are really expensive.

If you still want to read a postal forwarding service read my article on how to get Amazon products forwarded to your home address in another country!

This is how to get your own Amazon Fire TV Stick, even if you live in a nation in which the Amazon Fire TV Stick is unavailable. Do not forget that you will need to trick your Internet connection to enjoy this to the full, because if you live in for example Portugal you will not be able to enjoy Amazon Prime or Amazon Instant Videos nor Netflix. To get this working you will need to make some changes to your router and get yourself a SmartDNS or VPN subscription. Read more about how this works in the following article!