How to Sideload Any Device

In this post, we are discussing how to sideload any device. To clarify, sideloading enables you to install almost any app from alternative places and app stores. Many of these 3rd party, or unofficial apps allow users to access a plethora of free content such as movies, TV shows, live TV and sports! Almost any device can be sideloaded whether that be a Firestick, Nvidia Shield, Chromecast, Mecool,as well as any Android box, phone or tablet; this post will teach you how.

The Amazon Firestick is certainly the most popular streaming device on the market right now due to its low price and ability to jailbreak it with just a few simple tweaks. It’s a perfect streaming device for beginners as well advanced users who wish to cut the cord.

Table of Contents

Is it Easy to Sideload any Device?

Yes! Sideloading your device is very simple and easy to do indeed. It basically involves making a small change to your device settings. Afterwards, you’re then able to install apps from websites and other app stores. The Downloader app is certainly the most popular way to sideload apps on to all of your devices. However, Downloader cannot be installed onto Roku or Apple devices.

It is Legal to Sideload?

Yes! As sideloading requires only a change to your device settings, consequently, there are no unauthorised modifications being carried out. You are basically enabling apps from unknown sources to be installed onto your device.

However, it is unlikely that the majority of content streamed using these apps has the proper licencing for distribution. In reality, this means you will be unlawfully streaming copyrighted content. Doing so could consequently get you into legal trouble. Accordingly, you may prefer to use these apps with a VPN.

WARNING YOUR IP ADDRESS IS: 2a02:6b8:c10:2ca5:0:492c:bb5e:0

Your online activity is open to threats and snooping from your ISP, hackers, or governments. For that reason, a VPN can help to protect and defend you against any attacks. Using a VPN can also unblock access to the internet in countries where the internet is censored and can bypass other geographical restrictions.

In order to stream anonymously, stay protected, and unlock the internet, I recommend using NordVPN.

Legal Copyright Disclaimer: As has been noted, streaming copyrighted content is unlawful and could get you into legal trouble. On account of this, we do not condone the streaming of copyrighted content. Therefore, check your local laws for streaming content online before doing so. Consequently, the information on this website is for general information and educational purposes only. 

What is Downloader?

Downloader is an app created by Elias at for Amazon Fire TV as well as Android TV devices. It is undoubtedly the easiest way of downloading files from the internet onto a streaming device.

This makes it a particularly useful app for your streaming device. Because it is so easy to install and use, it’s no wonder that the app has been used by over 30 million people. 

With just a click of a few buttons, you can sideload apps, download files, and delete; all within one app. Downloader also has a built-in Google search and web browser to allow easy navigation of the internet on your streaming devices without the need for a mouse toggle or keyboard.

Downloader app is used to sideload devices

How to Sideload Your Device

If you would prefer following a video tutorial, use the timestamps to jump to the correct section in the video below to install Downloader and sideload your device. Or instead, take a look at the step-by-step written instructions below the video. 

2:15 Fire TV Devices – Old Layout
3:44 Fire TV Devices – New Layout
5:28 Android TV (e.g. Nvidia, Mecool)
6:56 Boxes Powered By Android (e.g. Beelink GT-King, BuzzTV)  

Sideload Firesticks (old layout)

Sideload Firesticks (new layout)

Sideload Android TV (e.g. Nvidia, Mecool)

Sideload Android boxes, phones, tablets (e.g. Beelink, BuzzTV, Samsung)

If you have a streaming device that is powered by Android such as the Beelink GT King or BuzzTV devices then you cannot get the Downloader app from the Google Play Store. That version is not supported with these types of devices, so you need to download the Downloader app using a web browser such as Chrome.

Next Steps

Once you have Downloader installed, this will then allow you to visit websites on your streaming device to download APK files and install them. The Downloads page on my website can then be used with the Downloader app simply by entering the short code 28907. With over 400 downloads, this page is particularly essential for cord-cutters and those looking for free apps.

Because there are so many apps to choose from, I suggest you take a look at my Streaming Guide. This will take you straightaway to the content you want with tutorials, how to guides and more.

Share this article: