Amazon’s Fire TV platform is one of the best interfaces found on modern streaming devices. Because it runs on Android, it’s easy to download apps not found on the Amazon App Store to your Fire Stick or Fire TV Cube. This dramatically extends the usability of your Fire TV while gaining an edge over locked ecosystems like Roku.
Before going into the details of the process, a disclaimer. Sideloading is often confused with jailbreaking. The difference is that sideloading simply installs apps on your device without increasing or changing software permissions. A jailbreak often replaces your system’s interface and voids warranties. If you don’t like an app, you can simply delete it, without affecting the performance of your Fire Stick as it is still in its stock state. Although the sideloading process is legal, we do not condone content theft or piracy activities and explicitly discourage any illegal activity.
You can do a lot with an unlocked Fire Stick, from downloading streaming apps to emulating retro gaming systems. And with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max often on sale for just $40, it’s a great entry point as it features Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor, and a powerful 750 MHz GPU. This power helps the machine stream video easily and can smoothly emulate gaming systems up to the graphics requirements of PlayStation Portable. This means you can play your collection of saved games for DreamCast, PS1, and all game systems to come before them. I recommend using a Dualshock 4 controller as a gaming input and an OTG cable to expand your Fire Stick storage, accessory inputs, and overall usability. The Fire Stick is in many ways more than just a streaming device, offering the power of a full-fledged computer in a lightweight package and an interface that plugs into any display. This makes it easy to transport your media collection between rooms or even states if you travel often.
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