Amazon Fire TV Stick offers streaming apps for thousands of TV shows and movies from popular services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Display +, Peacock, and more. Built-in browser Silk browser lets you enjoy the web with a bigger view. That said, there is an efficient way to install Google Chrome browser on the Fire TV Stick.
The Fire operating system is based on the Android operating system, which means that one can still load APK files to the device and install it as a regular app.
Why you should install Google Chrome on Fire TV Stick
Unlike the default Silk browser, Google Chrome is a cross-platform solution with Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android availability. You can sync bookmarks and history across all platforms.
Also, it’s a much better browser than anything available on the Amazon App Store, including Firefox.
Install Downloader on the Amazon Fire TV stick
As expected, Google Chrome is not natively available on the Amazon App Store. You will need to load it sideways using the Downloader app.
Do not worry. The current method is as simple as it sounds. Follow our step-by-step guide below.
To note: In the example below, we’ve included screenshots of the new Fire TV Stick UI that Amazon recently unveiled. If you’re still stuck on the old UI, consider updating Fire OS to the latest version.
Step 1: Open the Fire TV Stick home page and go to the Search menu.
2nd step: Scroll down to the Find option.
Step 3: This will open the virtual keyboard. Type Downloader or use the Alexa voice assistant on the remote control to search for the Downloader app.
Step 4: Select Downloader from the suggestions.
Step 5: Recognize the app with an orange background banner in the app icon.
Step 6: Select the app and use the Get or Download option to install the app.
Step 7: In a minute or two (depending on your internet connection), the Fire TV Stick will install the app on the device.
That’s it. You have successfully installed the Downloader app on the Fire TV stick.
As with Android phones, you need to enable the appropriate permissions in the Settings menu to install Chrome APK on the device. Follow the steps below to make changes.
Step 1: Press and hold the Home button on the Fire TV stick.
2nd step: Slide to the Settings menu.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the My Fire TV menu.
Step 4: Click Developer Options.
Step 5: Find apps from unknown sources. By default, it is disabled. Turn this on.
You can now upload APK files to the Fire TV Stick without any issues. Follow the method below.
Download Google Chrome on Fire TV Stick
Step 1: Open the Downloader app on the Fire TV stick.
Step 3: Downloader will take you to the webpage to download the APK file to the device.
Step 4: Hit the download button and install the Google Chrome APK on the device.
Step 5: After successful installation, delete the APK file on the device to free up space.
Google Chrome features
- Excellent and familiar user interface
- Google Account Synchronization
- Multiple tab support (missing in Silk browser by default)
- Blink web engine for fast browsing
- Ability to download APK files to the device
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How to uninstall Google Chrome on Fire TV Stick
Once your work is done, you should consider uninstalling Google Chrome on the Fire TV Stick. It will free up around 200MB of space (which is a lot considering the 8GB of built-in storage on the Fire TV Stick). Follow the steps below to uninstall Google Chrome on the Fire TV stick.
Step 1: Press and hold the Home button on your Fire TV stick.
2nd step: Go to the Applications menu.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Google Chrome app.
Step 4: Use the Option key on the remote control and select Uninstall from the side menu.
Use Google Chrome on the Fire TV stick
Google Chrome treats Fire TV Stick like a touch device. We recommend that you opt for the Fire TV app on the mobile or use the Bluetooth connected keyboard and mouse for the best experience. Go ahead, download the Chrome browser to the Fire TV Stick, and share your experience in the comments below.
Are you constantly facing buffering issues on Fire TV stick? Read the article below to find out how to fix the problem.
Last updated on May 13, 2021
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