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How To Install Es Explorer On Firestick- Expert Guide 2022

How To Install Es Explorer On Firestick- Expert Guide 2022

In this guide, you will learn about how to install es explorer on firestick various aspects of ES File Explorer important for a FireStick user. It is a freemium file manager app that is available on Amazon Store and can be downloaded on FireStick, FireTV Cube, Fire Stick 4K, and other Fire TV devices.

ES File Explorer is an incredibly popular file manager app for the Android platform. This multi-utility tool can be used for storage management, sideloading apps on FireStick (requires premium subscription), connecting to cloud drives, and more.

I believe that ES File Explorer is a FireStick essential and a must-have if you want to manage your device better.

Update: Sideloading is now part of the premium version of the ES File Explorer app ($9.99 per month). It is no longer available for free.

What is ES File Explorer?

As I said, ES File Explorer is a file manager application, which also doubles as an excellent side-loading utility for FireStick.

ES File Explorer is available via Amazon Store. I have provided the installation instructions later in this guide.

This app lets you sideload third-party APKs with web URLs. However, to sideload apps, you require a premium subscription that costs $9.99 per month.

You may also connect your FireStick to a computer via ES File Explorer to sideload APKs and even transfer files back and forth. Again, I have provided step-by-step instructions to sideload apps using this app

Benefits Of Es File Explorer For Firestick Users And How To Install Es Explorer On Firestick

ES File Explorer offers tons of utilities. However, there are plenty of features most FireStick users will probably never use. Therefore, I am prioritizing and highlighting the benefits that you are more likely to use.

If you want help with any specific utility not mentioned in this guide, please feel free to let us know via the comments section below.  

Here are the key benefits of ES File Explorer for FireStick users:

  • Sideload third-party apps via direct link (premium subscription required)
  • Sideload third-party apps using a computer
  • Clean up FireStick storage by deleting unnecessary files, such as unused APKs
  • Transfer files between FireStick and computer
  • Connect to cloud services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc

How To Install Es File Explorer & Enable Install Apps From Unknown Sources On Firestick

This is easy. ES File Explorer is available on Amazon Store. Follow these steps to install it within minutes and then enable it to download & install apps from unknown sources:

1. Go to the home window of FireStick. Select Find.

2. Click on the Search tab.

3. Type the name of the app ES File Explorer.

ES File Explorer will appear in the search results when you have typed the first few letters.

Click it!

4. Click the ES File Explorer icon on the next window.

5. Click Get or Download (depending upon what you see).

6. Wait while the app is installed.

Click Open to run the app OR you may run the app later from the Your Apps & Channels file explorer firestick app

7. Go to the home screen and click on the Settings Gear icon.

8. Scroll down and select My Fire TV.

9. Select Developer options.

10. Select Install unknown apps.

11. Click on ES File Explorer to turn it on.

12. Success!

ES File Explorer is one of the most effective sideloading tools for FireStick I have ever used. You just need to do is provide the direct link pointing to the APK you wish to download.

Note: Sideloading is no longer free with ES File Explorer. It is now available only with a premium subscription ($9.99 per month). If you don’t have a premium subscription, use the Downloader app to sideload third-party apps on FireStick. 

Important!!! ES File Explorer can ONLY download APKs from the links pointing directly to the APK location on the web. If you have a link to a webpage, you can use the Downloader app to sideload apps.

Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP 2409:4063:6c0a:7fda:3102:67ec:dc37:3232 is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.

I use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, but it also comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you’re not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!

Here are reasons why using a VPN at all times is essential.

1. Long-press the home button on the home screen of Firestick and wait for the menu to appear. Then, click Apps.

2. Select App Library.

3. Open ES File Explorer.

4. On the first start-up, you’ll receive some pop-ups.

5. Click Allow. Select Agree.

6. Click Free Trial.

7. Accept and follow the on-screen instructions to start your free trial.

8. On its main window, click Downloader.

9. On the bottom, click the New icon.

10. Click Path.

11. Enter the desired URL in the Path box (I am using

12. You may leave the Name field blank or use any name of your choice.

Click the button DOWNLOAD NOW.

13. Now, we wait! The APK will download

14. Once APK has been downloaded, click the option OPEN FILE.

15. Now click INSTALL.

16. ES File Explorer will stage the app for you. Click INSTALL.

17. Now just wait for the App installed notification.

Click DONE to use the app later or click OPEN to use it now.

How to sideload apps from your computer and transfer files

As I mentioned earlier, ES File Explorer can be used to sideload APKs stored on your computer. You can transfer other types of files between your FireStick and Computer. Here are the steps:

1. Select the Settings Gear icon on the right side of the FireStick home window.

2. Select My Fire TV.

3. Choose Developer options.

4. Make sure ADB debugging is ON.

ADB debugging must be turned ON for ES File Explorer to connect to your computer

5. Open ES File Explorer.

6. On the ES File Explorer home screen, scroll down.

7. Click View on PC.

8. Click TURN ON.

9. You should now see an FTP address (like the image below shows

10. On your computer: Open any folder and enter the above FTP link in the address bar.

11. On your computer: You will see all the FireStick folders here

You can now transfer any files between FireStick and computer

You can transfer media files such as music, video, and images too. However, keep the limited storage capacity of FireStick in mind If you want to sideload APKs on FireStick that is stored on your computer, follow the next steps

On your computer: Copy the desired APK file in one of the FireStick folders (say, the Download folder)

12. Get back to ES File Explorer on FireStick and click Home on the left menu bar.

13. Open the Download folder or the folder you have used as a path to drop APK files from your PC.

14. Open the APK file.

15. Click Install.

16. Now, you can install the APK file.

So, this is how you transfer files or sideload APKs from your computer onto your FireStick using ES File Explorer

Connect to cloud drives (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.)

Note: The feature isn’t currently working.

The ability to connect with your cloud drives is one of the most exciting features of ES File Explorer. Cloud drive connectivity lets you access images, videos, and even the APK files saved in the cloud.

This is an excellent way of gaining access to your files without having to save them on your limited FireStick storage

If you have the cloud drive synced with your computer, you could copy the APK files to the drive and access it on FireStick via ES File Explorer.

In other words, you can sideload apps on FireStick via your cloud drive

ES File Explorer supports all the major cloud services including Google Drive (Gdrive), OneDrive, DropBox, Box, SugarSync, S3, MediaFire, Yandex, and Baidu NetDisk

Note: You CAN sign in to multiple cloud drives. For instance, you can use Gdrive and OneDrive together. You may also sign in with two different accounts for the same drive

Here are steps to connect to your cloud drive:

Open ES File Explorer

Click Cloud Drive on the right OR click Network > Cloud Drive in the left menu

If you want to use Google Drive, click Log in to Google Drive button

If you have any other supported cloud drive account, click Log in with another cloud drive

use cloud drive on firestick with es file explorer

Choose the cloud drive you want to use (say OneDrive)

Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in

To access your signed-in cloud drives, go back to the main window of ES File Explorer and click Cloud Drive on the right OR click Network > Cloud Drive in the left menu

You will see the icons for all your signed-in cloud drives. If you want to add another cloud drive, click the Plus (+) sign

You may now access all your cloud drive folders

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