Sideloading an Android device or any other item sounds like something that should be reserved for those with computer degrees or some other level of Amazing technical knowledge. This is not actually the case. There are a few simple tools that anybody who wants to add content and apps outside of the standard Google Play Store that once in place make everything easy.
ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer is a wonderful program to add to any Android device. That includes unlocked Android players, The Amazon Fire TV and Android streaming devices using the Android TV format. The program is free via the Google Play Store and Amazon store and will work on any of those devices. The challenge is that sometimes the fields are not highlighted as well as they should be. In the case of Android TV devices like the NVIDIA Shield or Nexus Player users can ask for the program by name. The same goes for Fire TV. In order to add it to any other Android devices, one only needs to type the name in. download Here
Why Is ES File Explorer a Great Side Loading Tool?
ES File Explorer is an essential side loading tool because once it is in place users can access multiple cloud-based programs in order to add new apps that have been saved in their folders. By Cloud-based I mean Dropbox, Google Drive and others.
How do users get items into Google Drive and other Cloud-based storage?
1. First, a user must download an APK from a source on the Internet and save it on a device. This is easiest with a laptop or desktop computer.
2. Users must open their chosen source and log in. Often there will be a symbol like a Plus sign (+) or an option from a drop-down menu.
3. Users then must find the APK where they saved it and add it to the Cloud service
What can you put into a cloud service
Users will often put APK’s (The actual apps), documents, pictures and other things onto their Cloud drives. In some cases, it may be a special build of Kodi, Alternative App stores and APK’s from sites like APK Mirror.
We have written about Aptoide before. Aptoide is an Android App store that is an alternative to the Google Play Store. This is one of the best apps to use for Android TV and Fire TV because it does not interfere with the app stores that are already embedded into the system. Users can download apps like Kodi straight to a Fire TV with Aptoide without much trouble. Download Aptoide Here
Browsers open up a number of opportunities for Android users. With a browser, users can add APK’s directly from websites and download other programs and pictures easily. There are a number of lesser known browsers available for Android TV devices in the Google Play Store. Check out Android Browsers here
APK Mirror is a great website for users looking to add new APKs to their devices. To take advantage of APK Mirror users will need to have a browser installed on their devices. APK Mirror is another large collection of hard to find APK’s. If you have not found a browser you like for your device you can upload the APK of your choice with a computer using the cloud services integrated into ES File Explorer or load them to an SD card and install them with ES File Explorer or an included file Explore. A number of Android
players already have a basic file explorer fully capable of unpacking an APK file.
See APK Mirror here
An air mouse remote or Keyboard
When you’re talking side loading you need to be thinking airmouse or keyboard. Why? Because in many cases side loaded apps are not designed to work on the platform. It is never a bad idea to have a multi-use controller when you have an Android media player whether it is running a tablet based Android platform The Fire TV or an Android TV device. I would highly recommend an airmouse with a keyboard because it will allow you to enter search terms in any apps
that do not respond to voice commands. It also makes browsers make sense because you can use them the way they are intended. These kinds of tools will help make Android media players a lot more fun to use. The additions can make setup faster, add numerous new functions and help you unlock the full potential of the OS as a media player and we haven’t even begun to talk about launchers. When equipped with the right tools you can find that an Android media player can not only be a powerful media player but can even serve as a non-traditional desktop computer. If you are looking for a one stop cord cutting solution You can build quite a system around a number of Android players. Using these kinds of tools and setting up Google drive with four or five key apps has allowed me to fully customise a number of Android players in minutes including the Fire TV and Nexus player. I hope that these suggestions are helpful and if you thought so I hope you’ll spread the word about what we do here.
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