This guide shows How to Allow Unknown Sources on Firestick, Fire TV, and Android devices.
Allowing Unknown Sources is the setting you must turn on to sideload third-party apps (APKs) on any Android-powered device.
In other words, you must allow Unknown Sources to fully unlock your device.
How to Allow Unknown Sources on Firestick
Below we have provided a video and screenshot guide on allowing unknown sources on any Firestick or Fire TV device.
We suggest watching the video first and then reviewing the screenshots after for more details.
This tutorial will only work on devices running the Android operating system. This includes the Amazon Firestick/Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield, Chromecast, Android TV Boxes, tablets, and phones.
This process will not work on Roku or Apple, as these devices have closed operating systems.
IMPORTANT We strongly recommend using a VPN with any third-party apps. This will protect you from hackers, unverified developers, your ISP, and others.
Follow the screenshots below for allowing Unknown Sources on a Firestick, Fire TV, or Android device.
Use the steps below to allow Unknown Sources on your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV device.
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1. We first suggest installing the Downloader App on your device if you haven’t already.
2. From the home screen of your Firestick or Fire TV, hover over the Settings icon.
3. Click My Fire TV.
4. Click Developer options.
Note: Please see the notes below if you don’t see Developer Options on your screen.
5. Click Install unknown apps.
6. Find the Downloader app and click it.
If you don’t see the Downloader app on this screen that means you need to install it from the Amazon App Store.
7. This will turn Unknown Sources to On for the Downloader app. You will now be able to sideload apps on your device!
Developer Options Missing
As mentioned previously, if you are unable to find developer options within the settings follow the instructions below to allow Unknown Sources.
1. Hover over the Settings icon and click My Fire TV.
2. Click About. You will notice Developer options is nowhere to be found.
3. Hover over Fire TV Stick and click the OK button on your remote 7 times to become a developer.
4. After clicking 7 times you will eventually see a message stating “you are already a developer.”
5. Next click the back button on your remote and you will notice Developer options is now showing within My Fire TV.
That’s it! After allowing for Unknown Sources on your Firestick, you can now side-load hundreds of 3rd party apps using Downloader.
Continue reading below if you are using an Android device.
How to Allow Unknown Sources on Android TV
Unlike Firesticks and Fire TVs, the process for allowing Unknown Sources on Android TV devices is a bit different.
View our video and screenshot tutorials below for more details. In this example, I am using the popular Walmart Onn Google TV Android Box.
The screenshots below will show you how to allow Unknown Sources on any Android device such as the NVIDIA Shield, Chromecast, and Android TV Boxes.
1. Install the Downloader App from the Google Play Store if you haven’t already.
2. From the home screen of your Android TV device click Settings.
3. Click System.
4. Click About.
5. Click Android TV OS build approximately 7 times until you see a message that Developer Options have been enabled.
6. Once developer options have been enabled to allow for Unknown Sources you will notice a message saying “you are now a developer!”
7. Click the back button on your remote until you see the Apps setting and click it.
8. Click Security & Restrictions.
9. Click Unknown sources.
10. Turn on unknown sources for the Downloader app.
That’s it! You have successfully allowed Unknown Sources on your Android device.
Is Allowing Unknown Sources Legal?
Yes, allowing Unknown Sources on a Firestick or Android device is 100% legal.
By enabling Unknown Sources within settings, you are simply allowing for the installation of third-party apps or addons not available within the Amazon App Store.
While sideloading third-party apps is not illegal in any way, streaming some of the content within these may be.
That is why it is important to only use third-party applications for public domain movies along with legal IPTV providers.
Overall, we hope this guide showed you how to allow Unknown Sources on Firestick and Android devices.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do You Allow Unknown Sources?
You can allow Unknown Sources on a Firestick or Android device by accessing this setting within the Developer Options.
Is Allowing Unknown Sources Legal?
Yes, allowing Unknown Sources on a Firestick or Android device is 100% legal. However, while sideloading third-party apps is not illegal in any way, streaming some of the content within these may be.
Is Allowing Unknown Sources Safe?
Yes, this process is safe as we are changing a setting and not updating software or modifying internal firmware on the device.
What Devices Can You Sideload Apps?
You can sideload apps on any device that runs the Android operating system. This includes the Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Android TV Boxes, phones, tablets, and more.