How to Allow Unknown Sources on Firestick/Android (2023 Update)

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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 in order to sideload third-party apps on any Android-powered device.

In other words, you must allow Unknown Sources to fully unlock your device.

After you allow Unknown Sources you will be able to install the most popular streaming apps, IPTV services, tools, cleaners, free IPTV apps, media centers, and so much more.

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.

how to allow unknown sources

This process will not work on Roku or Apple, as these devices have closed operating systems.

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Follow the screenshots below for allowing Unknown Sources on a Firestick, Fire TV, or Android device.

How to Allow Unknown Sources on Firestick 

Use the steps below to allow Unknown Sources on your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV device.

1. We first suggest installing the Downloader App on your device if you haven’t already.

How to Install Downloader App

2. From the home screen of your Firestick or Fire TV, hover over the Settings icon.

Allow Unknown Sources on Firestick Click My Fire TV

3. Click My Fire TV.

Click My Fire TV.

4. Click Developer options.

Note: Please see the notes below if you don’t see Developer Options on your screen.

Click Developer options to allow for unknown sources

5. Click Install unknown apps.

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.

Find the Downloader app and click it.

7. This will turn Unknown Sources to On for the Downloader app. You will now be able to sideload apps on your device!

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.

Allow Unknown Sources Developer Options Missing

2. Click About. You will notice Developer options is nowhere to be found.

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.

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.”

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.

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.


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How to Allow Unknown Sources on Android

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.

Downloader App – Google Play Store

2. From the home screen of your Android TV device click Settings.

How to Allow Unknown Sources on Android

3. Click System.

Click System.

4. Click About.

Click About.

5. Click Android TV OS build approximately 7 times until you see a message that Developer Options have been enabled.

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!”

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.

Click the back button on your remote until you see the Apps setting and click it.

8. Click Security & Restrictions.

Click Security & Restrictions to allow unknown sources on Android

9. Click Unknown sources.

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.

That’s it! You have successfully allowed Unknown Sources on your Android device.

Allow Unknown Sources – Best 3rd Party Apps

After you have turned on Unknown Sources on your Firestick or Android device you may be wondering what’s next and which third-party apps you should install.

Check out our most popular guides below to help you get started:

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.

Refer to the video below for more information on allowing unknown sources.




 

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 modifying any 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.

6 thoughts on “How to Allow Unknown Sources on Firestick/Android (2023 Update)”

  1. Thank you for the advice on sideloading apps on Nvidia Shield. However, there is an issue that may not be solved by the suggested action. Sideloaded apps are routinely removed or hidden by Google on a daily basis. My solution is to deactivate the Google Store, although this is inconvenient, as turning it back on to upgrade Google Apps results in the disappearance of the IPTV purchases and a requirement to reinstall.
    Your publication is excellent, informative and very useful.

  2. Well I managed to load the freeview app after the workround.

    Problem is as follows>

    When I launch freeview is states>

    Oops we cant find your location, please enter your postcode below

    _ _ _ _

    4 boxes…..guess what, screen is locked and you cannot insert anything in the section.

    Any ideas?.

    I just backed out on the remote.

    Re booted….still same issue once you click on the app. I read somewhere that others have the same issue.

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