Unlocking the full potential of your Firestick device often involves enabling the “Unknown Sources” feature. By doing so, you gain the freedom to install apps from sources outside the official Amazon App Store. This simple guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of turning on “Unknown Sources” on your Firestick, granting you access to a broader range of apps and enhancing your streaming experience. Let’s get started!
Is It Safe To Allow Apps From Unknown Sources?
It must be said that there are certain risks associated with enabling apps from unknown sources, so caution must be exercised.
By allowing apps from unknown sources, you are bypassing the security measures taken by official app stores such as Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. This means that you are installing apps that may not have been vetted to the same degree for malware, privacy concerns, or malicious behavior.
Installing apps from unknown sources may expose your device to potential security threats such as malware or unauthorized access to your personal information. These apps may hide malicious code or vulnerabilities that could jeopardize your device’s security and data privacy.
If you choose to enable this option, remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect your device and personal information.
For example, download applications only from reputable and trusted sources and keep your installed applications up-to-date.
Why Enable Apps from Unknown Sources on Firestick?
Before we get into the tutorial proper, let’s understand the significance of unknown sources on a fire stick. By default, Amazon disables the installation of apps from the Internet on the Firestick to ensure the security and integrity of the device.
But, enabling the “Unknown Sources” setting on your Firestick has its merits, including accessing third-party apps and expanding your streaming options. With this feature enabled, you can explore a broader selection of apps that may not be found in the official Amazon app store, enhancing the customization and flexibility of your Firestick experience.
However, installing unknown-source apps can also pose a security risk, so always proceed with caution. It is recommended to download apps only from trusted sources to ensure the safety of your device and personal data.
How to allow unknown sources on Firestick?
Enabling this setting on a Firestick is often perceived as a difficult task, but in reality, it is quite straightforward and easy. Use the steps below to allow Unknown Sources on your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV device.
In addition, if needed, you can also learn how to install unknown source apps on Android.
- We first suggest installing the Downloader App on your device. If you don’t see the Downloader app on this screen that means you need to install it from the Amazon App Store.
- From the home screen of your Firestick or Fire TV, hover over the Settings icon.
- Click My Fire TV.
- Click Developer options.
- Click Install unknown apps.
- Find the Downloader app and click it.
- This will turn Unknown Sources to On for the Downloader app. You will now be able to sideload apps on your device!
Note: Please see the notes below if you don’t see Developer Options on your screen.
If you have an Android device, of course we’ve got you covered: How to install Unknown Sources apps in Android?
How to turn off unknown sources on Firestick?
Disabling unknown sources on Firestick is a straightforward process. Here’s how you can turn off this setting:
- Go to the home screen of your Firestick.
- Navigate to the “Settings” option using the remote control.
- Select “My Fire TV” or “Device” (depending on your Firestick model).
- Scroll down and choose “Developer Options.”
- Inside the Developer Options, you will find the “Apps from Unknown Sources” toggle switch.
- Toggle the switch to the “Off” position to disable the unknown sources.
By following these steps, you can easily turn off the unknown source setting on your Firestick and restrict the installation of apps from external sources.
Why Can’t I Find Developer Options on My FireStick?
As mentioned previously, if you are unable to find developer options within the settings follow the instructions below to allow Unknown Sources.
- Hover over the Settings icon and click My Fire TV.
- Click About. You will notice developer options is nowhere to be found.
- Hover over Fire TV Stick and click the OK button on your remote 7 times to become a developer.
- After clicking 7 times you will eventually see a message stating “You are already a developer.”
- Next, click the back button on your remote and you will notice developer options is now showing on 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.
Check it out: How to find firestick developer options
Enabling “Apps from Unknown Sources” on your Firestick unlocks a plethora of apps and entertainment choices. Nonetheless, exercising caution is paramount, and we advise downloading apps solely from trustworthy sources.
Before installing an app from an unknown origin, thoroughly research the source, read reviews, and gather background information about the app. Regularly updating installed apps is crucial to ensure the latest security patches and feature enhancements.
Your device’s safety and security should always be a top priority. After completing the necessary app installations, remember to disable the “Apps from Unknown Sources” option on your Firestick to maintain device security.