This tutorial will explain how to install ES File Explorer on FireStick. This guide applies to any Amazon Fire TV device, such as Fire TV Cube, FireStick 3rd Generation, FireStick Lite, FireStick 4K Max & 4K, and TVs with FireOS. Before diving into the installation process, I will highlight the app’s features and benefits.
What is ES File Explorer?
ES File Explorer is a comprehensive and multifunctional file manager for Android devices. It supports file storage and management, app management, file transfer, cloud storage, and internet browsing. Most of its services are free, except for app installation (sideloading), which requires a premium subscription.
Thanks to its versatility, it is one of the most popular Android-based apps and one of the best FireStick apps. With it, you can manage files and apps on your FireStick, including deleting unwanted files and apps, viewing compressed files, and reading documents.
Moreover, ES File Explorer doubles as a media player, letting you view images and play music and videos. You can also use it to transfer files between your FireStick and a supported device, including LAN PCs and Android mobile devices.
While several features of ES File Explorer are free, to unlock premium features, you will need to pay $9.99 per month.
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Features of ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer is undoubtedly one of the best apps on your FireStick for several reasons. Below are the app’s top highlights:
- File management, including deleting unwanted files and APKs.
- Media browsing, including viewing documents and images and playing audio and videos.
- Local file management.
- Application management, including installation, uninstallation, and data backup.
- File compression and decompression.
- Bluetooth support is essential for file transfer between compatible devices.
- Sideload third-party apps via direct link (premium feature) and using a computer (free).
- Cloud storage by linking to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive ( this service is currently not working).
How to Install ES File Explorer on FireStick
ES File Explorer is an official Amazon App Store app. For this reason, you only need to find it in the store and install it directly onto your FireStick. Below are the steps to install the app on your Fire TV device:
1. From your Fire TV home screen, click Find.
2. Click Search.
3. Type the phrase ES File Explorer on the search bar, and you’ll see ES File Explorer in the suggested results. Select it.
4. Choose ES File Explorer File Manager app tile under Apps & Games.
5. Click Download or Get, depending on what you see on your screen.
6. The app starts downloading. Give it a few moments for it to install.
7. If you intend to use the app for sideloading third-party apps, you need to tweak some settings on your Fire TV. From your Fire TV home screen, click Settings.
8. Select My Fire TV.
9. Click Developer options.
10. Choose Install unknown apps.
Note: You may see the Apps from Unknown Sources feature on some Fire TV devices instead of Install unknown apps. Turn on the toggle if that’s the case, and it should cover installation from unknown sources for all relevant apps, including ES File Explorer.
11. Select ES File Explorer and turn on the toggle.
The ES File Explorer app is all set up and ready for use.
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Overview of ES File Explorer
I recommend creating the app’s shortcut on your Fire TV home screen if you intend to use it regularly. Creating an app shortcut on FireStick saves you time because you don’t have to scroll through many apps to find the one you want to use.
Launch the app. You can do so from your recently used apps section or by navigating to the All Apps icon, then scrolling to find ES File Explorer. Once you’ve opened the app, click Agree to give the app permission to access your storage.
Click Allow to permit ES File Explorer to access photos, media, and files on your FireStick.
Click on Free Trial if you would like to sign-up for a free trial of the premium version. This step requires you to input your payment details.
Follow the on-screen steps to complete the payment. Remember to cancel the subscription before the free trial ends to avoid unexpected charges.
However, if you don’t want to try the premium version yet, click the x button at the top to take you to the ES File Explorer home page.
At the top of the page, you’ll see your device’s internal storage.
When you click the APP option on the menu, you’ll see all the downloaded apps on your Fire TV. Click on an app to manage it. Upon clicking on an app, a menu pop’s up with the following options: View APK content, Uninstall, Cancel, and Open.
Suppose you want to uninstall the selected app. First, click Uninstall, then select OK on the next screen to remove the app from your FireStick.
Other options on the app’s home page include Settings, Favorite, Local, Library, Network, Tools, and Recycle Bin. These subcategories are at the far left of the home screen.
To the right of the page are more menu options offering various features, including file transfer between your Fire TV and PC, casting content, file compression, and data cleaning.
Some features, such as Cleaner and Space Analyzer, are only available for Premium subscribers. Additionally, sideloading third-party apps via ES File Explorer is a premium service.
However, you can install third-party APK files stored on your computer on the Fire TV device.
Besides uninstalling apps to clean up your Fire TV internal storage space, ES File Explorer lets you delete unnecessary files and folders. To delete a file, click the Internal Storage option at the top of the home screen.
Long press the file or folder you want to delete. Click the Delete option at the bottom. You can also rename, cut and paste, compress, pin to the top, move to another location, and other options.
ES File Explorer is an excellent app for FireStick because of its versatility. It lets you manage your files, play media, sideload third-party applications, and transfer files between your Fire TV and LAN computer. It also supports Bluetooth, making it easier to share files between your FireStick and Bluetooth-compatible devices.
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