Last Updated on January 8, 2021
In this article, we will explain How to Install Google Chrome on Firestick. Although we compiled this guide with Firestick in mind, it should also work for other Fire TV products, including the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV (Gen 3), and the new Fire TV Edition smart TVs/soundbars.
Amazon’s Fire TV platform is ideal for developers to push new streaming-centric apps, as it’s currently one of the most popular streaming platforms. Alongside standalone apps from live TV and on-demand streaming services, users can also install several utility apps from the Amazon Appstore, such as network analysis tools, file managers, VPN clients, media players, downloaders, etc.
One more thing that people look out for is web browsers on Fire TV devices since a few streaming services aren’t compatible with the respective platform yet. With a web browser, users can open up the web version of the streaming service and enjoy streaming content from it regardless of the incompatibility.
However, only a handful of web browsers are available in the Amazon Appstore. Their functionality is also somewhat limited, and the file download feature is entirely absent from the web browsers. Examples include Mozilla for Fire TV and Amazon Silk Browser, which are two of the only web browsers available for Fire TV devices.
To overcome the current issue with web browsers on Fire TV, many people have already considered using the Android version of Google Chrome, which has managed to capture a hefty 68% of the browser market share worldwide.
Although you can install Chrome on Fire TV device, even on the most affordable Fire TV device, Amazon Firestick, it’s not an easy task. This is why we have prepared this guide to install Chrome on Firestick.
By following this guide, you all can have proper web browsing and content streaming experience on Firestick.
- 1 Why should you Use Chrome on Firestick?
- 2 How to Install Google Chrome on Firestick?
- 3 How to Use Chrome on Firestick with Mouse Toggle
- 4 Wrapping Up
Why should you Use Chrome on Firestick?
The biggest downsides of using Mozilla for Fire TV and Amazon Silk Browser on Firestick is its absence of specific web protocols, ad-blockers, and advanced privacy features. With the Chrome browser, you get to take advantage of all the missing features.
Chromium’s open-source Blink engine is what handles web layout and rendering on Google’s Chrome browser. It offers significantly faster and efficient in webpage loading compared to other browsers in the market.
The Android version of Chrome also has a data saver feature called ‘Lite mode.’ It redirects some of your web traffic through Google’s servers, which is then compressed and simplified so that webpages take less data and hardware resources to load up on your device. According to Google, watching videos over Lite mode can reduce up to 50% of your data usage.
With Google Chrome on Firestick, you will also be able to download any types of files from direct download links, whether it’s media or APK files. You can even pause, restart, and open your downloads from Chrome’s built-in download manager.
Google Chrome also has several privacy-focused features. One of them is incognito mode, which lets you browse the web anonymously without affecting your existing browsing history and saved cookies. Once you close the incognito tab, your temporarily saved history and cookies will also get wiped. Chrome’s ‘Do Not Track’ feature also lets you restrict websites from collecting or tracking your browsing data.
The user interface on Chrome for Android has a layout similar to the PC version, minus the discover feed. You can quickly search for something on the web from the Google search engine bar, as well as get access to the website links that you frequently visit.
There are several additional reasons why you should Chrome Browser on Firestick, but it’s impossible to cover all of them. So, without further ado, let’s take a took at the list of Chrome browser’s key features below.
Features of Chrome Browser
- Chrome is powered by the Blink web engine, which also powers some of the fastest Chromium-based web browsers in the browser market.
- Unlike official Fire TV web browsers, you can open multiple tabs and manage them at once on the Chrome browser.
- You can also download files from Chrome. Mozilla for Fire TV and Amazon Silk Browser doesn’t allow it.
- Chrome can automatically block badly behaving webpages and restrict potentially dangerous pop-ups.
- You have the option to open webpages in either mobile or desktop mode.
How to Install Google Chrome on Firestick?
Last Updated on January 8, 2021
While Chrome for Android can technically run on a Firestick without issues, the developers intend Chrome to be used on smartphones and tablets only. This is why you won’t find Google Chrome on the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices.
However, you can sideload the Chrome APK file on your Firestick and use it for web browsing and content consumption. The following steps will show you how to install it:
#1. Enable sideloading from Firestick’s Developer Options
Since the early days of Android, developers had the freedom to install unsigned apps for testing purposes. The same feature has been carried through ten generations of Android, and it is also found on Fire OS. It is a custom fork of Android developed by Amazon, and it does retain the sideloading feature. Here’s how to enable it:
- Using your Fire TV Remote, select and highlight the Settings option from the menu bar of the Fire TV home screen.
- Find and select Device & Software in the list of Fire TV settings. On the older versions of Fire OS, the option is labeled as Device or My Fire TV.
- From the next settings menu, choose Developer options. Unlike regular Android, Developer options can be accessed on Fire OS without manually enabling it.
- Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources from the developer options menu. You should receive a pop-up warning about the risks of unknown app installations.
- Since Google Chrome is safe to install, simply click Turn On to dismiss the warning.
You have successfully enabled app sideloading on Firestick. You can now continue following the rest of the steps below.
#2. Get the Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore
Since none of the official browsers for Firestick support file downloading, you’ll have to use the popular Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore to download the Chrome APK file. Follow the steps below to get the Downloader app on your Fire TV device.
- Start with accessing the search menu by highlighting the magnifier icon next to the Fire TV home screen’s top menu bar.
- Next, search for the Downloader app using the on-screen keyboard or your voice. While you type it in the search bar, you can quickly select Downloader from the instant autofill results.
- On the search results page, scroll down to the Apps & Games section to select the Downloader
- Once you are on the download page, click Get / Download. It will take a minute or two for the Downloader app to get installed on your Firestick.
#3: Download and sideload Chrome APK on Firestick
After the app installation, click Open to open the Downloader app. The final set of the following steps will show you how to download and install Chrome Browser on Firestick.
- On the first launch, Downloader will ask for storage permissions. Click Allow give it the required access to Firestick’s storage.
- Click OK to skip the update changelog page and continue.
- After that, highlight the URL bar on the Home page, then enter this download link: https://bit.ly/3eQ2VGq
- Now click Go. The Chrome APK file will start downloading.
- When it has finished downloading, the Android installer should show up on the screen. Click Install at the bottom side of the installer.
- Click Done when Chrome is installed on your Firestick. You will be back to the Downloader app, and you can delete the Chrome APK file as it’s no longer needed.
You can launch Chrome on Firestick from Your Apps & Channels section on the Fire TV home screen. The chances are that you won’t see it in the side-scrolling row, so click See All at the end of the section. It will open up a separate window of all the installed apps, where you will find the Chrome browser as well.
How to Use Chrome on Firestick with Mouse Toggle
While Chrome will work on Fire TV devices without any sort of code-level modifications, its user interface is designed to be intuitive on a touch display. Actions like opening contextual menus and web browsing are near to impossible on Chrome with the Fire TV Remote.
With the Mouse Toggle app, you can enable a virtual mouse cursor overlay on your Firestick, which will let you navigate through Chrome’s user interface, as well as scroll through websites.
Once you set up Mouse Toggle on Firestick, you can open up Chrome and press the Play/Pause button on the Fire TV Remote twice to activate the virtual mouse cursor for navigation.
Alternatively, you can invest in a decent wireless Bluetooth-powered keyboard and touchpad combo device for the best web browsing experience with Chrome on Firestick.
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Web browsers that are available in the Amazon Appstore are highly optimized for Fire TV devices. However, none of them are as versatile as the Chrome browser. This guide is intended to help you install Chrome on Firestick, which is a must-have browser for those who often access web versions of video streaming services.