Last Updated on June 21, 2022
File sharing apps are an excellent tool for privately sharing photos, videos, and other forms of media amongst friends and family without worrying about strangers seeing your content. With FileLinked and other apps like it, you can rest assured that the only people seeing the content you send them are the ones whom you’ve sent it to.
FileLinked can be downloaded to any Fire Stick, regardless of the model. There are two different ways in which you can download this app. Once you have the app on your Fire Stick, all you need to do is make an account and begin sharing. With that said, FileLinked has experienced several issues lately, and many people are looking for alternatives for file sharing via Fire Stick.
In this article, we will explain what FileLinked is, how to get and use it, and popular alternatives used in place of FileLinked.
Is FileLinked Still Working?
At this time, FileLinked was shut down by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment for Copyright Infringement. The ACE is considered the leading coalition for combatting digital piracy and harm to the digital ecosystem.
While we certainly don’t condone the use of link-sharing apps to distribute pirated or other illegal content, other apps similar to FileLinked serve the same general purpose.
Alternative Apps to FileLinked
There are plenty of alternative apps out there that offer the same purpose as FileLinked, but we’d like to highlight some of the best quality apps used to replace Filelinked. Let’s explore some of those right there:
- AppLinked: This app is basically a FileLinked clone. Along with the ability to share photo and video content, you can also share moves, TV, and other streaming by providing a special code.
- FileSynced: Like FileLinked, FileSynced requires you to enter a digital code to download the content you want. This app won’t host any other apps, though, so it’s used solely for link download.
- APKBuilds: APKBuilds is a database that consists of trending apps as well as trending games and instructional guides for the apps available through the system. In other words, APKBuilds is a beneficial tool for keeping up on which apps are still available and which ones have been taken down.
- Unlinked: Many people believe Unlinked is FileLinked under a different name. This is because as soon as FileLinked was taken down, Unlinked saw a massive upsurge in users to its platform.
- Downloader: This is the general downloader available on your Amazon Fire Stick system. While it works in much the same way as Filelinked, this link downloader is more protected and might have more restrictions.
How to Sign Up for a FileLinked Account
If FileLinked comes back to life, here’s how to make an account and install it on FireStick. The only time you need to create an account for FileLinked is when you want to become an uploader. Uploaders are responsible for creating the links shared amongst your friends and family. In other words, if you’re receiving a FileLinked link from another person, all you need is the app. You won’t need an actual account to view the link.
However, if you plan on uploading link content, here’s what you need to do to create an account:
- Go to the FileLinked website. You’ll need to use the browser for this step, and then you can redirect yourself back to the app when you’re finished.
- Find and click “Create Code.” This is where you’ll take the time to upload your content.
- Create an account. If you don’t already have an account, you’ll be redirected to a sign-up form. Enter all of the necessary information and then confirm.
Once you click “register,” you should be good to go with creating and uploading your unique content to share with others.
How to Install FileLinked Onto Your Fire Stick
There are two different ways for you to access FileLinked on your Fire Stick: via Downloader or through ES File Explorer. The method in which you install FileLinked will differ slightly depending on whether you choose the former or the latter.
Both Downloader and ES File Explorer are available for download in the AppStore. However, we do think it’s worth noting that ES File Explorer costs an additional $9.99 per month to use. Let’s explore exactly how to install FileLinked with both methods in a little more detail.
Installing Via Downloader
Downloader is perhaps the most commonly used sideloading app technique for Fire Stick users. The app is available for free on the Amazon Appstore and can easily be installed in a few simple steps. To install FileLinked via Downloader, follow these steps:
- Find and click on “settings.” The Settings icon can be found at the far right of your home screen, on the same search bar as your streaming apps.
- Access “My Fire TV.” My Fire TV can be found at the far left of the bottom row of settings categories.
- Click on “Developer Options.” Developer options give you the option to allow ADB connections throughout your network.
- Choose “Install Unknown Apps.” This option is located right underneath the ADB debugging toggle.
- Find and click on “Downloader.” You’ll need to turn Downloader on in order for the downloading process to work.
- Run Downloader on your Fire Stick. Open up the app, and then you’ll be prompted to provide the link or URL to the content you’d like to download.
After you input the link and start the download, all you need to do is wait a few minutes for it to finish and then enable installation when prompted to do so. After installation, you can delete the original link and exit out of Downloader.
Installing Via ES File Explorer
While the app itself is free, ES File Explorer will cost you $9.99/month to use. When deciding which app to use for downloading, it’s important to know that you only need to use one of these apps to get FileLinked. If you choose to go with ES Filer Explorer, follow these steps to get FileLinked onto your Amazon Fire Stick:
- Launch the app. Once you’re on the app’s interface, you’ll see several different options available for access. The option you need to find is “downloader,” which should be in the third row of tools.
- Click on “New+.” This option is located in the horizontal bar at the bottom of your TV screen. It should be the first option you see on the left.
- Enter the path and field. Once you’re on a new download, you’ll need to enter the “path” and the “field.” The path is just the link you need, while the field is what you’d like to call it.
- Download and install FileLinked. This process should only take a few minutes. Once FileLinked is installed, you can open the app and start getting to work.
Using the FileLinked App on Your Fire Stick
Once you’ve downloaded FileLinked, using it is relatively simple. If you only want to use FileLinked for down/sideloading content, you don’t need to sign up for an account. However, creating a FileLinked account is required if you plan on uploading any content to the app.
Whether you simply want something to download non-AppStore content, or you want to upload your own unique creations, here’s how to correctly use FileLinked.
For Downloading Only
- Access FileLinked. Press and hold the home button down on your Fire Stick remote for a few seconds until the shortcut window appears. Click on apps and find FileLinked.
- Enter your FileLinked code. This is a code unique to you and will have all of your previous downloads safely stored.
- Subscribe or dismiss the offered newsletter. This popup will show up after you enter your code. If you don’t want to subscribe to the newsletter, you can dismiss it and move on.
- Download the file needed. There should be an arrow with a horizontal line next to the files available. Choose which one you’d like to download and initiate the downloading process.
- Run your file. Once the download is complete, the download icon will turn into one with a play button. This button will now let you access the link you downloaded.
- Install the file/app. After it finishes downloading, you’ll need to wait a few more minutes for the file to install as well.
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For Uploading Creative Content
Remember, those who want to upload their own content to FileLinked must first sign up for an account. After you’ve created your account and you’re ready to upload your own files to FileLinked, here’s what to do:
- Open FileLinked in your web browser. Once you’re on the web page, find and click on the button that says “create code.”
- Input your login information. If you still haven’t created an account yet, make sure you do before accessing code creation.
- Create a new configuration. Configurations are what help you organize your files. In other words, a configuration serves the same function as a folder does on your desktop. To create a configuration, you’ll need to name it and provide a description of what is inside.
- Save configuration and create a file. Once your configuration is saved, you need to create your file. At this point, you’ll give the file a name and a description, as well as any important URLs needed for the content.
- Add the file. After inputting all of the necessary information for the file, you can upload the file and categorize it into the right configuration.
You can always go back to access your files by inputting your unique code whenever you access the FileLinked app.
Updating FileLinked on Your Fire Stick
If FileLinked ever needs an update on your Fire Stick, you can do so by accessing the downloading agent used to get the app. Whether you choose Downloader or ES File Explorer, you should launch those apps and check the settings and status of the FileLinked app. If there’s an update available, you can initiate the update through your that app.
FileLinked for Fire Stick FAQ
1. What is FileLinked?
FileLinked is a link-sharing app that was formerly known as DroidAdmin. Its sole purpose is to provide a place where users can upload and share private media like photos, videos, and other links to trusted individuals. Although its main purpose is to link share, it’s also a good tool for sideloading on your Fire Stick.
This app allows you to use it as an uploader, viewer, or a mix of both. With that said, you need to have a FileLinked account in order to upload links to the app. This app really comes in handy when you’re on vacation and you want to share your vacation photos with only a select group of people.
Most importantly, FileLinked is helpful for downloading apps that aren’t available in the Amazon Appstore. However, we urge you to be careful doing this and only download an app from a trusted source. If you aren’t careful, you may end up corrupting your Fire Stick and rendering it useless.
2. Is FileLinked legal to use?
At this time, FileLinked has been shut down by the ACE. While the intent behind the app was likely not meant for illegal downloading of streaming content, it’s inevitable for link-sharing apps like these to get taken down eventually. However, using apps like APKBuilds can help you keep track of which link-sharing apps are still available and which ones have been shut down by the ACE and others like it.
3. How can I make my streaming habits private?
If your streaming privacy is important to you, you may want to consider getting & installing a good VPN if you haven’t done so already. VPNs are a tool that can help you hide your streaming activities from your government and internet service provider. When using a VPN, you can surpass surveillance, ISP throttling, and geo-restrictions based on where you live.
4. What is APK?
APK is an acronym that is short for Android Package Kit. Android Package Kits are files that the Android system uses for its apps. APK is considered an archive file. This means that it consists of multiple files and the metadata that comes with those files. Because APKs work to store multiple files in one bigger file, they work similarly to that of a folder on your desktop.