Through this article, you will learn how to easily install the YouTube TV app on your Fire TV Stick, without sweating. In early 2018, January to be precise, Google decided to remove the YouTube app from the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Now, if you are a user of Amazon Fire TV for a while, you know the pain of not having the official YouTube app on the stick. You would think that launching YouTube via browser to watch videos will solve the problem, but no, it is not. It is not possible to watch YouTube videos on the official YouTube app.
So, now that Google has banned the YouTube app from the Fire TV Stick, is there no way to make the official YouTube app work on the Fire TV Stick? Fortunately, there is. And that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in this article.
Install the YouTube TV app on Amazon Fire TV Stick
1. Enable unknown sources on Fire TV Stick
To do this, click on Settings> Device.
Once you are in the Device Settings, click Developer Options.
Within the Developer Options, activate a setting called App from Unknown Origins.
2. Download ES File Explorer on your phone and on Fire TV Stick
You need to install ES File Explorer on our phone and on Fire TV Stick, in order to continue with this process.
Go to your Fire TV Stick, find and download ES Explorer File.
Download the same application on your Android device.
3. Download the YouTube APK on your phone
Download the YouTube APK on your Android device. You can get the YouTube APK by clicking below:
Note: make sure you download the ARMv7 version of the APK file.
4. Transfer the YouTube APK via ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer has a small integrated functionality to transfer files between devices. To do this, you need to connect both your Android phone and Fire TV Stick to the same WiFi network.
Once connected, open ES File Explorer on your phone. Go to the point where you downloaded the YouTube APK file.
Long press to select APK file> Touch More> Select “SEND” from the menu that appears.
While doing this, you will see a confirmation dialog on the Fire TV Stick. Select OK to continue and you will receive the file on your Fire TV Stick.
5. Install YouTube APK on Fire TV Stick
On your Fire TV Stick, go to the folder where you downloaded the APK file and touch the same to install it.
That’s all. Now you have installed the YouTube app on your Fire TV Stick now you can stream all the videos you want.
How to open the YouTube app on Fire TV Stick?
For some people, Fire TV Stick may not show the YouTube app in the foreground. Don’t worry, because there is a solution to this.
Go to Settings> Applications> Installed apps> YouTube and launch the app.
Why did Google remove the YouTube app from Fire TV?
To begin with, Amazon doesn’t have many Google products in its marketplace. Chromecast and Google Home are some of the marginalized devices from the Amazon universe. Why? Because they are direct competitors of Amazon products like Fire TV Stick, Amazon Echo Speakers.
In fact, I’m amazed that Google hasn’t done it before. Seriously, can you blame them? If Amazon had moved differently, Google would probably have allowed the YouTube app on Fire TV Stick.
This is the brief history of the Cold War between Amazon and YouTube. I hope this guide helped you learn how to install the YouTube app on your Fire TV Stick.