Amazon Fire Stick has changed the way people watch TV. It comes with several streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Display+, and more, where the users can watch thousands of TV shows and movies. Yes, you will need an active subscription to these streaming services, though. Besides just the streaming apps, the FireStick also comes with a Silk browser, a built-in web browser. It comes with a large view which might not be the taste for everyone. So if you are someone who is not happy with the Silk browser, then this article will help you out.
The Google Chrome web browser is used by many smartphone and PC users as their default web browser. If you want to use the Chrome browser over the Silk Browser in your Amazon Fire Stick powered TV, then you can do it. And this is what we will see here in this article. Here, we will provide you step by step guide on what you need to do to install and use Google Chrome on your Fire Stick TV. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.
How to Run Chrome on Fire TV Stick?
The Silk browser is decent, but it is no good when compared to Chrome. Google Chrome is available across different formats: Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. If you are logged in on your Google Account, then everything you do on your smartphone’s Chrome will reflect on your PC or TV’s Chrome browser too. It makes things easier for the end-user as he/she can pick up their work, right where they left off in their other device. Whatever site you visited on your smartphone will show up in this history section on your TV’s Chrome browser too. So these additional nifty features are why many might look to install the Chrome browser on their Fire Stick TV, and if you are one of them, then follow this article.
The Fire OS is based on the Android operating system. So you can easily sideload APK files onto the device and install any android app as a regular app on the Fire Stick TV.
Install Downloader on the Amazon Fire TV Stick:
Since the Google Chrome browser is not natively available in the Amazon App Store, you will have to sideload it using the Downloader application. So first, we will see how you can install Downloader on your TV.
- Launch the Fire TV Stick home and open up the Find menu.
- Navigate to the search section.
- Type Downloader here using the virtual keyboard that just showed up on your screen.
- The app will show up in results. Select it there. It will show up as an application with an orange background with a download icon on top of it.
- After selecting the app, the app page will open up. Here, click on Get or Download to download and install the application of your Fire TV Stick.
Once this is installed, you are set to download the chrome apk. But before you do that, you need to first enable certain permissions from your Settings menu that will allow you to install the chrome apk file on your TV.
Let’s see how you can do that.
- Press the Home button on your Fire TV Stick.
- Go to Settings.
- Inside the Settings menu, choose the option “My Fire TV menu.”
- Select the “Developer Options” tab.
- Then go to ” Find Apps from Unknown Sources.” It is set to off by default. Change it to On.
Now you are all set to download and install the Chrome apk on your Fire TV. You need to follow the steps mentioned below properly, and you will have Chrome running on your TV in no time.
Install Google Chrome On Fire TV Stick:
- Launch the Downloader application on your TV.
- In the search box of the Downloader application, enter “https://chrome.en.uptodown.com/android” and hit the Go button.
- This will take you to the webpage from where you can download the apk file for Chrome. Just select the download button here and then wait for the download process to complete. Depending on the speed of your connection, the download may take longer or just a few minutes or seconds.
- Now install this Chrome apk on your Fire TV Stick.
- After the installation is complete, you will see a pop-up that reads Chrome is installed. Now delete the apk file so that it does not take up any of your TV’s storage space. If for some reason, you see an error in installing Google Chrome, then you should consider removing some of your applications. If you have too many applications installed on your TV, you won’t be able to install Google Chrome on top of them since the storage is already filled. The Google Chrome application will require some free space for its core files.
Since the Chrome application is installed on your TV, you can use it according to your preference. Open it up right from your TV, just like how you open up any other application on your Fire TV Stick.
Google Chrome has several noteworthy features: Excellent and familiar UI, Google account synchronization across devices, Multiple tabs support, Blink web engine for faster browsing, and downloading apk files on your device directly.
The internal storage on the Fire TV Stick is not much. By default, we only get 8GB of internal storage to manage everything about our TV. The FireOS also takes a lot of this storage space. So if you are done using the Chrome browser or don’t want to use it anymore, you should consider uninstalling the application from your TV.
How to uninstall Google Chrome from your Fire TV Stick?
- Press the Home button on your Fire TV Stick.
- Go to Apps.
- Inside the Apps menu, select the Google Chrome application.
- Press the option key on your remote, and it will show up several options. Choose the Uninstall option here.
The uninstallation process will initiate. After that is complete, the Chrome application will be removed from your Fire TV Stick.
For the experience, while using the Fire TV Stick, you should use Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard. Since Amazon designed Fire TV Stick as a touch device, interacting with more input devices enhances the overall user experience.
This is how one can run Chrome on Fire TV Stick. If you have any questions or queries about this article, then comment below, and we will get back to you. Also, be sure to check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more useful information.