Downloader by AFTVnews Version: 1.1.4
Downloader by AFTVnews allow you to download, manage, and install files on Android TV. It is the #1 app on the Amazon Fire TV with over 5 million users is now available for Android TV!
Downloader by AFTVnews OverviewAftvnews downloader apk android is an app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Downloader by AFTVnews is the easiest way to download files from the internet onto a Fire TV device. Downloader by AFTVnews app is especially helpful in side-loading 3rd-party apps onto the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, without needing any additional hardware, like a computer or external drive.
Downloader allows Android TV users to easily download files from the internet onto their device. Once files are downloaded, you can use the app's basic file manager to open them, install them if they are AP applications, or delete them. The app is commonly used to manage odi and SPMC.
Downloader and all of its features are 100% free without any annoying ads. The app is entirely supported by donations through the app's home screen. If you find this app useful, please consider donating to support the app and to keep new features coming.
Main Features- Download files by entering their URL.
- Built-in Web Browser with support for file downloads.
- Navigate websites using just a Fire TV Remote or Game Controller. (No mouse/keyboard needed.)
- Browser features fullscreen mode, zooming, and quick access to favorites/bookmarks.
- Favorites allow you to easily save and open frequently visited URLs.
- Open, install (if APK), delete, and manage files within the app.
Built-in Web BrowserThe built-in web browser allows you to view websites and download files from web pages.
Browser Controls for Remote
Use the four directional buttons on your remote to move the on-screen cursor. Click links under the cursor by pressing the remote’s center select (?) button. Press the fast-forward button to zoom in and press the rewind button to zoom out. You can scroll the page by moving the cursor to the edges of the browser. Once you’ve scrolled to the end of a direction, pressing that direction button again will exit the cursor out of the browser window and into the navigation menu or top menu. Pressing the back button will move back a page by reloading the previously loaded page and pressing the play button will move forward a page. Pressing the menu (=) button will open the browser menu. While the browser menu is open, pressing the menu (=) button again will enter fullscreen mode. While in fullscreen mode, press the menu (=) button to access the browser menu and press it again to exit fullscreen mode.
Browser Controls for Game Control
Use the left joystick (?) to move the on-screen cursor. Click links under the cursor by pressing the ? button. Press the R1 shoulder button to zoom in and press the L1 shoulder button to zoom out. You can scroll the page by moving the cursor to the edges of the browser. Once you’ve scrolled to the end of a direction, moving the joystick in that direction again will exit the cursor out of the browser window and into the navigation menu or top menu. Pressing the back (?) button will move back a page by reloading the previously loaded page and clicking in either joystick will move forward a page. Pressing the menu (=) button will open the browser menu. While the browser menu is open, pressing the menu (=) button again will enter fullscreen mode. While in fullscreen mode, press the menu (=) button to access the browser menu and press it again to exit fullscreen mode.
The browser menu gives you quick access to your favorites and browser options. You can open the menu by selecting the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the “Browser” section, or by pressing the menu (=) button on your remote. You can also add the URL that is currently loaded as a new favorite from within the browser menu.
Browser Fullscreen Mode
You can enlarge the browser view to take up the entire screen by selecting the “Fullscreen Mode” option from the browser menu. To exit fullscreen mode, open the browser menu and select the “Exit Fullscreen Mode” option. Alternately, you can quickly enter and exit fullscreen mode by pressing the menu (=) button twice.
To zoom in and enlarge the page being viewed, press the fast-forward (??) button on the remote or the R1 shoulder button on the game controller. To zoom out and shrink the page being viewed, press the rewind (??) button on the remote or the L1 shoulder button on the game controller.
This guide will walk you through the steps of installing (a.k.a. sideloading) a 3rd-party app, like Kodi, onto any Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. This guide uses my own app, called Downloader, which is available for free from the Amazon Appstore. You do not need a computer, an external drive, a keyboard, ADB, or anything else to follow this guide. All you need is your Fire TV remote and about a minute of your time. This is currently the quickest way to sideload apps on the Fire TV or Firestick, and is easier than using ES File Explorer.
1-For the new Fire TV interface, this is under Settings > Device > Developer Options
2-For the old Fire TV interface, this is under Settings > System > Developer Options
3-Install Downloader from Amazon’s Appstore onto your device. You can find it by simply searching for “Downloader” on your device.
4-Launch Downloader and enter the URL of the APK file you want to install.
For Kodi v18, use the short URL:
bit.ly/kodi181apk (Mirror: bit.ly/kodi181mirror)
For Kodi v17.6, use the short URL:
bit.ly/kodi176 (Mirror: bit.ly/kodi176mirror)
5-Select the “Download” button and wait for the APK file to download.
6-Once the file finishes downloading, it will automatically ask to be installed. Press down a few times on your remote to select the “Install” button at the bottom right of the screen.
7-When the APK file finishes installing, you can select to delete the APK you downloaded now that the app is installed.
Downloader FilesAll files in the download folder will be listed in the “Files” section. The default download folder is /sdcard/Downloader, but this can be changed in the “Settings” section. To open a file on the list, highlight it and press the select (?) button on your remote, which is the circular center button on the Fire TV remote. If the file is an APK file, opening it will trigger the app’s installation. To delete a file on the list, highlight it and press the menu (=) button on your remote. You will be asked to confirm deletion before the file is permanently deleted.
Favorites are like bookmarks that allow you to easily save and load URLs you visit often. You can load a favorite by selecting it in the “Favorites” section or from the browser menu. To access options for managing favorites, select the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the “Favorites” section or press the menu (=) button on your remote while in the “Favorites” section.
Adding Individual Favorites
To add a new favorite, select the “Add new favorite” option from the favorites menu in the “Favorite” section. You will be asked to enter an optional name for the favorite and a URL. If you don’t enter a name, the URL will be used as the name. You can also add a favorite using the browser menu in the “Browser” section. When adding a favorite using the browser menu, the name and URL fields will automatically be filled to match the title and URL of the page that is currently loaded in the built-in browser. Up to 500 favorites may be saved. Duplicate favorites with identical name and URL pairs are not allowed.
Importing Favorites From File
To add several favorites at once, you can import them from a favorites file stored on your device. The favorites file must be a .txt file located in the download folder you’ve set in the “Settings” section. The default download folder is at /sdcard/Downloader. See the “Favorites Import Format” section below for details about the proper format of the contents of the favorites file. To import all favorites in a favorite file, select the “Import favorites from file” option in the favorites menu and then select the favorites file from the list shown.
Importing Favorites From URL
To add several favorites at once, you can import them from a URL. The URL used can point to a .txt file stored online or a pastebin.com page. See the “Favorites Import Format” section below for details about the proper format of the contents of the favorites file or pastebin.com text. To import all favorites from a URL, select the “Import favorites from URL” option in the favorites menu and then enter the URL of the favorites file or pastebin.com page.
Favorites Import Format
To properly import favorites, either from a file or from a URL, the list of favorites must have one favorite on each line. Each line must start with the URL to be imported as a favorite. If you want to include an optional name for the favorite, add a space after the URL and then the favorite’s name. The favorite’s name may contain additional spaces.
For example, this is a properly formated list of favorites:
https://domain.com Spaces in the name are fine
http://www.this-is-favorites-url.com This is the favorites name
To save your list of favorites to a .txt file, select the “Export favorites to file” option from the favorites menu. The location of the export file will be displayed and you will be asked to confirm its creation. The favorites export file will be saved in the download folder you’ve set in the “Settings” section. The default download folder is at /sdcard/Downloader. The favorites export file will be named downloader-favorites-YYYY-MM-DD.txt and its contents will be in the format described above in the “Favorites Import Format” section.
Highlighting a favorite in the “Favorites” section and pressing the select (?) button will load the favorite. If the saved URL is to a website, the page will load in the built-in browser. If the saved URL is to a file, the file will begin downloading. You can also load favorites from within the browser menu.
To edit an existing favorite, highlight the favorite in the “Favorites” section, press the menu (=) button on the remote, and select the “Edit favorite” option. You will then be able to modify the name and/or URL of the favorite.
To delete an existing favorite, highlight the favorite in the “Favorites” section, press the menu (=) button on the remote, and select the “Delete favorite” option. You will then be asked to confirm deletion. You can also delete all favorites at once by selecting the “Delete ALL favorites” options from the favorites menu. You will be asked to confirm deletion of all favorites before they are deleted. Deleted favorites cannot be recovered.
To reorder the list of favorites, highlight the favorite you want to move from the list in the “Favorites” section, press the menu (=) button on the remote, and select the “Move favorite” option. Then press up or down to move the favorite and press the select button to save the favorite’s new location.
Enter the name of the folder in your device’s /sdcard directory where you would like files to be downloaded. If a folder with the name you enter does not exist, one will be created. This is also the directory that is displayed in the “Files” section of this app.
The default value is: Downloader.
If this setting is checked, any APK downloaded by this app will automatically ask to be installed. You can uncheck this option if you prefer to download several files first and then install them all at once from the “Files” section of the app. The default value is: Checked.
Always Open Pages In Browser
If this setting is checked, URLs entered on the “Home” screen, which do not point directly to a file, will automatically be opened in the built-in web browser. If this setting is unchecked, you will always be asked if you want to open the URL in the built-in web browser. The default value is: Checked.
Enabling "Apps from Unknown Sources"
Before you can install or “sideload” 3rd-party apps on the Fire TV, you must first enable “Apps from Unknown Sources” from the Fire TV’s settings menu.
New Fire TV Interface (Software version 126.96.36.199 and newer)
Go to: Settings > Device > Developer options > Apps from Unknown Sources
Old Fire TV Interface (Software version 188.8.131.52 and older)
Go to: Settings > System > Developer options > Apps from Unknown Sources
How to move and organize Fire TV apps with the new Pinning featureAs of software update 184.108.40.206 for older Fire TV models, like the Fire TV boxes and Fire TV Sticks, and software update 220.127.116.11 for newer Fire TV models, like the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube, the way to arrange the order of your apps and channels on the home screen and the app grid has changed. It’s no longer possible to move apps up and down the list. Instead, you can now select to pin apps to the front of the list. I’m told that the ability to move apps will be added to the new pinning feature in a future software update, but, until then, here is the best way to control the arrangement of your apps and channels.
How to identify your Amazon Fire TVIf your Fire TV is turned on, the easiest way to determine exactly which model you have is to install my Informer app. It’s available in the Amazon appstore and it will tell you which Fire TV model you have, what generation it is, when it was released, its specs, and much more. To install the app, simply search for “Informer” right from your Fire TV and the app should come up. Once you launch the app, the very first screen that appears will display all the information about your specific Fire TV.
If your Fire TV is turned off and you don’t want to power it on, you can use the steps below to determine which model you have by examining the hardware.
If your Fire TV is a large flat square, take a look at the ports on the back. If the middle port is an optical audio TOSLINK port, which looks like a square with a hinged flap, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV that was released on April 12, 2014.
How to stop a software update in progress from installing on a Fire TVIf the update is currently downloading Kill the internet connection immediately by unplugging the ethernet cable from your Fire TV or by turning off your WiFi. If your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is still powered on, do not turn it off. Verify that the update has not finished downloading by going to the device’s Settings > System > About menu and scroll to the last option. If it says “An update is available” at the top with a message asking you to “Press SELECT to install now,” then you need to move to the “If the update has already downloaded” section of this guide below. Otherwise, continue with this section. If the update is still trying to download or an error message is displayed, then you just need to block software updates before the update has a chance to fully download. Read my update blocking guide, restart your device, and perform update blocking method 1 (on a rooted device) or method 2 (on an unrooted device) of that guide once your Fire TV or Fire TV has booted back up. You should disconnect the coax cable or phone line from your internet modem, but leave the modem and/or router powered on. This should allow you make an ADB connection to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick even though there is no actual internet connection. That way you can run the update blocking commands without worrying about the update downloading. If you can’t establish an ADB connection without the internet being live, just be sure to block updates as fast as possible once the device is rebooted.
If the update has already downloaded
If an update has already downloaded and is waiting to be installed, it is best that your device is still on. Just be sure you do not leave it idle while reading/following this guide because it will reboot itself and install the update. Navigate up and down a menu every 15 or 30 seconds to ensure it doesn’t go idle and restart. If an update fully downloaded and you turned the device off, there is a chance you can still stop the update, but it’s not the ideal scenario.
If your device is not rooted and still powered on
Your best chance of stopping an update that has already downloaded is if the device is rooted. Check my rooting starters guide to see if rooting right now, with something like KingRoot, is an option. If you root, then follow the “If your device is rooted” sections below.
If rooting is not an option or if you do not want to root, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll be able to stop the update. First, you should follow my update blocking guide to block updates now, but this will not prevent the already downloaded update file from installing once your device reboots. To hopefully stop the already downloaded update from installing, do the following:
- Connect to the device via ADB.
- Enter ADB shell by running the command: adb shell
- There are two known locations where the downloaded update file might be stored. The first and likely location is /cache, but that location can only be accessed if your device is rooted. The second location is in /sdcard. You should still continue with this guide regardless, but run the following command to delete the update file if it happens to be in the accessible location:
- rm -f /sdcard/Android/data/com.amazon.device.software.ota/files/*.bin
- The next few steps require powering off the device at a specific moment. Read ahead because you only get one chance at this since, once you power it back on, the update will install if you didn’t clear it. Now, run the following command to make the device check for updates again:
- pm clear com.amazon.device.software.ota
- Go to the Settings menu on the device and go to System > About
- Select the Check for System Update option. The device will find and start to download the update again. As soon as you see the download progress bar move, kill the power to the device.
By making the device re-check and try to re-download the update, it hopefully cleared the completed download. By killing the power while it was re-downloading, it should think that the download is incomplete and not try to install an update when it’s powered back on. All you can do now is power the device back on and hope you don’t see the update installation screen. Remember, you should have updates blocked externally, either through your router or using OpenDNS, before powering back on. At the very least you should have your ethernet cable disconnected and/or your WiFi turned off so it doesn’t just immediately redownload the update when it powers back on.
If your device is not rooted and powered off
If an update has already fully downloaded and you powered the device off, you can only block the update if it’s a Fire TV 2 that can be rooted using the A-to-A USB cable method. If it isn’t a Fire TV 2 or if it can’t be rooted using the A-to-A USB cable method, then there is no way to stop the update from installing.
If it is a Fire TV 2 and you’re willing to root it using the A-to-A USB cable method, then follow my rooting guide, but be sure to not allow the device to go too far into the booting process when instructed to power it on during the guide. If the rooting script doesn’t detect the device power on within a few seconds, pull the power and try again. Do not let it just sit powered on because it will start to install the update. Also, skip the step where you power on the Fire TV while setting up your PC drivers. Once the device boots into TWRP and you install the latest pre-rooted ROM, the official update will not be able to install.
If your device is rooted and still powered on
First, follow my software update blocking guide to block future updates. Next, you need to find and delete the update file that already downloaded to prevent the update from installing. Use a file browser like ES File Explorer and delete any .bin files in the /cache and /sdcard/Android/data/com.amazon.device.software.ota/files directories. Alternately, you can connect via ADB and run the following commands to delete potential .bin files in the above directories:
- adb shell
- rm -f /sdcard/Android/data/com.amazon.device.software.ota/files/*.bin
- rm -f /cache/*.bin
If your device is rooted and powered off
If your device doesn’t have TWRP or ClockworkMod custom recovery installed, then there is nothing you can do to stop the update from installing once your device is powered back on. The only exception is if you have a Fire TV 2 that can be rooted using the A-to-A USB cable rooting method. If it is a Fire TV 2 and you’re willing to root it using the A-to-A USB cable method, then follow my rooting guide, but be sure to not allow the device to go too far into the booting process when instructed to power it on during the guide. If the rooting script doesn’t detect the device power on within a few seconds, pull the power and try again. Do not let it just sit powered on because it will start to install the update. Also, skip the step where you power on the Fire TV while setting up your PC drivers. Once the device boots into TWRP and you install the latest pre-rooted ROM, the official update will not be able to install.
If you do have TWRP or ClockworkMod custom recovery, the official update will likely be blocked from installing on its own. To be extra safe, power on the device, select to boot into your custom recovery, connect via ADB, enter shell, and then run the following commands:
- rm -f /sdcard/Android/data/com.amazon.device.software.ota/files/*.bin
- rm -f /cache/*.bin
This will delete any possible update files present. Note that TWRP has a built in terminal under the “Advanced” menu, so you can run those commands directly within TWRP without needing to connect via ADB.
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