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Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV and Stick (pka adbFire)

In this post, I will show you how to install and Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV and Stick. adbLink (previously known as adbFire) allows you to sideload apps to Fire TV and Stick. In addition, it allows you to perform several Kodi operations remotely on Fire TV, including backup and restore, which is why I like using it more than the ES File Explorer sideload methods. adbLink also supports SPMC and TVMC. With the recent change from adbFire to adbLink, I decided that it was time to write new guide on configuring adbLink for Amazon Fire TV and Stick.

Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV

Correctly, setting up adbLink to access and manage Fire Stick and Box is the single biggest step if you want to sideload or hack your Fire TV. However, this is a step that many newbies struggle with. Once done correctly, sideloading app is a breeze. In my opinion, sideloading through ADB is even faster than the now defunct ES File Explorer Method for Kodi, SPMC, and FireStarter.

Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV
Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV

Before you can configure adbLink for Fire TV and Stick, there are some perquisite steps you need to perform. Follow the steps described below in order and you should be good. [Read: 10 Best Amazon Fire TV apps for media streamers]

1. Find Fire TV’s IP Address

The first thing that you need to do is find out your Fire TV’s network IP address. You may refer to our detailed post on finding Fire TV’s IP address. Briefly, go to Settings -> AboutNetwork and note down the IP address of your Fire TV. In my case it was 192.168.1.187.

Amazon Fire TV IP Address
Amazon Fire TV IP Address

2. Enable ADB Debugging on Amazon Fire TV

Next step before you setup Fire TV on adbLink is to enable ADB Debugging on Amazon Fire TV (follow steps 1 to 3). This will allow you to connect adbLink to Fire TV and make modifications or sideload apps on Amazon Fire TV. To this go to Settings -> Developer Options and turn ADB Debugging to ON.

Enable ADB Debugging Amazon Fire TV
Enable ADB Debugging Amazon Fire TV

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3. Download and Install adbLink

Once your Fire TV / Stick is set up, download adbLink for your platform. In this guide, I am using adbLink on Windows.

Download adbLink
Download adbLink

Download adbLink installer file and go through the installation process like you would for any other Windows application. Once done, you should be able to find adbLink in your Apps menu. [Read: 5 Must try Kodi skins for Amazon Fire TV]

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4. Setup Fire TV Device on adbLink

The next step is adbLink device setup. Open / Run adbLink from Windows apps menu. If you are running this for the first time you should see nothing under “Current Device” list. Click on “New” to create a new Fire TV device profile, as shown below.

Create New AFTV Device Record on adbLink
Create New AFTV Device Record on adbLink

First, provide a description (something that will help you remember what device this is) for the device (eg. Bedroom Fire TV, Living Room AFTV, New FireTV 2015, etc.). Next, enter the network IP address of the Fire TV you are connecting to (from Step 1).

Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV or Stick
Configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV or Stick

Then, browse and choose a location for Pull Folder. Pull folder is the folder on your computer where any files pulled from Fire TV are stored. This is rarely used and you may choose to leave the default location as is. Leave the rest of the options as is, unless you know what you are doing. Finally, click “Save” to save the device profile.

5. Connect adbLink to Fire TV

Finally, you are ready to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV and Stick, sideload other apps, or hack your Fire TV. With the newly created fire TV device profile selected in the “Current device” drop down list, click on “Connect”. You see the device appear under “Connected devices”, as shown in the picture below.

Connect to Fire TV from adbLink
Connect to Fire TV from adbLink

That is it. You are now connected to your Fire TV device through adblink. Go ahead, configure adbLink for Amazon Fire TV and proceed with one of our many Fire TV guides.

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Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.

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