When I realized it was possible to install Google Chrome on an Amazon Fire TV Stick, it was the answer to several of my dilemmas. Prior to the Fire Stick I used Roku. What I liked about the Roku was the mirroring feature. It allowed me to cast whatever I had on my tablet or android phone through the Roku so I could view it on the larger TV screen.
Things changed when I got an iPhone. I couldn’t mirror the screen with the Roku nor could I mirror it through the Amazon Fire Stick. This was particularly frustrating when I wanted to watch certain non-YouTube videos on the larger screen. I just couldn’t figure out how to get it done. Now, with Chrome on the Fire Stick, my problem is solved! All I need to do is navigate to the video online and watch it on the larger TV screen through the Fire Stick. This grandma’s eyes are very happy about this discovery.
Installing Chrome on the Fire TV Stick
In addition to installing Chrome, you’ll need to install an app that will enable your Amazon Fire TV Stick remote to function as a mouse. It makes navigating the web much easier. Installing these functions to the Fire Stick is easy to do. After all, if this grandma can do it, you can too. Here’s what you do:
From the Fire Stick Home screen navigate to Settings and select Device. Go to Developer Options and turn on ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.
Now go back to the Home screen and find the Downloader app (the same app you used to install Kodi). If you don’t have the Downloader app, it’s okay. It’s free and easy to install.
To get Downloader you can either use the voice feature on the remote and say “Downloader,” or you can use the Search feature and type in “Downloader.” When you see the Downloader icon click on it to download the app to the Fire Stick. The app will download and install. Once it’s installed click Open. Since it’s your first time using the Downloader, it will display update notes for the latest version. Just click OK to open the app. In the opened app type the following web address then click Go:
It will bring you to an Index page with several apk files.
Scroll down using your red circle mouse pointer until you see the file chrome.apk
Click on the link and download Chrome
When Chrome finishes downloading you’ll see a screen asking if you want to install the application. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Install (if you see the option Next, you haven’t scrolled all the way down the page).
Once installed click Done (not Open). You’ll see the download window again. Since you’ve already installed Chrome, you no longer need the .apk file, so click Delete to get rid of it.
No sense in having apps taking up valuable space on your Fire Stick (it will ask you again to confirm deletion). It already served its purpose.
Now that Chrome is installed, it’s time to search for mouse.apk (btw, if you have a mini keyboard, no need to download and install the mouse.apk).
Click on the mouse.apk link to download the file and install it.
After it’s installed click Open to configure the Mouse Toggle for Fire TV app.
You want to enable the top two options, Enable the mouse service and Auto start the mouse service on device start-up. If they’re already enabled, disable them and re-enable them again. Just a precautionary measure.
Using the back button on the remote, back out of the Mouse screen and delete the downloaded mouse.apk file just like you did with the Chrome file.
Locating Chrome and Mouse Applications
Return to your Home Screen. If you don’t see the Chrome application listed, go to the Your Apps & Games row on the Home screen. Scroll all the way to the right and click on All Apps. There you’ll find all of installed apps.
Navigate to Chrome and press the menu button on the remote (the one with the three lines). It gives you options for moving Chrome’s Home screen display order. If you think you’ll be using Chrome frequently, place it where you can quickly get to it. There’s no need to place the mouse app on the Home screen, because nothing further to do with it. It will automatically start up when Chrome opens.
Go back to the Home screen and give Chrome a test drive. To help you with the test drive, you should take a look at How to Navigate around Google Chrome on Amazon Fire TV Stick. Amazon’s remote mouse is a little different than using a computer mouse. The article gives a few tips to make your Fire TV Stick browsing easier.