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How to Install & Use ES File Explorer on Firestick/Android TV

Hey there! If you own an Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, or Android TV device, you likely want to easily manage files and apps on it. That‘s where the incredibly useful ES File Explorer app comes in!

With over 300 million downloads worldwide, ES File Explorer is one of the most popular file manager apps available. It makes file management a breeze with powerful tools integrated into a clean, simple interface.

In this in-depth guide, I‘ll show you step-by-step how to install and use ES File Explorer on your streaming device. We‘ll cover:

  • Enabling Unknown Sources to install third-party apps
  • Downloading and installing the ES File Explorer APK
  • Navigating the user interface
  • Key features like file manager, app manager, cleaner, analyzer, downloads, and more
  • Handy tips for managing storage, files, and apps
  • Answers to frequently asked questions

Let‘s get started!

Installing ES File Explorer on Your Device

Before we can install ES File Explorer, you need to enable installation of third-party apps from "Unknown Sources". Here‘s how on both Firestick and Android TV devices:

Enabling Unknown Sources on Firestick

  1. From your Firestick‘s home screen, go to Settings
  2. Select My Fire TV > Developer Options
  3. Turn on "Apps from Unknown Sources"

This setting allows you to install apps outside of the Amazon Appstore.

Enabling Unknown Sources on Android TV

  1. Go to Settings > Security & Privacy
  2. Turn on the switch for "Unknown Sources"

This will permit installation of APKs from sources other than the Google Play Store.

With that done, let‘s move on to actually downloading and installing ES File Explorer.

Downloading the ES File Explorer APK

You have a couple different options for getting the ES File Explorer APK on your device:

  1. Use Downloader App: Open Downloader, enter code 250931, select ES File Explorer, and tap Download.

  2. Direct APK Download: Get it directly from the developer‘s site at

I recommend using the Downloader method as it ensures you get the official APK (no mods or spyware!).

Once downloaded, the ES File Explorer APK file will appear in your device‘s file manager or Downloads folder.

Installing the ES File Explorer APK

To install ES File Explorer, simply open the APK file you downloaded and tap Install.

You‘ll see a screen like this when the installation completes:

Tap Open to launch ES File Explorer! It‘s now ready to use on your Firestick or Android TV device.

That covers the quick and easy process for getting ES File Explorer up and running. Now let‘s look at how to use it!

Navigating the ES File Explorer Interface

When you first open ES File Explorer, you‘ll see a screen like this:

The sidebar menu on the left provides access to all of ES File Explorer‘s main features and tools including:

  • File manager
  • App manager
  • Downloads
  • Cleaner
  • Analyzer
  • Recycle Bin
  • App tools like FTP server, network browser, etc.

Let‘s go through the key features and how you can use them to get the most value from ES File Explorer.

File Manager

The file manager is ES File Explorer‘s core function. It allows you to browse, copy, delete, move, share, compress, and extract files.

Use the sidebar to navigate between:

  • Local storage
  • External SD card
  • Cloud drives like Google Drive or Dropbox
  • Network locations
  • Bookmarked folders

You can switch between list view and thumbnail view for easy visual navigation. Sort files by name, size, type, date modified, etc. for managing large directories.

Use the Search function to instantly find files instead of browsing folder by folder. Search results conveniently show file path and matches.

Long press any file for options like copy, cut, delete, share, rename, open as, properties, and more. Easily compress files to save storage space and extract archives like ZIP, RAR, 7Z, etc.

Managing files on your Firestick or Android TV box is quick and simple with ES File Explorer‘s slick file management capabilities!

App Manager

The app manager within ES File Explorer lets you view, launch, backup, and uninstall apps with just a few taps:

Go to App Manager in the sidebar menu. All installed apps are neatly organized here.

Launch apps directly from ES File Explorer without having to go back to the home screen.

Multi-select apps, then tap Backup to copy APKs to external storage. This allows you to reinstall apps if needed.

To uninstall apps, tap the checkbox next to one or more apps, then select Uninstall. This removes APKs and leftover folders cleanly.

The App Manager also has a Cache Cleaner tool to clear an app‘s temporary data, freeing up valuable storage space.

Storage Analyzer

ES File Explorer makes it easy to analyze the storage usage on your Fire TV or Android TV device.

Go to Storage Analyzer in the sidebar menu. You‘ll see a graphical breakdown of:

  • Apps and games
  • Images, videos, and audio
  • System data
  • Cached data
  • Miscellaneous files

This helps identify what‘s taking up space so you can delete or move files and apps accordingly.

You can also analyze storage usage for external SD cards.


To quickly free up storage, use the ES File Explorer Cleaner located in the sidebar menu.

Tap Cleaner, then Clean Now to scan your device for:

  • Unused APK install files
  • Image/video/audio thumbnails
  • System cache residual
  • Empty folders
  • Ad folders from apps
  • Other junk files

This results in a detailed list of files that can be deleted. Review the list then tap Clean Again to mass delete and free up space.

The Cleaner can help recover gigabytes of storage from temporary files and other clutter!

Downloads Manager

ES File Explorer includes a handy download manager for files, apps, and media.

To use it:

  1. Go to Tools > Download Manager
  2. Tap the + icon
  3. Enter a URL to download
  4. Select a download location
  5. Tap Start Download

Track download progress and manage previously downloaded content. This works great for directly downloading APK files to install apps.

Other Tools

Here are some other handy tools within ES File Explorer:

  • Recycle Bin – Restore recently deleted files
  • App Tools – FTP server, network browser, app installer, and more
  • Media Player – Play locally stored music and video
  • RAR Support – Open and extract RAR, ZIP, 7Z, ISO archives
  • Cloud Support – Access files on Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
  • Document Reader – View documents without dedicated apps

Explore all of the options and tools ES File Explorer offers for better file management!

Tips for Getting the Most from ES File Explorer

Let me share some tips so you can really get the most value from ES File Explorer:

– Use search – Finding files is way faster than browsing all folders manually.

– Bookmark frequently used folders – Quick navigation to important directories.

– Switch to thumbnail view – Easier to identify files visually.

– Analyze storage regularly – See what‘s using space and delete unneeded files/apps.

– Enable the recycle bin – Restore accidentally deleted files.

– Transfer files between devices – Share files locally over WiFi with network browser.

– Compress files – Save storage space with ZIP, RAR, 7Z archives.

– Install fonts/downloads – Get APKs, fonts, etc from external storage to device memory.

– Backup apps – Save APKs externally to reinstall if needed.

Put these tips to use for smooth file management on your Firestick or Android TV!

ES File Explorer User Statistics

Let‘s look at some key statistics that demonstrate the huge popularity and capabilities of ES File Explorer:

  • – Over 300 million downloads globally
  • – Over 500,000 5-star reviews on Google Play Store
  • – Supports 40+ languages
  • – Compress/extract over 30 file types like ZIP, RAR, 7Z, ISO
  • – Available across Windows, Android, iOS devices

These numbers show that ES File Explorer is one of the most widely used and highly rated file management apps available today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about ES File Explorer:

Is ES File Explorer really free to use?

Yes, the core ES File Explorer app is 100% free including all the key features. There is a paid Pro version but it is not at all necessary.

Can ES File Explorer extract RAR files?

Absolutely! It can open and extract RAR alongside other compressed files like ZIP, 7Z, ISO, and more.

Is ES File Explorer safe to install?

When installed from the official developer website, ES File Explorer is safe to use on Firestick and Android TV devices. Be cautious of modified APK versions from unknown sources.

How much storage space does ES File Explorer use?

ES File Explorer has a lightweight installation around 15-20MB. This makes it great for devices with limited storage.

Does ES File Explorer work on NVIDIA Shield?

Yes, ES File Explorer is fully compatible with the NVIDIA Shield TV and Shield TV Pro models. The installation and usage is the same.

Can ES File Explorer manage files on external USB drive?

Absolutely, ES File Explorer makes it easy to browse and manage files on connected USB drives, SD cards, etc.

I hope this guide has helped explain how to install and use ES File Explorer to manage files like a pro! Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy file managing!


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