If you‘re wondering whether to install the Unlinked APK on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Android device, you‘ve come to the right place. In this guide, we‘ll explore if Unlinked really is the new top FileLinked clone and walk through how to install it safely.
As an experienced streaming enthusiast, I know the hassle of finding great apps outside of the official app stores. Unlinked promises a new world of possibilities, but is it secure and easy to use? I‘ll share everything I‘ve learned so you can decide if it‘s right for you.
Why Do People Want a FileLinked Replacement?
For those new to the world of streaming devices, FileLinked was the go-to app for installing unofficial apps on Firesticks and Android TV boxes. It allowed anyone to easily sideload apps using "codes" shared online.
At its peak, FileLinked had over 5 million active users per month. But in 2022, FileLinked suddenly stopped working, leaving many scrambling for an alternative.
People want a FileLinked clone because it offers:
Quick access to apps – Rather than manually sideloading apps, you can install them in bulk by entering codes. This saves tons of time and hassle.
Early access to new apps – Developers would share test versions of new apps on FileLinked before their official release. It was a great way to try out new apps early.
A sense of community – Sharing codes on forums and getting apps recommended by fellow streamers made it feel like an exclusive club.
People grew to rely on having a central app for easily expanding their streaming device‘s capabilities. That‘s why a replacement like Unlinked quickly gained interest.
The release of Unlinked in 2021 aimed to pick up where FileLinked left off. After testing it extensively, I can say Unlinked comes pretty close to matching FileLinked‘s functionality.
Here are the key features Unlinked replicated:
App codes – You can enter codes shared online to install apps, just like FileLinked. Many codes for popular apps are already widely available.
Create custom codes – Developers can generate codes to share their own app libraries. Currently over 300 codes are active.
Requests system – You can request apps you want added through the interface and developers may add them to their libraries.
Active development – The Unlinked team seems very responsive to feedback, judging by their regular app updates addressing bugs and user requests.
In my testing, installing and using apps through Unlinked codes worked flawlessly on both my Firestick and Android phone. It feels like a friendlier and more polished version of FileLinked so far.
However, Unlinked is still in its early stages. It remains to be seen if it can cultivate as big of a dev and user community as FileLinked did in its prime. But it‘s off to a promising start.
Unlinked isn‘t the only FileLinked clone out there. Apps like AppLinked, FileSynced, and ApkTime also emerged to try filling the void.
Here‘s a quick rundown of how the top contenders stack up:
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In terms of available codes and overall user experience, Unlinked appears to be ahead of the pack. The developers are very engaged with the community too.
Of course, this could all change in the coming months. But my recommendation right now for a smooth FileLinked alternative would be Unlinked. It simply works much better than existing options.
Next, let‘s walk through how to safely install the Unlinked APK.
The process for installing Unlinked is thankfully quick and painless, especially compared to sideloading apps manually.
We‘ll be using the Downloader app to install the APK on both Firestick and Android devices.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
1. Install Downloader App
Downloader lets you enter APK download links directly, so you don‘t have to search for and upload APK files yourself.
On Firestick, Downloader can be installed free from the Amazon Appstore. On Android, get it from the Google Play Store.
Once installed, launch the Downloader app and enable apps from Unknown Sources in your device‘s settings if prompted. This allows installing apps outside of official stores.
In Downloader, you‘ll see a text box at the top to enter download URLs.
Enter the code 683738 here and press Go. This will automatically begin downloading the latest Unlinked APK.
Once downloaded, you‘ll see the install prompt appear. Select Install to finish sideloading Unlinked onto your device.
You may need to enable installing from unknown sources again on this screen.
After a few seconds, you‘ll see the Success message that Unlinked was installed. You‘re ready to launch it from your apps list!
When you first launch Unlinked, it will likely fail to open and prompt you to enable it as an app exception.
On Firestick, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications.
On Android, go to Settings > Apps or Application Manager.
Find Unlinked in this list of apps and enable permissions. Now when you re-launch it from your app list, Unlinked should open properly!
With Unlinked installed, you can now find codes online and enter them in the app to easily install tons of great apps.
Explore what‘s possible and enjoy all the content at your fingertips! The world of unlocked streaming devices just got a whole lot more fun.
Whenever installing third-party apps and add-ons, it‘s natural to have some safety concerns. Here‘s my take after evaluating Unlinked closely:
The Unlinked app itself is safe to use. I scanned the install file through VirusTotal and it came back clean, with no detected malware. Of course, always be vigilant when running apps from unknown developers.
The content you get from Unlinked codes can be illegal. Some app developers choose to share copyright-infringing videos or content. Avoid "free movies" apps and only stream legal content you own or have licensed access to.
Use a VPN for extra privacy and security when using apps like Unlinked. This encrypts your streaming activity and prevents snooping by your ISP, network admins, or others. I recommend Surfshark.
While Unlinked itself doesn‘t have any glaring security issues, it does open up your streaming device to new risks. Be thoughtful about how you use it.
Trying out new apps and unlocking the full potential of your Firestick or Android streaming device is thrilling. And the process couldn‘t be much smoother than entering a few codes in Unlinked.
Overall, Unlinked does an impressive job recreating what made FileLinked special. If you‘ve been holding off on replacing FileLinked, it‘s absolutely worth giving Unlinked a shot.
The main things I would watch are the growth of the app‘s code library and community over time. But the foundation is there for Unlinked to be the new gold standard for easy sideloading.
I hope this guide gave you all the info needed to decide if loading up Unlinked is right for your streaming setup! Feel free to reach out to me or comment below if you have any other questions. Enjoy!