Android TV Launcher on Firestick

The default Amazon Fire TV launcher has its perks no doubt. It’s there to make sure that you get some of the latest offerings from Amazon right onto your Firestick. But the default launcher has its shortcomings. For instance, it’s very hard to use and aesthetically, it falls way short compared to the Android TV launcher for Firestick.

Why Would You Need an Android Launcher on Your Firestick?

Well, don’t get me wrong, I am not in any way suggesting that the default launcher on the Firestick is terrible. But it has a list of issues, most of which you won’t have to deal with in case you get the Android TV launcher.

For instance, there is a lot of sponsored content that appears on the default Firestick launcher. Sometimes you may find something on the sponsored content that you like. But let’s be honest, a majority of it is often useless. So, you end up with too much sponsored stuff, which you don’t care about, slowing down your device for no reason.

Secondly, we have also noticed that third-party apps tend to have a lot of problems displaying on the Amazon Firestick default launcher. You will, in most cases, notice that the thumbnails for the apps are not visible and in worse case scenarios, the installed apps may not appear on the launcher at all.

In rare cases, problems with the apps cause this issue. But most of the time, it’s the launcher that prevents these apps from working properly. The sad thing is that people who use the Android TV launcher on Firestick don’t experience such issues.

Finally, the default Firestick launcher looks very cluttered. It takes a lot of time to find what you want. Besides, it’s not nearly as aesthetically neat as an Android launcher.

How to Get an Android Launcher for Firestick

If you feel you could really use a brand-new Android launcher for your Firestick, then we have a few simple steps that you can follow right away. But before we get to them, make sure you have FileLinked installed on your streaming device.

Reminder: Don’t forget to enable apps from unknown sources.

As soon as you launch the FileLinked app, it’s now time to get your Android TV launcher on Firestick.

1. Enter the WebSafetyTips FileLinked code which consist in eight ones (11111111).
WST Filelinked store code 11111111

2. Scroll down the page until you locate “Leanback on Fire 1.24.” Click on it.

Note: There are different version of Leanback Launcher on the WebSafetyTips FileLinked store. Make sure to choose the one that works on your device. 

leanback launcher 1.24 on firestick via filelinked

3. Hit Install.

4. Open the launcher and take a look at it.

open leanback launcher 1.24 on firestick
leanback launcher on Firestick

Getting the Launcher Manager APP

Now, at this stage, you will need to install two software. The first one is the Android TV launcher (Leanback Launcher) that we already installed. The second software will now be the Launcher Manager on Firestick that allows you to change the default launcher on your Firestick.

All these software options are available on the FileLinked store we have highlighted above. Please also note that the list of launcher managers is based on specific devices. For example, you will notice there is a launcher manager for Shield TV, Firestick, and other streaming devices. Choose the one marked for your device.

Let’s go back and use the FileLinked store one more time. 

WST Filelinked store code 11111111

After clicking the right file version of Launcher Manager on the FileLinked store, patiently wait for the file to upload. 

launcher mananger on filelinked

Time to click the Install button. The Launcher Manager will now be downloaded on your Firestick.

nstall launcher manager on firestick

When it’s done, you will be prompted to Open it. Hit Open.

open launcher manager firestick

Activating the Custom Launcher

Once you have finished installing the two software above, go back home. Scroll down through your list of apps and locate the Launcher Manager and open it. 

On the left of your screen, there will be a drop-down menu called “Launcher Options.”

launcher manager current launcher

 Simply click “Disable Stock Launcher” to disable it and follow the prompts.

disable stock launcher

As soon as you’re done here, hit the home button. The device will now ask you which launcher you want to use.

home sceen open

And since you have installed the Android TV launcher on Firestick, just go ahead and select Home Screen. Go and hit ALWAYS. You should now be able to have a new custom Android launcher on your Firestick device.

home screen always

Immediately, it will be clear that the custom launcher is neater and far easier to use than your default one. Apps work properly and you can customize the home screen the way you want. There are no ads or sponsored content.

Android Launcher for Firestick

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Final Thoughts

The default launcher on Amazon Firestick devices has its positives but it’s just not good enough. The great news is that you can still get a better more intuitive Android TV launcher on Firestick without any issues. So, why not try it? The guide above should help you explore the custom launchers and see if they work for you.

We would also love to hear your thoughts about this post. Have you ever used a custom launcher before? What was your experience? Let us also know what your biggest concerns about the Firestick default launcher are.

And as always, if you have any questions about your Firestick device or anything else related to streaming content online, we will also be happy to help you out.

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Heather
Heather
30 days ago

My fire stick won’t install the launcher manager. It says it’s having trouble Parising file. But I don’t have a 4k fire stick, or a 2nd gen fire cube or fire stick lite. Is there a launcher manager for other firesticks? I went in and tried all the launcher managers. Again, having trouble parsing package. The launcher I stalled just fine. But can I set it up, without the launcher manager. Anyway, thank for all the emails. I appreciate the tips you send and look forward to them.

Mike
Mike
30 days ago

I keep getting a parse error when trying to install the launcher manager.

Last edited 30 days ago by Mike
Jerry
Jerry
9 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Same here

LA. Smith
LA. Smith
29 days ago

Hello! I like the idea of a less cluttered, simpler, & user friendly home screen as shown in the “Android TV launcher”. I haven’t downloaded it yet, but I’m very tempted to. It can be annoying when I have to scroll down past so many paid subscriptions that don’t pertain to me. My only concern is, would I miss the notifications about new seasons released for the series/shows I watch. I realize I can open the Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, ect. apps & check each show, but that can be time consuming. Does the Android TV launcher app tell me when… Read more »

Sa
Admin
Sa
28 days ago
Reply to  LA. Smith

Hello, thank you so much for the nice words!
We are not sure if the Android TV Launcher can show any notification for the newly released shows.

JimmyMack
JimmyMack
26 days ago

There is no launcher for 2nd gen firestick?

Jerry
Jerry
9 days ago
Reply to  JimmyMack

Or 2nd gen firetv box?

Cecil douglas
Cecil douglas
23 days ago

Hello I installed leanback launcher ok but couldn’t install launcher manager it said parcing trouble firestick 2nd generation

Larry
Larry
23 days ago

I had the same Parising file error. Several people mention it and no response from you guys?

Paula Welch
Paula Welch
22 days ago

Same here how do we fix it

Susie
Susie
30 days ago

I have a line of information at the top of my screen after I downloaded launcher. The line of stuff is cpu then men then net then rem. All these have boxes next to them how to I get that off the front of my tv. Thank you

ALBERT forlini
ALBERT forlini
29 days ago

It did not work. Would not go to home screen. So i reset it now i have a black screen. What do i do

Sa
Admin
Sa
28 days ago
Reply to  ALBERT forlini

Which app didn’t work?

Jerry
Jerry
9 days ago
Reply to  Sa

The launcher manager.
Neither version will install on my Firetv 2nd gen Box

Mary jo Harig
Mary jo Harig
29 days ago

I was wondering if you could help. Every time I switch over to fire stick from regular air tv I have to get up and unplug the fire stick so it can reboot. Is there a fix for this

Jerry
Jerry
9 days ago
Reply to  Mary jo Harig

Same here on gen 2 firetv box

Timothy Haddon
Timothy Haddon
29 days ago

Those instructions suck! I figured it out but the reality is that your instructions don’t work. I got the apps and they seem to be working fine. I do appreciate the apps though. It looks like they app will clean up all the Amazon crap. Thanks!~

Sa
Admin
Sa
28 days ago
Reply to  Timothy Haddon

What did you do differently from the instructions?

Rick
Rick
18 days ago
Reply to  Sa

Yes …. So if the instructions suck as you say… Than What did you do differently than what was posted??? Since you figured his sucks… Than give us the “right instructions”.

Sa
Admin
Sa
18 days ago
Reply to  Rick

I am also curious to know his instructions.

Rick
Rick
18 days ago
Reply to  Timothy Haddon

I recently sent a question for Timothy Haddon, but it was posted to sa. I wanted to know… Since You say the instructions suck. Then post what you did differently so that we can do exactly how you installed the launcher.

shawn lasiter
shawn lasiter
29 days ago

I am doing this today. I love the idea of ridding myself of Corporate mandated imposed garbage apps or shows designed to indoctrinate the weak mind to the current status que…….

Ted
Ted
23 days ago

Much better launcher, thanks. By the way nothing the matter with the instructions

John Rogers
John Rogers
22 days ago

Worked great for me. No problems

Van
Van
17 days ago

Question, how do I download an app from the Amazon App Store using this new interface? There is no working search option.

Jerry
Jerry
9 days ago

I downloaded the android launcher and the manager, the launcher installed fin but the manger won’t install!

Says Parse Error…
I’m using the 2nd gen firetv box.

What do I do now???
Thanks,
Jerry

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