How to Turn Your FIRESTICK into an NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA Shield is probably one of the coolest external streaming devices you can use. In a nutshell, it allows you to stream a wide variety of entertainment options on your TV, including video games from other devices. The NVIDIA Shield also allows you to access your games and stream them from different parts of your home. This way, you can engage in a thrilling multiplayer mode with your friends or family. In addition to this, you can cast your mobile device onto your TV using the Shield. You can even stream online movies and TV shows. Well, what if you could how to turn your Firestick into an NVIDIA Shield? Well, you actually can and in this guide, we will be giving you some practical steps on how to do this.

In essence, we will show you how to install the Shield launcher into your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Before We Start

Before we get into the guides, there are several things you must do. First, you will need to enable apps from unknown sources on your Firestick.

Follow these steps first:

1. The first thing you should do is to go to the Settings section of your Fire TV Stick. Scroll across and click the “My Fire TV” button.

my fire tv on settings

2. On the drop-down menu that appears, go to “Developer Options.”

developer options on my fire tv

3. On the pop-up menu, scroll down and make sure you turn on ADB Debugging.

turn on ADB debugging

4. Make sure you turn on “Apps from Unknown Sources” as well.

turn on apps from unknown source

Once you’re done with changing the settings above, it’s now time to start downloading the required apps. We will need to get the FileLinked app first before we proceed with the next steps.

You should check this article in order to install the FileLinked app on your Firestick. The process is short and after you are done with it, come back here to continue with downloading the four apps we already mentioned in a few lines above.

If you have the  FileLinked app installed on your Fire TV stick, simply click open and we are ready to go on.

How to Turn Your Firestick into an NVIDIA Shield

nvidia shield

In case you didn’t know, Android launcher refers to your device’s home screen. This is where you’ll see all the menus, recommendations and apps on your device. Ideally, any device’s home screen should be intuitive and easy to use. At least that’s what Android set out to do when they created the latest version of the Android TV launcher. But they seem to have missed the mark completely.

There’s no shortage of complaints from users who say that the device’s home screen is cumbersome and difficult to use and they want to turn their Firestick device into an NVIDIA Shield. If you’re experiencing this problem, you’ll be glad to know that Android allows you to replace the launcher if it’s not working for you.

What we would suggest is to use FileLinked to install different launcher apps until you find what fits your needs bests. 

Install Apps From FileLinked

FileLinked is a file-sharing app that you can use as a tool to sideload apps onto your Firestick. In this article, we are going to use launchers, installed from FileLinked, to turn your Firestick into an NVIDIA Shield.

Let’s take a look at different WebSafetyTips’s articles related to launcher apps and shortly choose your favorite launcher to install into your Firestick.

How to Install Launcher Apps From FileLinked

The procedure of installing app from FileLinked is straightforward and easy as you don’t have to type long URLs with your remote. Just one click is enough!

We are going to make it even easier for you as here we will share only one launcher app installation procedure (all the other has the same installation process). For more information you can click on the article linked on each launcher mentioned. Let’s get started!

How to Install Leanback Launcher from FileLinked

1. Don’t skip the important step of enabling apps from unknown sources, explained earlier in this article.

3. Enter 11111111 (eight ones) code to jump into the WebSafetyTips’s FileLinked store.
WebSafetyTips store code on Filelinked

4. Search for “Leanback Launcher for Fire TV” as seen in the photo below.

leanback launcher via wst store
5. Click on the “Leanback Launcher for Fire TV” file in order for it to download.
6. Press on Install.
Install the Android Launcher on Firestick via wst store - Leanback Launcher

7. The Launcher Leanback app is ready to open. Click on Open.

Open leanback launcher

Note: In order for  Leanback Launcher to do its work and launch on default (when you launch your Firestick or Fire TV), you need to install also the “Launch on Boot” app.
Check this article to find out how to install “Launch on Boot” on your Firestick and make an app run at startup.

As we mention earlier, there are plenty of other launcher on the market for you to choose your best fit. Check these detailed  guides below and let’s us know which launcher worked best for you!

Attention: Read before you continue

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How to Go Back to Your Original Home Screen

If the launchers mentioned above no longer appeals to you, there’s a way to revert back to your original launcher. It’s a simple process that shouldn’t take more than two minutes.

The fastest way to go back at your Amazon default screen, is probably deleting the launcher app you already installed. Press the home key for 4-5 seconds and tap no Apps. Check for the launcher app you are using and tap on it. Press the the three horizontal lines on your remote (menu button) and under Options, click on Uninstall.

Well, that’s it, folks. That’s how to turn your Firestick into an NVIDIA Shield. Even though the process looks a bit complicated, if you follow the step-by-step guide above, you should be fine. However, if you run into any issues, let us know in the comments.

Be sure to also tell us about your experience using the  launchers on your Fire TV Stick in the comments below.

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