In this article, I’ll show how to install Emby on FireStick & Android TV Box. Also, I’ll share how to install and set up the Emby server on your device and use the app on your Fire TV. This piece is valid for all Fire TV and Android TV Box devices.
What Is Emby
Take your media anywhere with Emby – that’s the service’s tagline.
Emby is open-source software designed to bring all your media files to one place.
Install the Emby server, download apps on your favorite platforms, and you are all set to enjoy your media.
All-in-all, Emby provides a seamless experience of sharing your photos, videos, audio, live TV, and everything across your devices.
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
I personally use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!
Create Emby Connect Account
Emby Connect is a free service by Emby that make things easy when you are away from home.
With an Emby Connect account, you can manage connections to multiple servers and sign in to Emby apps when away.
Here’s how to create an Emby Connect account:
Open your PC, smartphone, or tablet and launch a web browser. Then, visit the web app of Emby located at app.emby.media.
Wait for the service to load. Then, click on the Next button on the Welcome to Emby screen.
Select the Sign Up button located under the New Users section.
Next, enter your Display Name and Email Address. Also, please set a password for your account and enter it again for confirmation.
Complete the security check by clicking the I’m not a robot check box. Then, check the I agree… box.
Once done, select the green Create my Account button.
Emby will send a confirmation email to the email address you have mentioned.
Go to your email and look for the mail by Emby. Please open it and click on the blue Validate my Email Address button.
Note: Can’t find the mail? Check inside the spam folder.
You’ll be taken to the Emby email validation page; click on the green Validate my account button to complete the verification.
How to Install Emby on FireStick
Here’s how you can install the official Emby app available on Amazon App Store:
1. On your FireStick home screen, select the Find icon.
2. Scroll down and select the Search input box.
3. Enter Emby as the search term and select the first suggestion from the list.
4. Select the Emby tile.
5. On the Emby dashboard, click on the Get button.
Note: Users who have downloaded Emby in the past on their devices will see a cloud icon instead of the get button.
6. Wait for the notification to appear – Emby for Fire TV Ready to launch!
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Emby app on your FireStick.
Highly recommended if streaming with free or low-cost services 👇
How to Stream on FireStick Anonymously
As soon as you install the right apps, your FireStick is all ready to stream your favorite content. However, before you start, I would like to warn you that everything you stream online is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming free movies, TV shows, Sports might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and is very easy to install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on your Fire Stick / Fire TV, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV Stick and go to Find followed by Search option.
Step 3: Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app on Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign in.
Step 6: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
How to Sideload Emby on FireStick – Alternate APK Method
Sideload means installing an app on your device via a third-party source.
In this section, I’ll share how to sideload the Emby APK on your FireStick.
For your ease, I have divided the section into two parts. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Part 1: Prepare Your FireStick to Sideload Emby
To sideload the Emby APK file on your Fire TV, you’ll need to prepare it.
Start by installing the Downloader app, officially available on Amazon App Store. This app lets you download and install files from the internet.
Next, you’ll have to enable unknown sources for the Downloader app so it can install the Emby APK on your device.
Here’s our detailed guide on how you can install and set up Downloader on your FireStick.
Once done, feel free to move on to the next part.
Part 2: Sideload Emby on Your FireStick
Here’s how to sideload Emby on your FireStick:
1. Hold the home button on your Fire TV remote until the quick menu appears. Then, click Apps.
2. Open Downloader.
Note: Can’t find the Downloader app? Look inside the App Library tile.
3. Go to the Home tab and select the input box under Enter a URL or Search Term.
Note: On your first launch of Downloader, the app will ask you to allow access to your data – do it.
4. Enter the URL https://firesticktricks.com/emby and click on the Go button.
Note: I have shortened the official URL where the Emby APK file for Fire TV is hosted. At FST, we don’t own or host any files.
5. Wait for the Downloader app to connect with the website.
6. Wait for the download to complete.
7. Once done, the Downloader app will automatically stage the Emby APK for installation; click INSTALL.
8. Wait for the installation to complete.
9. Click DONE.
10. You’ll be taken back to Downloader, and it’ll show you the status of the downloaded APK file. First, let’s delete the file, as it’s only taking space on your FireStick. To do that, click Delete.
11. Select Delete once again to confirm your choice.
Congratulations! You have successfully sideloaded the official Emby APK file on your FireStick.
How to Install & Setup Emby Server
To use Emby, you first need to set up its server on your computer, router, or other.
I’ll use a Mac device to install and set up the Emby server for demonstration purposes.
However, you can use any device you like, as the walkthrough is pretty much the same – other than on routers.
Firstly, on your computer, open the web browser and visit the official website of Emby, located at emby.media.com.
Wait for the website to load and click on DOWNLOAD.
On the Download page, select your computer. As I’m using a Mac, I’m selecting macOS.
On the next page, select the Emby server file.
Wait for the file to download on your computer.
Once done, extract and install the Emby server software on your computer.
After that, you’ll automatically be re-directed to the Emby server setup in your web browser. Next, select the preferred display language by clicking on the drop-down menu.
Then, click the green Next button to continue.
Now, it’s time to create your first user. Set a username, enter a password, confirm the password, and click Next.
Next, you’ll be asked to set up media libraries. But you can always do it later, so click Next to continue.
After that, you’ll be asked to set the preferred metadata language; by default, it’s the same as your display language.
Once done, click Next to continue.
Next, you’ll be asked to configure remote access, select enable automatic port mapping, and click Next.
On the next page, accept the Emby terms of service and click Next to continue.
Finally, you are done with the set-up; click Finish to complete it.
Now, sign in to the user you have created by selecting it.
Enter your password and click on the Sign In button.
You’ll land on the home screen of Emby. Click on the Settings Gear Cog icon and select Manage Emby Server.
Here’s the Emby Server dashboard; feel free to modify and configure your server per your requirements.
How to Use Emby on FireStick
Here’s how to use Emby on FireStick:
Long-press the home button on your Fire TV remote, and when the menu appears, select Apps.
Note: Unable to locate Emby? Check inside the App Library tile.
If your FireStick device is connected to the same network your Emby server is running, the app will automatically connect to it.
Select the user you created while setting up the Emby server.
You’ll be asked to enter the password – click the select button on your Fire TV remote.
Enter the password and click Next.
You’ll land on the home screen of your Emby server.
Login Via Emby Connect
To log in via Emby connect, log out of your username and exit the server. After that, scroll down on the Emby server screen.
Select Login with Connect under the Other options heading.
You’ll be shown a pin with a URL to sign in via Emby Connect.
On your computer, launch a web browser and visit emby.media/pin.
Enter your Emby Connect email, password, and the pin you see on your Fire TV.
Click on the green SUBMIT button.
Wait for the Pin Confirmed. Thank you message to appear.
On your Fire TV, click the Next button to successfully log in to your Emby Connect account.
How to Install Emby on Android TV Box – The Official Way
If your Android TV Box comes with Google Play Store, you can easily install Emby. And here’s how to do that:
1. Open Google Play Store.
2. Search for Emby.
3. Select the Emby icon.
4. Click on the Install button.
5. Wait until the loading finishes; after that, you can open Emby!
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Emby on your Android TV Box.
How to Install Emby on Android TV Box – The Alternate Way
If your Android TV Box doesn’t come with Google Play Store, I’ll show you an alternative way to install Emby on your device.
For your ease, I have split the process into two parts so you can easily follow along.
Part 1: Allow Unknown Sources
By default, no Android device allows any app to install apps from unknown sources.
So, we’ll enable installing apps from unknown sources for your Android TV box web browser.
1. Go to the Settings page of your Android TV Box.
2. Find Apps section.
3. Look for your web browser and open its information section.
4. Inside it, scroll down and look for the Install unknown apps option inside the Advanced tab.
5. Now, enable the Allow from this source option.
Note: You might notice a change in steps as these instructions aren’t universal for all Android TV boxes. The catch is to enable unknown sources for your device or the browser you’ll use to download the APK file.
Part 2: Sideload Emby
Sideloading means installing an app on your device from a third-party source on the internet.
So, here’s how you can sideload Emby on your Android TV box:
1. Open your Android TV box web browser.
2. Visit https://bit.ly/3AZ6et5 and wait for the download to start.
Note: This is a shortened link to the official APK file of the Emby app hosted on the website of Emby. We at FST don’t own or host any files.
3. When the download finishes, open the file to install it if it doesn’t automatically.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Emby APK on your device.
Congratulations! You have sideloaded the Emby app on your Android TV box.
Emby is an excellent media server service designed to organize, play and stream your media files all in one place. With this free service, you can enhance your personal media experience and transfer it to your devices.
No media service comes close to the versatility that Emby offers. Try it out today by installing it on your FireStick & Android TV Box and setting up its server on any of your favorite PC platforms.
If you have questions about Emby, feel free to ping us in the comments section. Also, share how it’s improving your media streaming experience. Till then, happy cord-cutting!
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