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[Solved] How to install Wireguard on an Amazon Fire TV stick

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I like to use repurpose my old Amazon Fire TV stick, by installing WireGuard on it so I can access my media at home (I have a Wireguard server running on my firewall).

For this I would need to do 2 stings:

  1. Install WireGuard (which is not available in the Amazon App store)
  2. Install the config file for my wireguard connection so it can be imported.

--> you will need to have ADB installed on your computer (excellent guide).

 

Install the Wireguard APK

- Enable Developer options on the FireTV.

Got to Settings -> My FireTV -> Developer Options and enable (ON) ADB debugging and Apps from unknown sources.

- Download the Wireguard APK from F-Droid (optional: follow the link on the WireGuard homepage)

- Determine IP address of your FireTV (About -> Network)

- Install the APK

Open Terminal or a DOS box (depending what OS you're running)

adb connect <ipFireTV>:5555
adb install </path/to/the/wireguard.apk>

 

Push the config file

Next, Wireguard expects a config file, which needs to be pushed as well.
Adb helps with this as well;

adb push <wireguard.apk> /sdcard/

After transfer, you can find the file with Wireguard.


   
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I just realized that I assumed we'd all have ADB installed. Stupid assumption.

So for those that do not have ADB installed on your computer, you can get the official (!) minimal install here, straight from Google:

In case these links stop working, I'll try to attach the current versions (June 2024).


   
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Windows version (June 2024):


   
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I had to recompress the macOS version, for the forum to accept its size:

 


   
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Same for the Linux version:


   
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What is the exact link to the apk?  I'm unsure what one works well with a firestick.  And the old one I used is no longer available.

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So after a little more googling, I think I have my answer.  The file I saw and used was com.wireguard.android_492.apk  But I found this website https://apk.support/app/com.wireguard.android/versions   That tells me the file name was a shortened version.

So will any apk version from wireguard work?

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You will need the APK suitable for your device - mainly depending on the CPU and Android version.
And yes; that doesn't make it any easier. 😉 

However, it looks like the Wireguard team released an APK suitable for most common Android devices, you can find the lastest APK version here.

The first one is the direct download, which can be uploaded to your Firestick.
As far as I know, this version should work.

I'd pick an official one, so I would stick to the official Wireguard website (since the Amazon app store and the Google Play Store are unusable on an Amazon Firestick).

That is the version that worked on my old Amazon Fire box, and my more recent Firestick 4K.


   
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@hans Thank you


   
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