TVTap on Firestick: How to Install the TVTap APK

Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 3 Jan 2022

TVTap: An Introduction

Today, we will introduce one of the best IPTV services for cord-cutters who love to stream on their Amazon Fire TV devices. The TVTap app isn’t officially available on Amazon Appstore – that might seem suspicious and unsafe. So, we tried and tested TVTap ourselves and found it to be a safe and reliable app.  

The TVTap APK can be installed on any Android device and allows you to stream many popular Live TV channels for free. You will get a broad range of live TV channels of different categories, which comes with a user-friendly interface that will make browsing for your favorite shows so much better.

Since the TVTap app isn’t available on the official Amazon Appstore, we will need another app to sideload it. Fortunately, the installation process is relatively easy (if you follow our guide).

How to Get the TVTap App

Now, let us get back to installing the TVTap app on the Firestick device. We have divided the process into three steps to make it easier to follow.

Step 1: Installing a Sideloading App

We need to download a sideloading app on our Firestick device because some of the apps are not available on the official Amazon Appstore, and we still want to enjoy them. 

The easiest way to download any app not available on the official Amazon Appstore is by downloading a sideloading app, such as Downloader. Then we can download any application’s APK file to our Firestick device and install them. The downloaded and installed app will be shown on your installed apps screen and not inside the Downloader application.

So, let’s begin with downloading our sideloading app, Downloader.

  1. On the Home screen of your Firestick, click on Find, then on Search.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  2. The following screen will open, search Downloader. You can use the on-screen keyboard or the Alexa voice command to search.
    Amazon Firestick search function with Downloader highlighted
  3. Click on Downloader. Then tap on the Download option to download and install it.
    The Downloader app highlighted, here’s the app you want.
    Clickable option to install Downloader on Firestick

Note: if you download it for the first time, you will see a Get button instead of download.

At this point, you have successfully downloaded the Downloader app.

Step 2: Enabling Apps from Unknown Sources

By default, Firestick devices don’t allow you to install third-party applications such as TVTap through any external means. You can easily download any application available in the official Amazon Appstore, but you will need to change these settings if you want to download and install a third-party app. 

Let’s learn how to Enable Apps from Unknown Sources.

  1. From the Firestick Home screen, choose Settings.
    Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted
  2. Select My Fire TV.
    Amazon Firestick Settings menu with My Fire TV highlighted
  3. Pick Developer Options.
    Developer options highlighted in the My Fire TV menu, find Developer options.
  4. Enable the Apps from Unknown Sources; clicking on it will turn it on.
    Apps from Unknown Sources
  5. A warning prompt will pop up. Choose Turn On.
    the Developer Options and click to allow Apps from Unknown Sources

Once you have downloaded the sideloading app, Downloader, and have enabled the Apps from Unknown Sources settings from the fire stick settings, you can proceed to step three to download and install the TVTap app on the Firestick device.

Step 3: How to Download and Install TVTap on Amazon Fire TV Devices

Now we will use Downloader to download and then install the TVTap app on our Firestick. 

  1. From the installed apps section, run Downloader.
    Open Downloader App
  2. When the app has launched, make sure that the Home tab is selected on the left-hand menu.
  3. On the right side, you will see the URL bar. Click on it.Downloader Home menu
  4. A small window will open with an on-screen keyboard. Please type the following URL in it and select  Go.
    Please make sure that you copy the URL exactly how we have written here. Any mistakes in the URL will fail in opening the desired website. This URL is of the official TVTap app website, and you can download the TVTap app APK file on your Firestick device from here.
    Enter TvTap Url
  5. You will be directed to the TVTap website. Scroll and look for the option to DOWNLOAD NOW.
    Tvtap Download Highlighted
  6. Another window will appear, choose the  TVTap app for the Firestick/Android boxes.
    Choose Firestick-Android boxes
  7. Downloading will begin, and you will see the following screen; let it download.
    Tvtap downloading status box
  8. When the download has finished, a popup message will appear. It has the following options; Install, Delete, and done for the downloaded APK file. Tap on Install.
    Tvtap Install Button highlighted
    Install Tvtap apk
  9. When it has finished installing, click on Done.
    Tvtap Install Success Message
  10. Another popup message will emerge, asking you if you want to delete the APK file. Select Delete. It will save your Firestick device memory; this step will not delete the installed app, just the APK file.
    Delete Button Highlighted TVtap
  11. You will see a confirmation message; choose Delete.
    Delete Confirm Box Tvtap
  12. You can now run the TVTap app; click on OK if the Maintenance screen appears.
  13. When you launch the TVTap app for the first time, you might see a prompt asking if you want to see ads or remove ads when using this streaming app. We recommend the keep ads option; click on Keep ads (don’t use the device’s idle resources).Note: if you choose the TVTap app ads-free option, the TVTap app accesses your IP address. So, if you want to use the ad-free option while hiding your IP address, you should use it with a good VPN.
  14. Now tap on Start using the app.
    Tvtap App Homescreen

We have now finished downloading and installing the TVTap app on our Firestick device. You can start using the app and streaming your favorite live TV channels for free.

Is TVTap Safe to Use?

Like all of the top-tier IPTV APKs, TVTap is safe to use. It has passed our virus tests, and we have found it to be a reliable and secure app. We highly recommend you use a VPN service while using third-party apps, despite whether these apps are safe or not. Because if there is any hidden malware in them, a VPN will ensure your safety and keep your digital identity unharmed.

We use ExpressVPN for ourselves, and we highly recommend you use it as well. We have been using ExpressVPN for years, and we have not encountered any problem with it; in fact, it is one of the best VPN services for Firestick.

How to Add MX Player in TVTap App on Firestick TV

Another great feature of the TVTap app is that it allows you to integrate different external media players into the app. This implies that if you’re used to another media player, you’ll be able to incorporate it into the device, making your TVTap app experience more comfortable and user-friendly.

We will show you how to download, install and integrate the MX Player on your TVTap app on Firestick TV.

  1. First, you will need to download and install the MX Player app from a sideloading application like Downloader. From the last section, follow 1- 4 points. In the URL bar, enter this URL:
    Adding MX Player URL on Downloader
  2. Now, find the Download button on the website of the MX Player. Tap on it and wait to finish downloading.
    Download Button Highlighted MX-Player
  3. A popup message will appear; select Install.
    MX Player installation dialog box on Firestick with the INSTALL option highlighted for clicking
  4. Once MX Player has finished downloading and installing, launch the TVTap app.
  5. On the top left corner of the TVTap app home screen, you will see three lines button. It is the TVTap app menu button; click on it.
    TVTap app menu button
  6. Navigate through the list, find and open Settings.
    Tvtap setting higlighted
  7. Pick the Select Player option.
    Select Player Highlighted tvtap
  8. You will see the list of available  (already installed) media players. Choose MX Player.
    Choose MX Player Option

You’ve successfully integrated MX Player with the TVTap app and can start streaming. Whatever you want to stream will be played in MX Player.

Before You Stream, Read This!

Many third-parties apps are downloaded and installed via a sideloading app, like Downloader or ES File Explorer. However, we recommend only those third-party apps that we have tried and tested and have found to be safe to use. Meaning that they do not contain any malware and won’t harm your devices are trying to steal your online identity.

Third-party apps are prone to external attacks, or sometimes they can have highly effective hidden ways to store your browsing data, online activity, and identity. Sometimes, these apps save your data for their logs, but we often hear that the servers of these apps fell victim to cyber-attacks, and the data of the users was leaked to the public. 

It can be very harmful to users in this technological, online world. It is of utmost importance that we keep ourselves safe from such unfortunate events by using a VPN. VPNs encrypt our data and hide our activities from the prying eyes of ISPs, governments, and other third parties.

Since we use ExpressVPN and have found it to be the most reliable VPN, we recommend you start using it as well. 

ExpressVPN is actually a subscription-based VPN service. Don’t let that scare you, as ExpressVPN offers a 30-days money-back guarantee. If for some reason you are dissatisfied with their service, you can claim a refund within 30 days, and you will get your money back.

Here is how you can set it up.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on Amazon Firestick

Setting up ExpressVPN is simple, and we will take you through each step one by one.

  1. Go to the ExpressVPN website and make your ExpressVPN account by following the steps given on their website. You will have to use an online payment method to buy the subscription.
    Screenshot of ExpressVPN signup page with subscription plans and payment options
  2. ExpressVPN app is officially available on Amazon Appstore. To download it, go to Firestick Home screen << Find << Search.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  3. Use the remote to search for ExpressVPN.
    type ExpressVPN
  4. Click on the ExpressVPN icon. You will see a screen with a Download option. Select it.Note: If you are going to download it for the first time, you will see the option Get instead of Download.
    ExpressVPN Download Screen
  1. Once installed, launch the app and Sign in using your credentials: enter your Email ID and Passwords.
    ExpressVPN Login INterface
  2. After logging in, choose the server you want and tap on the Power Icon button to turn it on.
    ExpressVPN home screen with Connect button highlighted
  3. When the screen turns green, you’ve successfully connected to ExpressVPN, roam the internet freely, and let the streaming begin.
    ExpressVPN menu with the on/off button highlighted

The same ExpressVPN account can be used across multiple devices, such as PC, laptops, Amazon Firestick, tablets, and smartphones.

TVTap App Features

The TVTap app offers an array of live TV channels for your viewing pleasure. You can find different categories already provided to sort your TV channels. These different categories are Kids, Sports, Entertainment, Music, Movies, and more.

You can also search for different channels you want to watch. 

TVTap is a good platform for streaming live TV channels, all in one place. Even though it can sometimes take time in buffering and some channels might not be available in HD, it is still a better option for watching live TV free of cost.

Final Words

If you are looking for a great option to stream live TV channels, TVTap will fulfill your needs. You will get many different live TV channels, from not only your country but also from others. That makes it a better option if you like exploring foreign TV channels as well. Most of the time, the same channel in a different country will have different streaming rights for every show, and if you miss anything you like, you can simply change it to another country via the TVTap channel menu.