When I first ran into TeaTV some time ago, I liked the app but did not pay it much heed as I was already using Terrarium TV on my Fire TV Stick. I was a hundred percent satisfied with Terrarium TV and hence felt little need for any other option. However, all this while, I kept hearing about Tea TV from my friends and in online forums.
While TeaTV worked smoothly on Android smartphones, it wasn’t exactly very FireStick remote friendly. That’s probably one of the biggest reasons why I did not stick to it. A few days ago, when I learned that Terrarium TV was bidding final adieu, I immediately started looking for alternatives. It didn’t take me long to remember TeaTV and I am glad I did.
I installed the latest version of TeaTV on FireStick and was delighted to discover that the app has been modified and is now completely compatible with the remote controller. TeaTV offers a professional looking interface, navigational fluidity, and incredible ease of use. The app always had a solid media library and now I am happy I can use it as a Terrarium TV alternative.
I recommend TeaTV on FireStick as one of the most suitable TTV alternatives. It is a complete media house. In this guide, we learn to install TeaTV on FireStick or Fire TV or Fire TV Cube. Keep reading!
Attention FireStick Users: Read before you continue
Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users' online activities. If found streaming copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick, you could get into serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend you to get a good FireStick VPN and hide your identity so that your movie viewing experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
I use ExpressVPN which is the fastest and most secure VPN in the industry. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon Fire TV Stick. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don't like their service, you can always ask for a refund. ExpressVPN also has a special deal where you can get 3 months free and save 49% on annual plan.
Here are the reasons why you must use a VPN all the time.
Read: How to install the best VPN on FireStick
TeaTV on FireStick: Installation Methods
Tea TV is a third-party app and not part of the Amazon Store. It has to be sideloaded to your FireStick device. Unlike the regular Android mobiles or tablets, FireStick doesn’t let you download the APKs of the apps directly through popular browsers. Sideloading on FireStick requires special apps. Here are the two apps we will use in this guide:
- ES File Explorer
Enable Apps from Unknown Sources
I will get on with the installation method. But, before that, you must enable FireStick to accept the third-party apps by turning on the Apps from Unknown Sources. Here is what you need to do:
1. Open the Settings from the FireStick home-screen (menu bar on the top)
2. Click MyFireTV or Device
3. Open Developer Options
4. If Apps from Unknown Sources is disabled/off, turn it ON by clicking it
5. Click Turn On to ignore this warning message and to confirm your action.
Turning on Apps from Unknown Sources exposes your device to threats only when you try to side-load a bad APK. The APK source of Tea TV I am going to share with you is safe. I have personally installed the app from this source.
Install Tea TV on FireStick Using Downloader
Downloader is an app that facilitates sideloading on FireStick. I consider it one of the FireStick essentials and it is one of the first apps I install while setting up my device.
To download this app, go to your FireStick home-screen. From the home-screen select Search on the far left on the top. Now look up for the app and install it.
Once you have the app, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Run Downloader and click the URL field on the right side of its home-screen (the app opens with the left Home tab selected by default)
Step 2: Type in the following URL when the onscreen keyboard appears and click GO:
Step 3: Downloader app will connect to the server URL is pointing to and begin to download the TeaTV APK on FireStick
Step 4: When the APK download is done, the Downloader app initiates the installation. What you should now see is the following prompt asking you to confirm if you wish to install TeaTV on FireStick.
You can see the Next button on the bottom right. Navigate to this button using your FireStick remote
Step 5: The Next button changes to Install button. So, now click Install
Step 6: It will take a few moments to install TeaTV on FireStick. When it’s done, the following window is displayed with the App Installed confirmation
TeaTV is installed. If you want, you can click Open on the bottom right corner and run it. But, I suggest click Done so that you can go back to the Downloader app and delete the TeaTV APK.
Why delete APK? Because APK is of no use after the installation of the app. Clear up FireStick storage by deleting unnecessary files.
Step 7: Click Delete
Step 8: Click Delete again
This is how you use the Downloader app to sideload TeaTV on FireStick.
How to Use FireStick with TeaTV ‘Safely’
Before you start streaming with TeaTV on your Fire Stick, I would like to warn you that everything you stream on TeaTV is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies and TV shows) might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, you can hide your online streaming/browsing activities with a VPN. A VPN a.k.a Virtual Private Network helps you bypass ISP throttling, Government Surveillance, and content geo-restrictions.
We do not encourage the violation of the 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.
I am using ExpressVPN on my Fire Stick, mobile, and PC. After trying several paid and free VPNs, I can say ExpressVPN is the fastest and most secure VPN. Here’s how to start using ExpressVPN on your FireStick and 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 freely for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for the full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV / Stick and go to “Search” option on the extreme left. Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click “Download” to install the ExpressVPN app for Fire TV / Stick.
Step 4: Open the app and enter your login credentials which you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click “Sign in”
Step 5: 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.
TeaTV on Fire TV Stick Using ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer is another app widely used as a side-loader for FireStick. Again, you can download this app from Amazon Store. Just look up for it in the Search option on the FireStick home-screen.
: ES File Explorer does not offer the sideloading feature for free anymore. You need to pay $9.99 per month. Use the Downloader app if it is available in your region. It is free.
After installing ES File Explorer, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Launch ES File Explorer. You will see a menu bar on the left with expandable options. Scroll down and click Tools. Clicking will expand it. Now, click the first option Download Manager
Step 2: Now navigate to the right side of the ES Explorer and on the bottom click +New
Step 3: The following dialogue box must show up with the two fields
Step 4: Enter the following in the above fields:
- Path: https://www.firesticktricks.com/tea
- Name: teatv
In fact, in the Name field, you may enter any name you like. It will be inconsequential. Click Download Now
Step 5: Wait for ES File Explorer to connect to the server and download the TeaTV APK on Fire TV Stick or Cube.
Step 6: When that’s done, click Open file when prompted
Step 7: Next, click Install
Step 8: Now you are guided to the installation prompt. Scroll down to the bottom right corner until Next button changes to Install. Click Install to proceed
Now, all you need to do is wait for FireStick to install TeaTV, which should not take more than a minute or two. You will see the following confirmation message when the app is installed
Step 9: Click Open and run the app. Click Done to return to ES File Explorer. You may run the app later from Your Apps & Channels (which I will tell you how in the next section)
How to Use TeaTV on Fire TV Stick
All your apps are kept in Your Apps & Channels. Here is how you can visit this section:
- Press and hold the Home button on your remote for a few seconds
- When you see the pop-up menu, click Apps
- This opens Your Apps & Channels
When you are here, scroll down, select the TeaTV app icon and click it to open the app. That’s how you access the apps from Your Apps & Channels.
You can access TeaTV more quickly if its icon was on the FireStick home-screen. To move the icon to the home screen, here is what you need to do:
- Go to Your Apps & Channels
- Highlight the TeaTV app
- Press and hold the Select button on your remote for a few seconds or press the menu button on your remote and click Move on the bottom right corner of the menu that appears on your TV
- Now move the TeaTV icon to one of the top two rows
- Drop the icon at the desired location by pressing the Select button the FireStick remote
- Go back to the FireStick home-screen and you will find the TeaTV icon under the Your Apps & Channels category
Let’s now run the TeaTV app on FireStick.
When you open the app for the first time, the following disclaimer is displayed. Click Accept to proceed.
You are now prompted to choose your preferred subtitle language. Click the language of your choice to continue. You may change it later in the app Settings.
If you wish to subscribe to TeaTV Subreddit click Visit else click Cancel
Here’s how the home-screen of TeaTV appears on FireStick. As you can see, TeaTV offers a slick, easy to use interface. You will find the trending content on the opening screen. To watch more, you can use the filter option to choose from various genres and categories. You may also use the search function on the top left corner to look up for any movie by name, artist, director etc. You can also look up for TV shows and episodes.
TeaTV is an incredibly popular entertainment app that brings to you the host of on-demand movies and shows for free. It is probably the app closest to taking the spot Terrarium TV has left open after its shutdown. TeaTV offers plenty of active scrapers from some high-quality servers. This lightweight app is just the right solution for all your on-demand needs. In this guide, you learned to install TeaTV on FireStick. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.
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