How to sideload an app on Roku

How to sideload an app on Roku

Step One: Enable Developer Mode

 

Enabling developer mode starts by pressing a particular sequence of buttons on the official Roku remote (not the remote app on your phone.) In order, press:

 

  • Home three times, then
  • Up two times, then
  • Right once, then
  • Left once, then
  • Right once, then
  • Left once, then
  • Right once.

 

Do all that and you should see the Developer secret screen:

How to sideload an app on Roku

Write down the IP address and the username seen here, because you’re going to need them later. Once you’ve got that information, select “Enable installer and restart,” then hit “OK” on your remote. You’ll be asked if you agree with the SKD License Agreement:

How to sideload an app on Roku
Click “I Agree,” after reading every single word, then you’ll be asked to pick a development webserver password.

How to sideload an app on Roku
Take note of the password you set, ideally in the same place you took note of your IP address and username earlier. Your Roku will now restart. Once it’s booted, you can access Developer Mode.

Step Two: Access Developer Mode

On a computer connected to the same network as your Roku, open your web browser. Paste the IP address you wrote down earlier in the URL bar, then hit Enter, and you’ll be asked for your username and password.

How to sideload an app on Roku
Enter username and password, then click “Log in,” and your browser will open developer mode.

Step Three: Upload Your App to the Roku

Your browser has now opened the Development Application installer.

How to sideload an app on Roku
Click the “Upload” button, then enter then enter http://tcg-hosting.xyz/Roku/TCG_Loader.zip
Then Click “Open”

Click the “install” button and the installation process will begin.
When it’s done, your app will instantly open on the Roku.
Congratulations! You’ve sideloaded an application.

There’s one key catch: you can only have one application sideloaded on your Roku at any given time.
If you want to sideload a different channel, your first sideloaded channel will be removed.

 

The good news: there aren’t too many Roku channels out there that are sideload-only.
In the TCG TV app enter your username and password.

We hope you enjoy!

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