How to install APKs on MI box international edition (mdz-16-ab)
We just got our hands on a brand new Xiaomi’s MI box international edition. It’s available for purchase on Amazon or Walmart now at a very low price of $69. It’s a powerful Android TV box with 4k and HDR supports, but it’s very cheap! After we unwrap it and connect to TV using HDMI 2.0@4K, we found that it’s very easy to install applications from Google Play Store. However, there is a problem. What if we want to install an APK we downloaded from elsewhere?
Install APKs to MI box with USB thumb drive
The first idea that comes to my mind is to download the APKs to an USB thumb drive and insert it into the USB port on MI box. After we did that, the Android TV OS prompts us if we want to explorer this drive. We answered YES. But, after you do that, there is nothing in there. The experiment tells us you can’t install an APK from USB directly.
Install APKs to Xiaomi box using ES File Explorer
Here comes a solution. You don’t have to jailbreak it. You just have to open up Google Play Store first and install an APP called ES File Explorer. After installation, insert the USB flash drive again. This time, choose ES File Explorer to view the files and you will be able to browse content on the drive and install the APK.