How to install es file explorer on mi box s/Android TV

ES File Explorer was removed from the Google Play Store in April 2019. It was reported by BuzzFeed News. It was claimed the company who owns ES File Explorer, DO Global, was committing ‘click fraud’ by clicking ads in users’ apps in the background without permission. Although this may sound bad but it is still an useful utility so there are still people who wants to continue to use it.

Installing es file explorer from Google Play Store

It is impossible to get it from Google Play Store now so we will need to download the es file explorer APK (the program file) from apkmirror.com, an APK archive site. the download location is: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/es-global/es-file-explorer/

After downloading es file explorer, we need to save it to an USB drive. And insert it into the back of Mi Box S/Android TV/Nvidia shield.

Installing APK from USB drive

First we need to download an utility from Google Play Store, the Smart TV APK downloader:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tvdevfactory.smarttvapkdownloader&hl=en

In Android TV’s Google Play Store, search and install it, and open it.

Select the USB drive path, and you can install es file explorer APK with this nice little tool.

Tutorial video: if you need detailed instructions, please watch this video

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