How to Install HBO Max on FireStick & Fire TV (October 2021)


This is a step-by-step guide on how to install HBO Max on FireStick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Android TV. 

On 16th November 2020, Amazon announced that it has added HBO Max back to their Amazon Store. Now, you don’t need to sideload the HBO Max app onto your FireStick.

HBO Max is a streaming platform that bundles up all of the HBO originals along with your favorite Movies and TV Shows outside of HBO. On HBO Max, now you can watch the most-awaited ‘The Friends Reunion’.

We’ve discussed two methods to install HBO Max. The first method is through downloading HBO Max APK and the second method involves Amazon App Store.

Like other HBO streaming services such as HBO Go and HBO Now, HBO Max is also available in the US. To access HBO Max from outside of the US, you will be needing a VPN such as Surfshark.

Surfshark VPN is the most affordable and yet it is the most secure VPN. It keeps your IP address protected online at all times and keeps your identity anonymous. You can use servers like Detroit, Latham, and Bend to connect HBO Max from outside the US.

How HBO Max is Different from HBO GO and HBO Now?

The new streaming service HBO Max serves as a deluxe version of HBO’s older streaming services such as HBO Now and HBO Go.

But what really makes a difference is just content selection and device support. HBO Max is now currently positioned to replace both HBO Go and HBO Now.

HBO Go is no longer available since it was officially replaced by HBO Now on July 31st. Currently, HBO Now is being branded as HBO.

HBO Max is a standalone streaming service that offers tons of other content from different production houses like Warner Bros, DC Comis, CNN, TNT, TBS, and Cartoon Network. It costs about $14.99/month.

However, HBO Go and HBO Now offer only HBO Originals and nothing outside of it. That being said, existing HBO Now and HBO users can also access HBO Max at no additional cost.

Method 1: How to Install HBO Max APK on FireStick

HBO Max is only available in the US. If you’re traveling abroad but wants to stream your favorite content on HBO Max, you will have to set up and use Surfshark on FireStick.

Now follow these steps to install HBO Max on FireStick:

1. Open Firestick Home


2. Click on the Settings icon


3. Select My Fire TV


4. Choose Developer Options


5. Click on Apps from Unknown Sources


6. Click on Turn On


7. Navigate back to the home page and select the Find menu


8. Click on the Search option


9. Type “Downloader” and select it from the list


10. Select the Downloader icon


11. Click on “Download” and wait for the app to install


12. Wait until the download is completed


13. Click on Open to run the Downloader app


14. Once the downloader opens, click on Allow


15. A prompt will be displayed, click OK


16. By default Home tab would be open with a text box displayed on the right side


17. On the Downloader Home menu, enter this URL and click GO


18. Wait for the download to complete


19. Click Install when the message appears


20. After the installation is completed, click Done


21. Select the Delete when the box appears


22. Select Delete again


23. Press the Home button on your FireStick remote for about 5 seconds until a screen appears. Click on Apps


24. Select HBO Max from the list


25. HBO Max will now launch


If you face problems navigating the app, then you must install Mouse Toggle app for FireStick that works as a mouse and easily navigates any app on your FireStick.

If you’re outside the US, then you will see a message that appears that HBO is not available in your country. To access the app, install and use Surfshark VPN on FireStick and connect to its US server before you start streaming any content.

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Video Tutorial: How to Install HBO Max on FireStick

Method 2: How to Install HBO Max on FireStick

Step 1: Open FireStick Home


Step 2: Click on the Find tab and then Click on Search Icon

Step 3: Type HBO Max and click on the search result that appears


Step 4: Select the HBO Max app from the list


Step 5: Click on Get


Step 6: Now open the HBO Max app on your FireStick


Step 7: Click on Free Trial or Login or you can select the Browse option at the top


Step 8: Have a look at the latest HBO Max Originals


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How to Access HBO Max on FireStick from Outside US

If you’re not available in the US, you will still be able to install HBO Max app for FireStick, but once you open it, you will see a message that says: ‘Can’t connect to HBO Max’ even though your internet is working just fine.

This message is an indication that HBO knows that you are not available in the US region. To avoid seeing that message and to access HBO Max outside the US, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Subscribe with Surfshark VPN (Our top choice)

Step 2: Now you need to set up and use Surfshark on FireStick

Step 3: Connect to any US server (preferably Latham, Detroit, or Bend as shown in the image below)


Step 4: Once connected, open the HBO Max app once again

Step 5: Click on Start your Free Trial or Enter Login details


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How to Register with HBO Max

Before you can stream content on HBO Max, you need to register. Currently, HBO Max is offering a 7-days free trial option.

Follow these steps to sign up with HBO Max:

Step 1: Open the HBO Max website and click on Start your Free Trial


Step 2: Enter your complete information and select Create Account


Step 3: Enter payment details and select Start your Free Trial


Step 4: Now you will be able to stream free HBO content for 7 days


HBO Max Original Shows

Have a look at some of the HBO Max originals that you just can’t miss:

  • An American Pickle
  • Charm City Kings
  • Class Action Park
  • Close Enough
  • The Dog House UK
  • Doom Patrol
  • Expecting Amy
  • Frayed
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down
  • Haute Dog
  • Legendary

HBO Max Alternatives

If you have already watched all the recent HBO Max Originals and you wanted something new to watch, below are some of the good options that also work as HBO Max alternatives:

If you’re outside the US, make sure you use one of the best VPN for FireStick to stream shows from HBO Max.


HBO Max app wasn’t previously available on the Amazon store, but since the announcement by Amazon itself, the HBO Max is now available for downloads through the official Amazon store.

The app explicitly says that it is only available in the US and certain parts of US territories. If you’re available outside the US, you will need a VPN to access its content.

This guide shows how easily you can install, access, and register with HBO Max app without a problem.


  1. I previously downloaded HBO MAX on my Fire TV and now that it’s offered directly by Amazon it’s not working. Thanks for your instructions, tried them but I get an error message “unsupported version “ and it keeps looping me back to open it and the same error message. Any tips? Thanks again

    • Hey Linda, I have mentioned the APK method as well now so it is the supported version. Do let us know if it works for you. Cheers 🙂

  2. Hi,

    I managed to install the app, but it does not display correctly on my fire stick. It looks as though the app is too large for the screen, and its off centre slightly.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


    • Hey Jack, when you install the app make sure you Click Done and then delete the APK and then open the app from the Home menu. You do not have to click Open when it asks you ‘Done’ or ‘Open’. It disturbs the app interface. Hope you’re getting my point.

    • After I click on install and then done and delete when i exit to apps screen it’s never there I’m in NY

      • If you live in New York then why dont you try the official method from the Amazon Store? You can also access HBO max from Settings, Applications, Manage Installed Applications, and then HBO Max from the list.

  3. I downloaded as suggested I have express VPN but when I open the HBO Max app it loads up but I can’t move around on it. It’s like I see the Home Screen but nothing works.

  4. I’m in the UK, I use Surfshark, however the lates APK doesn’t work, it opens shows the main screen but it’s too large and neither does the controller work on the app. I downloaded the previous version which immediately tells you to upgrade to a later version. I followed your install guide to the letter and it doesn’t work Shame as there are some good movies on.

    • If the FireStick remote doesn’t work then you probably need to install Mouse Toggle which will help you navigate the content of the app.

  5. I followed all your instructions and downloaded the mouse toggle app but I still can’t navigate the hbomax menu at all. It’s just static.

  6. Hi, I’ve downloaded the app fine but it comes up with an error message saying email not verified. Any ideas ?

  7. Georgios Dimitriou

    I followed all your instructions but instead of directly downloading the app it loads the website and stops telling me that its forbidden to download It. Please give me some feedback!! Thank you in advance!!!

  8. Edgar Munoz Valenciano

    why HBO Max it’s not more available for Firestick? I have account with HBO and now it shows message about update but it says its not available for Firestick Help!

    • HBO Max is only available for US residents on the Amazon store and not for the people living outside the US. So we have provided the APK Method in this guide.

  9. app downloads, but unable to navigate using firestick remote, any advice would be appreciated
    thank you

  10. Hi, I downloaded HBO MAX and the mouse toggle app. While I can use the mouse (with a lot of difficultyy) I cant scroll with it. Which means I cant go down and see what movies are available etc. Any suggestions would be great :). Thank you for sharing this

  11. Hello, I am from Mexico, I installed the APK on my FireStick but the remote control did not respond until I installed the mouse toggle app. It works great for me. I’m really grateful to you. Excellent tutorial, very detailed and perfectly explained! Again thank you very much.

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