how to download the hbo max

Watching current and old movies has never been more accessible nowadays. And one of the more popular streaming devices is the Amazon Firestick. And if you want to get the ultimate chill and retreat, watching movies from HBO Max is the way to go.

So if you do not know yet how to download and install the app into your firestick, you’ve come to the right place.  

Downloading and installing HBO Max on your Firestick

Take note that you still have to purchase the app for this tutorial. So we’ll teach you how to download HBO Max into your Firestick. Keep scrolling for very easy steps.

how to download HBO Max

  1. First, ensure that your FireTV device allows you to install third-party apps. Otherwise, you will not be able to move on with the installation process.
  2. Turn on your TV and go to settings. Hover through the choices and look for the icon with the label My Fire TV. Click on it. Hover through the My FireTV and you’ll see a drop-down menu box. Look for the developer options and click on them. 
  3. Check if the ADB debugging and Apps from unknown sources are turned on. If not, turn them on.
  4. Now go back to your home screen. We need to sideload the app first before we can proceed with the whole downloading process.
  5. Search for the magnifying lens on the home screen and type in the downloader. Scroll down on the choices and click on the downloader.
  6. Now, you’ll be able to see the downloader. And it will be shown in the apps section. Click on it. Then it will show a downloader installation page.
  7. Once downloaded, click on it. Once it opens, hover through the side menu on the left and search for settings. Click on it.
  8. The page will show a page with the labels download folder, APK AutoInstall, Automatically open a web page in the browser and Enable Javascript. Ensure that the box beside each is ticked and enabled. 
  9. Go back to the side menu on the left. Search for the browser and click on it. It will open the browser and go to the address bar and type in then click Go.
  10. You’ll see that the APK will start to be downloaded. 
  11. Once finished, you can click on the install button to continue with the process.
  12. It will notify you that the installation of the HBO Max has started Once the app is installed, click open or done. Though we advise you to click done.
  13. Then a dialogue box will appear and it will give you an option to reinstall or delete the APK. Since we have the APK already installed, there is no need to keep it anymore. So go ahead and click delete. Then a confirmation dialogue box will appear again, Click delete also. 
  14. So go back to your home screen. Then scroll down to where your installed apps and channels are located.
  15. Hover through the selection and go until the end, then select see all. Then it will automatically show you all the apps that are installed. More often, the newly installed app will not be seen. This is a problem that a lot have been encountering. 
  16. So what you have to do is go back to the home page. Go through the magnifying glass and search for the new app, type in HBO max and click enter. Now. as weird as it is, you still will not be able to see the icon HBO max. Now what you have to do is click on the icon HBO Now instead. Once opened, you’ll see that your HBO max is starting to run. So in this case, HBO Now is converted to HBO max. 
  17. This could be because there isn’t a version yet for the Firestick TV. But if your Firestick TV has already the updated version, you will now be able to see the HBO Max icon.

How to USE HBO Max on Firestick

Now that you have successfully downloaded and installed HBO Max, we reckon you’d want to know how to use it. And here’s how.

  1. Go to the home screen on your Firestick TV. Look for the three dots, once you see them, hover over them and click them. It’s just beside the settings icon on the right.
  2. This will open up a tile containing all the apps and channels that you have installed. If you’re not able to see it, click the All your Apps Option found at the bottom.
  3.  Now you have an option to move HBO Max to your home screen for easy access. To do so, press the home key on the remote control ( the three dots). Then click move down on the pop-menu on the right. You can drag and move the app to the front row.
  4. Now click on the HBO Max and it will show already on the home screen. If you are already subscribed, click sign in. Otherwise, click subscribe.
  5. Once you click sign in, a window with a code will appear. It will tell you to go to and sign in on your browser or mobile phone. Do as it says.
  6. Then your Firestick screen will display a code. Enter the code to proceed to sign in. 
  7. Once signed in, you can now hover through a range of content and movies. 
  8. If you want to easily find a title that you want to watch, go back to the HBO Max home screen. Find the browser tab located at the upper left corner. Movies in various categories will pop up. You just have to choose one that catches your interest. 
  9. But if there is a particular movie that you want to watch. Go to the Search tab and type in the title. 
  10. Also, you can personalize your viewing experience by clicking on the settings. There are options for closed captioning, privacy and terms, and the help section. 

How to Fix HBO Max in your Firestick

If your HBO Max isn’t working on your Firestick, it can be frustrating. When you come home from work and want to just chill and watch movies, the last thing you’d want is an HBO Max app that’s not working. And here are simple troubleshooting steps.

  1. This is perhaps the easiest solution. Try unplugging your TV from the wall.
  2. Wait 60 seconds before plugging it back in. This is referred to as the hard reset.
  3. If it still won’t solve the problem, unplug the TV and the router too
  4. Then wait for another 60 seconds before plugging both back in.
  5. This will reset the signal then connect it to the internet again.
  6. If those didn’t work too, don’t worry, we have another troubleshooting method up our sleeves. Try deleting the HBO Max app from your TV.
  7. Go to the section where all the apps and channels are located on your Firestick TV then delete HBO Max.  
  8. Then install the app again and log back in with all your credentials.

Alternatives to the Amazon Firestick

Amazon Fire Stick is a nifty streaming device that lets you hold the world in the palm of your hands. Well, in terms of watching movies of course. But an Amazon Firestick is the end and all when it comes to streaming.

Here are other nifty alternatives to the Amazon Firestick.


Roku is perhaps Amazon Firestick’s biggest contender. This is slim and more affordable. The main selling point of Roku aside from its more affordable price is that the remote is easy to use. But there are also limitations. Roku is limited to wifi connection. So unlike Firestick, it doesn’t have an ethernet port.

Apple TV

This is perhaps the most fitting if your entire system is Apple! When coupled with other Apple devices, you can enjoy seamless streaming and the resolution is stunning. But the limitation is, it can only work that well when paired with Apple devices. Otherwise, you might not be able to make the most out of it.

Amazon Fire TV cube

 The cube is bigger, but it is faster compared to the Amazon Firestick. As of now, it’s considered Amazon’s fastest and more powerful streaming service. It also has a double storage capacity.

Google Chromecast

This is Google’s streaming service option. This has quite similar features to the Roku and the Amazon Firestick. But in terms of performance, it’s a tad slower and less impressive compared to the two that we have mentioned earlier. And oh, it does not have any remote so that can be inconvenient for most. 

But what made it stand out is that it is plug-and-play. It’s very easy to use. And if you have Google Home, you can access it through your voice.

Nvidia TV box

This is an Android TV box and works best with an Android operating system. This is rather powerful and is the best option for you if you have an Android TV.

Final Say

So you don’t have to fret anymore! It’s very easy to download and install HBO Max. So you can enjoy your favorite movies to your heart’s content.