How to Sideload Google Play (Android) Apps on an Amazon Kindle Fire

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25-09-2016, 14:45
So, you’ve got a shiny new Kindle Fire, but your favorite app isn’t in the Amazon Appstore? Since the Fire lacks access to the Android Market, you’re just out of luck, right? Nope. Amazon was good enough to leave the frameworks in place to allow sideloading of apps from other sources. It’s not the most straightforward process, but that will never stop you. It might take you a few minutes, but there is enough of Android filling the Fire's cracks to make this a quick fix. This article will show you how to expand your Kindle Fire’s app selection.

Getting the APK

  1. Understand that there are a few ways to get the APK for the app you want.
    • The easiest way is to use an Android phone to download the app you need from the Market. Just install it like any other app, then make sure you have a separate app that will let you back up your target.
  2. Go to Menu > Tools > Application Manager/Backup in Astro.
  3. Scroll through the list that is pulled up, and tap the check box for your target app, and hit Backup at the top. The APK will then appear in a folder on the SD card called simply “Backup.” The next step is getting that file off the phone.
  4. Use Dropbox to push files to the cloud and desktop at once, email the file to yourself, or just plug your phone into a PC and copy the APK over.

Preparing the Fire

  1. . Tap the quick settings area in the upper right corner of the device. Understand that the Kindle Fire’s main system settings are pulled up in an unusual way.
    • In the drop down, choose More. This screen will feel much more like the Android we know with some familiar options like Display and Security. Scroll down until you find Device, and click through.
  2. Toggle “Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources”, at the end of the list, to on. This, despite the bizarre wording, does the same thing that the Unknown Sources toggle in regular Android: it lets you install APK files outside the default store. There won’t be any discernible change, but the device just got more open.
  3. Get a file manager of some sort on the Fire before proceeding. Pop on over to the Amazon Appstore with the App link at the top of the home screen. Search for “file manager” and take your pick here.

Moving the APK Over and Installing Your App

  1. Plug the Fire into a computer and it should pop up as a USB drive. Find your target APK file and move it over to the Fire. Then you just have to do the usual song and dance of ejecting and disconnecting the Fire.
  2. Hop back over to the Fire interface, and you should have the link for your file manager in the carousel on the home screen. Open it up and find the APK you just moved over. Select it and you’re going to get booted to a screen that looks very much like the system-level app installation screen in Android.
    • This interface has all the permissions laid out so you can make sure everything looks good, just like stock Android. Hit the Install button at the bottom, and it’s all done. Your app is now installed, so go ahead and launch it to see if it works properly. Not everything will run on the Fire, but most of its Android lineage is intact, and you should have good results so far.


  • Dolphin Browser HD works just fine on the Fire, and offers the same great experience you may have gotten used to on Android phones. All the functions in Dolphin seem to work, and it’s plenty responsive. The only thing that may tip you off, is that the super low-resolution icon on the home screen is not meant for the Fire.
  • Paid apps from the Market won’t authorize properly, so they are out. Additionally, any apps that call on functions that don’t exist on the Kindle will crash. For example, home screen mods, GPS apps, and phone-related apps will pull up errors.
  • Once you get this process taken care of the first time, it’s much less painful the next.
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