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Old November 18th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just thought I would write this up. Here is how to install almost any app on you kindle fire.

1.Go to more, settings, Device. Make sure allow install from unknown sources is on.

2. Navigate to 4shared.com.

3. Search whatever app you want.

4. Download it.

5. When it is done, click on the downloaded file in the pull down bar.

6. Click Install.

That's it! This will work with any .apk file on your device. If you want, download the file on your computer, and put it in a folder on your kindle. Get ES File explorer, navigate to the file, click on it, and then click install.

!Notice! I will not be responsible if you do anything illegal. This is perfectly legal for free apps. Don't be dumb !Notice!

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f*ckin A! I just installed Opera Mini (the fastest Android browser I know of). I couldn't deal with this slow-ass Silk anymore.
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ya! helped somebody out!
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ya! helped somebody out!

Yeah! I installed 5 apps so far that I couldn't get on the amazon app store. I even installed audiogalaxy so now I can stream my itunes collection as well as the amazon mp3 cloud.
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Thank you much.

This is a great way to get non Amazon Apps. However, I will only download Apps I am already familiar with from this site.
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Cant find the fios remote app
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If you have another Android device and want to use the same apps on the Kindle Fire you can use ES File Explorer and create a backup of the app on your other Android device. Then you can just move that backup .apk to your Kindle and use ES File Explorer on Kindle to "load" your app by tapping the .apk file. Your Kindle Fire settings need to be changed to allow installation of apps from other sources - it is in the settings menu. As long as the app does not use a feature the Kindle Fire does not have, such as a microphone, GPS, etc., it should load and run fine. You don't have to root your KF to do this.
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Just thought i would write this up. Here is how to install almost any app on you kindle fire.

1.Go to more, settings, Device. Make sure allow install from unknown sources is on.

2.Navigate to 4shared.com.

3. Search whatever app you want.

4. Download it.

5. When it is done, click on the downloaded fire in the pulldown bar.

6. Click Install.

That's it! This will work with and. apk file on your device. If you want, download the file on your computer, and put it in a folder on your kindle. Get es file explorer, navagate to the file, click on it, and then click install.

Notice I will not be responsible if you do anything illegal. This is perfectly legal for free apps. Don't be dumbNotice

Hope this helps someone
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Good post. An alternative is to email yourself an apk file and use easy install which IS available on Amazon.
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I haven't had to use an installer yet and I've sideloaded 16 different apps. I've downloaded apps directly to the fire, I've brought them over from my pc via usb, and I've emailed them to myself - never once have I found the need to use an installer.
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I'd be careful with viruses on that site. Anyone can just upload any .apk file with any name....
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its actually not that bad, i have never gotten any viruses and have downloaded 100's of apps
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Thank you much.

This is a great way to get non Amazon Apps. However, I will only download Apps I am already familiar with from this site.
welcome. thats a good idea. the precaution i have taken. if i havent heard of it i will never get it. never had a hiccup
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I have a few questions...

You don't have to be rooted to install apps right? All I do is check mark authroize apps in settings and then just put the apk on my kindle and install? Or do I have to email it to my kindle email? Do all apps from android market work?

If you don't need root access for 3rd party apps why cant google apps be installed? I guess I'm confused on why anyone should root a kindle right now? Since its so new? What are the advantages of a rooted kindle?

Last question, is there any way to save that Amazon prime thing if you do root? I have that fee month trial right now.

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You are right in infering that there is no real reason to root right now, unless you want to have the google market directly on your kindle or if you want to delete any stock software. If you root there is an app on the android market that let's you temporarily unroot so you can view your amazon prime videos. I have netflix. Their free streaming selection is better Imo so I'm not so miffed about that.
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I have a few questions...

You don't have to be rooted to install apps right? All I do is check mark authroize apps in settings and then just put the apk on my kindle and install? Or do I have to email it to my kindle email? Do all apps from android market work?

If you don't need root access for 3rd party apps why cant google apps be installed? I guess I'm confused on why anyone should root a kindle right now? Since its so new? What are the advantages of a rooted kindle?

Last question, is there any way to save that Amazon prime thing if you do root? I have that fee month trial right now.

Thx guys.
nope. no root needed, and yes, just put in on ur kindle or just download it directly from you kindle. if you can find the app it will almost always work

You need to root because you have to access the very root of the decive to copy the core android files. the other advantages of rooting are that eventually you will be able to install roms, which are 3rd party versions of android which are very cusomizable.

not that i know of. just root after you have use up that free month.. sorry but just use netflix. only 8$ a month and a lot better shows
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If you have another Android device and want to use the same apps on the Kindle Fire you can use ES File Explorer and create a backup of the app on your other Android device. Then you can just move that backup .apk to your Kindle and use ES File Explorer on Kindle to "load" your app by tapping the .apk file. Your Kindle Fire settings need to be changed to allow installation of apps from other sources - it is in the settings menu. As long as the app does not use a feature the Kindle Fire does not have, such as a microphone, GPS, etc., it should load and run fine. You don't have to root your KF to do this.
To add to this, use dropbox and share the newly backed up apk and never need to use a usb connection to sideload again.

Coming in handy lately for me, especially with the 10 days of 10 premium apps a day for $.10 in the aneroid market.
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I use GetJar to do this. Open Browser, go to GetJar | Mobile | and follow the instructions.

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I was able to install vevo app
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If you have another Android device and want to use the same apps on the Kindle Fire you can use ES File Explorer and create a backup of the app on your other Android device. Then you can just move that backup .apk to your Kindle and use ES File Explorer on Kindle to "load" your app by tapping the .apk file. Your Kindle Fire settings need to be changed to allow installation of apps from other sources - it is in the settings menu. As long as the app does not use a feature the Kindle Fire does not have, such as a microphone, GPS, etc., it should load and run fine. You don't have to root your KF to do this.
Will Astro backup work?

I have a few games for my son on my Evo4 that I'd like to put on the Fire.
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I have a few games for my son on my Evo4 that I'd like to put on the Fire.
as long as u can access the .apk yes
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Do a search on the App Store for Wifi File Explorer Pro and put that on your Fire. Using that on my EVO and do not have to use my USB connection to move files from my computer to my EVO. I've been thinking about getting a KF and if I do that will be my first app on it.
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BTW, you can install and some use apps requiring a microphone. By plugging in a headset/microphone combo, you can install an audio recorder and successfully use it. I bought a little "button" mic intended for an ipod and it worked fine on the Fire.

So far it's known to work for audio recording apps (I've also used a guitar tuned app). No one I know has been able to successfully use Google voice search or Skype yet.
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Do a search on the App Store for Wifi File Explorer Pro and put that on your Fire. Using that on my EVO and do not have to use my USB connection to move files from my computer to my EVO. I've been thinking about getting a KF and if I do that will be my first app on it.
I second that recommendation. I have been using that on my phone and immediately installed it on my KF when I got it. Ease to move files between my PC, Phone, and KF.
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Wonder why the manufacturers of these devices do not just have the devices with this functionality from the beginning. There are too many smart people out there to limit what users can access.
Great info on the Kindle Fire app installation.
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I set my Kindle Fire to accept apps from unknown sources and then downloaded an app I wrote.

The install screen simply says "App not installed."

Any idea why?

My best guess is my app uses the Google APIs to show maps. I wonder if the Kindle Fire doesn't contain them?

Any help would be appreciated. I'd love to use my own app on my device.
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AWESOME! Thank you.
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For some reason i hit backup in es file manager after downloading a program i want on the fire. It backs it up no problems. It looks like an APK, has the apk extension...but when i move that file over to my fire it says "there is a problem parsing the package" and for some reason any apk that i install this way instead of finding the apk directly online shows up as a funny looking icon on the fire with an sd card picture and a stack of books with a ribbon around them. I am downloading the programs using my Galaxy Nexus (ICS) is there somthing i am doing wrong when i transfer or somthing? Thanks!!
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Okay, please be patient with me as I'm not all that technical, but I can follow instructions. I've had my KF for 2 days and since I'm not in the US I cannot purchase or install any apps. So I've done some reading on how to sideload .apk files from my PC, which I have done, but there's no way to install them because I don't have the ES File Explorer. Next I downloaded ES File Explorer and copied it onto my KF (put it in the "Downloads" folder). But how do I install that? I tried emailing it to my KF through the "send to Kindle Fire" email address, but it's not showing up anywhere on my KF. Can anyone help? Once I install the ES File Explorer, I can begin sideloading apps and get (some of) the functionality I have paid for. (for those of you in the US who don't already know, non-US customers have NO access to movies, tv or apps at all unless you have a US credit card.)
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Aren't you concerned with viruses/malware using this site? It doesn't matter if you trust the app name you are downloading if you have no way to know if the app has been modified.
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Okay, please be patient with me as I'm not all that technical, but I can follow instructions. I've had my KF for 2 days and since I'm not in the US I cannot purchase or install any apps. So I've done some reading on how to sideload .apk files from my PC, which I have done, but there's no way to install them because I don't have the ES File Explorer. Next I downloaded ES File Explorer and copied it onto my KF (put it in the "Downloads" folder). But how do I install that? I tried emailing it to my KF through the "send to Kindle Fire" email address, but it's not showing up anywhere on my KF. Can anyone help? Once I install the ES File Explorer, I can begin sideloading apps and get (some of) the functionality I have paid for. (for those of you in the US who don't already know, non-US customers have NO access to movies, tv or apps at all unless you have a US credit card.)
If you transferred the apk for ES File Explorer from your computer to the Doan;loads folder on the Fire, you have no way of installing it yet because you need a file explorer to locate it on the Fire (talk about a Catch 22!).

I think your best bet would be to install ANY file manager right now, just so you can locate your "Downloads" folder. Try this: Go to 4shared.com on the browser, and search for "ES File Explorer apk". Follow the instructions to download it. When the download is complete, it will show up in your Notifications (click on the upper left-hand corner of the Fire). Then, when you click on the ES File Explorer apk you just downloaded, it will give you the option to install.
Once you have the file explorer installed, you'll have no trouble finding and installing future apk's.

I hope I explained that well.
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how to instal android market on kindle fire can you help me?
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For that, you need to root the device. Read the posts up on top having to do with root. I haven't rooted mine - I don't see anough advantage to it for me; I've installed everything I need the Fire to do. I get my Android Market apps on my Android phone and transfer them to the Fire.
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I tried using File Expert to copy Vending.apk form the sdcard to /system/app, and it kept failing (yes, I used Mount in rw). Ultimately, this is what I did that worked:

adb push Vending.apk /data/local
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# chmod 777 /system/app/Vending.apk
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(the hash marks aren't typed, they're the shell prompt)

At this point, I used File Expert to install the Vending.apk (3.3.12). After installation, take this opportunity to click the "Open" button and hook it to your account.

I didn't see the app anywhere on the Apps page, and I was concerned that I'd have to keep installing it so I could access it (very funny Amazon, very funny). A little bit of googling solved that problem too. Simply google for this:

"Kindle Fire – Market Opener"

That will take you to munday.ws and a little app that installs and does show up in the apps list.

As of this writing, I've downloaded and installed Google Docs and am happily using it.

Thanks to all for the hints and help.

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I think that they discontinued filos. I'm not completely 100% sure on that one but my friend was trying to get it onto his Kindle and couldn't find it anymore. I'll do some more research and see if I can find anything on it.
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I tried using File Expert to copy Vending.apk form the sdcard to /system/app, and it kept failing (yes, I used Mount in rw). Ultimately, this is what I did that worked:

adb push Vending.apk /data/local
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/Vending.apk
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# cat /data/local/Vending.apk > /system/app/Vending.apk
# chmod 777 /system/app/Vending.apk
CTRL-C

(the hash marks aren't typed, they're the shell prompt)

At this point, I used File Expert to install the Vending.apk (3.3.12). After installation, take this opportunity to click the "Open" button and hook it to your account.

I didn't see the app anywhere on the Apps page, and I was concerned that I'd have to keep installing it so I could access it (very funny Amazon, very funny). A little bit of googling solved that problem too. Simply google for this:

"Kindle Fire Market Opener"

That will take you to munday.ws and a little app that installs and does show up in the apps list.

As of this writing, I've downloaded and installed Google Docs and am happily using it.

Thanks to all for the hints and help.

Marc
Don't you think that was a little bit to long of a process overall just for the vending.apk? Just get the apk off the SupeOneClickRooter and then just doing it that way. I mean it wouldn't make since to go and have to do all that just for the vending.apk even after you rooted your KF. You should of done that in the whole rooting process.
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Aren't you concerned with viruses/malware using this site? It doesn't matter if you trust the app name you are downloading if you have no way to know if the app has been modified.
It doesn't really matter if the app has a virus. If your a droid user, like everyone her, then you would know that there is a built-in malware/anti-virus/whatever else kind of virus protector built into it. So there isn't really a risk. To doing it this way.
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I set my Kindle Fire to accept apps from unknown sources and then downloaded an app I wrote.

The install screen simply says "App not installed."

Any idea why?

My best guess is my app uses the Google APIs to show maps. I wonder if the Kindle Fire doesn't contain them?

Any help would be appreciated. I'd love to use my own app on my device.
My guess from what you just now posted is that you do not have your Kindle rooted. Am I right? Because if you don't then you will not be able to get the Google API on to it without it being rooted. For instructions on rooting your device a guy by the name of Jcase made an easy to use way of rooting it, it only took me like 3:30-5 minutes to do the whole process. First and only Kindle root, and since he did not know of a method to adb mode I found the easiest way here.
If you do have it rooted then you can download and unzip Google apk files that were in the rooting instructions and then unzip them using WinRar or whatever program you use to unzip files. Then load them onto your kindle from there. You should have the API after all that. If not drop me a PM on here and I'll look more into that. I got mine running the Google API through those instructions and works perfectly. I have to root the one I'm on again, since I had to send the old one in for a replacemant cuz the damn touch screen sensor was being a biatch and not responding.
When I went throught the process of rooting it the first time and loaded up the Google apps up onto it, the API pack did come with it. If not however, go to a site like 4shared or getjar. I don't know if these carry the Google API anymore but they use to back when I was rooting phones and other tablets.
Before doing that you need your Kindle to allow third party apps. I'll refresh your memory if you don't remember how to do this:
1.Push the little gear next to the wifi and the battery icon in the top right corner, then select more.
2. When you're at the list of all your settings scroll down to "Device"
3. Scroll down to where it says "Allow installation of third party applications" and turn it on.
Once doing those steps your now able to go to one of those sites search for whatever app you want on your stock kindle If its rooted, all I have to say is this, "Why the heck do you not have the Droid Market on your device already!?"
Hoped this helped you out. If you have anymore questions or run into anymore problems then feel free to drop me a message through PM and I'll get back to you when I can

Edited-Saw that my ******ed stock Kindle Fire screwed up a good amount of typing. Can't wait until I get my laptop back from the shop so I don't have to deal with this BS on my second KF device ! It didn't recognize the spelling for Google, so in place it put Tootle,wtf!? Shouldn't they of already put "Google" in as a known word without me having to add it? I think that I went back and edited it no more then 30 seconds after posting this :P
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BTW, you can install and some use apps requiring a microphone. By plugging in a headset/microphone combo, you can install an audio recorder and successfully use it. I bought a little "button" mic intended for an ipod and it worked fine on the Fire.

So far it's known to work for audio recording apps (I've also used a guitar tuned app). No one I know has been able to successfully use Google voice search or Skype yet.
I think, I'm not quite sure about it yet though, that you have to download a certain apk file for the both of them. My friend was having that same exact problem too. He would video call someone, cool thing is is that even though the kindle doesn't have a built-in cam you can still see them and hear them. I honestly don't know if it was by luck or what. We did some searching through Google and weren't really able to figure out why a good amount of other audio/recording apps work and G-Talk and Skype don't. I'm still trying to figure that out, and once I do then I'll PM you about it.
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I think, I'm not quite sure about it yet though, that you have to download a certain apk file for the both of them. My friend was having that same exact problem too. He would video call someone, cool thing is is that even though the kindle doesn't have a built-in cam you can still see them and hear them. I honestly don't know if it was by luck or what. We did some searching through Google and weren't really able to figure out why a good amount of other audio/recording apps work and G-Talk and Skype don't. I'm still trying to figure that out, and once I do then I'll PM you about it.

I'd appreciate it. I have an android phone running both apps, so I'm not too worried about using them on the Fire. I would like to be able to use Google Voice Search, though. There are several threads on trying to use skype on the xda developers forum - no one's been able to get skype working where you can both hear and be heard.
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I'd appreciate it. I have an android phone running both apps, so I'm not too worried about using them on the Fire. I would like to be able to use Google Voice Search, though. There are several threads on trying to use skype on the xda developers forum - no one's been able to get skype working where you can both hear and be heard.
No problem. I really haven't had the time to look into it that much as of right now, but I've done some talking with my friends and they said that they have heard of some of their friends are able to run a full skype message with two-way voice working perfectly. The only problem was that it would crash the app after about 2 minutes into the call. I don't know what they did and my friends didn't how they did it. Ya I did loon on the XDA servers and there hasn't really been any type of update on that subject.
The whole Google voice situation is that you should be able to use the API and it should be able to run a perfect Google Voice Call without any problems. Now if I read it right either on this thread or on another one that you weren't really into wanting to root your Fire, am I right? If so then there is a way for you to go in and download the API without having to do a full root on it. After that it should run Google Voice perfectly fine...
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Yes, that's true - I'd rather not root if I don't have to. I didn't know you could install the API withoiut rooting. I'm so used to using the voice-to-text feature on my phone for entering text for searches, emails and text messages, that it feels weird typing everything in on the Fire.
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Yes, that's true - I'd rather not root if I don't have to. I didn't know you could install the API withoiut rooting. I'm so used to using the voice-to-text feature on my phone for entering text for searches, emails and text messages, that it feels weird typing everything in on the Fire.
I know exactly how you feel. I have been that way still since I got my Fire on release day. Lol

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Hi all,

Looking to see if anyone is able to assist me here. Essentially I am trying to install the file explorer app on my Kindle Fire. My problem is that I am located in Australia, where the Fire is not sold. Anyway, I can't purchase any apps directly from the Amazon App store because I don't have an American credit card.

Can anyone think of a way to get around this? I have a copy of the file explorer .apk file on my computer ready to send across to the Kindle, problem is that I can't navigate to where I put the .apk file without a file explorer (which I can't download, not even the free version).

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Hi all,

Looking to see if anyone is able to assist me here. Essentially I am trying to install the file explorer app on my Kindle Fire. My problem is that I am located in Australia, where the Fire is not sold. Anyway, I can't purchase any apps directly from the Amazon App store because I don't have an American credit card.

Can anyone think of a way to get around this? I have a copy of the file explorer .apk file on my computer ready to send across to the Kindle, problem is that I can't navigate to where I put the .apk file without a file explorer (which I can't download, not even the free version).

Any assistance is much appreciated!
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I don't know what I am doing wrong but I cannot get the Nook app to work for my mom's Kindle Fire. We know how to convert epubs of course with Calibre etc. But, my Kindle I have the nook app working fine and linked to my B/N account I can sign in and read my epubs just fine.

On hers When she tries to sign in I keep getting "Error failed to decrypt hash" so we cant get into the app past the sign in. Even if I try to put in my account info which I know works on my Kindle onto hers it still wont take it. Anyone have any clues why one would work and the other gets the login errors?
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I'll try out that browser. Yes, the browser on the Android is very slow.
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