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Old July 28th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Install 3rd party apps to Kindle Fire: No root or file manager required!

Amazon restricts the apps you can install on your Kindle Fire. But what if you want to get apps from outside the Amazon Appstore?

Here’s an easy 3-step solution, with NO root and NO file manager required. Sideload from thousands of free apps directly to your Kindle Fire!



Step 1:
On your Kindle Fire, go to: Settings > More > Device> Allow Installation of Applications. (Turn this ON and click “OK”)
Note: Settings is the gear icon in the top right of the screen.

Step 2:
On your computer, download and install SnapPea for Windows: SnapPea - Android's Best Friend SnapPea is the easiest way to manage your Kindle Fire from the desktop!

Step 3:
Use a Micro-USB cable to connect your Kindle Fire to your computer. Open SnapPea for Windows and it’ll automatically connect to your phone and install the SnapPea app on your Kindle (so that you can start side-loading apps). You’re all set!

START INSTALLING APPS!

1) Go to: Download > Apps and download from thousands of free apps from 1Mobile. There are no geographic restrictions and all apps are 100% free.

2) Go to: My Phone > Apps and “+Install Apps” to load APK files directly onto your Kindle Fire.

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Will this work for the Nook Tablet 8GB? I have a friend trying to make this happen.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Incredible! How did you learn this?
Do you think maybe you can figure out how to use a microphone on it?
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Will this work for the Nook Tablet 8GB? I have a friend trying to make this happen.
Fear not, SnapPea supports the NookColor and the NookTablet. A full list of 1000+ supported devices can be found here: [Official Help] List of supported Android devices (USB connection) : SnapPea

We've aimed to build the simplest of all sideloading solutions. We'd love to hear your feedback.
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Anybody try this ?
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cant say ive actually tried this. i just dove right in and rooted it when i bought mine.
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my kindle fire tab was not connecting with snappea plz help
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its not working what can i do
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Old October 6th, 2012, 03:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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is your computer recognizing your kindle when you plug it in?
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Here's another alternative that worked great for me.

Do step one from the OP above. Then use the built-in browser to find a link to Go Launcher from the Internet (try here first, but I'm sure there are others if that doesn't work). Download and install the apk file - despite Amazon's customized skin, it's still built on the Android OS, so it should install any issues. Then just run it to start the launcher, and from there you can set up a more or less standard Android environment with about 90% of the 'normal' functionality of a tablet (aside from the lack of camera and other physical features, of course). If you set up Go Launcher EX as the default app for the Home button, it acts mostly like a straight Android tablet, and you haven't invalidated the warranty. You can't link it to a Google account and get those apps, but otherwise everything else is pretty much the same. Use Titanium Backup or ROM Toolbox (or just direct sideloading) to copy apks for the non-Amazon apps you want to install, or just download them directly from the Internet. I assume this would work with other launchers, too, but I can only speak to Go from experience.

The really slick part is that you can still run the original Kindle Fire environment as an app itself, so that doesn't go away.
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hmmm... why install SnapPea when you can just install the 1mobile app and download direct to your kindle? (btw no mine isn't rooted and this method works fine for me)
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hmmm... why install SnapPea when you can just install the 1mobile app and download direct to your kindle? (btw no mine isn't rooted and this method works fine for me)
But of corurse - why go through all that rigamarole?
When the original post went up, I just assumed this person must be Snap pea's developer. Anyone who's already familiar with the Fire (or who has been researching this or other KF forums) would know that there are easier ways to find and install non-Amazon apps.

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I just use WiFi file explorer since half the time my laptop doesnt like reading usb ports.
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I've been able to install some third party apps onto my Gen 2 kindle fire but my problem is that while the apps get installed, I can't get the shortcuts into my apps drawer or my carousel. I currently access these third party apps via FS File explorer which is cludgy but doable. Is there anyway I can get the shortcuts to my favorites or the carousel?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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install go launcher EX, it'll give you a tablet style er desktop which shouldn't have any issues with getting shortcuts on it.
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hi Drogyn,
i have been trying to load go launcher on my gen 2 without joy, downloads and installs but wont open or show in home screen any ideas
thanks wayne
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Saw your post in the other thread, honestly I don't know since I have the 1st gen, unless someone else has gotten it to work, it sounds like Amazon have been jerks and closed off the ability to use a different launcher.
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hmmm... why install SnapPea when you can just install the 1mobile app and download direct to your kindle? (btw no mine isn't rooted and this method works fine for me)
Thanks for the tip. But where do I find 1mobile app and how do I get it onto my Fire?
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it's here: Over 200,000 free android apps direct downloads

Allow installation of apps from other sources on your kindle and follow that link for the download page
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it's here: Over 200,000 free android apps direct downloads

Allow installation of apps from other sources on your kindle and follow that link for the download page
Wow, thanks for the fast reply! And thank you for the directions and link.
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