Quick tutorial of how to get Android apps on Kindle Fire without rooting plus all the essential installation tips & instructions.
Can Android apps be used on Kindle Fire? How to get Android apps onto Kindle Fire? Can you use your favorite Android apps on your Fire?
These are some of the most popular questions of Kindle Fire owners. Android apps are, after all, the most popular type of apps out there.
I have some very good news. You can download, install and use Android apps on your Fire from other sources, and it's a pretty straightforward task that anyone can easily do.
This tutorial will be suitable for any version of Kindle Fire. However, please note that installing the Google Play Store on Kindle Fire is possible only with Kindle Fire tables with 5.x.x.x versions of Fire OS.
Before we begin, there are few things you need to learn about Android apps and their compatibility with Kindle Fire tablets.
Kindle Fire tablets run Fire OS (operating system) which is an Android-based operating system, but that has been modified by Amazon. Since Kindle Fire tablets are the flagship product of Amazon, the default appstore for Kindle Fire tablets is obviously the Amazon Appstore.
The Amazon Appstore is the second biggest Android app repository just after Google Play. However, not all Android apps that are in Google Play are available in the Amazon Appstore.
Many good apps are missing and official Google apps, such as Gmail and YouTube, are obvious examples. Fortunately, thanks to the fact that Fire OS is based on Android, most Android apps are compatible with Amazon tablets and you can install them on your Kindle Fire in a few simple steps I am about to show you.
The only limitation comes with Google apps that need logging in to work and which aren't available in the Amazon Appstore by default. In this case you need to install Google Play services (together with a couple of other files) to make Google apps work on your Kindle Fire.
Fortunately, we have some simple and comprehensive tutorials on Google Play/Google apps on Kindle Fire:
All the apps that you will find in Google Play (there are more than 2.8 million apps there) can be installed on your Kindle Fire. There are only two restrictions in this respect:
I divided this tutorial into three simple steps: preparing APK files to install on your Kindle Fire, preparing your Kindle Fire for installing apps outside of Amazon and actually installing Android apps on Kindle Fire.
I assume that you already know what Android apps you want to install on your Kindle Fire. If you don't know which apps you want to install, look for new apps in Google Play and then follow the instructions below.
The first thing you need to do is get the Android app you want to install in the APK file format so that you can transfer it to your Kindle Fire.
You can get/download Android apps in the APK format (as APK files) in two simple ways discussed below.
Let's say I want to install the Cortana app on my Kindle Fire. This app isn't available in the Amazon Appstore so I cannot install it directly on my Kindle Fire.
Fortunately I can use an alternative appstore and simply sideload this app to my Kindle Fire as an APK file.
Here is what you need to do to download APK files directly to your computer:
1. Go to APKMirror and use the search bar to find the Android app you are looking for.
2. Choose possibly the latest version and download it to your computer by clicking DOWNLOAD APK.
3. The app will download to the default folder for downloads on your computer. For users of Windows, it's Downloads.
This is my preferred method but you must be very cautions here and never download APKs from unknown appstores. There are lots of appstores full of malicious apps that may harm your device. If you aren't sure if you can trust an appstore, simply look for the desired app in Google Play and download it using the method shown below.
One of the ways to "bypass" the fact that Google Play doesn't allow for directly downloading APK files is to simply install the apps you want on your Android device (phone or tablet), back up the APK files and transfer them to your Kindle Fire.
Here is how you can do it:
This is a bit safer version of getting APK files because you are simply copying the APK files of apps installed from Google Play. I recommend it to most users (especially the less advanced ones).
By default, the Kindle Fire won't allow you to install apps outside of the Amazon Appstore. This is, obviously, for security reasons. This is what you need to do to change that setting:
Your Kindle Fire is now ready for installing Android apps.
We are almost there. There are just a few simple steps you need to take now to install Android apps on your Kindle Fire.
Congratulations! You have successfully managed to sideload Android apps to your Kindle Fire. You can repeat the above process with almost any Android app you want.
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This article was written by Olga, Love My Fire Co-Author! Learn more about Olga and find links to all of her articles.