So as mentioned in previous posts I recently got a new Kindle Fire (YAY!). However a big boo comes in when you look into the Amazon App Store. SO many of the Android apps I love using and use quite regularly are nowhere to be seen such as, Dropbox, Draw Something and a few others apps I totally took for granted.
At first several people told me to just root the device, sure why not? But upon thinking about it I realised I actually do like the interface and layout of the Kindle Fire, it was just the App Store that was annoying me. I wanted a Kindle that I could use a few apps on not a brand new Android tablet as I already have one and I’ll be honest I much prefer this.
Side-loading seemed the definite way forward!
Side-loading is a way to get apps from the Play store onto another Android device (possibly that can’t access the Play Store.) To do this you need to install a few apps prior to the Side-load but read on and all will be explained!
You do need another Android device or Tablet to side-load apps from.
Download an application from the Play Store called Astro File Manager.
Once installed swipe across to the right and a list of options will come up. Under Application Manager select Backup.
This will bring up a list of all apps installed on your device. Select the tick box for any apps you want backed up and this will copy the APK onto the SD Card section of your phone memory under a folder called Backup.
I transferred the APK into my Dropbox folder – Menu> Upload Here> Other Files> Backups, select the files you want to upload and press upload.
From the Amazon App Store on your Kindle Fire you need to download a file explorer. I used ES File Explorer.
Plug your Kindle into your PC/Mac. Once the device has been recognised open your Dropbox folder and drag across the APK you want to install. Once it is installed disconnect your kindle as per usual.
Open ES File Explorer on your Kindle. In this App should be all of the filers/folders on your device and your app should be here somewhere.
Drag down the top bar on your kindle to bring up the options bar. More> Device> Allow installation of Applications (from unknown sources), make sure this is ON and go back to ES file explorer.
Click on the link for the app you wish to install. The Application installation window will appear. Select Install and the app shall be installed!
So far I haven’t found many apps this doesn’t work with, other than ones that have functions that aren’t supported on the Kindle Fire i.e. camera, gps and so on. For some reason Google based apps – GMail, G+, Google maps also don’t work with the above method. There is a way to install these and when I do it successfully you guys shall be the first to know :).