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? These are probably the most popular questions of Kindle Fire tablet owners. Android apps are, after all, the most popular apps.
I have some very good news for you here. You can download and install Android apps on your Kindle Fire. It’s all pretty easy and you don’t risk losing your warranty like you do if you decide to root your Kindle Fire device.
Amazon doesn’t block installing Android apps on Kindle Fire, so all you need to do is read this tutorial from cover to cover. Let’s get started.
Before we begin downloading and installing Android apps on your Kindle Fire, there are few things you need to learn about Android apps on Kindle Fire tablets.
Do All Android Apps Work On Kindle Fire?
Kindle Fire tablets run Fire OS which is an Android-based operating system. 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. Fortunately, thanks to the fact that Fire OS is based on Android, all Android apps (as APK files) are compatible with Amazon tablets and can be installed on them.
What Android Apps Are Available For Kindle Fire? Can Kindle Fire Get All Android Apps? Yes & No
All the apps from Google Play (it has more than two millions apps) can be installed on your Kindle Fire. There are only two restrictions in this respect:
- Google Apps. As I mentioned above, Google apps that require you to log in will not work properly unless you install a couple of extra files.
- Downloading apps from Google Play. Google Play doesn’t allow you to download APK files (the file format for Android apps) to simply sideload them to your Kindle Fire. That’s why you need to download the desired Android app from a different app source or transfer it from your Android phone. Don’t worry as we are just about to start talking about this. 🙂
Installing Android Apps Onto Kindle Fire (Step By Step)
I divided this tutorial into three main parts: preparing APK files to install on your Kindle Fire, preparing your Kindle Fire and actually installing Android apps on Kindle Fire. Let’s start the practical part.
Preparing & Copying APK Files To 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 APK files in two simple ways discussed below.
Use An Alternative Android Appstore That Allows For Downloading APK Files
Let’s say I want to install the Cortana app on my Kindle Fire. Unfortunately, this app isn’t available on the Amazon Appstore so I cannot install it directly on my Kindle Fire.
Fortunately I can use an alternative app store 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:
- Go to APKMirror and use the search bar to find the Android app you are looking for.
- Choose possibly the latest version and download it to your computer by clicking DOWNLOAD APK.
- The app will download to the default folder for downloads on your computer. In Windows OS it’s Downloads.
Copy The APK Files From Your Android Device
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, back up the APK files and transfer them to your Kindle Fire. Here is how you do it:
- On your Android device (not on your Kindle Fire), open Google Play and install the app you want to transfer to your Kindle Fire. You obviously don’t need to take that step if you have already installed this app on your Android phone or tablet.
- Install ES File Explorer on your Android device and open it.
- Open tab APP and select the apps you want on your Kindle File. Just long-hold the app you want select. Click Backup on the bottom of the screen. The apps will be backed up to folder named “backups” in the form of APK files on the internal memory of your Android device.
- Connect your Android phone to your computer (via USB cable) and copy the APK files to your computer.
Prepare Your Kindle Fire For Installing Android Apps
Kindle Fire and Fire Phone by default 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:
- Go to Settings (just swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings and notifications) and then choose Security.
- Under Advanced you will see Apps from Unknown Sources. Use the toggle button to allow installing from unknown sources. Click OK to dismiss the warning.
- If you have correctly activated installation from unknown sources, the toggle button will be orange like on the screenshot below.
Your Kindle Fire is now ready for installing Android apps.
Transfer & Install Android Apps On Kindle Fire
We are almost there. There are just a few simple steps you need to take now to install Android apps on your Kindle Fire.
- Connect your Kindle Fire device to your computer with the USB cable. Create a folder and name it APK (you can, of course, name it differently if you wish). You can also transfer the files via the cloud storage but in this tutorial I will show you only how to do it with the USB cable.
- Transfer the APK files you prepared earlier to this folder on your Kindle Fire.
- Install ES File Explorer on your Kindle Fire. This is the very same app you were installing on your Android phone.
- Open ES File Explorer. Tap on the button in the left upper corner (these three lines one below another) to open the left panel and see more settings.
- Click on Internal Storage and navigate to the folder you have just created. In my case it’s APK.
- Click on the app you want to install. Hit Install, view the permissions and hit INSTALL once again.
- The app will quickly install and notify you when it’s done. That’s all!
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.