Installing Android Apps on a Kindle Fire

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So you got a Kindle Fire HDX and you want to expand your choice of apps? Well here is a way to install Google Play apps on your Kindle Fire without rooting your tablet. You can even install the Google Play Store if you want to root it by following the instructions at here. I have not tried it rooting, so I cannot confirm if it works or if it is safe. I personally have 3 of the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16 GB Wifi-Only (no special offers). One for me, one for my wife, one for my son.

  1. In the Amazon App store, search and install “ES File Explorer” on your Kindle Fire. Don’t worry, it is free.
  2. Go to Settings > Applications > Apps from Unknown Sources – Set it to On. Back out of settings.
  3. Plug in your Kindle Fire with the provided USB cable into your Mac or PC.
  4. Open a browser and go to:
  5. Open another tab, go to Locate the app you want and note the id in the URL for example:
  6. Copy the full URL or just the ID into the tab you opened. Click Generate Download Link. Download it to your computer.On PC with Windows 7 or 8:
    1. Open My Computer.
    2. Double-click Kindle.
    3. Double-click Internal storage.
    4. Copy and paste the package to this folder.
  7. Now, from within your Kindle, open ES File Explorer.
  8. It should automatically open to the correct folder. Double tap on the icon for your new App. Click install.

It is really that easy. However, there is a caveat to this. It has to be a free app using the download webpage. If you want to install a paid app, you have to buy it then install it on an Android device you own. After you do that, make sure you have ES File Explorer on that Android device and then you can copy the package to your desktop pc and then to your Kindle.