How To Run Almost Any Android App On the Kindle Fire

Installing Apps on Kindle Fire, Step by Step

  • Make sure your phone has a MicroSD card installed. Even a small one will do.
  • On your phone, go to the Market and download Astro File Manager. It's free.
  • This next part is the only tricky one. You must make sure Astro backs up the apps to your external SD card, not to the phone's internal memory. That's the default on some phones, but not on others. So …
  • Open Astro and choose File Manager.
  • Hit Menu, then Preferences.
  • Pick "Backup Directory"
  • Click the little folder button.
  • Click the Up button until the directory displayed is /mnt
  • If there's a folder called "sdcard-ext" "external-sd" or something else that's external, pick that. Otherwise, pick "sdcard".
  • Click OK twice, then Back three times.
  • Choose "Application Backup."
  • Check the apps you want to move to the Fire, and click Backup.
  • Now hook your phone up to your PC using a USB cable. Open the drive which appears on your PC, and look for the "backups" folder. Open the "apps" folder within backups. Copy all the APK files from there onto your PC.
  • Now pick up your Kindle Fire. Go to the Amazon Appstore and download "Easy Installer." It's free.
  • Plug your Kindle Fire into your PC using a USB cable.
  • When the Kindle Fire drive appears on your PC, dump the APK files into it.
  • Disconnect the Fire from the PC.
  • On the Kindle Fire pick Apps, then Easy Installer.
  • Pick an app and choose Install Selected Apps.
  • Your app will now appear on the Kindle Fire's App bookshelf! Enoy!
Continue Reading: What's Compatible?>
What's Compatible With Kindle Fire?
I tried more than a dozen apps on the Fire and found some general rules.

  • Amazon isn't blocking anything. There's no problem with apps that compete with Amazon's own services. Nook runs really well on the Kindle Fire. So does the Dolphin HD browser.
  • Most apps work, including paid apps. I moved two paid games, Cut the Rope and X Construction, over to the Fire without a problem. A third paid game, Safari HD, wouldn't transfer.
  • "Bloatware" or device specific apps probably won't work. The copy of Blockbuster specifically for Motorola phones didn't install.
  • Official Google apps that require logins won't work. That means no Market, no Gmail, no Books. Translate, YouTube and Maps work, because they don't require logins.
Here's what I tested and what runs.
Cut the Rope
Dolphin Browser HD
Fruit Ninja
Google Maps
Google Translate
Guardian Anywhere
NewsRob (Google Reader)
NY Times
X Construction 
Here's what doesn't run.
Android MarketBlockbusterGoogle BooksGmailFacebook
Have you tried sideloading apps onto the Kindle Fire? If so, tell us in the comments belo

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