How To Install Android Market On Kindle Fire [Tutorial]
Android Market is not available officially on the newly released Kindle Fire. Since Amazon released the source code for the Fire, however, the device had been rooted making it possible to add it anyway. Follow our step-by-step instructions and you’ll be well on your way to browsing the Market then installing apps and games right on your device!
Before we begin we would like to say the process is complex and not for the casual computer user. Rooting the device, moving and installing files, and installing a third party alternate launcher will be necessary. Read the entire instructions before you begin to determine if you can complete the entire process.
If you are ready to proceed then we can start. Make sure to root your Kindle Fire; we posted a friendly guide that guides you through the process. Once your device is rooted, come back to this page. It’s okay. We’ll wait.
Rooted? Great! Now download the following four files:
Now, on your Kindle device, navigate to Settings > Device. On this screen confirm that “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources” is switched to the ON position.
Next, we’ll need to ensure you have activated Side Loading Apps on the Kindle Fire. You may have already accomplished this task when you first rooted your device but it’s always best to double check. If you’re sure they’re activated, skip ahead.
Do this on your PC by following these steps:
Navigate to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt
Enter the following command: echo 0×1949 >> “%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini
Press the Enter key
On your Kindle Fire, navigate to Settings > Applications
Check off the Unknown Sources box.
If you are using a Mac, follow these steps:
Connect your Kindle Fire to your Mac
Open the following file: ~/.android/adb_usb.ini with notepad
Navigate to end of the file and add the following value: 0x1949
Save and close the file
Stop the ADB server with the following command: adb kill-server
Run the following command: adb devices
Your Kindle Fire should now be listed
Now your Kindle Fire is ready to go through the installation process. Follow these steps:
Transfer the two .apk files you have downloaded earlier and place them somewhere on your Kindle Fire.
Run Root Explorer and find the .apk files on your Kindle
Choose and install the GoogleServiceFramework.apk
Once completed, long-press on the Vending.apk until a small popup window appears, then choose Move
Navigate to System > App
RO will be selected here; change this option to RW
Paste the Vending.apk in this folder
Long-press on the Vending.apk until a small popup window appears, then choose Permissions
Modify the permissions so they are identical to the other apps in the same folder (RW-R-R)
Now we’ll need to install a third party launcher.Here are the final steps:
Transfer the Go Launcher .apk to your somewhere on your Kindle Fire
Run Root Explorer and find the .apk file on your Kindle
Choose and install Go Launcher
Press the Home button
Select the Go Launcher program
Congratulations! The Android Market is now on your Kindle Fire.
While the installation process may seem lengthy and tedious, you may find value in the long run by having a larger selection of apps. Not all of them are available; we’ll have to wait for the developers to make them compatible. As always, tinkering with the inner workings of any device requires at least basic computer know-how. Use caution.