Originally Posted by jswinden
How to Sideload Apps:
I recommend that you install the free ES File Explorer
available through the Amazon App Store
. You will need an app like it to install sideloaded *.apk files which are apps BTW.
- Tap Quick Settings, More, Device, then click On to enable Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources.
- Google your app and search for the APK file. Try looking on the developer's website.
- Download the APK file to your computer.
- Copy the APK file to the root on the Fire via a USB connection to your computer. After copied, disconnect the Fire from the computer by clicking Disconnect on the bottom of the Fire's screen and then unplug the USB cable.
- Start ES File Explorer and select the APK file then select install when prompted.
- All done.
My son will be opening his Kindle Fire later today. I own two other Android tablets and I have a question regarding ES File Explorer, specifically on the Kindle Fire. On my other two Android tablets I can launch ES File Explorer and in the top left hand corner it says Local. If I press it I get a pull down menu and can change the view to LAN, FTP, or Bluetooth (obviously this last option won't apply to the Fire). If I select LAN it allows me to view shared folders on my computer which I can then access and copy files (Apps, Documents, Photos etc.) wirelessly to my tablet without using a USB cable. My question is: When you launch ES File Explorer on the Fire is there a pull down menu that will allow you to select LAN and view shared computers on your LAN? If so, it may be possible to transfer files wireless instead of USB. If no one responds I'll check this later today and see if it's possible. I like to transfer files wireless to my other tablets using ES File Explorer, much easier and convenient then a USB cable.