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Old 11-16-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Sideloading Non-Amazon Apps

Folks - there are a lot of threads/posts scattered about with instructions for sideloading apps and mentioning some apps that can be successfully loaded.

Please post directions here for newbies on how to sideload non-Amazon apps, and start listing apps that can be successfully loaded onto the Fire. Including links to download the apk files will be most helpful too.

Let's build our own app library here!
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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.
  1. Tap Quick Settings, More, Device, then click On to enable Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources.
  2. Google your app and search for the APK file. Try looking on the developer's website.
  3. Download the APK file to your computer.
  4. 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.
  5. Start ES File Explorer and select the APK file then select install when prompted.
  6. All done.
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How to Side Load Files (Apps, Documents etc.) using Wireless LAN


You can transfer Apps, Movies, Music, Photos, and Documents from Shared folders on your PC to the Kindle Fire using your Wireless LAN, without using a USB cable. Here's how:

1) Enable Network Discovery, File Sharing, and Media Sharing on your PC (Windows Vista / 7: Control Panel --> Network and Internet --> Network and Sharing Center.

Network Discovery: On

File Sharing: On

Public Folder Sharing: On (Read Only)

Password Protected Sharing: Off

Media Sharing: On if you want to share Music etc. from your PC to your Fire.

Once this is done, create a Shared Folder on your PC using Windows Explorer (e.g. Fire Apps). To share the Folder right click the created Folder and select Share. You can choose to share this with Everyone or just select users. If your PC has a Firewall or Internet Security Suite you need to make sure the Trust Level is set to Share. For example in Norton 2011, under Network Security click on Network Security Map, Edit Network Details, and Edit the Trust Level to Shared. Other Security Suites will obviously be different but similar.

2) Download ES file Explorer (free from Amazon App Store)

3) Tap Quick Settings, More, Device, then click On to enable Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources.

4) Open ES File Explorer

5) In the Upper Left Hand Corner Touch Local

6) You should receive a Change View selection

7) Select LAN

8) Select Menu, New, and Scan

9) You should see a list of PCs on your LAN that have Network Discovery enabled

10) Select your PC and enter Password as needed and the Shared Folder you created should be visible

11) From here you can merely touch an App to "copy" and install it to your Fire. Once the Fire finishes downloading the App, you should be prompted to install it.

12) You can LONG press (press and hold) any App, Document, Movie, Music, or any other file in your Shared Folder and select Copy. You can also select Multiple Files and Copy and Paste them all at once to the Fire. Press the little icon in the right hand corner and another set of icons will appear. Press the one with the plus sign to select multiple files. Once all files are selected LONG press one file and Copy.

13) Back in the top left corner press LAN and select Local

14) Select the Local Folder where you want to copy files. You can use an existing folder create a New Folder using the Menu button.

14) You will see a small slide Tab at the bottom of the screen. Slide it up and long press any file and select Paste or Paste All.

15) Your file should now be on the Fire

16) This procedure is really much easier than it sounds. Plus you eliminate having to use the USB cable every time you want to transfer a document or side load an App.

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I've sideloaded the following apps and they work well.
  • Mantano Reader 1.6.4
  • Opera Mini 6.5
  • Satellite AR 2.4
  • Screen Filter 1.2
  • Speed Test 2.0.8
  • YouTube 2.3.4

Doesn't work:
  • Gmail 2.3

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Is there an easy way to get Android Market apps without actually having an Android? I've tried using the emulator but it's complicated, and ultimately hangs on trying to authenticate with Google via the Market app.
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I installed getjar and installed the Nook and kobo Reading apps and they work great.
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Help, please! which version of Mantano did you install? I just tried to install 1.6.3 off GetJar and it says it's not compatible with the Fire!

I am Cdn and can't get into the !!! Kindle AppStore. Have sideloaded Astro, etc., etc, and am using dropbox to install things. I can't find a Mantano apk to install ... I even want to buy the full version.


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  • Opera Mini
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Is there an easy way to get Android Market apps without actually having an Android? I've tried using the emulator but it's complicated, and ultimately hangs on trying to authenticate with Google via the Market app.
Because this is an Android based tablet, there are plenty of App Resources on the Web. To their credit, Amazon did not block any of them. Here are just a few places you can download Apps directly using the Stock Browser. Many of these sites offer App Store or Marketplace Apps that can be installed directly on the Fire. When you download the App Store or Marketplace App you will need to touch the Notification Bar on the top of the Fire and press the App to launch the installation. These are all reputable Android App websites and I visit them frequently with my other Android tablets.



SlideME: http://slideme.org/en
http://slideme.org/application/sam

SlideMe Marketplace App works on the Fire



1 Mobile: http://www.1mobile.com/
http://www.1mobile.com/1mobile-market-79873.html

1Mobile Market App works on the Fire




GetJar: http://www.m.getjar.com/

GetJar App Store Works on the Fire

Select Quick Download. Enter Code 16914



Soc.io Mall: http://soc.io/

Socio Mall App works on the Fire




AndroidPIT: http://www.androidpit.com
http://www.androidpit.com/en/android/market/app-center

AndroidPIT App Center App works on the Fire



Other great sites for Apps:


Freeware Lovers: http://www.freewarelovers.com/

Select Android Device. When downloading Apps from Freeware Lovers you will have to press Click Here on the Downloading Page to initiate the download. To install downloaded App touch the Notification Bar on the top of the Fire and then touch the downloaded App to launch the install.


Panda App: http://download.pandaapp.com/?app=so...roller=android


Android Community: http://androiddev.orkitra.com/download/apps/



Handango: http://www.handango.com/catalog/Soft...oductType=free

All of these Apps are Free. I expect the Fire will be a supported device in short order and you will be able to take full advantage of everything Handango has to offer.



Aproov: http://www.aproov.com/


Android-Softwares: http://android-softwares.blogspot.com/

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Help, please! which version of Mantano did you install? I just tried to install 1.6.3 off GetJar and it says it's not compatible with the Fire!

I am Cdn and can't get into the !!! Kindle AppStore. Have sideloaded Astro, etc., etc, and am using dropbox to install things. I can't find a Mantano apk to install ... I even want to buy the full version.
I sideloaded v 1.6.4.
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Help, please! which version of Mantano did you install? I just tried to install 1.6.3 off GetJar and it says it's not compatible with the Fire!

I am Cdn and can't get into the !!! Kindle AppStore. Have sideloaded Astro, etc., etc, and am using dropbox to install things. I can't find a Mantano apk to install ... I even want to buy the full version.

1.6.4 installed with no problem on my son's Fire. In fact, this was the first App we installed.

My guess is 1.6.3 should work as well. I think that GetJar may have returned that Error because the Kindle is so new it doesn't recognize the device and returns the error. Try downloading and installing it from here:

http://download.pandaapp.com/android....3-id4960.html

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Thank you so much! I had spent a half hour trying to find a way to get Mantano installed!

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1.6.4 installed with no problem on my son's Fire. In fact, this was the first App we installed.

My guess is 1.6.3 should work as well. I think that GetJar may have returned that Error because the Kindle is so new it doesn't recognize the device and returns the error. Try downloading and installing it from here:

http://download.pandaapp.com/android....3-id4960.html
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Are you guys getting pixelated icons in the carousel or is there a method that does not cause that problem?
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Yes. Some sideloaded app icons look good, but most don't.
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If you have an Android device with Market Access you can install ES File Explorer and it will backup any apps from the Market into a apk file then just upload to Dropbox and Install on your Fire.

To backup an app while in ES File Explorer.
Hit Menu/Manager/App Manager
Select the Multi Select button at the top
(It's the one with the + on it.)

Select apps to backup by hitting each one in the File list.
Hit Menu/Backup to backup the apps.

Or Long press on one app and choose backup.

You will find the apk files in the folder backup\apps.

You can then upload them in ES File Explorer using the Dropbox app.

Long press on the apk file a window will popup,
Scroll down while in the Operations window and choose Share\Dropbox\Send to This Folder.

Once that's done, on your Kindle Fire where you have sideloaded the Dropbox app.

Open Dropbox and find where you sent the apk file
Then just press on it and It will open the installer automatically.

Note: You can download the Dropbox app directly from their site but Silk blocks it. So you will need to do this via USB or email it your email. (Not the Kindle's email!) However I recommended side loading Opera Mini you can download apk files directly from a website with it.

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