Friday, April 12, 2013

How To Side-Load Google Apps On The Kindle Fire HD

As you all know, the Kindle Fire has been using a highly customized version of Android. Some of you, even Kindle Fire users, might not know it's Android. And with every unique version of Android, you're locked into Amazon's ecosystem, which is not all bad, considering the acceptable variety of apps. However, as Google and Amazon are competitors in the tablet market, Google apps is a no-go on that device. Here, I'll teach you how to get it on your device.

When I mean Google apps, I don't mean the whole Google Playstore could be accessed on your Kindle. Actually, it can, but only with some hacking that would void your warranty. The apps that I've mentioned are only Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Reader and Google Chrome. In this guide, I won't use any hacking, just with a few loopholes.

However, there's a few let-downs in this method. For starters, Google Maps lacks some functionalities. It won't recognize your current location, lacks pinch-to-zoom and you can't save maps on it. One more thing, these are slightly old versions of the apps. Otherwise, they work fine and it's better than nothing.

WARNING: Before you start, you might want to read the whole guide first. After you're comfortable with it, only then you should start. I will not be held responsible for any of your actions regarding this topic and your device. Be aware that there's the possibility of your device getting bricked.

Before you start side-loading apps, please note that this only works for the Kindle Fire HD 7". Plus, here's a few things that you'll need:

Actually, there're two methods to do this, either by downloading the APK file with the Kindle's browser or transfer it via USB from your computer. I'll show you the latter, as it takes less steps. 

After you've downloaded the files to your computer and your Kindle Fire HD, you're ready to start side-loading. Simply follow the steps below:

1. Enable installation of unknown apps through the Kindle's settings.
    - On your Kindle, pull down the notifications bar and hit More to access Settings > Device and then set Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources to On and then hit OK
2. Unzip the APK file.
3. Transfer the APK files via USB from your computer to your Kindle. Make sure to include the GoogleLoginService.apk file and whatever apps that you want.
4. Run the ES File Explorer app on your Kindle Fire HD.
5. Select the GoogleLoginService.apk file to install it and follow the on-screen prompts. 
6. Restart your Kindle.
7. Run ES File Explorer again and install the rest of the APK files. 
8. You're done!

From now on, you're able to use Google apps on your Kindle Fire HD without any hacking. If you're not satisfied with the selection, you could always find more here. Just apply the same method as the above. Maybe I'll even write another guide on how to access the Google Playstore on the Kindle Fire HD. Maybe.

Please feel free to report any errors in this guide. As I've never tested it, you might or might not encounter some problems. However, I'll try my best to guide you through it. If you have any questions or suggestion regarding this topic, just leave a comment below. Stay tuned for more!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, worked awesome. Even for a not so literate comp savvy dentist