If you live in most countries outside of the United States and purchased a Kindle Fire HD, you may be surprised to see that you cannot download anything from Amazon’s app store, and the tablet PC blocks the Android marketplace from being installed.
I felt like a fish out of water when I got it, because I couldn’t even install apps on it which I downloaded from websites, but that was when I used the browser that came with it.
In this article, I will tell you exactly how to set up most of the apps you will probably want on it, and I will also list standard Android (non-Amazon) apps that I found to work on it so far. The Kindle Fire HD is, after all Android based.
The first app you should get is a file explorer, followed by the Opera browser. This enables you to access all the files you have on the device, and find them by name, which you can’t do from within the Personal Videos app, for example. You also need this to delete and move files.
One option, which is what I use, is ES File Explorer. Download it from the creator’s website here and e-mail it as an attachment to yourself. Log into the E-Mail app that came with the Kindle Fire HD and log into the e-mail account that you sent the attachment to, then tap the attachment once to download it, when it is finished, tap the same thing again to launch it.
If you have a Gmail account, use that, because i’m certain it works with that E-Mail app.
Follow the instructions displayed on the Kindle screen.
How to Install Apps
- Put your finger on the top bar with the time on it, slide it down to the bottom of the screen, then click “More” in the top right corner.
- Slide your finger up the screen until you see “Device”. Tap that, and then where you see “Allow Installation of Applications”, tap “On”.
- You will receive a warning which you must heed. Read it, then tap ok.
- E-Mail and install a file browser first as I recommended above, then use it to navigate to the /download directory which is where you should put your apps.
Android Apps that Work on the Kindle Fire HD (so far)
- 1Mobile App Store.
- Accuweather (Obtain from GetJar).
- GetJar (app store).
- Jota Text Editor.
- Opera Mobile (select version 12.1).
- Opera Mini.
- Google Chrome.
- BeeJiveIM for Facebook – Facebook Messenger (Obtain from GetJar).
- BeeJiveIM for AIM – AIM Messenger (Obtain from GetJar).
- PG Calculator (Obtain from Opera app store).
- PianistHD – Virtual Piano that teaches you how to play (Obtain from 1Mobile App Store).
- TechCalc (Obtain from Opera app store).
- TubeMate (Obtain from GetJar) – This is equivalent to Youtube, but with additional features, such as the ability to download videos to your device to avoid choppy playback.
- Youtube (partially functional because it wouldn’t allow me to login, so you can’t comment on or Like videos.). Don’t bother with this app. Use TubeMate.
- Angry Birds (Obtain from GetJar).
- Angry Birds Space (Obtain from 1Mobile).
- Angry Birds Star Wars (Obtain from 1Mobile).
- Bugs Memory Game (Obtain from 1Mobile).
- Crime City (Obtain from GetJar).
- Empire Story (Obtain from 1Mobile app store).
- Greedy Spiders (Obtain from GetJar).
- Helidroid 3D (Obtain from 1Mobile app store).
- WildTangent Game Store (they will e-mail it to you).
- Word Scramble 2 (Obtain from GetJar).
I would also highly recommend downloading the Send to Kindle PC software from Amazon. Get both the Firefox and Chrome extensions, and the PC app which lets you send PDF files to the Kindle as well.