This is a step-by-step guide to install the full Android Market on your Kindle Fire, which turns your Kindle Fire into a full-fledged Android Tablet. This will allow you to install Android apps that Amazon doesn’t include in its own Amazon Appstore, and it greatly improves the value of the $199 Kindle Fire. You’ll definitely want to do this if you’ve already rooted your Kindle Fire (or are comfortable enough to do so by following our tutorial here).
Requirements: What you need to do before installing the full Android Market on your Kindle Fire.
- Root your Kindle Fire (step-by-step tutorial here)
- Enable sideloading of third-party apps, if you haven’t already
- On the Kindle Fire, tap the top status bar (where your battery icon is) and choose More… Then select Device and make sure that Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources is turned On
- Install the ES File Explorer app from the Amazon Appstore, if you haven’t already
Step 1: Install Titanium Backup by sideloading it.
To do this, you’ll need to download the .apk for the Titanium Backup app. You’ll also need the “Donate” version of their app, which allows you to convert a “User App” to a “System App” (more on that later). You can Google to find the .apk file you need, or go to their website and purchase the donate version. Some older versions of this app don’t have the ability to convert from User App to System App, so make sure you get a newer version.
Once you have the correct Titanium Backup apk file, connect your Kindle Fire to your computer with a micro-USB cable. Open your Kindle Fire up in My Computer, go to the Documents folder (any folder will do, but I like using the Documents folder). Copy over the apk file to this folder.
Now go back to your Kindle Fire and open up ES File Explorer. Go to the Documents folder, and tap on Titanium Backup.
After tapping its icon, go ahead and click Install to install Titanium Backup.
Open Titanium Backup for the first time by finding it in your Apps list, and grant it Superuser access by clicking Allow when you see the below screen, making sure that the Remember box is checked.
Hit OK on the next two screens that pop up and you’ve successfully installed Titanium Backup.
Step 2: Install the Google Services Framework and full Android Market apps by sideloading them.
Download the full Android Market app as well as the Google Services Framework app that’s required to run it by going here: http://www.mediafire.com/?jb2dw4zs7uzp590. Unzip the file and upload the two apk files to the Documents folder on your Kindle Fire, like we did earlier with the Titanium Backup apk file.
Open up ES File Explorer and install Google Services Framework first followed by the Android Market (the amarket file).
Don’t open the Android Market app yet, since we still need to convert it to a System App before it will work.
Step 3: Convert the Android Market app to a System App using Titanium Backup.
Go and open Titanium Backup from your apps list. Go to the middle tab at the top, Backup/Restore. This will bring up a list of installed apps. In this list will be the Market 3.3.11 app, which is the Android Market app we just installed a step ago. It should be alphabetically down the list, but sometimes will appear at the top.
When you find it, press and hold it to bring up the below menu:
Press the Convert to system app button and it will automatically convert it to a system app. Other guides out there require DOS commands or complicated apps to do this, but using the Titanium Backup method in this tutorial is hands down the easiest way.
Step 4: Install the Android Market Opener app by sideloading it.
The good news is that the Android Market app is installed. The bad news is that Amazon blocks it from being displayed in their apps list… so we need to do one of two things. Install a separate launcher like Claystone Launcher from the Amazon Appstore or Go Launcher EX by sideloading it (it’s a great app, and you can download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?44wsz13tib54kxf).
The other and nicer alternative if you don’t want to mess with separate app launchers is to sideload the Market Opener app that will place an icon in your app list that launches the Android Market. It’s essentially a nifty way to trick your Kindle Fire into having an Android Market icon, and you can download it here: http://munday.ws/kindlefire/MarketOpener.apk. Install it by sideloading it, the same way we did with the above apps, and voila! You have an Android Market icon in your apps list.
Now you can open your Android Market app from your Kindle Fire. It will ask to connect to your Google account, so go ahead and do that. Note – if you encounter any crashing errors or Google won’t connect to your account (like if you get the error message “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server”) just turn off and turn on your Kindle Fire and it should be fine.
Comment below with any questions and let us know if it worked for you! Remember, some apps won’t work on the Kindle Fire because it lacks cameras, GPS, and a mic – but many will still work just fine.