aNewDomain.net — The Amazon Kindle Fire runs on a heavily-modified forked version of Android called Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” App-wise, that looks like a hassle to most users. Because of the forked Android version the Amazon Kindle Fire runs, the Amazon Appstore doesn’t have the full complement of apps that you’d find on the Android Google Play app store. Dropbox is an example of one key app not readily available at the Amazon Appstore. But it’s easy to sideload. Here’s how to install Dropbox on your Amazon Kindle Fire.
These instructions will work on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, HDX and the first generation Amazon Kindle Fire, too.
Even though Dropbox isn’t in the Amazon Appstore, all it takes is a little know-how to install Dropbox on your Kindle Fire. And you don’t have to root your Kindle Fire first, either. You just need to sideload the apps by enabling your tablet to allow apps that aren’t on the Amazon Appstore. Here’s how.
Follow these steps to install Dropbox on Amazon Kindle Fire HD, HDX and gen one tablets…
The first thing you’ll need to do is navigate to Settings > Applications
Turn on the setting that lets you install apps that aren’t in the Amazon Appstore. You’ll get a warning message. Just tap OK.
Now open the Silk browser and type: https://www.dropbox.com/android
Tap to download it.
You’ll find the file you just downloaded in the Downloads folder. To easily get there from the browser, just tap to slide the menu open from the left side. Select Downloads.
Now tap the Dropbox APK file. Read it through so you know ahead of time what Dropbox will have access to.
Once it’s finished, you can use it right away. To do so, just tap Open. If you want to use it later, no problem. You’ll find it listed along with your other installed apps from this point forward.
Once you log into Dropbox you’ll be able to use it just like you would through any other Android device.
Note: The process we used to bypass the issue of the forked Android version on the Kindle Fire and installing apps despite that is called sideloading. The beauty of it is you’re able to install the apps you want without the hassle of rooting your device. You just allow apps from unknown sources, an Amazon Kindle Fire option available on the original model, the Kindle Fire HD and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.
I’ll be showing you how to sideload more-essential and popular apps not included in the Amazon Appstore in the near future. If there’s a particular app you want to see on your Kindle Fire, leave a comment below or email me at Brian@aNewDomain.net.
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