Extra Tutorial: How To Sideload Apps On Fire Phone
Even though the Amazon Appstore for Android is a pretty huge collection of apps, many of the popular Android apps or games are missing there.
Fortunately, that’s not the end of the world, because you can easily sideload most of these apps to your Fire.
In Mini Tutorial 4/5: How To Install Apps On Fire Phone I explained how to install apps on Fire phone from the Amazon Appstore and Google Play.
In this tutorial, I will tell you how to sideload apps on Fire phone and install (and use) a few of the most popular Android app stores (other than Google Play and the Amazon Appstore).
UPDATE: I’ve recently finished working on my first e-book about Fire phone apps (click to see it on Amazon).
Sideloading Apps On Fire Phone Step By Step
Actually, it’s very easy to sideload apps to your Fire phone. Here’s how you do it step by step:
1. The first thing you need to know is allow installation of apps not from the Amazon Appstore. By default, Fire phone doesn’t allow installation of apps from unknown sources. To change it, go to Settings > Applications > Allow installation of apps not from the Amazon Appstore and change settings to ON. You will see the warning (like the one below). Click OK.
2. Next, you need to install some file manager, so that you can manage (open and install) new apps on your Fire. I strongly recommend using ES File Explorer, which is a very simple, free and easy-to-use app for managing files.
3. Now it’s time to transfer apps (in the form of APK files) to your Fire phone. All you need to do is connect your Fire phone to your PC, create a special folder for apps (it’s best to call it APK or, simply, Apps) and transfer all the apps you want to sideload there.
TIP: There are many alternative app stores from which you can manually download APK files (the shortcut stands for Android Application Package) to your computer and then copy them to your Fire phone. I recommend these app stores: market.1mobile.com, and slideme.org.
Remember that no app store gives you 100% guarantee that all the apps on it are safe and secure. That’s why you have to use common sense when installing apps and choose the ones only with good ratings. Once you download the apps to your computer, it’s time to move them to your Fire phone.
4. The next thing you need to know is to install the apps you have just moved to your Fire phone.
Open ES File Explorer and navigate to the folder where you transferred APK files. Open and click Install on the app you want to sideload to your Fire phone. You will have to view and accept app permissions (like you have to do when installing apps from Google Play). Once the app is installed, it will be added to the app grid.
Installing A Custom App Store To Sideload Tons Of Apps (Even Some Of Google Apps) Easily And Quickly To Your Fire Phone
The method of manually transferring APK files to your Fire is a bit time-consuming and not very comfortable.
Fortunately, you can save yourself lots of time (and money) by installing one or two alternative app stores to your Fire and then installing new apps through them. Here’s how you do it:
1. Download an alternative app store to your computer (in the APK format). I recommend installing Mobogenie. Download, transfer and install the app to your Fire phone in the way described above.
TIP: Mobogenie is a really brilliant store with tons of apps. You will even be able to install and use some of the Google apps (which by definition don’t work on Fire phone). I was able to install and use (with success) Google Search (in Fire phone Bing is the default search engine) and Chrome. Read Tutorial Of How To Turn Your Fire Phone Into Android Phone if you want to install and use Google Play and Google apps.
- Open the app store on your Fire phone and choose the apps to download. To download the app to your Fire phone, you just have to click on the arrow down (or FREE if you are on the apps’ page). In the notification bar you will see that the app is downloading. Next, you will have to view and accept permissions. The app will be added to the app grid where you will be able to access it and open.
That’s it. You know now how to sideload apps on Fire phone easily and quickly. Did you have any problems? Let me know your thoughts!
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