Kindle Fire: How to Install APK Files

Android app files can come via an APK file. You can install APK files on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet by enabling a setting and using ES File Explorer to launch it. Just follow these steps.

Note: Be careful about where you have obtained the APK file. Files that come from non-legitimate sources may be corrupted or contain viruses. Please know what you are doing before you proceed.

1. Download and install ES File Explorer from the Amazon appstore.

2. From the home screen select the settings gear and select More.

Kindle Fire More settings

3. Select Device and set Allow Installation of Applications to On.

Kindle Fire allow install applications from unknown sources

3. Open the Kindle Fire web browser and download the APK file. You can also transfer APK files from your computer by connecting the Kindle Fire to the computer with a USB cable.

4. From the home screen, select Apps and open ES File Explorer, then navigate to the location of the APK file. If you downloaded the APK file using the Kindle Fire web browser, the file should be located in the /sdcard/download folder. Tap the file to open it.

Nook app in ES File Explorer

5. Tap Install.

The APK file will then install to the Kindle Fire and can be accessed under the Apps > Device selection.


  1. ariana young says

    Need help help trying to download padagram, paid for the app after it was installed. And logged in.

  2. Carol says

    Once I install the apk file on my Kindle and go to open KoC, it freezes after the Kabam logo and then goes back to Kindle home page. It will not open Help.

  3. Logan says

    Hey guys just trying to get sky sports news on kindle fire hd. Got the .apk file into drop box, then when using es file explorer the install feature won’t work it will only let me cancel. I have managed to get drop box, you tube etc installed. Any ideas? Cheers

  4. Ezri says

    You need to place the apk into your Kindle Fire and run it. The easiest way if to get a Dropbox account and upload the APK to dropbox. Then you can download it from the Dropbox app in your Kindle Fire. After that, just run it. It will install ES file explorer on your Kindle Fire. Hope this helps.

  5. toniboy says

    once you downloaded the es file explorer ( latest version is 1.6), upload to your DROPBOX account ( Go to dropbox website using your kindle fire and download the ESFE which you uploaded earlier. Install in KF

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