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. From the Fire, go to”Apps” > “Settings” > “Applications” > “Apps From Unknown Sources” (HD6)¬†or “Settings” > “More” > “Device” > “Allow Installation of Applications” and ensure it’s set to “On“.
  2. 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.
  3. Open the notification area (top bar). It should show that the .APK file is downloading. Tap it once the download has finished.
  4. Select “Install“.

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


  1. Ron says

    Hi,I have download a apk app to the the ES file explorer,but when I try to install on my Kindle I get the following message,Parse Error.There is a problem parsing the package.What is that?Please advise,Ron

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