If you are new to the Kindle Fire, and want to customize it, here is some help. Basically you just need to get the APK files for your desired app onto your Fire. Once you do that, it will prompt you to install. After that, it is just a matter of whether the app is compatible. I deal with that here.
It is so easy all you need is
- Your Kindle Fire
- An Android phone (optional)
You will need a cloud storage service. The two that I use are Box.net and Dropbox. (Shall I go off on a rant here and wonder why the hell Amazon’s Kindle Fire is NOT compatible with their perfectly functional Cloud service? No? Okay, lets save that one for another day). So now you need to run off and sign up for one or both of those services.
Box.net is currently having a promotion for iPad/iPhone users where they are offering 50GB (!) free until 12/2. Otherwise sign up for their free 5GB. Dropbox offers 2GB free, either are more than you need for basic book and/or app storage. Should Amazon ever integrate the Fire with their Cloud service, I will switch and store my Fire-ready files there. You can sign up for either service from your Fire.
The last app you need is Easy Installer which is available in the Amazon Appstore. Open it once, close it, then forget it’s there.
- Install the Astro app on your phone
- Install the Dropbox or box.net apps on your phone
- Install Easy Installer on your Fire (available in the Amazon Appstore)
- Install Dropbox or box.net app on your Fire
- Go to Apps and select QuickOffice (it comes preinstalled)
- Select Accounts and pick either Dropbox or box
- Once you connect the account, you can access your files via QuickOffice
- If you want to install box.net so you don’t have to go thru QuickOffice, it is available in the Amazon Appstore
- If you want to install Dropbox download the file from this page, upload same file to your dropbox account via the website and install to the fire using steps 1-3
Android phone users Easy Transfer
- Install the app you want on your Fire
- Backup using Astro app
- Go to Astro’s File Manager after backup is complete
- APK files are in Backups>Apps folder
- A long press on the app opens a transfer menu, choose Send
- Send to the service
You could probably send via email here, but personally I’d like a backup of the apps so that if I need to, I can access them later.
Now that you have the the Dropbox/Box services on your Fire, you need to get APK files. I don’t use them a lot, but you can try GetJar since you cannot download APK files from the default android marketplace. If you’d like assistance on free apps and/or need help downloading, you can always contact us and we’ll try to get the app for you.