You’ve finally broken down and want to see what the Amazon App Store is all about? Well you’re in luck, here’s a quick tutorial for how to install the app on your phone or tablet. At the time of this writing, the Amazon App Store is only available in the United States. As it opens up in more areas, this tutorial will be updated.
Let’s start off with a basic understanding of the app itself. The Amazon App Store is an alternative to Google’s own Market. Using your Amazon.com account, you can see many of the apps you’d find in the Market as well as Amazon-exclusive apps. There are thousands of apps available to go along with many being submitted on a daily basis. When you see an app that you are interested in, then you go ahead and download the app. The process is similar to downloading an app in the Market, but has a few slight differences which is where this tutorial will come in and help you.
We need to understand ‘sideloading’ and its relevance to the Amazon App Store. Sideloading refers to the process of installing an application on your Android device from an unofficial source (as in not originally on your phone’s memory or not from Google’s Market). You install the app’s .apk file (similar to an .exe file format in Windows) from either an SD card or in our case, using the Amazon App Store. Let’s say for example you see a cool app that you’re interested in, yet is unavailable in the Market, but found in an alternative source like say, the Amazon App Store. How do you get the app on your device you say? You sideload the app by using the Amazon App Store of course. Let’s begin with the tutorial.
Make sure you have sideloading enabled on your device. This is simply done by going to your Settings menu, scrolling down to Applications and then making sure the ‘Unknown sources’ box is checked which will allow the installation of non-Market applications. If you don’t have this option available on your device, it may mean the manufacturer or mobile carrier has disabled this option.
Download the Amazon App Store app. On your Android phone or tablet, visit this website and enter your phone number or email for the download link to your phone.
Download and install the app to your device and enjoy!
That my friends is a quick tutorial on how to install the Amazon App Store onto your device. We hope this helps you to enjoy all that is out there, especially the daily Amazon Free App of the Day. Let us know how this works out for you in the comments section below.