How To Enable Sideloading On The Amazon Kindle Fire


Everyone who plans on buying an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and loves to tinker, listen up. You may have heard Amazon recently confirming the Kindle Fire will have access to Android apps, but not from the Android Market. However, we know that some you are wondering how the heck can we get apps on the tablet not found in the Amazon App Store? You’re in luck because we have the answer by providing you full instructions on how to sideload apps on the tablet. It seems unusual and intricate, but it’s actually straightforward and simple. You can find full instructions for both Windows and Mac users after the break.

Windows Users

  • On your Windows Computer, hit the Start button. Point to All Programs and then point Accessories. Then open the Command Prompt and enter the following:
  • echo 0x1949 >> “%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini
  • Press the Enter key and you’re done with the Command prompt.
  • Go to your Kindle Fire. Open up your Settings and then Applications– then check off the Unknown Sources box. You will then have the ability to install apps on the tablet like you would any other Android toy, so long as the Kindle Fire is connected to a computer.

Mac Users

  1. On the Kindle Fire Settings screen, go to “Device” and turn On “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources”
  2. Plug your Kindle Fire into your Mac.
  3. Open ~/.android/adb_usb.ini with your favorite text editor
  4. Add the value “0x1949” to the end of the file and save it.
  5. You’ll need to restart the adb server process to get it to re-read that file. Do that with “adb kill-server”.
  6. Run “adb devices” and you should see the attached device.

So you’re all wondering what the heck is it that we just did? We’ve actually manipulated the Users\%your_user_name%\.android\adb_usb.ini file so the Android Software Developer Kit can communicate with the Kindle Fire. The fact that we manipulated the .ini file through a command prompt means there’s no need to make hidden and protected files viewable. Neat isn’t it? You can be certain most saavy Kindle Fire owners will take advantage of this great feature.

[via Act Local Media]

About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

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