Guide: How to Install Google’s Android Market on Kindle Fire (Updated)

Filed under Guides by Christopher Horrocks on November 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Android Market on Kindle Fire

Itching for a broader expanse of app selection on your rooted Kindle Fire? It is possible to install the Android Market, furthering your journey on the path of turning the Fire into a full fledged Android Tablet. Follow the tutorial after the break.

To broaden your Android App options on your rooted Kindle Fire, follow these steps below.

Warning: NOT for the faint of heart. As with any modification to system files, there is a chance you could cause damage to your device. Use at your own risk.

Prerequisites

  • Root your Kindle Fire
  • Download the following apks (You are on your own finding them, I’d rather not link them here)
    • GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    • Vending.apk (Latest Version 3.3.11)
  • Root Explorer App (or similar that lets you change ro/rw permissions)
  • Side Loading Apps activated on Kindle Fire
    • On the Kindle Fire Settings screen, go to “Device” and turn On “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources”

Instructions

  1. Transfer the .apk files to your Kindle Fire via PC / Mac (remember where you put them)
  2. Open Root Explorer App, and navigate to the transferred .apk files
  3. Select the GoogleServiceFramework.apk and install
  4. When complete, click “Done” and return to the file location for Vending.apk
  5. Long-press Vending.apk and select the “Move” option on pop-up menu
  6. Navigate to /system/app folder
  7. Change mount option from RO to RW (read-only to read-write)
  8. Paste Vending.apk into the /system/app folder
  9. Long-press Vending.apk and select “Permissions” from pop-up menu
  10. Change permissions to match all other apps in this folder (rw-r–r–)
  11. Reboot your Kindle Fire
  12. Once reboot is complete, select Market App and log-in as usual.
  13. Enjoy!

You will most likely notice some familiar apps missing from the market, as this device is lacking certain hardware specifications. However, once custom ROMs start appearing for the Kindle Fire, it is a safe bet it will no longer be the case.

Update

Please note that the Market will not show up in your apps while using the Amazon UI. Install an alternate UI with instructions from HERE.

Source  //  XDA, Jolleyboy, Bandage

20 Responses to “Guide: How to Install Google’s Android Market on Kindle Fire (Updated)”

  1. jayray78 says:

    GoogleServiceFramework.apk will not install. What am I doing wrong?

    • Bandage says:

      did you enable “side-loaded” apps as mentioned? also, try moving the .apk into the same system/app folder as the Vendor.apk and changing permissions as described, then installing.

  2. K S says:

    i cant find the adb_usb.ini. I have looked in c:docs and settingsmy user.android and the .ini is not there. i do have the .android folder but the .ini isnt in it. My kindle is showing up in the device manager as a composite android device. What am i doing wrong?

    • Andrew Kenady says:

      Go into your Android SDK manager, and install the optional USB packages. I had this problem too :P

  3. Andrew Kenady says:

    Got this all working finally (my first experience with the ADB and rooting…) but now only a couple of my Android Market apps show up, and some of them say “The app is not available in your country or carrier” :C

    • Bandage says:

      Are you in the US?

      • Andrew Kenady says:

        Yep, but I think the problem was just that it only showed the paid apps. I was able to find and download most of the free apps I have on my other device :P And I only got that “carrier” error a couple times. I assume just because Need for Speed Shift doesn’t like devices that have no carrier. lol

  4. Andrew Kenady says:

    Hey, guys! I was getting pretty tired of having to switch UI’s to open the Android Market, so I made a simple Android app that just opens the android market and closes itself. It looks almost exactly like the normal app, but it of course shows up in the Amazon UI. Enjoy! Let me know if you use it!

    http://www.box.com/s/9892912qi86i002dsxvf

  5. Edward P. says:

    I followed these directions carefully but something went wrong. When I try to launch Android Market the screen flickers and nothing loads. It just brings me back to the home screen. What am I doing wrong? 

  6. hi guys i just got my kindle fire. am ready to root my device but i am in canada so basicaly i cannot install any app from amazon coz there services r not available hear.but i need to install root explorer app ….even after rooting my kindle .. so any suggutions.. how i can download root explorer???

  7. Questionarrie says:

    So if I root my kindle fire can I install paid apps from the Android Market? I know if you simply sideload them it won’t work.

  8. Al says:

    For some reason Root Explorer cannot change my system/app folder from read only to read and write. I have followed and rooted sucessfully but yet when I hit the remount button it has no effect and if I try to paste the file it says that the system folder is read only. What is not allowing root explorer to change the folder or remount it to read and write.

  9. LC says:

    when I try to move vending.apk nothing happens… It looks as though it is copying but it does not show up in /system/app. Any ideas?

    • Al says:

      I think you are having the same issue as I am. Its because System/app folder is read only and cannot be changed to write so it really cannot move the vending.apk to that folder and that is why its not showing up. 

      • Bandage says:

        make sure you have SuperUser installed (should have done it automatically when you rooted), and that Root Explorer has root priveledges.

        • Al says:

          How do you make Root Explorer have root privileges. I do get the SuperUser installed and confirms it so its got to be Root Explorer. It weird it can switch all the other folders just fine its just the system folder it cannot do anything with.  

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