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

Filed under Guides by Adam 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.