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How To Install Apps On Kindle Fire Without WiFi

I bet most of you will think this title is absurd and the article will be useless. But dude you are wrong. Yes, WiFi  networks cover almost all corners nowadays, and even if you are out of the WiFi zone in your home, you can still get access to WiFi in places such as McDonalds, Pizzahut, etc. However, there will always be the exceptions.

Try to imagine having a Kindle Fire HD tablet, but you are temporarily out of range of a WiFi connection. This means that you will naturally be unable to install any of your favorite apps on your tablet which could pretty much be like torture to you. Right?

Well, after several hours of conducting searches and practicing, I finally found out a way that works absolutely well in situations such as this. Before we start, make sure you have a computer and can use .apk files on your computer.

Now you need to know what you should prepare for this trick: a Kindle Fire (HD), a USB cable which can connect your Kindle Fire to the computer, a computer, the .apk files of the apps (you can download the .apk files via  any computer).

Step 1. Plug your Kindle Fire to your computer. This should bring up a new disk called “KINDLE” in your local drive. Open it you can check the files in your Kindle Fire and use them just like a UDisk.

Step 2. Transfer the .apk file of the app you want to install to Kindle’s storage. For example, if you want to install Aldiko (an eBook Reader app), you will search for “Aldiko apk file download” in Google, create a new folder called “apks” in Kindle’s storage and put the apk file in this folder.

Step 3. Disconnect your Kindle Fire from the computer. Then press the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of Kindle Fire’s home screen, press “More — Device”, and turn on the “Allow Installation of Applications” option.

Step 4. Install the app using the Web browser on Kindle Fire. For example, of I wanted to install the .apk file in “root/apks/”, I will input “file:////sdcard/apks/aldiko.apk” in the address bar.


Your Kindle Fire will now ask if you want to install the app.


Press “Install” and you will find the App will now show up in your Kindle Fire’s home screen.

You can use this method to transfer any type of file your Kindle Fire can open even if your Kindle Fire hasn’t got any way to connect to internet. A pretty useful trick, huh?

Written By

Jonny Greenwood has been in love with eBooks and eReaders for years, likes everything about eBooks, eReaders, Tablets, Gadgets, Softwares, etc. Works for Epubor and wants to share and communicate all the knowledge about tech with all you dear readers.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. TracyAnn0312

    January 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for sharing these ideas on how to install application on Kindle fire. Good to know more things about it specially if we doesn’t have wifi.

  2. Stenn

    January 25, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Very useful article, I lost my connectivity with my WIFI almost half the time, I really liked the technique, if it really works, then its great. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  3. myles

    January 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Really great article, it helped a lot. Keep posting tutorials like these , and you will rock. (Y)

  4. Fran

    February 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the free guide. i do not use wifi after someone took my banking and stock account information a few years ago. I now use a seperate computer just for online banking and my stock investmets. The computers at home are all on hardline no wifi after that happened. The only thing i worry about now is the apps and if they have anything on them.

  5. Angela

    February 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    heheheh, same instructions on other adnroid phone :p hehe, but i dont have kindle fire 😛 coz nothing kindle fire in indonesia 🙁

  6. Rooney

    August 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I don’t have words to say thanks.

    I was struggling with this issue from last 3-4 days and asked many friends to solve this issue. Finally I did Google search and you helped me a lot to do this task very easily.

  7. Mo

    January 2, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Not working on my Kindle Fire HDX.

    It says the file or directory could not be found.

  8. Emily

    September 14, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Will this work to use apps that normally require wifi to play? My grandmother has a kindle but no wifi, not an issue since we load the books for her but now her solitaire game keeps asking her to connect to wifi to play

  9. knott

    May 18, 2017 at 3:03 am

    just put into airplane mode.

  10. aaron

    June 20, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    my fire doesn’t let me open the silk browser without wifi. any ideas?

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