[GUIDE] Install Full Android Market on Kindle Fire (Compilation Master Thread)

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By Bandage, Senior Member on 17th November 2011, 08:50 PM
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Ok, there are several threads alluding to installing the Android Market on your Kindle Fire, and this Guide will bring them all together for the EASIEST and MOST Successful process. Credit given to authors or other guides.

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.

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.


Root your Kindle Fire

Download the following apks
Vending.apk (Latest Version 3.3.11)
See HERE for .apk downloads (complete GApps zip file)

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”


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
Navigate to /system/app folder

6. Change mount option from RO to RW (read-only to read-write)
Paste Vending.apk into the /system/app folder

7. Long-press Vending.apk and select "Permissions" from pop-up menu
Change permissions to match all other apps in this folder (rw-r--r--)

8. Install Vending.apk

9. Reboot your Kindle Fire

Once reboot is complete, select Market App and log-in as usual.

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.

Also, the Market App will not show up in the default Amazon Launcher.
You will need to install an alternate launcher (ie Go Launcher EX, ADW).
Find instructions HERE.
For another option than installing an alternate option, check out this work around also!

And myself of course.

**Keep in mind, I'm NOT trying to step on toes in posting this guide...just creating a place for users to go and not have to sift through endless posts.**
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17th November 2011, 09:34 PM |#2  
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Thank you! This works!

One thing I would add to your instructions before 8. Reboot is to install Market.
17th November 2011, 10:42 PM |#3  
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After installing the Android Market, will it still work if I unroot the Kindle Fire?
17th November 2011, 11:28 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by Jackalx

After installing the Android Market, will it still work if I unroot the Kindle Fire?

I imagine so, however I haven't tested it. Worst case scenario, you doesn't work, then root again.

Let me know how it works out!
18th November 2011, 01:34 AM |#5  
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I hate to seem dumb, but where is Vending.apk? It's not in the gapps RAR file.
18th November 2011, 03:43 AM |#6  
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Every time I try to install the googleservicesframework.apk I get "Application Not Installed" any ideas?
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Originally Posted by Jackalx

After installing the Android Market, will it still work if I unroot the Kindle Fire?


I rooted, installed Market and Calendar, then unrooted so I could use the video streaming. Market still works.
18th November 2011, 08:30 AM |#8  
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New market apk from tonight that includes google music store attached - can confirm it working following the same directions, at least for me.
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19th November 2011, 04:06 AM |#9  
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ok having a problem, root explorer wont mount /system/app as R/W so I cant copy the vending.apk. any suggestions?
19th November 2011, 04:35 AM |#10  
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I don't think vending.apk is necessary. I didn't copy that over, and everything worked fine.

When I did copy it over, stuff started bugging out (instant video lagging (after unrooting), access to Amazon app store denied), so went back to deleting that file.
19th November 2011, 06:59 PM |#11  
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Are we not able to purchase apps through the google market once it installed?
I can download free stuff, but when I try to get a commercial app, it shows an error about not being able to purchase
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