How to Get Android Marketplace on Your Kindle Fire

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17 Nov, 2011 5:30 pm


Feel the Kindle Fire could be so much more? You’re not alone and thanks to the folks at XDA Forums you can get, almost, the full selection of apps available from Android’s Marketplace.  If you do decide to go ahead with things you should be Warned, its not for the faint of heart.

If you check out the steps below it all seems pretty easy, but then again, most things do ;)

So don’t forget that any modification to system files, creates an opportunity for you to cause damage to your device. Use at your own risk.


  • 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”


  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.

Source BriefMobile via Phandroid

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