How to Install SwiftKey (or Any Other Keyboard) On Amazon Kindle Fire

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22 Nov, 2011 7:20 am


So you’ve rooted your Amazon Kindle Fire. Now what? Besides installing Android Market and some other 3rd-party apps not available in Amazon’s Appstore like the B&N Nook app, you can now install an alternate keyboard like SwiftKey. It’s not exactly a one-click procedure, but if you follow the guide posted on the XDA Developers forum, you’ll soon be enjoying SwiftKey, or some other 3rd-party keyboard apps like Swype.

You can’t just load up the Android Market and install SwiftKey the normal way because Amazon has taken out the GUI in the Android settings menu to choose an alternate default keyboard. So basically the guide posted in the XDA Developers forum indicates that you have to ADB running and have a way to sideload the SwiftKey app (it must be a purchased version for Android phones, not the tablet version) onto the Kindle Fire.

Generically, the procedure is to use ADB to access and backup the settings database file from the Kindle Fire. Then use an SQLite database editor to change the value for the default Android keyboard. Save the changes to the database file, use ADB to change file owner and permissions to the updated settings.db file, then reboot. If you were successful in following all the steps, you will be rewarded by seeing SwiftKey as your default Android keyboard.

Incidentally, the guide on the XDA forum also has some values for other 3rd-party keyboard apps like Swype, FlexT9, and Graffiti Pro, to name a few. So if you’re not partial to SwiftKey, you can use the same procedure to switch the default keyboard to another app. Consult the guide for supported keyboard apps.

Via Android Central, XDA Developers

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