How to install Dropbox on your Kindle Fire

by Ross McKillop on December 26, 2011

Kindle

This tutorial will guide you through the steps to install Dropbox on your Kindle Fire.

As you have probably noticed, Dropbox is not available to download/install through the Amazon Market. That doesn’t mean you can’t install it though – it just takes a few extra steps.

  1. Start out by “pulling-down” the Kindle Menu, and select More… from the list.
  2. Scroll down and select Device from the Settings Menu.
  3. Change the Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources entry from OFF to ON
  4. Return to your Kindle Fire Home Screen, and select Web from the navigation bar.
  5. Now enter: https://www.dropbox.com/android in your browser’s address bar. It’s important to note the s in https – regular http will not work.

    Now tap the Download App button. You’ll notice a small ‘downloading’ icon appear in the Notifications section (upper left corner) of your Kindle Fire.

  6. Once the download has completed, pull down the Notifications window. Tap the dropbox.apk file (note: the file name may vary over time).
  7. Now you’ll be prompted to install Dropbox – as you would any other App on your Kindle Fire. Tap the Install button.
  8. Give Dropbox a moment or two for the installation…
  9. and once it has completed, tap Open. Now you’ll be presented with the ‘Dropbox overview’ – just tap Next until the overview is done.
  10. Finally, you’ll be presented with the Dropbox sign-in/sign-up window. Tap the appropriate button (if you already have a Dropbox account, tap I’m already a Dropbox user).
  11. After you sign in, you’ll be presented with your Dropbox account – all of your stored files.
  12. Now you can use Dropbox on and from your Amazon Kindle Fire. To launch it again in the future, just access your Apps, and tap the Device option. That’s it!