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  1. Ricky
    January 1, 2012

    Just a heads up, if you’ve set your Fire’s browser to ‘optimize for mobile view’ clicking the download link for the dropbox apk will try to take you to the Amazon app store where the Dropbox app is not available. Switching to desktop view will let you download the apk file directly. I bet this would also affect download links for other apps as well.

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    • AF
      January 6, 2012

      Thanks Ricky, you solved it for me.

      By the way, fun fact, you can sync Dropbox with QuickOffice app.. the gymnastics required (email yourself!) etc is a lil silly though.

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    • KaJoot
      May 8, 2012

      Big Thanks. Saved my day!

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      • Steve Krause
        May 8, 2012

        We love saving days so thank you for the feedback and welcome to gPost!

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  2. Brandon
    March 5, 2012

    Thank you Mr. Burgess for publishing this how-to. You just saved me from returning my kindle fire and getting my money back 🙂

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  3. Rich
    March 10, 2012

    Thanks for the easy, how to?

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  4. AlanG
    March 15, 2012

    Worked for me, thank you!

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    • Brian Burgess
      March 16, 2012

      You bet AlanG! Glad it worked out for you!

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      • Nancy
        May 5, 2012

        This worked great on 5/5/12 – thank you, but to access the files from dropbox, I still have to have the wifi connection on, otherwise I get “network error – please try again later.” Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an app instead of accessing via web? Did I do something wrong?

        Also, after I install dropbox, can I turn the “Allow installation of applications” back to off position, or will that preclude making updates to dropbox?

        Thank you

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  5. Mitch
    April 20, 2012

    Looks like as of the latest update you can’t download the apk with the fire. I tried silk and Dolphin. With all the settings correct, but Amazon blocks it anyway. However, transferring the file from the desktop worked fine.

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  6. Stacey
    May 2, 2012

    I successfully downloaded dropbox, but when I enter the Ebooks folder and click on the book, I get the error message: Please download app that can open this file. The file is a .mobi file. Please help

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  7. cyberita
    July 6, 2012

    YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!
    I just discovered DropBox last week and have put many of my ukulele chord sheets in a folder on it. I then decided that it would be cool to have all my chord sheets on my Kindle Fire. I bought MobileSheets, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to import the pdf files… until I installed the DropBox app on my Kindle.

    Thanks to you, the install went EXACTLY as you described. From my Kindle, I accessed my DropBox folder and selected a sheet. The app asked me if I wanted to complete action using Adobe Reader, Amazon Kindle, or Import into MobileSheets. When I chose MobileSheets, it did what I wan’t able to do–install the individual chord sheets into MobileSheets. I can now carry around my Kindle Fire with all my songbooks. No more lugging for me. Many, many thanks to you.
    cyberita

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    • Steve Krause
      July 6, 2012

      You are very welcome. Welcome to groovypost and Dropbox!

      We have a million Dropbox articles so take a look there as you become more familiar with it.

      http://groovypost.com/tags/Dropbox/

      Thanks!

      -S

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  8. Paola
    July 10, 2012

    YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Thank you so much for the easy way of explaining it…

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    • Brian Burgess
      July 11, 2012

      Not a problem. We aim to please.

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  9. idic11
    July 10, 2012

    Thanks so much for the great instructions!

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    • Brian Burgess
      July 11, 2012

      You bet!

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  10. Brian Burgess
    September 21, 2012

    I just installed Dropbox on the Kindle Fire HD too. The process is essentially the same. Go to Device Settings and turn on the option that says “Allow Installation of Applications.

    Then go to the same Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/android and download it.
    After it downloads, swipe from the top of the screen down to display Notifications and tap the Dropbox.apk and it will install successfully.

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  11. larry
    October 16, 2012

    Brian,
    Thanks1 Excellent advice. Worked like a charm!

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  12. MitchellAllen
    November 30, 2012

    Thanks, Brian! I can’t believe the details on the Dropbox site STOP after “Download”. Since this was my first non-Amazon app, I had NO idea how to proceed. (Now, I know what the little number beside my name is! I don’t usually click or tap on random things. LOL) I’ve added this post to my Evernote so that I can share it with other users.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

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  13. Pepe
    December 1, 2012

    it doesnt work anymore

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  14. Paul
    February 17, 2013

    Thanks Brian, great easy to follow instruction.

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  15. Steve Lew
    March 24, 2013

    Thanks for the dropbox installation guide. Works great so far. I will try it at a Starbucks. You are the greatest!!

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  16. Brian36
    June 26, 2013

    Thanks Brian.
    Tried all that out, but my Kindle Fire kept trying to send me through the Amazon store. In the end I downloaded the ‘Dropbox.apk’ file and posted it zipped to my email account. I then downloaded and installed it from there. Worked a treat.

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  17. gg
    August 4, 2013

    Thank you. My Kindle Fire is more productive now.

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  18. Wendi
    August 21, 2013

    These directions were amazing! Perfect and easy for a non-computer literate person.
    Thank you!!!

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  19. Jason
    January 3, 2014

    I’ve followed the directions exactly and I’m not getting much success with my fire hd. After turning on to allow apps to download, I go the website and click download dropbox. It says starting download for a second and after about a minute it says download complete in the middle of the screen but I don’t get anything in my notifications. If it’s actually downloaded, then where is it or is not really working. It’s not in where my apps are stored. I hope someone can help. Thank you in advance.

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    • pam
      May 30, 2014

      This is what happened to me..how did you fix it

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      • Max
        June 8, 2014

        Pam all i did was go to home page with the crappy carousel> tap web then the three bar doodar at top left, then> downloads> then install
        Worked for me OK but still have’nt managed to get stuff sent from desktop yet
        Max

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      • Colin
        July 12, 2014

        Brilliant Max…..couldn’t find the download for ages…
        THE 3 BAR DOODAR…luv it!!!
        Thks again

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    • Joe
      December 2, 2015

      This option for downloading dropbox on the new kindle fire 7″ 5th generation is now different (not hd or hdx). as i have not used either of the better models.

      you now have to go to “settings”

      select “security”

      then turn on “Apps from Unknown Sources”

      go to http://www.dropbox.com/android – download the Android app.

      then select install on you application tabs from the top/drop bar menu on your kindle fire.

      thought this may help people who had a little trouble doing it, like me.

      I now use OneDrive so pointless for me but good to know how to use this with other applications that aren’t supported by the amazon app shop.

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  20. lindsey
    January 21, 2014

    YES!!!!! It worked. I am so chuffed. I can now use my kindle for the purpose I bought it for. Thanks so much xxxx

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  21. John
    April 10, 2015

    I own a first generation kindle fire. I tried your steps to install drop box. I don’t get my kindle to respond when I press the download button.

    According to your time stamps on your instructions the kindle displayed looks as if it took 50 minutes to download. Am I being impatient here and should wait?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    John

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  22. RJPS
    June 4, 2015

    I’m pretty sure this doesn’t work anymore. I (and others in various forums) can’t get any APK files such as Dropbox to install on the first gen Kindle Fire any longer. (“Parsing error” results.) They’re not compatible with the old Android 2.3 and need the new Android 4+. And if you do manage to update your Android OS in ROM, your Kindle’s no good anymore as an Amazon e-reader. So it’s dawned on me that those of us who were loyal first-gen Amazon customers are screwed.

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