Adobe Flash and Android had a great thing going until mid last year when Google decided that it wasn’t worth the effort to support. You can still install Flash on most Android devices, including Amazon’s heavily skinned version of it on the Kindle Fire HD. Here’s how to get it to run, and what it takes to use it on your Amazon tablet.
Editor Note: This article was written using the last year’s iteration of the Kindle Fire HD. Certain steps might slightly vary if you have the latest model.
- Opera Mobile or Dolphin Browser installed (available in Google’s Play market) or via the standalone apk files found at the bottom of this page. Unfortunately, Amazon has blocked both browsers from appearing in its app store when using the Kindle Fire – likely because it does not want unnecessary competition for the built-in Silk browser (which doesn’t support flash.) Dolphin seems to offer better compatibility with Flash.
- ES File Explorer
To get started download the 188.8.131.52-4.0 version of the Adobe Flash Player apk to your Kindle Fire HD. You can do this by visiting the above link with your Kindle’s web browser, or by downloading it first on your computer and transferring it to the Download folder on your Kindle’s internal sd card.
Once downloaded, use ES File Explorer to open the .apk package and install the flash player application.
Next, all you need to do is open up your web browser of choice (I recommend Dolphin) and browse the web as you normally would, except this time all of the flash elements on pages visited should work.
If you haven’t installed the Google Play store on your device, you can grab either browser by installing the follow .apk packages. The only caveat is that if you don’t have the Google Play store, you will not be able to update them automatically.