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Kindle Fire in UK - Tried and Tested


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Initial post: Dec 4, 2011 4:28:10 AM PST
@zepalm says:
Thereseems to be a lot of questions about using the kindle fire in the UK and what it can and can't do. Answers seem to be from people that are answering without having tried a kindle fire, or repeating other (sometimes wrong) replies.

I bought a kindle fire last week in Florida on holiday and brought it back to the UK. This is what I can confirm I can and can't do:

Apps - Using a workaround, I can download apps from prettymuch any sources and they work as advertised. I can't download directly from amazon appstore, as this is not available in UK but the workaround works fine.

Internet - can access all sites as normal. Facebook, hotmail and youtube all work as the same as on a Pc.

Books - can download from amazon Uk no problems.

Films - with a lovefilm account I can watch films on my kindle fire. I cant watch or stream films through amazon, but oddly I can stream and watch all the film trailers!

Music - I can transfer music from my Pc.

The only thing really missing is the Cloud storage, but I can transfer music, films and photos back and forth using my Pc.

Any questions,feel free. Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 4:33:35 AM PST
The Cloud storage isn't all it's cracked up to be, so if that is all you're missing, you're not missing much. I can't access photos that are stored on the Cloud, which I thought was one of the purposes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 5:05:56 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
that's good and confirms amazon's statement that apps cannot be directly downloaded from them to the fire or media streamed from them

and obviously the amazon customer service rep who said no one could register the fire to amazon.co.uk was incorrect (kinda doubted that one myself)

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 5:44:04 AM PST
@zepalm says:
You can't download directly from amazon apps, but you can download apps from other sources with a bit of tweaking

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:32:30 AM PST
@zepalm says:
Also now installed Bbc iplayer and itv player, so that's the Tv sorted!

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 5:50:45 AM PST
I. McGrath says:
Can you share the workaround please. I have a Fire for my son for christmas and want to be able to download apps.
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 3:32:00 AM PST
S Brooks says:
I do actually have a question. When you say you buy books from .uk I was wondering how you access it? Do you do it via the store link in the books section or going through the web?

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 3:40:21 AM PST
to amazon.co.uk the Fire is probably just another Android tablet :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 6:33:38 AM PST
B. de Gruchy says:
how did you install BBC iPlayer?

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 6:50:08 AM PST
Cyriacus says:
I would imagine the OP is side-loading some apps. If you youtube or google side-loading Kindle Fire you will get some instructions for such.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 11:19:40 AM PST
@zepalm says:
For the workaround I searched for 'how to root the kindle fire', then searched for 'how to sideload apps on kindle fire'. All apps I install I have to search for the apk file, so for google earth I searched google earth apk free download.

And for Bbc iplayer I googled 'Bbc I player apk free download.'

Hope this helps!
For the books I access through the books tab on my kindle fire which connects to amazon.Uk.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 1:00:58 PM PST
Mrs Puzzle says:
Hi there,
I have also got a (maybe daft) question: Will I be able to use all features of the Fire (bought in US) once the Fire is launched in the UK, e.g. downloading apps, access cloud, use the free library in Amazon Prime. I am using my uk account for purchasing books etc.

Hope someone knows or can make an assumption.

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 9:21:24 PM PST
Cheers mate I am currently in Florida on my kindle fire, I am using the app store because I created an account as if I lived in the US and it works (search fakenamegen), hope fully it will work at home when I get back, for others you can use 1mobilemarket (brilliant app) or google search filename.apk and install it ( sideload) hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 6:21:08 AM PST
Sorry if you've answered this question before, but have you managed to install any of the movie apps, be that netflix (UK or US,) lovefilm, etc and managed to download the movies to watch, or are they all streaming only? Would like to watch movies on my train journey so streaming isn't an option. Getting my US kindle next week, hopefully all will work fine.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 5:58:31 AM PST
Mr Hemingway,

Did you use a US email account to register the Fire?

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 7:23:26 AM PST
Hi Hemingway - this is a great feed thanks for your first post, it pretty much answers my question posted this morning on http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle%20customer%20service%20q%20and%20a/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg10?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1GLDPZMNR1X53&cdPage=10&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2AOYU9LZBSSJ2 (and thanks to CBR for the reference to this thread)

I guess the only question it leaves me with is in the UK can you got ti BBC iPlayer and 4OD and just click to stream the video, without downloading any apps, like LoveFilm (which I also have an account for so great to know that works) ??

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 10:40:22 AM PST
Also you can google www.zdnet.com when you get to that site type in their search bar"download apps to kindle fire from outside sources" follow the detailed instructions number 1 site getjar is good all apps free, to help for movie streaming etc google www.cnet.com on the top bar you will see hot tips, go there you will see loads of great tips including the streaming one hope this also helps from an Englishman in South Africa

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 11:24:16 AM PST
Pushka says:
If you have a us credit card and use an IP server that originates from the USA the fire is fully functional around the world including downloading apps outside the USA and stream if you are a prime member.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 10:49:34 AM PST
Hi e book observer you are 100% correct but you must buy the device and have it delivered in the Usa also if you live outside of the Usa you must set up your IP address via one of the nonlinear companies that do it for you, if like me and quite a few others you bought the device from another country via a 3rd party company then you will need to look into what you can do as I described above

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 8:35:58 PM PST
B. Shrrock says:
I have got the K Fire to work with Movies and apps,music in New Zealand also Roku Took a bit but goes excellent

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 9:05:10 AM PST
Peter Frost says:
I had kindle fire shipped by relative, unable to register the device. Any help you can offer will be much appreciated, Peter F

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 2:19:14 PM PST
This is most helpful, thank you very. My son in London has a MacBook Pro and I presume it will work just as much as it does on PC. Will he be able to download his pictures from iPhoto? I want to take them one as a gift, seeing that it's not available in the UK at this point.
Nora Sanders

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 11:23:39 PM PST
Hi I just tried to download I player all I get is one month free and then I have to pay all the sites say free but seems that is not so.
I split my time between Us and Uk have registered in Usa. I am struggling to download any free movies or video,s. Have Internet, loads of books and fb plus loads of games. In Usa also have Pandora. Now I need to see if all still works when I get back to Uk.
Anyone know if and when apps avail in Uk.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 2:17:10 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
you will only be able to stream videos while in the US, so load up on them and apps before you return.

also, some of those free apps where you have to connect for them to work, will likely not work outside the US either

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 4:31:02 AM PST
@zepalm says:
In the UK I have the following apps: BBC iPlayer, ITV player, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, and a load of games. (All free) Most of them downloaded from www.1mobile.com, or by searching bbc iplayer apk, itv player apk etc. (apk is the app file, so if you wanted to search for angry birds you'd google 'angry birds apk' on your kindle)
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