Installing WhatsApp or any other messaging application turns your Kindle Fire into a great communication tool. But this involves more actions than you might expect, as Fire prevents third-party software downloads and installations.
On the bright side, there is an option to override this install lock and this is something you can do even if you are not a tech-savvy. The following article will guide you through the installation and configuration process, step by step.
Before you start
The first thing to do is enable “Unknown Sources” to allow download and installation. This has been tested on Kindle Fire HD 7, 8 and 10. That said, it should also work on older Fires running the latest software. Anyway, this is how you enable the feature.
Select the Menu icon and enter Fire Settings. For newer iterations of Fire OS (4.0 or later), tap the Security menu. Those using older software versions should choose the Applications menu.
Swipe down the menu window until you reach Unknown Sources and tap on the option to access it. Once Unknown Sources is enabled, you will be able to install third-party apps that don’t appear in the Amazon store.
Note: The Unknown Sources installation block appears on most Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. This allows manufacturers to protect native software from malware.
Installing WhatsApp on the Kindle Fire
To start the installation, you need the WhatsApp Apk file. It is best to get the file from the official website of the app rather than third party sources.
Go to the download section of the WhatsApp website and get the latest version of the Android application. Press the “Download Now” button and wait a few seconds for the action to complete.
A confirmation window may appear and you will need to tap Download again to confirm. Other than that, you will be asked to open the downloaded file. Of course, you choose Open in the corresponding window.
As soon as you open the file, you will go to the WhatsApp installation window. Select Install and wait for the Fire to do its magic. When the installation is done, you can tap Open and proceed to configure the app.
WhatsApp works with Android 2.3.3 and later, which makes it compatible with almost all iterations of Fire OS. To be precise, Android 2.3 and later versions are used as the basis for Fire OS. This means that you should be able to install WhatsApp on Amazon Fire HD, Kindle Fire, and Fire HDX without any problem.
With WhatsApp settings, the important thing is that the application requires the verification of the phone number. Other than that, the process is pretty straightforward. Here are the necessary steps.
Launch WhatsApp, select “Accept and continue”, then confirm by tapping Continue in the pop-up window.
Two more pop-up windows appear asking you to grant access to your Kindle Fire. Tap Allow so WhatsApp can use your media, photos, files, and contacts. If you deny access to media, photos, and files, you can revert to these settings and allow access after the fact.
Now, you must enter the phone number and press OK to confirm your choice. An SMS is sent to you with a verification code, enter that code in the designated field and select Next. At this point, you have successfully signed in and can use the app.
Add contacts to WhatsApp
Since you have allowed WhatsApp access to your contacts, you can chat with anyone who has WhatsApp on their device. If some of your contacts don’t have WhatsApp, you can send an invite link to that person.
Select the green circle at the bottom right of the WhatsApp chat window, scroll down the menu and choose “Invite friends.” Browse your contacts and touch the one you would like to send the invitation to.
When a person is not in your contacts, you should choose New Contact at the top of the contact list. Again, you are looking for a green circle and it has a small person icon inside. Enter the contact information in the next window and you’re done.
Other messaging apps on Kindle Fire
Besides WhatsApp, you can install some other apps on Kindle Fire and the method is the same unless the apps are available from Amazon Store. One of the most popular options is Tablet Talk, closely followed by Viber.
Some users prefer to use TextNow, Skype, or textPlus. Social media messengers like Snapchat and the Facebook version are also available. In addition, there is an option to limit or block the use of these applications if you fear that your child may be abusing them.
These are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about WhatsApp on the Kindle Fire.
Is WhatsApp on the Amazon App Store for Kindle Tablets?
Unfortunately not. That is why we must take other steps to install the messaging application. You can use the link to the APK above or use the Silk browser on your Fire tablet to download the application directly from WhatsApp. Please note that you may not be able to download the latest version of the WhatsApp application depending on the version of the Fire tablet you have.
Cha-ching, you have a message
Getting WhatsApp on your Kindle Fire is simple and now you know exactly how to do it. The good news is that almost the same methods apply to different messaging apps.
Do you like to use WhatsApp? Is there anything in the app that bothers you? Give us your two cents in the comment section below.