Installing Amazon Appstore on Your Android Device in 5 Minutes (or Less)

October 31, 2011
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    Ever gone shopping, all excited to get your favorite item off the shelves and into your cart, only to find out that the store you walked into does not have the item in stock? Or, saddened that the store closest to you does not have the exact size or color you just really really need?  We at Android Authority understand you shopaholics, and we agree that app-shopping is pretty much the same experience: One store just does not have it all.

    But, the good news is just starting to pour in. The Android Market currently provides more choices for its many dedicated users.  But, there are other third-party, non-Google sources of Android apps.  One such source is the Amazon Appstore for Android.

    Shopping in the Amazon Appstore for Android is just as convenient, except that you’ll need to use your Amazon.com account. Thousands and thousands of apps similar to those from the Android Market are available for download daily, as well as a few other apps that are exclusive to the Amazon Appstore. Did I hear someone say, “shopping heaven”?

    How to get your hands on the goods, you ask? You’ll find below a really quick and painless guide for bringing Amazon Appstore access to your own Android phone.  Don’t worry: it won’t take you more than five minutes, or three steps–whichever is quicker.

    Step 1: Enable sideloading on your Android device

    Sideloading makes it possible for users to install apps from sources other than your phone’s built-in memory or Google’s Android Market. With sideloading enabled, users will need to install the app’s APK (Android Package) file, which is pretty similar to an EXE file in Windows.  The APK file, presumably, comes from an external source, say, an SD card or another app store.

    To toggle sideloading, go to your device’s Settings menu and scroll down to Applications. Make sure the “Unknown Sources” option is ticked to allow installation of external apps. If you can’t find this setting on your device, your manufacturer or carrier might have disabled it.

    Step 2: Download the Amazon Appstore App

    On your device, go to the Amazon Appstore website.   You will need to provide certain details such as your email address or phone number so that you’ll get a download link for your device.  Follow the instructions for getting the app.

    Step 3:  Install the App

    Once the app has been completely downloaded, install it, sign in, and start shopping.

    The Amazon Appstore for Android is currently available to U.S. customers only, but it’s possible that Amazon may widen the coverage one of these days to other markets and territories.  We will keep you posted as more territories and locations are given download access.  What apps are you planning to get from the Amazon Appstore?

     

    Comments

    • gg

      Need a credit card on file to download free apps.pain.

    • TechGuy-Tech

      Only of interest to those in USA.

      • Anonymous

        and people who use a vpn service that can change location?

    • Anonymous

      Updating apps with the Amazon AppStore is far too annoying. With Android Market, I could click update all, but with Amazon, I have to hit update for each individual one. Also, Amazon’s AppStore is slower than Google’s, the updates come out later than Google’s, and if you ever uninstall the Amazon AppStore the apps no longer work.

      The free apps are temping, but having to put up with Amazon is annoying. They are turning into the was Yahoo used to be, lots to offer but poor quality.

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