How to Install a New App on Your Fire Phone from a Computer - dummies

How to Install a New App on Your Fire Phone from a Computer

By Dan Gookin

You don’t need to use the Appstore on your Fire phone to install apps. Using a computer, you can visit Amazon on the web, drop by the Appstore, and obtain apps to install remotely on your Fire phone. Here’s how it works:

  1. Use your computer’s web browser to visit the Amazon Appstore on the Internet.

    Visit Amazon and click on the link that takes you to the Appstore. It may say Android Appstore, and you may have to click on a suggested app link to get there. (Hopefully, Amazon updates its web page to make the Appstore more accessible.)

  2. If necessary, log in to your account on the Amazon web page.

  3. Browse for something.

    You can hunt down apps, books, music — the whole gamut. It works just like browsing the Play Store on your phone.

  4. Click the Get App button to obtain a free app; click the Spend Amazon Coins or Buy button for a paid app.

    The app is made available for your Fire phone, but you have to synchronize the phone to obtain it.

  5. Pull down the Notification panel.

    The panel also contains quick actions at the top.

  6. Tap the Sync Quick Action.

    After tapping that Quick Action, and enjoying the animation, look in the notifications for a Download Manager. It’s the process that’s fetching your software from Amazon’s Appstore servers and copying the app(s) into your phone.

  7. Display the App Grid.

    Press the Home button twice.

  8. Slide the master control atop the screen to Cloud.

    You see your apps present.

  9. Tap the app.

    It doesn’t open. Instead, it’s copied from cloud storage to your device. From this point on, you’ll find the app on your device, on the App Grid.

After the app has been fully installed, you can run it just like any other app. The only difference is that you used a computer to obtain it.