Good news for owners of Android tablets! You can now watch Amazon Instant video on your tablet without buying a Fire tablet from Amazon. Fire tablets are nice, but they can be pricey compared to other Android tablets and if you already own an Android tablet, you don’t want to lay out money to basically buy another Android tablet.
If you aren’t familiar with Prime Video, it’s a service that allows you to buy or stream video content if you have an Amazon Prime Video subscription. Like Netflix, Prime Video offers a mix of movies, TV series and original programming.
It’s been available on Android phones for some time, but since a Fire Tablet is really just an Android tablet that’s limited to using the Amazon App Store instead of the Google Play Store, Amazon may have been hesitant to compete with itself by making it available on other tablets.
Here’s how to get it on your Android tablet. You’ll need to install the Amazon App Store. Since that’s not available in the Google Play Store, you’ll have to download it from Amazon. Here, I’ll be breaking one of my Android rules. I usually tell you not to install from third-party app stores, but in this case I’ll make an exception.
First, go to Settings and then Security on your tablet. Scroll down to “Allow installation from unknown sources” and check that box. You’ll get a stern warning about checking the box, but do it anyway.
Open the browser on your Android tablet and search for Amazon Instant Video. Click on “Get this app.” Of course, you’re going to need an Amazon account if you want to download products from them. So you’ll need to log in or create an account.
Amazon will then prompt you to download their app store. If you’re wondering why I’m not telling you to just search for Amazon App Store, it’s because I couldn’t get it to come up as a result in a search. I had to first attempt to install the Instant Video app before being directed to download the app store.
You’ll get a notification when the download is complete. Tap on that notification.
I was given the choice between my Avast! security program and an Android installer to finish installation. Either would be fine.
You’ll need to authorize permissions to complete the installation.
When the Amazon App store is finished installing, open it and search for Instant Video again. Then choose “Get this app.”
Installation was quick. When I logged on and started playing a video, I didn’t notice any difference in the way the video looked or acted from my Kindle Fire HDX.
Features like X-ray were available as well.