Amazon Fire Sideloading

The Amazon Fire is a decent sub £100 tablet for many. But it’s limited by the Amazon Store.

A lot of users have bricked their Fire tablet (and warranty) trying to root it. But this is unnecessary as apps can be easily sideloaded onto the device.


First enable developer options on your Fire.

Settings > Device Options and then scroll down to Serial Number. Tap the serial number until “Developer Options” show up underneath.

Now open Developer Options and under Debugging turn on Enable ADB to allow installing the ADB USB Driver.

To perform ADB debugging on Windows, you’ll need to install the Amazon Fire 5th Gen SuperTool

Download and unpack the file to a folder, and then run 1-Amazon-Fire-5h-gen.bat

Select option 1 in the first and then the second screen. Hit any key to proceed with the install.

The Windows Device Manager will open automatically. You will find the Fire under Universal Serial Bus devices, right-click and select Update Driver Software. Choose “Browse my computer for driver software” and browse to the unpacked folder. Select the android_winusb.inf file, and click Open, then OK.

After this, return to the SuperTool and press any key to continue, followed by ENTER to return to the initial menu.

At the menu, select to install the Google Play Store and remove lock screen ads, press 2 and hit ENTER, followed by any key to confirm the conditions.

The program will go through four installation stages before your device is ready to be used.


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Android Phone Malware Removal

Computers and mobiles are always susceptible to malware and virus attacks.  However it’s not always necessary to wipe and start again.

You can use AV scanners like ESET to help prevent infections in the first place. But you can also set your device into safe mode to check what apps might be culprits – and uninstall them.

To boot into safe mode:

Press and hold the power button till you get the “Off / Reboot” screen.
Tap and hold “Power Off” till you get a prompt to “Reboot to Safe Mode”.

Tap “OK”.

Wait for the phone or tablet to reboot.  You should see “safe mode” in a corner of the screen to tell you it’s successful.

Now all you need do is head over to Settings > Apps > Downloaded to see what you have that should not be there.

If you identity the app(s), and on the next screen tap “uninstall” to remove. Simply reboot once done.

If the app still is not removed, then it likely has Device Administrator Access. In this case, go to Settings > Security > Device Administrators.

Locate the app and tap the checkmark next to it.

Tap “Deactivate” when prompted.

Now you can go back to Settings > Apps > Downloaded and uninstall the app.


If the device is beyond scan and manual repair then you can backup your data using applications like MyPhoneExplorer and do a full reset on the device.