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Well I saw that there was an app for Crunchyroll for the Kindle Fire so I went out and bought one and first of all I could NOT find the app on the Amazon app store from my kindle but I did find it on their website so I clicked send to Kindle but it says it's not compatible and it didn't send anything to my kindle. On Amazon's site it shows I have the app but it sure didn't send it to the Kindle. I can't even seem to find a way to find apps in the cloud that I've downloaded or sent to my kindle on the Kindle Fire. Is there some way I can at least get it onto my Fire so I can try it? I just read something not too long ago about their app being ready for Kindle Fire and on Amazon. Was that an old post or something? It kinda irkes me because the MAIN reason I went out and bought a Kindle was so I could watch Crunchyroll on it. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get the app to download much less work?
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TheOriginalStraynge wrote:

Well I saw that there was an app for Crunchyroll for the Kindle Fire so I went out and bought one and first of all I could NOT find the app on the Amazon app store from my kindle but I did find it on their website so I clicked send to Kindle but it says it's not compatible and it didn't send anything to my kindle. On Amazon's site it shows I have the app but it sure didn't send it to the Kindle. I can't even seem to find a way to find apps in the cloud that I've downloaded or sent to my kindle on the Kindle Fire. Is there some way I can at least get it onto my Fire so I can try it? I just read something not too long ago about their app being ready for Kindle Fire and on Amazon. Was that an old post or something? It kinda irkes me because the MAIN reason I went out and bought a Kindle was so I could watch Crunchyroll on it. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get the app to download much less work?


You will need to enable sideloading on your Kindle.
You will need to install ES File Explorer from the Kindle store (free)
You should install ESET Mobile Security and Antivirus from the Kindle store (free) this will check all APK installs to make sure you don't catch something bad.

Then you will need to go to a third party site and find an appropriate crunchyroll version for whichever android system underlays the Kindle you have. You can find your android version here on this page: https://developer.amazon.com/appsandservices/solutions/devices/kindle-fire/specifications/01-device-and-feature-specifications

If your Kindle model is based on the old 4.0.3 version of Android, like mine is, you will need to find an old crunchyroid 1.1.4 apk file, download that, and use ES FIle Explorer to find your download folder, find the APK file and click to install.

If you have Android 4.1 or higher, you should be able to find the (latest) 2.01 version of crunchyroid APK, and install that one instead.

You will not be able to go to play.google.com to get it because Amazon and Google do not play nice, so you have to go to a third party supplier. I cannot point you to one directly because of the possibility of J. Random unofficial Site having added something nasty to it. If you have an Android Phone though, one that allows you to access Play.google.com, you can use that to download the APK file from the Play store and transfer that to your kindle and use the File explorer app to install, and at least that way you can be pretty sure of not getting a virus or adware. Those without such a second Google-friendly device are SOL, though.

Amazon no longer has the CR app in their appstore because it is not written to work on all their different models and versions which they (Amazon) will not themselves upgrade Android on their older ones.

Or you could root your Kindle, which would void your warranty and install an actual cyanogenmod build of a "real" Android OS... But I'm certainly not recommending that you do that.

Or if it's not too late, return the Kindle and buy an actual functional Android tablet instead. There are Amazon apps available for those that give you most of the Amazon prime functionality, except for the lending library.

So who to blame? CR for not making the app run on the lowest common denominator, or Amazon for not upgrading their older Fire O/S on earlier models? Or Google for not playing nice with Amazon? Personally, I'm a bit bitter about having a 2 year old tablet that I have to go through hoops to make many other android apps work, too (like Phone2Go from TWC, for example), and I put that at Amazon's feet, but I also think Google is being childish as well. I can at least sympathize why a CR developer would not want to be stuck only developing the app for Android Ice Cream Cone forever...

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There are various technical issues which currently prevent us from adding a later version to the Amazon store. As the required changes are major, it won't happen for that small subset of devices, at least for the time being.
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shinryou wrote:

There are various technical issues which currently prevent us from adding a later version to the Amazon store. As the required changes are major, it won't happen for that small subset of devices, at least for the time being.

I assume that has something to do with what asharka alluded to, which appears to be that they require the app submissions to be compatible with all Kindle Fire devices, not just the ones with the latest OS.

As an alternative, could CR provide an "certified safe" direct download of the APK?

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I assume that has something to do with what asharka alluded to, which appears to be that they require the app submissions to be compatible with all Kindle Fire devices, not just the ones with the latest OS.

As an alternative, could CR provide an "certified safe" direct download of the APK?


No, it's not that actually.

I cannot disclose the reasons, but providing old APKs is not possible. Force majeure doesn't quite cover it, but it's similar.
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TheOriginalStraynge wrote:

Well I saw that there was an app for Crunchyroll for the Kindle Fire so I went out and bought one and first of all I could NOT find the app on the Amazon app store from my kindle but I did find it on their website so I clicked send to Kindle but it says it's not compatible and it didn't send anything to my kindle. On Amazon's site it shows I have the app but it sure didn't send it to the Kindle. I can't even seem to find a way to find apps in the cloud that I've downloaded or sent to my kindle on the Kindle Fire. Is there some way I can at least get it onto my Fire so I can try it? I just read something not too long ago about their app being ready for Kindle Fire and on Amazon. Was that an old post or something? It kinda irkes me because the MAIN reason I went out and bought a Kindle was so I could watch Crunchyroll on it. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get the app to download much less work?


You will need to enable sideloading on your Kindle.
You will need to install ES File Explorer from the Kindle store (free)
You should install ESET Mobile Security and Antivirus from the Kindle store (free) this will check all APK installs to make sure you don't catch something bad.

Then you will need to go to a third party site and find an appropriate crunchyroll version for whichever android system underlays the Kindle you have. You can find your android version here on this page: https://developer.amazon.com/appsandservices/solutions/devices/kindle-fire/specifications/01-device-and-feature-specifications

If your Kindle model is based on the old 4.0.3 version of Android, like mine is, you will need to find an old crunchyroid 1.1.4 apk file, download that, and use ES FIle Explorer to find your download folder, find the APK file and click to install.

If you have Android 4.1 or higher, you should be able to find the (latest) 2.01 version of crunchyroid APK, and install that one instead.

You will not be able to go to play.google.com to get it because Amazon and Google do not play nice, so you have to go to a third party supplier. I cannot point you to one directly because of the possibility of J. Random unofficial Site having added something nasty to it. If you have an Android Phone though, one that allows you to access Play.google.com, you can use that to download the APK file from the Play store and transfer that to your kindle and use the File explorer app to install, and at least that way you can be pretty sure of not getting a virus or adware. Those without such a second Google-friendly device are SOL, though.

Amazon no longer has the CR app in their appstore because it is not written to work on all their different models and versions which they (Amazon) will not themselves upgrade Android on their older ones.

Or you could root your Kindle, which would void your warranty and install an actual cyanogenmod build of a "real" Android OS... But I'm certainly not recommending that you do that.

Or if it's not too late, return the Kindle and buy an actual functional Android tablet instead. There are Amazon apps available for those that give you most of the Amazon prime functionality, except for the lending library.

So who to blame? CR for not making the app run on the lowest common denominator, or Amazon for not upgrading their older Fire O/S on earlier models? Or Google for not playing nice with Amazon? Personally, I'm a bit bitter about having a 2 year old tablet that I have to go through hoops to make many other android apps work, too (like Phone2Go from TWC, for example), and I put that at Amazon's feet, but I also think Google is being childish as well. I can at least sympathize why a CR developer would not want to be stuck only developing the app for Android Ice Cream Cone forever...



OK, thank you so much for the information. I'm still learning about the Kindle Fire and how it's similar/different from other android devices. I'll probably try the sideloading method really soon. I don't mind much that I can't download stuff from Google Play. I will probably just get another tablet for that eventually. For now I'm enjoying the Fire minus the fact that Amazon seems to make it a pain for real developers to put their apps up on Amazon's site. Games aren't that decent either but that's okay. As long as I can use this method to make it work as well as being able to watch Netflix and Hulu I'll be a happy camper. Thank you everyone for all of the great information. I really appreciate it.

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Sadly purchased a fire thinking crazy would play...considering the vast array of compatible devices I have to believe this is Amazon related. I hope it's resolved soon ...now I have to decide wether to return it for something else...damn...the display is very nice
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