How to Download and Install Snapchat on an Amazon Kindle Fire

Key takeaways:

  • Snapchat is not available on the Amazon Appstore, but can be installed on Kindle Fire tablets by sideloading the app
  • Sideloading involves downloading the Snapchat APK file from a trusted source and manually installing it
  • Before sideloading, you need to enable installation from unknown sources in your Kindle Fire’s settings
  • Parental controls can be used to monitor and limit Snapchat usage on Kindle Fire tablets

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media apps, especially among younger users. However, if you have an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, you may have noticed that Snapchat is not available in the Amazon Appstore. This is because Snapchat has not made an official version of its app for Amazon’s Android-based tablets.

But don’t worry – there is still a way to get Snapchat on your Kindle Fire! The process is called sideloading, and it involves downloading the Snapchat Android app (APK file) from a third-party source and manually installing it on your tablet.

Before we dive into the steps to sideload Snapchat, it’s important to note that sideloading apps from unknown sources always carries some risk. Make sure to only download APKs from trusted sites to minimize the chances of installing malware on your device.

Here’s how to sideload Snapchat on your Kindle Fire tablet:

  1. Go to your Kindle Fire’s Settings and select “Security & Privacy”
  2. Enable the option for “Apps from Unknown Sources”
  3. Open the Silk Browser and go to a trusted APK site like
  4. Search for the Snapchat APK and download the latest version
  5. Once the download finishes, open the APK file and tap “Install”
  6. After installation, you will see the Snapchat icon in your app drawer

That’s it! You can now log in or create a new Snapchat account and start snapping with friends. The app may not be optimized for the larger screen of a tablet, but all the core features should work.

It’s worth noting that Snapchat’s terms of service prohibit the use of third-party apps or plugins, so there is a small risk of your account being locked or banned. However, sideloading the official Android app is generally much safer than using sketchy third-party Snapchat apps.

Parental Controls for Snapchat on Kindle Fire

If you are a parent whose child uses Snapchat on their Kindle Fire, you may want to take advantage of Amazon’s parental control options. Snapchat is very popular with kids and teens, but it also has a reputation for being used to send inappropriate content.

The Amazon Parent Dashboard allows you to:

  • Set age filters and content restrictions
  • Impose time limits and bedtimes
  • Whitelist or block specific apps like Snapchat
  • Monitor your child’s activity and app usage

To access parental controls, open the Settings app and go to “Parental Controls”. You will need to create a password to prevent your child from disabling the restrictions.

For even more robust monitoring, you can install a dedicated parental control app from the Amazon Appstore. These allow you to track your child’s location, monitor chats, filter mature content, and get alerts about risky activities.

Some popular parental control apps for Kindle Fire include:

  • Bark
  • Qustodio
  • FamilyTime
  • MMGuardian

No matter which method you choose, it’s important to have regular conversations with your kids about staying safe online and using social media responsibly. Parental controls are helpful tools, but they work best in combination with open communication and trust.

Alternatives to Snapchat on Kindle Fire

If you don’t feel comfortable sideloading apps, or if you’re looking for Snapchat alternatives that are easier to use on a tablet, here are a few options available in the Amazon Appstore:

InstagramThe biggest social media app for photos and short videos. Lots of fun filters and effects.
TikTokPopular app for short-form mobile videos. Huge music library and editing tools.
SkypeVideo chat and instant messaging app. Supports group chats, voice and video calls.
Marco PoloVideo messaging app for staying in touch. Works like a “video walkie-talkie”.
HousepartyGroup video chat app with built-in games and screen sharing.

Each of these apps has its own unique features and style, so you may need to try a few to find the one that clicks for you. The good news is that they are all free to download and use!


Can I get Snapchat on my Amazon Fire tablet?

Yes, you can install Snapchat on a Kindle Fire tablet by sideloading the Android app. Snapchat is not available on the Amazon Appstore, but you can download the APK file from a third-party site and install it manually.

Is it safe to sideload apps on Kindle Fire?

Sideloading apps always carries some risk, as you are installing software from unknown sources. However, you can minimize the danger by only downloading APKs from reputable sites like APKMirror. Avoid third-party app stores and never download pirated content.

Will sideloading Snapchat void my Kindle Fire warranty?

No, sideloading apps will not void your Amazon warranty. However, any damage caused by sideloaded apps would not be covered. As long as you uninstall the sideloaded apps, your warranty will still be valid.

How do I monitor my child’s Snapchat usage on Kindle Fire?

You can use the Amazon Parent Dashboard to set time limits, filter content, and review your child’s activity on their Kindle Fire. For more advanced monitoring of Snapchat chats and posts, you can install a parental control app like Bark or Qustodio.

What if I can’t find the Snapchat APK file to sideload?

If the Snapchat APK is not available on APKMirror or other trusted sites, do not try to download it from sketchy sources. The app may have been removed for security reasons. In this case, it’s best to wait for a new version to become available or use one of the alternative apps instead.