How to stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet (video)

AmazonDan commented on my post last week about the Kindle Fire sale, asking if there really was no way to watch an Amazon Instant Video on an Android tablet (specifically a Nexus 7).

I said “nope,” but someone (Bree) reminded us that alternate browsers, like Dolphin, support Flash. So I went hunting.

Good news: It can be done!

The bare bones instructions are here, and you’ll want to follow that link because it’ll take you to the all-important Flash .apk file, which you’ll need to download.

So follow along, and I’ll give you more details. Note that this method will not work with a Nook HD, since there’s no way (without rooting or using an N2A card) to install apps from “outside sources” on a Nook HD.

Follow the link above and find the instruction to: Download: Adobe Flash Player 11.1 (1).apk. And by the way, while it is possible to download that file directly from your Android device, I found it easier to manage the download on my computer, and then drop the file into Dropbox.

You can ignore the instructions to “install Appsinstaller,” as long as your device settings are set to “allow installation of apps from unknown sources.”

Fair warning: This is a minor security risk. Please practice safe downloading.

So either download the .apk directly from your mobile browser or locate where you put it in Dropbox. Clicking directly on the file will install it.

Once that’s done, navigate to your browser settings. (I used Dolphin.) Go to Settings–> Web Content and Flash Player. Set it to “Always on.”

Now navigate to Amazon, log in and go to Instant Video. Start it up just like you would on your desktop.

Here’s a screen shot of a video from my Nexus 7. And don’t Sam and Dean look great!

So the good news. You can watch Amazon videos on Android devices! The bad news? Well, the number of reasons to buy an Amazon Kindle Fire HD just dropped by one.

Oh, and thanks Dan for continuing to bug me until I figured it out. I’m feeling highly accomplished today. (Not bad for too little sleep and a too-long day.)

Update: Dan and I emailed back and forth the other night, and it was pretty obvious my instructions weren’t the best, so here’s my first how-to video, which will hopefully clear up any confusion. Go easy on me. I’ll get better as I do more of these.

VIDEO: How to Stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet
“Installing Flash on Android Jelly Bean Devices”

Update: Unfortunately, this only works on devices running Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). I’ll hunt further and see if I can’t find a solution for Ice Cream Sandwich devices.

Update: I never did find a solution for Ice Cream Sandwich, but as promised, I have found a way to make it work on KitKat.

Update: This article is now superseded by the release of the official Instant Video for Android app released by Amazon.

91 Comments on How to stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet (video)

  1. I really wish Amazon would put out an actual Android app for all devices. While sideloading Flash will work (nice write up Juli) you get SD streams instead of HD like you do on the Fire HD’s and on the iDevice app.

  2. Juli Monroe // July 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm //

    @Brian, you and me both! The iPad app is smoother and much easier to use. But I have to keep my editor happy, so it was worth tracking down an alternative. Now Dan will have to find something else to complain about (and give me more excuses to research and write articles). :)

  3. Hey, thank you! I followed your direction and it worked. However, i couldn’t get the full screen rotated as it was shown in one of your images. Please kindly advice :-)

  4. Can you watch hd movies too or just hd tv shows? I can get hd movies with the ?forceBR=5 trick, but not movies…seems they can tell I’m not on a compatible device, only option is to watch sd.

  5. @dion, not sure what to tell you. What device are you trying it on?

    @Kevin, I don’t watch much in HD, so I’m not sure.

  6. @Juli, Nexus 7. Btw, your video above shows that you were watching on portrait mode. To clarify, when you rotate your nexus 7 to landscape mode, does the screen also adjust to full-screen landscape? I have no problem with this issue when watching youtube using youtube app, but this does not work when watching amazon using Dolphin.

  7. Dion, you can stream Amazon Instant videos in HD on your Nexus 7 in landscape or portrait mode using Firefox after installing the Flash apk. So if you can’t view them in landscape with Dolphin, try Firefox.

  8. @Dion, yes it did rotate for me. But perhaps Mark’s solution will work for you.

  9. Thanks so much!!!!!! This worked great!

  10. ARGHHH! Any suggestions for us if we are running Android 4.3? I’m running out of hair to pull out. I’ve followed the directions like ten times.

  11. Thank you so much! This was 1000 times easier that other instructions I’ve found!

  12. If you download the Puffin browser for Android tablets, you can watch Amazon Instant Video as you would through a web browser on a PC/laptop.

  13. Koridawn – Really? I’ll definitely give that a shot. Appreciate the heads-up, very much. (Anyone else try this method with success?)

  14. Sadly, all of the instructions above for getting Flash working are obsolete because Amazon Prime is now being streamed using Microsoft Silverlight rather than Adobe Flash.

  15. Oops. My previous post was wrong.

    When you first try to play an Instant video in the Dolphin Browser it pops up with a screen instructing you to download MS Silverlight. There is no Silverlight app for Android.

    But if you look closely, lower right, there is a button you can click that will allow you to play the video using Flash. Click on that and you are good to go.

  16. Glad i found this thread and finally have amazon prime video working on my asus tf300! I’m an android novice but good with pc’s – following instructions to install was easy. Only problem was i use chrome and it apparently doesn’t offer the flash always on option. Tried firefox – same problem. Finally installed dolphin and i could set the flash-on option and it works well. Would prefer to continue using chrome, so if that setting exists in it, i’d like to know where to find it. Thanks!

  17. @Mike, sorry, I don’t think the setting exists. Dolphin is generally the recommended browser if you want to use Flash.

  18. I’m running Android 4.0.3 on an HTC Evo V phone. I have Flash 11.1 installed. I am able to log in on Amazon via Dolphin, pick and try to stream a movie (I had to use the “Use Flash” button that jackbenimble mentioned). it looks like it’s trying to start (message in video player window says “connecting”) and then it won’t play, just keep getting an error that says “Unable to connect to video. Please try again later.” I’ve tried via WiFi and 4G connections, and other data was working. Is this just an issue of having too old of an Android OS? Any other suggestions? Thanks! (Can’t believe they won’t make an Android app, but they probably are trying to sell more Kindle Fires instead).

  19. So there is no hope for us stuck with Ice cream sandwich?

  20. I found this site which is supposed to have an .apk that works with ICS. I can’t test it since I don’t have an ICS device, but if someone else wants to try it and report back, I’d appreciate it.

    http://www.logicalchoice.com/support/flash-for-android

  21. I’ve tried the Puffin browser solution. Good news is it does play the videos, the bad news is the video and sound are out of sync. There is a free version of the browser with a 14 day trial of Flash, if you want to test it out.
    Hopefully, a better solution arrives.

  22. Not sure what I did to make it work, but Amazon Prime started working again on my Galaxy 10.1 (1st gen), and I’m just using the default browser. I’ll do some digging and let you know what I find.

  23. Worked great for me, thanks! I was actually looking for this so I could catch up on the last season of Sam and Dean on my Nexus 7, so looks like this was the perfect article for me!

  24. @Brycin, better hurry. New season starts in just a week! Glad it’s working for you.

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