Watching Amazon Instant Video on Android KitKat Devices

Update: Amazon recently started offering Instant Video in the UK and German markets. Unfortunately, those markets don’t use Flash, so this workaround won’t work outside the United States. If something changes, or we find a way to make it work, I’ll update this post again. (Hat tip to Nate at The Digital Reader for researching this.)

I’ve been getting many comments on my old Amazon Instant Video on Android post saying that the method doesn’t work on KitKat. And they are correct. As soon as my Nexus 7 upgraded to KitKat, no more Amazon Instant.

No worries. Watching Amazon Instant video on Android KitKat devices is possible. There’s a thread on xda detailing how. And we know it’s good because Dolphin actually links to it on their blog. The instructions are sound, but since this is a developer’s forum, they skipped a few steps less tablet and OS savvy people might need, which I’m going to give you here.

We’ll start with their instructions:

1) Download Dolphin Browser

Surprised, Dolphin just push a 10.2.0 update version to me and I found Dolphin Jetpack was built-in. This means you don’t have to install 2 separate APK now. Cheers!!

Here is the Download Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d…k.TunnyBrowser

Warning: You must have Dolphin Jetpack on in the settings to enjoy it. As far as I have noticed, Dolphin Jetpack better solves the compatibility with flash player, such as crash issue & freeze issue in full screen.

2) Download the hacked flash player HERE

Warning: Make sure that you have uninstall the flash player installed in your device and then install the hacked one for compatibility reason.

If your devices refused to install apk outside Google Play, you may set in your device (Settings> Securities> Unknown resources) to allow installation of apps from unknown sources.

Once that’s done, you need to activate Flash in your browser. Go to Settings–>Web Content and make sure Flash Player is on.

setting Flash to On

Then go to the Settings -> Customize menu and set the User Agent to Desktop. (This was formerly under “Add Ons” but the menu names have been changed.)

setting desktop mode

Navigate to Amazon.com and make sure you’re signed in. Open Prime Instant Video and select the one you want. You’ll get one more screen, asking you to install Silverlight. Ignore that. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll see “Or Use Flash Instead.” Select that. Sorry. I didn’t get a screen shot of that when I set it up, and I don’t know how to go back and undo it so I can redo it. Once that’s done, your video will play.

watching amazon instant on android kitkat

It’s that easy. So now the 1% of us running KitKat can still watch Amazon Instant. (The data is a month old. I’m sure there are a few more of us now.)

Update: If you’re having trouble after an update to Dolphin, check to make sure the update didn’t turn off Flash or Jetpack. If you’re still having trouble, try uninstalling and reinstalling Flash. That worked for me after a Dolphin update seemed to break something.

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

133 Comments on Watching Amazon Instant Video on Android KitKat Devices

  1. Works on my 2nd-gen Nexus 7. Awesome!

  2. @Chris. Great! And you’ve confirmed my directions are written correctly.

    I may be getting my own 2013 Nexus 7. Having real problems with my 2012 variety. I’ll be trying a factory reset this weekend and crossing my fingers that fixes them. I wasn’t planning on upgrading this soon. :(

  3. I was trying to stay loyal to Amazon, but won’t be upgrading my Fire 8.9 to the HDX version. They priced me right out of their market and I don’t want to go thru the trouble of rooting for access to a decent appstore.

    I am more than satisfied with my Nexus 7 and will try the steps above to get VOD. If its too hard, I’ll just watch on either the Roku or Wii–there are plenty of video podcasts and Netflix videos to satisfy me when not at home.

    Amazon won me over with their ‘access anywhere’ policy on books–not so much on their video policy–especially since they allow VOD access to iPad users. When/if Google gets their act together on movie access and pricing I’ll jump ship. I expect the same loyalty from companies as I give as a customer; I feel like Amazon is giving their non-Fire Android customers the one-finger salute and I offer them the same.

  4. @Jesslyn, the lack of a decent app store is why I haven’t bought a Fire. I swore after I sold my Nook Color I’d never buy a device that didn’t have access to the main OS app store. I do have an iPad for VOD, so figuring out how to get it on my Nexus 7 was more an intellectual exercise than actual need. I agree that they need an Amazon video app for Android, although since my two articles on how to stream them on Android get the site lots of views, I do have somewhat mixed feelings about it… 😉

  5. The biggest reason they need an app is so that it can be made Chromecast compatible. I don’t understand why they don’t just come out with an Android app compatible with all Android tablets. They work with Roku, and iOS, and a zillion other smart devices…but no Android. Crazy.

  6. The only reason I can think of for the lack of an Android app is they want to limit it to the Fire to promote sales. I think they’re wrong and only angering customers.

  7. Brilliant! I was so disappointed when I discovered I couldn’t watch VOD on my new Nexus 7. (In hindsight, I should have predicted this would be the case…duh!) Just wanted to say that your advice was awesome and easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing! Now…to finish the last two episodes of Dexter Season 8. (I’m behind, I know…)

  8. @Carry, you’re quite welcome. And don’t feel bad. I think I still have 5 seasons of Dexter still to go.

  9. Followed the steps in your post, and it worked like a charm for my Nexus 7 that is currently running KitKat (unsure what gen the nexus happens to be… received it new for Christmas 2012….version 2012, maybe?)…. I just launched my first amazon prime video 😀 thanks for sharing this info!! Cheers!

  10. @Marybeth, yes you have the 2012 version, which is the one I have. You’re most welcome!

  11. Amazing post, simple and clear solution, thank you!
    My new Nexus 7 just got charged up with instant video.
    One Q: when I set full screen and landscape orientation the video size is very small – about 1/3 of available space (it is full width in portrait orientation). Did I do something whipping or this as good as it gets on nexus 7? Thanks!

  12. Forget it! Works perfectly if video launched in landscape, just not if launched in portrait and switched to landscape. Thanks again

  13. When I get to past the Silverlight message, it looks like everything worked, since Amazon shows the “Watch Now” button. But, then, when I click to play, I get a Flash Player Incompatible” message. Probably because I did not uninstall any older versions before installing Flash 11.1. What can I do now to clean this up?

  14. @Maurice, try uninstalling all versions of Flash and then reinstalling Flash 11.1. That will probably take care of it.

  15. Works great in my Galaxy S II i9100 with CyanFox 2.0.2 (KitKat 4.4.2)
    Although the screen is on the small side, I did it just to show a friend that it can be done.
    Very clear instructions, very easy to do it.
    Thanks!
    Saludos desde Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México
    macnifico

    ..
    .

  16. New to tablets..can’t get Nexus 7 2013 to show prime..says device not supported but i followed all above steps..any ideas?
    thanks

  17. You’re using the Dolphin browser? You made sure to go into the settings and tell it to use desktop mode?

  18. missed the desktop mode, it works now but not full screen

  19. Rotate it from landscape to portrait and back. Or start the video from landscape, not portrait.

  20. I’ve found that rotation requires some patience. Maybe it’s my aging Nexus 7, but it does work, as long as I’m not in a hurry for the rotation to complete.

  21. Is there any way to download Amazon videos to my Nexus 7 for offline watching (like my wife does with her iPad)?

  22. @jeff, no, the workaround only allows streaming, not downloading.

  23. It took some time and effort to get everything right but I finally got the Amazon Instant Videos working on my new Nexus 7 kitkat. What a hassle! But now that it’s done, hooray!

  24. Thank you. This worked on my Nexus 10. Tip: Don’t make yourself feel stupid by forgetting to install the flash hack after you download it. :p

  25. @megan, I’ve done that sort of thing before, so I completely understand the feeling of shame. 😉

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