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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.

 
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