“Unofficial” Guide to getting Safari to Go Android app on your Kindle Fire or Nook
As we go through the formalities of publishing Safari To Go for Android in the Nook & Kindle app stores, we would like to turn you on to a few alternative download methods for the Kindle Fire, B&N Nook and any other device without access to Google Play as well as explain the art of “Rooting” your device to allow installation of Google Play for our more adventurous users (NOTE: Android 2.2 is the minimum supported version for Safari To Go)
I’ll start with sideloading Safari To Go since rooting is not required and installation requires simply changing a setting to allow non-market applications. This doesn’t put your hardware at risk, but you may want to set it back after installation to prevent malicious apps from being installed.
To sideload the app onto your Kindle Fire or device that can’t access Google Play, follow these steps:
- Tap the Gear icon -> Settings -> Device and turn on “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources”
- Click here from your mobile device to initiate the download
- Once downloaded, go to your download list from the top notification bar and tap the completed download to install
- That’s it! Enjoy the app, and check back for updates every once in a while since you won’t get the “Google Play” update notifications
Nook is a little more complicated and requires Root Access so I’ll leave it up to you as to which instructions you follow for your specific device (Read our disclaimer below before attempting any modifications!).
To Root Your Device, start with the resources below and expect some frustration, tinkering, community support, and last minute heroics to get it working!
- Nook Color:
- Nook tablet:
- Kindle Fire:
After successfully Rooting any Android device, you should be able to follow the instructions for “sideloading” the app or to further reap the benefits you can try to install Google Play which gets you access to the official Safari to Go download along with system notifications for updates as we improve the app, and access to many other apps not available through the official stores.
Good Luck and Happy Hacking!
DISCLAIMER: Safari Books Online did not write or test any of the linked instructions for rooting your device and cannot provide any technical guidance on the process for your specific situation OR take any responsibility for damage to your hardware or software. There are MANY tutorials out there so if you are not comfortable with the resources above, I suggest you spend some time on Google, YouTube and poking around on some forums regarding the pros and cons of the rooting process. You must also understand and feel comfortable risking your device and/or warranty support from the manufacturer. Or you can always find a tech-savvy buddy willing to take your device’s fate into his/her hands and blame him/her if something goes wrong – jk!← Akka: What are these futures things all about? | Akka Supervisors: Keeping Your Code Running →