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How to Stream Amazon Instant Video on Android Tablets

One of Kindle Fire HDX Landscape Anglethe stronger selling point for the Kindle Fire Android tablets is that they can stream Amazon Instant Video. While you can stream the videos on the iPad or iPhone no other Android tablet has the integrated app found on the Kindle Fire.

Update 12 September 2014: Amazon has released a new version of their shopping app for Android. It now supports Prime Video, so there are now two ways to access Amazon instant video on your Android device.

There is the official way which is only intended for Android smartphones, and then there is the workaround (which works on almost everything but KitKat, and doesn't work in Germany or the UK.)

For the sake of giving you multiple options, this post now details both ways to access Amazon Instant Video. I would suggest that you try both and use the one which works better for you.

The Official Way

This is pretty simple. All you need to do is download and install the two following apps (which I found via Android Police). Be sure to install the shopping app first:

Once you have the apps installed, log in to your Amazon account. Navigate through the menu on the left and find the Instant video option. Select it.

If you can stream video, great. If you cannot, or if the app crashes, you should try the unofficial solution.

The unOfficial Way

If you spend a little time installing and configuring a couple files, you can stream Amazon Instant Video on just about any of the newer Android tablets. This is a pretty simple trick which should be in the reach of most Android users. (If you can do the software maintenance on your PC then you can do this.)

Note: This trick won't work on the Nook HD or HD+, but there is a possible alternate solution. Scroll down to troubleshooting section at the end of the post for more details.

Note: This trick has been demonstrated as not working on Android 4.4, at least according to one user who left a comment over on TeleRead (where I learned of this trick).  If your Android device runs 4.4 Kitkat, scroll down to the bottom of the page for an alternate set of instructions. It's also failed to work properly on some devices, so caveat emptor.

Note: This trick won't work for accounts on or Those streaming video platforms don't support Flash.

This trick has been documented as working on:

  • Nexus 7
  • Hisense Sero 7 Pro
  • Nexus 10
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2
  • Galaxy S3

What you're going to do is install Adobe Flash and a web browser that includes the option of changing the user agent. Chrome won't work for this (not for me, anyway).

Step One

The first thing you need is Dolphin Browser (or another web browser that lets you change the user agent). You can find it in Google Play.

Next, download the file attached to the first post in this XDA Forms discussion and install it:

There are a number of ways to install the file. You can email the link to yourself and then open the email on your Android device and download it direct. You can copy the file over USB, or you can copy the file to and from Dropbox. It doesn't matter how you get the file on your device, just install it. (This step won't work on the Nook HD, so just skip it.)

Step Two

Once you have both Adobe Flash and Dolphin Browser installed, open Dolphin Browser and I'll walk you through the steps needed to stream Amazon Instant Video.

  1. Go to the Amazon Instant Video webpage. (Bookmark so it's easy to find again.)
  2. Log in to your Amazon account, and tell Dolphin to save the password.

Step Three

At this point your tablet is set up to stream video but Amazon won't let you because they don't support Android devices. Here's how you get around that.

  1. Press the dolphin icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen (see image one below).
  2. Select the settings icon (see image two below).
  3. Choose the customize option (see image three below).
  4. Select the user agent option (see image four below).
  5. Set the user agent to desktop, and then press the back button. (Don't leave the settings menu)

Step Four

Now that you changed the user agent, it's time to enable Flash support. Dolphin defaults to having Adobe Flash disabled, and you need to change this option in the settings menu.

  1. Scroll down and select the Web Content option (see image six below).
  2. Find the Flash option and select it (see image seven below).
  3. Change it from off to either Always On or On Demand (see image eight below).

At this point you should be able to go back to the Amazon website, reload it, and start streaming videos. Or at least, I can do it. Here's a screenshot from my Hisense Sero 7 Pro:


It works, yes, but not very well. My Sero 7 Pro has trouble keeping the audio and video in sync when I play SD resolution video (I won't even try HD video). Let me tell you, this gives me greater appreciation for the work that Amazon put into the Kindle Fire HD.

But this still works immensely better than it did before. Out of sync audio is better than none at all, IMO.


Firefox - If the above instructions don't work for you, there are reports that you can do a similar trick with the Firefox Android browser. I haven't tried it, but I think it's worth a shot.

Android 4.4 - If you are using an Android device which runs 4.4 KitKat, you'll need to add a couple extra steps. The instructions above won't quite work for you, so you should instead follow this set of instructions on XDA Forums.

Microsoft Silverlight - If you try to stream a video and get an error message which says something about MS Silverlight, zoom in on that message. Do you see how the next line mentions Flash? Click it.

Nook HD - The above instructions kinda sorta work on the Nook HD+; you just have to go through a different step to install Adobe Flash. (You could also hack the tablet and install CyanogenMod, but I am too lazy for that.)

Ignore the steps above which tell you to install Adobe Flash; they won't work for you. Instead, here's what you have to do:

  1. Using your PC's web browser, go to the B&N website and buy this free app: browser plugin.
  2. Turn on your Nook HD, and open the app menu.
  3. Find and install the browser plugin.

Okay, you just installed Adobe Flash, so now scroll up to the top of this post and follow the instructions for installing and configuring Dolphin Browser.

In case you are wondering, they worked for me:

nook hd streaming Amazon instant video


317 Comments on How to Stream Amazon Instant Video on Android Tablets

  1. Works great on my nook hd+, with the dolphin browser. Can’t seem to make it work on Firefox–oh well. Thanks much!

  2. Also works on my thrive (original) and nexus 7 (original) with kit kat, and the instructions above. Thanks again.

  3. I have done this successfully with Firefox on my Toshiba Excite 10 At300, Hisense Sero 7 Pro, and Galaxy Note 2.

  4. Yet another selling point for windows 8 tablets!

    This was such a pain to do when I used to do it on my SG2 phone and I imagine the same for a tablet. It worked but with little annoying idiosyncracies.

  5. Except with a Windows 8 tablet you’re stuck with running Windows 8. That’s a fate worse than death.

  6. Thank you for this info. It works for the Nook HD!!!

    Really appreciate your time showing this.

    My kids thank you, as well

  7. Thanks a lot for giving such detailed instructions and adding screen shots! This worked with my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. I was streaming in less than 10 minutes.

  8. Thank you! I really appreciate this detailed explanation of ‘how to do it’. It works great!

  9. Works. No sound. Won’t go full screen.

  10. Great, thank you it works on my galaxy tab3

  11. Or you can just download the Puffin browser with built-in flash. Streams great, but won’t go to full screen

  12. Yes, but enabling Flash costs money.

  13. Ahhh….no. I just downloaded it from google play, went to, opened up my account, went to Amazon prime and watched movies. Nothing to pay for.

  14. But did you see this part of the description for the free puffin app?

    “Free Adobe Flash Support during the daytime”

    If you want complete access you will have to pay.

  15. Thanks. Worked Perfectly on my Nook HD 8.9.

    Two Notes.
    1. Flash was already set to “Always On” when I installed the latest version of Dolphin.
    2. You have to initially orient the tablet vertically so that you can see the buttons for “full screen”, etc

    But in general, worked as advertised.

  16. No idea why, I used it last evening at work and no mention of having to pay anything.

  17. Yes, this method works, on my “ex-Kindle-Fire” which was hacked to be Nexus running Jellybean 4.2.2.

    Everything works, full screen, sound, etc.

    More clicks to do to pick a movie than Kindle Fire, but once the movie starts, it feels the same.

  18. Dolphin is one of the true “Nook Apps” that keeps getting updated. Definitely worth having around if you haven’t gone full metal Google Play on your NookHD or HD+. My understanding was that flash support was built in to Dolphin up through KitKat, and post-Kitkat, you have to download the “Dolphin Jetpack”, because sideloading Adobe .APKs stopped working. (Not that any non-modded Nook has KitKat on it…)

    Also, the B&N “browser plugin” has gone through some changes of its own. Originally, there was a version which enabled Flash on the pre-Google Play NookHD stock browser.

    Streamed BloombergTV all the time. Awesome.

  19. Has anyone tried this with the Samsung Galaxy tab and if so, did it work?

    I tried and it didn’t work for me.

  20. I tried it with the Tab 3 7″. It worked, but the tablet kept freezing.

  21. It’s always worked for me on the Samsung. Using my longtime instructions at for Flash video via broadcasting networks for Kindle Fire HD/HDX tablets, where I recommend User Agent ‘Desktop’ — it works w/o glitches on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 with latest OS update.

    But I’m on Comcast Cable which is very fast and the DSL hookups seem more problematical for others who are on the default tier that barely gives enough speed for this.
    I don’t use the 10.1 Galaxy much except to test Android things with it, since it does not have the amazing HD quality of either the Kindle Fires or the Nexus tablets, but Instant Prime works beautifully on it thanks to that Dolphin user agent feature. At first it tried to get me to download Silverlight but then said I could use Adobe Flash instead, which has been on the tablet just to get good Flash Video from other websites, since Android was targeted by Adobe for non-support.

  22. Say, Nate, I sprang for the Samsung bluetooth keyboard cover for it in 2012 and it has a nicely flexible kickstand :-) Maybe nothing to breakdance over. Definitely lighter altogether than my Surface Pro 2 with typepad cover, but it doesn’t run full Windows Photoshop CC nor full MS Ofc etc. I did like it a lot when I used it more that year, since it has add-on USB and SD add-ons.

  23. works really well on my old Nexus One, but was so much better on my old stock browser before Amazon lost its mind…

  24. On T-mobile Galaxy Note 2 the preloaded browser works if you select desktop view. (after installing flash player of course)

  25. On Galaxy Note 8.0 you must use a dolphin browser, and of course flash following all the set up listed above. I got the silverlight request and clicking adobe flash was only half the process. I also had to click the ‘play now’ button and then click the ‘down arrow’ that is usually looking like a download icon. This will seem obvious after you do it, but it is a little discouraging that once you hit “Watch with Adobe Flash” button it reverts back to the “play now” splash screen. And more discouraging that once you hit play again it doesn’t start playing yet.

  26. TripleJackInGA // 12 February, 2014 at 8:52 pm //

    Seems to work fine in Dolphin on my VZW Galaxy S4 4.3. Audio seems really low though.

  27. Thanks for the feedback!

  28. When I try to turn on flash, it keeps telling me that flash will not work with Android 4.1. Then goes back to always off.

  29. Works great on a Samsung Galaxy S4 4.4, no audio issues or stuttering when streaming through my wifi. It won’t go full screen which is a bummer, but, it’s better than nothing, which is all Amazon has given us in two years time.

    I’ve been a Prime member since they unrolled the program and I feel really short changed they don’t have an Android App for their movies by now.

    Edit: Pressing the Fullscreen button repeatedly changed it to the Amazon full screen, so, workaround works great! Thanks!

  30. I have a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab and a Samsung phone and on both — press the screen while watching, and at bottom right of the Instant video there’ll be an icon for Full Screen and if I press it once, it works. Don’t know why you’d need to press it several times but you have a later Android OS than mine.

    I use Dolphin with Flash Player. Maybe you’re pressing Dolphin browser’s Full Screen instead?

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