Why Wont Dolphin Browser Work On Fire? [Dolphin Browser Guide]

Amazon Fire tablets such as the Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle Fire HD are great devices but they are somewhat limited. Out of the box, the web browser on the Fire tables don’t support Flash and a few other web technologies. Dolphin Browser is a great alternative browser for Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, but you have to know how to install it. So, why wont dolphin browser work on fire?

Getting Dolphin Browser to work on an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is as simple as launching the built-in browser and going to an address that contains the Dolphin Browser APK. If you download and run this file, it will get Dolphin Browser working on your fire tablet.

Sometimes, however, things don’t go as planned. Regardless of what device you are trying to install your Dolphin Browser on, if you can’t get it working, it can be frustrating. In this article, we will go through each step and guide you through the set up process to get your Dolphin Browser to work perfectly. 

Why Dolphin Browser Wont Work On Kindle Fire

There are several different reasons why you may have difficulty installing dolphin browser on your Kindle Fire tablet. Or, in other cases, you may be able to install the app but for one reason or another, the app will not start.

As far as why this happens, that depends on what device you have and its software settings. Also, your devices’ operating system version is important.

Get Dolphin Browser Working on First Generation Kindle Fire (Kindle Fire 2011 Dolphin)

Most people are wanting to get Dolphin Browser to work on their Kindle Fire tablet simply so they can have flash support on their device. This procedure is not necessary, however, for first generation Kindle Fire devices.

The first generation Kindle Fire was in 2011, and for it, flash support comes easily.

Step 1: All you have to do is tap on ‘Web’ in the top navigating bar. This launches the built-in web browser.

Step 2: Then tap the menu icon at the bottom.

Step 3: After that, go to ‘Settings’ and scroll down to ‘Enable Flash‘ and choose ‘Always on’.

Step 4: Finally, you will need to relaunch your browser. Once you do that, you will be able to play video on your first generation Kindle Fire tablet.

Get Dolphin Browser Working on Second Generation Kindle Fire (Kind Fire 2 Dolphin)

When it comes to the Kindle Fire 2 and the Kindle Fire HD, there is no ‘Flash Player’ setting. This is because, for a variety of reasons, Amazon chose to exclude support for Flash for Kindle Tablets.

That’s ok, that’s what Dolphin Browser is for. Below you will find our step-by-step guide on how to get Dolphin Browser working on your Kindle Fire:

How to Install Dolphin Browser on Kindle Fire HD

To complete this guide, you need the following:

  • Kindle Fire HD
  • Dolphin Browse
  • Kindle Fire Flash Player

On second generation Kindle Fire tablets and newer, the Amazon Silk browser is used. This browser does not have support for flash. Also, because of the fact that Amazon’s silk browser doesn’t allow for plugins or extensions, there is no way to enable flash support for Silk browser.

Fret not, however, because Dolphin is a relatively easy to install alternative web browser for Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle Fire HD tablets. The best part about Dolphin Browser is the best browser for Kindle Fire because it supports flash.

Allow Applications to be Installed From Unknown Sources

Like any other Android-based device, Amazon Kindle Fire tablets don’t let you install apps from unknown sources by default. Amazon expects you to use its app platform to download all of the applications you want to install on the tablet.

Thankfully, however, there is an option to allows apps from other sources to be installed.

Step 1: Click the top right corner of the screen and select ‘More’ 

Step 2: Then select ‘Device

Step 3: Turn on ‘Allow Installation of Applications‘ 

Install The Dolphin Browser App 

Now that you have enabled the installation of apps from unknown sources, you will need to launch your Kindle Fire’s built-in web browser so you can download the Dolphin Browser install file.

After you download the APK file, you will be able to install Dolphin Browser.

Step 1: Launch the web browser

Step 2: Go to Google and search for ‘dolphin browser apk’ (without quotes)

Step 3: Choose one of the APK hosting websites to download the Dolphin Browser APK file from

Step 4: Once the ‘Download done’ notification shows at the top of the screen, you will be able to install Dolphin Browser on your Kindle Fire by taping the completed file

The file name should be something like ‘Dolphin_Browser_HD_8.5.1.apk’.

Install The Flash Player App 

The installation of the Flash Player app is quite similar to the installation of Dolphin Browser. Like before, you will obtain this installer file with your web browser.

Step 1: Launch the web browser

Step 2: Go to Google and search for ‘kindle fire flash apk’ (without quotes) or just click here

Step 3: Either choose one of the websites that have the kindle fire flash apk or use the link provided above

Step 4: Once the ‘Download done’ notification shows at the top of the screen, you will be able to install Flash Player on your Kindle Fire by taping the completed file

Install Dolphin Browser on Kindle Fire HDX

This method requires a PC. If you follow the steps below, you will be able to install Dolphin Browser on your Kindle Fire HDX:

Step 1: Go to Settings and scroll down to ‘Allow Installation of Applications’ and turn it on

Step 2: Use the same method above to find the Dolphin Browser APK file, but do this on your PC instead of your Kindle Fire

Step 3: Plug your Kindle Fire HDX into your PC with a USB cable

Step 4: Your Kindle Fire HDX should show up ass a mass storage device. Drag the downloaded APK file from Step 2 into the ‘Download’ folder on your tablet.

Step 5: Search for ‘ES File Explorer’ in Google Play, download, and install it.

Step 6: Open ES File Explorer and navigate to the ‘Download’ folder

Step 7: Tap the Dolphin Browser APK file to install it.

How To Set Up Dolphin Browser

Congratulations! You finally have Dolphin Browser all set up on your Amazon Kindle device. You aren’t done just yet, though. You want to make sure to always use the Dolphin Browser when viewing web content. Setting Dolphin browser as default is a simple 2-step process:

Step 1: Tap ‘Menu’ in Dolphin browser and click on ‘More’, then tap ‘Settings’. Finally, tap ‘Dolphin Settings’

Step 2: Tap ‘Set Dolphin as Default Browser’


We sure hoped you found this article helpful. There are a lot of reasons to want to make use of the Dolphin Browser, but there are unfortunately just as many reasons why your Dolphin Browser may stop working or maybe crashing after loading it up.

We understand that it can be a bit frustrating when you are trying to add features to a device and you have no experience in doing so. Thats why we create these guides.

Hopefully we were able to help you resolve your problem. Just remember that every problem has a solution and a little bit of research really does go a long way and can save you a lot of money by avoiding a trip to unnecessary problems.