Full Fix: Parse error on Kindle Fire

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  • Fire OS is based on Android, so you can confirm that the app is compatible with your Fire OS.
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Fix Parse error on Kindle Fire

The parse error Kindle Fire issue is common on the Kindle Fire HD, in which USB debugging is disabled by default. Also, if you attempt to download and install an app onto the tablet from somewhere other than the Google Play Store, you should expect this error.

When you experience the parse error on your Kindle Fire, you won’t be able to make use of your downloaded apps, files, and games. This is Amazon’s way of helping you protect your device because these third-party apps are trojan horses for loads of spyware, viruses, and buggy software.

If you trust the download source and wish to continue with the file installation but the parse error is hindering your fun, read this guide to the end.

You will learn all you need to know about the parse error on Kindle and most importantly, how to get rid of it. Some forms of the parse error on Kindle Fire include:

  • There is a problem parsing the package Kindle Fire
  • Problem parsing the package Kindle Fire

What is a parsing error on Kindle Fire?

A parse error on Kindle Fire is a common problem among Kindle Fire users, which comes up when you have corruption in the application installer.

This error is common to users of Android devices and Kindle Fire.

You certainly don’t want this error to disrupt your experience, so that you can use the downloaded app or file.

In the section that follows, we will look at the causes of the parse error on the Kindle Fire tablet.

What causes problem parsing the package?

This parsing problem can be a result of two issues. Most times, you will get this error when you attempt to install (or sideload) a third-party app directly from an unknown source instead of the app store.

Other times, it shows up when you download a damaged or corrupt file onto the tablet.

As you can see, this issue has to do with file downloading onto the tablet. Some other times when the error pops up, it means you have a damaged app installer.

If you get the parse error on Kindle Fire tablet while installing an app from its downloaded APK, then it means that the app is not compatible with your operating system version.

On the other hand, if the error appears when you download a file, you can get rid of the error by trying other download methods.

The next section explains how to fix the parsing package error in your device. Check it out for more details.

How do I fix the parsing package error?

1. Use a compatible Fire OS

Most times the parse error on Kindle Fire shows up if the application isn’t compatible with the version of Kindle Fire OS running on your device.

Thankfully, Kindle Fire OS is based on the Android operating system.

Because of this fact, most app installation, uninstallation, and updating processes are identical to those of Android.

  1. Visit the Google Play Store and use the search tab to find the application that you want to install.
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  2. Go down to the Additional Information area and look at the minimum Android version you need to make use of the application.
  3. Since Fire OS is based on Android, you can easily find out the Fire OS edition that will work.
    Below is a table that relates the Android OS to Fire OS.
    Fire HD 8" (2016)Fire OS 5 – based on Android 5.1, API level 22Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (2013)Fire OS 4 – based on Android 4.4.2, API level 19
    Fire HD 10" (2015)Fire OS 5 – based on Android 5.1, API level 22Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (2013)Fire OS 4 – based on Android 4.4.2, API level 19
    Fire (2015)Fire OS 5 – based on Android 5.1, API level 22Kindle Fire HD 7″ (2013)Fire OS 4 – based on Android 4.4.2, API level 19
    Fire HDX 8.9" (2014)Fire OS 4 – based on Android 4.4.2, API level 19Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (2012)Based on Android 4.0.3, API level 15
    Fire HD 6" (2014)Fire OS 5 – based on Android 5.1, API level 22Kindle Fire HD 7″ (2012)Based on Android 4.0.3, API level 15
    Fire HD 8" (2015)Fire OS 5 – based on Android 5.1, API level 22Kindle Fire (2012)Based on Android 4.0.3, API level 15
    Fire HD 7" (2014)Fire OS 4 – based on Android 4.4.2, API level 19Kindle Fire (2011)Based on Android 2.3.3, API level 10
  4. Cross-check the compatible Android version of the app (determined in step 2) against your Fire OS.

If your Fire OS is below the minimum required Android version to run the app correctly, then you can get the parse error on your Kindle Fire.

To fix it, update your device to the latest version of Fire OS.


2. Re-download the file with these methods

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The parse error on Kindle Fire is sometimes caused by a download gone wrong. If the issue arises when you download a file, try to download it again but using the following hints:

  1. Download the file on your computer and then email it to yourself. Then, download the file to your tablet.
  2. Get the file downloaded to your PC and transfer it to your Kindle Fire by using a USB cable.
  3. Download the problematic file by using the default browser(Silk browser).
  4. If you’re seeing the parse error after you download via a cellular network, try downloading by using your Wi-Fi connection.

3. Enable installation from unknown sources

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  1. Tap on the Settings app icon at the top right-hand area of the tab home screen to open the device settings page.
  2. Click on More from the menu in Settings.
  3. Go to Device.
  4. Switch the Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources to ON.

Your Kindle Fire OS blocks the installation of apps that are from sources apart from the Amazon app store and Google Play. An example of such a source is an APK file you got online to sideload onto the device.


4. Enable USB debugging

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  1. Swipe down your finger from the top of your tablet screen to reveal the Notification menu. From there, tap on More which is a plus (+) icon.
  2. In Settings, tap on the Security category.
  3. Toggle On the Enable ADB button.

If this or the unknown source setting is the root of the parse error in Kindle Fire, enabling them will fix the issue. With these solutions, you know know how to fix parse error on Kindle Fire.


If all the methods mentioned above fail, another way to resolve this tricky error is to disable your antivirus while installing the app if you use any.

Users have reported that they fixed this challenge after discovering that an antivirus app was blocking the download or installation.

Hopefully, these solutions will help you repair the parsing problem on your Kindle Fire tablet.

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