Put Libby on your Kindle Fire

UPDATE – JANUARY 2023: The news from OverDrive, maker of the Libby app, is they have a APK (Android Package file) file that will install Libby on your Kindle Fire. The alternatives are to use a web browser to borrow and send to Kindle, or use the Libby app on another smart device and Send to Kindle. See this post for a how-to.

Amazon does not currently offer the Libby app by OverDrive through the Amazon AppStore. Since Libby is the preferred reading app for everyone I’ve worked with, this has been a big disappointment to Kindle Fire lovers. However, there is at least one way to install Libby from a website download. See this article on the OverDrive website: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/kindlefire. The article is also copied and inserted, below.

There is no guarantee this procedure will continue to work, as this is a third-party app for an Amazon product.

How to install Libby on your Fire tablet

Note: The Libby APK is supported on Fire tablets with Fire OS 5+. Your downloading steps may vary slightly depending on your device’s generation and operating system version. 

Step 1

On your Fire tablet, open the Silk Browser and visit the download link for the Libby APK.

Step 2

You may get warnings saying that the Silk browser needs more access on your device or that this kind of file should be avoided. We test our file to make sure it’s safe, so you can safely dismiss these messages for our Libby APK.

Tap OK, Allow, or Continue to proceed.(The wording of the warnings may vary.)

Step 3

Once the file downloads, tap Open.

(If you’re unable to open the file from this prompt, locate the file in your downloads folder and tap to open.)

Step 4

If you get a message saying your device is not allowed to install unknown apps from this source, tap Settings and toggle “Allow from this source” on.

Note: We recommend turning this setting off after installing the Libby app. This will prevent you from accidentally downloading unsafe files in the future.

Step 5

Tap the back button in the top-left corner, then tap Install.

Step 6

Once the app is finished installing, tap Open to start using Libby!

If you already use Libby on another device, you can use a setup code to copy your library cards, loans, holds, and tags to your Kindle Fire tablet. If you’re new to Libby, check out our getting started guide for tips!

Lisa Dains

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