Amazon’s Fire tablets are pretty impressive as they’re affordable and offer you a native app store on their forked Android operating system, called Fire OS. While there’s plenty of content on the Amazon app store, you still miss out on all of Google’s amazing apps, like Gmail, Chrome, Google Drive, Google Maps, etc. But there is a workaround by installing Google Play Store on your tablet. So buckle in because we will show you how to install Google Play on Amazon Fire Tablet!
If you’re wondering how to install Google Play on Amazon Fire tablet, all you need to do is download four files and install them in a specific order. Of course, the apps you need are Google Account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, and the Google Play Store app. Your Kindle Fire need not be rooted or jailbroken, and these apps can be easily downloaded from the links below. The apps can be installed on any version of Kindle Fire.
How to Install Google Play on Amazon Fire Tablet
Installing Google Play on your Fire tablet has many plus points — you get access to tons of games and apps, and you can also use all of Google’s amazing apps like Gmail, Maps, Chrome browser, and more. Since Fire OS is pretty much a custom skin over Google’s Android OS, all these apps run without any hiccups.
One huge benefit of installing Google Play on your Fire tablet is that you can cast to Firestick, Chromecast, and more. Just read our article on connecting your Fire tablet to the TV to know how it works!
The best part about this method of installing Google Play on your Amazon Fire tablet is that you don’t have to root your tablet or connect it to a PC. As long as you are running Fire OS 220.127.116.11 or above, you can complete this method on your tablet alone. We recommend that you open up this article on your tablet and follow the instructions below.
Note that you should remove your SD card from your Fire tablet before you begin this process if you have one in there. Let’s dive into step one:
Enable installation from unknown sources
Fire OS permissions do not allow you to install apps from random sources to protect users from malware. Thankfully, Amazon allows you to turn this off temporarily, so let’s do that first and then go ahead with the Google Play Store installation. Here are the steps:
- Look for the Settings app on your Kindle Fire, and tap it.
- Look for Security & Privacy in the settings menu and select it.
- You should see Apps From Unknown Sources as an option here. As of now, it only allows apps from the default Amazon app store to be installed. Go ahead and toggle the switch next to it.
- This allows you to download files on your Silk browser and install them, which is exactly what we are going to do!
To know which app to download, you also need to know your Fire tablet’s model name and OS version. Navigate Settings > Device Options > About Fire Tablet to do this. This should give you your tablet’s model name. Next, look for System Updates. You should see the current version of Fire OS running on your tablet.
Download Google Play Store files
Let’s now execute the downloads part of this procedure. A reminder that you should install them in a specific order (which we’ve mentioned below), and it’s best you follow our instructions step by step.
Download Google Account Manager
The version of Google Account Manager that you should download depends on your model and the version of Fire OS running on it. Refer to the table below and choose the correct option from the column on the right. Follow the same process for the subsequent two downloads as well.
|Fire HD 10 (9th, 11th Gen)Fire 7 (8th, 9th Gen)Fire HD 8 (8th, 10th Gen)||Google Account Manager v7.1.2|
|Fire HD 10 (7th Gen and older)Fire HD 8 (7th Gen and older)Fire 7 (7th Gen and older)Fire HD 6Fire HDX 8.9||Google Account Manager v5.1|
Download Google Services Framework
Once you’ve downloaded the Account Manager, you can now download Google Services Framework. This is basically an API (application program interface) that you cannot run Google Play without. Based on your model and OS, choose the right version from this table:
|Fire HD 10 (9th, 11th Gen)Fire HD 8 (9th, 10th Gen)||Google Services Framework v9-4832352|
|Fire 7 (9th Gen) + Fire OS 7Fire HD 8 (8th Gen) + Fire OS 7||Google Services Framework v9-4832352|
|Fire 7 (9th Gen) + Fire OS 6Fire HD 8 (8th Gen) + Fire OS 6||Google Services Framework v7.1.2|
|Fire HD 10 (7th Gen and older)Fire HD 8 (7th Gen and older)Fire 7 (7th Gen and older)Fire HD 6Fire HDX 8.9||Google Services Framework v5.1|
Download Google Play Services on Kindle Fire
Now you need to download the Play services app. After this, we can download the Play Store app. Refer to this table to pick the correct version:
|Fire HD 10 (9th, 11th Gen)Fire HD 8 (10th Gen)||Google Play Services (64-bit ARM, Android 9.0+)|
|Fire 7 2019 (9th Gen)||Google Play Services (32-bit ARM, Android 6.0+)|
|Fire HD 8 2018 (8th Gen)||Google Play Services (64-bit ARM, Android 6.0+)|
|Fire HD 10 (7th Gen and older)Fire HD 8 (7th Gen and older)Fire 7 (7th Gen and older)Fire HD 6Fire HDX 8.9||Google Play Services (32-bit ARM, Android 5.0+)|
With this done, we have just one to go!
Download Google Play Store app on Fire tablet
If you found those steps too complicated, we have great news! The Google Play Store app is a single download, as it is a universal app. You can click on this link for the Play Store app at apkmirror.com. You should see a list over there, but how do you know which one to download? That’s easy! Just download the most recent one (the dates are right next to the app versions), and even if you get an older one, it will update by itself.
Congratulations, you got the downloads part done! Let’s now proceed with the installation part.
Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire
For the installation process, you need to locate your downloads folder first. To do this, open up the Files or Docs app (this is your tablet’s file manager application, and the name varies on different Fire models) on your Fire tablet. You should see Downloads as a tab or on a list. Tap it, and you should be able to view the four files we just downloaded.
As we mentioned, it is critical that you install the files in this order:
Not doing so can cause the Play Store app to act up and not function as intended. The filenames will begin with the names on this list but can also have serial numbers and alphabets following them. You can ignore that part and just make sure that you stick to the order of the names on this list while installing.
So go ahead and tap the first installer file and follow any instructions that appear on your screen. Do the same for the remaining three apps. And at the end, reboot your Fire tablet.
If you work better with video instructions, here’s a video that will help:
Reboot and login to Google Play Store
Once you’ve installed the apps and rebooted your tablet, it is now time to log in to your Google account on the Play Store app. Fire it up and enter your credentials. If the app is a bit slow or unresponsive, give it about ten minutes and check again. It can take some time for the apps to update if you got an older version.
Once everything is running smoothly, feel free to download any app you’d like from the Play Store and test it out! You can now access all of the games, movies, books, apps, etc., that you would use on any other Android tablet.
Google Play on Fire Tablet: Common Troubleshooting
Now you’ve got Google Play installed on your Amazon Fire tablet, but you’re running into problems? Don’t worry, we got you! Here’s a list of fixes for various issues users have faced after installing Google Play. So if you find that apps are being buggy, or Play Store won’t run, or it crashes immediately after opening, these steps should help resolve it.
Error message: This account already exists on your device
If you see this message pop up on your Fire tablet while using some app, it’s fairly easy to resolve. Here are the steps to follow:
- Exit the app that is causing issues. You can swipe it away in the multitasking/recent apps window.
- Now open your Settings app.
- Here, look for Apps & Permissions and select it, and then look for Manage all applications. The options may not be verbatim, so look for whatever comes closest to these options.
- Scroll until you reach the offending app, and tap it. Then tap Permissions.
- Whatever permissions the app has asked for, give it access to all of them. You can do this by hitting the toggle switch.
- Now try and access the app again. It should run fine!
- Also: If it’s a Google app that you’re facing issues with, make sure you log in to your Google user profile in the app.
When in doubt, reboot! No one has an exact idea why reboots are so great at fixing nagging issues, but we know that it just does. A reboot clears the memory cache and also ends any services that might be stuck in a loop, so if you’re facing issues with an app from the Play Store or even the Play Store itself, just restart your Fire tablet. Hold the power down until you see the option to power off. And once it’s powered off, wait 20 seconds and press the power button for a few seconds to power it back on.
Clear app data
If one app, in particular, is making your day go badly, here’s a fix you can try. The app data might have gotten corrupt for some reason or might have settings affecting its ability to run normally. Here are the steps:
- Open your Settings folder on the Fire tablet.
- Select Apps & Notifications, and then look for Manage Apps.
- Over here, look for the app name. For example, if you’re looking to clear the app cache for the Play Store, find it and select it.
- Once you tap it, you will see a button that says Force Stop. Go ahead and hit that, and under the Storage section, you should see an option to Clear Cache or Clear App Data. Go ahead and tap it.
- Now reboot your device. Try using the app again.
A factory reset might be required if you keep running into issues with the Play Store. You can back up your data first and save whatever needs to be saved to your Amazon account, and then you can begin the process. Note that a factory reset wipes your data completely, so you will need to reinstall the Play Store following the instructions we posted above.
To factory reset, open your Settings and tap Device Options, and then tap Reset to Factory Defaults. Then follow the on-display instructions, and after the process is complete, your tablet will reboot, and you will find yourself at the setup screen. You can then set it up as new, download/transfer all your data, and try installing Google Play on your Fire tablet again.
Installing Google Play on an older Kindle Fire
You can install Google Play on an older Kindle Fire, but this needs a PC, and you will have to root the Fire tablet as you would root any other Android device. So here’s how you go about it:
- Navigate to Settings > Device Options.
- You will see your Serial Number listed here. Tap it repeatedly until a countdown starts, and finally, a message flashes on your screen that Developer Options have been activated, and it will appear as an option beneath.
- Tap Developer Options. Here, look for Enable ADB(Android Debug Bridge). Once you tap that, it will ask you to confirm, so go ahead and hit Enable again.
- Now, connect your Fire tablet to the PC with your USB cable.
- Your PC will then download the necessary drivers. Also, your tablet will ask you if you want to enable USB debugging, so you need to tap OK to allow it.
- You will now have to download an installer app for Google Play Store on your PC. This depends on your Fire OS version — if you are running Fire OS 5.3.0 or an older version, click this link to download a file called Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-SuperTool-old.zip.
- If your Fire tablet is running Fire OS 5.3.1 or a newer version, click on this link to download Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip.
- You should now have a zip file downloaded. Extract it, and then look for 1-Install-Play-Store.bat and double-click it.
- You should now see a Command Prompt window with some instructions on it. All you need to care about is option 2, which is Install Google Play Store. So go ahead and enter ‘2’ on your PC, and hit Enter.
- The installation process will begin — note that this will take some time, so be patient!
- The command window will notify you once the process is complete. Now, you can safely disconnect your tablet and reboot it. You should now have the Google Play Store on your Fire tablet!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Amazon Fire compatible with Google Play?
Amazon Fire runs on Fire OS, a forked version of Android. So even though Amazon does its best to prevent people from running Google Play on it, it is compatible, and many people have sideloaded it on their Fire tablets.
How do I get Google Play on My Fire tablet 10?
You can easily sideload the Google Play Store app on your Amazon Fire 10 tablet by downloading the apk files from a site such as apkmirror.com. You need to download Google Account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, and the Google Play Store app and install them in that order.
We hope our article showed you how to install Google Play on Amazon Fire tablet. After all, if it’s this easy to have the best of both worlds, why not? If you successfully installed the app on your Kindle Fire, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments. And we can help with troubleshooting, too, so don’t hesitate to reach out!