Amazon Fire tablets are run on Fire OS, and it has its Amazon Appstore to download apps on the smart device. But the Fire OS is based on Android and therefore, users are tempted to use Android apps on Fire tablets. The million-dollar question is: how to use Android apps on Amazon Fire tablet? For this, you need to install Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet or Fire HD 8 or 10.
Not to worry! You can use popular Android apps like Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Hangouts and more by installing Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet. The best thing about using Google Play Store on Amazon Fire is that you don’t have to root your device. We have listed two methods to install Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire: install a few APK files or run a script on your Windows computer. If one process goes wrong, you can follow another to use Google Play Store on Amazon Fire.
How to Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Tablet or Fire HD 8/10
Use Google Play Store APK Files
Since your Fire tablet doesn’t recognize unknown sources, you need to enable this feature: Settings → Security→ enable ‘Apps from Unknown Sources.’
You need to download four APK files on your Fire tablet. You can use the default Silk browser to download the APK files. I would suggest you open this tutorial in the Silk browser and then tap on the links given below:
All the files belong to APK Mirror, which is a reliable source to download APK from.
- Google Account Manager APK
- Google Services Framework APK
- Google Play Services APK (if you are using Fire HD 8 2017, use this version)
- Google Play Store APK
You will see a download button in green color; click on that button to download each APK.
A pop-up will warn you about the potential damage an APK file cause to your tablet. But you should not bother about it, as it doesn’t do any harm. Tap on OK button. You will see this pop-up every time you download the file.
Installation of APK files
Step #1. Close the Silk browser and open ‘Docs’ app on your Fire tablet; it is a default file manager app on your tablet.
Step #2. Now, tap on Local Storage.
Step #3. Choose the ‘Download’ folder’.
Step #4. Here, you will find the APK files you have downloaded recently. Make sure you install each APK in the same order as you have downloaded. First, Google Account Manager APK; second, Google Services Framework APK; third, Google Play Services APK; and fourth, Google Play Store APK.
Step #5. You will be asked to confirm your action; simply tap on INSTALL button from the bottom right corner.
Your Fire tablet may show a greyed out ‘INSTALL’ button; in this case, you can turn off the screen and turn it back on, and unlock the tablet. Now the install button will turn to orange.
For each APK, you have to follow the above steps.
Use the Google Play Store
When all the APK files are installed on your Fire successfully, you will see Google Play Store on the home screen of your tablet. Tap on it and sign in to your Google account.
Initially, you may find it difficult to deal with the Play Store; but after a couple of minutes, Google Play Store and Google Play Services will start updating in the background.
It is advisable to start using Google Play Store after a few minutes.
Otherwise, start searching for and downloading whatever apps you want—like Chrome, Gmail, or anything else. Some apps may require you update Google Play Services. If they do, they’ll tell you and take you to the Google Play Services page in Google Play, where you can update Google Play Services with one tap.
How to Install Google Play Store on Fire Tablet Using Windows Computer
If APK files fail to deliver any result, you can follow another method and use Windows computer to install Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet.
You need a Windows computer, your Fire tablet and a USB cable that came with your tablet.
Step #1. First off, launch Settings app on your Fire tablet and tap on Device Options under Device.
Step #2. Next, you are required to find Serial Number field and tap it in quick succession. Tap it until you see ‘Developer Options’ on your tablet. Usually, you can enable Developer Options in seven or more taps. Then tap on Developer Options.
Step #3. Now you need to find ‘Enable ADB’ option tap to activate it. The feature is meant for developers, and hence, you should disregard the warning appears on the screen; tap on Agree and go ahead.
Step #4. Once ADB access is enabled, you need to connect your Fire tablet to Windows computer with a USB cable. Your computer will detect the ADB access and download the necessary drivers.
You cannot avoid the importance of ADB command even if you download a few apps in APK form and install them. ADB command sets permission on one of the apps. You can use a script that installs the apps and configures the permissions for you.
Step #5. On your Windows computer, open Root Junky website and download “Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip” file.
Step #6. Then you are supposed to unzip the contents of the zip file to a folder on your computer. To begin with, double-click “1-Install-Play-Store.bat”.
Step #7. On your Fire tablet, you will see a pop-up asking you to “Allow USB debugging.” Tap on OK button.
In case, your tab doesn’t show this request; you should close Command Prompt window and open ‘1-Install-Play-Store.bat’ above again.
On the next screen, you will find two options:
- ADB Drive Install
- Install Google Play store and remove ads from the lock screen
You have to tap on the second option to install Google Play Store on your Fire tablet.
Since you have already seen “Allow USB debugging” on your tablet, all the appropriate drivers are in place on your device.
Once the script installs the packages on your Fire tablet, you need to restart your tablet. Simply press and hold the power button and tap OK when you are asked. Turn your tablet on again after a couple of seconds.
Next, disconnect the tablet from your Windows computer. If you wish, you can disable ‘Enable ADB’ option on your tablet.
When your tablet comes to life, you will see Play Store and Google Settings shortcuts on your home screen. Tap on ‘Play Store’ and sign in with your current Google account; alternatively, you can create a new Google account.
It takes a few minutes to settle the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tab; once the Play Store is updated completely, you can search your favorite Android apps and download them to your Fire. You may need to update Google Play Services to use some apps on your tab.
That’s all friends!