How To Get Google Play On Your Fire Tablet

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Fire tablets are pretty great. They’re inexpensive, they have parental controls, and the newest ones even have expandable storage. But what they don’t have is Google Play. Fire tablets only let you download apps from the Amazon App Store, which means no Chrome, no YouTube app, no Lego Boost, no Photoshop ExpressAnd while a lot of apps make it over to the Amazon App Store eventually, there’s really no need to wait. I’m not a computer geek, and I managed to install Google Play on a Kindle Fire following instructions from the XDA Developers Forum, a discussion board for mobile developers. I’ve expanded on the instructions and added screenshots to make it super easy!

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.

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2. Press Settings. 2 3167431517512843

3. Under Personal, tap Security.3 3167431517512878

4. Under Advanced, turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. 4

5. You’ll see a warning about being responsible for all damage to your Fire that unknown source apps can do. This would be a good time to mention that while this is an easy process, I’m also not responsible for damage to your Fire, and neither is Laptop Magazine! Press OK.  

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6. Hold down the Power button and click OK.

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7. Now we’re going to install some APK files (that’s an Android file format) using the Fire’s Silk browser.

8. Open this article (the one you're reading) in the Silk browser on your fire tablet. If you don't want to, copy and paste these instructions into an email, send the email to yourself, and open it on the Fire.

9. Open the below links one at a time, and make sure you're using the correct set of links.

Links for 4th, 5th, and 6th Generation Fires, not the 2017 7th Gen Fire HD 8. Don’t know which version of Fire you have? Go to Settingspress Device Optionsand scroll down to Device Model.

Links for the 2017 (7th Generation) Fire HD 8. Make sure you follow the instructions above about installing them in order and which “Download” to click!

  1. APK File #1, Google Account Manager
  2. APK File #2, Google Services Framework
  3. APK File #3: Google Play Services
  4. APK File #4: Google Play Store  

10. First, click Download APK, ignoring the notice of a newer version below. (Do NOT click any other Downloads on the page, they’re probably ads.) If you click on a link in the email, the Silk browser will open automatically. The files need to be installed in order, so to avoid confusion, open, download and install them one at a time.

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 11. Click “OK when each download starts you should get a pop-up warning that the file might damage your computer. 

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12. Open the download.9

13. Scroll through the following screen to the bottom and tap Install. 

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14. Tap Done. Now, repeat steps 9 through 14 for the remaining links.

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You should now see the Google Play app on your Home Screen. Press it and sign in with your Google account! Voila!

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5 comments
  • Ruth Auker Says:

    Great instructions. Worked perfectly. Thank you!

  • J.D.Hay Says:

    I am using the Links for the 2017 (7th Generation) Fire HD. Steps 8.1 through 8.3 worked like a champ, but no amount of persuasion will cause step 8.4 - the Play Store All to install. Any suggestions?

  • Paddy Says:

    You need to download the latest version of google play store. For it to open.

  • JuanSoto Says:

    Using Yalp Store. Most apps have been running fine w/o Google Play or Services Frameworks. Don't want the overhead, additional tracking or issues with updates (got my second update 01sep17).

    When root rolls around... that's a different story. Although I've gotten comfortable with FireOS, I have little control over the massive amounts of data flowing through the pipes. It's a lot and I rarely stream video/audio and decided NOT to sync anything on their servers.

    Amazon has a pretty good thing going with their tablets and forkedOS. Their data-collection greed, their weasel-word filled TOSes, their lack of transparency, their apparent disregard for privacy... these are the things that will force me away from their tablets and OS. I'm already buying at their store but that isn't enough for them.

  • CrazyUncleNikola Says:

    3rd link is broken in 7th gen 4th is out of date

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