If you own an Amazon Fire tablet, you can’t use the Amazon Appstore, but it runs on Fire OS, a custom version of Android.
That means you can install the Play Store and access millions of Android apps and games, including apps like Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps and more.
The best part about installing the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet is that it doesn’t require deep hacking like rooting or running scripts from a computer.
It’s just a matter of downloading and installing a few APK files from the Amazon Fire tablet, and you’ll be up and running with the Google Play Store just like you would with your regular Android phone or tablet, according to Wired.
Download the Google Play Store files
Before you begin, you must first ensure that your Amazon Fire tablet is from 2014 or newer versions. This process may not work with the old model Kindle Fire tablets because you need to enable “Apps from Unknown Sources”.
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Then open Settings and go to Security & Privacy. Select “Apps from Unknown Sources”. Search for “Silk Browser” and click “Allow from this source”. This allows you to install an app from outside of the Amazon App Store.
Once you are done with this process, you can start downloading the Google Play Store files. There are four APK files you need to get the Google Play Store working and they are specific to your Amazon Fire tablet.
To find out what Amazon Fire Tablet model you have, simply go to Settings, then Device Options and click About Fire Tablet. There you will see the name of your device model. To view your Fire OS version, go to Settings, Device Options, and System Updates.
Taking into account the device model, you can download the necessary files. Just copy the links from the table posted by HowtoGeek and paste them into the Silk browser on your tablet. Remember to download it first, don’t open it yet.
Install Google Play Store
With all the downloaded APK files on your Amazon Fire tablet, you can start installing them, one by one. Just open the Files app from the home screen.
Next, select Downloads from the side menu and check the list view for the files. You should see four files that you just downloaded.
According to LifeWire, it’s important to install the APKs in a specific order. First tap on the file and then select Next. Tap the Install button. Once installed, tap Done, but don’t open the Google Play Store yet.
Install the files in this order:
Once the APKs have been installed, you will need to restart your tablet. Just hold down the power button and select restart.
After restarting the tablet, you will see the Play Store on the home screen. Open it and sign in with your Google account.
Once you’re signed in, you’ll have a working Google Play Store, just like you would on any other Android device.
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