Usually, Amazon Kindle Fire tablets come with the Amazon Appstore only, and it is designed to get its apps from this official Amazon store. But there is another way that makes you able to download lots of Android apps which you can’t find in the Amazon Appstore – apps that can only be found in the Google Play Store.
To make things easier, when you don’t find your favorite apps at the Amazon Appstore, you can download them using another app, which is obviously (our favorite) Play Store. But, you will need to install it first.
How to install Google Play Store for Kindle Fire?
Amazon has made some restrictions on Kindle Fire so that, if you install the Google Play APK file, it simply may not operate properly. But, you can change this if you root your Kindle Fire! I’ll tell you how to perfectly install Google Play on a rooted Kindle Fire. (Note: if you have a 5th gen version, rooting isn’t necessary – skip to the bottom of the post).
A word of warning: as you are a Kindle Fire tablet user, if you buy Kindle books from Amazon, you may find they are no longer able to be shared with your family or read on other device.
Download Play Store on rooted Kindle Fire
Step 1: Download all the necessary apps
You will need to download the APK files below on your computer and transfer them to your Kindle Fire. You can put these files in a separate folder to manage them easily.
- Google Service Framework
- Google Login Service
- Google Play Service
- Google Play Store
- ADWLauncher EX
Step 2: Install apps 1-3
The first 3 APK files are essential for running Google Play. You can install them using ES File Explorer. Even after you install them, they won’t show up in the “Apps” list – this is normal. Don’t worry about installing Vending, Google Play Store or ADW at this step.
Step 3: Install Vending APK
Open ES File Explorer, choose “Fast Access” > “Tools” > “Root Explorer” > “Mount R/W”, and then set “Path /” and “/system” to “RW”.
Now you have permission to write data to the device’s system.
Now, find the Vending.apk file that you downloaded in Step 1, and select it by pressing and holding. Tap “Copy” and paste it at path: /system/app. Then tap the Vending.apk in order to install it on your Kindle Fire.
Step 4: Install Google Play Store
Go back to where you put the Google Play Store (most likely in the folder from Step 1). Tap it to install. If there’s a pop up window, tap “OK” to continue the installation. Then, you will need to reboot your Kindle Fire.
Step 5: Install ADWLauncher
At this point, Play Store is successfully installed on your Kindle Fire tablet, but the original Amazon Launcher doesn’t recognize it. So, to solve this issue, we have to install a new launcher app that will recognize it: the ADWLauncher that you downloaded in Step 1. Then, tap the home button. You’ll see that it doesn’t turn to its normal home page, and a pop up window will appear. Choose “Use by default for this action” and select “ADWLauncher EX”. After that, you’ll see that your home screen is totally different and Google Play is now in the app list!
How to install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire 5th generation without rooting
There’s another way to install the Google Play Store on your 5th generation Kindle Fire, but this time without rooting. You only need to allow downloading apps from other sources from the settings of your Kindle Fire.
So, the steps you will take to download Play Store on your 5th Gen tablet are as follows:
- Go to http://rootjunkysdl.com/ on your computer.
- Search for Amazon Fire 5th Gen, and click it.
- From the list at the bottom, click on Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip, and click Download.
- Once you have the zip file completely downloaded, you will need to unzip/extract it.
- Go to your Kindle Fire tablet settings and tap on the “Device Options” menu.
- Once you see the list of information/details on the options screen, tap on the “Serial Number” multiple times very quickly. If it works, you’ll be notified that the device is in developer mode.
- Tap the “Developer Options” under the serial number, and find the “Enable ADB” option. Make sure to turn it on.
- Now, you’ll need to connect the tablet to the computer using a USB cable. Make sure the computer identifies the Kindle Fire and it appears on the screen either under “my computer” or “file explorer”.
- Open the extracted Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store zip file you downloaded in Step 3 and extracted in Step 4 on your computer. Double click the option “1-Install-Play-Store.bat.” You will have a list of options via CMD command.
- On the CMD panel, just follow the instructions to go through the installation process.
- When the process is finished, you will find the Google Play Store app appearing on your Fire tablet screen after the successful installation.
Note that this way doesn’t work for the previous generations of Kindle Fire tablets, only for the 5th gen version