How to Install Google Play on a Kindle Fire

Get the apps you want on your Amazon tablet

Amazon devices allow you to download apps only from Amazon by default. However, with a little effort, you can install Google Play on a Kindle Fire to exponentially increase the number of apps you have access to. This process varies slightly depending on which version of the Amazon tablet you're using.

Installing apps outside of the Amazon store can expose your device to viruses and malware. Consider downloading a security app such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware before you begin.

Person using Google Play on Kindle Fire
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How to Install Google Play on a Kindle Fire

If your tablet runs Fire OS or later, you can install Google Play without rooting your Kindle. You just need to download and install some APK files. Follow these steps:

To see which version of Fire OS you're running, go to Settings > Device Options > System Updates.

  1. On your Fire tablet, go to Settings > Security & Privacy, then tap Apps from Unknown Sources to enable it.

    Enable apps from unknown sources in the Kindle Fire security & privacy settings.
  2. Open the web browser on your Kindle and download the following files to your tablet:

  3. On each page, scroll down and tap Download APK. If a security warning pops up, just tap OK to start the download.

    Tap OK on the security notice to download the APK.
  4. Once you have the four necessary files, close the browser and open the Docs app on your home screen.

  5. Go to Local Storage > Downloads.

  6. Tap the APK files to install them in the following order:

    1. Google Account Manager APK
    2. Google Services Framework APK
    3. Google Play Services APK
    4. Google Play Store APK

    You must install the APK files in the order specified above for Google Play to install properly.

  7. The Google Play app icon should now appear on your home screen. Tap it to open the Google Play store.

Launching Google Play

When you launch Google Play for the first time, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Google account. You may have to wait a few minutes for updates to install before the app will function properly, and some apps might require further updates. Eventually, you should be able to search and download apps just as you would on a regular Android device.

How to Install Google Play on an Older Kindle Fire

If you own an older Amazon tablet, or if the steps above don't work for you, then you must root your device before you can install Google Play. You will also need a Windows PC and a USB cable like the one included with your tablet. Since Fire OS is just a modified version of the Android OS, the steps for rooting a Fire tablet are basically the same as rooting an Android device.

Rooting your Fire tablet will void the warranty. Carefully consider the pros and cons of rooting your mobile device.

  1. On your Kindle Fire, go to Settings > Device Options.

  2. Tap the Serial Number field repeatedly until Developer Options appears directly below it.

  3. Tap Developer Options.

  4. Tap Enable to activate Android Debug Bridge (ADB). You may get a security warning; ignore it to proceed.

    Tap Enable to enable ADB screenshot
  5. Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer. Your PC should detect your device and download the drivers it needs.

    If your PC doesn't automatically detect your Kindle Fire, install the USB drivers and Android Debug Bridge manually by following the steps outlined in the Kindle Fire developers docs.

  6. Tap OK to Allow USB debugging. If this option doesn't pop up automatically, you need to install the appropriate drivers manually before you can proceed.

    Tap OK to enable debugging screenshot
  7. Open your computer's browser and download the installer app for Google Play:

  8. Extract the .zip file and double-click 1-Install-Play-Store.bat to open it.

  9. Type 2, then press Enter to have the tool install the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire. This process may take several minutes; you'll see a message in the window when it's done.

    Enter the number 2 to install Google Play to your Kindle Fire.
  10. Reboot your tablet by turning it off and on. If successful, shortcuts to the Play Store and Google Settings should be on your home screen.