Amazon Kindle Fire devices come with their own Amazon App Store, but the marketplace can definitely fall short compared to the popular Google Play Store. The search company has developed the largest collection of apps and a great and impressive interface.
We know many Kindle Fire owners wonder whether it is possible to install Google Play Store on the tablets, and the answer is ‘yes,’ because your Kindle is an Android device. This post will show you how it’s done without needing to root your device.
NOTE: Just remember that you’ll need to do a bit of tinkering on your tablet in order to install the Google Play Store. Even though the process is not complicated, you want to make sure you follow all the steps as we write them, and know what you are doing. Therefore, it is best to take your time and do your research before proceeding to install the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire tablet.
Side-Load or Install Apps on Your Kindle Fire Tablet
You might want to try side-loading Android apps on your Kindle device, as this method doesn’t require installing the Google Play Store. Side-loading Kindle Fire apps mean installing them manually from various marketplaces. This also means that the side-loaded apps won’t be automatically updated, but it is a great method to know, which you actually also need to install Google Play Store on your device.
First of all, you need to activate app installation from unknown sources. Here is how to do it:
- Open the settings menu on your Amazon Kindle Fire tablet
- Head to ‘Security & Privacy’ or ‘Security’
- Enable the ‘Apps from Unknown sources’ option
- Select the browser you’ll be using to download and install the files, such as Silk or Chrome, for Kindle Fire devices.
How to Side-Load Apps on Your Amazon Kindle Fire
- Find and download the APK file for the app you want to install (here are some great and safe app stores you can use)
- You can also download your APK file from a PC and transfer it via a USB cable
- Launch the APK file and hit ‘Install’ when asked if you are sure you want to install the app
- Let the installation process complete then tap on ‘Done’ or ‘Open’ option that appears
- The app is now installed and ready to be used
How to Install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire Devices
Side-loading is a great way to get apps on your Kindle tablet, but there’s nothing like the comfort of using the Google Play Store and letting it do all the work, especially with the updates.
If you want to get the Google Play Store on your Amazon Kindle Fire device, you need to side-load four different apps first:
- Google Account Manager (7th-gen and older devices require this one)
- Google Services Framework (7th-gen and older devices require this one)
- Google Play Services (7th-gen and older devices require this one)
- Google Play Store
Once you install these apps on your device, simply restart the tablet. Then, go ahead and launch the Google Play Store; you’ll be asked to log into your account. You’ll be able to start downloading apps using the Google Play Store from now on. Enjoy!
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