Before you begin, go into Settings > Security and enable “Apps from Unknown Sources”. This will allow you to install the necessary APK files that will give you the Google Play Store.
Next, there are four .APK files you’ll need to download, using the built-in Silk browser on your tablet. The easiest way to do this is to open up this tutorial in the Silk browser and click on the links below, which will take you to the download pages.
If you have trouble installing these APKs or the Play Store just isn’t working afterwards, be sure your Fire tablet isn’t set to install apps to an SD card. Once that’s done, the Google Play Store app will appear on the home screen of your Fire tablet.
We tested this script on a 7 Fire Tablet and it worked perfectly. The cable included with your Fire Tablet will work just fine.
Locate the “Serial Number” field on this page and tap it repeatedly. Locate the “Enable ADB” option this page and tap it to activate it.
This feature is normally just for developers, so you’ll need to agree to the warning to continue. After enabling ADB access, connect your Fire Tablet to your computer with the included USB cable.
However, if you do this, you’ll still need to use the ADB command to set a permission on at least one of the apps. So, rather than doing this the long way, we’ll be using a script that installs the apps and sets the permissions for you.
Unlock your Fire tablet and agree to the “Allow USB debugging” request. If you don’t see this option, close the Command Prompt window and launch the .bat file above again.
When you reach the first screen, type “2” and press Enter to have the tool install the Google Play Store. But, if you saw the “Allow USB Debugging” prompt on your Fire tablet and have agreed to it, you’ll know the drivers are already in working order.
Just long-press the power button, tap “OK” when you’re asked if you want to shut it down, and then turn it on again. After you reboot, you’ll find the Play Store and Google Settings shortcuts on your home screen.
Thanks to sd_shadow on the Co-developers forums for writing some of this method up, and Root Junky for the script. If you need troubleshooting help or you’d like to do this manually without a script, head over to the Co-developers forum thread for more information.
This story was originally published 2020/03/18 4:41pm Piton Mar 18, 2021 and last updated 2020/12/25 1:23pm Piston Dec 25, 2020. However, none of them come with access to the Google Play Store, which is how most Android devices download and install applications.
Instead, Fire tablets come bundled with the Amazon Appstore, which has a much smaller library and lacks any Google -made apps and services. The good news is that it's not incredibly difficult to install the Play Store on a Fire tablet, and the whole process can take as little time as 10 minutes.
This complete guide for installing the Play Store on Fire tablets has detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014, with added troubleshooting steps if you run into issues. If you don't remove the external SD, the Play Store and its required applications may be automatically installed to the micros card, which can cause issues.
There is no way to manage a Fire tablet through Google Family Link, even after the Play Store is installed. The first step in this process is to enable apps to be installed from outside the Amazon Appstore.
This allows you to open and install applications from downloaded APK files, which is how we'll get the Play Store running. First, go to the main 'Home' page on your home screen and open the Settings app.
Then tap the 'Security & Privacy category (older models might just say 'Security'), find the switch for 'Apps from Unknown Sources,' and turn it on. If tapping 'Apps from Unknown Sources' brings up a list of apps, then you don't need to do anything.
You may receive a popup when installing APKs, but you'll just have to tap the 'Allow' button when prompted. Now you're ready to download and install the APKs needed to get the Google Play Store running.
The next step is to download the proper APK files for the Play Store. Because different Fire tablets run different versions of Android with varying hardware, the exact APKs you have to install depend on what Fire tablet you have.
For these last two applications, click the link for your device, then select the version closest to the top of the list which doesn't have “beta” in the name. Also, switch to the file list view if you haven't already, so you can see the full names of each APK.
Once you have installed all four apps, hold down the power button, and tap 'Restart' to restart your tablet. Restart (or power off, and back on again) after you finish installing the Play Store.
After your Fire tablet has booted back up, open the new Play Store app from the home screen. From there, the Play Store should ask you to login with your Google account, and then finally allow you to download and install apps.
If the Play Store or other Google apps aren't working correctly, here are some fixes for common issues. Once it has booted back up, open the Play Store from the home screen and see if it works.
When I initially wrote this guide, I wasn't able to sign in to the Play Store until I cleared the app's local data. This will essentially reset the Play Store app to its original state, and should fix most problems you might encounter.
Open the Settings app, select the 'Apps & Notifications' section (or whatever else has 'Apps' or 'Applications' in the name), and tap 'Manage All Applications.' Then press the 'Storage' menu option and tap 'Clear Data' (it might also be called 'Clear storage').
If that didn't help, follow the above steps again, but restart your tablet before trying to open the Play Store. If that didn't work either, try force-stopping and clearing data for Google Play Services in addition to the Play Store.
Setting Chrome as the default browser, adding Google Assistant, and even changing the home screen launcher is possible. Since the Play Store isn't a system-level application on Fire tablets, the installation process only applies to the device profile you've been using.
In the list of applications, find Google Play Services, and tap the 'Extract' button. Find Google Play Store in the list, and tap the 'Extract' button.
Now the two APKs have been saved to the 'ML Manager' folder in your tablet's internal storage. The easiest way to do this is using Swiss Transfer, an online tool for sending files.
Open Swiss Transfer (swisstransfer.com) on your tablet's browser (Silk, Chrome, whatever) and accept the terms and conditions of use. While still in the file browser, open the left side menu and select your tablet (it should be the only item that says how much storage is remaining).
If you chose the link option, so write it down, log into Google Keep on the web and put it in a note, or save it with some other method. Open the Amazon Appstore, search for 'ES File Explorer,' and download it.
Now reboot your tablet again, log into the second profile, and see if the Play Store works. Fire tablets aren't the fastest devices in the world, but you might be able to make yours marginally faster with a few easy steps.