Why do you need to install Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets? Fire tablets have excellent hardware that is a delight to use. However, they run a customized and restricted version of Android called Fire OS, which does not have Google apps and services pre-installed.
That means, out of the box, your Fire tablet does not have apps like Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant, or Chrome included. If you want to use them, you have to download and install them on your own.
Amazon’s suite of apps works well. Instead of Google Play Store, the Amazon Appstore provides access to apps for you to install. But in comparison to what the Okay store offers, it is a limited catalogue. If you are fine with what Amazon has on offer, then you need not bother. However, if you have a larger appetite for apps, at some point, Amazon’s offering via their Appstore will be inadequate.
Fortunately, it is not quite difficult to install Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets. There are two available methods, and we provide both below. Feel free to decide which works better for you.
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Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablet with Fire Toolbox
Fire Toolbox is an all-in-one desktop application that lets you carry out mods on Fire tablets. These modifications include installing Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets. You can also use it to replace the stock launcher, and remove all Amazon bloatware.
Fire toolbox is a Windows application, so you have to install it on your Windows PC first before you can use it to install Play Store on your Fire tablet. It supports Amazon Fire HD6 (2014) and newer. Simply follow the steps laid out below to install it and also install Play Store on your Fire tablet.
There are 11 steps in the instructions below, but don’t allow that scare you; some of those steps are just things you have to do on your phone to allow Fire Toolbox access to install the apps. It is quite an easy process that will take no more than a few minutes.
- Using a Windows PC, download and install the latest version of Fire Toolbox. To download, click here.
- On your tablet, open the Settings menu.
- Scroll down to Device Options and tap it.
- Tap the Serial number 7 times until you see a notice saying that you’re a developer.
- Tap the back button to return to the previous screen.
- Select the newly appeared “Developer Options.”
- Slide the toggle to enable Developer Options.
- Scroll down until you see “USB Debugging” and slide the toggle to enable that.
- Plug your tablet into your Windows PC using a USB cable (the charging cable that came with the tablet should be fine).
- Run the Fire Toolbox application on your PC.
- Tap OK on the box that appears on the tablet.
- Wait a moment and/or follow any instructions on the screen as Fire Toolbox detects your device.
- Click the box that says “Google Services.”
- Read the instructions and then click “Yes.”
Google Play Store and services apps all get to be installed on your Fire tablet after that single click, and you are good to go once done.
The other way to download Google Play store to your Fire tablet is the manual way, without the assistance of PC software. It isn’t a difficult process either, and you might very much prefer it.
Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablet manually
To install Play Store manually on a Fire tablet, you have to install four (4) different apps, otherwise it won’t work. Those files are: Google account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, and Google Play Store.
- Open Settings
- Tap the option that says Security and Privacy
- Scroll down to Applications from unknown sources.
- Tap the Amazon Silk browser.
- Slide the toggle to enable Silk to install apps from unknown sources
- Google Account Manager (use the latest version)
- Google Services Framework 9 (do not use version 10 or later if you’re using a tablet running Fire OS 7, as it’s based on Android 9)
- Google Play Services (use a recent version compatible ARM64 and Android 9+)
- Google Play Store (use the latest version)
That’s it. You now have a functioning Play Store app on your Amazon Fire tablet, and you can begin to install hundreds of apps that are not available in Amazon Appstore.
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