How To Get Google Play On Your Fire Tablet

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Fire tablets are pretty great. They’re inexpensive, they have parental controls, and the newest ones even have expandable storage. But what they don’t have is Google Play. Fire tablets only let you download apps from the Amazon App Store, which means no Chrome, no YouTube app, no Lego Boost, no Photoshop ExpressAnd while a lot of apps make it over to the Amazon App Store eventually, there’s really no need to wait. I’m not a computer geek, and I managed to install Google Play on a Kindle Fire following instructions from the XDA Developers Forum, a discussion board for mobile developers. I’ve expanded on the instructions and added screenshots to make it super easy!

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and press Settings. Scroll down to the Personal section and press Security. Under Advanced, turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. You’ll see a warning about being responsible for all damage to your Fire that unknown source apps can do. This would be a good time to mention that while this is an easy process, I’m also not responsible for damage to your Fire, and neither is Laptop Magazine! Press OK.
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2. Restart your Fire by holding down the Power button until you’re asked, “Do you want to shut down your Fire?” Press “OK” Once your Fire has turned off completely, press the power button and turn it back on.
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3. Now we’re going to install some APK files (that’s an Android file format) using the Fire’s Silk browser. If you’re reading this on the Silk browser, you can just click on the links, and then click Download APK(Do NOT click any other Downloads on the page, they’re probably ads.) Or, you can copy and paste these instructions into an email, send the email to yourself, and open it on the Fire. If you click on a link in the email, the Silk browser will open automatically. The files need to be installed in order, so to avoid confusion I recommend downloading and installing them one at a time.
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4. Click “OK” when each download starts you should get a pop-up warning that the file might damage your computer. 
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5. Swipe down from the top of the screen and find your download in progress. When the file is finished downloading press the completed download notification, scroll to the bottom of the page if necessary (or press Next until you get to the bottom)then press Install.
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Note: if you’re installing these on a 7th Generation Kindle Fire HD 8, skip down to the next set of four links, because you have a slightly different set of files to download. This first set of links should work on 4th, 5th, and 6th Generation Kindle Fires. Don’t know which version of Fire you have? Go to Settingspress Device Optionsand scroll down to Device Model.

  • APK File #1, Google Account Manager
  • APK File #2, Google Services Framework
  • APK File #3: Google Play Services
  • APK File #4: Google Play Store

If you’re using a 7th Generation Kindle Fire HD 8, use this set of links instead. Make sure you follow the instructions above about installing them in order and which “Download” to click!

  1. APK File #1, Google Account Manager
  2. APK File #2, Google Services Framework
  3. APK File #3: Google Play Services
  4. APK File #4: Google Play Store  

6. Once you’ve downloaded and installed all four APK files, restart your Fire again. You should now see the Google Play app on your Home Screen. Press it and sign in with your Google account! Voila!

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