How to Install Google Play on Fire Tablets the Super Easy Way, No PC or Root (Video)


Below are super easy directions showing you how to install the Google Play Store on Amazon’s Fire tablets. Basically all you have to do is sideload a few apps and install them. Easy peasy. You can do it all from the Fire tablet itself, no computer or rooting required.

This method works on Fire tablets running Fire OS 5, including the entry-level $49 Fire, the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10. It also works on the previous Fire HD, the Fire Phone, and the 8.9″ Fire HDX as long as Fire OS 5 installed.

Last year I posted about how to install Google Play on Fire tablets using a different method.

That way still works as well but it requires downloading a utility script to a PC and using it to install the Play Store apps. That method requires using a Windows computer and sometimes getting the drivers to work is a pain, so here’s an even easier solution to add the Play Store to your Fire tablet.

With the Google Play Store installed you can easily add Google’s apps to Fire tablets, like Gmail, YouTube, the Google Chrome web browser, etc, and you also get access to a wider selection of apps than what’s available from the Amazon appstore.

How to Install Google Play on Fire Tablets

Step #1: Prepare Your Fire Tablet

Go to Settings > Security > Enable Apps from Unknown Sources.

Step #2: Download Google Apps

You need to download 4 different apk app files. The easiest way is to download them to the Fire tablet directly.

Download the top 4 apk files from here:

Or you can download all 4 in a zip file from here: Google Drive

Note that if you use the second option you’ll also need to install a file manager app such as ES File Explorer to extract the zip file.

Step #3: Install Google Apps

Use the Fire tablet’s Docs app to locate the downloaded apk app files to install them. Generally the default location is Docs > Local Storage > Download if you used the web browser to download the files above.

The Google apps must to be installed in the following order to work:

  • Google Services Framework
  • Google Play Services
  • Google Account Manager
  • Google Play Store

Once that’s finished you can open the Play Store and sign in to your Google account.

Step #4: Update and Restart

After you open the Play Store for the first time you need to install the YouTube app and then open it. This will prompt the Play Store services to update to the latest version, an important last step. Once the update is installed (it takes awhile), power off and restart your Fire tablet.

Now the Google Play Store app should be good to go!

Video: How to Install Play Store on Fire Tablets

93 Responses to “How to Install Google Play on Fire Tablets the Super Easy Way, No PC or Root (Video)”

  1. Thank you! I have just completed the above and now, at long last, I have SwiftKey on my Kindle Fire! It’s like having a brand new tablet and I suspect I will make more use of it than before. One small problem, I have a constant notification “Update Google Play Services or it will not run”. When I tap on that it takes me to Play store and the app shows onlonly uninstall or open, no update button shown. I did follow all the above steps and Play services was updated when I first opened YouTube so I’m not sure what is going on. If I clear the notification it soon reappears but everything seems to be working OK, especially SwiftKey and also my NakedBrowser Pro. Thank you again and I will leave a donation when I am back at my Desktop.

  2. loaded fine first time, started to dl youtube then it just crashed. playstore crashes every time. any help?

  3. The problem with doing something like this is a number of issues can arise, so I’ll go ahead and say it right now: sorry, folks, but I can’t help you troubleshoot problems with this. It worked perfectly for me on the first try so I don’t know how to fix random issues that you may encounter because I have not experienced them myself. I also used a Fire tablet that had just been factory reset for this so it was starting with a clean slate.

    I suggest uninstalling and reinstalling the apps if you experience problems, or try restarting your Fire, and make sure to follow the directions closely, especially the part about updating and rebooting.

  4. Thank you! Appreciate it

  5. Regarding the notifications I was getting for updating “Google Play Service” – I have cured it by uninstalling and reinstalling Google Play Services. Apparently from what I’ve found online, this has been an ongoing problem for some time and seems to have nothing to do with the exercise above. I have now installed this on 2 Fire Tablets and both are working fine; today I’ve been downloading (and using) loads of apps which were not available from the Amazon app store.
    An amazing improvement to my Fire Tablets.

  6. Thanks! Nice to have more android apps on my Fire HD 6 Tablet.

  7. Done on my Fire Phone. Works fine. No bugs, no crashes.
    Another great improvement thanks to Nathan.

  8. The procedure worked perfectly on my Fire HDX 8.9.

  9. Amazing, absolutely amazing. I did not expect it to be this easy! Everything worked just like you said it would, no problems, and now I have the full play store. An already amazing tablet just became even more amazing.

    It kinda seems like Amazon wanted users to be able to install Google Play with ease, I wonder if it was a strategy on their part to make it so easy…

  10. Not work… after last step (youtube and update google service) and restart I always a note on tablet file that I need to update google service, if I open playstore crash after a few seconds.

    My os: Fire OS 5.1.4

  11. I have an HDX 3rd gen and nothing seems to be working I have uninstalled and reinstalled many times but nothing is working. OS version is

  12. Luis F Buelvas T Reply July 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Hola, tengo una Fire 7″ con Sistema Operativo 5.1.4.

    Seguí los pasos al pie de la letra y funciona perfecto !!!

    Muchas gracias.

  13. Worked PERFECTLY! I so much prefer Chrome as my web browser. Thank you for making this so easy. You guys ROCK!

  14. Worked a treat on my girls Fire HD 8 tablet…Thanks.

  15. Thanks. This worked great on 5.1.4 for my primary profile. However the apps don’t show up for a second profile & fail to install to it – anyone have any idea?

  16. This is safe correct? any security risks?

  17. I want to try this, I’m just concerned about malware. I cant afford to have my personal details hacked. Where do these files originate from? Thanks in advance.

  18. you sir, are my hero of the day – thank you thank you thank you!

  19. Awesome. It was installed & working in about 2 min.

  20. I downloaded the apk files but when I try and install them I get a parsing error. Any advice?

  21. Any ideas on how to install/enable additional launchers such as the Google Now Launcher? I’ve got it downloaded, but I don’t see any options to enable it.

    I also have the persistent “Update Google Play Services” notification. I’ve tried to uninstall/reinstall it, but with the same result. It doesn’t seem to negatively affect anything. Any other ideas on getting this worked out?

    Thanks for all of the help/suggestions on this page. Good Stuff!!!!

    • Alternate launchers are tricky because there’s no way to change the home button but you might be able to find a workaround at the XDA forums.

  22. Just installed on Fire 10 and after a bit of a glitch (had to uninstall and reinstall Google Play Services), it is working fine! Thank you so very much!!

  23. Just what the doctor ordered. Having some issues with the APK files but will keep working on it.

  24. Just an update for anyone evaluating and wondering how this will work. I installed and everything worked like a charm. The APK issue I was having was simply my unfamiliarity with this version of the Kindle (I have the $49 version). But have loaded store and already installed a few apps and chrome. Works great. Thanks very much for posting.

  25. This is an awesome, thank you! I just got a Fire 10 HD and following your instructions I was able to get Google Play and a bunch of apps that weren’t available in the Apps Store. It was a little tricky with updating to the current version and getting the Play store to run without an notification but I think that was just because I’m unfamiliar with how everything works.

    • Spoiledcurlygurl Reply August 7, 2016 at 2:36 am

      How did you get it to work? I keep getting a foreclose and i can’t get to a point of downloading anything so I can update. I even installed a newer version then the one given in the link here and still it wont stay open.

  26. Thanks very much for posting – this worked perfectly for me. Its very quick, easy to install and works for me with the Fire ($49 kindle which i got on sale for ~$35 on prime day).

    I (very rapidly) installed the playstore per the instructions and installed a few of my favorite android apps.

    thanks again!!

  27. I ran the 4 .apk files from location you have linked above and 2 of them are modified according to So can you say what the modifications are and why they are needed?

  28. Thanks for the reply. I downloaded them from apkupdate and the same two files fail the validation check also, so I’m not going to worry too much about it.

  29. Nathan you did it again. I was really busy with a summer college class that I put off doing this until today.
    Simply fantastic.

  30. Thank you so much for your directions on how to do this. Very easy to understand even for those of us not so Tech savvy.

    When you try to get a app from a site it automatically brings up Amazon is there away to change that so it gives you a choice or so Google Play automatically comes up

  31. works great, Just follow the instructions step by step. Download the apk files in order and open and install them in order and then open each apk file in order like explained and install each one then click close after each one. After all installed i opened the google play apk file when it was done installing by clicking open instead of done when it finished. I signed in and then searched for youtube and then downloaded youtube , O opened it and It prompted me to update like explained above and did that as well.everything works fine. Dont skip a step, just follow instructions listed above.

  32. Heroes are everywhere on the internet. Bought Fire today and knew I had been such an idiot for having trusted that the global giants would have made lives easy. Nevertheless, you saved the day or else I would better think about reselling the device already

  33. A true gentleman, genious and a scholar!! Your info worked 100% the first time. Way to go, my friend. My Fire 10 has,gained a new level of functionality and productivity I would have never thought possible.

  34. Spoiledcurlygurl Reply August 7, 2016 at 2:30 am

    This worked yet the Play store keeps foreclosing. I can’t even keep it open long enough to download anything. Any idea what I can do?

  35. Wow! Once again, Nathan, you have put together the best possible tutorial on an ebook-reader subject. But I learned that you can eliminate the final step. Here’s what I did:

    Today I purchased a 7″ Kindle Fire at Best buy. (Only $33 and change, during today’s “Amazon Sale” at Best Buy. Amazing deal!)

    It is running Fire OS 5.1.2

    As you recommend, I installed ES File Explorer from the Amazon Appstore, then downloaded the ZIP file from Google Drive as per your link.

    I installed the four apk files in the order you specified…

    …but then I DID NOT BOTHER to run youtube or to reboot. I just started up the Play store.

    And it worked!

    So you don’t need to do anything after installing the four apk files…at least, I did not, with my 7″ Fire tablet running Fire OS 5.1.2

    Thanks again for a great tutorial and an indispensable blog!

    • Thanks for the tip as well! It turns out Best Buy has all kinds of Amazon products and Kindles on sale today. An “Amazon Sale” at Best Buy, that’s pretty funny actually.

  36. Hide ‘GPServices Needs Update’ Notifications … Settings > Sound&Notifications > App Notifications > (Find GPServices) Enable BLOCK. Maybe Google Will Eventually Fix and Can Un-Block – Actual GPServices Update Notifications “Should” Still Notify from PlayStore? Google Updates GPServices Automatically Anyway in My Experiences.

  37. UPDATE: After Checking Store Version (About) Within App, Replied OK to New Version Will Download, Few Minutes Later Both Store and Services Updated/Synced. Turned Off BLOCK Notifications for Services in Settings and ‘Services Needs Update’ Messages Stopped. Maybe Patience is the REAL FIX . . .
    Thanks for the Download / Install Instructions Nathan – Worked Without a Glitch and Much Easier Than the Root & PC Required Methods.

    • Thank you for this information. Opening up the Google Play Store, clicking on the left-hand side, opening settings, then clicking on the Play Store version asked me if I wanted to update it. I chose to do so and about 5 minutes later I had the most current version of the store and no more notification errors.

      Wish original article had this information in it!

  38. I cannot get this to work on HD 8.9. Google services stop working according to error message. Any idea why? Thanks.

  39. Beware …. Well I followed the instructions exactly and now my new Fire 10 HD goes to a blank screen, like it’s off, after I put in my 4 digit code to unlock it. Thanks for nothing. 🙁 It worked fine till I did this procedure. And yes it is 5th generation.

    • Update…it took me a while and many reboots, now I can get the Fire 10 HD to stay on after I enter the privacy code. So far the Google Play store is working and I can install apps from there. Still, I did not expect any issues.

      • I just got a Fire 10 HD and I am going to attempt to do this to it. Can you tell me if when you had this issue with it, that all it needed was to be rebooted a lot? Also, how many times did you have to reboot it? Just incase this happens to me I would like a little advice. Thanks.

  40. Totally worked!!!! Thanks!

  41. Yes, the uninstalling and reinstalling resolved my notification error message (Google Play Services)

  42. Thank you so much! Works great! So much easier than all the other ones that I was trying to do. It was straight forward and easy!

  43. Any idea on how to turn on “app usage data” threw downloading google play store?? I downloaded “AppLike” and it keeps saying this after I open it “In order for you to be able to collect mCoins, please grant AppLike access to your usage data”

  44. Google settings force closes everytime

  45. thanks much, worked great for me first try, now makes this tablet worth using for something other than e-reader

  46. It said it could harm my device

  47. Works untill sign into Google play store then it says “server error retry”

  48. THANKS. I installed it on all our kindles and they are now google play store compatible. Thank you so much.

  49. I just installed everything using this method on my new 6th Generation Fire HD8. One question, do I have to leave “enable apps from unknown sources” setting ON or can I turn that back off now?

  50. Installed on 6th Generation Fire HD8 as well, but Google Docs and Audible Audiobooks not able to be installed.

  51. Installed on 6th gen Fire HD8 and have downloaded Chrome, Gmail and a few games. One game wouldn’t install, but the important stuff all works. Unlike the previous poster, Google Docs installed without a problem for me and Audible Audiobooks is pre-installed on the Fire, so no need to do it again through the play store.

  52. Yes! Perfect! Easy! Thank you!

  53. Brilliant.Let me download and instal Google Drive without updating play store.THANKS.

  54. In my top 3 of best sites for problem solving. I am now able to instal apps. I have had problems with for over 12 months.

  55. Did exactly what you said, finally downloaded Google Photo but when I opened it and it was empty, menu did not have any buttons for sign in or sync. No photos????? Anyone help?

  56. I get a parse error when I try to install the Google Play Store? What should I do?

  57. Works on 6th generation too. Many thanks for the clear instructions.

  58. Was thinking of getting the 6th gen Fire HD8 and just verified from Ray that it works on that tablet as well. My question is “Is there any way to sort of toggle back and forth from the Google Chrome to the Amazon OS? Both OS have features I like. Is that possible?”

  59. Worked perfectly on Fire HD8. Thanks so much for step by step directions with links.

    For those having problems, check downloaded file names and extensions before installing. First time I downloaded the Play Store, it had another (garbled) name & was not .apk. Deleted that file & second download was accurate.

  60. Works great so far! Thanks so much!
    kindle Fire 7 inch.

  61. Seems to work. Thanks.

  62. Loaded this on to Kindle Fire HD 8″ (OS:, easiest tutorial to follow of all the ones out there! Works great. You’re so adept and quick, I had to pause the video several times just to catch up! Appreciate the time you took to make this great video.

  63. Just did this on my brand new Fire HD 8 2016 (6th Gen) and it works great. Didn’t have any issues and I’m super stoked that this worked. Thanks.

  64. This worked great on a 100% stock, 4th Gen Fire HD6 running

    Thanks so much 🙂

  65. Just installed on a 4th gen Fire HD 6 running, everything working, the only help I can offer for anyone that runs into a problem is follow the instructions exactly, but after rebooting the tablet: tap the square button to show all apps, tap the ‘x’ on the Google Settings and Google Play Store apps to close them, then launch them again. I think my Fire did a soft reboot and the Play Store and Settings apps would instantly close upon opening them until I closed them out of memory first. Rebooting the Fire did not close them.

  66. Ottimo! Con Fire 7 5gen os

    Very Good!

  67. Worked beautifully on my 5th gen Fire. Then after I changed my Google password the Play Store and Settings apps would instantly close. I logged into my Google account on my laptop with the new password and now the Store app works but the Settings app still instantly closes. It’s probably not a big deal because I don’t really need it.


  68. I get to the Play store, but instead of the list of apps, I only see “Error retrieving information from server.[RH-01]

    • Check your device O/S version. I got this same error but my Kindle Fire was running the 4.x version. After updating to 5.x the Play store loads fine.

  69. Hello Nathan, thank you for the info and help.

    How will this work for updates of each individual app?

    For instance If I download One specific app, do I need to recheck appstore for updates, or the app will update automatically?


  70. Hi,
    what about OTA updates.
    Will they brick the fire zab?

  71. is there any truth to not being able to download amazon video if you install google play? and not being able to use amazon’s other apps ?

  72. Thank you very much. Yesterday performed on a fire HD 8 (2016), works perfectly.

  73. Worked perfectly for a refurbished Fire HD 6 that I bought off Woot for $30. Only caveat was I had to update the tablet to the latest Amazon OS which was painless.

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