How to Install Google Play on 2017 Fire Tablets in 5 Minutes (Video)


Fire Tablet Play Store

Amazon released two new Fire tablets this week, the Fire HD 8 and Fire 7, and it turns out it’s the same simple process to add the Google Play Store and Google apps to them as previous Fire tablets.

Both new tablets are considered 7th generation models, but the software is the same as the 5th and 6th gen Fire tablets, so installing Google Play works the same exact way.

It literally takes about 5 minutes to complete from start to finish, and it can be accomplished directly from a stock Fire tablet without having to install anything else first.

You don’t need to use a computer or root the tablet first; all you have to do is install 4 Google apps.

Anyone can do it, and if you decide later that you don’t want Google Play on your tablet you can do a factory reset to wipe everything clean and make the tablet like it was when you first got it.

This is the same exact process as earlier models and will work on any Fire tablet running Fire OS 5.x and up. To check your tablet’s OS version go to Settings > Device Options > System Updates. The new Fire tablets are running 5.4.0.0 and are confirmed to work with the below method.

How to Install Google Play on Fire Tablets

Step #1: Prepare Your Fire Tablet

Go to Settings > Security > Enable Apps from Unknown Sources (this will prompt a warning message—that’s normal).

Step #2: Download Google Apps

Now it’s time to download 4 separate apk app files. The easiest way is to use the Fire tablet’s silk web browser. Just make sure to install them in the order they are listed below.

It’s easiest to install the apps one at a time as they download. Just tap the download notification to prompt install. If you miss the notification, swipe left from the browser’s screen to open the menu and select downloads.

These apps must be installed in the following order:

1. Google Account Manager

2. Google Services Framework

3. Google Play Services

4. Google Play Store

Step #3: Restart and Sign-in

After installing the Google apps above you need to shutdown and restart your Fire tablet before using the Play Store app.

After restarting, simply launch the Google Play app and sign-in to your Google account. That’s it. Enjoy!

via: XDA Forums

130 Responses to “How to Install Google Play on 2017 Fire Tablets in 5 Minutes (Video)”

  1. Thank you. Simple to the point instruction.

    Not having the Google Play Store is my #1 complaint with the Fire Tablets.

    • I’m happy I found this article.. I too was so mad that I could not download Google Play Store there are 3 apps that I need but they are housed in the GPStore.. Hope these steps will solve the problem

  2. Thank you,

    I have followed this download list before, and it works very well.

    I can get apps that I need that are not available on Amazon.

    Plus the apps I do get are not gateways for unwanted popups.

    I have it now on my brand new Kindle Fire HD 8 which I got yesterday on pre-order.

    Works great.

    mark

  3. Hi and thanks. Works on Fire 7 7th gen but had to open google play after it installed rather than just restart, awesome!

  4. Hey im having an issue installing thw downloads. For some reason when I go to hit “install” it doesnt install. I have the new hd 8 2017 tablet running fire os 5.4 please help.

  5. Hi Darla, I had the same problem. I simply shut the tablet down then left it for 5 mins and restarted it.It then worked fine with all downloads.All working fine now and loads of apps. 😀

  6. This guide worked like a charm. I didn’t have any issues. Once you enable apps from “unknown sources” you can install the 4 apk files, then restart the tablet and open up google play so that you can input your Google credentials.

  7. Thanks so much for the tutorial and thanks Darla for asking my question for me! I am one happy camper right now.

  8. I did this but I for are the files or apps anywhere in my tablet. How do I find it? When I follow your links it says there are new versions available so I just guessed which ones to do. Is this why I can’t find it?

  9. Hi

    All done, but Google Inbox and Gmail apps crash on launch. Any ideas? Anyone go them to work?

    Thanks

    • Maybe try restarting the tablet? Gmail works on my 2015 Fire but I didn’t want email on the new ones so didn’t try it but it shouldn’t be any different.

      • No joy with Inbox although Gmail seems OK. The only thing I didn’t do was reboot after installing the 4 packages – I just went straight to the Google Play store app. Should I repeat the process but this time reboot first? Thanks

        • I don’t know. I’ve only ever done it as described and have never encountered any problems so I’m not much good for troubleshooting.

    • I’m having the same issue.

      I bought the Fire HD 8 (2017) and everything in the instructions listed above works, but Gmail and Inbox keep crashing.

      Yahoo Mails for some reason.

  10. I tried it on my son’s 2016 model that we Google-enabled last year and it doesn’t work on that either so must be incompatible…

  11. we tried to install the gmail app but it works for for a bit and will crash. is there a way to stabilize?

  12. Yes, gmail keeps crashing on my new Fire 8 (2017). Re-installed the sequence a few times as well as gmail. All other apps work fine. Playstore downloads other apps, including google apps that work perfectly well. Anyone know of a fix?

    • I just ordered a Fire 8, so haven’t tried anything yet. Just a possibility – you could try the MyMail app, which can work with gmail and other mail providers. On an Ipad, it allows printing to Airprint printers, which Gmail does not, so it’s more advanced in at least that way.

      • The person is unlikely going to see your comment, but whatever problem there was with the Gmail app worked itself out because it works fine now.

  13. Likewise. gmail starts, loads inbox, then immediately closes. Have done this over and over. I notice a message when opening the Google apps with several that there is an updated version available and I see many variants at the bottom of the page. Pewrhaps one of these later (or earlier?) versions will work properly. Very disappointed that this is not functioning as expected.

  14. Hello, great article. Agree, this fixes the biggest problem with an Amazon tablet – only having the Amazon app store games. I use FreeTime for my kids. Do you know if you can expose a game from the Google Play Store to a kid though FreeTime?

  15. I’m having a huge problem here: the “install” button at the end of the page, just doesn’t work. I click on it, but nothing happens. Yes, I allowed apps from unknown sources… and the very first one, google account manager, already has this problem. Maybe folks at Amazon blocked it already? any suggestions? tks a lot!

  16. Which version of Play services do I download?

  17. Super excited for this. Just ordered 3 kids HD 8 tabets and I am Def gonna do this before the kids even get to use them. I am not techy at all but sounds easy enough

  18. I followed the instructions but unfortunately, it just says Download pending for everything I try to download.

  19. Thanks lots for this, this’ll help make my new yellow Kindle even more awesome! 😀 To make the process easier for myself, I made a tinyurl for this page, thought I’d add it here to help out others too. Feel free to update your post with it if you think it’s handy. The tiny url is: https://tinyurl.com/firegoo

  20. I did everything step by step but play store crashes after awhile

  21. I keep clicking download a it takes me to an error page saying something about rate limits. can anyone help

  22. Your explanation was fantastic and everything worked great;I have been downloading apps from the Play Store ever since.
    Honestly, it’s hard to beat getting an 8 inch tablet that has all the Amazon features AND that with your help I have been able to turn into a very decent Android tablet.
    I keep recommending your blog to all my friends with questions about e-readers and tablets. Thanks again.

  23. I just tried this and it worked beautifully. Thank you very much for this helpful link.
    Curious though: With new updates and versions constantly being pushed out for Google Play services and Play store, etc., will the updates occur automatically or do they need to be manually installed (similar to the way outlined above but with newer versions of the files)?

    • I have this same question as I now consistently receive the notification, “Google Play services won’t run unless you update Google Play services.” I cannot find a way to manually kick off an update for Play services…

  24. New fire hd 8 here. Upgraded to 5.4.0 then run the install as per instructions.

    Tapping the google app, screen dims like play store is going to start, then fails to start the app. Reset the fire hd 8 and started from scratch – same result.

    There’s also a google settings app that’s been installed – that’s working.

    Any advice for a newbie to the Amazon tablet world?

    • Surprised at the lack of suggestions of help.

      Here’s what I did to fix it. Searched you tube and used the same software versions as he choose. 3 of the 4 are the lAtest but 1 of them aS an earlier version. Works now.

  25. Thanks very much! Everything working perfectly! Best regards. (Hugo, Brazil).

  26. Thank you so much took a second to figure out how to open up google play b/c there is no icon got it working though. was really regretting my purchase but now everything should be ok.

  27. Got it to install but Google play store won’t open even after restarting it.

  28. Hi there,

    I followed these instructions and similar ones I found on YouTube. Everything installed and I’ve been able to download and run apps from the Google Play store on my new Kindle Fire 8 HD. The only problem I’m having is, I installed an old version of Google Play after I read that Google Play will auto-update itself to the latest version. My version of Google Play, however, hasn’t auto-updated and I can’t find a way to manually force it to update. I did turn off “install unknown apps” after I installed the APKs. Does this need to remain on for the auto-update to work? Or am I missing something else? Thanks.

    • Stu, go back on this link for youtube instructions & there is a part where it tells you that you must activate a certain download section so it does auto installs

  29. This is awesomely perfect and so easy!!! I was very scared and intimidated to try doing this but it was quick, simple and easy! Thank you so much!!

  30. Well done, brilliantly easy, works exactly as shown. Just remember that REBOOT.
    Many thanks

  31. Problem parsing package?

  32. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Your steps were concise and very easy to follow. Look forward to more material from you.

  33. I tried to open the downloaded google account manager and I all get are parsing error after several restarts.

  34. Paul, I had the parsing error too on the google account manager. I finally just went on with downloading the other 3 apps, restarted, and all was well. I have a new fire HD 8 that got as a gift a week ago.

    • Worked for me too Julie, thanks for the reminder of the #1 solution. This is normally when I tell people they’re stupid for not rebooting and trying again but all too often I get silly and think I’m smarter than the rest of my IT tech colleagues.

  35. OK I went on YouTube & found this article with video instructions by Kevin Breeze & it worked great for me..Downloads took easily & I found the apps I wanted & downloaded them too.. This Kindle is very sensitive to the touch..

  36. While I like a little short on the love side my Kindle HD8 2017 I think I will still go & buy an iPad Mini4 I like the Apple store contents & less hassle..

  37. I can’t get it to let me install. I tapped on the first one install comes up I click on it and nothing. Any suggestions

  38. I downloaded, but when I click on the downloaded packages, fire says the package has a parsing error. I have shut down and restarted. Any other recommendations?

  39. No. I bought a new HD8 just last month.

  40. THANK YOU!!! you’re a life saver.

  41. Running smooth as glass! Once I realized that each step needed to be installed separately all went well. Thanks a bunch for this one!

  42. I followed all directions and installed the 4 apps in the correct order. Then I restarted. I can see the Google Play store icon, but when I tap it, there is nothing in it – just a blank screen. Help!

  43. same for me too. All I get are parsing errors. and YES I’m running Fire OS 5.4.0.0 I double checked. I’ve been able to install on a previous kindle using this method and it worked beautifully, this time…not so much.

  44. Funciona perfecto en Fire 7, sin la necesidad de rootear la tablet, solo descargar a las app descritas en el articulo. Muchas gracias Nathan por compartir tu conocimiento.

  45. I’ve downloaded the files, but it says problem with parsing the packet. Any suggestions?

  46. Fire OS 5.4.0.0 on HD8 2017
    After enabling install from unsafe sources I received a parsing error when trying to install. Error disappeared after rebooting. WOOT WOOT google-playing it up.

    ———————-

    #1 If something doesn’t work right try turning it off and on again. If then, Check your steps.
    If then, update to latest version and start over.

  47. Wonderful. Now going through the process of uninstalling Amazon apps and installing Google apps.

  48. Anyone else have trouble with live wallpaper? I use 3d parallax and comic rack lwp but I get “this app is not installed” message when attempting to open them.

  49. Just did this with my brand new Fire HD 8 with no issues. Thanks for the simple instructions! I do have a question, though: when installing an app that is available in both app stores, does it matter which version I install?

  50. Thanks a lot. Worked great!!

  51. When I try to install it and open it from the notification it says there was a problem parsing the package?

  52. Thanks! Worked with no problems.
    One thing is that sometimes you can’t install because it says “Next” at the bottom. Just scroll down all the way, and it will change to “Install.”
    Also, if the install button doesn’t click, restart the system and it will work. As mentioned above, open Silk and swipe left to downloads and you’ll find the downloaded files. Just click and install.
    I just realized that I went through this mostly for Chrome and to use my Chromecast!

  53. Works like a charm on new Fire 8 HD FireOS 5.4.1. Thanks for the write up. Used the first method, just downloaded and installed.

  54. I have got Google play store and can’t get good play to install. I have tried different versions and re starting my tablet. I have only had this tablet a few months now and didn’t know I couldn’t use good play on it.

  55. This worked perfectly for me on my brand new Fire HD8 7th generation. I was also frustrated because after I downloaded the 4 apk files, nothing happened when I tapped “install”. But all I had to do was restart the tablet and it worked perfectly. Within minutes i had Google Play on the Fire, and I’m installing all of my favorite apps!! Thanks everyone!!!

  56. Hi, I’m having the same problem a lot of others are having but nothing is working for me. I have a fire 8, 7th gen, running OS 5.4.0.1. I followed all steps above, and was able to successfully install the most currently updated version of Google play. I also powered my tablet on and off a dozen times, yet I still get the ”download pending” thing then i try to install any app. I also tried clearing data and cache from the app, nothing. I’ll keep searching for answers but if anyone can suggest anything I’d really appreciate it.

  57. I am getting the ” problem parsing the Package as well, is there a solution to this?
    Rebooting doe not seem to help.

  58. How is everyone finding these apps? I typed in every one in the order Im supposed to and Not 1 of them has come up in the app store..?

  59. I have a new fire 8. I have downloaded all 4 apk’s and restarted several times. When I open google play store I was able to input all my info. The. It says “ Error retrieving information from server” Please help! I am a teacher and need to use Chrome for a website! Any ideas on what went wrong?

  60. This worked like a charm, thank you. I’m enjoying the Google Play store far more than the Amazon app store, there’s so many different options on Google Play.

  61. Hey, thanks a lot for doing this. I was just wondering if the newest versions of each linked app (Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, etc.) would work, or if it’s necessary to install the older versions you linked.

  62. Thank you so much.
    Worked perfectly.
    So easy.
    Just 15mins.

  63. parse error problem parsing the package, is there a fix for this?

  64. I did this months ago, and it has worked out great. I’m just now having a problem wit some of the apps saying I’m not compatible (fire 5th Gen) because the Play store isn’t updated. Is there anyway to force an update? If I click where it tells me what update it is, it say of will, but it doesn’t do anything.

  65. I did my HD8 in a couple of mins no problem will wait a month and see how my new HD 10 works first 🙂

  66. Hi – I have the Amazon Fire 10HD (2017) with Fire OS 5.5.0 (the one that has handsfree Alexa) and its blocking the installation of Google Play Services and Google Play Store, Account Manager and Services Framework do install without a problem.

    I’ve tried rebooting and trying after, downloading newer versions of both apps that wont install, and I always get the same outcome “App not installed”.

    Anyone with a Fire 10HD found a way to work around this?

    • It worked fine on my HD10. I’ve done this at least 6 times now on all three current Fire tablets and I’ve never encountered a single problem. All I can say is make sure to follow the directions exactly as written; doing things differently like installing newer versions of the apps is going to lead to problems.

  67. New 2016 (6th gen) HD8 running 5.4.0.1 ($47 delivered from Amazon Warehouse deals …they listed it as Used-very Good, but both were obviously new).

    …no problems with install at all. Also immediately installed Microsoft Launcher, and rarely even see the Amazon home page lol.

    I had the same issues with Gmail others reported. But after a couple of days, it just started working. It exhibited the same symptoms with my wife’s HD8 …so whatever the glitch is, it seems to work itself out after 2-3 days.

    Thanks for the excellent instructions and all the comments/suggestions.

  68. I downloaded it and when I try to open the google play store app the screens dims and then basically crashes

  69. Ughhh… There is no “Google Play app” icon nor app discoverable anywhere- Not on Home Screen (after restarting) nor under apps, can’t find it anywhere on my device. Pls, exactly what Google Play app are u referring to? Where is it? I’ve Googled “Google Play app” & “Google Play Store” & tried installing from there- no dice.

    Pls, how may I: “simply launch the Google Play app and sign-in to your Google account. That’s it. Enjoy!” ???

  70. I followed the directions exactly as written, and it worked perfectly on my Fire HD10 (2017). Thanks!

  71. Thank you for posting this! Very easy to do!

  72. Son got new Fire with only purpose to use one app and discovered not in Amazon App Store. Followed instructions exactly (didn’t try any “new versions) and shut down and turned back on (then restart, then shut down and wait awhile) and no Google Play. New Fire 7 2017 ver 5.4.0.0 with 5.4.0.1 ready to install.

    How get Google Play?

  73. NewFireWANTSGooglePlay Reply October 25, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    OK, we discovered we didn’t get to the install part. After the download is complete, we had to select OPEN (doesn’t say anything about INSTALL and to say OPEN gave the impression already installed), must do this to accept terms and then INSTALL. Son all happy now that he has Google Play and the one app he wanted the tablet for downloading his Udemy courses to work offline.

  74. When i try to install those 4 files I get “parse error”

    • I got the same error when I tried to install the latest version of those links. Then I tried downloading the ones from the link and they work perfectly. I did install those today and I could download other apps. Stick with the outdated versions.

  75. Downloaded like you said on my mom’s Kindle but after restarting Kindle Google play app wouldn’t open

  76. Can someone help me?

    So I followed all the steps and I got it downloaded but it won’t open. I have turned it off and on twice already. any ideas? Kindle Fire HD 8 i just got it today.

  77. i keep getting “Pars error” when trying to install the account manager, i even back tracked down the list of older versions to see if i could get an older version to install 🙁

  78. I had to go to previous version 5.1 and no parse errors

  79. worked perfectly on fire HD 8
    Thank you

  80. I have loaded the files, but in contrast to my wifes fire 8 (2016), the APK can not be installed on the fire 10 (2017) with Fire OS 5.6.0.0, although I have activated “unknown applications”. Can this be an OS problem? Any suggestions? Thanks.

  81. The instructions were very easy to follow. As promised, it too 5 minutes. All of the apps O have tried so far work pefectly. Thanks for the information.

  82. Hi. I noticed on the website that everything claims to be “Outdated”… should I install the newer versions?

  83. Not working on Fire OS 5.6.0. It’s not allowing to install 3rd party app/unknown app even after “Enable Apps from Unknown Sources”.
    Any idea ?

  84. Fire OS 5.6.0.0 does not work!!!!

  85. Doesn’t work on Fire OS 5.6.0.0
    Install is not selectable for Google Account Manager. Apps from Unknown Sources is on.

  86. Hey there- Tried the method, and it works! Mostly.

    Any chance you’d care to update the files to the most recent version? I’m trying to play Myst on the Amazon fire. I used apktofire to just send Myst to the fire. But Myst requires the google play store to work.

    So I used your method because of the additional support files (that’s why I couldn’t use AtF for the play store).

    But now Myst is telling me that it needs a newer version of the play store. I can’t update through the play store, because play store says it’s not compatible with my device.

    Understandable, I suppose, but super annoying. So- I’m hoping maybe updated files will solve the problem? But because there are four files, I’m not sure which versions of files go together.

    Any help?

    (It’s FireOS 6.0.0.1 I think)

    Thanks!

  87. (correction –

    Fire OS 5.2.6.0
    Fire TV Home Version 6.0.0.0-264

    The play store doesn’t start either, says incompatible with this device, suggests going to settings and uninstalling the update. (Which is Android OS behaviour.)

    )

  88. I have OS 5.6.0.0 and it worked fine for me. Followed all steps downloaded and installed. Restarted the kindle. Didn’t work the first time I clicked on it but worked after. Had me sign into my google account and had access.

  89. I did exactly in the above mentioned way, but the install button remains unactive. Restart or reboot, nothing helps. I already did factory reset and start the process again. Nothing new. Any idea?

  90. Despite restarting several times the install button is still greyed out for the APK install.
    I have Fire 7 (7th gen) OS 5.6.0.0

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