Remove Ads and Install Google Play on Kindle Fire Without Root

Tina Sieber Updated 27-11-2019

The Amazon Kindle Fire (now know as Amazon Fire) remains an incredible deal. Paired with an Amazon Prime subscription, it’s the perfect companion for streaming movies and TV shows while on the go. What speaks against the Kindle Fire, however, is the lack of apps and aggressive Amazon ads on the lock screen.


But we’ll show you how to install Google Play and remove ads Why Targeted Ads Are a Serious Threat to Your Privacy Heard about targeted advertising but not so bothered about them? Here's why targeted ads are dangerous and bad for your privacy. Read More from your Kindle Fire without rooting the device for free—and with no computer needed, either!

This guide demonstrates how to install the Google Play Store on a 5th generation Kindle Fire 7″ (Fire OS version, from November 2018) and remove the lock screen ads, all without rooting. You also won’t need a Windows PC.

If these methods didn’t work for you, check the comments for help with other Kindle Fire or Fire OS versions.

To Root or Not to Root?

While Amazon preps the Fire with its own Appstore, several Google apps (including Gmail) are not available on Amazon’s market. For some, that’s a deal breaker and a reason to prefer Google Play over the Appstore Google Play vs. Amazon Appstore: Which Is Better? The Google Play Store isn't your only option when it comes to downloading apps -- should you give the Amazon Appstore a try? Read More .

While rooting the Amazon Fire tablet allows you to install a standard Android version and thus the Google Play Store, doing so loses the interface optimized for consuming Amazon Prime content. More importantly, rooting can void your warranty and—in the worst case—brick your device.


Fire OS, the operating system running on the Amazon Fire, is a custom version of Android. Thus, it only takes a few tweaks to install the Google Play Store and remove lock screen ads—no root access required.

When you’re done, your lock screen will resemble the screenshot below; this looks so much better than a screen covered in Amazon ads!

Amazon Kindle ad-free lock screen

How to Install Google Play on Amazon Kindle Fire

We’ll first show you how to get Google Play onto your Kindle Fire with no Windows computer needed. If for any reason that doesn’t work, scroll down for an alternative method.


Have you added an SD card to your Fire tablet? Before you start, disable app installations to your SD card under Settings > Storage > SD Card. While this wasn’t a problem on my unit (the apps didn’t install onto the SD card, even though the option was enabled), it’s a known reason for the installation process to fail.

1. Download APK Files

Before you download the files, be sure to permit the installation of third-party apps. Go to Settings > Security and enable Apps from Unknown Sources.

Now download the following APKs on your Kindle Fire:

Note: These APKs will work for Android 5.1+. They should be upward compatible. You can check the Android version on your Kindle Fire under Settings > Device Options > System Updates. If you’re running Android 6 or 7, you can scroll through the more recent versions of the respective APK and download the latest one for your Fire OS.


To download the APK files, open each link, scroll down, and tap the Download APK button. Before the download starts, a popup will warn you that the file can harm your device. Press OK to confirm that you want to download it anyway.

APK download warning: "This type of file can harm your device."

2. Install the Google Play Store APK Files

Once the downloads have completed, head to your home screen. Then open Docs > Local Storage > Download.

Amazon Kindle Fire Local Storage Download


Here, tap to install each file in the following order (identical to the download order above):


You’ll have to scroll through the privacy and device access notes to turn the Next option in the bottom-right to Install.

APK installation screen on Amazon Fire

3. Set Up the Google Play Store

With the installation of all four files completed, you should see the Google Play Store app on your home screen. Tap it to start the setup process. You may see a spinning circle for a few minutes while the apps run updates in the background.

Next, you should see a “checking info” screen. When the app finally lets you sign in with your Google account, you’re almost set.

Sign into the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire

Once you’ve logged in successfully, you can download apps to your heart’s desire, including other Google apps like Chrome and Gmail.

How to Remove Ads From Amazon Kindle Fire

We’ll cover three different methods. Try them in the order listed.

1. Remove Ads From Your Kindle Fire for Free With a Tool

This is the most elegant method for removing ads for free, but it requires a Windows PC and some fiddling. You’ll also have to enable developer mode and ADB on your Kindle. Scroll down to the “How to Install Google Play on Your Kindle Fire From a PC” section and complete the first step to enable ADB and (if needed) step two to install Google ADB drivers.

Once you’ve enabled ADB and your Amazon Fire shows up under My PC when connected (if not, install Google ADB drivers as below), download RootJunkie’s Amazon Ad Remover Tool. Unpack the ZIP archive, run the Run Me To Remove Ads.bat, and follow the onscreen instructions.

RootJunky Amazon Fire ad removal tool

When I tried this method, the tool claimed it had successfully removed ads. When I rebooted, however, ads were still there. Running the tool and rebooting again didn’t change that. So I tried the next method.

2. Ask Amazon to Remove Ads From Your Kindle (for Free)

Before you use this method, check whether or not you see the Special Offers option, as described under the third point below, for your Fire. If not, you’re basically forced to contact customer service. As a result, they might be more willing to help you.

Find your local Amazon Fire support form or hotline. For the U.S., it’s (206) 922-0880, but they will also call you back if you’re in the US and use this support form. Log into your account, switch to Devices, choose your Fire, and under Tell us more, select General question about the device/accessory > Special Offers/Ads as a screensaver on device.

This will bring up instructions to remove them yourself. You can check it out, but skip to talking to a real person. You can choose phone or chat; I went with a phone call. The agent asked for my email address and mailing address to confirm this was my account.

Here are some talking points, some of which worked for me:

  • When the agent mentioned the price to remove the lock screen ads ($15) I said that was a steep price, considering the device was five years old.
  • When she replied that she didn’t have another option, I argued that I had seen reports online where Amazon customer service had removed ads for free as a courtesy.
  • When she said they used to remove the ads for free, but were not allowed to anymore, I repeated that this was disappointing, given the age of the device.
  • If you can’t use the age of your device as an argument, but are a current Amazon Prime subscriber (and maybe have been for years), I’d use that as an argument instead.
  • You could also mention that you don’t see the Special Offers option and were forced to call them.

In my case, she excused herself, saying she wanted to check something. When she came back, she had good news. She was able to remove the ads, but repeated several times that it was just this one time only, as a courtesy.

Note: I don’t know whether this actually made a difference, but when asked whether I would permit recording of the call for quality assurance, I chose not to. So in theory, there was no record of my conversation with the customer service agent, meaning they might have been slightly more willing to go off protocol and help me out.

3. Pay Amazon to Remove Ads From Kindle

I hope you’re not that desperate to remove the annoying lock screen ads from your Amazon Fire, but this is your final option. Log into your Amazon account, then open the Account & Lists menu and click Your Content and Devices.

Switch to the Devices tab and expand the Actions menu for your Kindle Fire. Here you might see an option called Special Offers. Click Edit next to this option and proceed to pay to remove the ads. This requires that you have set up 1-click payment.

How to Install Google Play on Amazon Fire From PC

If the first method for installing Google Play on your Amazon Fire tablet didn’t work, you can try this alternative. We’ll use a tool from RootJunkie that also lets you remove the lock screen ads from your Kindle Fire.

1. Enable Developer Options and ADB

Before we start, you have to enable developer options on your Fire. Go to Settings > Device Options and scroll down to Serial Number. Then tap the serial number entry seven to 10 times, until Developer Options shows up underneath.

Fire Developer Options

Now open Developer Options and under Debugging turn on Enable ADB.

Fire Enable ADB

2. Install ADB USB Driver (optional)

On Windows 10, you should be able to connect your Kindle Fire and see it pop up under This PC. Windows should automatically recognize the device and install the required drivers.

If the device doesn’t show up, you’ll need to manually install the Google USB driver so you can perform ADB (Android Debug Bridge) debugging on Windows. You can download the drivers manually, or you can use RootJunky’s Amazon Fire 5th Gen SuperTool.

Before you proceed:

  • Disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 8 and 10 (instructions below).
  • Completely turn off (check Task Manager!) any emulators running on your system, such as the BlueStacks Android app player.

How to Turn Off Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 10 and 8

To successfully follow the instructions above, Windows 8 and Windows 10 users will need to turn off the enforced driver signature.

Windows 8: Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + C to open the Charms menu, then go to Settings > More PC Settings > General. After this, the steps are identical to Windows 10.

Windows 10: Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open the Settings menu, then go to Update and Security > Recovery.

Under Advanced Startup, click Restart Now.

On the reboot screen, choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.

Windows startup settings

You’ll find yourself on the Startup Settings screen. Here, choose option seven: Disabled driver signature enforcement.

After your computer reboots, you’ll be able to install drivers that weren’t signed digitally. Once you restart again, the driver signature enforcement will enable once more.

Steps to Install the ADB USB Driver

Meanwhile, you should have downloaded and unzipped RootJunky’s SuperTool. Now it’s time to connect your Fire to your computer. At this point, you might see a popup regarding ADB debugging mode. Confirm it and proceed, then make sure the Fire shows up under This PC.

Next, launch the first batch file in the SuperTool folder: 1-Amazon-Fire-5h-gen.bat

If everything works, you should see the following screen on your desktop.

Amazon Fire Tablet Tool

To install the ADB driver, press 1 and hit Enter. You will see a second screen with two options:

ADB Driver Install Confirmation

Again, press 1 and hit Enter. Another screen will remind you which the conditions you must meet before you can proceed.

ADB Driver Install Confirmation 2

Press any key to continue and follow the instructions on screen. At this point, you’ll have to do a few steps manually.

ADB Driver Install Instructions

The Windows Device Manager will open automatically. Find the Fire under Universal Serial Bus devices, then right-click it and select Update Driver Software. From here, choose Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer > Have Disk and browse to the usb_drivers folder that came with the SuperTool. Select the android_winusb.inf file and click Open, followed by OK.

If you encounter an error message at this point, chances are you didn’t disable the driver signature enforcement in Windows 8 or 10 (see above).

Windows Driver Signature Enforcement

You might also see the following error:

“The folder you specified doesn’t contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems.”

In that case, you can try to use the universal ADB Driver Installer [Broken URL Removed] and skip this step, or download the driver from Android Studio and point the Device Manager to that resource.

Once you succeed, return to SuperTool and press any key to continue, followed by Enter to return to the initial SuperTool menu. Now you’re ready to tweak Fire OS.

All the steps we’ve just gone over are demonstrated in the video below, in case you need more guidance.

3. Install the Google Play Store and Remove Lock Screen Ads

If you don’t already have it open, launch the 1-Amazon-Fire-5h-gen.bat SuperTool. To install the Google Play Store and remove lock screen ads, press 2 and hit Enter, followed by any key to confirm the conditions. If all goes well, SuperTool will go through four installation stages.

SuperTool Install Google Play

If you run into an emulator-related error at this point, open the Windows Task Manager and make sure all emulators (hint: BlueStacks) are completely turned off.

More Tips to Get More Out of an Amazon Fire Tablet

The Amazon Fire isn’t the lightest, thinnest, or otherwise best device on the market, but it offers great bang for your buck. Once you’ve successfully followed this guide, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a user interface optimized for Amazon Prime and all your favorite Android apps from the Google Play Store.

Next, you should check out great tips for getting more out of your Amazon Fire tablet 8 Amazon Fire Tablet Tips You Must Try Your Amazon Fire tablet can do a lot! Get the most out of it with these tips and tricks. Read More .

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  1. Max
    July 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Called for offers to be unsubscribed from my fire 8 7gen and followed your pointers of what to say. Worked like a charm! Thanks so much.


  2. Kimberly
    December 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    I have a a Fire 8HD 7th generation.. will this work for it or do I need to do something different?

  3. Gojurick
    August 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Reading the article gave some great info. I decided to try getting Amazon to remove them first and started a chat session. Was first told it would cost $20 to stop the subscription, I asked if it could be waived. I was asked to hold briefly while they "spoke to a supervisor" and to verify I was a Golden Prime Member (first time I've heard that). They came back and said they had removed the sub and I just needed to sync the device, which I did and ads are gone. Suggest trying this first. I assume it won't work for everyone but I was in chat for about 2 minutes.

  4. averageuser
    August 9, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Articles like this are read by people who are looking for instructions, 99.99999% of which are NOT developers! I was unable to use any of these fixes to to the incomplete and/or technical directions here. Shame on you!

  5. M
    April 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Downloaded the files from "RootJunky’s Amazon Fire 5th Gen SuperTool." The ad removal tool contains 2 copies of a trojan: Security risk detected: Trojan.Gen.2
    Held in:

  6. Phil
    December 21, 2017 at 7:03 am

    It worked for me, thanks !
    Just wondering what will happen at the next update ? Will the update overwrite these settings, so I have to run the same procedure once more ?

    • Tina Sieber
      January 21, 2018 at 2:19 am

      That could happen. Hasn't happened for me, yet.

  7. jimni
    November 29, 2017 at 10:15 am

    ...on a 2017 fire hd8...I've tried a few methods. one hides the, another uninstalls. Both work...temporarily. after a reboot ads are gone. After a short while they return

    • Tina Sieber
      November 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Just call Amazon and ask for ads to be removed. Several people wrote in the comments below that they will do it as a courtesy. There is a chance that they'll ask you to pay for it. I would decline that, but up to you.

    • Tech Man
      February 18, 2018 at 3:26 am

      This happened to me too. I have a Kindle Fire 6 4th generation.

  8. Jonas blue
    November 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    This is useless I thought that I could do it just using the kindle but then u told me I had to have a compute
    R and do some weird stuff

    • Tina Sieber
      November 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Did you find a way to do it without a computer? There was none when I wrote this article. But if you find one, please share. Thank you!

  9. Jason
    October 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    When I browse the USB driver, windows says ," Windows couldn't find driver software for your device." I have redirected to the USB driver folder..but still it keeps saying the same thing...Please find a solution for this..

  10. tony
    August 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks, just made my fire HD7 more useful than I thought it would be when I bought it.

  11. Ashley
    July 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    • Bob
      August 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Many thanks Ashley, this link is perfect for getting Chromecast and Google play store to work on kindle Fire.

  12. Chris S
    July 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    If you only care about getting rid of the lockscreen ads then starting a chat and requesting the ads be removed is the quickest and safest way to get this done. No 3rd party downloads or complicated procedures are required, it was literally 1 minute from start to finish. If you do this via root and an update is pushed you will lose root and possibly all the changes you've made.

    The rep I spoke with said "Amazon charges $15-20 for this but I will do as a courtesy for free today". was free...took 1 minute and the guy was very pleasant.

    That takes care of the ads, now if you absolutely have to have all the Google apps on your Fire tablet then you'll have to do the rest of the stuff in this article.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Chris! Many people have reported the same, i.e. Amazon removing the lockscreen ads for free when you ask nicely.

  13. SAM 101 AIRBORNE
    May 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    what method should I use on a FIRE HD10, i do not want to root it,I Will even pay to have it done for me!

    • Tina Sieber
      May 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      If you don't want to do it yourself, I'd recommend finding a local shop that does these kinds of things.

      Otherwise, did you try to search the resources given above for a Fire HD10 solution? Also, if you check the comments below, people got my method above to work with their Fire HD 8. I can't test this, but it might also work with the HD 10. Good luck!

  14. seghier khaled
    April 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    you are wrong
    installing google store and removing ads need root

    • Tina Sieber
      April 26, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      The method outlined above has worked for many readers and it doesn't require rooting. I did it on a brand-new Kindle Fire that definitely wasn't rooted.

    • Tech Man
      February 18, 2018 at 3:29 am

      No it doesn't.


      FYI, you're annoying.

  15. bill
    April 9, 2017 at 2:28 am

    the lock screen removal didn't work but I have google play!

    • Tina Sieber
      April 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Bill. The lock screen ad remove is a hit and miss and I'm not sure why it works for some and not for others. But glad the rest worked for you!

  16. dv
    January 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    for removing the ads:
    Confirmed that the directions for contacting amazon support does work still. they say the surcharge is $20 now normally, but since I'm a loyal customer they are waving the fee

    • Tina Sieber
      January 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you very much for the update, Dave!

  17. Noel N.
    December 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    There is a much simpler way if you have another android device.

    Download the app shareit on your Fire device and your regular android device. Then use shareit to send any app (or any files) from the android device to your Fire, and install the app you sent.

    If you don't have another android device, you can run android on your PC using LeapDroid or another android emulator.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you for sharing this alternative solution, Noel!

      • Thanks
        January 8, 2017 at 12:09 am


  18. Richard Messier
    December 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Will these instructions work for the newest 6th Generation of the Amazon Fire HD 8, 2016?

    • Tina Sieber
      December 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      See questions below, Richard. Apparently, some people got it to work. Look for Jerrod's comment from September. I can't confirm because I don't have a 6th Gen Fire HD 8.

  19. Robin
    December 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I am getting the error message "The folder you specified doesn’t contain a compatible software driver for your device...." so I tried the other 2 methods. The automatic method (ADB driver installer) states that I already have a driver installed and the other method gives me "the folder you specified..." error message. I don't know what driver it already thinks I have installed (I'm an accountant!!) and I'm not sure what to do next. I've deleted what I downloaded and restarted but that hasn't worked. Do you have an idea of what I can try next?

    • Tina Sieber
      December 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Have you restarted the device before trying again?

      I'm afraid I don't know what else to try.

      • Robin
        December 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

        Thank you for your quick reply. Yes, I restarted the computer and Fire. I may try from another computer. Happy Holidays!

      • Jake
        April 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm

        I had the same problem and proceeded with the other 2 methods. Since the ADB driver installer method also stated that I already had a driver installed, I proceeded with the next step with installing google playstore and it worked!! I have the 6th gen Fire HD 8.

        • Tina Sieber
          April 19, 2017 at 9:35 pm

          Thank you for sharing, Jake and happy to hear it all worked out for you! :) Hope the start screen ads are gone too.

  20. Semeki
    December 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I've watched the video following along the article and did he just say "root your device"? I do not want to brick my fire.

    Reading some comments makes me question if its safe.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

      The method described above worked without rooting when the article was written. You can also use the tool to root the device, but that's not necessary to install the Google Play Store.

      • Semeki
        December 8, 2016 at 3:38 am

        Sorry for the double post. I'm actually having trouble installing anything. I downloaded the 5thgensupertool and none of the file have batch in it. There's also a universal adbdriversetup that I installed but nothing popped up.

  21. Semeki
    December 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Seeing the video and following the article, did he just say rooting? I do not want to brick my fire just like with a 3ds.

    I've noticed some experiencing issues so do not know if this is safe.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

      The biggest issues people have experienced with following the method described above, i.e. *without* rooting the device, was that the installation of the ADB drivers or the Play Store failed -- something that doesn't break anything -- or that the ads didn't disappear -- something you can pay for to happen. In other words, if you don't attempt to root your device, you should be safe. Rooting is not necessary to install the Google Play Store.

      • Semeki
        December 8, 2016 at 4:07 am

        Sorry for the double posting and being a bother but I managed to understand the batch file. My fire is not under universal serial bus devices, its under portable devices. I try to update software followed have disk browse and I cannot find the usb driver folder in the 5thgensupertool, there's nothing in there yet I have it installed but it doesn't show up in browse files. Did I miss something?

  22. John
    December 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, I followed the instructions and everything worked perfectly, thanks!. However, now my Fire screen won't rotate anymore, it's stuck on landscape mode. When I swipe down from the top of the screen, it says that it's unlocked, but it's not. Is there some way to fix this?

    • Tina Sieber
      December 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      That's a strange issue. Mine still rotates. Did you try to restart the device and does it still happen then?

      • John
        December 2, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        I did restart and it was still happening. After a while, it randomly starting rotating, but now it's not working again.

      • John
        December 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm

        I restarted it with no result. It randomly starting rotating again, but now it stopped again!

        • Tina Sieber
          December 3, 2016 at 10:12 am

          Did the auto-screen rotation work reliably before? Maybe it's a coincidence and the G-sensor got damaged. You could try to re-calibrate it.

  23. Keith_Tn
    December 2, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Hey there, I went through the process as directed. It worked like a dream. I am having a couple of problem which all forums aren't shedding any light on. I plan on using my new 7" Fire tab for watching videos. Netflix, HBO GO, Vudu & my CBS app all work perfectly, however hulu falls short. It loads the initial logo page then shows the login page (for less than a second) before closing and sending me back to my home screen. Beggers can't be choosers but it's definitely a bummer.

    And one smaller issue is that I'm not able to move any widgets to my home screen. It does bring the widget to the home screen but doesn't retain the icon shortcut once I let go.

    Thoughts? Thanks

    • Keith_Tn
      December 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Ok, I tinkered a bit with the Hulu issue and if anyone has the same problem, then uninstall the app from Google Play and redownload the same app from the Amazon app shop. It should work fine.

      I still haven't figured out the widget situation (as I described above), however, I'm not too concerned.


      • Tina Sieber
        December 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        Thank you for the update, Keith!

  24. Sam
    December 1, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I tried this now my fire is frozen in the "Fastboot mode" and I can't reboot it

  25. andrew
    November 29, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Great article! I would love to get the google play store but I don't know if getting rid of advertisements is illegal and against the terms of service. I would love to get the play store, but I don't want to hurt Amazon. Any ideas?

    • Tina Sieber
      November 29, 2016 at 10:52 am

      You don't have to remove the ads when you use the tool described above and for some people it doesn't work anyway. You can pay Amazon to remove the ads or you can call them and ask nicely, see comments below.

      Adding the Google Play Store won't hurt Amazon, but it will make your device more useful to you!

      • andrew
        November 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

        Thank you!

  26. Dennis
    November 26, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Wasted an whole morning trying to reboot my Amazon fire version:, downloaded King Root a couple of times, couldn't find root. Couldn't do Option 7. Option 2 install Play Store ok.
    Luckily Amazon Fire still working.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 28, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Well, this article promises to install the Play Store without rooting. So if -- with option 7 -- you're referring to the options listed in the screenshot above (rooting), then it sounds like the article worked just fine for you. Enjoy the Play Store, Dennis!

  27. Deano
    October 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I managed to get rid of the adverts by complaining to amazon, stating that I can get rid of the adverts myself with 3 lines of code, and that I think it unfair and offensive to try and chage £10 to unsubscribe to them.

    They responded by making a 'One off exception' and unsubscribing me from the adverts

    • Tina Sieber
      November 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you for sharing, Deano! This is not the first time I have heard of that "one off exception", just peek through the comments below. Good to hear Amazon remains generous.

  28. Joe M
    October 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Tried the prices several times, and the batch file goes to a black screen when I choose to install the Google Play store. Nothing happens beyond that.

    • D H
      October 23, 2016 at 3:04 am

      Unlock your Fire, you'll have a prompt on the screen to allow debugging from your PC. Pick yes.

      • Tina Sieber
        October 23, 2016 at 10:41 am

        Thanks for helping out D H!

  29. Sam
    October 21, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hi, i tried this and i am trying to install on the os 5.3.1, i opened the super tool and everything functions correctly, except it doesnt install anything, and it says "the system cannot find the path specified

    • Tina Sieber
      October 23, 2016 at 10:42 am

      At what point does this error message come up and do you know what path it is referring to? Did you try to reboot the device and start over?

  30. Coulter Williams
    October 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I really appreciate you putting this together for us.
    I did this on my Fire HD 6 (4th Generation), and it was as smooth as butter!
    One thing that was a little weird was that the driver was already installed somehow. Not sure how it happened, but I got the error: "The folder you specified doesn’t contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems." I downloaded the ADB Driver Installer and it said the driver was already installed.
    I can't wait to get more of the good apps that Amazon does not feel like including in their crummy app store.
    Thanks again to all of those who were involved in the making of this article!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience and glad to hear it worked for you! :)

  31. Nakamotor
    October 11, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I cannot seem to find folder for HDX OS 4.5 under rootjunky link. Does this method works for HDX?...

    • Tina Sieber
      October 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

      No idea. You could try a close match? Someone wrote it worked for their HD 8".

  32. colleen glover
    October 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I recently had to uninstall Google Play Store. Bad idea. I am unable to open it. Any ideas how to fix this?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Assuming you tried to re-install it, did you follow the tricks mentioned under Note II above regarding accessing the Google Play Store?

      If that fails, you could try to reset your Kindle Fire and then reinstall the Play Store again.

  33. John Campbell
    September 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    These instructions mention only WIN 8 and 10 for loading Playstore on the Fire. But can I also use WIN 7?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Yes, you can also use Windows 7. Make sure driver signature enforcement is disabled.

      • Chip Hammond
        October 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

        I tried Windows 7 and I ran into a problem where it said the driver wasn't compatible and Device Manager had it already recognized as a portable device and not a USB device. I tried to go through the rest of the steps hoping it would work but it didn't. Any ideas? I have a Mac but was trying to use another PC I had that had Windows 7 on it. Does anyone know how I might do this with a Mac?

        • Tina Sieber
          October 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

          Did it recognize the driver you tried to install? And driver signature enforcement was turned off? Was the error message the same shown in the article above? Did you try the universal ABD Driver Installer?

          Unplug, reboot, re-plug, try again, and if it still doesn't work, try another driver. Good luck!

  34. Ran
    September 23, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Awesome job!!!! Worked perfectly on my Fire HD 8''. Couldn't get rid of the screensaver ad though. But no big deal, I have the play store at my disposal. Thanks for the life saving post,Tina!I owe you big time!

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Thank you for your feedback, Ran! Glad this still works so well, even on new Kindle Fires.

    • Swagnall
      October 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      to get rid of the screensaver ad you have to go to
      Settings> Display> Wallpaper

      if thats what you meant.

  35. jerrod
    September 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Just tried this with the brand new Fire HD 8 and it worked perfectly (at least so far!). It did not say "fire" under USB devices in device manager, (forget what it say, maybe MTP?), but i choose that and it worked fine. I did have to use the ABDdriverinstaller.exe from your link, instead of install drivers from the supertool usb folder.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Jerrod! Glad you worked it all out.

      I'm curious, were you lucky and it got rid of the ads for you? Would be great to know whether this (occasionally) works on the Fire HD 8.

  36. Dan
    September 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Tine - thank you for this terrific article, clear instructions, and keeping up on the questions and feedback!!
    I'll be getting the new Fire HD 8" tablet tomorrow when they're released. Do you know of any reason these instructions wouldn't carry over to the new device? From what I can tell the OS is the same, just new plastic around it (-:
    This will be my first tablet, and installing Google Play will be my first action.
    Thank you again for these instructions.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Just go ahead and try it and do report back whether or not it worked. Thank you in advance, Dan!

    • Dan
      September 21, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Hi Tina (sorry 'bout the typo last time)

      I just got mine and now, less than 10 minutes later, I also have the Play Store Icon.

      As Jerrod said, in the Device Manager, it does list as MTP. And the .bat file in the zip file that was linked is now called "1-install-Play-Store.bat" not "1-Amazon-Fire-5h-gen.bat".

      But, if two of us can figure it out, I'm sure so can everyone else (-:

      Thanks again for these awesome instructions!

    • Dan
      September 22, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Oh - and the ads are still on the lock screen. Just an FYI - it doesn't bother me and having Google Play was the whole point.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you for reporting back, Dan!

      Yeah, the ads are a hit and miss thing. You can still get rid of them, either by paying or by speaking with a customer service rep. But if it doesn't bother you, why bother. :) Glad the Play Store bit worked. Enjoy!

  37. BD
    September 9, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Installed Google Play successfully but was unable to install apps from it, even once I set the device to allow apps from unknown sources "error: insufficient storage on device, even though this was not the case). Someone else mentioned an alternative app store through which they were able to download Googly Play, but unfortunately it seems to have been removed from the Amazon store. However, I did find an app called Easy Installer that allows you to download the apk files of apps, move them to the Fire, and install them directly. Used it to install Instagram with no issues.
    Strangely, I am now able to install apps through Google Play. No clue why. I just attempted earlier today right after installing Easy Installer and it was still giving me the same error message I'd had a dozen times. *shrug* Far be it from me to question the good deeds of the Kindle gods! I'll be keeping Easy Installer just in case...

    • Tina Sieber
      September 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Sounds like an odyssey. Thank you for sharing and glad it all worked out in the end! Maybe it worked because you rebooted the device in the meantime? Sometimes, it just takes some extra time before everything works. That doesn't make it less weird, but at least it worked.

  38. Alice
    August 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Had same experience as Matt and couldn't install the ADB thingy... went back to start and selected 2 and it did it in seconds.
    Thank you all so much for your help.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Yay! So good to hear it worked out in the end. :)

  39. Anne-Marie
    August 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Does my PC have to be 64bit as I have it 32bit?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      If you have a 32-bit PC, you also need to get the 32-bit driver. And then it should work.

      • Anne-Marie
        August 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

        How do I get the 32 bit driver?

  40. Lisa Aumack
    August 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much! This has helped me to turn two frustrating and fairly useless Fires (7" 2015, not HD, kids ad-free version) into tablets that can be used for a wide variety of functions via Google PlayStore apps, including Chrome browser, non-Kindle ebook readers, and millions of good apps not available in Amazon AppStore. This is a great workaround to get past the many functional limitations in the off-the-shelf version.

    I did need to use the ADB Driver Installer, as the android_winusb.inf file in the SuperTool doesn't appear to be the right file type. A small suggestion: Put the "turn off driver signature enforcement" instructions at the beginning, so all the "get your devices ready" info can be addressed before starting the install process.

    Thanks again!

    • Tina Sieber
      August 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you very much for your feedback, Lisa! Glad it all worked out for you.

  41. hdhduiwef
    August 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Absolutely brilliant! worked perfectly once I went the ADB installer route. thanks a million

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Very welcome and thank you for your feedback! So good to hear it's still working. :)

  42. jason eurich
    August 19, 2016 at 1:51 am

    * daemon started successfully *
    Error: unknown command 'grant'
    usage: pm list packages [-f] [-d] [-e] [-s] [-e] [-u] [FILTER]
    pm list permission-groups
    pm list permissions [-g] [-f] [-d] [-u] [GROUP]
    pm list instrumentation [-f] [TARGET-PACKAGE]
    pm list features
    pm list libraries
    pm path PACKAGE
    pm install [-l] [-r] [-t] [-i INSTALLER_PACKAGE_NAME] [-s] [-f] PATH
    pm uninstall [-k] PACKAGE
    pm clear PACKAGE
    pm disable-user PACKAGE_OR_COMPONENT
    pm set-install-location [0/auto] [1/internal] [2/external]
    pm get-install-location
    pm createUser USER_NAME
    pm removeUser USER_ID

    pm list packages: prints all packages, optionally only
    those whose package name contains the text in FILTER. Options:
    -f: see their associated file.
    -d: filter to only show disbled packages.
    -e: filter to only show enabled packages.
    -s: filter to only show system packages.
    -3: filter to only show third party packages.
    -u: also include uninstalled packages.

    pm list permission-groups: prints all known permission groups.

    pm list permissions: prints all known permissions, optionally only
    those in GROUP. Options:
    -g: organize by group.
    -f: print all information.
    -s: short summary.
    -d: only list dangerous permissions.
    -u: list only the permissions users will see.

    pm list instrumentation: use to list all test packages; optionally
    supply to list the test packages for a particular
    application. Options:
    -f: list the .apk file for the test package.

    pm list features: prints all features of the system.

    pm path: print the path to the .apk of the given PACKAGE.

    pm install: installs a package to the system. Options:
    -l: install the package with FORWARD_LOCK.
    -r: reinstall an exisiting app, keeping its data.
    -t: allow test .apks to be installed.
    -i: specify the installer package name.
    -s: install package on sdcard.
    -f: install package on internal flash.

    pm uninstall: removes a package from the system. Options:
    -k: keep the data and cache directories around after package removal.

    pm clear: deletes all data associated with a package.

    pm enable, disable, disable-user: these commands change the enabled state
    of a given package or component (written as "package/class").

    pm get-install-location: returns the current install location.
    0 [auto]: Let system decide the best location
    1 [internal]: Install on internal device storage
    2 [external]: Install on external media

    pm set-install-location: changes the default install location.
    NOTE: this is only intended for debugging; using this can cause
    applications to break and other undersireable behavior.
    0 [auto]: Let system decide the best location
    1 [internal]: Install on internal device storage
    2 [external]: Install on external media

    Keep getting Google play service has stopped. Any help

    • Tina Sieber
      August 19, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Unfortunately, we can't provide tech support here. Please find a Kindle Fire tech support forum or post your question in an appropriate Reddit channel. You will be more likely to receive a useful answer there.

  43. K Wolf
    August 18, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    didn't work at all. the 4 apps said they'd installed successfully, i rebooted, no Google Play. locked, got averts. tried to install again, everything failed saying the things were already installed. rebooted again, same thing - no goog, lock adverts.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 19, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Sorry to hear that. It's possible that recent updates to the Kindle Fire broke this method. The article was published in January and the method worked until early August, as comments below confirm.

      I'd recommend to keep an eye out for updated apps. You could also find a Kindle Fire forum for troubleshooting advice and up-to-date information.

  44. haris
    August 17, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    mine says the system cannot find the path specified??

    • Tina Sieber
      August 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

      At what point and where does that error message come up?

  45. Rocky
    August 16, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I went through the installation process as instructed and did not appear to encounter any errors, however I am unable to find the google play app on my Fire. Any suggestions on where or what I am looking for?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      The icon should appear on your Home screen, like a regular app. Sounds like the installation didn't complete. If you can't find the app, I'd recommend to start over and pay attention to any potential issues. Good luck!

  46. Aflinfo
    August 13, 2016 at 2:03 am

    To remove the adds, just try the following:

    Fire OS 5.0.x:
    adb shell
    pm hide
    adb reboot

    Fire OS 5.1.x+
    adb shell
    pm clear
    pm hide
    adb reboot

    • Tina Sieber
      August 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thank you for sharing!

      Anyone reading and trying this, please let us know whether or not it worked for you. Thank you in advance!

      • Rob
        August 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

        Hi Aflinfo
        Please could you explain how you enter the codes?
        Installed Google, and all that's left is for me to remove the ads.
        Many thanks in advance for your help.

    • PowderedToast76
      August 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      This worked for me. Thanks!

      I'm not sure if I'm allowed to include links, so for those interested, go to the XDA forums and search for and download the "minimal adb and fastboot" tool, launch it, then connect your tablet via usb.

      You can enter the command "adb devices" to make sure it's connected, then you can perform the commands above.

    • yisroel
      September 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Worked for me!
      Fire OS
      followed the method for 5.1.x

  47. cathy
    August 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    does anyone else get a "Error retrieving information from server. [RH-01]" message when running the google play store once logged in? I have tried emptying cache, emptying data, restarting each time, but still get this message. Ads are gone though :)

    • Tina Sieber
      August 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Did you set up your Google account anywhere else on that device?

      • Cathy
        August 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks so much for your response Tina. WRT a google account elsewhere, not as far as I know, it's my daughter's (7) and I think this was the first time we attempted to set up google play. Do you know how I might be able to find out for sure? Maybe I forgot that I did somehow, and if we did, is there a way it can be fixed?

        Thanks again.

        • Tina Sieber
          August 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

          Hm, it's unlikely that an account was set up elsewhere on the Kindle because you need the Play Store first to install any other Google services, such as YouTube. I asked because the same error also appears on regular Android devices and is fixed by removing accounts.

          I would try to remove the PlayStore, restart the device, and start over again.

        • Cathy
          August 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

          Thanks for your advice! I'll give it a shot :)

  48. DPellenc
    August 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Thank you, I am oh so happy to be able to get to Google Play store from my kindle. Best of both worlds. As per previous comments, the ads removal did not work for me but I do not mind as much as being able to use all the apps I want.
    Same as others, I thought it was not working until I updated Google Services and then had to reboot a few times in between updates, signing in, etc... but all absolutely fine now.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 8, 2016 at 5:54 am

      Thank you for the feedback and sharing your experience! Glad it all worked out in the end.

      You can still get rid of the ads if you want, either by paying $15 through your Amazon account or by asking a service representative to disable them for you (for free).

  49. LiLu
    August 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Worked great for me, although the order is a little confusing. I would've preferred having the Windows driver signature enforcement section in its natural place in the instructions, instead of at the bottom. I already did not have the ads on there (paid Amazon an extra $15 as an option for the tablet), but the Play Store is there and seems to work just fine. Thanks for the help!

    • Tina Sieber
      August 8, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Thank you for the feedback, LiLu. The driver signature enforcement section was added to the bottom because it's not essential for everyone. I'll think about adding links to the section and back to make it easier though.

  50. Shashvat
    August 5, 2016 at 6:42 am

    My internet modem is affected by misfortune cookie, I dont know how did that happen (maybe because I am using WEP encryption on my router) now I will have to figure out how to update my modem and get the hacker out, it feels weird when your all http traffic is visible to some unknown hacker.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 5, 2016 at 8:39 am

      How is that issue with your modem related to this article?

      • Shashvat
        August 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

        It started after I installed playstore on my fire tablet using my windows PC, I am not sure if they are connected.

        • Tina Sieber
          August 5, 2016 at 9:03 am

          That sounds like an unfortunate coincidence.

          Have you tried to reset your modem and switch the encryption?

  51. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Does this void my warranty because on the website for the suprtool it says that this will root your device, but on this website it says it doesn't?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:38 am

      The method described above is not rooting your device. Hence, it's also not voiding your warranty. You can reset the device and it will be like before.

      • Anonymous
        August 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        Thank you for the feedback!

  52. Misty
    July 31, 2016 at 2:50 am

    does this work on an hd 10?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 31, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      You could try. Good luck and let us know in case it worked.

    • joshgetsitdone
      August 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      it worked for me

      • Tina Sieber
        August 4, 2016 at 7:06 am

        Thanks for your input, Josh! Was it straightforward then or is there anything Misty should watch out for?

  53. Abbie
    July 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    It worked and the ads were gone, I went back to developer settings to disable adb and now the ads are back. How do I get rid of them? I enabled the adb back but the ads are still there

    • Tina Sieber
      July 31, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Did you try to run tool again? You could also try Caligirlinsweden's tip to turn off ads, see link in the article above.

  54. Shashvat
    July 30, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    My tablet is opening these weird websites showing that my tablet has a virus when I try to open websites in Google chrome, does it have to anyhting to do with installing Playstore? Does anybody has an issue with random pop-ups when they open a web browser.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      You're the first one to mention an issue like that. Haven't seen that myself either. It could be an app you installed.

      • Shashvat
        July 31, 2016 at 9:12 am

        I have installed 4 antivirus apps and they found nothing, I don't know what is going on, even on my laptop same pop-ups are coming up randomly from websites like gocloudly and maxonclick, please let me know if anybody has a solution.

        • Gon
          August 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

          its not really malware, probably pop ups from sites youve visited

        • Tina Sieber
          August 8, 2016 at 5:56 am

          True, that's an even more likely source than installed apps.

  55. Dylan
    July 23, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I was able to get the Play Store installed (ads still appear, but not a big issue). I have a kids profile set up for my son. When I go to select apps to allow my son's profile to use, the ones downloaded from the Play Store don't appear in the list of options; only the Amazon apps do. Any idea how to get the Play Store apps transferred to the kid profile?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 24, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Sorry, Dylan, no idea. Hope someone else here can help. Or if you find a solution, please let us know. Thank you!

  56. Steve
    July 22, 2016 at 6:30 am

    This is great, thanks! I was able to go through the SuperTool process and I'm on 5.1.4. However, once the Play Store was installed, first thing I downloaded was Chrome, and it had trouble logging into my account. Turns out I needed to update the Google Play Service through the Play Store. Once I did that, it's all good!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Steve! Glad it all worked out for you.

      Could you still get rid of the ads on this version?

  57. Aaron Aguilar
    July 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    my fire has 5.1.4 will this till work?? ive tried several times but it isn't finding the ADB when i use rootjunkies .bat file. i have the debugging on but i never get a conformation message either. please help.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      You mean it's not finding the ADB driver? Please try the workaround posted above using Aptoide. It should still work. Also power down and after about 30 seconds power your device back on.

      • Aaron Aguilar
        July 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        do i download aptoide through the fire hd or on my laptop?

        • Tina Sieber
          July 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm

          You can do both. To install it, it has to be on your Fire though.

      • Aaron
        July 21, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        I dont understand could you elaporate how you would do it

        • Tina Sieber
          July 21, 2016 at 9:28 pm

          It's called sideloading: You download the APK file for Aptoide (see link in article), transfer the file to your Kindle (unless you downloaded it to your Kindle, then it's already there), install it on your Kindle, then open the app, find Google Play Services, and download and install it using Aptoide, and proceed as described above.

      • Aaron Aguilar
        July 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

        sorry 1 more question is it normal to have the play store check info for 10 min after you first start it

        • Tina Sieber
          July 21, 2016 at 10:02 pm

          Not sure what you mean, but it sounds laggy. Restart your device and try again.

    • sourdo
      July 22, 2016 at 6:12 am

      I just did get google play on my fire 7 5.1.4 sort of blundered through something. I never could get the drivers to install. So I installed the google play any way and there it is on my front screen..... good luck.

  58. Alekib
    July 21, 2016 at 6:52 am

    All ok. Thanks.
    I want block OTA Amazon...its ok or can i have some trouble after?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Blocking updates from Amazon will basically guarantee that Amazon won't break the Google Play Store or re-introduce ads. On the other hand, it also prevents Amazon from releasing security updates and patches, which could make your device vulnerable.

      My device has been updating since I wrote this guide and the updates have not broken anything. I'm also confident that if an update did break anything, someone would figure out how to fix it again.

  59. Josh M
    July 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    So I have installed the play store and added one google account. Is there a way to add multiple google accounts? On a normal android os you can just go to settings and add accounts. Since the Fire does not have this option I don't see a way to add more than one account. If you can't add more than one account can you remove the first account to add a different one?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      You could install the Google Account Manager by sideloading the APK file. This is another article in itself.

      • David R
        August 2, 2016 at 11:10 pm

        Just install another Google application (I used Hangouts). It will let you choose from other Google accounts that way. Took me forever to find that info.

        • Tina Sieber
          August 3, 2016 at 7:39 am

          Thank you for sharing this tip, David!

  60. Ian McGaffney
    July 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    My Fire HD 8 is running OS Can I still do this ?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I'm afraid I don't know, Ian. Maybe you can replicate the process following David's guide for the HD 7. Do let us know if you tried it and how it worked out. Thank you!

    • Brandon
      July 21, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Mine was running OS too. Play Store installed just fine.

      • Ian McGaffney
        July 21, 2016 at 8:42 am

        Nice one Brandon. What process did you use ? The one suggested by MakeUseOf or the one I was told of in the above comment from Tina ?

        • Brandon
          July 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

          Thanks Ian. I used the guide suggested by MakeUseOf. Worked fine!

    • Ian McGaffney
      July 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Thanks everyone for the help. Google Play now installed with one problem. My Facebook app has vanished and I can't re-install it, either through Google Play or Amazon App store. It downloads but fails to install. Any suggestions ?

  61. Reyna
    July 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Does this still allow me to keep and install apps from the amazon app store?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Yes of course, Reyna! It only adds the Google Play Store, like a regular app. Your Amazon App Store or the apps you installed from it won't be affected at all.

  62. Walker
    July 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Google Play Store would NOT allow me to sign in, even using workarounds mentioned here. Using Aptoide, I installed Google Play SERVICES (not to be confused with the store), and that app DID allow me to sign in, even taking me directly to the Play Store after it was done. Thought this might be helpful to others!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Walker!

  63. Ben
    July 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    KingRoot fails every time on mine. Even tried using the newer version instead.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      What are you using KingRoot for when setting up the Google Play Store on a Kindle without rooting? Did you mix up articles?

  64. Ken
    July 18, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Can this be done with Windows 7?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 1:57 am

      Yes, absolutely! You might still have to disable driver signature enforcement.

  65. Simon
    July 17, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Will this method work with a kindle fire hdx?

  66. Lisa Braithwaite
    July 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, never mind. I'm an idiot. I hadn't clicked "Okay" on the debugging screen on the Kindle. Once I did that, the install began on the computer. :-)

    • Tina Sieber
      July 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Glad it worked for you, Lisa! :)

  67. coolbeanzmom
    July 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I just purchased this Fire table cheap on amazon during the recent prime sale. It is 16g and running Fire OS 5.1.3. I was able to install the Google Play but removing the ads did not work for me. No biggie, the frustrating part is while i AM able to install the free apps my paid apps will not install. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for the great tutorial too!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you for your feedback!

      Why won't the paid apps install? Do you get an error message or does the install button just not work? Have you tried rebooting the Kindle?

    • coolbeanzmom
      July 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Tina, yes i rebooted and no it gave no error message just would not process after clicking install, BUT i have, since typing that, rebooted the device 6 more times and tada!! now it let me install them. Go figure.. Thanks again!

      • Tina Sieber
        July 15, 2016 at 10:58 pm

        Maybe it just needed some time to catch up!? Glad to hear it works! :)

    • caligirlinsweden
      July 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I chatted to an Amazon representative and told them that I wanted to remove the ads. I told her that they were very intrusive and my kids kept nagging me about them because they didn't understand what they were. The representative removed the ads for me for free. I'm not sure if it's because I am Prime or what, but they are gone ... Yippee!

      • Tina Sieber
        July 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        That's awesome! Did you chat with the representative online? I assume they changed a setting on your Amazon account. Or do you know how they did it?

        Thank you for sharing!

        • Caligirlinsweden
          July 22, 2016 at 7:07 pm

          Yes. Go to the Amazon site and look for "Contact Us" then chose the chat option. She had me verify the name of my device and then she did something on her end. The ads were gone immediately. It normally costs 15 bucks but was done for no charge. I saw some guy on youtube mention this so I tried it. He said if the first rep didn't take it away to try again with a different one. The one I got did it right away with no prompting! It's worth a try! Good Luck :).

        • Tina Sieber
          July 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

          I really appreciate you sharing this tip, thank you so much! I will add this to the article right away. :)

  68. Matt
    July 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I just did this. I am a total noob. I got the "The folder you specified doesn’t contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems." error. At that point, I tried to download the driver directly using the ADB Driver Installer, and it told me the driver was already installed. At that point, I went back to the beginning, and chose option 2, and it worked perfectly. I do still have ads on the lock screen, which doesn't concern me. But I have Google Play now, and it works perfectly.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Matt! Others have also mentioned that it suddenly just worked. Strange, but good to know and have it confirmed.

      • Wenda
        July 16, 2016 at 1:34 am

        I had the same experience as Matt with those error messages, downloading ADB Driver Installer and running it, only for it to tell me the driver was already installed! Also, same in terms of Google Play installed fine, but the ads on the lock screen are still there (less important to me).

        Also, when I was looking for the Fire in Device Manager, it wasn't under Universal Serial Bus, but "Portable Devices."

        In any case, many thanks for sharing this hack.

      • asdfghjk
        July 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm

        From what I can tell, it isn't working because the tool only is meant for Fire OS 5.1.2. Because Fire OS is up to 5.1.4, it likely means that you can't get everything until the tool updates, or until you sideload in 5.1.2.

  69. Jenny
    July 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I don't seem to be able to locate my Fire in the Device Manager no matter how many times I try and have tried different USB sockets / cables. What am I missing?? (Sorry not to be more technical but this is completely out of my comfort zone, just want to install Google Play so I can install Clash of Clans for my son on our Amazon Fire!!)

    • Matt
      July 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      I'm using Windows 10. I found mine under the folder labeled Portable Devices.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      For me the Fire showed up under "Universal Serial Bus devices" in the Device Manager. Thank you Matt for sharing where you found it! Do let us know where you found it, Jenny!

      Just to make sure, does your Fire show up as an external device under This PC (in File Explorer) when you connect it to your computer?

      • Jenny
        July 15, 2016 at 7:21 pm

        I found the device eventually using my home laptop but it has windows 10 and I cannot get past that now. I did the Driver Signature Enforcement thing correctly but am still getting error messages so I tried installing the ADB Driver Installer and that also gave me an error. I give up. I am beaten. I'm off to find wine instead!

  70. David
    July 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Target: 4th Gen HD 7 running 5.1.2. Loading the USB drivers didn't work for me on Windows 10. (Even after disabling driver signing.) When it failed on Windows 7, I started to look for a different solution. Apparently, the Google USB driver is not compatible with my 4th gen HD 7. I found a Kindle driver on the Amazon Developer site, and then discovered that the same file is located in the SuperTool \usb_tool folder. (At least it's the same byte count and creation date. I didn't calc the MD5 sum on the two.) The file is KindleDrivers.exe. I just attached my HD 7 to my PC, waited for the driver install to finish with an error, and then ran KindleDrivers.exe. After a reboot of my PC, I ran the 1-Amazon-Fire-5h-gen.bat file. You don't need to install the ADB Driver, that's what KindleDrivers.exe did, but you can test the drivers with the SuperTool I downloaded. (The SuperTool I downloaded was slightly different for the instructions above.) Select 1, and then 3 to test the driver. If a device shows up in the test, the driver is working. If the listing says "unauthorized", you haven't hit the confirmation screen on your tablet yet. If SuperTool tries to test FastBoot, just kill the program and start it again.
    After that, the installation of Google Play went flawlessly. Rebooted, signed in, installed the PixPro software for my Kodak SL10. It even got rid of the screen ads, even though SuperTool had this as a seperate option (8) and said "Root Required".
    Thanks for the instructions!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so much for your step-by-step instructions for replicating this process on your HD 7, David! Very much appreciated. I will link to your comment in the article, so readers will see it.

  71. Cadji
    July 15, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for this tutorial! Like others, this didn't work for me to remove ads, but this forum totally helped.
    Now, no more ads!

  72. Isaac
    July 14, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Is this safe? Will my google account details be compromised?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Unlike rooting your device, this is a safe procedure. Once Google Pay is installed, it's no different than logging into a Google app on any other device. In other words, this process won't compromise your device or Google account.

  73. TiredMommy
    July 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    This worked for me at first. I downloaded some games for my on and put it in my bag. Now it won't start up?

  74. Anthony
    July 14, 2016 at 2:29 am

    This worked for me. However, it failed the first time because I had already installed some of the APKs manually while trying to follow a different tutorial. To get this to work I had to factory reset my fire and then run the SuperTool script. I also ended up having to download the drivers directly from Google (windows 7). Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 14, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Thank you for your feedback, Anthony! It's great to keep this record of different issues and how people solved them. It might help another reader in the future.

  75. Jen
    July 14, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I was able to get everything installed. signed into google play, installed one app then went back into google play and it's stuck at choose an account. I tried reinstalling and adding a new account but it won't let me into the store.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 14, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Did you try to reboot the Fire and just start Google Play again? If it worked once, it might just be a temporary or cache-related issue.

      • Jen
        July 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

        After searching through the comments I figured it out. Installing Aptoide worked. Thanks.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm

          So you found a workaround rather than a solution because Aptoide is an alternative to Google Play. Works just as well though.

        • Jen
          July 14, 2016 at 7:40 pm

          I used aptoide to reinstall Google play then was able to sign into my google play account.

  76. LJ
    July 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I did everything and GooglePlay is up but the Ads on my home screen is still come on. I tried factory resetting it and re install it and it did it again. I did the same thing to another Fire and it worked. Do you know how I can fix this issuse....thanks

    • Tina Sieber
      July 9, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      LJ, as mentioned below, removing the ads is a hit and miss thing. The tool doesn't always work and in fact, it doesn't claim to remove the ads without root. It does work for some people (and it did work for me), but unfortunately not everyone. Sorry!

      • LJ
        July 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        Awl ok....thanks for answering so promptly! Sorry I tried scrolling down to see if you answered my question but I guees I didnt go down far enough lol

        • Tina Sieber
          July 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

          No problem. :) The article is popular and lots of people comment with questions.

  77. David
    July 9, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Hi Tina

    I got the following error message

    The folder you specified doesn't contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems.

    Any idea what this is?


    • Tina Sieber
      July 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Several people commenting in this thread have had the same issue as you, David.

      A couple of them could solve it by downloading the driver from a different source.

      One reader commented:
      "There was another file one folder up from the SuperTool called I downloaded and unzipped it. There is a folder in there called usb_driver. I started over with the SuperTool and select the driver in that folder when prompted."

      Hope one of those helps and do let us know what worked for you. Thank you!

    • Paul
      July 13, 2016 at 3:10 am

      I had the same issue and the same error message. I gave up for a while after trying 3-4 times, downloading the program from other sites and trying a different protocol that ended up using the same driver - led to the same error message. Then, tonight, I figured what the heck and just went to the next step of trying to install the google store even though the first part hadn't been successful and it worked. I couldn't get rid of the ads, but the newest version of the rootjunky software says that requires rooting the device anyway and I don't want to do that. Might consider paying the $15 to get rid of the ads down the road, but not right yet.

  78. NW
    July 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I noticed this was for gen 5. Is there one for gen 4? I tried using the supertool for my gen 4 but it didn't work.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 5, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      If RootJunky doesn't offer a kit for generation 4, then I'm afraid I don't know.

    • Isaac
      July 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Yes, I just tried it and it works with the same tool. Just do the same process. And make sure you have the latest version (5.12).

  79. Karin
    July 4, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I have the google play app shopping bag icon on my fire homescreen and was able to log into my google account. I got to the app section, bring up an app I want to download, click "install" then click "accept" but nothing happens. The app freezes and nothing gets downloaded to "my apps." When I log into google play on my computer to try to download the app it says that I haven't accessed the google play app from any devices. Any thoughts?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Have you tried to reboot the device? It could be a temporary issue.

      You could also try to log out and log back into Google Play.

      It could also be that the installation is corrupted. In that case, I'd recommend removing and re-installing Google Play.

    • coolbeanzmom
      July 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      @Karin I had this issue as well, be sure you have enabled allowing the installation of apps from Unknown Sources in the Settings-Security- under Advanced on your tablet.

  80. Paul
    July 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Nice step by step tutorial. I've run into an issue that it says I can't use the driver "androidwinusb.inf" (the only .inf file in the usb_driver folder, which is the only thing it allows me to select) because it says that "The folder you specified doesn't contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems." I see an androwedwinsusba64 file and a file called Kindle drivers, but it won't let me choose either of these when I'm in the device manager and trying to select drivers. Any suggestions?

    • Paul
      July 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      I don't understand it because I used RootJunky's Supertool to install google play on a different kindle fire like 2 months ago on the same computer.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you for the feedback, Paul!

      Did you turn off driver signature enforcement?

      Other readers mentioned that they downloaded the driver elsewhere and then it worked.

      • Paul
        July 13, 2016 at 2:57 am

        Yeah, I turned off the driver signature enforcement and have tried the driver from two different sources using the unzipped file you suggest to David above and still get the error message he posts. It's just so odd because this procedure worked on a different fire a month or 2 earlier.

        • Paul
          July 13, 2016 at 3:07 am

          It turns out that even though I was unable to install the driver it wanted me to, I just tried to do the next step and put the google play store on it anyway, and, surprise surprise, it worked.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 13, 2016 at 4:28 am

          Ha, that's so strange! But now I remember that someone else mentioned something similar, that they could just continue without completing that step. Glad it worked for you, Paul!

  81. john fisher
    July 1, 2016 at 12:08 am

    google play store showed up on the home page but it will not let me sign in keeps telling me there is a problem communicating with the google servers

    • john fisher
      July 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

      attempted to sign in via browser same issue

    • Tina Sieber
      July 1, 2016 at 3:53 am

      Do you have 2-factor authentication set up for Google? Could also be a temporary issue.

      • john fisher
        July 1, 2016 at 3:55 am

        no idea how do I figure that out? I am able to access me google account via the silk browser.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 1, 2016 at 4:22 am

          If you don't know then you've probably not set it up. Does the browser login option not send you to Silk browser?

        • john fisher
          July 1, 2016 at 4:56 am

          yes it does

        • john fisher
          July 1, 2016 at 4:57 am

          from the App no it doesnt

  82. Juan J Guevara
    June 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Please excuse me if this is a stupid question, but could this be used for a fire phone?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 30, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Not a stupid question at all, Juan.

      This particular method described above won't work, but you may find a similar method and the files for your Fire Phone somewhere. It might also require rooting in case of the Fire Phone.

  83. Gonzalo
    June 28, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Hello Tina! Thanks for you article. It seems to work very good.

    I have two questions. First, Is there any chance to do this trick using a Mac connected to the Kindle? Second, Do you know if this trick works for a Kindle Fire 8,9 (2nd generation), 2012?

    Thanks again!


    • Tina Sieber
      June 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm


      Unfortunately, I can't answer your questions. I neither have a Mac nor different versions of the Kindle Fire. Someone must have found a way to install the Google Play Store on those older Kindle Fires, but it may have involved rooting the device. A quick Google search didn't bring up useful results.

      Maybe someone else has an answer...

      • Gonzalo
        June 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        Thanks Tina! No problem. Maybe it's time to get a new kindle and sell the old one.


  84. Yaz
    June 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Wow! Thank you, worked without issues. Login via the browser and app without incidents. Great tutorial!

    • Tina Sieber
      June 27, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Thank you for the feedback, much appreciated!

  85. Teresa
    June 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I don't know how it worked but I kept trying to install google play and finally I have it back. Thanks for your help!!!

    • Tina Sieber
      June 27, 2016 at 3:22 am

      Welcome Teresa, although it sounds like you figured it out by yourself in the end. :)

  86. Pete
    June 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    If I install Google Play on the Fire Tablet, can I also watch and purchase movies from Google to watch offline? I am specifically interested in this tablet because of the price but would like to keep my movie library tied with Google.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      I'm sure you could. The Play Store, once installed, behaves the same as on any other Android device.

  87. Teresa
    June 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I hate to keep asking questions, but I obviously am struggling with this. I got all to work then I had trouble signing in so I deleted play store app and google settings app. I reinstalled but now the 1st app step is failing just like what's listed on the screen above. When I turn it off and on again, play store is not there. Suggestions?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 24, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      The sign in issue can be fixed by choosing to sign in via the browser. Did you try to re-install the Play Store again? I'm not clear what you did or what happened.

  88. Teresa
    June 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I finally got it but ads still appear. Any suggestions?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      As mentioned below, removing the ads is a hit and miss and it's actually not supposed to work. It works for some people, not for others and I have no clue what determines whether or not it works. People below have commented that they tried the same process on two identical (or so they thought) Kindle Fires and it worked on one device, but not the other.

    • Kevin
      June 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      I just found out that Amazon offers an option to remove the ads for $15. Here are the simple steps:
      1. Go to "Manage Your Content and Devices" under "Your Account" on Amazon's website.
      2. Click "Your Devices," and under your Fire it will say "Special Offers." Click the edit link next to that.
      3. Then you can unsubscribe from the special offers through that link.
      I chose this option because the ads bothered me. I know it's an extra cost but to some like me it may we worthwhile. Hope this helps!

      • Tina Sieber
        July 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        Thank you very much for this tip, Kevin! I'm adding it to the article.

  89. Teresa
    June 24, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I downloaded drivers from another link. Now the super tools says it can't find the path specified. On the first screen it tells me to downgrade my device firmware. It gives a youtube link but when I type it in it says it can't be shown. Do I have to do this and how do I do this?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Since you finally got it to work, can you share what the trick was? Thank you!

  90. Teresa
    June 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I downloaded the super tool file from root junky, but this appeared when I tried to get the adb files to download. It tells me to downgrade my device firmware by adb sideloading. Is this necessary ? How do I do this? I bought this kindle for a birthday present but want to get google play and ads deleted.

  91. Cole Gaston
    June 23, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Is there a way to do this with a mac?

  92. gus
    June 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

    hello. I rooted my kindle fire 5gen. but when click on the play store it tell me to add a google account. i put in my google account log in but it saids COUNLDN'T SIGN IN (there was a problem communicating with google servers. Try again Later.

    Can some one tell me whats going on? I put in the correct log in.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 21, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Check for a similar issue described a few comments down. The solution could be to sign in via your browser.

      • gus
        June 21, 2016 at 12:58 am

        got that to work. My next question is, when i click on the play store app does it open as google play? can i download pay app from there for free?

        • Tina Sieber
          June 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm

          What you installed is the regular Google Play Store. That means you can download apps you paid for or you can buy and download those apps. You can't download paid apps for free, unless you already bought them before.

        • jay
          June 21, 2016 at 9:52 pm

          i rooted my kindle fire and it install the play store, and when i open the app it saids google play. Does it suppose to be like that or does the app suppose to say play store once its open?

        • Tina Sieber
          June 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

          Sounds good to me. And if it works, I wouldn't worry.

        • Tina Sieber
          June 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

          It says the same on mine by the way. And also on my Android phone.

        • jay
          June 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm

          ok. I will try to download a payed app and see what happens

  93. Jay
    June 17, 2016 at 4:06 am

    While this works for installing apps the first time, I have run into the "update" failure. When trying to do an update that requires the play store, the Fire only opens the Amazon store so you cannot perform an update via the play store. My solution was to uninstall the app then reinstall it. What a pain, but it does work.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      You can't update from within the Play Store? Just tried it on mine and I can update all my apps that way.

      • Jay
        June 18, 2016 at 1:17 am

        Is my fire configured correctly? I have an app that says there is an update (Summoners War). When I click on the update option, Amazon store opens up, which of course does not offer Summoners War. When I go to the Play Store, it says the app is installed, and there is no update option. But I cannot run the game until it does the update. So I am stuck. My solution does work, uninstall - reinstall, but that is a pain.
        It seems amazon wont let the auto update from within the app redirect me to the play store. Is that a setting I am missing? I used the above procedure to get play store onto my fire 7 and other than the updates, it is working fine.

        • Tina Sieber
          June 18, 2016 at 1:31 am

          Open the Play Store, go to *your apps* (sidebar) and update it from there. It should actually show you a list of apps with updates available. I don't have my Fire next to me right now and can't tell you the exact wording, but when you open the Google Play Store menu on the left (click the hamburger icon next to the search icon), you should see it right away.

  94. jeff
    June 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    i used RJ to load the app store and remove ads. it loaded the app store fine and seems to working ok, but it did not remove the ad page. any ideas. if this has already been discussed i am sorry and cannot find the post. thank you

    • Tina Sieber
      June 17, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Sorry that removing the ads on the lockscreen didn't work for you, Jeff. It's actually not supposed to work on the Kindle Fire, but still does for some people, including myself.

    • Damnil Stryker
      June 23, 2016 at 8:11 am

      It initially worked for me when my version was 5.1.1 but once it updated to 5.1.2 the ads returned and I have had zero success in removing them.

      • Tina Sieber
        June 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

        Unfortunately, it's quite unpredictable whether it will work and how it will change with updates. My Fire updated and the ads have not returned.

  95. Lance
    June 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I cannot seem to get ADB to work on Windows 10 x64. Halp!

    I tried running the batch file (which has yellow text and looks NOTHING like the screenshots). It closes automatically. I tried manually installing the driver through Device Manager, but it says it's not compatible with a x64 OS.

    Are there any clear-cut instructions out there for W10 x64???

    • James
      June 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Same problem. Solved it by disabling unsigned drivers enforcement windows 10 then running the adb drivers exe again after restart. Now I have GAPS. It didn't remove the ads though. A quick live chat with Amazon did though for free.

      Use the following steps to disable driver signature enforcement.
      Click the Start menu and select Settings.
      Click Update and Security.
      Click on Recovery.
      Click Restart now under Advanced Startup.
      Click Troubleshoot.
      Click Advanced options.
      Click Startup Settings.
      Click on Restart.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 8, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Another reader commented that they downloaded from RootJunky and tried the driver from the folder called usb_driver.

  96. Eva
    June 6, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Whoever suggested to use the browser sign it by clicking on the 3 dots THANK YOU. I kept getting a cant connect to google servers try again and tried this work around and it worked

    • Tina Sieber
      June 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Several people have mentioned this workaround so far. I'm glad so many people share their solutions or find them in the comments.

  97. David
    June 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    At last, can login to Google Play using the Aptoide workaround.
    1 Download Aptoide to Fire, from
    2 From within Aptoide, install updated Google Play services
    3 Try to log into Play Store. When it fails, click cancel and then 3-dot menu and select browser login. (May need to repeat this step).
    4. Optionally, uninstall Aptoide once logged in to Play Store.

    Thanks for the workaround.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you for sharing the clear instructions, David!

    • Anne
      June 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Doesn't work for me. What fire version are you using? With 5.1.3...nada.

    • James Baldwin
      June 17, 2016 at 5:20 am

      is this after you do the adb driver stuff above?

      • Kevin
        June 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        Yes, it is. I finally got it to work just now using the steps above. After I updated Google Play Services through Aptoide, I was able to sign in without any issues. I didn't have to do the browser login. Thank you very much for the information!!

  98. Nick
    June 5, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Used Aptoid and browser login workaround - a few errors on the way but installed and working!

  99. Vladimir
    June 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Are you getting a google server error message?
    I was trying to set up google play store in my friend's tablet, but when I tried to authenticate with her credentials in the Play store I was getting a said error message which I can't remember exactly what it was (sorry). I was sure that the username and password were ok because if I typed it wrong I was getting the bad password error message. So what I did?
    I logged with My credentials, which have two factor authentication, so the play store redirected me to a page so I can type the autherntication code, in that page says something like "Login with another account" so i clicked there, entered my friends credential and voila! it worked.
    Sharing this so if one of you have this problem can try this to see if it resolves your problem.
    I hope you could understand what I wrote.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 6, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you for sharing your workaround, Vladimir!

  100. Smiley
    June 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I installed Google Play Services from Rootjunky today and also have problem logging in to my Google Account initially. My workaround is to first update Google Play Services through Aptoide. Then open Google Play and log in with username and password. You should still have problem logging into your Google account but when you click the "3 dot" symbol at the top right corner, it should give you option to log in through your browser and this is how I did it. Hope this help :-)

    • Tina Sieber
      June 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing your workaround, Smiley!

    • Tess
      June 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Yes Smiley this worked for my kindle fire 5th gen :). Guys if u can't connect to google services use his method it works 100%!!

    • Zakaria
      June 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      This method worked for me as well :). Thank you so much for sharing this tip, you saved so much effort for me!

    • Chuck
      June 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      And it worked. Thank you

    • Kesh
      July 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Agh! I've tried this method and even sideloading apps onto the Fire, but I'm still getting the error message that it can't reach Google servers! Anybody else still stuck here?

  101. Jason
    May 31, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I was able to install the Google Play Store on my Fire HD 8, but am running into the issues like some other viewers with not being able to connect to Google servers. I've rebooted tablet multiple times, I've reset the Play store app, deleted the data like that youtube video you linked said to do, but no luck, still can't "sign in" to play store, can't even get authentication.

    Anybody have any wisdom on this? I'd like to not resort to rooting the tablet, would rather just do this method. Feel like all the time and steps taken to get play store icon, and now can't even use it...pretty frustrating. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!

    • Chuck
      May 31, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Having same problem. There was an update to the tablet just as I first turned it on upon receiving it. I'm wondering if Amazon figured out how to stop this

    • Tina Sieber
      June 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Someone just posted a possible workaround in a new comment.

  102. Kevin
    May 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Every time I try to sign into the Google Play Store, I get the error message saying something like, "Google services cannot be reached. Try again later." I followed the instructions above and tried several times but still couldn't get it to work. Has anyone else run into this problem?

    • Kel
      May 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      I have the same message :(

      • Zakaria
        May 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

        Same here please can someone respond to this?

    • Tina Sieber
      May 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Wish I had an answer.

      If you need to install a particular app, know that you can sideload apps on your Kindle Fire. Just find the APK file elsewhere. See this article for details: 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Kindle Fire

    • Tim
      May 29, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Yes, both my Amazon Fires now get the error reaching the google play store. Seems maybe something changed globally.

      • Tina Sieber
        May 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

        On my Fire the Play Store still works fine. Just downloaded some apps this morning. Fingers crossed.

  103. Paige
    May 27, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I am now encountering the seemingly famous DF-DFERH-01 error. Anyone have any success fixing this on the Amazon Fire? I've tried the go-to solution of force stopping, clearing cache and data, but even after restarting the error remains.

  104. Anonymous
    May 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I've encountered a strange problem. My aunt and I have identical Kindle Fire 5th generation tablets. I've followed the directions for my Kindle and I downloaded Play Store and a game app. I followed the directions exactly the same on my aunts Kindle Fire and downloaded Play Store and tried to download the same app. The app downloaded and begin to install but as it tried to install it stopped and gave a 505 error. I tried deleting the devices cache for Play Store and Google services and tried again with the same results. Are then factory reset her Kindle with her permission and tried the whole process again with the same results. She mentioned that she had tried to install Play Store by other means previously but was not able to. Do you think that her failed attempts may have had consequences after the factory reset? Is there anything I haven't tried yet to install the Play Store on her identical Kindle Fire 5th generation?

    • Tina Sieber
      May 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Do you get the error when downloading any app or only with that one app?

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

        She wanted me to download Papa Pear. It worked on mine but not on hers. I was able to download other apps on hers

        • Anonymous
          May 26, 2016 at 6:22 am

          Ok i factory reset her device again reinstalled the play store app and this time the game installed correctly but i signed into play with my google account. I tried to change it to her account but there was no option. I uninstalled playstore and google settings and reinstalled them but it automatically used my account. Is there a way to change it to hers?

        • Tina Sieber
          May 26, 2016 at 8:31 am

          Unfortunately, the solution to this is convoluted. Google Play doesn't offer a way to change accounts. You either have to do the whole process again or set up another Google application, say Gmail, under her account, then her account will show up on Google Play and you will be able to switch. Not sure you'll be able to remove your account, though.

          Regarding Papa Pear, it's strange that only one application would be affected. Does she have different region settings on her account than you do? Or are parental controls turned on (in Google Play under Settings) and exclude that game for some reason? That's all I can think of, sorry.

  105. Lisa
    May 25, 2016 at 4:18 am

    i have found this method in several articles. My Problems begin at "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer". Once i click this, there is NO option that says "have disc". ive been trying several methods for hours. i ordered an Amazon Fire tablet for the sole purpose of running one app. I have since discovered thats its an Android app and perhaps the Fire was not the best choice. Frankly, im ready to just send it back. My the way, I have tried the 1MobileMarket" method, also with no success.

    • John Evans
      May 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      i had this problem, if you have the same list of items as me, i double clicked @media device' if i remember correctly and the Have disk option appeared. i hope this helped

  106. mdw95
    May 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    When I get to the part of installing the driver, in Windows 10, I get a message "The folder you specified doesn't contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems."

    What did I miss? I disable the driver signature enforcement.

    • mdw95
      May 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Nevermind. I found the driver and have successfully installed Google Play on my Fire. Thank you!!!

      • Tina Sieber
        May 14, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        Thanks for the update and glad to hear it all worked out! :)

      • Fernando
        May 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

        How did you manage to do this. I have the same message?

        • mdw95
          May 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

          Did you see my latest post? I also couldn’t get the driver located in the SuperTool to work. There was another file one folder up from the SuperTool called I downloaded and unzipped it. There is a folder in there called usb_driver. I started over with the SuperTool and select the driver in that folder when prompted.

    • Nate
      May 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I am getting the exact same error. I disabled driver signature enforcement before starting.

      I can navigate to the folder with the android_winusb.inf file, but then the error message above comes up when I try to proceed. Any suggestions of what else I should do?

      Thank you

      • Nate
        May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

        Hmm. After a few attempts I decided to try again from the beginning, and after running the supertool the option to install the driver didn't pop up, so I guess it somehow got through despite never seeing a successful message. From there I just ran the install google play option from the supertool and it appeared to work. Thanks for the instructions!

      • mdw 95
        May 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm

        I also couldn't get the driver located in the SuperTool to work. There was another file one folder up from the SuperTool called I downloaded and unzipped it. There is a folder in there called usb_driver. I started over with the SuperTool and select the driver in that folder when prompted.

        • Tina Sieber
          May 21, 2016 at 10:41 am

          RootJunky apparently changed its site layout and maybe the packages they offer for download. Thank you for retracing your steps and sharing your solution with other readers!

  107. sac
    May 14, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Awesome tool, it did work for me. Am running Windows 7 and things went pretty straight.
    Well done.

    • Tina Sieber
      May 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Glad it's still working for some people. Might just depend on the build model of the Kindle Fire.

  108. Earl
    May 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    So, from the SuperTool menus, it looks like the ad disabling can only happen now if you root your device. I did all these steps above, and now have Google Play installed and working, but the ads are back on the lock screen.

    • Tina Sieber
      May 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you for the observation, Earl. That note was there before, but it's possible that it's actually true now.

  109. michael
    May 8, 2016 at 1:42 am

    help need to uninstall all this :(

    • Tina Sieber
      May 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Michael, what do you need to uninstall? The Google Play Store? Or the ADB driver?

  110. bill
    May 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    hi guys, bought kindle today, orange, its on 5.1.3 Any ideas whether it can be rooted to install custom ROM, cant find clear instructions, and if not, is there a way just to get playstore etc. Any Help would be kind ?

    • Tina Sieber
      May 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Check RootJunkys for tools to install the Google Play Store. Essentially, it should work as described above, but you might need a different kit for your version of the Kindle.

  111. Jonathan Lopez
    May 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    When I try to update the driver, i go to have disk, choose the file, it says that the driver is not compatible with device. any help?

    • Tina Sieber
      May 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Did you turn off Windows Driver Signature Enforcement?

  112. Nate
    April 29, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    so i get ignored, thanks for the non help....

    • Tina Sieber
      April 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Your question was essentially identical to that of Jasmine and Ryan before you and I don't have a different answer. I can't confirm the process with Windows 7, it worked for me on Windows 10. What to say?

      Sorry, I don't know either. I hope someone else has a good suggestion or you'll find a solution somewhere else.

  113. Vincent
    April 28, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Everything worked successfully and I no longer have ads on the lock screen although when i go to quick switch between apps, there is small text that says "Error inflating widget.", any ideas why?

    • Tina Sieber
      April 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Can you trigger the error message when switching between any two apps?

  114. Hunty
    April 25, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Does this allow someone to download apps not in either google play or the amazon store? (other websites?)

    • Tina Sieber
      April 29, 2016 at 7:58 am

      You mean can you install apps using .apk files downloaded from other sources? Yes!

  115. Nate
    April 24, 2016 at 2:07 am

    getting the same error as jasmine on windows 10 disabled driver enforcement and adb debugging is enabled. what am i doing wrong? what is wrong with my compuuter

  116. MrMega
    April 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Everything installed easily, however after trying to restart the Fire, 'Opt out of interest based ads: in settings', restarting twice again, I still have ads on splash screen (Tide is repeated ad of choice currently). Have re-read article and do not think I am missing a step anyplace. "?"

    • Tina Sieber
      May 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      I'm afraid I'm at my wits end. It works on some devices, not on others. And according to the developers of the tool, the ad removal is not supposed to work. It may depend on small things that are beyond my control.

      I applied the changes to a Kindle Fire (5th generation), model SV98LN, from Windows 10.

  117. Jasmine
    April 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I get this error message when I try to do the android win usb inf file: “The folder you specified doesn’t contain a compatible software driver for you device. if the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with windows for x64-bit systems”

    I have Windows 7, and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. :/ Any help?

    • Tina Sieber
      April 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Did you Enable ADB and confirm the setting?

      • Jasmine
        April 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        Yes, I did that, but it didn't work. I ended up finding a tutorial that walked me through setting everything up via my Kindle, and now everything works.

        • Nate
          April 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm

          link? im having trouble

        • Ran
          May 2, 2016 at 1:58 am

          Hi Jasmine,
          After you get the Google play service and framework into the kindle, following your link with Chromecast tutorial. How do you disable the ad? do yous till need to rerun the batch file what Tina provided in this post?



        • Jasmine
          May 2, 2016 at 2:10 am

          I haven't been able to disable ads as of yet, but if I can get something to work, I'll let you know. And if you find a way to disable them, please let me know. Thanks!

    • trlkly
      April 25, 2016 at 12:05 am

      I would not be surprised if you needed to turn off Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 7 64-bit, too. The directions are different: reboot your computer and repeatedly press F8 before it gets to the Windows logo. You should get a menu, which you can then choose "Disable Drive Signature Enforcement" using the arrow keys and press Enter.

      • Tina Sieber
        April 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        Yes, that may be the missing piece! Thank you, trlkly!

  118. Ryan
    April 20, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    "the folder you specified doesn't contain a compatible software driver for you device. if the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with windows for 32-bit systems"
    I'm getting this error after i select the android_winusb.inf file. computer running windows 7. Any idea what i am doing wrong?

    • Tina Sieber
      April 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      This is supposed to work with Windows 7. Did you try downloading the Super Tool again?

      You could also download the Android SDK, which contains the same driver (.inf file).

      Do let us know if you find a fix for this issue. Thank you in advance!

    • Tina Sieber
      April 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Note that you first have to Enable ADB on your Kindle Fire (see instructions above) before you can install the driver from your PC.

  119. Joe Z
    April 20, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    This worked great for me!
    Question: In the "SuperTool" utility, I see there are also options to "block/unblock OTA updates from Amazon."

    I assume (or correct me) this pertains to any update Amazon may push out to users, which could potentially "un-do" the changes made here to add Google Play Store, etc.?? If this is the case, do you recommend blocking the OTA updates?

    • Tina Sieber
      April 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      We generally don't recommend blocking updates because leaving security vulnerabilities unpatched is risky. Amazon delivers security updates using OTA (over the air), too.

      That said, OTA updates could indeed break your custom settings. Up to you.

  120. JonMaster
    April 17, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I opened the file and it says C:\Users\JonMaster\Downloads\ Unexpected end of archive

    • Tina Sieber
      April 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      It sounds like the ZIP archive file was corrupted. This can happen when the download didn't go smoothly. Have you tried downloading it again?

  121. John Smith
    April 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    4/5/16: Just installed, works great thanks!

  122. Katie Everman
    April 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    WOW!! Thank you so much! It took a few tries to get it right as I am a tech virgin but I did it! SO this can be done by people who do not know much too LOL Thanks again I have one happy little boy!!

    • Tina Sieber
      April 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Glad it worked, Katie! And congratulations for your geeky achievement! :)

  123. Charles Scott
    March 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    This works wonderfully on my wife's 5.1.1 Kindle Fire, but my grandson's in running 5.1.2.

    How do I root an Amazon Kindle Fire 5th Generation running OS 5.1.2

  124. sawyer
    March 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Hello, i just wanted to ask what i did wrong. I followed the steps as best as i could, but when i got onto my kindle and opened google play, is said error RH-01 or something like that.

    • Joe Z
      April 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      I got that same message just once, the very first time. When I opened the Play store again, all was fine. I think it had something to do with opening the store content before my login was completely authenticated, since it was obviously a login from a new device. That's just a guess, however.

  125. Andre
    March 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Any help for a Mac user? Thanks.

  126. Dubya
    March 4, 2016 at 3:38 am

    I suspect the reason the ads are disabled for some and not for others is dependant on which of the two available tablets you bought. There is the standard on for 49.99. Amazon also offers one for 15.00 more that comes with ads disabled. If you didn't buy that one getting rid of the ads requires root

    • Tina Sieber
      April 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

      I wrote this based on the reduced Kindle Fire, purchased from Amazon in Germany.

  127. ShojoBakunyu
    February 24, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    So... On my Kindle Fire 7 (5th Generation) I did all of the above steps and I now have a tablet with Google Play Store but still have the adverts on the lock screen. When I do the same with my father's tablet, I lose the adverts on the lock screen but don't have the Google Play Store installed.

    What am I doing wrong?

  128. Anonymous
    February 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I definitely love this detailed guides lol, thank you! I did rooted and desable OTA updates with this method. I don't want Google play on this device, but one thing, I want to delete some stock apps I won't be using like; kindle, amazon shop etc. I already searched on Google and can't find any tip how to do it, any help will be appreciated.

  129. Todd
    February 1, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I was able to install Google Play Store and get all Google stuff working. But the lockscreen ads are still showing up. I went in to the batch file and created a menu option *just* to kill the ads (pm hide which ran fine, but the ads are still there.

    Any ideas?

    • Tina Sieber
      February 2, 2016 at 10:31 am

      I think RootJunky's SuperTool does say that it won't remove ads unless the device is rooted. My device was straight out of the box when I applied the modifications as described above and lockscreen ads were removed (see screenshot of my lockscreen). Not sure hat else you could try. Sorry!

  130. Willow Gryphon
    January 30, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Didn't get rid of the ads for me but it did put Goggle Play on there.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Yeah, I think the removal of lockscreen ads is not guaranteed. It worked for me, see screenshot above. Maybe Amazon has released an update in the meantime that blocks the ad removal.

  131. Marie Whitehead
    January 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Driver won't install- error message: The folder you specified doesn't contain a compatible software driver for your device. I have a x64 based system

    • Tina Sieber
      January 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Did you turn off the Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 8 or 10?

      • Marie
        January 27, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        Yes. I did turn it off after I posted my comment and after I turned it off I tried to install the driver again and I still got the same error. I also searched Google to see if there was a different driver for x64 which I could not find. However I did download the latest driver from Google but again got the same error when I tried to install that driver.

        • Tina Sieber
          January 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

          I've seen the error your describe, but turning the DSE off solved it. I use a 64-bit system, too (Windows 10).

          You could try to download the Google USB Driver elsewhere and install it manually:

        • Marie
          January 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm

          I was going to try that next when I get a minute. Also I had already paid to turn off the ads on my Fire. Would that make a difference? I would think not but just checking.

        • Tina Sieber
          January 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm

          I didn't know that was possible and not sure how it works. You should still be able to install the driver, though.

        • Marie
          January 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

          So I tried installing the Google USB driver. Got same error. Verified I had disabled the DSE. Then did a google search and found this page which had their own ABD driver installer and used it and the driver installed. I was able to install Google PlayStore and now all is fine. Thanks for your help.

  132. unknownname
    January 24, 2016 at 12:03 am

    it also mentions this process not only can be done without rooting but without the need for a pc yet further down the article it says you have to install drivers etc for windows and then use a windows pc for the files! sooo very confused

    also this method doesn't work as I am stuck at the Fire 7 is not recognised by windows!

    • Tina Sieber
      January 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      I did write without rooting and that's the process I used and described. The video also shows how to root the device, which allows further customization.

      I used a Windows PC and I admit the wording in the introduction is misleading. Apologies for that.

  133. Charles
    January 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Instructions for Gen 3?

  134. Carol
    January 22, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I'm a little confused. The article makes a point of saying this procedure can be done without rooting the Fire. Yet the video instructions are based on rooting the Fire. If you do everything in the article, do you root or not?

    • Tina Sieber
      January 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      The article describes the non-root process. The video demonstrates some steps that are also used in the non-root process. Please read.

  135. Jim
    January 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Anyone have the instructions for doing this with a 4th Gen Kindle Fire HD 7?

  136. Wes
    January 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I have this tablet, and started with the Google apps, and no ads, then went to root, then went to Slip Rom. I have stayed at Slip Rom, and love it...........