You Can Now Install Google Play Store on Fire OS 5.x the Easy Way

Christian Cawley 24-10-2017

Amazon Fire tablets are extremely popular. They’re the most popular Android-based tablet available, but they don’t include the Google Play Store. Instead, Amazon provides its own app store, which mixes games and apps with videos, music, audiobooks, and Kindle ebooks.


You’ll find so many useful apps and fun games in the Amazon App Store, but what if you really want to install something from the Google Play Store?

The answer is to install Google Play on your Amazon Fire tablet. This used to be tricky, but since the Fire OS 5.x update, it’s now considerably easier. Here’s how.

Why Use Google Play?

If you’re wedded to the Amazon ecosystem, you might be less inclined to look beyond the Amazon App Store. After all, it has everything you could possibly need on your Fire tablet, right?

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Well, not quite. Yes, the Amazon App Store is great, and it’s perfectly tailored for the Fire platform. But from time to time, you’re going to look at it and think “I need something more.” Here are a few examples:

  • The new game you want isn’t available via the Amazon App Store.
  • You’ve got some Google credit and want to spend it on a movie. But you can’t watch it on your Fire tablet!
  • You already have an Android device and want to access your library of apps and games on your Fire tablet.

And when it comes down to it, the Play Store is a better app store in many ways 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 .

After all, if the app or game you’re looking for isn’t available in Amazon’s app store, it’s far safer to use Google Play. The Play Store is the home of Android apps, and as such is more secure than a third-party site Is It Safe to Install Android Apps from Unknown Sources? The Google Play Store isn't your only source of apps, but is it safe to search elsewhere? Read More .

Ready to install the Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet? Let’s go!

How This Hack Works

Using the default Silk browser, you can download four files. Once installed, these files will work together to deliver the authentic Google Play experience on your Amazon Fire tablet.


It’s as simple as that. There’s no root required, no Android Debug Bridge (ADB) New To Android Debug Bridge? How To Make The Process Simple And Easy ADB is incredibly useful for sending commands to your Android device from your computer. For the beginners out there, here's a dead simple way to use ADB. Read More , and you don’t need a PC for this. You can install Google Play anywhere, just as long as you have an internet connection.

This is in complete contrast to older versions of the Fire platform. Previously, it was necessary to use a USB cable and ADB to unlock your Amazon Fire tablet. Only then was it possible to install Google Play Remove Ads and Install Google Play on Kindle Fire Without Root Get more from your Amazon Fire tablet! Here's how to install Google Play on a Kindle Fire and remove Amazon Fire ads without root for free. Read More .

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The big question is, can you use this method to install Google Play on your Amazon Fire tablet? There’s only one way to find out. On your tablet, open Settings > Device Options, and tap System Updates. Here, look for the first entry, the line that begins “Your device is running…”


As long as the version number is 5 or above, you’re good to go. If not, you should try updating. Check the date: if it’s recent, then that implies that version 5 of the Fire OS isn’t available for your device. But if your tablet hasn’t been updated for a while (perhaps it has been left switched off, or offline), click Check Now. Any available updates will then be downloaded.

If you’ve just downloaded Fire OS 5 or later, you can install Google Play without rooting your tablet!

Download the Google Play Files

Begin by enabling the installation of software from unknown sources. This is disabled by default as a security feature. To enable, go to Settings > Security and toggle the switch for Apps from Unknown Sources. Click OK to confirm.

Note: To maintain the integrity of the Fire OS, it’s a good idea to disable this again once Google Play has been installed.


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Now all you need to do to install the Play Store on your Amazon Fire OS 5.x tablet is download the following files. Be sure to download them one at a time, installing each APK file before proceeding to the next one.

  1. Install Google Play Services [No Longer Available].
    • Note that if you’re the owner of a Fire HD 8 2017 (7th Generation) tablet, you’ll need this alternative version of Google Play Services [No Longer Available] instead.
  2. Download the app you really want: the Google Play Store [No Longer Available].

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Once you’re done, hold the power button to open the Power off menu and tap OK. Wait for the system to shut down, then tap the power button again to turn it back on.

Find the Google Play icon, and tap it. You’ll need to sign in with your Google account before continuing, but soon after, you’ll have access to the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet!

Not Working? Try a File Manager

This should work in most cases, but if it doesn’t, it’s probably due to the browser. In this case, head to the Amazon App Store and download a file manager. Several are available: File Commander – File Manager is popular, but you may be more familiar with ES File Explorer File Manager.

After installing, use these to browse to each of the downloaded APK files, and install them one at a time. When you’re finished, restart the tablet. You should now see the Play Store on your Amazon Fire!

Google Play Store on Fire OS 5.x

That’s all there is to it. The days of connecting a USB cable to your PC, plugging in your Amazon Fire device, and rooting the tablet are over. You don’t need root or ADB to install Google Play on Fire OS 5.x — your choice of apps, games, videos, and music just increased considerably!

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To recap, all you have to do to install Google Play on your Fire OS 5.x tablet is:

  1. Check your tablet is running the correct version of Fire OS.
  2. Update your tablet.
  3. Install four APK files.
  4. Restart your tablet.

After that, launch Google Play, sign in to your Google account, and you’re done! In most cases, you’ll find Google Play has everything you need. Note that other stores are available, however. We think F-Droid is a good alternative Want to Rid Yourself of the Android Play Store? Kiss Google Goodbye and Try F-Droid Did you know that Android allows the installation of app stores other than the Play Store? You might already use apps from the Amazon Appstore and GetJar—but you probably never heard that a completely free,... Read More .

Have you installed the Play Store on your Amazon tablet? Is it an improvement over Amazon’s own app store? Talk to me in the comments.

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  1. Mo
    November 8, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    ok, so I am old and don't know much, but I checked and my system is 6+ and I could turn the switch to let the files be loaded, then I was stuck. I have no idea where to go and what to do to load them, Never touched a tablet before. Think you can help me?

  2. Hug-h
    June 24, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Was recently stupid enough to buy an Amazon Fire and having followed your instructions in order to be able to download some decent apps, rather than those which pay Big Brother Amazon a commission to offer, succeeded in downloading playstore only to find that greedy Amazon who want to rule the world have now blocked playstore and it won't load. Same also applies to other fixes of the Amazon manopoly as Fire when all said and done is nothing more than an Amazon marketing tool which they have persuaded idiots like me to buy rather than giving them away for free, which in reality is all they are worth. Hug-h Bulgaria

  3. Fudo
    October 30, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I guess some like to react to headlines without reading.

    Yes, you've been able to do this for some time — the article says so.

    But every method previously involved a USB cable and a desktop.

    Download 4 files and restart? I'll take that, thanks.

  4. Nick Viola
    October 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

    That was the first thing I did with my Fire HD 8 2016. The only thing I wish I could do would be to change the launcher. Fire launcher sucks. No widgets and a boring home screen. Google Play supercharges the Fire!

    • Asad
      November 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Try 'Microsoft Launcher' from Google Playstore. Its very good. I use it as the default launcher on all my Android devices.

  5. Owen Piacsek
    October 25, 2017 at 1:34 am

    This has been available since the first fire OS with a browser and file manager, since fire OS has always been based on Android.

  6. Bikas Vaibhav
    October 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    This is valid for over couple of years at least. I installed Play this way on my Fire Phone this way.

    Talk about slow (est possible) poke.

  7. Jason B
    October 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah, you're kinda the last horse or of the gate on that one. You've been able to do this for a long time now.