How to install Google Play Store on the Kindle Fire HD

by: Carl ParkerOctober 18, 2012

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD, as well as Amazon’s other tablets, are very good buys. The tablets take reading a notch higher, giving you a rather new experience in reading ebooks. The only thing that the tablets come short of, despite being an Android device, is that you can only download and install apps from Amazon’s Appstore.

Although that was the case, owners of the said tablets can now install apps from the Google Play Store, all thanks to the developer community.
  XDA Developers member stopxwatch has provided a workaround that allows Kindle Fire owners to enjoy the ever-growing number of apps in the Google Play Store. Just a heads-up though, this guide entails adding files to the /system folder. As of the moment, there is no way one can restore the original system folder so do proceed with extra caution.

This guide shows you how to install Google Play Store on the Kindle Fire HD.


  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.



  1. Copy the Google Services Framework, Vending, and the Google Play Store APK files to your tablet’s internal SD card.
  2. On your tablet, launch ES File Explorer.
  3. Head on to Settings > Root settings > Root explorer. Enable the “Root explorer” option and confirm the action when prompted.
  4. Tap the Allow button on the pop-up screen to grant root access to ES File Explorer.
  5. Enable “Up to Root” and “Mount File System”. After enabling both, close the Settings option and return to the main screen of ES File Explorer.
  6. Navigate to where you copied the files mentioned in step 1.
  7. Tap on the GoogleServicesFramework.apk file to install it on your tablet.
  8. Once installation is complete, long press on the Vending.apk file and select Copy.
  9. Press the Up button located on the top of the screen until you see folders named acct and cache.
  10. Look for the /settings/app folder. Open the folder and paste the Vending.apk file in it.
  11. After copying, long press on the Vending.apk file. Click on Properties then click Change. Make the following changes to the file permissions:
    • User: Read, Write
    • Group: Read
    • Other: Read
  12. Tap on the Vending.apk file file once again to start installing it. You will have the Android Market app after the installation.
  13. Exit the ES File Explorer and launch the Android Market found on the apps menu.
  14. Set up Android Market by providing your Google account details.
  15. Once set up is complete, close the application and go back to ES File Explorer.
  16. Navigate to where you copied the Gplay3.8.17.apk file. Tap on the file to start installing it to your tablet. This will upgrade your Android Market to Google Play Store.
  17. You can check out the Google Play Store app on the app menu. With this, you can now download Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, and a lot more.

Great job! You can now download lots and lots of apps to your 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD through the use of the Google Play Store. If you have tried doing the steps in the guide above, do let us know how the app works for you by leaving your comments below.

  • thank youuu! :) !!

  • FxFalcon

    Worked perfect. Its just like my phone now, without the annoying phone calls ;). Thank you!!

  • zantosh

    I followed this process with mixed results. First, the Kindle (running 7.2.1) wasn’t recognized by my PC. After fiddling around with the adb_config.ini file, I got that to work, and according to ADB, it was rooted. In fact, if I do adb shell, and then su, it’ll give me superuser.

    But if I go into ES Explorer and do the root option, it fails. It says that it can’t run it.

    I tried the vending.apk and it appeared to install. So did all the apk files. But when I try to run the google play store, it stops working, and in the background, the “agree/disagree” window pops up.

    Any help please?



    • Ario

      hi.I have the same your problem.I want to know is there your problem yet or no?
      thanks a lot if any body helps me.

  • TomJr

    Tried it with my Kindle Fire HD, keep getting the message ‘Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server.’ My wireless router is 2 feet away. I have no clue as to what the issue is. any help would be appreciated.

  • Hurdy Gurdy

    Thanks. The instructions worked well with two exceptions. First the /settings/app folder didn’t exist, but the /system/app folder did and it looked like it had all the other apps in there, so I went with it. I also got the ‘Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server” message, so after about six attempts with that failing, I rebooted the device and tried it again. Went right through. Google Play store is installed and working beautifully!

    • Ysoto52

      Thanks i was stock on the same place.

    • Birendra

      Can you share step by stem what you did.


    Tom Jr. If you have problems setting up Google Market, Yo have to use your Cellphoe as a Hotspot, then you can complete the google registration.

  • vexed

    vending.apk copy fails when I try to paste to system/app. What is wrong?

    • pinkbunny

      I have the same issue :(

  • superb

    Eventually got it to work. As mentioned in other comments the setting/apps folder doesn’t exist. Use the system/apps folder.

    I couldn’t copy the vending.apk file, turned out I didn’t have r/w access to the directory. Changed this in settings for ES.

    I couldnt establish a conection when registering with google. A reboot sorted this.

    It all works rather well. Big thanks

  • ashok

    steps are good. i have rooted 7.2.1 fire… happy ending..

  • Im with you Zantosh, I’ve been getting the same thing. I have not been able to fugire it out. so if anyone can help, please. thank you

  • Marshie

    Great Job …Cheers n Thanks

  • After many reboots and cussing lol. Finally got everything working.
    There gonna be one lil happy girl come Christmas Morning. Thanks All and Happy Holidays

  • krisy007

    im not able to get the root explorer to work correctly i tap the option and i get when su request dialog popup please seject always allo or make system remember your allow choice.

    do you want to try this feature anyway? i click yes

    then i get a pop up that has sorry test failed feature can not run on this phone


    i also just want through the steps since it allowed me to select up to root, but the mount file system will not let me check it.

    I got to step 9 but and cant paste vending.apk it fails when I try to paste to system/app. What is wrong

    • Rossy

      Yeah I’m having the exact same problem as you. No solution yet. :(

  • snj

    Great help!
    Couldn’t find setting/app folder initially, then something happened (have no idea but i was browsing around in everything, then suddenly there it was way at the bottom of the list….same list with acct and cache.
    Couldn”t log into market place initially, but after reboot…device updated itself and everything worked fine.

  • Funkyguy189

    man everytime i try this i get a ton of the system cannot find the path specified errors
    what am i doin wrong i installed all the drivers

  • Jerry k

    Does anyone know if this works with the Kindle Fire?

    • Sven

      It worked for me

  • Ben

    perfect, tricky in places but works

  • Ben

    oh and hurdy is right about mysterious settings/app

  • andre

    Everything worked well, except I am having problems with accessing google play. It says “server error” and “could not retrieve information”. Is it possible that my dogs has been blocked for google play? Or is there some file that I have to delete or restore? Or maybe up address? Does it have to do something with upgrade? I tried everything, but I am almost giving it up

    Regards, andre

  • juds

    my kindle wont let me open google play, it just says it isnt working. Ive rebooted it many times but i just doesnt work, can someone please help me??

  • dave hayes

    hi it wont let me copy the vending apk into my kindle any ideas

  • Devin

    AWESOME!! thank you so much! Im slowly unlocking my Fires true abilities, and this is a big step!

  • Joon

    Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server” I keep getting this no matter how many times I try rebooting the device. Its kindle fire 7″ not HD. but that shouldnt matter.. any advice?

  • XclusiveOne

    OK guys so if you follow these directions..
    (Sorry for using another forum).
    It will root.
    Then you have to manually install the superuser apk
    by moving it to the internal storage and installing it using ES File Explorer.
    Then you will have root.
    Then do the steps above, but before signing into the gmail account reboot your device.
    Now youll have the google play store.

  • sunny

    how to paste vendor.apk plzzz reply me soon

  • ZeKiwi

    I can see that all three of the downloads copied onto my kindle. I don’t see anything about ‘Settings’ OR ‘System’ in ES for step 3, though. :|
    Help, please?

  • Crabb

    Thank you for this. I have managed to install Google play store without rooting (tried and failed a lot) Went ahead and tried install anyway. Installed all three folders off internal storage. After initially failing I deleted vending.apk restarted device and now I have the store!

  • Sean

    Thanks. Works for my Kindle fire Ver 10.2.6

  • mojojojo

    Great, worked fine with Rooted Fire kindle HD 7 Just follow Hurdy Gurdy Additional instructions this make the trick. Thank you. ps. remember to reboot tablet after the “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server” message.

  • Ryix

    Not sure what i did wrong here but followed the steps with no problem, up until running google marketplace (step13) the marketplace never loaded, the screen flashed white for half a second and then back to where i was. I rebooted and tried it again and even deleted it and started from step one again, eventually i skipped the step and jumped to step 15 it installed ok but google play wont load either, same white flash and then nada.

  • Do these directions also apply to the 8.9 inch version? If not, where can I find them?

  • Edwood

    OK, all of it worked except when I go to the Play Store and try to download some thing
    it hangs at “Starting Download” Thanks

  • rodthebod

    thanks! works fine after reboot, rooted kindle fire hd7 running 7.3 today, march 28 2013 – and it was as pointed out earlier /system/app.

  • CtotheBizzle

    worked great. had the same issues with everyone else had with the system/app path and found the fix. if you look into es file explorers settings there’s Directory option that has to be changed in order to back out all the way to the device and not just the sd card. change the directory to default to ” ” instead of ” sdcard” and you should be all set!

  • LadyAdellandra Dratianos

    I know this is a long time coming but when I go to download the Google Play (third download, from Mediafire) the site says it’s either been erased or doesn’t exist. Is there another download site for this file?

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  • Linda

    I do not have a computer . Can google play be downloaded to my kindle fire HD another way

  • ICanMinecraft

    Do I have to root it?

  • acurrier

    This voids the warranty, right?

  • Natchy Awesome

    Followed directions above on my Kindle Fire HD 7″ with Amazon Firmware version 7.4.8. For some reason, Vending.apk would not copy to /system/app. I tried researching the problem for about 6 hours, gave up and tried copying again – and it worked this time. Google Play is running great. Thanks for the directions!

  • KindleFireRooter

    I might do this when I get home. Seen excellent comments. Gonna try it! Wish me luck :P

  • casNak

    I am about to try this on my son’s kindle. Is is worth all the time and effort involved. Also worried about messing something up. I am only a little tech savvy.

  • ChristianaValor

    Can in use with Chromebook?

  • Nightmare-Rex

    this used to work back in 2014 and early 2015 but for a while google play just simply dosent work anymore on both are kindles. i reinstalled it and it was same thing, we never updated the kindles and had block updates on both kindles.

  • Scott May

    How can I use the Google play store on my kindle fire hd 3rd generation