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Amazon Kindle Fire tablets have their own Amazon App Store, but it can arguably fall short compared to the Google Play Store. The search giant has created the largest collection of apps and an intuitive, as well as familiar, interface. We know many of you are wondering if it’s possible to install Google Play on Kindle Fire devices, and the answer is “yes”, as your Kindle is an Android device. Today we will show you how it’s done without needing to root your tablet.

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Warning: Just keep in mind you will need to do a bit of tinkering on your device to install Google Play on Kindle Fire tablets. Though the process isn’t extremely complicated, you want to make sure you know what you are doing and keep in mind only you will be responsible if anything happens to your device in the process. Take your time and do your research before doing this.


How to download and side load apps on your Amazon Kindle Fire

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You might want to consider simply side loading Android apps on Kindle Fire tablets, as this method doesn’t exactly require installing the Google Play Store. Side loading Kindle Fire apps essentially means installing them manually. This means the main downside is that your side loaded apps won’t be automatically updated (unless you have the Google Play Store installed). Regardless, it is a helpful method to know and you actually need it to install Google Play on Kindle Fire tablets.

First, you need to enable app installation from unknown sources:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Amazon Fire device.
  2. Select Security & Privacy (some models may label it Security).
  3. Hit the Apps from Unknown Sources option. Some people see this as a toggle; flip it on.
  4. Otherwise, select the browser you will be using to download and install your files, such as Silk or Chrome for Kindle Fire. Alternatively, you can use the Files app or any other file manager app.

Side loading apps on your Amazon Kindle Fire: 

  1. Find and download the APK file for the app you want to install. You have to get them from a third-party website, so you should be careful. We like websites like APKMirror for their reputation and security measures, but you should still be careful and stay safe.
  2. You can also download your APK file from a PC and transfer it using a USB cable.
  3. Open the APK file and you will be asked if you are sure you want to install the app. Hit Install.
  4. Let the installation process finish and then hit Done or Open.
  5. The app you installed is now ready to be used.

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How to install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire devices

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Side loading is helpful, but there is nothing like the comfort of using the Google Play Store and letting it handle all the hard work, as well as the updates. If you want to get the Google Play Store on Amazon devices you need to side load four Kindle Fire apps first.

Download and install these:

Once everything is installed simply restart the tablet. Go ahead and open the Google Play Store app. You will be able to log into your account and start downloading apps using the Google Play Store. Enjoy!

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