There are no Google Play services or apps available on Amazon Fire tablets or TV sticks. There are only the Amazon apps, which lack variety and choices, such as no Google Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, or Drive. It is easiest to manually install the Google Play services if you want those apps and all the benefits of Google Play.
Listed below is an easy-to-follow process for installing Google Play on Amazon Fire tablets. Overall, the whole process should not take longer than 12 to 15 minutes. You need to know how long the process actually takes. The Google Play Store and all the Google apps will remain available to you nonetheless.
The guide has been divided into four simple steps to help you navigate it as efficiently as possible. Each step is outlined below.
- Enable installation from unknown sources.
- Downloading the Google Play apps.
- Installing the Google Play apps.
- Setting up Google Play apps.
So without any further ado, let’s begin with the guide.
Enable Installation from Unknown
It should be noted that Amazon Fire devices like most other Android devices have the option to turn off the security feature that prevents third-party applications from being installed from unknown sources. We can actually install any app using its APK file, which means any app can be installed. Here we will use the same method so that Google Play and all the apps associated with it are installed.
So the first step is to enable installation from unknown sources on the Amazon Fire. Here is how you can do that:
- Open “Settings”.
- Tap the “Security” option.
- Under the Advanced section, you should be able to find a toggle switch for “Apps from Unknown Sources”. Tap to turn it on.
That’s it. Now move on to the next step.
Download the Google Play Apps
You must first download all the necessary apps on your Amazon Fire device in order to have Google Play. Except for those manufactured by Amazon, most Android devices come preinstalled with four key apps, which we have outlined below, which handle all the services and dependencies required to run Google Play and its corresponding apps.
- Google Account Manager (Download here)
- Google Services Framework (Download here)
- Google Play Services (Download here)
- Google Play Store (Download here)
Alternatively, you can download these directly from your Amazon Fire device through a web browser or you can download them on a PC/computer, then transfer them to your Amazon Fire device via a USB cable.
In order to begin the process of installation, you need to download the files and ensure that they have been updated.
Install the Google Play Apps
It is time for us to proceed with installing the apps we have downloaded in step one. It is important to install these apps in their correct order prior to running Google Play on your device in order to be able to enjoy them without encountering any problems:
- Google Account Manager (com.google.gsf.login),
- Google Services Framework (com.google.android.gsf),
- Google Play Services (com.google.android.gms),
- Google Play Store (com.android.vending).
In order to avoid unexpected errors, we recommend you pull out the micro SD card from your Amazon Fire device before you begin the installation process. Sometimes, these apps are installed in the external storage, which results in unexpected errors when you try to login or install an app from the store.
The problem has also occurred in some cases where some apps are installed in a different order and no errors appear, and Google Play does not appear to be having any errors. However, we suggest you install the software in the sequence as mentioned above in order to reduce the chance of an error.
Now to install, you need to perform the following steps on your Amazon Fire device:
- Find and launch the “Files” app. (On some older Amazon Fire tablets you will need to look for the “Docs” app).
- Tap on the Menu button.
- If you have not downloaded the files to a different directory, tap Downloads to see all the files you have recently downloaded.
- In the following order, begin installing each app one by one.
- The app should not be opened/launched after installation.
You can easily identify which files were downloaded first and which ones were downloaded after a certain period of time, since downloaded files usually show time and date on them. Moreover, if you find it hard to figure out which file needs to be installed first, you can identify the app with the file/package name we have mentioned above in the list.
Upon successfully installing all four apps on your device, you’ll need to restart it or turn it off, then on again. In this way, Google Play and Amazon Fire will be able to configure all their properties.
Please move on to the next step for more details on how to configure and set up Google Play on the Amazon Fire tablet.
Setting Up Google Play Apps
This is going to be the fourth and final part of our tutorial on how to correctly configure and set up Google Play apps on your Amazon Fire.
NOTE: These steps are to be followed once all four Google Play apps are installed and you have restarted your device at least once to apply the changes.
- The Play Store can be accessed by opening the launcher. It will launch the app when you tap it.
- It will ask you to provide your Google account details to log in to the app store.
Once your account has been verified and you have logged in, you will have the option to download and install apps directly from the store.