Amazon Fire Tablets restrict you to the Amazon Appstore, but runs on Fire OS, a custom version of Android. That means, that you can install the Play Store and gain access to millions of Android apps and games, including Google apps like Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and more.
The best part of installing the Play Store on your Fire Tablet is that it doesn’t require any in-depth “hacking” like rooting or running scripts from a PC. It’s just a matter of downloading and installing a few APK files from the tablet itself, and you’ll be up and running with the Play Store! Let’s get started.
Warning: Remove the microSD card if you have one inserted in the tablet. If you don’t do this, it’s possible you could lose data during the Play Store install process. You can put it back once we’re done.
Download the Play Store Files
Before we begin, make sure your Fire Tablet is from 2014 or later. This process may not work with old Kindle Fire tablets as you need to enable “Apps From Unknown Sources.”
First, open the “Settings” app from the “Home” tab on the home screen.
Now go to “Security & Privacy.”
Select “Apps From Unknown Sources.”
Find “Silk Browser” and then toggle on “Allow From This Source.” This is what will allow us to install an app from outside of the Amazon app store.
With that out of the way, we can start downloading the Play Store files. There are four APK files we will need to get the Play Store up and running, and they’re specific to your Fire Tablet.
To find out which Amazon Fire Tablet model you have, go to Settings > Device Options > About Fire Tablet. You’ll see your “Device Model” name here. To see your Fire OS version, go to Settings > Device Options > System Updates.
With the device model in mind, we can download the appropriate files below. Simply copy and paste the links from the tables below into the Silk Browser on your Amazon Fire tablet. We’re just downloading the files at this point, don’t open them yet.