How to Install Android Apps on Amazon Kindle Fire HD?

Last Updated: December 2, 2017
Install Android Apps Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets are operating on Fire OS. You can’t find many apps on Amazon store for your Fire Tablet. However, you can easily set your Amazon tablet to install apps from Google PlayStore. Amazon Fire is an Android-based OS, and all of the Android App from Google Play Store will work on Amazon Fire Tablet.

The first step to install Android Apps on Android Fire is to install Google Play Store on Fire Tablet. Once you have Google Play Store on Fire HD tablet, you can install all Android Apps on Amazon fire and operate just like an Android Tablet. There is no routing required to install Android Apps on Fire HD Tablets. Those who want to buy Amazon Fire HD, you can get 8GB version just for 49.99 from Amazon.

Now let’s go through the step by step process to install Google Play Store and Android Apps on Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Editor’s Note: In this workaround, we demonstrated the solution on All-New Amazon Fire tablet (Fire HD 8 7th Generation) with Amazon Fire OS 5.6.0.0. Please see the Troubleshooting Step 7 if you find any Package Parse Error or Grey INSTALL button.

Step 1: Change Fire Tablet App Installation Permission

Google Play Store app is not available on Amazon App store. To install Google Play Store App, we have to depend on Android App APK Files.

Android Fire Install Apps from Unknown Source

To install APK files or any other third party apps on Amazon Fire, you have to change the permission on Android Fire Tablet. Open your Fire Tablet, GHead over to Settings >  Security > Apps from Unknown Sources > Turn On > Click OK on Warning.

Step 2: Download Google APK Files on Amazon Fire

Next step is to download and install APK files on your Amazon Fire Tablet. There are four APK files required to download and install on Amazon Tablet. Fire Tablet is coming with default browser called Silk browser. To proceed with APK Install, please open this article on your Amazon Tablet Silk Browser (if you are on a desktop now) and tap on the links provided for each APK file below. When you tap on these APK links, the APK files will start to download on your Amazon tablet. Please download and install all these four files in the same order provided here. (if you miss any order or file to install, then follow the steps below).

Google Account Manager APK

Google Services Framework APK

Google Play Services APK

Google Play Store APK

When Amazon Silk browser complete download, the pop-up will ask you to download the downloaded APK file.

Install APK Amazon Fire

Click Ok and proceed to download the files on your Fire Tablet. Once the download complete, the pop-up screen will ask you to install the APK file on Fire Tablet. Please be aware that, all the four APK files should install in the same order we proved above. Follow the same steps to download and install all four APK files mentioned above links.

Step 3: Find Downloaded Files on Amazon Fire

Just like File Explorer in Windows or Android phone, Amazon Fire OS has the app Docs. All downloaded files are available in the Fire Tablet Download folder. You can use this Fie OS “Docs” App to open the download folder. If you miss any files to install after download, then download rest of the files first. After downloading all four fils, open the Docs App > Tap on Local Storage Tab > Download Folder > See All downloaded files.

There is an alternative solution to find the download files on Amazon Fire Tablet. Open the Amazon Fire default browser, called Silk Browser. Tap on Hamburger Menu on the Top left to get Amazon Silk Menu > Downloads. Now you can see all the download files over there.

Step 4: Install Google APK on Amazon Fire Tablet

Once you find the download APK files and locate them as per step3, go head to install them one by one. Just tap on these files one by one.

Install APK on Amazon Fire HD

Once you tap on, you will get a screen with install button on bottom right. Tap on INSTALL to install these APK files on Fire tablet. If you find the INSTALL button in Grey and unable to Install, please read troubleshooting Step 7.

Step 5: Verify the Android Apps on Amazon Fire

During the installation of each APK, if you are interested, you can see all the information about each APK files like the screenshot we provided below.

Google APK for Amazon Fire

Once you have complete all APK installations, you can verify on Amazon Fire App Section.

Android Fire Manage Apps

Open Fire Tablet Settings > Apps& Games > Manage All Applications > Downloaded. You can see all Android Apps installed on the Fire Tablet using the APK files.

Step 6: Register Google Play Store to Install Android Apps

Now time to open Google Play Store App installed on Fire tablet. Tap on Google App store app and register with your Google Account to start with Google Play Store. Once you register Google Play Store, you can install any Android Apps like Google Chrome, Google map on your Amazon Fire Tablet direct from Google Play Store.

Android Fire Google Play Store Open

As you see the screenshot below, we installed a couple of Android Apps like Google Map, Chrome, GBorad, Waze, Gmail on Amazon fire tablet through Google Play Store.

Install Android Apps Kindle Fire HD

Both Amazon Settings and Google Settings App will work on their own to handle the Amazon tab settings and Google Account Settings respectively.

Step 7: Trouble Shooting Steps

Depends on your Amazon Fire Tablet OS and the APK files you are installing, you may find some issues with this APK installation process. We listed a couple of errors we faced in the entire process.

Parse Error on Amazon Fire Tablet

Depends the Fire OS, you have to install the right APK Version on Fire OS. If you have an old Fire Tablet with OS version 4 or below, these APK files may not work with the Fire Tablet. Once you try to install the wrong APK version files, you will get a Parse Error on Fire tablet with a message “There was a problem parsing the package”. Amazon Fire Tablet Parse Error

You may get the same Parse error if you try a different version of APK files on Fire tablet. We linked the right APK files version that we tested on Amazon Fire HD 8 7th Generation with Fire OS 5.6.0.0. Please try to use the same version on your Fire Tablet.

Fire OS Install Button Grey (Not Active)

This is the second error we got while we try to install the APK files. We noticed this error (maybe a Fire OS bug) on new Fire OS 5.6. There is a workaround to solve this issue.

Amazon Fire APK Install Grey

Once you are on left screen with Grey INSTALL button, press and release the Amazon Fire Power Button one time. Do not shut down the tablet, just one press and release will turn off the screen. Now press and release the power button again to turn on the screen and unlock the tablet. Now you will see the INSTALL button in yellow (active). You can tap on the Install button to proceed APK File installation.

Install Android Apps on Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Fire is an excellent tablet with dual camera and powerful hardware. However, you may not find your favorite Apps on Amazon App Store. Here you have to depend on the Google Play Store to install your favorite apps on Amazon Fire Tablet. Once you have Google Play Store on Amazon Fire HD tablet, you are free to install any Android Apps from Google Play Store just like Android tablet. Now you have an excellent tablet with tons of Apps from PlayStore and Amazon’s powerful hardware.

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