How to Install Android Apps on Amazon Kindle Fire HD (No Rooting)?

Last Updated: August 3, 2018
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 up 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 rooting 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 for 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, Head 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).

  1. Google Account Manager APK
  2. Google Services Framework APK
  3. Google Play Services APK
  4. Google Play Store APK

When Amazon Silk browser completes the downloading of each file, 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 provided 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 files, 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 as 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 Step 3, go head to install them one by one. Just tap on these files one by one install the APK files.

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 complete all APK installations, you can verify the installed App 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 the 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 (Check here to clean and speed up the Android phone).

We have installed a few apps including Google Chrome, Google Map on Amazon Fire Tablet direct from Google Play Store. Just to make your life easy, Google introduced Lite Apps that use less resource of your device. If you don’t want to spare much system CPU and memory for Android Apps, you can install these Lite Apps from the Android 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 on 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 of 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 the left screen with Grey INSTALL button, press and release the Amazon Fire Power Button just one time. Do not shut down the tablet at this point. You have to just press and release the power button one time, that will turn off the screen. Then 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 an Android tablet. Now you have an excellent tablet with tons of Apps from PlayStore and Amazon’s powerful hardware.

23 COMMENTS

    • It depends on what you want to use in the future. If you want to depend on Google PlayStore, then update apps from there.

  1. New Amazon Fire HD10, followed all instructions to load Google Play, all 4 files loaded and installed ok, however when I tap the Google Play Store icon to look for apps, the icon just quickly blinks on and off and that’s it. Any suggestions to fix this?

  2. The claim that “all of the Android App from Google Play Store will work on Amazon Fire Tablet” is NOT true. I just received the latest 64 gb Amazon Fire HD 10 yesterday, installed Google Play Store, and found that a number of apps I use need a regular android operating system. If you want full functionality go with a regular android tablet. You’ll also avoid tons of Amazon proprietary software.

  3. Great, simple instructions on downloading the files. However when I launch the play store, I’m stuck at the login screen and it keeps saying “Checking info” yet I haven’t entered any quite yet. Does this process usually take long? Any guidance is greatly appreciated! Thanks again for the article!

  4. Wonderful “How To”. Thank you very much. Might I suggest you change the last half of it. Instead of navigating to the downloads folder. Simply swipe down from the top to see the notifications. There you will see a download complete notification. You click/tap the notification and it takes you to the Install window.

    • Aaryn,
      Right, Notification will work as another quick option instead of navigating to download folder. We will update.

  5. I cant get it to work I followed each step but every time I try and load the play store it won’t open. Please help.

  6. Worked perfect on my Fire HD 10 7th gen 5.6.2.0 with Alexa. Picked up a reburb on sale for $89. Look brand new and a great spec’d tab for cheap. TY so much, you made my new Tablet that much better with google play.

  7. I can see all Android Apps installed on the Fire Tablet but I can’t figure how to run Google Play Store when I tap on it, it just displays the info but doesn’t start the application. What am I missing ?
    Thanks in advance

  8. Hi, ive been trying to download fir hours. I’m on a old fire he 7″, but software shows 7.5.1 with no option to update software it’s greyed out. I’m getting the phase error and cant get round it, please helppppppp

    • @Stacey,
      Your old fire tablet may need a different version of APK files. We don’t know the exact version that goes with your iPad. You can try an old version of APK file from there. This may be the reason for Parse error.

  9. I just say, just like the other guy that commented above, I should have known better, but I bought an Amazon HD 8 without thinking because I got such a great deal on it. I knew it was Android based as well, but I didn’t think about the fact that it had an Amazon OS. Then I go to install my favorite Android app…and I was so upset…but with a quick Google search i found this article and boom! Within minutes, I’m all fixed up with a great piece of hardware at a great price, that has all the apps available i want and need! You saved my purchase, brother! Thanks a million! Couldn’t have been easier to do either! You rock!!!.

  10. Newer versions are advertised – don’t take them because you will likely get parse error. Just press the Download APK button. Play Store is now running and Waze is running. Now I have to figure out how to get GPS from my phone to the Fire.

  11. Steve, thanks so much for the step by step guide. I followed the steps above and see the apps on my kindle, but can’t get it to open the google play store – any thoughts?

  12. This is a great step by step article that is so user-friendly that even I was able to install play store on my kindle! Thank you for helping this technology challenged girl

  13. Thank you so much! Like Don, I also wanted a less extreme solution to using my new Kindle like my other Android devices. These were simple, easy to follow instructions and exactly what I needed.

  14. Thank you SO much for this! I should know better, I’ve been working computer science for almost forty years now, but I kind of blindly bought the Kindle Fire HD 10, knowing that it was Android-based, and I figured that’s all I really needed to know.

    When it arrived yesterday, I was kind of shocked that I couldn’t find any of the apps I had gotten used to on my Android phone or even my iPad, and the Google-like apps I was able to find weren’t “really” Google in the sense I’m used to.

    I had read about possible rooting approaches, and I really didn’t want to screw that deeply with the device, but these instructions were perfect, well-explained, and easy to follow, and now I have the Android I wanted.

    • Don,
      We are glad to help you and much appreciated for sharing your experience. This is going to encourage our team members to publish more helpful articles like this.

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