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

Install Android Apps Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets operates on Fire OS. You can’t find many apps on the Amazon store for your Fire Tablet. However, you can easily set up your Amazon tablet to install apps from the Google Play Store. Amazon Fire is an Android-based OS, and most of the Android Apps from Google Play Store will work on your 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 the Android Apps that you want on Amazon Fire and operate it 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 process step by step 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 Gray INSTALL button.

Step 1: Change Fire Tablet App Installation Permission

Google Play Store app is not available on the Amazon App store. To install Google Play Store App, we have to depend on Android App’s 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;

  1. Amazon Fire Settings
  2. Tap on Security
  3. See Apps from Unknown Sources on Advanced screen.
  4. Tap to Turn On
  5. Click OK on Warning.

Now your Fire Tab will allow you to install third-party apps including the APK files that we are going to install soon.

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 comes with a 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.

The APK File Version that you need to install on the Fire Tab may vary depends on the model of the Fire Tab you have. To check the Fire Tab versions, Open Fire Tab Settings > Device Options & System > Device Model > Get the model name. You can also click on the Amazon link provided for each model below the APK links. Please check your Fire Tab Version and download the correct set of files (four) provided.

Editor’s Note: When you tap on these APK links, the APK files will start to download on your Amazon tablet. You may see a warning about “old version” or the availability notification of “new version”. Just ignore those messages. Please download and install all these four files in the same order provided below.

Fire 7 (9th Gen)

  1. Google Account Manager v7.1.2
  2. Google Services Framework v7.1.2
  3. Google Play Services v17.7
  4. Google Play Store v15.8

You can check the model details: Amazon Fire 7 Tab 9th Gen

Fire HD 8 (8th Gen)

  1. Google Account Manager v7.1
  2. Google Services Framework v7.1
  3. Google Play Services v17.7
  4. Google Play Store v15.8

You can check the model details: Amazon Fire HD 8 Tab 8th Gen

Fire HD 10 (6th, 7th Gen), Fire HD 8 (6th, 7th Gen)

  1. Google Account Manager v5.1
  2. Google Services Framework v5.1
  3. Google Play Services v17.7
  4. Google Play Store v15.8

You can check the model details: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tab 7th Gen | Amazon Fire HD 8 Tab 7th Gen

Fire HD 10 (5th Gen) / Fire HD 8 (5th Gen) / Fire HDX 8.9 (4th Gen) / Fire HD 6 (4th Gen) / Fire 7 (5th, 6th, 7th Gen)

  1. Google Account Manager APK v5.1
  2. Google Services Framework APK v5.1
  3. Google Play Services APK v9.8
  4. Google Play Store APK v7.0

You can check the model details: All Amazon Fire Tab Models

When Amazon Silk browser completes the downloading 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 completes, the pop-up screen will ask you to install the APK file on Fire Tablet. Please be aware that, all 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.

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Step 3: Find Downloaded Files on Amazon Fire

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

  1. Open the Docs App
  2. Tap Local Storage Tab
  3. See the Download Folder
  4. Now you can see All downloaded files.

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

Step 4: Install Google APK on Amazon Fire Tablet

Once you find the downloaded APK files and locate them like Step 3 says, go head to install them one by one. Just tap on these files one by one to install the APK files.

Install APK on Amazon Fire HD

Once you tap on the files, you will get a screen with an install button on the 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, 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 of the APK installations, you can verify the installed App on Amazon Fire App Section.

Android Fire Manage Apps

  1. Open Fire Tablet Settings
  2. Tap on Apps& Games
  3. See Manage All Applications screen
  4. Tap on Downloaded tab.

You can see all Android Apps installed on the Fire Tablet used with the APK files. Please make sure that all four files are installed there to proceed to the next step.

Step 6: Register the Google Play Store to Install Android Apps

Now it’s time to open the Google Play Store App installed on your Fire tablet. Tap on the Google Play Store app and register with your Google Account to start with Google Play Store. Once you register onto Google Play Store, you can install any Android App you want (Check here to clean and speed up the Android phone).

We have installed a few apps that include Google Chrome, Google Map on Amazon Fire Tablet directly from Google Play Store. Just to make your life easy, Google introduced Lite Apps that use fewer resources from 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 can see in the screenshot below, we installed a couple of Android Apps like Google Maps, Chrome, Gborad, Waze, Gmail on the 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: Troubleshooting Steps

Depending 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

Depending 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 Gray (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 Gray 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.

Play Store Is Not Working

You shouldn’t face any problem if you installed the right version of APK files based on your Fire Tablet. If you’re facing an issue with Google Play Store, reboot the Fire Tab. Hold down the power button until you see “Power Off” and tap on it. Press the power button to turn that Fire tab On.

Unable to Sign in Google Play Store

You may need to clear the app data if you end up on this sign-in issue. You have to clear the Google Play Store data and have to start like a brand new.

Google Play Store Clear Data

  1. Open Fire Tab Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps & Notifications.
  3. Select Manage All Applications.
  4. Tap on Google Play Store from the list
  5. Now, tap on FORCE STOP
  6. Tap to CLEAR DATA.
  7. Finally, tap to CLEAR CACHE

Now you have stopped the Play Store and cleaned the data. Now you can open the Play Store app again to start and try to Sign-in with your Google credentials.

Additional Tip to Utilize Fire Tablet

Do you think the Amazon Fire Tablet is underutilized? The above solution will bring all Google Play Store apps to your tablet. We have brought Show Mode Charging Dock for Alexa tablet to transform our Fire HD8 to a full-screen Alexa. You can use this to show the weather, play songs, read the news, call friends and family, etc. You can buy Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 ($39.99) or Fire HD 10 ($54.99) from Amazon.

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 the Amazon App Store. Here you have to depend on Google Play Store to install your favorite apps on the Amazon Fire Tablet. Once you have the Google Play Store on the 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 Play Store and Amazon’s powerful hardware.

65 COMMENTS

  1. I have the Fire HD8 8th Gen tablet. I followed the instructions to the letter. There was one problem.the Google Play Services file download (using your link) downloaded version 17.7.85 NOT 17.7. Also the Play Store file download link downloaded version 15.8.23. NOT 15.8.

    When I open the Google Play Store app I get a screen that has a green button labeled sign in. I tap that and another screen appears that says checking info … then another screen appears asking for my email or phone. I enter the email for my Google account. Then another screen appears asking for my password. After I enter my password a screen appears asking m to agree to various terms. I tap on I Agree then the first screen I got with the green sign in button appears again. I tap it and once again I m asked for my sign in credentials. It does this over and over and over.

    What’s really weird is it worked once. I mean Google Play Store opened, I searched for and app and successfully installed the app. HOWEVER, every subsequent attempt to use the Play Store resulted in the scenario I outlined above. I have uninstalled the apps, removed the downloaded files and started the install of the four Google files again. Got the same results, a continuous loop of Google Play Store asking me to sign in.

    To say I’m frustrated at this point wold be a serious understatement.

  2. I’m using Fire HD 8 tablet. I followed the instructions above and successfully installed the ring.apk file for my Ring doorbell via the Play Store. Everything worked great. HOWEVER, when subsequently trying to install additional apps via the Google Play Store app, the process fails.. When I open Google Play Store it want’s me to sign in again. I do and am presented with a screen with a button that says I Agree. I click on I Agree and the app store sign in routine starts over again. The screen appears saying checking info … That displays for about 3 seconds and then it goes away and I am displayed my tablet ‘s Desktop. I assume the Play Store app crashed.

    I tried cleared the cache and the data for the Play Store app. That didn’t help.

    I force stopped all the google apps I installed per instructions in above article and then uninstalled each one. I then deleted the downloaded files. Then I started the whole process over again. Sadly I got the same disastrous results.

    I don’t understand why it only worked once. And why Play Store seems to crash after I sign in. Not sure why I need to sign in when I open the Play Store app. I don’t
    t have to do that on my Google Nexus tablet’s Play Store.

    I am totally frustrated now. Any help would be welcome.

  3. Hello, got playstore to work on old 5th . Curious about updates now as my main app I want to use says it isnt compatible. Any ideas?

  4. Yes, thank you. It took me a couple of tries and the app crashed a couple of times, but it worked after rebooting.
    A note to everyone else, you must follow the directions exactly as written.

  5. Just a note to state that I used the above procedures to install Google Play on Fire HD 10 7th Gen and it worked just fine. Thanks for the help.

  6. Used this previously with the Kindle Fire 8, 10th Generation, with no hickups. Back now attempting an install on a Kindle Fire 7, 9th Generation, with no success. Google Play store is in an endless log-in loop, with this system message, ” Google Play Services won’t run unless you update Google Play Services. Note this is strictly in internal memory, removed the SD chip just to be sure. Used the exact versions listed above, no success. Any other advice?

    • Update: I got it to work. On a hunch, I did a factory set, elected NOT to do the immediate system update and rather came here first, and Play Store and most of my apps are working without a hitch. Some that did install on Fire 8 HD refuse to install on the Fire 7. Mostly games, so only a mild annoyance.

  7. I was able to get the play store running, but Lego education We Do 2.0 won’t download. The message reads “download pending” but I’m unable to find out what exactly it’s waiting for.

  8. Thak you so much! I’m very technology “challenged” but with your instructions I was able to install Google play! it worked so well that I got carry away downloading app s. Now I want to remove some of them. The uninstall tab within Google Play only shows an open button. Can you please help me? thank you so much!

  9. Brilliant. Is it possible to transfer these Google apps into a kids profile as they don’t show up in the shared content folder?

  10. Interestingly, this worked perfectly fly with my old 7″ fire, but on my brand-new fire 10 I cannot get Google store to recognize the new device. When I got the new tablet, Google store sent me an emai saying “we see you got a new device! Click this link to install your new apps!”. When I click through, there is an option to install anything that I previously bought, but it lists the apps as installed, and only lists the three Android phones I had, and none of my tablets. Google play accepts being locked out of Amazon devices , so support has been no help.
    I have no idea what can be done about this; maybe the caution is that this works great, but your purchased apps may not be fully portable to your next device.

  11. Since many apps (ShopSavvy, Play Disney Parks) perform a check to ensure a tablet has been tested (or certified, as app manufacturer’s call it) to ensure app functionality, is there a similar work-around for Kindles?

  12. This works for most apps, and works very well. Thanks! This was a lifesaver.

    There are some apps that still don’t work completely…Lumosity is one. You can unlock a handful of basic games in Lumosity, but can’t unlock most of them. Although the FIre tablet seems like a good deal, once this one is done, I will get a regular android tablet.

  13. Worked just as you said, downloaded and installed everything in order and now I have my new Fire HD working like it should’ve from the beginning. Thank You!!!

  14. sound like what i’m looking for. Tks. I’m an android app lover with numerous apps installed from apknite and its extension. Tks for letting me know more.

  15. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This takes away one of the *huge* disadvantages of the Kindle Fire. Works great on my Fire 10. So great to have proper Youtube, Chrome and Gmail on my Kindle.

  16. Great tutorial. Managed to get the playstore installed and I signed in. Tried to download an app and it just says download pending! Tried restarting and trying different apps but nothing works.
    I’ve tried all the suggestions like deleting cache and forced stops etc. Anyone else have any other suggestions?
    Thank you.

  17. Hi,
    I successfully installed Google play etc and managed to install a few apps. However, I cant get 1 of the games to run. Star Wars Commander (Amazon version) is being withdrawn so I now installed SWC from Google Play onto my Fire. It installs ok but will not run past the initial splash screen.
    For info. If the Amazon version is left on my Fire, Google does not seem to know it is there. It lists all my apps on device, except SWC. I can even load both versions, but standard android version wont work.
    any ideas?

  18. New Amazon Fire HD 8, 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? My OS is 6.3.0.1. Is there an update for Google Play Store?

  19. I am trying to install on the kids version,using my account,got all the way through,ready to install and even though the install button is still orange when I tap it nothing happens!

  20. Works on Amazon 7″ Fire tablet with OS 5.6.2.0. Loading PlayStore or Android apps is a little laggy but acceptable. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

  21. For those of you that have done this could you get Snapseed to work on it? I’m thinking about getting a refurbished HD10.

    • Yes, I see most of the apps from Google PlayStore work with this setup. We have tested the SanpSeed app and it works well.

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

  22. 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?

    • I had this problem and solved it by going back to each of the APK files in Docs, tapped each one and was given the option to update it, done it on all four APKs went back to the home page pressed the power button for a second to standby then opened the Fire again tapped Play store and it worked.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!!.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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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