*The article was written for the Amazon Fire 5th Generation. Amazon have launched a new Fire on the 7th June. I have not tested this with the newer model but expect the process will be similar.*
This will be a very picture heavy post. Amazon’s Fire ship with Amazon Fire OS which is a heavily modded version of Google’s Android. Amazon have it’s own app store for Android devices and by default this is the only App Store that comes with the Fire tablets – there is no Google Play Store. While Amazon’s app store does have a huge selection it doesn’t come anywhere close to the native Google Play Store. If you would like AIB, BOI, N26, Leap Card, Luas apps for example they are not available on the Amazon App Store. Thankfully its possible to add the Google Play Store to the Fire tablet relatively easily. Most guides I saw online involved downloading and running a bash-script on a windows machine. As I have a MacBook I was looking for an easier way to do it. This way does not require a computer of any sort and can be done completely on the Fire Tablet. It took around 20 minutes to complete but a lot of that was waiting for things to finish installing. This will be my first change to the Fire OS – I will also be adding a different launcher to make it look more like Stock Android. I’ll post how to do that in the coming days.
The basic steps are:
- Allow Apps Installation from Unknown Sources
- Install a File Browser
- Install four packages:
- Google Account Manager
- Google Services Framework
- Google Play Services
- Google Play Store
The Amazon Fire tablet is a bargain at £49.99 with the older versions being reduced to as low as £29.99 during Black Friday sales. The Fire OS home screen has several sections that you can swipe sideways between including ‘Home’, ‘Books’, ‘Videos’, ‘Games’, ‘Apps’ etc
The first thing we need to do is to allow installation of apps from unknown sources. This is done by going into Settings and selecting Security.
Once in security turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. A warning will pop up and select ok.
Now, swipe across to Apps and select Store. Once in the store select search by pressing the magnifying glass.
Search for ES File Explorer File Manager and click into it. Press the orange Install button.
Once it is installed we are ready to start installing the four packages required to use the Google Play Store.
First download the Google Account Manager. When the website loads scroll to the bottom and click Download APK
Once it has downloaded a pop over should appear. Select Open File
Another menu should appear. Select ES Downloader and then press Just Once
One more pop over should appear. This time select Install
You will be brought to a page to confirm the install. It will show you all the settings and permissions required by this app. Select Next
You will receive a confirmation that the install was completed successfully.
Now follow the same steps to install the:
After installing the Google Play store a new screen should appear saying Checking info…
A few minutes later the screen updated asking me to sign into my google account.
Once I was signed in I had full access to the Google Play Store
Including being able to install the N26 app on my Amazon Fire Tablet.
There’s no denying the Amazon Fire is a great tablet for the price. Adding the Google Play Store makes it even better and it’s well worth the 20 minutes or so to do.