*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 it will be similar.*

I bought an Amazon Fire Tablet when they were on sale for £34.99 and for the price its a complete bargain. Amazon have launched a new Fire Tablet on the 7th June costing £49.99. I would argue there is no better priced tablet out there. It’s by no means perfect but adding Google Play Store solves the majority of the downsides. The only other thing that was bothering me was the Amazon Fire OS. While the tablet runs Android it runs a highly modded version and I wouldn’t be the biggest fan of the layout. It is possible to install a different launcher to make it look more like stock Android and add more features. It takes around 5 minutes to complete and is straightforward.

The basic steps are:

  1. Allow Apps Installation from Unknown Sources
  2. Install LauncherHijack APK
  3. Install a custom launcher from Google Play Store

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*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:

  1. Allow Apps Installation from Unknown Sources
  2. Install a File Browser
  3. Install four packages:
    1. Google Account Manager
    2. Google Services Framework
    3. Google Play Services
    4. Google Play Store

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