A Kindle Fire Tablet is one of the best and cheapest tablets you can find on the market today. The major downside with Kindle Fire Tablets is that they are only limited to the Amazon App Store, which does not give you access to thousands of apps available on Google Play Store. Fortunately, it is quite possible to get the full Google Play Store with a little tweaking on most of these devices.
What most owners of Amazon’s Fire tablets don’t know is that although the devices are designed on a de-Googled Android version, they are quite similar to other gadgets that run on Android OS. It is therefore quite possible to install other Android apps on the Kindle Fire Tablet. Let me show you how you can easily transform your Kindle Fire Tablet into a fully fledged Android device.
All you need to do is install the full Google Play Store like you would on any Android phone which will give you access to Google Play Services. Here are a few things you’ll need to do this:
- You’ll of course need your Kindle Fire Tablet. The method works on a 4th Gen Kindle Fire or any higher version that runs on Fire OS 5.
- You’ll also need a Windows PC to install the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire device via a USB-to-Micro-USB cable.
- An ADB kit that will allow you to run commands from your PC to the Android device. ADB can be downloaded from XDA with a few clicks.
- RootJunky’s SuperTool to install the necessary drivers on your computer to connect ADB to the Kindle Fire tablet.
Installing Google Play Store
Having the Google Play Store APK on your Kindle Fire tablet will not only ensure that you can download all Android apps but give you access to Google Play Services too. Your device will be compatible with even more apps.
The first step will be to enable developer options on your Kindle tablet. To do this, simply scroll to the Settings App from the homepage, go to Device Options, then tap Serial Number 7 times. Once you do this, you’ll get a notification telling you that you are now a developer. A new menu called Developer Options will appear under Serial Number. Tap on Developer Options and the toggle that says Enable ADB.
In the next step, you’ll install ADB on your Windows PC and locate the RootJunky SuperTool you had downloaded. Using the micro USB cable, connect the Kindle Fire tablet to your PC, extract the SuperTool.zip contents, and launch the file called 1-Install-Play-Store inside the SuperTool Folder.
Allow the program to complete loading and then for the menu named “ADB Driver Install” type 1 and press enter. You can type 2 to test if ADB is working. Return to the main menu and type 2 to “Install Google Play Store.” Once the installation is complete you can return to the main menu and type 3 to “Block OTA Updates from Amazon” to prevent automatic updates from Amazon. Restart your device and you should see Play Store listed in the apps section. When you install an app that uses Google Play services for the first time, you’ll be notified to download Play Serves as well. After you download the Google Play Services, you’ll be able to enjoy any Google Play Store download app just like you would in any Android device.
It’s no secret that Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablets are powerful devices and are available at very pocket-friendly prices. Many buy them to read books only. However, with a little tweaking, you can unlock much potential that you probably never knew the devices had. You can transform the Kindle Fire tablet into a new more powerful device. Once you have the Google Play Store APK on the device, you can go ahead and download other app’s APK such as Google Maps, Gmail app, and even Pokemon Go if you wish to. You don’t need to be tech savvy to do it. It is a simple process of installing Play Store, download the necessary drivers, and enjoy the endless entertainment and information that your Android device was designed to give you in the first place.