“Can I use my Kindle fire for other things besides reading. For example, can I get Google Play and download apps just like any other Android device.”
So, you’ve had your Kindle for a while now but you’re getting bored of it. You did buy it for reading books but there has to be more to a Kindle Fire than just reading books.
The Kindle already costs a fair deal, but it has to be worth a bit more than what you paid for it. If you don’t know much about technology, you’d think that all you could do on a Kindle was read books.
There no YouTube, there’s no Google, there’s no Facebook, there’s no Instagram, there’s no Snapchat, it’s seems like a pretty useless device. If you’re a social media addict or you like to get the most out of your device, it’d be cool if you could install Google Play onto your Kindle Fire.
1. Download Google Play APK Files on the Web
The first thing you need to do is to allow your Android device to download third-party apps rather than being restricted to the Play Store. I mean, you don’t even have the Google Play Store so you will need to allow this before you can download apps of your choice.
To allow download from third parties:
1. Go to Settings
2. Scroll down to Security
3. Click on Apps from Unknown Sources
You need to allow this because you’ll be downloading APK files from an ‘unknown source’. APK stands for Android Package Kit. APK files are a type of archive file, specifically in zip format-type packages, based on the JAR file format, with .apk as the filename extension. The MIME type associated with APK files is application/vnd.android.package-archive .
After you’ve done this, it’s now time to install the APK files from a web browser. To download the APK files you need to:
1. Open you Silk browser on the Kindle tablet
2. Download all the APK files I’ve provided (If the links don’t work, comment down below and I’ll reply within the same day, trust me, just come back to the article to check.)
3. Click on ‘Download APK’ when you click the links
4. Download the most recent file:
- Google Account Manager APK
- Google Services Framework APK
- Google Play Services APK
- Google Play Store APK
If you tried to download the files and you got a parsing error, this means that your Kindle Fire isn’t up to date. So, you’ll need to update your Kindle to OS 5 or above.
2. Install the Google Play APK Files
By now, you should have downloaded all of the APK files above. If you’re having issues download, try and clear up some storage or just restart your device and try downloading the files again.
If you’re successful, you should see in the notifications bar that all of the files should have been downloaded.
To install the files:
1. Close the Silk browser app
2. Click on the Docs app on your home screen
3. Click on Local Storage which is the third option at the top right
4. Click on Downloads so you can access all of your APK files
5. Tap on the APK files to trigger the installment
You need to install these files the same you downloaded. So, manager apk, framework apk, services apk, store apk.
After you’ve done this, you need to tap on Install to confirm your decision (If this didn’t work, restart your device and try again)
Wait for all of them to install in the same order that you download them in.
3. Use Google Play Store
After you’ve installed all of the APK files, it’s time to use the new Google Play store you’ve just installed.
To use the app properly, you’ll need to sign into your primary Google account.
If you open the play store and it shows ‘checking info’, you need to wait for it to check the info. This may take a while.
You should now have access to Google Play Store and you should be able to download whatever you like on the Google Play store. If you do experience problems, you should try all of the steps again and they should work.