Install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire HD

Although the Amazon Appstore has a huge selection when it comes to books, movies, and music the same cannot be said for apps. Despite the fact that the Kindle Fire HD is an Android tablet it doesn’t officially have access to the Google Play Store. You can definitely sideload apps but it’s much nicer to have the Google Play Store app on your Kindle Fire. Today we are going to show you how to setup the Play Store on your Kindle Fire with just a few clicks.

The first thing is that root access is definitely required in order to install the Play Store on the Kindle Fire. But don’t fret as the process is fairly easy and we’ve got easy instructions that you can follow. Just follow the links below based on your device then come back to here to finish the Play Store installation.

Root Kindle Fire HD 7″ | Root Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

Now that was easy right. With root access out of the way, we are ready to go.

1. Download the following files and transfer them to you Kindle Fire. Then using a file explorer app on your Kindle (I recommend ES File Explorer) install them in this order. Google Service Framework, Google Login Service, and Google Play Services.

2. Download the files Vending.apk and Google Play Store 4.1.10 and transfer it to your Kindle Fire HD.

3. Copy the Vending.apk to your the system/app folder. If you are using ES File Explorer (video tutorial) be sure to go into ‘Tools’ option under ‘Root Explorer’ then ‘Mount R/W’ and set both setting to RW (see picture below). Once the file is copied to the system/app folder then tap to install.


4.  That’s it, now you have the Play Store on your Kindle Fire and you should see it under the app section. Open the app and add your Google account info. After this we are going to upgrade to the latest Play Store.

5. Now using the File Explorer navigate to where you originally transferred the Google Play Store and install it (do not move to system/app folder). It will ask to replace an existing application and you will choose okay to proceed. This will now install the latest Play Store and you are done. At this a reboot is recommended.

6. Once you open the new Play Store I would recommend to go into setting and disable auto updates. Make sure to only update apps in the Play Store that you downloaded from the Play Store since there are crossovers from Amazon. The basic rule is to update the app from the store that you downloaded the app originally.

Now you can enjoy all those apps, movies, books, and music from the Play Store. You Kindle Fire HD just got even better. Enjoy and be sure to let us know if you have any issues or questions.

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Arash Soheili

Founder & Chief Editor at Android Cowboy
Arash is the founder of Android Cowboy and all around tech enthusiast. His passion for technology and Android pushed him to start his own blog. He currently carries the Nexus 5, Kindle Fire HDX, and Nexus 7 FHD tablet. He's also a Google Glass explorer!!