People often think that just because a smart device is made by a particular company or carrier that you can’t install certain apps. This is true for Apple products as they have iOS-specific apps and programs, and some Android apps and programs are not cross compatible either. However, all Android products can have the same apps and programs downloaded.

Because Amazon’s Fire tablets have a custom version of Android called Fire OS, you can install the Google Play Store on any Amazon tablet, including the Fire HD 10. The only thing you need to watch out for is the year of your tablet; it has to be a 2014  edition or newer to be able to download the Play Store.

There are a few steps required before you can have Google Play Store onto your Amazon Fire tablet, but they’re simple enough and almost anyone can do them. There are also plenty of how-to videos on Youtube that show you how to do this, this article is the quick and dirty guide to accompany any how-to video.

How to Install Google Play to Fire HD 10

Below are the steps to installing Google Play to your Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet.

Enable Apps from Unknown Sources

First things first, you need to enable Apps from Unknown Sources. This is what will give you the ability to download apps outside the Amazon App Store. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Open your Fire HD 10 tablet’s Settings
  2. Navigate to Security & Privacy
  3. Click Apps from Unknown Sources
  4. Find the Silk Browser app in the menu
  5. Toggle on Allow from This Source

Now, let’s take a look at the next step.

Check Your Device’s Model

After enabling Apps from Unknown Sources, you will need to download APK files, also known as Android Package files. However, since each Fire tablet runs on different hardware, you need to go into your settings again and check your model information and your tablet’s OS version. 

To do this, follow these steps: 

  1. Go into Settings
  2. Find Device Options & Systems (sometimes called Device Options)
  3. Look under Device Model. 

Here is where you will find all the important operating information about your Fire device. Since this article specifically focuses on the Fire HD 10, we will explore the different generations of this model.

Download the APK Files

You will need to download three different applications before you can download the Play Store, four including the store itself. These apps are Google Account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, and finally Google Play Store. 

Below is a list of each version required depending on your Fire OS.

Google Account Manager

Here is which version of Google Account Manager you should download based on your Fire HD 10’s generation:

  • Fire HD 10 (9th and 11th Gen): Google Account Manager v7.1.2
  • Fire HD 10 (7th Gen and older): Google Account Manager v5.1

If you would like to learn more about the Fire HD 10, check out this article. Now, let’s move on to the next application.

Google Services Framework

Here is which version of Google Services Framework you should download based on your Fire HD 10’s generation:

  • Fire HD 10 (9th and 11th Gen): Google Services Framework v9-4832352
  • Fire HD 10 (7th Gen and older): Google Services Framework v5.1

Now, let’s look at what versions you’ll need for Google Play Services.

Google Play Services

Here is which version of Google Account Manager you should download based on your Fire HD 10’s generation:

  • Fire HD 10 (9th and 11th Gen): Google Play Services (64-bit ARM, nodpi, Android 9.0+)
  • Fire HD 10 (7th Gen and older): Google Play Services (32-bit ARM, nodpi, Android 5.0+)

The next and final application you’ll need to download is the Google Play Store itself.

Google Play Store

All Fire Tablet models can install the latest version of Google Play Store (universal, nodpi) that is shown in the app store.

What You Should Know About Downloading APK Files

Some apps come pre downloaded on your device and some can be downloaded manually through APK files, just make sure that you got the files from a trusted source because malware is often distributed through these types of .zip files.

If you get a popup while installing these APK files and you know they are the legitimate versions rather than scam or hack versions, all you need to do is select Allow on the popup window. If you want to skip the popups, you will need to enable this option in your Silk Browser, which you can find in the browsers settings, although it is not recommended due to security assurances.

Install the APK Files

To start installing everything, follow these steps: 

  1. Go to your Files app on your tablet (sometimes it’s called Docs or Documents) 
  2. Once located, go ahead and open the app up and find your Downloads folder (this is usually located in the side menu on most Fire tablets)
  3. Now that you are in the Downloads folder, you should see all four APK files. If you don’t see four, just go back and download whichever one you missed
  4. You should also switch the file view to List View if you haven’t already to ensure that you can fully read the names of each APK file
  5. Open the apps in the following order:
    1. com.google.gsf.login
    2. com.google.android.gsf
    3. com.google.android.gms
    4. com.android.vending
  6. Press Done not Open when installation is completed 

If you don’t install the apps in the order listed above then Play Store wont work properly. Also, if you have an SD card in your Fire tablet, you should take it out when installing these apps. Otherwise, they will install on the SD card and then you will have to do the whole process over again if you remove it.

Restart Your Device

Final step is to restart your Fire tablet. This can be done by following either of these two methods:

  1. Hold down the power button until a little menu pops up on the side of the screen with the options Power Off, Restart, and Screenshot
  2. Some older models might only have the power off option. If that’s the case, then go ahead and power your tablet off, wait for a count of 10, and then power the tablet back on.

After your tablet is back on and functional, you should be able to open the Play Store. 

Conclusion

After following the steps listed in this article, you should be able to use the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet without any issues. Once you get it open, it will ask you to log into your Google account. After you successfully sign up or log in, you can then download any app you want.