Can You Get Google Play on the Fire HD 8?
While Amazon’s app store on the Fire HD 8 has a lot of apps, it doesn’t have everything. On the other hand, the Android-based app store, Google Play, can get you access to popular apps like Snapchat. But, although the Fire HD 8 tablet has an Android-based OS, does that mean you can get Google Play on the device too?
You can get Google Play on your Fire HD 8; however, the process is not quite simple for users. You will need to first change your settings on the device to allow the download and installation of third-party apps.
Continue reading to learn more about getting Google Play on your Fire HD 8.
How to Download Google Play to Your Fire HD 8
To download Google Play to your Fire HD 8:
Make Sure You Have Enough Storage Space
If you use your tablet for everything, chances are, you’re running low on memory. You might not even know it. Most of Amazon’s tablets feature anywhere from 32 GB to 64 GB of storage space.
The Google Play Store requires about 1 GB of storage space. That’s not much. But again, if you have a lot of apps downloaded to your tablet, deleting even one app could make a difference.
You can see how much space you have on your Fire HD 8 by following these steps:
- Open the tablet.
- Swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Select “Settings.”
- Choose “Device Options.”
- Tap “Storage.”
Now, you can see what apps you can keep and what you should erase. Hint: if you’re using Chrome as your tablet’s default browser, this likely uses a lot of memory. Using Silk (the Kindle’s web browser) frees up memory and might even work faster than Chrome.
Allow Your Fire HD 8 to Download Third-Party Apps
If you skip this step, your tablet won’t let you download apps outside of Amazon’s AppStore. To allow third-party downloads:
- Choose “Settings” from your tablet’s home screen.
- Select “Security & Privacy.”
- Tap “Apps from Unknown Sources.”
- Locate “Silk Browser.”
- Enable “Allow from this source.”
Download Google Play Store Files
- Copy and paste this link into Silk’s search engine.
- Download the files to your tablet.
- Choose “Files” on your tablet’s dashboard.
- Go to “Downloads.”
You have to download each file in order. This is a rough outline of your files’ order (they may look different on your screen):
- Tap the file you want.
- Choose “Continue.”
- Select “Install.”
- Tap “Done.”
Do not open the Google Play Store until you have downloaded all of these files.
Restart Your Tablet
Once you’ve downloaded the files, restart your tablet. You can do this by holding down on the power button and choosing “Restart.” Once your tablet opens, you can use the Google Play Store just like you would on another device.
Considerations When Using Google Play on Your Fire HD 8
To enhance your user experience, keep these things in mind when using the Google Play Store on your Fire HD 8:
- Your tablet can’t support certain apps. While your Fire HD can do many things other tablets can, it can’t support certain apps. Even if it downloads an app to your home screen, the program itself might crash or not work.
- Apps take up memory. The more features an app has, the more storage space it’ll take up. Be sure to monitor your storage space when downloading certain apps. For instance, if you keep getting an error message, try deleting some apps you don’t use.
- You can download Google-based apps. If you go into Amazon’s app store, you’ll notice that you can’t download apps like Gmail. While you can download ports as a workaround, you can’t download the app itself. That changes when you download the Google Play Store. There, you can download apps like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and more.
- Download apps at your own risk. Amazon carefully curates your app selection to keep your device safe. The same cannot be said for the Google Play Store; it releases apps safe for Google-based products. So, before you download, read the reviews. You don’t want to accidentally download something that could harm your device.
You Must Update the Google Play Store Yourself
Your tablet will update most of its apps without telling you. However, this does not apply to third-party apps, like the Google Play Store. You’ll have to check for updates yourself. You can do this by:
- Going to “Apps.”
- Choosing “Store” in the top righthand corner.
- Choosing “Menu” at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap “App Updates.”
Now, if you see any pending updates, approve them.
A Final Word
You can get Google Play on your Fire HD 8. This involves allowing third-party apps and downloading a separate application from the internet––not Amazon’s app store. If successful, you can download apps not available on the default app store.