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Unlock the Full Potential of Your Amazon Fire Tablet

Learn how to install any Android app for added functionality and features.

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Did you know that your Amazon Fire tablet can be modified into a full-featured Android tablet with just a few steps?

Millions of people already own one of these low-cost e-readers, and with about 30 minutes of effort, this branded device can offer the same functions and apps as a much more expensive tablet.

 

Re-Google Your Fire Tablet

The Amazon Fire tablet is built on a branded version of Google's Android platform called Fire OS, and unlocking its full potential is as simple as manually installing the Google Play Store. In its stock form, the Fire tablet only allows you to download programs from the Amazon App Store, which means you won't have access to your music, games, or video libraries that live outside of Amazon's ecosystem.

By installing the Google Play Store, you've increased the capabilities of your Amazon Fire to rival those of say, a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Not bad for a device that starts at $50!

 

Installing Google Play Store

Our friends at LifeHacker have created an awesome step-by-step guide on how to manually load the Google Play Store onto your Fire tablet. One thing to keep in mind is that future device updates from Amazon may block this installation method, so it's best to act quickly.

The overall steps include:

  • Enable developer options on the Fire tablet
  • Install Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on a PC
  • Install RootJunky SuperTool on a PC
  • Use ADB to install Google Play Store

The entire process isn't overly technical, and LifeHacker has done a great job of laying out each step clearly. You may still experience the occasional software bug depending on what version of Fire OS you're using.

With a little bit of virtual elbow grease, you've turned your e-reader into a powerful tool for productivity, entertainment, and more!

Here's an alternate method to install the Google Play Store without the use of a PC:

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And you can also flash CyanogenMod to your device. That's the best choice in my view.
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No offence but sounds too technical.
This is not too technical rather these guys are too late for party. There are many simple ways so you can make your fire tablet as full android device. I have Google play store, lots of android applications on my fire tablet. As far as I know Fire OS is nothing but just one layer on Android OS. Follow this tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j...e=youtu.be
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No offence but sounds too technical.
Really? Its not. XDA is full of support. It makes the 20 dollar device more like a 70 dollar one. app access is so limited without play store. and who wants to deal with sideloading or popups on those apk4fun places. Plus gotta have google services framework to get push notifications!
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No offence but sounds too technical.
I did it. It's easy. Maybe google for someone who explains it better.
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yeah, did it with Black friday's deal for hd 8. Awesome. I used this way. https://forum.xda-developers.com/...e-t3486603
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Awesome! Thank you!
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Can you keep the normal Kindle interface or do you lose that? Is this just installing the store or making the tablet into an Android based tablet and not Fire OS?
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Unlock the full potential of your fire tablet by throwing it in the trash and buying an Nvidia Shield.
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I did this on my Fire HD 8 w/ 8GB. You will quickly fill up the flash memory and running stuff off of the external SD card will be slower. The tablet is sllllooooowwww to begin with so it might be better to buy a used high-end tablet that's a few years old.
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Can you keep the normal Kindle interface or do you lose that? Is this just installing the store or making the tablet into an Android based tablet and not Fire OS?
You're just installing the play store. You might be thinking of what 'rooting' would do, which is similar to Format->Reinstall. SUPER technical and VERY tricky. But installing Google play is just downloading 4 things and running them. BAM. Finished.
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Thank you for this :-)
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Thank you very much...
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Am I mistaken that you can't play Boom Beach and other Supercell games on these devices? Even if they are unlocked and play installed etc. ?
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