Both of Amazon’s streaming devices; the Fire Stick & Fire TV use an Android based operating system. It is however customised to Amazon and rather than using the Google Play Store for application downloads like most other Android devices do it uses the Amazon Store. The Amazon Store is great but there are times when an app that you would like is available on the Play Store only. Wouldn’t it be great if you could install Google Play on Amazon Fire TV devices and get the best of both worlds! Well, you can. In this How to Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Stick & Fire TV post we will take you through the very simple steps to get the Google Play Store on your Amazon device.
Best Amazon Fire TV & Fire Stick Accessories
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How to Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Stick & Fire TV
This How to Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Stick guide should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is suitable for both the Amazon Fire Stick & Fire TV devices. I have broken the guide down into 4 easy to follow sections to make for easier reading. [Read: Amazon Fire TV Stick Price Compare & Review]
Unfortunately this guide will not work for everyone. You must have an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick running firmware version 126.96.36.199 or earlier. You must also have full root access to your device. If you have both of these then proceed to the guide steps below.
1. Allow Applications From Unknown Sources
The first step to install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV is to allow the device to play third party apps from unknown sources. To do this
click Settings on the main menu of your device and then select
click on Developer Options and you will be presented with the following screen. You must
switch on Apps from Unknown Sources. This is shown below. [Read: How to Take a Screenshot on Amazon Fire TV Stick with ADB]
2. ES File Explorer – The Tool to Install Google Play on Amazon Fire TV
In order to access the files required to install Google Play on Fire Stick and Fire TV we must first install the ES File Explorer application. This is a free application available on the Amazon Store. To get it simply
select Search from the main Amazon menu and
enter the words "ES File". ES File Explorer will be the first option shown in your results.
Select it and follow the onscreen instructions to install it to your system. This will be the only tool we use to install Google Play on Firestick or Fire TV. [Read: How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick with no PC]
3. Google Play Store Download for Amazon Fire Stick & Fire TV
We now come on to the most important part of the How to Install Google Play Store on amazon Fire Stick & Fire TV guide. You must now use ES File Explorer to download a series of files onto your device and they MUST be installed in a particular order.
Select Favourites from the ES File Explorer menu and then
choose Add. It will now ask you to provide a path and name for your new favourite. For the path
enter https://archive.org/download/GooglePlayServices4.4.521174655036 and for the name
enter Google Play Files.
Click OK. If you expand favourites on the main ES File Explorer menu you will now see your Google Play Files favourite.
Select it to open up the download location. You will be presented with the screen shown below. [Read: 3 Best Windows TV Stick Devices- Alternatives to Android]
You see before you a list of downloadable files. You must install the following four and in the order that I have specified them:
Install Google Play on Amazon Fire TV – File Order
- The Google Services Framework
- Google Play Services
- The Google Account Manager
- Google Play Store
I will take you through the first file required to install Google Play on Firestick and then allow you to complete the three remaining yourself. On you Amazon Fire TV remote use the directional keys to
navigate on the page to the first file listed above; Google Services Framework.
Click on it once. It will appear to have done nothing but I can assure you that it has in the background. Now,
use the directional buttons on the remote to navigate to the More button at the bottom right of the screen shown in the below image. From here
select Open in Browser. [Read: Intel Compute Windows TV Stick Price Compare & Review]
You will now see a progress bar whilst the Google Services Framework file downloads and you will be prompted with two popup windows.
Select Open File for the first and then
Install for the second. At this stage the file will have downloaded and you will now be on the APK file’s own install screen shown in the image below. Read the onscreen information and then
select Install at the very bottom right of your screen. You must repeat this process for each of the files listed above in the order specified to complete the install Google Play on Fire Stick process. [Read: Best TV Box for Netflix and Online Streaming Services]
4. Update After You Install Google Play on Firestick / Fire TV
After you have completed part 3 of the Install Google Play on Firestick guide the Play Store will be ready to launch on your Amazon device. It may however require an update.
Launch the Play Store and it will prompt you to enter your Google credentials or create a new account.
Enter your details and then proceed to download an application onto your Amazon device. If an update to Play Store is required you will be prompted to do so on your first app download. [Read: Steam Link Review – Stream Games to Every Room]
How to Install Google Play on Amazon Fire TV & Fire Stick – Final Thoughts
That concludes our How to Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV guide. You should now have full access to the Google Play Store on your Amazon device. You can browse and install from the full range of applications available for the Android OS. The Install Google Play on FireStick process is simple provided you have the relevant Amazon firmware. Ensure that you install the Google Play Store files in the order that I have specified them. Should you make a mistake or Play Store is not functioning correctly fully remove the four files you have deployed. Then restart this guide from the beginning. Enjoy!