Update (2016): What works and what doesn’t when set up a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet?
1. For Fire tablet 5th generation (Settings–Device options –Device model)
If you have own the current generation (5th) of Fire tablet, you can use Google Play store as well. Just install the 4APK files, and run one ADB command. Everything should work, including Google Play store. You can update Play services and all apps through Play store.
For Chromecast users, screencast (screen mirroring) also works!!
Yes, the $50 fire tablet can run Google Play store and almost all Google apps without issues.
2. For all previous generations of Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HDX tablets
Almost all Google apps except Google Play store, work on all previous generation of Kindle Fire tablets. This is very likely blocked by Amazon. But you can install Google apps APK files directly. GMail, YouTube,… almost all Google apps should work after you install the 4 APK files and run one ADB command.
In this case, although Google Play store does not work on these tablets, you still need install it because some other Google apps require it.
Because you cannot update Google Play services through Play store, you need manually install latest version of Play services using APK files. Some Google apps require latest Play services.
You can find all Google apps apk files in APKMirror.
As in the previous guide, I showed you how to sideload Chrome browser to Amazon Fire tablet (Amazon Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX).
But when you use this method for other Google apps, e.g. GMail, you will find that these Google apps do not work.
This is because more and more Google apps require some other Google components and sometimes require a Google account as well.
Of Course, Amazon is trying to remove these components or is not licensed to use these components. So, there is no official way to add a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet.
This guide will show you how to setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet, and how to use Google accounts on Amazon Fire tablet.
Fire tablet in this guide refers to Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX. For the older generations of Kindle Fire tablet, it may also work similarly.
What do you need to setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet?
To successfully setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet, you need:
1. Sideload 4 Google apps: Google Account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Store and Google Play services. Among these 4 apps, only Google Play services can be sideloed from 1Mobile market. The other 3 must be installed through APK files.
2. ADB access to your Fire tablet. You need a developer environment on your PC and run one ADB command. Root is NOT required.
Step by step guide to setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet
Step 1: Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources
As you need install some apps that are not from Amazon Appstore, Apps from unknown sources must be enabled.
In Settings—Applications, tap On for Apps from Unknown Sources.
Step 2. Download and install 4 apps
4 Apps are needed to enable Google account on Amazon Fire tablet:
- Google Services Framework
- Google Play Store
- Google Play services
- Google Account Manager
For the first 3 apps, the detailed step-by-step installation procedure is covered in this guide. I will not repeat them here.
If you want, you can download all 4 APK files here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d4i5l24i8qawjfx/AAB1Riu_J3YaYpJnCHnAMgqna?dl=0
To download Google Account Manager app, please use this URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d1wqjtw5awf5xor/GoogleLoginService.apk?dl=0
After downloading the Google Account Manager APK file to your Amazon Fire tablet, you can install it immediately as shown below.
After reviewing the permissions, tap Install to install Google Account Manager to your Fire tablet.
Please note, if you try to add your Google account now, you will get the Couldn’t sign in error as shown below.
Couldn’t sign in
There was a problem communicating with Google servers
Please try again later.
This is due to some app permission problems on Fire tablet, not related to your Google account.
So we need run an ADB command.
Step 3. Turn on USB debugging (enable ADB) on Fire tablet
To run any ADB commands, you need enable USB debugging on your Fire tablet.
To enable USB debugging (enable ADB), you need enable Developer options. Please refer to this guide on how to access developer options and enable USB debugging as shown below.
Step 4: Run ADB command from your PC
On the PC, you need install Amazon Fire ADB driver and install Android SDK. Please follow this official guide for this.
Now connect your Amazon Fire tablet to the PC with USB cable.
As shown below, you need use 3 commands:
1. cd to the folder where adb.exe is located. For my PC, it is located in C:\apps\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20140321\sdk\platform-tools because I used the old zip package and unzipped it to apps folder. On your PC, the folder name should be different.
2. I need check whether the Fire tablet is recognized as an ADB device. The command is:
The output of this command should be the serial number of your Fire tablet.
3, Now, run the ADB command to grant a new permission to Google Play services. The command is:
adb shell pm grant com.google.android.gms android.permission.INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS
There should be no output or errors.
Step 5: Add a Google account.
Now, you can install GMail app or any apps to add a Google account to Amazon Fire tablet.
Follow the Add a Google account page to add an existing Google account or create a new Google account.
How to use Google apps on Amazon Fire tablet?
You can install almost all Google Apps from 1Mobile market. Most Google apps work nicely on Amazon Fire tablet.
I tested GMail, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play music, Google Play Books, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive. All work without issues so far.
What about Google Play store?
Please note, this method cannot make Google Play Store app work on Amazon Fire tablet.
Although you can setup Google Play store with your Google account, the main store is always loaded as No connection as shown below.
As you can always install apps from 1Mobile Market, this probably is not a big issue.
Can you setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet now?
If you encounter any problems to setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet or having any questions on how to setup a Google account on Amazon Fire tablet, please let us know in the comment box below.
We will try to help you find a solution.
You may check other guides and tutorials on Ultimate Kindle Fire Guide page.