How to Get Your Favorite Apps on your Kindle Fire Tablet
When Amazon.com reduced the price of their 5th Generation Kindle Fire 7 from $50 to $35 for Black Friday 2015, I snapped up four for the whole family. I bought cases and SD cards for each one as well. I wanted to replace our old iPads without spending hundreds of dollars on iPad minis. And with such low prices, we could afford one for each of us. When we started using our Kindle Fires on Christmas Day we got quite a shock. Amazon didn't have most of the apps we use.
My kids were disappointed that they couldn't get such basic apps as the version of YouTube they were used to, and Instagram. We do most of our reading on Scribd but couldn't get that either. We had four Kindle Fires but felt we couldn't use them for anything. Amazon makes most major apps available for other Android devices on their site. The problem is most won't work on their own Kindle Fire products. While Fire tablets use Android, Amazon has their own variation.
A Mostly Perfect Solution
After reading frustrated reviews from Kindle owners on Amazon, I learned that there's a work-around. And it's quite a simple one. You can actually put the Google Play App Store on your Kindle.
This is an almost perfect solution. It will allow you to get most of the apps you'll want on your Kindle Fire tablet. However, some apps won't work or won't work right. For us, most of our apps work just fine. Instagram, YouTube and Scribd all work without a problem. However, I have encountered a couple that haven't. As an example, I have a Kobobooks account. I downloaded the Kobobooks apps from Google Play. I can log into my account but none of the books I own will load. Another app I tried won't let me log into my account.
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How to Install the Google Play App Store
To install the Google Play App Store on your Kindle Fire, you'll have to download a couple of pieces of software. I downloaded them and thankfully didn't get any viruses. You'll have to carefully follow the instructions on what to do. It took me about 45 minutes to get the Google Play store on the first Kindle. The rest took about 10 minutes each. You can watch a video on how to do this or you can follow step-by-step instructions.
I recommend doing a combination of both. An article will have direct links to the downloads. And a video will help you if you're confused about where to change settings on both your Kindle Fire device and on your laptop or PC. Right click on this link to howtogeek.com to open it in a separate tab. These are the instructions you'll need to follow with direct links to the needed downloads. Also watch the embedded video below to easily see what you have to do.