If you want to install other apps and use Android as it was meant to be used, you'll need to root your device. If you're new to rooting, it gives you advanced control over your tablet. While your Kindle Fire HD won't seem much different after you've completed the process, you can then do all kinds of tweaks and customisations -- remove the adverts, run the stock version of Android, install apps from Google Play, and so on. It's not all sweetness and light, though. You will void your warranty , so you need to be extra careful about what apps you install in future. Many users happily run rooted Android devices, and I worked through the following steps without any major issues, but as you're turning off the official Amazon-approved main road, CNET can't take responsibility for where you end up.
If you're ready to supercharge your Kindle Fire HD and give it the life it's always dreamed of, read on. Before you start: For help upgrading to this version, see the official Amazon page. You'll also need a decent level of battery left on your tablet at least per cent is recommended. Finally, make sure everything precious on your Kindle Fire HD is safely backed up, should the worst happen. You'll need a selection of rooting tools first of all, some available from official sources and some put together by Android enthusiasts.
Make a new folder on your desktop to hold these files, called 'rooting' or similar. If the drivers fail to install correctly, try switching to the alternative driver download link from the forum post I just mentioned. Now a fiddly bit. Go to your Windows user account folder eg C: This informs the rooting tool what device you're working with. Once that's done, your software is ready to go. Next, turn your attention to your Kindle Fire HD and say goodbye to it in its unrooted state. Open the Settings screen tap 'More' on the notification bar then go into Device and ensure 'Allow Installation of Applications' is set to 'On'.
Disabled driver signature enforcement. Once you restart again, the driver signature enforcement will be re-enabled. Once you successfully followed this guide, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: And now you. Share your tips in the comments! Explore more about: Your email address will not be published.
I have a a Fire 8HD 7th generation.. Reading the article gave some great info. I decided to try getting Amazon to remove them first and started a chat session. I was asked to hold briefly while they "spoke to a supervisor" and to verify I was a Golden Prime Member first time I've heard that. They came back and said they had removed the sub and I just needed to sync the device, which I did and ads are gone.
Suggest trying this first. I assume it won't work for everyone but I was in chat for about 2 minutes. Articles like this are read by people who are looking for instructions, Shame on you! Security risk detected: It worked for me, thanks! Just wondering what will happen at the next update? Will the update overwrite these settings, so I have to run the same procedure once more?
I've tried a few methods. Both work After a short while they return. Just call Amazon and ask for ads to be removed. Several people wrote in the comments below that they will do it as a courtesy. There is a chance that they'll ask you to pay for it. I would decline that, but up to you. This is useless I thought that I could do it just using the kindle but then u told me I had to have a compute R and do some weird stuff.
Did you find a way to do it without a computer? There was none when I wrote this article. But if you find one, please share. Thank you! Please find a solution for this.. I used this guide just for Google Play, works like a charm https: Many thanks Ashley, this link is perfect for getting Chromecast and Google play store to work on kindle Fire. If you only care about getting rid of the lockscreen ads then starting a chat and requesting the ads be removed is the quickest and safest way to get this done.
No 3rd party downloads or complicated procedures are required, it was literally 1 minute from start to finish. If you do this via root and an update is pushed you will lose root and possibly all the changes you've made. That takes care of the ads, now if you absolutely have to have all the Google apps on your Fire tablet then you'll have to do the rest of the stuff in this article. Thank you for sharing, Chris! Many people have reported the same, i. Amazon removing the lockscreen ads for free when you ask nicely.
If you don't want to do it yourself, I'd recommend finding a local shop that does these kinds of things. Otherwise, did you try to search the resources given above for a Fire HD10 solution? Also, if you check the comments below, people got my method above to work with their Fire HD 8. I can't test this, but it might also work with the HD Good luck! The method outlined above has worked for many readers and it doesn't require rooting. I did it on a brand-new Kindle Fire that definitely wasn't rooted. Thanks for your comment, Bill. The lock screen ad remove is a hit and miss and I'm not sure why it works for some and not for others.
But glad the rest worked for you! Confirmed that the directions for contacting amazon support does work still. Download the app shareit on your Fire device and your regular android device. Then use shareit to send any app or any files from the android device to your Fire, and install the app you sent. If you don't have another android device, you can run android on your PC using LeapDroid or another android emulator. See questions below, Richard. Apparently, some people got it to work.
Look for Jerrod's comment from September. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! The automatic method ADB driver installer states that I already have a driver installed and the other method gives me "the folder you specified I don't know what driver it already thinks I have installed I'm an accountant!! I've deleted what I downloaded and restarted but that hasn't worked. Do you have an idea of what I can try next? Thank you for your quick reply. Yes, I restarted the computer and Fire.
I may try from another computer. Happy Holidays! I had the same problem and proceeded with the other 2 methods. Since the ADB driver installer method also stated that I already had a driver installed, I proceeded with the next step with installing google playstore and it worked!! I have the 6th gen Fire HD 8.
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Thank you for sharing, Jake and happy to hear it all worked out for you! Hope the start screen ads are gone too. I've watched the video following along the article and did he just say "root your device"? I do not want to brick my fire. The method described above worked without rooting when the article was written.
You can also use the tool to root the device, but that's not necessary to install the Google Play Store. Sorry for the double post. I'm actually having trouble installing anything. I downloaded the 5thgensupertool and none of the file have batch in it. There's also a universal adbdriversetup that I installed but nothing popped up. Seeing the video and following the article, did he just say rooting? I do not want to brick my fire just like with a 3ds.
The biggest issues people have experienced with following the method described above, i. In other words, if you don't attempt to root your device, you should be safe. Rooting is not necessary to install the Google Play Store. Sorry for the double posting and being a bother but I managed to understand the batch file.
My fire is not under universal serial bus devices, its under portable devices. I try to update software followed have disk browse and I cannot find the usb driver folder in the 5thgensupertool, there's nothing in there yet I have it installed but it doesn't show up in browse files. Did I miss something? Hi, I followed the instructions and everything worked perfectly, thanks!.
However, now my Fire screen won't rotate anymore, it's stuck on landscape mode. When I swipe down from the top of the screen, it says that it's unlocked, but it's not. Is there some way to fix this? That's a strange issue. Mine still rotates. Did you try to restart the device and does it still happen then? I did restart and it was still happening.
After a while, it randomly starting rotating, but now it's not working again. Did the auto-screen rotation work reliably before? Maybe it's a coincidence and the G-sensor got damaged. You could try to re-calibrate it. Hey there, I went through the process as directed. It worked like a dream. I am having a couple of problem which all forums aren't shedding any light on. I plan on using my new 7" Fire tab for watching videos.
It loads the initial logo page then shows the login page for less than a second before closing and sending me back to my home screen. Beggers can't be choosers but it's definitely a bummer. And one smaller issue is that I'm not able to move any widgets to my home screen. It does bring the widget to the home screen but doesn't retain the icon shortcut once I let go. Ok, I tinkered a bit with the Hulu issue and if anyone has the same problem, then uninstall the app from Google Play and redownload the same app from the Amazon app shop.
It should work fine. I still haven't figured out the widget situation as I described above , however, I'm not too concerned. Here are some resources: Great article! I would love to get the google play store but I don't know if getting rid of advertisements is illegal and against the terms of service. I would love to get the play store, but I don't want to hurt Amazon. Any ideas? You don't have to remove the ads when you use the tool described above and for some people it doesn't work anyway. You can pay Amazon to remove the ads or you can call them and ask nicely, see comments below.
Wasted an whole morning trying to reboot my Amazon fire version: Couldn't do Option 7. Option 2 install Play Store ok. Luckily Amazon Fire still working. Well, this article promises to install the Play Store without rooting. So if -- with option 7 -- you're referring to the options listed in the screenshot above rooting , then it sounds like the article worked just fine for you.
Enjoy the Play Store, Dennis! Thank you for sharing, Deano! This is not the first time I have heard of that "one off exception", just peek through the comments below. Good to hear Amazon remains generous. Tried the prices several times, and the batch file goes to a black screen when I choose to install the Google Play store. Nothing happens beyond that. Hi, i tried this and i am trying to install on the os 5. At what point does this error message come up and do you know what path it is referring to? Did you try to reboot the device and start over?
I really appreciate you putting this together for us. I did this on my Fire HD 6 4th Generation , and it was as smooth as butter! One thing that was a little weird was that the driver was already installed somehow. Not sure how it happened, but I got the error: I can't wait to get more of the good apps that Amazon does not feel like including in their crummy app store.
Thanks again to all of those who were involved in the making of this article! Does this method works for HDX? I recently had to uninstall Google Play Store. Bad idea. I am unable to open it. Any ideas how to fix this? Assuming you tried to re-install it, did you follow the tricks mentioned under Note II above regarding accessing the Google Play Store? But can I also use WIN 7? I tried Windows 7 and I ran into a problem where it said the driver wasn't compatible and Device Manager had it already recognized as a portable device and not a USB device. I tried to go through the rest of the steps hoping it would work but it didn't.
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Did it recognize the driver you tried to install? And driver signature enforcement was turned off? Was the error message the same shown in the article above? Awesome job!!!! Worked perfectly on my Fire HD 8''. Couldn't get rid of the screensaver ad though. But no big deal, I have the play store at my disposal.
Thanks for the life saving post,Tina! I owe you big time! Just tried this with the brand new Fire HD 8 and it worked perfectly at least so far! I did have to use the ABDdriverinstaller. I'm curious, were you lucky and it got rid of the ads for you? Would be great to know whether this occasionally works on the Fire HD 8. Hi Tine - thank you for this terrific article, clear instructions, and keeping up on the questions and feedback!! I'll be getting the new Fire HD 8" tablet tomorrow when they're released. Do you know of any reason these instructions wouldn't carry over to the new device? From what I can tell the OS is the same, just new plastic around it -: This will be my first tablet, and installing Google Play will be my first action.
Thank you again for these instructions. And the. Oh - and the ads are still on the lock screen. Yeah, the ads are a hit and miss thing. You can still get rid of them, either by paying or by speaking with a customer service rep. But if it doesn't bother you, why bother. Glad the Play Store bit worked. Installed Google Play successfully but was unable to install apps from it, even once I set the device to allow apps from unknown sources "error: Someone else mentioned an alternative app store through which they were able to download Googly Play, but unfortunately it seems to have been removed from the Amazon store.
However, I did find an app called Easy Installer that allows you to download the apk files of apps, move them to the Fire, and install them directly. Used it to install Instagram with no issues. Strangely, I am now able to install apps through Google Play. No clue why. I just attempted earlier today right after installing Easy Installer and it was still giving me the same error message I'd had a dozen times. I'll be keeping Easy Installer just in case Sounds like an odyssey. Thank you for sharing and glad it all worked out in the end!
Maybe it worked because you rebooted the device in the meantime? Sometimes, it just takes some extra time before everything works. That doesn't make it less weird, but at least it worked. Thank you all so much for your help. This one should work: Thank you so much!
This has helped me to turn two frustrating and fairly useless Fires 7" , not HD, kids ad-free version into tablets that can be used for a wide variety of functions via Google PlayStore apps, including Chrome browser, non-Kindle ebook readers, and millions of good apps not available in Amazon AppStore. This is a great workaround to get past the many functional limitations in the off-the-shelf version. A small suggestion: Put the "turn off driver signature enforcement" instructions at the beginning, so all the "get your devices ready" info can be addressed before starting the install process.
Let system decide the best location 1 [internal]: Install on internal device storage 2 [external]: Install on external media. Unfortunately, we can't provide tech support here. Please find a Kindle Fire tech support forum or post your question in an appropriate Reddit channel. You will be more likely to receive a useful answer there. Sorry to hear that. It's possible that recent updates to the Kindle Fire broke this method. The article was published in January and the method worked until early August, as comments below confirm.
I'd recommend to keep an eye out for updated apps. You could also find a Kindle Fire forum for troubleshooting advice and up-to-date information. I went through the installation process as instructed and did not appear to encounter any errors, however I am unable to find the google play app on my Fire. Any suggestions on where or what I am looking for?
The icon should appear on your Home screen, like a regular app. Sounds like the installation didn't complete. If you can't find the app, I'd recommend to start over and pay attention to any potential issues. Fire OS 5. Anyone reading and trying this, please let us know whether or not it worked for you.
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Thank you in advance! Hi Aflinfo Please could you explain how you enter the codes? Installed Google, and all that's left is for me to remove the ads. Many thanks in advance for your help. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to include links, so for those interested, go to the XDA forums and search for and download the "minimal adb and fastboot" tool, launch it, then connect your tablet via usb.
You can enter the command "adb devices" to make sure it's connected, then you can perform the commands above. I have tried emptying cache, emptying data, restarting each time, but still get this message. Ads are gone though: Thanks so much for your response Tina. WRT a google account elsewhere, not as far as I know, it's my daughter's 7 and I think this was the first time we attempted to set up google play.
Do you know how I might be able to find out for sure? Maybe I forgot that I did somehow, and if we did, is there a way it can be fixed? Hm, it's unlikely that an account was set up elsewhere on the Kindle because you need the Play Store first to install any other Google services, such as YouTube. I asked because the same error also appears on regular Android devices and is fixed by removing accounts.
Thank you, I am oh so happy to be able to get to Google Play store from my kindle. Best of both worlds. As per previous comments, the ads removal did not work for me but I do not mind as much as being able to use all the apps I want. Same as others, I thought it was not working until I updated Google Services and then had to reboot a few times in between updates, signing in, etc Worked great for me, although the order is a little confusing. I would've preferred having the Windows driver signature enforcement section in its natural place in the instructions, instead of at the bottom.
Thanks for the help! Thank you for the feedback, LiLu. The driver signature enforcement section was added to the bottom because it's not essential for everyone. I'll think about adding links to the section and back to make it easier though. My internet modem is affected by misfortune cookie, I dont know how did that happen maybe because I am using WEP encryption on my router now I will have to figure out how to update my modem and get the hacker out, it feels weird when your all http traffic is visible to some unknown hacker.
It started after I installed playstore on my fire tablet using my windows PC, I am not sure if they are connected. Does this void my warranty because on the website for the suprtool it says that this will root your device, but on this website it says it doesn't? The method described above is not rooting your device. Hence, it's also not voiding your warranty.
You can reset the device and it will be like before. Thanks for your input, Josh! Was it straightforward then or is there anything Misty should watch out for? It worked and the ads were gone, I went back to developer settings to disable adb and now the ads are back. How do I get rid of them? I enabled the adb back but the ads are still there. Did you try to run tool again? You could also try Caligirlinsweden's tip to turn off ads, see link in the article above. My tablet is opening these weird websites showing that my tablet has a virus when I try to open websites in Google chrome, does it have to anyhting to do with installing Playstore?
Does anybody has an issue with random pop-ups when they open a web browser. You're the first one to mention an issue like that. Haven't seen that myself either. It could be an app you installed. I have installed 4 antivirus apps and they found nothing, I don't know what is going on, even on my laptop same pop-ups are coming up randomly from websites like gocloudly and maxonclick, please let me know if anybody has a solution.
I was able to get the Play Store installed ads still appear, but not a big issue. I have a kids profile set up for my son. When I go to select apps to allow my son's profile to use, the ones downloaded from the Play Store don't appear in the list of options; only the Amazon apps do. Any idea how to get the Play Store apps transferred to the kid profile? Sorry, Dylan, no idea.
Hope someone else here can help. Or if you find a solution, please let us know. This is great, thanks! I was able to go through the SuperTool process and I'm on 5. However, once the Play Store was installed, first thing I downloaded was Chrome, and it had trouble logging into my account.
Once I did that, it's all good! You mean it's not finding the ADB driver? Please try the workaround posted above using Aptoide.
It should still work. Also power down and after about 30 seconds power your device back on. It's called sideloading: You download the APK file for Aptoide see link in article , transfer the file to your Kindle unless you downloaded it to your Kindle, then it's already there , install it on your Kindle, then open the app, find Google Play Services, and download and install it using Aptoide, and proceed as described above. I just did get google play on my fire 7 5. I never could get the drivers to install.
So I installed the google play any way and there it is on my front screen Blocking updates from Amazon will basically guarantee that Amazon won't break the Google Play Store or re-introduce ads. On the other hand, it also prevents Amazon from releasing security updates and patches, which could make your device vulnerable.
My device has been updating since I wrote this guide and the updates have not broken anything. I'm also confident that if an update did break anything, someone would figure out how to fix it again. So I have installed the play store and added one google account. Is there a way to add multiple google accounts? On a normal android os you can just go to settings and add accounts. Since the Fire does not have this option I don't see a way to add more than one account. If you can't add more than one account can you remove the first account to add a different one?
This is another article in itself. Just install another Google application I used Hangouts. It will let you choose from other Google accounts that way. Took me forever to find that info. I'm afraid I don't know, Ian. Maybe you can replicate the process following David's guide for the HD 7.
Do let us know if you tried it and how it worked out. Nice one Brandon. What process did you use? Thanks everyone for the help. Google Play now installed with one problem. It downloads but fails to install.
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Any suggestions? Yes of course, Reyna! It only adds the Google Play Store, like a regular app. Your Amazon App Store or the apps you installed from it won't be affected at all. Thought this might be helpful to others! Did you mix up articles? Oh, never mind. I'm an idiot. I hadn't clicked "Okay" on the debugging screen on the Kindle.
Once I did that, the install began on the computer. I just purchased this Fire table cheap on amazon during the recent prime sale. It is 16g and running Fire OS 5. I was able to install the Google Play but removing the ads did not work for me. No biggie, the frustrating part is while i AM able to install the free apps my paid apps will not install.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for the great tutorial too!
Why won't the paid apps install? Do you get an error message or does the install button just not work? Have you tried rebooting the Kindle? Hi Tina, yes i rebooted and no it gave no error message just would not process after clicking install, BUT i have, since typing that, rebooted the device 6 more times and tada!!
Go figure.. Thanks again! I chatted to an Amazon representative and told them that I wanted to remove the ads. I told her that they were very intrusive and my kids kept nagging me about them because they didn't understand what they were. The representative removed the ads for me for free. I'm not sure if it's because I am Prime or what, but they are gone Fossil Sport review: The best Wear OS watch, not the best fitness watch. SteelSeries Stratus Duo review: The best premium mobile gaming controller.
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