How to install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
So, you’ve bought an Amazon Fire TV Stick and set it all up, you’re probably wondering what else you can do with it. In fact, if you’ve made it along to this article, chances are you’ve realized that the Amazon Fire TV Stick is actually rather limited in its functionality, even if it is convenient. If you want to expand your choices for what it can do, installing the Google Play Store onto the device is a great solution.Be warned, installing Google Play onto an Amazon Fire TV Stick doesn’t give you every app available on the Google Play Store. Instead, you’re given a wider selection of some streaming apps and, chiefly, a wider variety of VPNs that can be used to circumvent region blocks on the content or give you access to a British library when traveling abroad.
Install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Go to Settings on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and tap ‘Device’.
- Tap ‘Developer Options’. In order to install files and apps from stores and locations outside the Amazon Fire Stick software, you need to effectively give the Fire Stick permission to do so. This also means that you accept the risks involved, which include a higher chance of installing malware from third-party, dodgy apps that haven’t been vetted by Amazon or Google.
- Click to enable Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging.
- Download and install a file manager (in this example we’ve chosen ES File Explorer) from the built-in Amazon App Store.
- You now need to download and install four separate APK files to install Google Play on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. These are listed below: Google Services Framework, Google Account Manager, Google Play Services, and Google Play Store.
- To add each APK file to ES File Explorer, press the plus icon and copy and paste the links above. Select the option to download the file and then install each one.
- This will install the Google Play Store to your Amazon Fire TV Stick and the store will appear as an app in the Applications menu.
If you don’t feel confident rooting your device in this way, there is a workaround.
- Go the Amazon Fire TV Stick app store
- Install Apps2Fire, which lets you beam what’s on your phone or tablet straight to your TV, via your Amazon Fire TV Stick