Running Google Apps on Kindle Fire Without Root

It was Cyber Monday, 2012, and Amazon was offering a deal on their Kindle tablets. I quickly snatched up a 2nd-gen Kindle Fire for my mom’s x-mas present, as she (like everyone else this holiday season) wanted a tablet. When the unit arrived a few days later on the doorstep, I immediately had my greedy little paws on it. It didn’t take long to realize that this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting in the Kindle Fire.

I went directly to the Amazon app store and tried to search for Google Maps. Oh wait, did I miss something? Ok, stay calm. Try looking for the Gmail app. What? Wait…oh crap. I felt nerd skills had failed me. I didn’t know that I couldn’t install Google apps on the Kindle Fire. Epic fail.

So I instantly set out to find a way to get Google apps on the Kindle. Because this was a present for my mom, I didn’t want to change things too much; the Amazon interface is actually pretty clean and easy to use for first time tablet users. Rooting was an option, but I wasn’t too keen on installing a custom ROM, even though there are some awesome Jelly Bean based ROMS out there. But I just wanted the functionality of Google apps like Maps, Voice, Talk, Music with the stock Amazon interface.

After a little research, I found a few different methods of getting some Google apps on the Kindle Fire. Since the architecture of the newest Kindle Fire is closer to the Kindle Fire HD, I researched methods for modifying the Kindle Fire HD. Without rooting, I found a way to install a few Google Apps, such as Maps, Gmail, Youtube and Currents. Even though the Maps app lacks a little functionality (no pinch to zoom or saved maps) the others work flawlessly. Xda-developers forum member abhijitxp modded these apps, and his guide can be found here.  Before proceeding, make sure that you have gone to Kindle Fire Settings and enabled installation of applications from unknown sources, and that you have a file browser like ES File Explorer installed. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Download the Google Files here

2. Unzip files

3. Transfer files to Kindle Fire

4. Open up ES File Explorer and install GoogleLoginService.apk.

5. Restart Kindle

6. Open up ES File Explorer and install the apps.

I know, it’s only a handful of apps, but it’s better than nothing, and I’m sure the folks at XDA will have some more apps for us soon. Supposedly, if you root your Kindle Fire you can get full functionality, and if it was my device, I would root it for sure. But for a mom, this is good enough. If you’ve got the gumption to root your Kindle Fire, a great guide can be found here. Happy Holiday hacking!

Via:[XDA-Developers, liliputing]



  • Bill L

    I’m installing on an older Fire– no HD and I get a parse error for some of the apps. Do I need a non-hd modified version ? from where? any help is appresiated

    • Rick B

      I too am using an older Fire and am eager to hear the response to this one. Thanks!

  • ss112358

    Attempting step 1 results in “The user hosting this content is out of bandwidth.”

  • I was disappointed at first that there’s no play market on Kindle. But then I have discovered that there are really usefull program on Amazon. My last discover is ArkMC DLNA application. Allows to play music and video from my desktop!

  • none

    link die reupload

  • odd

    step 1:
    out of bandwidth. what does that mean?

  • I was looking for setting up application this way, but then I have found a lot of interesting and useful application of Amazon.
    Among them are Dolphin browser, and ArkMC. That is all I need to brows internet and to watch videos in my home network.

  • BetterSolutions

    The free “box” account is out of bandwidth. How about to upload the files to BitTorrent someone?

  • Without installing ES File Explorer:
    1. Open the Office Suit Pro
    2. Click on Filter > show all files
    3. Open the download folder and install your APKs 😀

    • Jai

      do what after they are install??

  • gadget God

    Hey you can download any google app on any of your kindle device by downloading a market called 1mobile and then you can search for any of your favorite app ,i have downloaded Google translate ,google maps,youtube,Google earth and many other cool apps.

  • Juliette

    To get google translate’s voice input to work on the Kindle Fire HD you need to have the Google Voice Search sideloaded. I looked up ” Google Voice_Search_2.1.4.apk ” which is the latest as of this writing and eventually found a working one to download. I had already installed the Google services framework on my Kindle, so I am not sure if that is necessary to have first, but I wanted to let everyone know about my success in getting Google translate to work fully.

  • dan

    Why can’t I get google search

  • Eldon Martino

    is there a apple interface for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 OS 4.5.3

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