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How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Amazon doesn’t offer Google’s services on its app store, but it’s not too tricky to install them yourself. Here’s now.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

There’s much to like about the Kindle Fire HD , but while it’s running Android, it’s definitely an Amazon device through and through.

The customised version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich you’ll find on the tablet has been chopped down to restrict the content you’re able to install, and the sprawling collection of apps available in Google Play has been replaced by a rather more limited choice in the Amazon App Store. Search for anything from Google, for example — like Gmail or Google Maps — and you’ll be out of luck.

One way to get these apps installed is to root your device — and I’ll be showing you how to do that soon — but there’s another less drastic method if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. Some apps can be ‘sideloaded’ with a couple of system setting tweaks. Sideloading lets you bypass the Amazon App Store and install apps over the Web, with the only issue then being sourcing the APK files containing the apps.

Some programs, such as Dropbox and Firefox, make official APKs available on their sites, although this isn’t often the case. Other APKs can be accessed through developer programs and unofficial online forums (the ever-helpful XDA Developers is perhaps the best-known Android resource).

While sideloading is less risky than rooting, it does make your device more vulnerable. You’re essentially installing apps that haven’t been approved for the Kindle Fire HD, and CNET can’t accept responsibility if things don’t go to plan. That said, I’ve installed several apps using this method and haven’t encountered any serious errors — so if you’re ready to take the plunge, read on.

1. Enable unknown apps

First of all, configure your Kindle Fire HD to accept app installations that don’t come through the official Amazon App Store. To do this, you’ll need to drag the notification bar down from the top of the home screen and choose ‘More. ‘, then tap ‘Device’. Make sure the ‘Allow Installation of Applications’ option is set to ‘On’ (you’ll need to choose ‘OK’ to get through the security warning).

The security alert you’ll see covers what I’ve already explained: if you’re going to sideload apps, you’re going to need to hunt down the APK files yourself, so be extra careful to grab them from trusted sources (such as an app’s official site or a well-known developer forum). Even if there are no problems with your APK source file, the app itself may not take kindly to Amazon’s tweaked version of Android, so some trial and error may be necessary — try switching to an older version of the app, for example.

2. Install APKs over the Web

Your Kindle Fire HD is now ready to install apps outside of the App Store — the next step is locating them. Some developers offer official downloads straight from their website — Dropbox and Firefox, for example. Visit those links in the Kindle Fire HD’s Web browser and you can tap through to install the apps. Note that sideloading means you’ll need to keep the apps updated manually, rather than relying on any integrated automatic update routine.

3. Installing other APKs

Not all Android APKs are as easy to find as Dropbox and Firefox. You’ll usually need to delve into community forums such as the aforementioned XDA, where friendly coders post the APKs they create and modify for the benefit of others.

There are some APK libraries on the Web too, though you should steer clear of ones that look patched together and unprofessional. A quick online search for your favourite app will usually turn up a few results and give you an idea about where you can find a recent APK. Note that not all apps can be sideloaded successfully — some require a deeper level of access and extra permissions, so you’ll need to fully root your Kindle Fire HD in order to run them.

4. Installing Google apps

If you’ve purchased a Kindle Fire HD in the knowledge that it runs Android, the Google apps are probably the ones you’re most interested in. Installing these APKs is slightly more complicated, because Google apps like to integrate tightly with Android. You’ll need to get hold of some extra files besides the APKs themselves, specifically GoogleServicesFramework.apk and the GoogleLoginService.apk, both available at that link.

You’ll also need to install ES File Explorer from the Amazon App Store on your Kindle to take care of file transfers and to launch the APKs.

Plug your Kindle Fire HD into your computer via a USB cable to transfer the installation files and get the Google apps up and running. Copy the GoogleServicesFramework.apk and the GoogleLoginService.apk files over to your Kindle Fire HD (the Download folder is as good a location as any), then use ES File Explorer to launch them. Confirm you’d like to install both apps, then reboot your Kindle Fire HD so that the changes can take effect.

You’re now ready to install some Google goodness. There’s a pack of apps available from XDA Developers (ignore the step-by-step instructions, which apply to rooted devices) or you can locate them from APK repositories such as Android Drawer. As we’ve already mentioned, be wary of installing programs from sites and sources that don’t seem trustworthy (check any associated Facebook page to see if there’s a barrage of user complaints, for example).

Transfer the APKs to your tablet following the previous instructions, and again use ES File Explorer to launch and install them. Some Google apps will work fine, others may show one or two bugs depending on how they interact with the Android operating system.

We tested the most recent versions of Gmail, YouTube, Chrome and Google Maps without running into too many problems. There are little niggles — the notification bar vanishes at times, for example, and Google Maps is unable to pinpoint your location — but you may consider these bugs a price worth paying for not needing to completely root your Kindle. To undo your changes, tap and hold an app and choose to remove it from the tablet.

Finally, a note of thanks to the XDA Developers community for some of the source files and guides that helped contribute to this feature.

  • For more on how to customise your Kindle Fire HD, check out this guide to customising your carousel and favourites.

The Kindle Fire e-mail app works with Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL. We’ll show you how to get it working with Google Apps Gmail accounts too.

The Kindle Fire’s e-mail client can set up Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL accounts with ease.

If you want to set up your Google Apps Gmail account, however, you’ll need to enter a bit more information than just your username and password. Here’s how to add your Google Apps Gmail account to the Kindle Fire:

Step 1: Go to the Kindle Fire e-mail setup and select Other as your e-mail provider.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: When prompted to enter your account information, type in your Google Apps e-mail address and your account password, then tap Next.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 3: Select IMAP as the account type.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 4: Under incoming server settings, make sure the following settings are entered:

Username: your Google Apps e-mail address
Password: your Google Apps password
IMAP server: imap.gmail.com
Security type: SSL (always)
Authentication type: PLAIN
Port: 993
IMAP path prefix: leave blank

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 5: Under outgoing server settings, make sure the following settings are entered:

SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com
Security type: SSL (always)
Port: 465
Require sign-in: checked
Authentication type: AUTOMATIC
Username: your Google Apps e-mail address
Password: your Google Apps password

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Then click Next.

Step 6: Under Folder poll frequency, select how often you’d like your e-mail account to be checked.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 7: Enter the name you’d like displayed in your outgoing messages (first name or first and last name) and optionally, what you’d like to name the account, then tap View your Inbox.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That’s it. You’ll be taken to your inbox and the next time you open the e-mail client, you should see the name of your Google Apps account (if you named it). If you’re having trouble getting it working, make sure that the Google Apps administrator for your domain has enabled IMAP access for your account.

By Amy Oztan 30 April 2019

Amazon’s Fire tablets are pretty great . They’re inexpensive, they have parental contro l s , and the newest ones even have expandable storage . But what they don’t have is Google Play. Fire tablets only let you download apps from the Amazon App Store, which means no Chrome, no YouTube app, no Lego Boost and no Photoshop Express .

And while a lot of apps make it over to the Amazon App Store eventually, there’s really no need to wait. I’m not a computer geek, and I managed to get Google Play on a Kindle Fire Tablet following instructions from the XDA Developers Forum , a discussion board for mobile developers. I’ve expanded on the instructions on how to get Google Play on your Fire Tablet and added screenshots to make it super easy!

How to Get Google Play on Your Fire Tablet

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.

2. P ress Settings .

3. Under Personal, tap Security.

4. Under Advanced , turn on Apps from Unknown Sources .

5. You’ll see a warning about being responsible for all damage t o your Fire that unknown source apps can do. This would be a good time to mention that while this is an easy process, I’m also not responsible for damage to your Fire, and neither is Laptop Magazine! Press OK.

6. Hold down the Power button and click OK.

7. Now we’re g oing to install some APK files (that’s a n Android file format) using the Fire’s Silk browser .

8. Open this article (the one you’re reading) in the Silk browser on your fire tablet. If you don’t want to, copy and paste these instructions into an email, send the email to yourself, and open it on the Fire.

9. Open the below links one at a time, and make sure you’re using the correct set of links.

Links for 4 th , 5 th , and 6 th Generation Fires, not the 2017 7th Gen Fire HD 8. Don’t know which version of Fire you have? Go to Settings, press Device Options, and scroll down to Device Model.

Links for the 2017 (7 th Generation) Fire HD 8. Make sure you follow the instructions above about installing them in order and which “Download” to click!

Links for the 2018 (8 th Generation) Fire HD 8.

10. First, click Download APK, ignoring the notice of a newer version below. (Do NOT click any other Download s on the page, they’re probably ad s .) If you click on a link in the email, the Silk browser will open automatically. The files need to be installed in order, so to avoid confusion, open, download and install them one at a time.

11 . Click “OK ” w hen each download starts you should get a pop-up warning that the file might damage your computer.

12. Open the download.

13. Scroll through the following screen to the bottom and tap Install.

14. Tap Done. Now, repeat steps 9 through 14 for the remaining links.

You should now see the Google Play app on your Home Screen. Press it and sign in with your Google account! Voila!

By: Waseem Patwegar

Kindle Fire limits you to Amazon Marketplace and does not allow installation of Apps from other sources. You will find below the steps to Install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire and Fire HD tablets, without rooting your device.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire and Fire HD Tablets

The primary reason as to why users think in terms of Installing Google Play Store on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets is to gain access to popular Android Apps like YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome and others.

Once Google Play Store is installed on Kindle Fire tablet, it becomes easy to download and Install any Free or paid Android App, as available on the Google Play Store.

So, let us go ahead and take a look at the steps to install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire Tablet

Step#1 – Allow Installation of Apps From Unknown Sources

The first step is to allow Installation of Apps from Unknown sources on your device by going into the Settings of your Kindle Fire device.

Tap on Settings > Security & Privacy and toggle ON the option for “Apps from Unknown Sources” located under Advanced Settings

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

You will see a warning about the possible risk of using Apps from unknown sources, tap on OK .

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Make sure you Power OFF Kindle Fire and Restart it again for this change to be implemented on your device.

Step#2 – Download and Install APK Files

The next step is to download and Install the APK Files that are required to install Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire device.

  1. Google Account Manager
  2. Google Services Framework
  3. Google Play Services (For 7th Generation Kindle Fire tablets). Open this Link, in case you have an older Generation Kindle Fire tablet
  4. Google Play Store

While you can search for above files on APKMirror website and download them, the easiest way to download these files is to open this article on your Kindle Fire device and click on the above links.

Important: For successful installation of Google Play Store on Kindle Fire, it is really important that you download and Install the APK files one-by-one and in the same order .

Click on the First link , and you will be landing on the download page of APK Mirror website.

On the Downloads page, scroll down ignoring All Links, Ads, Prompts and click only on the Download APK button to start downloading Google Account Manager APK file on your device.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Next, you will see a pop-up reading “This Type of File can Harm your device.” Tap on OK to download the APK file on your device.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Once the File is downloaded, tap on open to open the File.

Next, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on Install .

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Once the File is installed, tap on Done .

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Similarly, click on the second, third, fourth link and use the same steps as above to download and Install the remaining three APK files on your device.

Step#3 – Use Google Play Store on Kindle Fire Tablet

Once you have installed all four APK files, Google Play Store App icon will automatically appear on the Home Screen of your Kindle Fire Tablet.

Simply, tap on the Google Play Store App and Sign-in using you Gmail Address and Password.

Initially, you may experience problems and find Google Play Store being buggy and not working properly. However, it will eventually update itself (in the background) and you will find it working properly.

To speed up the Play Store update, you can start searching for Apps and try to download Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome or any other Android App on your device.

If required, you will be prompted to update Google Play Services and the App that you are trying to download will direct you to Google Play Service page.

Once you update Google Play Service, you will find Google Play Store working normally on your device.

Install Button Greyed Out or Disabled in Kindle Fire

In case you have a Kindle Fire running Fire OS 5.6.0.0 or later, you may run into problems while trying to install APK files on your device.

You may find the Install button greyed out or disabled just when you are trying to install the APK files, forcing you to cancel the installation.

Luckily, you can make use of the following workaround to get around this issue and install the APK files on your device.

1. When you find the Install button not working or greyed, simply Turn OFF your device.

2. Turn ON the device again

3. Next, scroll down to the bottom of the Installation screen and tap on the Install button.How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

This time you should see the Install button working properly.

Another workaround is to tap on the Recent Apps Icon and then select the App Installation page from the recent Apps list. This time, you should see the Install button working.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Do you have a Kindle Fire HD, but feel bummed out because it doesn’t include the Google apps that run on the Nexus 7? You can get them on the Fire HD by rooting the tablet and following this guide.

Do you have a Kindle Fire HD, but feel bummed out because it can’t do everything a Nexus 7 can? There’s no need for further fret because you can install many of the same apps the Nexus can, and gain some of its functionality. It takes a bit of work, and it can’t be done without rooting and a few other tweaks to the device. But in the end, the results are well worth it.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Pre-requisites

  • Kindle Fire HD Rooted
  • Sideloading Enabled
  • ES File Explorer (included in this pack /optional/ if you can’t access Amazon Appstore)
  • Google Play installed

Required Download

Once you have all the requirements out of the way, it’s get started. Because we have a variety of techy and non-techy readers, we have both a short and a detailed guide.

Short Guide

  1. Move the 25 .apk files from folder 1 to the /system/app/ directory on the Kindle.
  2. Change permissions of all 25 .apk files to rw- r– r–
  3. Install the 3 .apk files from folder 2.
  4. Move the 10 .so files from folder 3 to the /system/lib/ directory on the Kindle.
  5. Change permissions of all 10.so files to rw- r– r–
  6. Reboot the Kindle Fire HD
  7. Install the optional updates from the remaining folder
  8. Test the apps to make sure they work
  9. Done

The Detailed Guide

The first thing is to extract the zip and copy the folders from the zip to the Download folder on the Kindle Fire HD.

Tip: If you’re using ES File Explorer, you can download the zip directly to the Kindle and extract it there.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Now on the Kindle Fire HD, open up ES File Explorer (ESFE). If you’ve followed our previous guide for installing Google Play, you already know how to enable Root options within ESFE. If not, go to Settings > Root Options > Check all four boxes.

The first files you need move are in the folder labeled “1 Move these to System-App.” Moving these files to the /system/app/ folder is exactly what to do. The easiest way is to select all of them and then use the “Move To” function to put them in the right folder. You can also just copy/cut and then paste the apk files in the folder.

Important: Some of the apps from this first folder may be found and available through the Play Store. If they are, it’s wise first to try installing them there. However, at the time of this writing, many of these apps are having compatibility issues with the version currently available on the Play Store. This could change at any time depending on how either Google or Amazon release updates.

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Now comes the most tedious part of the entire process. For all 25 .apk files, you need to change the permissions to be:

  • User: Read, Write
  • Group: Read
  • Other: Read

There are a few screenshots below, but here’s the list in alphabetical order of every app that needs these permissions (from the 25 moved to /system/apps/)

1. ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter.apk
2. FaceLock.apk
3. GalleryGoogle.apk
4. GenieWidget.apk
5. Gmail.apk
6. GoogleBackupTransport.apk
7. GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
8. GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
9. GoogleCurrents.apk
10. GoogleFeedback.apk
11. GoogleMaps.apk
12. GooglePartnerSetup.apk
13. GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk

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How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Install all three apps from the second folder.

  1. Chrome.apk
  2. Drive_1.1.4.12.apk
  3. Earth_6.2.apk

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Next, move the .so files from the third folder to the /system/lib/ directory. This can be done the same way you moved the .apk files earlier.

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How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tabletHow to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Now for another (but less) tedious venture. You need to change the permissions of all the .so files to be:

  • User: Read Write
  • Group: Read
  • Other: Read

The .so files you moved over won’t be the only ones in the folder, so here are the names in alphabetical order of the ones you just moved.

  1. libfacelock_jni.so
  2. libfilterpack_facedetect.so
  3. libflint_engine_jni_api.so
  4. libfrsdk.so
  5. libgcomm_jni.so
  6. libpicowrapper.so
  7. libspeexwrapper.so
  8. libvideochat_jni.so
  9. libvideochat_stabilize.so
  10. libvoicesearch.so

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Once you’ve finished this, give the Kindle Fire HD a reboot by turning it off and then back on again. When it comes back up, it will briefly display an “Upgrading Your Apps” window. Just let this run its course, and once done unlock it as you normally would.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Now all that’s left to do is install the updates from the remaining folder. In case you’re wondering which ones, specifically the Chrome and Google Earth apk files. It’s a good idea to open the Google Play Store and update whatever is available.

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Go ahead and test it out. See what your apps can do! In particular, the search bar can now work with Google Voice search and perform functions in Chrome.

If you own a Kindle Fire HD 7″ or even an older Amazon tablet, you are aware that Amazon only allows you to install apps from its own Amazon App Store and doesn’t provide the option to use the Google Play Store for downloading installing apps. But thanks to the development community, there is always a way around it, and now you can install the Google Play Store app on your Kindle Fire HD 7″ and install apps from the Google Play app store, thanks to a hack by XDA Forum Member stopxwatch. This also enables you to install and use Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Google+, etc.

Warning!! The hack requires adding some files to the system folder on the tablet. Since there is currently no way to restore the original system folder, if something goes wrong, it may cause problems including the tablet refusing to run properly. So make sure to follow the instructions very carefully.

Let’s take a look at how the Google Play Store can be installed on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″.

Compatibility

This hack and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″. It’s not compatible with other devices.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

Kindle Fire tablets are some of the best, cheapest Android tablets around, but they’re limited to Amazon’s app store , which is more than lacking compared to the thousands of apps available on the Google Play Store . With a little tweaking, though, you can run any Android app on them. You can even get the entire Google Play Store on some devices.

What You’ll Need

Amazon’s Fire tablets are based on a de-Googled version of Android, but under the hood they’re still pretty similar. This makes it pretty easy to install Android apps on your tablet, but some ways are easier than others. We’re going to cover two ways to do this. Method #1 involves downloading Android APK installer files and installing them directly. Method #2 will install the entire Google Play Store, which you can use like you would on a normal Android phone. This method is a bit more complicated, but it will make it much easier to install any app you want. Plus it will give you the Google Play Services that you’ll need for most Google apps. Here’s what you’ll need for both methods:

  • A Kindle Fire Tablet: For method #1, you can use any Kindle tablet. We tested this method on an old 2nd generation 7″ Kindle and it worked. For method #2, you’ll need a 4th generation Kindle Fire or higher that’s been updated to Fire OS 5.
  • Android APKs (Method #1): If you want to install apps manually, you’ll need to get the APK from somewhere. APKs are files that Android uses to install apps, similar to .exe files in Windows. We’ll cover a few ways to get APKs, but if you have an Android phone that already has the app you want on your Fire tablet, it may come in handy.
  • A Windows PC (Method #2): To install the Play Store on your device, you’ll need to connect it to a Windows PC with a USB-to-micro-USB cable. If your Kindle tablet didn’t come with one, you can get one from Monoprice here or from Amazon here .
  • ADB (Method #2): ADB is a powerful tool in the Android developer kit that lets you run commands on an Android device from your computer. You can download a small version of the tool from XDA here and install it in just a couple clicks. We have a full step-by-step guide here you should follow first. Once you have ADB, come back.
  • RootJunky’s SuperTool (Method #2): This tool will install the drivers you need on your computer to connect ADB to your tablet, then it will install the Google Play Store. If your Fire tablet is running Fire OS 5.3.1 or later, download the .zip file named Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip from here . If you’re on an older version, grab Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-SuperTool-old.zip from here . If you’re not sure which version you’re on, open the Settings app on the main screen of your Kindle, scroll to Device Options, and tap “System Updates.” Your version number should be at the top.

The process may be slightly different, depending on your device. Let’s get started.

Why Google Play Services Are Now More Important Than Android

Last week, Google rolled out a new version of Android to very little fanfare and quite a lot of…

Method #1: Download and Install Android Apps Manually

Since Kindle Fire tablets run a version of Android, you can manually install Android apps. First, you’ll need to tweak a setting so you can install apps from outside Amazon’s app store. To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Scroll through the apps section of your Kindle and open Settings.
  2. Tap Security.
  3. Enable the toggle that says “Apps from Unknown Sources.”

After that, you can install any app’s APK you want, like the official Gmail app, Google Maps, or even Pokémon Go (assuming you have a model with GPS). First, you’ll need to find some. Free apps are easy to find around the web, but paid apps come with copy protection, so the easiest option there is to buy the app and install it on another Android device first.. Here are a few ways to get the ones you’re looking for:

  • Find popular apps onAPK Mirror. This site hosts hundreds of apps from Google, Facebook, Samsung, and many others. Each APK is scanned to verify they’re safe. Best of all, older versions of the app are archived, so you can find the version that works for your device. This is particularly handy for Kindle owners since the latest version of Fire OS is based on the older Android Lollipop .
  • UseAPK Downloaderto pull apps from the Google Play Store. We’ve covered APK Downloader before , and it’s one of the easiest ways to get APKs. Simply go to an app’s Play Store listing on the web and grab the app’s package name from the address bar (the part that looks like “com.xxxx.xxxx”) and click “Generate Download Link.” Download the APK, transfer it to your Kindle, and you can install it.
  • Extract APKs from your own Android device. Since paid apps are protected, most APK extracting tools won’t touch them. However, you can do it yourself. Use an app like Astro File Manager to create a backup of an app you already installed on your phone. Slide out the left-hand navigation panel Astro and tap the tools icon, tap App Mgr, and choose the app you want to move to your Kindle. Next, tap Backup. This will create a copy of the APK file on your phone in a folder labeled “backups.” Copy the backed up file to your Kindle and open it to install it.

Once you’ve downloaded an APK file, you should see a notification in your shade that says your download is complete. Tap it to install the file. If you missed the notification, open the Silk Browser app, tap the menu button and tap Downloads. You should be able to find your APK file there.

This method will work sometimes, but keep in mind that a lot of apps require the Google Play Services framework for critical features like location services, account login, and payment tools. Some, especially Google’s apps, won’t even install or launch without this framework installed and running first. If an app you need is broken or won’t launch, try installing the Play Store with method #2.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

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  • 1. How to install Google apps on a Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro shipped without any pre-installed Google apps, thanks to the Android ban. But here’s how you can install them yourself.

UPDATE: According to Reuters, the method outlined below no longer allows users to manually download and install Google’s apps. This story is still developing, and we will provide updates as we receive them.

Apps such as Google Maps, YouTube, Google Photos and more, are so integral to using our smartphones every day that it’s hard to even imagine going without them. So it was a major blow to Huawei that its latest and greatest flagship did not have any of these apps, despite running on an open source version of the Android 10 operating system. Fortunately, there’s an easy way round it: in this guide, we explain how you can get the best of Google on your new Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

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How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Installation process for Google Service Assistant

How to install Google apps on a Huawei Mate 30 Pro

  1. Firstly, open the browser on your device and enter the following web address: https://www.lzplay.net/#/ By clicking through the blue buttons, you can download a program known as Google Service Assistant (which — despite its name — is not created or authorised by Google).
  2. Once you agree on permissions and access, it installs Google’s core software — including the Play Store, which allows you to download the familiar apps you’d previously been missing.
  3. Unfortunately, this still doesn’t seem to be an entirely fail-safe solution as some apps don’t appear to work with this operating system: Google Pay for instance, is not compatible and you’ll have to sideload some apps like Netflix. (This is apparently due to DRM restrictions.)
  4. We will update this page if we discover further apps that are incompatible with the device. Note that in our experience, some apps might take longer to load than usual on first start-up (like YouTube).
  5. Once installed, the display will look far more familiar. The handset we have under review is a Chinese model (so may differ from the European version upon its release), but once we downloaded our favourite apps from the Play store it resembled a standard Android smartphone once again:

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Without Google apps, this phone would be more or less unusable for Western customers who are immersed in the Google ecosystem. Huawei CEO Richard Yu demonstrated that he was well aware of the difficulties of this prospect at a press conference following the launch. He hinted that customers would be able to find a way to install Google apps, describing this as their “right”, although he stopped short of actually endorsing a method to do so.

In its bid to live on without Google, Huawei has earmarked $1 billion of investment to develop programs for its own App Gallery and has promised that developers will be able to keep an 85:15 split of the profits — significantly more generous than the current rules for iOS or Android. But for now, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is not on sale in the UK or any other European countries, and no official release date has yet been announced.

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire tablets have their own Amazon App Store, but it falls short compared to the Google Play Store. The search giant has created the largest collection of apps and an intuitive, as well as familiar, interface. We know many of you are wondering if it’s possible to install Google Play on Kindle Fire devices, and the answer is yes, as your Kindle is an Android device too. Today we will show you how it’s done without needing to root your tablet.

Warning: Just keep in mind you will need to do a bit of tinkering on your device to install Google Play on Kindle Fire tablets. Though the process isn’t extremely complicated, you want to make sure you know what you are doing and keep in mind only you will be responsible if anything happens to your device in the process. Take your time and do your research before doing this.

How to download and sideload apps on your Amazon Kindle Fire

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

You might want to consider simply sideloading Android apps on Kindle Fire tablets. This method doesn’t exactly require installing the Google Play Store, making it a simpler alternative. Sideloading Kindle Fire apps essentially means installing them manually. The main downside is that your sideloaded apps won’t be automatically updated (unless you have the Google Play Store installed). Regardless, it is a helpful method to know and you need it to install Google Play on Kindle Fire tablets.

First, you need to enable app installation from unknown sources:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Amazon Fire device.
  2. Select Security & Privacy (some models may label it Security).
  3. Hit the Apps from Unknown Sources option. Some people see this as a toggle; flip it on.
  4. Otherwise, select the browser you will be using to download and install your files. Alternatively, you can use the Files app or any other file manager app.

Sideloading apps on your Amazon Kindle Fire:

  1. Find and download the APK file for the app you want to install. You have to get them from a third-party website, so you should be careful. We like websites like APKMirror for their reputation and security measures, but you should still be careful and stay safe.
  2. You can also download your APK file from a PC and transfer it using a USB cable.
  3. Open the APK file and you will be asked if you are sure you want to install the app. Hit Install.
  4. Let the installation process finish and then hit Done or Open.
  5. The app you installed is now ready to be used.

How to install Google Play Store on Kindle Fire devices

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

Sideloading is helpful, but there is nothing like the comfort of using the Google Play Store and letting it handle all the hard work, as well as the updates. If you want to get the Google Play Store on Amazon devices you need to sideload four Kindle Fire apps first.

Download and install these:

Once everything is installed simply restart the tablet. Go ahead and open the Google Play Store app. You will be able to log into your account and start downloading apps using the Google Play Store. Enjoy!

How to use gmail youtube google maps and other google apps on amazon’s fire tablet

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