The Amazon Fire TV Stick is an uber-popular new addition to home entertainment streaming systems that plugs right into your TV’s HDMI port. It is free to use and allows you to download most major applications for free. However, we all know the Amazon App Store is limited. Wouldn’t it be great if you could install Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick and choose from the endless options on both application stores? Well, you can.

Yes, you read that right.

You no longer have to spend hours searching for alternatives to your favorite Google Play apps on Amazon App Store, or vice versa. Despite limitations between the two tech giants, we have put this guide together to help you download more apps through Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick.

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Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

How to Install Google Play on a Fire TV Stick 

For starters, you must understand the Google Play Store is not officially available on Amazon devices. The Amazon applications inventory is also super limited, leaving most users seeking other options. This effectively leaves users stuck between a rock and a hard place.

 

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The good news is that you can still download Google Play on Amazon Fire TV stick through sideloading and third-party applications. Amazon allows sideloading on their devices. This means you can easily install applications that are not available on the official Amazon app store. 

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Did you know, for sideloading to work, all you require is a little bit of time and patience? It is as simple as that. Keep reading to explore everything you need to know about installing Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick. 

Before We Proceed 

We use the internet every single day. However, as useful as the internet is, it is a dangerous place as your data is always under constant threat. Annoying, isn’t it?

As with any internet-connected device, everything you do online is visible to your internet service provider (ISP), privacy abusers, and at times, hackers. This risk is increased when you use public networks. Whether it is your data, identity, or surfing history, a VPN (a virtual private network) can help you protect yourself.

What’s worse? Some countries have imposed restrictions on web browsing and accessible content. A VPN allows you to change your IP (internet protocol) address and subsequently, your geographic location. This encrypts your activity but also enables access to your desired content, regardless of where you are.

The easiest way to install a VPN to your Fire Stick is to use the built-in Apps options. Major VPN services are available when you use the search bar. This includes IPVanish which was specifically designed and optimized for Amazon Fire TV devices. 

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IPVanish costs a little over $3 for their basic package, however, it offers superb discounts for longer subscriptions. The best part is if you are unhappy with their service, they offer a money-back guarantee within the first 30 days of subscribing.

Don’t forget, VPNs do not exempt you from copyright law. If you are caught performing illicit activities, you are legally responsible for your actions.

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How to Install Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick 

Let’s begin.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to install Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick. We’d like to warn you, however, that this process can be slightly time-consuming. But don’t worry, because patience is a virtue and it will all be worth it in the end.

Fact is, Amazon has built-in restrictions within the Fire TV operating system that disable installations from external sources. You have to switch off this feature to be able to download from outside the Amazon app store.

To install Google Play Store, you will need to download the Google Account Manager, Play Services, and Services FrameWork APKs. You can then install the Google Play Store APK.

We’ll show you all the steps so don’t worry:

  1. Go to the Settings page from the Fire TV home menu.
  2. Move right and select “My Fire TV” or “Device”.
  3. Scroll down till you see Developer Options and open them.
  4. Switch the “Apps from Unknown Sources” and “ADB (Android Debug Bridge) Debugging” to ON. 

Next, let’s get installing. To do so, you will have to first install a sideloading app such as Downloader

  1. Return to your home screen.
  2. Either search for the “Downloader app” through the search bar or open the App Store.
  3. Select the Downloader app, and click download on the information screen.
  4. Once installed, click Open to launch the app.

Now you’re ready to download and install Google Account Manager to your Fire Stick. 

  1. From the left side of the Downloader home screen, select Settings.
  2. Enable JavaScript through the checkbox and select YES when the warning prompts.
  3. Go back to the home screen and enter the Google App Store URL: http://bit.ly/google-manager-firestick
  4. Click Go, and the app file will begin to download.
  5. When the file is completely downloaded, click Install on the bottom right.

You’re almost done at this point!

It’s finally time to install the remaining three to your Fire Stick.

  1. Follow steps 11 to 13, replacing the URL with the following:

http://bit.ly/framework-firestick
http://bit.ly/play-services-firestick
http://bit.ly/play-store-firestick

Congratulations!

You should have successfully installed Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick if you followed the steps above. 

Before accessing the app, be sure to turn on a VPN. Since you sideload the app, Google Play Store will not appear on your Fire Stick home screen. All you have to do is:

  1. Hold down the home button on your Fire TV Stick Remote and Click on Apps.
  2. Scroll down till you see the Google Play Store icon. Select it to open.

If you’d like to add it to your home screen, hover over the Google Play Store icon. Next, click on Options/ Menu on your remote and select Move. Drag the application to the top three rows and release it to add to the screen.

You can now easily launch the app from your home page. 

DISCLAIMER: Up until recently, Fire Stick users were able to install and use Google Play Services. Sadly, Amazon has taken steps to further ensure these services no longer work through automatic updates. 

Don’t worry! There are various alternative options you can use to complement the Amazon App Store.

Amazon Fire TV: Alternatives to Google Play 

Installing Google Play on Amazon Fire Stick is not the only way to access Android applications. 

Developers have created android-based service applications such as Apps2Fire and Aptoide. These services offer thousands of usable apps for your Fire Stick. But that’s not all.

Use Apps2Fire 

Apps2Fire

Sometimes, we can find ourselves unable to find our favorite apps on the Amazon Fire Stick. Usually, this is because these apps are not compatible with the device. But stay with us here.

The coolest feature of Apps2Fire is that you can transfer ANY app from your phone to your Fire Stick. As long as you can find the app on your phone’s Google Play Store, you can install it on your Fire Stick too.

There’s only one catch: you’ll have to enable developer mode on your Fire Stick. To do so, follow steps one to four from the guide above. 

Next to set up Apps2Fire, download and install it on your Android device through the Google Play Store.  On your Fire Stick, head to Settings, click Systems, and then in the About tab select Network. Note down the IP address of your device.

On your Android, open the Apps2Fire app. Select Setup and enter the Fire Stick’s IP address in the field. When you click Save, your Fire Stick should appear in the list of available devices. If not, check your WiFi connection or try restarting the app.

Now that everything is set up, you can start transferring apps to your Fire Stick! To do so, open Apps2Fire and select the Google Play Store icon located on the top right. This will bring up a list of your phone’s installed apps.

Tap on the app you want to transfer, and it will install automatically on your Amazon Fire Stick.

Now that everything is set up, you can start transferring apps to your Fire Stick! To do so, open Apps2Fire and select the Google Play Store icon located on the top right. This will bring up a list of your phone’s installed apps.

Tap on the app you want to transfer, and it will install automatically on your Amazon Fire Stick.

This is the part where you can finally export whichever apps you’d like to your Fire Stick from your phone. Tap on the Local Apps menu and simply select the app you have in mind.

Apps2Fire is a simple and quick way to sideload apps from Google Play to Amazon Fire Stick. The best bit is, that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of complex procedures and you can choose from apps you already use. 

Use Aptoide 

If you’re not already familiar with Aptoide, it’s essentially an alternative to the Google Play Store. With this android-based application, you can find pretty much any app you want.

The great thing about Aptoide is that it gives you the option to download apps that are not available on the Google Play Store. This makes it a perfect complement to the Amazon App Store.

To install Aptoide on your Fire Stick, follow steps one to six from our guide above. When you get to the Downloader app, enter the following URL:

http://get.aptoide.com/installer3

and select Go. This will start downloading the Aptoide TV APK file. Once it’s done, open it and install the application.

Now that you have Aptoide up and running, open it and search for the app you want to install. Once you find it, hit download and wait for the process to finish. After that, launch the app from your app’s menu!

Safety Concerns with APK Files

Google Play isn’t the only service you can install on your Fire Stick. Did you know that you can also install utility apps that expand their functionality? For example, if you frequently work with PDF files, you probably have installed an app on your laptop to help you merge PDF files or edit them.

You can do the same on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Viewing and managing documents might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Amazon Fire, but you can actually download apps that help you just that.

For example, if you installed the stick in your garage to watch movies while you’re working on DIY projects, you can also install a PDF viewer to view PDFs with furniture assembly instructions or woodworking guidelines. PDF is not natively supported, so you need an app for that.

It’s a no-brainer that when you change presets, security may be compromised. The Amazon Fire Stick features two measures in place to prevent this: the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) and blocking apps from unknown sources.

Essentially, enabling ADB leaves your Fire Stick device exposed to online threats. In theory, if someone has access to your device, they can effectively steal private information or push malware. 

If you think about it though, when you’re not using public devices such as charging stations, hotel televisions, internet connections, etc. it’s perfectly safe. We, therefore, recommend you always use a VPN to add another layer of digital protection. 

In truth, all unknown sources, be it for research or to download an app, can be unreliable. Most devices have an inbuilt security feature that prevents opening files from unknown sources. But not all apps are available on the Amazon App Store.

It’s super important to ensure you download APK files from reliable websites. Just to be sure, run the files through antivirus software such as McAfee or Norton.

Are you going to remain restricted, or will you take the plunge?  It’s up to you to decide!

Benefits of Google Play Services On Firestick

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits you’ll get by installing Google Play Services:

  • Gain access to a larger app ecosystem: The Amazon App Store is great, but it doesn’t have the same breadth and depth of apps like the Google Play Store. By installing Google Play Services, you’ll be able to install any Android app you want.
  • Enjoy increased storage space: One of the nice things about using Google Play Services is that it gives you access to Google’s cloud storage services. This means you can offload some of your apps and data to the cloud, freeing up valuable local storage space on your Fire Stick.
  • Use advanced features: Some Android apps make use of Google Play Services for advanced features like push notifications and location tracking. By installing Google Play Services, you’ll be able to take advantage of these features in any compatible app.
  • Get the latest features and bug fixes: Google Play Services is updated on a regular basis with new features and bug fixes. By installing it on your Fire Stick, you’ll always have access to the latest version.

FAQs

Do I need a VPN to use Google Play Services on my Fire Stick?

While we always recommend using a VPN for increased security and privacy, it’s not strictly necessary to use one with Google Play Services. However, we do recommend using a VPN if you plan on installing any apps from unknown sources.

Can I install Google Play Services on my Fire TV?

Yes, the same process can be used to install Google Play Services on Amazon Fire TV devices.

Do I need a rooted Fire Stick to install Google Play Services?

No, you don’t need a rooted Fire Stick to install Google Play Services. However, if you do have a rooted Fire Stick, you can follow our guide to install it without a PC.

Will installing Google Play Services void my warranty?

No, installing Google Play Services will not void your warranty. However, we do recommend that you create a backup of your Fire Stick before proceeding, just to be safe.