39 thoughts on “How to Install Google Play Store Apps on a Kindle Fire When You Don’t Have Another Android Device

  1. Ivan

    Great piece of advice, indeed ! You might wish to skip the part with the Apk Share, tho, as ES Explorer offers the feature of apps backup

  2. Anonymous

    This was very helpful! So much better than going through the trouble of rooting!!!

  3. Barb

    WOW – thought I’d really found something here, but tried to download the dropbox app to my kindle fire and it won’t let me. Says it’s not compatible with my device and the Amazon app store does not even have it.

  4. Ray

    Excellent writeup. I use it with a Kindle fire & simply transfer the app from the APK backup store via USB cable to the Kindle’s document folder using copy and paste. That way you don’t need Dropbox.

  5. HN

    Absolutely awesome instructions. Thank you so much. I was ready to return my new Kindle Fire HD before reading this.

  6. Anonymous

    Thanks a lot, this is great. For the record I was able to get Dropbox on my Kindle Fire just by going to the site directly and choosing mobile.

  7. David

    Was very pleased to find these instructions and, after a small battle getting Bluestacks working properly, I was able to follow them and install Google Play Magazine onto my Kindle Fire. The only problem now is actually running Google Play Magazine. When I start the APP a “Choose an account” screen is displayed with a spinning circle and no accounts listed. Trying to “Add account” results in the following Popup being displayed:

    Not authenticated
    Couldn’t authenticate your account.

    Any ideas? Thank you.

  8. eweforia Post author

    Hi David,

    Not all apps are compatible with the Kindle. It sounds like this is the case with Google Play Magazine (not surprising). So you may have to be content with being able to use the app in BlueStacks on your computer.


  9. Natalie

    Awesome! It worked perfectly. Usually a step is missing or not written well,but you did a great job with the write up!

  10. alex

    I was able to get the apk to the kindle but after the installer runs, it says application not installed. Any ideas?

  11. eweforia Post author

    Hi Alex,

    You didn’t say what the apk was supposed to run (what application), but if Kindle won’t install it, it is because the app isn’t compatible with Kindle. Not all are, especially when downloading from the Google Playstore. So it sounds like you are out of luck for that particular app. I would encourage you to try downloading another one.

  12. Brent

    I cant get the apk files to copy and paste in the es file manager to the bstfolder/documents location. Everytime I try I get a message that flashers about the apk file being “read only”
    what can I do?

  13. eweforia Post author

    Hi Brent. I don’t know. It sounds like either the apk is ready only or you don’t have administrative privileges to do whatever it is you are trying to do in your documents folder (except that doesn’t make a lot of sense since it is YOUR document folder). Perhaps you could try copying the file to some other folder, or use Windows Explorer to create a new folder specifically for the purpose of receiving copied files from BlueStacks. Check to make sure you are logged on with administrative privileges. I am not an expert in any of this stuff (I’m just a tech writer who figured out how to make this work “most of the time.” If you get stuck somewhere, I’m afraid you will need to ask someone else.

  14. Brian Delp

    I have a Mac and I had trouble using the ES File Explorer to copy file over. It kept telling me that the “Documents” folder was a “read only ” folder. So instead I tried simply to install the Dropbox app to the BlueStacks. Open it using “Apps” on BlueStacks. Once open on the bottom of the Bluestacks screen there is a “list” looking button. When it’s pressed you have the option to “Upload to here”. Choose that then find the backed up file in the APK Share and load the file directly into the Dropbox. Within a few minutes I was able to access on the Kindle Fire and install the app on the Fire.

  15. Brent

    Thank you both for your comments. Brian, I will try your process and let you know the results…

  16. Fawn Marie Beeley

    Okay, so I did all of this. Nearly 3am now, the result… I paid for a game download, copied the file, sideloaded into kindle fire successfully, app says “this application is not licensed. Please purchase it from Android Market ‘buy app or exit'” What do I do now? If I’m out the money then so be it, wasn’t that much and knew I was taking a chance on not getting what I was hoping for but if someone knows where I might have gone wrong, please let me know. :)

  17. orlok

    Great instructions. I now have “snapchat” on my Kindle Fire HD, so I can join the human race again :). Works fine with some slight issues (message every time I start the app that Google Play services is not supported, but otherwise seems ok.)

  18. Anonymous

    I’m having issues in that I have the Play store installed, but when I attempt to launch it, it immediately closes. Any help is appreciated.

  19. Phoenicia

    I have moved the apps over to dropbox but they have come across to the Kindle as .Ink files with no icon and will not open,I get a box saying cant open these files and to download an app that can Any ideas?

  20. Anonymous

    I installed bluestacks for windows, ran it, opened it but I don’t have a help button. It looks different from what you posted. Now I’m stuck.

  21. eweforia Post author

    I’m sorry I can’t offer any suggestions here. It could be that a newer version of BlueStacks doesn’t have a help button. Perhaps someone else who reads your comment can offer a solution.

  22. Anonymous

    I just downloaded bluestacks today. For step 2 just click the bluestack icon at the bottom center once your are in the program. From there click on app search and search for Launcher Pro. After that uploads you should be able to run it and go to GooglePlay directly from there and follow the rest of the instructions. Hope this helps anyone else who got stuck like I did!

  23. Carolyn Y

    Hi Alex,

    This works for me until I get to this part: Press Ctrl-V to paste the apk files into the Dropbox folder.

    Cntl V will not work and if I “right” click” the paste options are greyed out. I tried this on a Windows 8 computer. Any ideas? Thanks,


  24. eweforia Post author

    Well, at this stage of the procedure, you’re working on your PC, so traditional cut and paste operations should work. If Paste isn’t an option, chances are that the cut operation failed and there is nothing on the clipboard to paste. I suggest you go back to the step where you selected the .apk files and pressed Ctrl-X to cut them. Try it again.

  25. Miranda

    Hi hun
    I have made it as fair as ” Look for a “Windows” folder or a “/sdcard/bstfolder/Documents” folder” but i have no idea what this is. Can you please help me out. I have never done this befor and would love to finish it. ty

  26. eweforia Post author

    Miranda, there is no single answer to this because it depends on how Bluestacks is looking at the directory structure on your PC. Your PC directories will be named differently than my PC directories. That is why I suggest looking for the bstfolder and, once you locate it, see if there is a subfolder with a name that sounds like a good place to temporarily save a file. It really makes no difference where you save the file at this point. What is important is that you remember WHERE you saved it (the folder name) so that you can find it in the next step.

  27. Anonymous

    I got all the way to step 8 and I can’t find the copy button to be able to move it to drop box help please?

  28. eweforia Post author

    The Copy button is between the Select button (which you would have just pressed) and the Paste button (which you will press in just a couple of steps). They are all lined up in the horizontal row of buttons along the top of the window. If you don’t have a Copy button, I suggest you relaunch BlueStacks and go back to the beginning of Step 8. If that doesn’t work, then Ivan posted the very first comment in this list and noted that ES Explorer has its own method of backing up apps. You could do a little research on how to use this feature in ES Explorer to copy the app to your harddrive and then move it to DropBox.

  29. Anonymous

    Hi there just wanted to ask if Clash of Clans can be installed like this… Otherwise Great!!! :)

  30. eweforia Post author

    Sorry, I have no idea which apps can and cannot be installed like this on which devices. That is something that you will need to experiment with yourself.

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