How To Install Google Play On Fire Phone (Without Rooting) & Make It Behave Like An Android Device
In this short tutorial, you will learn how to make your Fire phone look and behave like a standard Android phone.
As you probably know, Fire OS is a slight modification of Android OS. With Fire phone, however, Amazon created its own look (the carousel and the center, right and left panel) that is much different from what you know from Android phones.
If you happen to dislike Fire OS and want to make your Fire phone look and act more like an Android phone, you are just in the right place. All you have to do is follow the instructions below.
Before I begin, I want to thank Brett for giving me most of the materials and resources for this tutorial.
As you can see Fire Phone isn’t sold by Amazon any more. But, fortunately, you have this website and a community of helpful Fire Phone users.
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Installing The Play Store On Fire Phone
The first thing you need to do is install the Play store and have it up & running properly. Here’s what you need to do step by step:
1) Allow installation of apps not from the Amazon Appstore. To do this, go to Settings > Applications > Allow installation of applications not from the Amazon Appstore and turn the option App Installation ON.
2) Download four APKS Google Account Manager, Google Play Services, Google Services Framework, Google Play Store to your Fire Phone. You can use the included USB Cable, or a cloud storage app. What you will basically need to do is sideload these four Google apps to your Fire phone (you can read more about sideloading apps to Fire phone here).
You can also download all these files from this link from Google Drive.
3) Install the apps: ES File Explorer and APK Installer. Both are available on the Amazon Appstore. You will need one of these apps to open and install the Google files on your Fire phone.
4) Navigate to the folder with Google files you downloaded in step two using one of the two apps above. If using cloud storage, you can do this from the app itself, and don’t even need to use ES File Explorer.
5) Install the files from the folder in THE FOLLOWING order (tap on the files, accept app permissions and tell them to install):
- Google Account Manager
- Google Play Services
- Google Services Framework
- Google Play Store
6) Congratulations, you now have the PLAY STORE and GOOGLE SERVICES installed and working on your Amazon Fire phone.
Now you can download and use the apps from the Play store, including those that require a Gmail account (such as Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Chrome, Snapchat and so on) as if it was any other Android device.
7) You might need to update the Play store, so look out for updates to any of the files you just manually installed. To check of the Google Play store is up to date, open it, go to Settings and click on Build version.
8) In order to avoid future problems, you should turn off auto update for the Amazon store, which you probably won’t be using anymore.
To do this, go to Settings >Applications > Manage the settings for individual Amazon Applications on your phone. Open Appstore and disable Automatic Updates.
It’s also a good idea to uninstall all of the apps you installed when using the Amazon store, and re-install them using the Play store.
IMPORTANT: If you still have problems with the Google Play store (you get notifications that Google Services stopped), you can use an alternative store (and still be able to use most of Google apps).
Installing A Custom Launcher On Your Fire Phone
If you don’t like the carousel and want your Fire phone to look like a standard Android phone, you have to install a custom launcher. Below you will learn how to install a custom launcher (Buzz Launcher).
UPDATE: I have created a separate article only about launchers. If you want to learn more about it and discover even more launchers for Fire phone, read this: Fire Phone Launchers. Now you can also change the wallpaper in Fire phone (after the update of Fire OS to 4.6.1)
1) Now that you have the Play store installed, open it up, search for “Home Switcher” and install it. You can also install it using a different app store. You will use this app in case you want the default Fire launcher again (or if something goes wrong :D).
2) Now search for and install Buzz Launcher (Orange Icon with a letter-b shaped logo).
3) Press the home button, and you will get a popup asking you which program you want to complete the action with. Select Buzz Launcher, and select Always.
If you ever change your mind and want to switch back to the Fire screen, use the app Home Switcher which will bring this screen up again.
4) From now on, this new home page, called Buzz Launcher is what you will go to once you press the home button. You will need to customize it a bit so that it suits your needs.
Make sure that when you double tap the home button to close running processes, you never close Buzz. If you do, you might have to perform a hard reset (hold down the power button for about 10 seconds. Not harmful, it just takes time).
The App drawer (square with 6 dots) has ALL of the apps installed on the device. You put apps on the home pages by tapping and holding your finger on an empty part of the home screen, and then adding apps. You can delete them (from the screen, not from the phone!) by holding down on an app in the screen and dragging it up to the “delete” bar at the top.
5) Customize your new launcher! With Buzz Launcher, you can change the wallpaper, and customize your Fire phone like most Android devices.
Extra Notes Regarding Custom Launchers For Fire Phone
1) The Buzz Launcher does not support widgets, or any lockscreen modifications.
2) Most if not all launchers from the Play store, including Google Now Launcher, Apex Launcher, and Nova Launcher will work on Fire phone, and are honestly better. The only problem is that none of them supports wallpapers on Fire phone, so you are stuck with a black background, which is REALLY ugly.
4) Vire Launcher is a very simple launcher with the ability to use any of about 5-7 predefined wallpapers. It can’t use any others, but it does offer that feature.
That’s all you need to know to turn your Fire phone into an Android phone. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them.
Other Tutorials You Will Like:
- How To Install Google Play On Fire Phone
- How To Sideload Apps To Fire Phone
- How To Install Apps To Fire Phone
- How To Personalize Fire Phone
- How To Transfer Files To Fire Phone
UPDATE: If you are only interesting in getting the Play Store on your Fire phone, read this more advanced tutorial: How To Install Google Play On Fire Phone. If you are an Android geek, I recommend visiting an Android blog with tons of tutorials.
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