Easy Steps to Install and Use YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire?
Install and Use YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire
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Can you get YouTube on the Amazon Fire tablet?
You have just bought your Amazon Fire tablet, but on looking at the available apps, YouTube is nowhere on the list. This is normal. Amazon Fire tablets do not come with a popular video website. YouTube is just one of the several common apps that the Amazon App Store lacks. This is crazy, considering that the Amazon Fire is a media consumption device. However, this shouldn't worry you. There's always a way to make your device more attractive.
You can still get YouTube on Amazon Fire because the device runs an Android-based operating system, the Fire OS. However, installing an app outside of the Amazon App Store isn't an easy task. This means you will require some technical skills to install the amazing YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire to keep your children busy and happy. Read on to find out how you can turn your new but "dull" tablet into a lively device for kids.
How to Get YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire?
As stated before, getting YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire is a tough task. This is because YouTube Kids won't run on the device without Google Play. It would be easier to install the standard APK file on an ordinary Android tablet than to get this app on Amazon Fire.
Fortunately, you can install Google Play Store on the device to help you access YouTube, YouTube Kids, and all other Android apps. Want to know the best part? You don't have to root your Amazon Fire to do this. Moreover, the process will only take less than 30 minutes. That's all it takes to start using your Amazon Fire tablet just as you could other conventional Android tablets.
You can accomplish this by using two methods. One involves installing four APK files on the tablet. The other involves running a Windows PC-based script. The first method is easier than the second. However, since both processes are finicky, you should know both. In case one method fails, you can always look to the other.
Method 1: Using APKs
Unfortunately, installing Google Play Store and YouTube on Amazon Fire using this method requires installing at least three other utilities. This will mean taking some extra time to install each of these apps, which an ordinary Android tablet doesn't require. The good thing is that the process works on different versions of Fire OS, including 18.104.22.168, 5.3.2, and 22.214.171.124. To check your tablet's version, go to Settings → Device Options → System Updates. Here are the steps for installing the Play Store on the Amazon Fire tablet to allow the installation of YouTube Kids.
1. Go to Settings → Security to enable Apps from Unknown Sources.
2. Access the APKMirror site from your device's built-in Silk browser and search for and download Google Account Manager APK, Google Services Framework APK, Google Play Services APK, and Google Play Store APK.
3. When a warning pops up about the possibility of the file types harming your device, click OK. Don't worry about that.
4. Wait for the tablet to complete downloading the APK files.
5. Swipe down from your screen's top to see notifications for each of the downloaded APKs.
6. Start by clicking on Google Account Manager APK to allow its installation on the tablet. Wait until the device completes installing the file. (To know which file downloaded first, look at the time the download was completed on the right side of the APK)
7.Repeat steps 5-6 to install the remaining APKs in the following order: Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, and Play Store.
If the Install button is grayed out, turn the screen off, turn it back on, and unlock the Amazon Fire. This should work. If the button turns to orange from grey, you can continue installing the APK files. After the installation is complete, Google Play Store should appear on the Amazon Fire tablet's home screen. Tap on it, and it will prompt you to sign in to your Google account or create a new one. Your Amazon Fire is now ready for the installation of YouTube Kids.
Ensure you use a trusted source to download the APKs, such as APKMirror. APKMirror is an affiliate site of Android Police. Aside from having no pirated content, it offers free APK files from Google Play and developers. APKMirror doesn't modify or change apps before uploading them. Therefore, you can rest assured that downloading their APK files won't damage your device.
Also, if you experience any problem while installing the APK files or installing Google Play Store, check your settings to ensure that the tablet was set to install software to its SD card. To do this, go to the Settings → Storage → SD card. Method one works for several people, but not all. If it doesn't work for you, method two should.
Method two: Running a Windows PC-based Script
Method one should work well. Sometimes, it requires time for the Google Play Store to receive automatic updates from working properly. At other times, you may need to reboot the device. However, if none of these tricks works, you can install the Google Play Store from a Windows computer. All you need for this method is a Windows PC, USB cable, and your Amazon Fire. Here are the steps.
1. On your Amazon Fire tablet, go to Settings → Device → Device Options.
2. Find the Serial Number field and tap it at least seven times (do it repeatedly).
3. Tap on Developer Options.
4. Tap the Enable ADB button to activate it. Accept the warning to continue since the feature is meant for developers only.
5. Connect the tablet to a Windows PC using a USB cable. If you encounter a problem, manually install Google USB drivers. However, your computer should detect and download the drivers automatically.
6. On the PC, go to the Root Junky site and download the Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip file.
7. Unzip the file's contents to a folder of your choice on the PC.
8. Open the folder and find and double click on 1-Install-Play-Store.bat to install.
9. Go to the tablet and tap the Allow USB debugging prompt. If this is unavailable, close the Command Prompt window on the PC before launching the .bat file afresh.
10. Once the first screen appears type 2 and hit Enter. The tool will install Google Play Services and Google Play Store on the tablet.
11. Reboot your Amazon Fire by tapping the OK button from the prompt that will appear on the screen after the installation process is complete. If the prompt dialog box doesn't appear, you can long-press the power button of the tablet.
12. Turn on the tablet and unplug it from the Windows PC.
13. Feel free to disable the ADB option.
After step 5, you can choose to download the APK files you need to install, including YouTube Kids and YouTube. However, that will necessitate using the ADB command to set permissions on one or more apps. That is why using the script (steps 6-13) is the easiest way. It will install the apps and set permissions in your stead.
The only problem with using the script is that it allows the installation of unsigned drivers that the package comes with. Therefore, it is a risky method. Moreover, to do this on newer Windows 8.1 or 10 64-bit versions, you will have to reboot and disable driver signature verification.
Get YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire
After rebooting the tablet, your home screen will have shortcuts for Google Settings and Play Store. This means your Amazon Fire can now function just as every other Android tablet does. Just a few more steps are necessary for you to get YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire. Here is what you will do.
1. If you don't have a Google account, create a new one. Otherwise, sign into the tablet with your account.
2. Go to Google Play Store and search for YouTube Kids in the search bar.
3. Go to the Install button and click it to download and install the app.
4. Wait for the installation process to complete.
Now your kids can enjoy their YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire! You could also download other apps that the Amazon App Store doesn't have. At this time, however, Google Play Store may not seem to be working properly. Just give it like 10 minutes for it to update itself in the background.
You may also want to install YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire for yourself, so your kids won't be the only ones enjoying great videos. The process is similar to that of installing YouTube Kids. Just go to Google Play Store and search YouTube. Then, locate the install button and tap on it. The tablet will begin installing your YouTube. Remember, your tablet can install any app that is available on Google Play Store.
Without YouTube on the Amazon Fire tablet, your device may not sound and look appealing. The good thing is that you can get the app on the device and start enjoying your favorite videos. However, the process requires downloading and installing Google Play Store and other utilities. Alternatively, you may need to run a Windows PC-based script to achieve a similar effect. Get YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet today for yourself, or look for the kid's version for your children to start enjoying your device.