How to Use Google Meet on Your Amazon Fire Tablet
Google Hangouts Meet is a video meeting app that has been available for tablets since 2018. However, if you tried downloading it to your Amazon Fire Tablet, you’d hit a stumbling block.
That’s because this app is a part of Google’s package, which is unavailable on Amazon’s Appstore.
But that’s no reason to worry. Fire Tablet runs on Fire OS, which is based on Android. Therefore, all apps that work on Android should work on Fire OS, too.
Thus, if you really need the app on your Fire tablet, you can bypass this restriction. This article will explain how.
Step One: Enable Downloading Apps from Unknown Sources
By default, your Fire Tablet won’t allow you to download any apps outside of the official Amazon store. Therefore, you need to toggle this option manually.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Swipe from the top down on the tablet’s home screen to display the quick access bar.
- Tap the “Settings” button.
- Select the “Security and Privacy” menu.
- Toggle “Apps From Unknown Sources”.
This option allows the device to get the apps from sources outside of the play store.
However, this option is disabled by default for a good reason. The official Amazon Appstore is the only way to download legitimate and safe versions of the app.
If you let your phone download apps from unknown sources, you’re potentially allowing harmful and malicious software into your device.
For that reason, only download APK files from trusted and tested sources. Moreover, you should disable the option again when you finish, so your phone doesn’t download inconvenient files in the background.
Step Two: Download Play Store’s APK File
Downloading a PlayStore APK file could be tricky.
First of all, you need to find the proper version of your Fire Tablet tablet so you can get a suitable APK file.
For instance, Fire 7 tablet has Fire OS 6 – the equivalent of Android 7.1 Nougat. On the other hand, Fire OS 5 needs APKs for Android 5.1 Lollipop, and so on…
So, if you don’t know the version of your device, you need to find it.
- Open the “Settings” app again.
- Tap the “Device Options” further down the menu.
- Tap “System Updates” to see which Fire OS runs on your device.
Now that you know the version, you need to download the necessary APKs.
Open the Silk browser and head over to a reliable APK downloader. For example, APK mirror is a popular and reliable website with up-to-date files.
Search the website for the appropriate version of the following APK files in the order listed below:
- Google Account Manager
- Google Services Framework
- Google Play Services
- Google Play Store
Step Three: Install The APKs
Now that you’ve downloaded the files on your tablet, you need to locate them and start the installation.
You can locate the files in your device’s Downloads folder. Here’s how:
- Open the “Docs” app from the app menu.
- Tap the “more” button at the top-left of the screen.
- Select the “Download” menu.
- Tap the “Local Storage” tab.
You should see the downloaded APK files listed here. To start the installation, you need to tap to the each file.
However, make sure you install them according to the same order you’ve downloaded them. If you mix up the sequence, there’s a chance that the app won’t work properly.
After you’ve finished with the installation, you should see the Google Play Store icon on the app menu.
Step Four: Download Google Hangouts Meet
The only thing left is to download the Google Meet app to your Fire Tablet.
- Open the Google Play Store app.
- Type “Hangouts Meet” in the search bar.
- Enter the app menu.
- Tap “Install.”
Wait for the app to install. If you’ve done everything according to instructions, you’ll see the Hangouts Meet icon in your app menu.
Just tap the app and you’re ready to go.
Be Careful with Play Store
Before you download an app from PlayStore (that doesn’t exist on the AppStore), make sure to check its compatibility online.
Namely, some Android apps are just not compatible with Fire OS. Some may even slow down the performance of the entire operating system. Therefore, only use it for the apps you know will run smoothly on the device.
Luckily, Hangouts Meet is one of them.
Are you happy with how Hangouts Meet runs on your Fire Tablet? Would you recommend another software? Leave a comment in the section below to let us know.