How to Install YouTube Kids on Your Amazon Fire Tablet

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One of the biggest limitations of Amazon’s tablets come in the lack of app support from Google. While the Fire tablets do run Android as their operating system, it’s actually a forked version of Android custom-made by Amazon for their Fire tablets and streaming devices.

So, since there’s no official support from Google for the OS, Google’s apps can’t be found inside the Amazon App Store. This includes YouTube, and more importantly for parents, YouTube Kids. Designed for younger audiences, YouTube Kids is an app from the YouTube team that helps children watch shows and other videos online while keeping content age-appropriate.

Still, it is possible to install YouTube Kids on your Fire tablet, though it isn’t as easy as just installing an app, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience sideloading apps in Android

Let’s take a look at how to get YouTube Kids running on your Fire or Fire HD tablet.

What You’ll Need

To get started, all you’ll need is some rudimentary knowledge on how Android installs apps outside of the standard app store, and some patience as your tablet downloads and installs all four required packages to run the Google Play Store properly on your device.

So, here’s what we’ll be using below:

  • Four separate APK files from APKMirror (linked below).
  • A Google account for the Play Store.
  • An updated Fire tablet running Fire OS 5.X (for devices running, see Troubleshooting and Tips).
  • A file manager from the App Store (optional, see Troubleshooting and Tips); we recommend File Commander.

This isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s good to know which Fire Tablet you have before jumping into this guide. Depending on the age of your tablet, you may need to download different apps than a device running older software.

Head into the settings menu and select Device Options, then look for Device Model at the bottom of this guide. This guide uses the launch years of each tablet to help guide you towards the correct APK, so if you need help identifying what year your tablet came out, use Amazon’s Tablet Device Specs page. Knowing which generation your device belongs to will help a lot throughout this guide.

Enabling Apps from Unknown Sources

The first thing you need to do is dive into the settings menu on your Fire tablet.

Both Amazon and Android refer to third-party apps as “unknown sources,” and are blocked by default. Unlike a device running iOS, however, Android allows users to install any app on their device so long as you’ve enabled the ability to do so.

To open settings on your device, slide down from the top of your device to open the notifications tray and quick actions, then tap on the Settings icon.

Scroll to the bottom of your settings page and tap on the option that reads Security & Privacy, which you’ll find under the Personal category.

There aren’t a ton of options in the Security section, but under Advanced, you’ll see a toggle reading Apps from Unknown Sources, along with the following explanation: “Allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore.”

Toggle this setting on, then exit the settings menu.

Downloading and Installing the APKs

On a standard Android tablet, installing YouTube Kids outside of the Play Store would be as easy as installing the standard APK.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite that easy on an Amazon Fire tablet. Because Google Play isn’t installed on your device, YouTube Kids won’t run.

This means you’ll have to install the entire Google Play Store onto your device, which amounts to four different applications: three utilities and the Play Store itself.

The site we’ll be using to download these APKs is called APKMirror. It’s a trusted source for free APKs from developers and Google Play and acts as a utility for any Android user looking to manually download or install apps.

APKMirror is a sister site to Android Police, a well-known source for Android news and reviews, and doesn’t allow pirated content on their site. Every app held on APKMirror is free from the developer, without modifications or changes before being uploaded.

Google Account Manager

The first app we need to download is Google Account Manager. Here are the two guides you’ll need to download this app:

  • For devices running Android 6.0 or above, you’ll want to use version 7.2 of the application. if a newer version exists, be sure to download that version instead.
  • If you’re running an older tablet that is still using Android 5.0, you’ll need version 5.1-1743759. You can find that linked here.

Don’t worry too much about downloaded the wrong version for your tablet. If you’re unsure about which version is right for you, download the older version linked above. You can always update the app after you’ve finished installing the Play Store.

Download it to your device through your browser by tapping on the green “Download APK” button. A download prompt will appear at the bottom of your display, and you can accept the prompt to begin the download.

Once the download is complete, you’ll see a notification in your tray when you slide down from the top of your screen. For now, don’t open the file. Leave the notification in your tray for easy access in the next step.

Google Services Framework

The next app is Google Services Framework. Just as with Account Manager, the version you need will depend on the device you’re running.

However, because of how Google’s framework app targets various versions of Android, we advise everyone to download version 5.1-1743759 from here.

This version is designed to run on all devices with Android 5.0 or higher, which means any Fire OS tablet should run it. If you’re prompted to update the app after installation, follow the prompts on your display to update the app to your correct version.

Google Play Services

Next up, we have Google Play Services. This is the app that will allow YouTube Kids to be authenticated and used on your device. Installing this app is a bit more complicated than installing the other apps on this list as there are two separate versions of the app for different tablets.

If you just bought your Fire 7, Fire HD 8, or Fire HD 10, you’re using a device with a 64-bit processor, so you’ll want to download this APK here. Anyone who owns a Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 from 2016 or later can also download this version.

If you own a Fire 7 tablet purchased prior to June 2019—in other words, an 8th generation device or older—you should download this version here. That’s the APK meant for 32-bit processors, which your tablet is running. Amazon switched the Fire 7 to 64-bit processors with the ninth generation model, but older devices will still need to download the correct version of the APK.

If you aren’t sure which version of the app to download, 32-bit versions are marked with a “020300” in the file name while 64-bit versions are marked with a “020400.” Both of these iterations of Google Play Services are identical in every way except for which type of processor they’re created for. If you download the wrong one, don’t stress too much. We’ll cover what to do below.

Google Play Store

The final of the four apps is the Google Play Store itself. This is the easiest of the four downloads, as all file versions work on Android 4.1 and above, and there aren’t separate types for different bit processors. Download the most recent version here.

For both Google Play Services and the Google Play Store, you should try to use the newest version of the app available. APKMirror will alert you when there is a newer version of the app available, which will be listed on the webpage below the information.

For Google Play Services, you should avoid the beta versions of the app by looking for the most recent stable version on the list (beta versions are marked as such).

For the Play Store itself, just download the most recent version. If you don’t feel comfortable figuring out which version listed on APKMirror is the correct version for your tablet, just download the linked versions and Google Play will update the apps for you following a full install.

Installing the APK Files

Once you’ve downloaded the four files listed above onto your Fire tablet, swipe down from the top of the screen to open your notifications. You should see a full list of the APKs you downloaded in the last step, each with its own notification, sorted by time.

If you followed the steps above and downloaded each in the proper order, the fourth download should be on the top of the list, and the first download on the bottom, so that the order appears as such:

  • Google Play Store
  • Google Play Services
  • Google Services Framework
  • Google Account Manager

How you install these apps is very important, so start by tapping the Google Account Manager at the bottom of that list. The installation process will begin. Hit Next on the bottom of the screen, or scroll to the bottom to hit Install.

Account Manager will begin to install on your device. If anything goes wrong during the installation, you’ll be alerted to the failure. Make sure you’ve downloaded the correct Android 5.0 version of Account Manager, and the file should install. Newer versions will not install on the device.

Repeat this process for all three remaining apps in order, beginning with Google Services Framework, followed by Google Play Services, and Google Play Store.

When each app finishes downloading, a display will appear citing the installation is complete. On both the Google Play Services and Google Play Store listings, there will be an option to open the app. Do not open these apps. Instead, hit Done, and continue following through on all four applications.

If your version of Google Play Services fails to properly install, you may have downloaded the wrong version for your processor. Try downloading the other version before continuing with the guide.

Rebooting and Logging into Google Play

Once all four applications have been downloaded onto your tablet, complete the process by restarting your Fire tablet. Press and hold the power button on your device until a prompt appears asking if you wish to turn off your tablet. After your device is powered off, reboot it by pressing and holding the power button again. When the tablet has booted back to your lock screen, we’re ready to finish the process by setting up Google Play.

Head into your list of apps and select the Google Play Store from the list (do not select Google Play Services). Instead of opening up the store, it will open Google Account Manager in order to gain your Google account credentials. You’ll see a display showing the tablet being set up for use, and then Google will ask for your Gmail address and password. Finally, the device will ask if you wish to back up your account’s apps and data to Google Drive. Whether you wish to do so it up to you, but it’s not necessary for this step. All told, Google Play should take about two minutes total to finish installing. Once you’ve logged in and its completed the setup process, you’ll be dropped into the Google Play Store, the same app that is used on most Android devices.

Installing YouTube Kids on Your Amazon Fire Tablet

Now that Google Play is installed on your tablet, it works just as it would for any other Android device.

So, to install YouTube Kids, all you have to do is open up the Play Store, search for YouTube Kids in the search bar along the top of the display, then select Install.

When you’ve finished downloading and installing the app on your tablet, it’ll work like any other app on your Fire. The app can be launched from your app drawer and will show up in your list of recent apps on the home screen, making it easy to access. On our test device, the app experience was identical to any other Android device.

Remember, YouTube Kids isn’t the only application that can be installed using this method. Any app that hasn’t been uploaded to Amazon’s own Appstore can be downloaded from your newly installed Play Store, just as on any other Android device.

Using FreeTime (Child Profiles)

In recent builds of Fire OS, it seems that it is impossible to get the YouTube Kids app working on a child profile (known as FreeTime in the Amazon ecosystem). This is because you cannot allow apps from outside sources on these profiles.

Without the ability to enable this feature, moving the APK from one account to another will result in a warning stating the app isn’t installed, and it will be impossible to properly run the YouTube Kids app on your device.

Until we find a concrete way to install YouTube Kids onto the Child profile on your device, we recommend creating a separate Adult profile for them, complete with a PIN, for use with YouTube Kids. This might sound annoying, but since you’ll already have the Play Store installed on your device, you can use the full suite of parental control applications available on the Play Store on your device.

Here are some of the best apps for the job:

  1. Norton App Lock: This one comes highly recommended from the Play Store community, with the ability to prevent access to specific applications without a passcode. This app works with both applications downloaded from the Appstore and the Play Store, making it ideal for users who want to lock down specific apps to share a profile with their child.
  2. Google Family Link: With Family Link, you can monitor what’s happening on Android devices without having to be in control 24/7. You can approve app downloads, lock the device after a certain amount of time, and see how long users have been using each app and device.
  3. Parental Control – Screen Time & Location Tracker: This app allows you to set and control screen time remotely from your own device by syncing the two accounts on each device. Available with both free and paid plans, Screen Time makes it easy to ensure your child is only using the device within an allotted amount of time.

These three apps won’t replace the ease and simplicity of simply using the Child profile tool included on every Fire tablet, but it’s a good start overall.

Troubleshooting and Tips

For most users, the above steps should be good enough for getting the Play Store on your brand-new Fire Tablet.

That said, some users may experience issues, especially on older devices or devices running older software. If that sounds like you, check out these optional guides for getting the Play Store working on your tablet.

Installing a File Browser from the Amazon App Store

This should be an optional step for most users, but certain Amazon devices have had trouble installing the necessary APKs onto their devices without installing a file manager first.

If you’re having an issue getting the files above to install on your device, we recommend installing File Commander, a free app that makes it easy to view the files stored on your tablet.

Alternatively, you can also use the Docs application on your device, which comes pre-installed and includes the ability to browse local files, instead of using an application like File Commander. Docs will allow you to browse your Downloads folder and select the app installation files one at a time if you accidentally swiped them away from your notification tray or if you’re having difficulties installing the apps on Fire OS

Installation Problems on Fire OS

If you’re still on Fire OS, the following instructions apply to you. However, since newer versions of Fire OS do not have this issue, we recommend making sure your software is up to date rather than dealing with these issues. If you cannot upgrade your operating system for any reason, look through the guide below for assistance.

The problem with Fire OS is that Amazon has disabled the installation button on their devices. This means that no matter where you click on the screen, you won’t be able to install the app, forcing you to cancel the installation and return to your locked-down Amazon ecosystem.

All four apps listed above seem to have this issue. Thankfully, there’s an easy workaround to this: once you’re on the installation screen with the grayed out icon, simply turn your device’s screen off, then back on and unlock your device.

Scroll to the bottom of the app installation page again, and you’ll see that the “Install” button is once again working on your device. An alternate workaround involves tapping on the multitasking/recent apps icon once, then re-selecting the app installation page from your recent apps list, and you should see the “Install” button lit up in orange.

As a final note, we tested installing all four APK files on Fire OS and above. Any newer versions contain no issues installing, and the Install icon was never greyed-out. If you’re looking to install these four applications and you are still running Fire OS, try updating your Fire OS software to, then to

30 thoughts on “How to Install YouTube Kids on Your Amazon Fire Tablet”

Avatar ahrussman says:
Is there a reason the Disney+ app will not open now that I’ve installed this workaround for Youtube Kids?
Avatar JMF3 says:
Awesome guide for Kindle Fire 7, thanks so much!
Avatar Linda L says:
I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH!! This was super-easy to follow and it worked. You saved me from a very awkward conversation about why his Christmas present wouldn’t have his YouTube Kids app.
Avatar Guilherme says:
Thanks! This method worked for my Fire HD8 2018, but when I tried sign in my child’s account an error occurred and the login process stop. I tried a few times but got the same error. Using my account works. What is better? Use the parent or the child account configured in play store?
Avatar Mrs. Morrison says:
Ok so I did all as instructed. Got everything running and working on one adult profile. I can not access any of the google content on the other adult profile, so after a while of playing around with access settings, and not finding a solution, I just started this whole process again with the 2nd adult profile. But now the Google Play Services file, and other versions from the list, are downloading but saying file corrupted when I go to install it. Any suggestions?
Avatar Renee Thomas says:
You are awesome! Thank you so much. I wanted to buy the Amazon HD Fire 7” tablets for my grandkids but we had to have YouTube Kids. I just bought two tablets, followed your instructions and voila! YouTube Kids is working perfectly. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Happy holidays!
Avatar J.S. says:
To the author – Just wanted to let you know I have youtube kids and other authenticated apps working in FreeTime, I’ll shoot you an email in the next week or two of the exact steps and APK’s I used once I refine the process and try it on a second tablet. This is on a new Fire HD 8, 64 bit, FireOS It must be direct connected to a PC to load the APK’s onto the right folders though. Tried on the device itself and too many restricted folders got in the way, also had to enable USB debugging from the developer options.
Avatar Mick Patrick says:
I’d like to hear more about this asap, since that is exactly my setup :-)
Avatar Todd says:
I would like to know these steps as well please! Thank you!
Avatar IainMH says:
When was the last time you tried this? Everything seems to work but it hangs when trying to download the YouTube Kids app. I have verified the security alerts on my google account but no luck.
Avatar IainMH says:
FYI as a workaround, I followed all these steps but instead of installing YouTube Kids from the store, I downloaded it from APKMirror just the same as everything else mentioned in this article. I had to update Google Services Framework before it work. This is an absurd amount of hacking to try and protect my three-year-old from shock and horror videos. Google and Amazon: this is a plague on both your houses. You are intentionally putting children at risk. Not cool.
Avatar Jessica says:
In having the same issue, thanks for the work around tip!
Avatar ewan dawson says:
I still can’t install YouTube Kids onto my kids’ profiles but I can add YouTube itself to their accounts? And all the potential online hazards that could present? C’mon YT and Amazon, sort it out!
Avatar Brian says:
I’ve installed the APKs and the application, but I cannot find the application on the Kindle, even though the Google Play store insists it’s installed on the device. Where would I find the application?
Avatar JP says:
I think they removed the limitation of not being able to install from unknown sources on the child profile. I was able to install full play store and then install youtube kids from the play store on two Fire HD 10 (7th Generation) in the child account that was previously disabled by older firmware.
Avatar Jess says:
Worked great for me. After downloading YouTube kids do I need to change any settings back (like download from outside sources ect) or delete any of the downloaded files?
Avatar Jade says:
Downloaded all files no problem, opened google play store and when it come to signing in nothing happens! Downloaded the same files for my other daughters tablet and didn’t have any problems. Any advice?
Avatar Michele says:
Did you find a fix to this? I’m having the same issue.
Avatar Amanda says:
This was perfect…until I had to add an adult profile. I wish it would’ve stayed this upfront. We already have 2 adult profiles and can’t add a third…so now the past hour has been a waste. Great instructions though and very easy to do….
Avatar Andy says:
Same experience here. Good instructions until the disappointing bit at the very end that it won’t work with the kid’s profile. Please add a disclaimer to the top of article. I pretty much wasted an entire afternoon with this.
Avatar Bob says:
Likewise – this all very useful until you get to the end when you note that it’s all useless. If you’re already in a family with two adult profiles, you can’t add one and even if you remove one, adding another requires a wait of 180 days. I am, ultimately in a worse place than when I started all of this.
Avatar Chris says:
Should this work with Fire Edition TV? I got to the step to download the Google account manager linked (this TV is running android 6.xx) and it’s not downloading.
Avatar Holly says:
Followed the instructions to the letter. This worked perfectly. Thank you!
Avatar Su says:
Great tutorial and easy to follow. This was really a lifesaver!
Avatar Jane says:
I’m having the issue where I can’t seem to update the google play services so I’m in a log in loop
Avatar Tracy says:
I have downloaded these steps to 2 Amazon 8 with little to no problems. The #3 has been a nightmare! I did the exact has steps but every time I click on the google store app it takes me to the email step then straight to the I accept button. I click on the I accept then straight BACK to the “enter email”. I went back to factory settings twice. Why am I doing wrong? How can I fix this?
Avatar Clay says:
You glorious bastard! This is the one thing that would lead to my daughter stealing my work ipad and infecting it with toddler smudge. Thank you so much for the easy to follow instructions!
Avatar Ty says:
Thank you!!! The best!!!
Avatar Tatiana says:
Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial. It’s working great!
Avatar Dawn says:
My son and I share the same Fire 10. I was successfully able to download You Tube Kids on my profile but it won’t let me share it to his profile, which is always on Amazon Free time. Any idea how to get around this?
Avatar Nelie says:
The first three apks downloaded but on the last one, Google Play Store. It says x App not installed. Is there something I can do to remedy this?
Avatar Kristy Carlton says:
This non-techie mom was able to install Google Play (& then YouTube Kids) on all three of the kids new Fire HD tablets this morning – thank you! I’m so glad someone took the time to publish a fix and directions in plain English so their Christmas presents weren’t a bust! (FreeTime is way too restrictive!) Thank you thank you!
Avatar Todd says:
I have the Fire HD8 purchase a month ago and activated yesterday. In Google Services it will not allow me to proceed past Activate Family Link Manager when I click on NEXT…I get an error that says, This profile managaer is required, blah blah….I click Got It, click NEXT again and the error keeps coming up. I close out and get a message the the email and account have been deleted because the process was interupted. WTH is this? What is the get around? OH, and I downlaoded the Family Link from the Play Store, with no success in getting this to work.
Avatar Momo says:
Awesome!!! Thank you
Avatar Misty Silva says:
This solution worked great and only took 10 minutes to complete! Thank you so much for putting these instructions out!
Avatar Jamie says:
Thanks man, worked perfectly. Might I say though… this Fire 8HD is a P.O.S.
Avatar Kevin Bachelder says:
Just purchased a Fire 7 Kids Edition for my granddaughter and I used this guide so I could install YouTube Kids and it worked perfectly! Thanks very much.

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