Play Store on tablet: How to install and Run

Since not all Android tablets come with the Google Play Store, you can have an Android emulator installed on your tablet and then get the APK or Android Application Package files.

Before anything else, you need to check your Android version as the process differs based on your tablet’s Android version. For tablets running on Android Nougat or the 7th version or lower, you need to go to Settings.

  • Scroll down to the Lock Screen & Security or something similar, and then select Unknown Sources.
  • Enable this feature to allow installation of applications from sources other than the Google Play Store.
  • The Unknown Sources option should be on the same page with Advanced Features, Device Maintenance, and below Applications.
  • For Android devices running on Android 8 Oreo and higher, no need to toggle the Unknown sources manually as you will be prompted with the permission message before the app is installed.

Steps may vary depending on your Android tablet.

Steps on how to install Google Play Store on Fire tablets

  • Go to and start searching for a trusted source for APKMirror.
  • Check your options from the first page results and download the APKMirror app.
  • From here, hit the Download button to initiate the download.
  • Go to the homes creen to launch the newly installed APKMirror app
  • Start downloading the 4 applications: Google Account Manager, Google Play Services, Google Services Framework, and Google Play Store.
  • When all 4 applications are successfully downloaded, open the Files or Docs or Documents on your tablet.


From the Downloads folder or Documents folder, you should see the 4 APK files. Downloaded files must be installed in the following order:

  • Install all 4 but do not open yet. Just tap Done and do not tap Open or Google Play Store won’t work.
  • When a personal data safety message pops up, just ignore the message and click Continue
  • Once all 4 apps are installed, you need to restart your Fire tablet. Hold the power button and tap Restart. Or if you are using an older version of Fire tablet, your only option is to switch off the device. Wait for about 5 seconds and switch the tablet back on
  • Once the tablet is back on, tap the Google Play Store app on the home screen.

From here, you will be asked to log in to your Google or Gmail account. Key in your preferred Google account with the username and password.

After which, you can now search for games, apps, or tools that you want to add to your tablet.

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Google Play Store on Android Tablet

Note: The same with Fire tablets, Unknown sources must be enabled first before downloading the Google Play APK file. This is only applicable for Android OS 7 and below.

For Android 8 and higher, permission is granted per app you wish to install on your Android tablet.

Once permission is switched on, the next step is to download APK Mirror. Get the file from the official website: to get the latest version.


Your web browser may ask permission to install unknown apps. Follow the on-screen prompts to pay bass and proceed with the download

You may also be warned that downloading this file may harm your device. Do not fret, instead, just click the Continue button.

  • Go to your home screen and access your Downloads folder or Files app to open the installer package. For older devices, you can go to the apps drawer or the app should be on your home screen.
  • Tap on the APKMirror icon to start using the app. Use the search bar to search and download the Google Play Store.
  • Tap the app name and the Download button next to it to initiate the download.
  • Do the same for the rest of the apps, tools, or games you want to download from Google Play Store.


While Google Play Store is the most widely used app store for Android devices, there are other app stores that you can choose from to discover free and premium digital content like:

  • Amazon Appstore – available on Amazon Fire tablets and can be installed on other Android phones or tablets, offering a wide selection of apps.
  • Fdroid – is a great choice if you are looking for open-source Android apps.
  • AFKPure – is another Google Play Store alternative that with a vast collection of apps and games in AFK files.
  • Aurora Store – is another open-source app store that allows you to download digital content anonymously. The Aurora App Store is the best option for those who value their privacy since Aurora does not require a Google account.
  • Huawei App – Huawei users can enjoy the growing selection of apps, games, and other services from the official app store for Huawei users.
  • Yalp Store – this app store lets you browse and download apps without needing a Google account.