Update (2016/02): Android screen mirroring works on Fire tablet 5th generation
For Fire tablet 5th generation ONLY (you can check yours in Settings– Device options–Device model), you can also use screen cast for Chromecast (Android screen mirroring). You can run Play store and update Play services. Please follow this guide to run one ADB command.
For all previous generations of Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets, you cannot run Google Play store app. Screencast does not work either. If Chromecast does not work after install the 4 APKs, you can try the latest Chromecast APK and Google Play service APK (both are from APKMirror.) This Chromecast app APK matches this Play services APK.
Being an Amazon customer does not mean you cannot enjoy Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets!
Amazon Fire tablet (including Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX) offers an excellent option of value-for-money tablet. However, Amazon customized Android OS to such an extent that it looks different from many other Android tablets.
Although Amazon proudly named the OS as Fire OS, it is essentially still Android: most Android Apps can run on Amazon Fire tablet. You can sideload many Google Play store apps on the tablet. Please follow this guide if you are not sure how to get Google Play store apps to your Fire HD, Fire HDX or Kindle Fire HDX.
If you are a Chromecast owner with one of these Amazon Fire tablets, you can also enjoy Chromecast on your Fire tablet.
Except this, you can enjoy all other features of Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets as you did in Android devices.
What are the requirements to get Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets?
To enjoy Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets, you need install (sideload) the following 4 apps to your tablet:
- Chromecast app for Android
- Google Play Services app
- Google Play Store app
- Google Services Framework app
The first 2 can be sideloaded with 1Mobile Market. The other 2 will be installed from APK files directly. I will show you how to get these APK files.
Of course, if you want, you can install all of them from APK files directly (see section of List of resources for this guide).
Step-by-step guide to get Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets
Step 1: Enable apps from unknown sources in your Amazon Fire tablet
As a Amazon Fire tablet user, you probably already know that any apps that are not from Amazon App store are considered as from Unknown Sources.
Because none of the 4 apps needed are not available in Amazon App store (for obvious reasons), you need enable Apps from Unknown Sources (Settings—Applications) as shown below so that you can install them to your Fire tablet.
Step 2: Install Google Play Services app on Amazon Fire tablet
Note: if you don’t want to use method, you can download the APK files directly, then install Google Play Services app on Amazon Fire tablet. Please refer step 4 and 5 below. The links for the APK files can be found in the section of List of resources for this guide.
Start 1Mobile Market app (please refer to this guide if you don’t have this app in your Fire tablet), then search for Google Play services as shown below.
Tap Google Play services as shown below.
Tap Free as shown below.
Your Fire tablet should start to download the official Google Play services.
Once the download is completed (it should not take so long), you will be prompted to install the app.
Of course, the list of permissions which the app is seeking are listed for you to review.
Tap Install as shown below to install Google Play services to Amazon Fire tablet.
Now, you should get the App installed page as shown below. This indicates the Google Play services app is successfully installed on your Amazon fire tablet.
Tap Done as shown below. It is not necessary to open it because Google Play services app doesn’t have a user interface.
Step 3: Install Chromecast app on Amazon Fire tablet
You can use the identical procedures to install Chromecast app on Amazon Fire tablet. Of course, if you want, you can also install from APK files directly.
Start 1 Start 1Mobile Market app , then search Chromecast app as shown below.
Tap Chromecast as shown below. Then install Chromecast app on Kindle Fire tablet.
Once the Chromecast app is installed on your Fire tablet, you will get the App installed page as shown below.
Tap Done as shown below.
At this time, Chromecast app is not working because 2 other apps are needed.
So, if you try to run Chromecast app now, you will get some errors.
Step 4: Install Google Services Framework app on Amazon Fire tablet
Google service framework app is available to device manufactures only. Amazon is trying to de-Google, and therefore, is not licensed to get this app.
The good news is that the Google service framework app is not locked to specific device. This means if you have any Android devices with Google Play store, you can copy the APK file to your Amazon Fire tablet.
You can Google this APK file as well.
Anyway, start your Silk browser on your Fire tablet.
In the browser, try this Dropbox sharing link for Google Services Framework app: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7zitkl9taeyxhs/GoogleServicesFramework.apk?dl=0
Tap Download as shown below.
You may have multiple options now depending on apps installed on your Fire tablet.
Tap Silk Browser as shown below.
Then tap Just Once as shown below.
You then confirm the download by tapping Confirm as shown below.
Once the Google Services Framework APK file is downloaded, you can tap the navigation icon (3 lines in the top left of the browser).
Then tap Downloads as shown below to manage your downloaded files in Silk browser.
You can find the newly downloaded files here.
The file name is a a bit confusing. This is probably the problem of Dropbox.
Tap the newly downloaded file as shown below.
Now, you are prompted to install the Google Services Framework app to Amazon Fire tablet.
A list of permissions associated with the app is listed.
Scroll down, and then tap Install as shown below to install Google Services Framework on your Amazon Fire tablet.
Once the installation is finished, App installed page will be prompted.
Tap Done as shown below to close the page.
Step 5: Install Google Play Store app on Amazon Fire tablet
The last app we need install is Google Play Store app because Chromecast app requires Google Play Store app.
Please note, Play store app will not be fully functional on Amazon Fire tablets. But you need install it to make Chromecast work on Amazon Fire tablets.
Google Play store is not available in 1Mobile Market. So you also have to install it from an APK file, similar to that for Google Services Framework app.
The good thing is that it is easier to find the latest Google Play store APK file on the internet.
You can find the latest version of Google Play store APK file at: http://www.apkmirror.com/
Start Silk browser, try http://www.apkmirror.com/?s=play+store&post_type=apps_post
You should find all versions of Google Play store.
Tap Google Play Store 5.3.6 as shown below.
Then follow the link to download the APK file. The direct download link is: http://www.apkmirror.com/wp-content/themes/APKMirror/download.php?id=6730
Once downloaded, check the files in Downloads in the Silk browser.
Tap the APK file (com.android.vending-5.3.6-….)as shown below.
Now you can review the permissions of Google Play store app.
Scroll down and then tap Install as shown below.
After 10-20 seconds, the installation should finish.
Please note, you cannot use Google Play store on Amazon Fire tablets to install apps. But Chromecast gets all required components to fully fucntional.
Step 6: Check Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets
After installing the 4 apps, you should be able to enjoy Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets.
You need power on Chromecast device first.
Start Chromecast app on your Fire tablet as shown below.
When you start the Chromecast app on Fire tablet first time, you need accept the privacy and terms.
Tap Accept as shown below.
Your Amazon Fire tablet now is searching for Chromecast device that is connected to the same WiFi network.
This may take a few mins. If the Chromecast was setup before with other devices, it should shown in the list.
If you see your Chromecast device is found, you can start to enjoy the Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets.
Step 7: Turn off apps from unknown sources in your Amazon Fire tablet
It is a good practice to turn off apps from unknown sources once you finish the installation.
As you did in Step 1, you can turn off this feature now.
How to use Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets
To use Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets is identical to that in Android devices. But there is one exception.
Android screen mirroring (screen casting) is NOT working on Amazon Fire tablets
In Android devices, Android screen mirroring is one of the most welcomed features.
Although the latest Fire OS is based on KitKat 4.4.3, Android screen mirroring (screen casting) is NOT working on Amazon Fire tablets.
As shown below, in Amazon Fire tablets, in the Chromecast app, you can find the Cast screen option, but it does not work. There are no known workaround until Amazon changes its code.
As a consolation, you can always use the Display Mirroring (Miracast) on most Amazon Fire tablets.
Enjoy Chromecast on Fire tablets with apps that support Chromecast
Almost all Android apps that support Chromecast can run on Amazon Fire tablet. This means you can enjoy Chromecast as you do in Android devices.
For example, you can install YouTube app from 1Mobile Market or from APK fire directly.
After starting YouTube app on your Amazon Fire tablet, you can notice the casting icon as shown below.
Tap the casting icon to cast the video to the TV through Chromecast, instead of playing on the tablet.
Select the Chromecast device to proceed.
Now, you can control the pay on the TV from your Fire tablet as shown below.
The usage is identical to that on Android devices.
Another example is Plex app.
You can also use Plex app on Fire tablet. Actually, the app is available in Amazon App store. It is not necessary to sideload. If you are not sure about setting up your Plex media server, this guide is for you.)
In your Fire tablet, you can also find the casting icon in the Plex app. Tap it as shown below to cast to the selected Chromecast device.
The Google Play store is not working on Amazon Fire tablet, How about other Google apps?
As mentioned earlier, Google play store does not work on Amazon Fire tablets. No easy solutions.
For most other Google apps, you can use them on Amazon Fire tablet.
For Google apps that requires Google account, e.g., GMail, Play movies, you need install an additional Google account manager app. Please refer to this guide (on KindleFireForKid.com).
List of resources for this guide
- How to sideload apps to Amazon fire tablet? http://kindlefireforkid.com/how-to-sideload-android-apps-in-kindle-fire-kindle-fire-hd-and-kindle-fire-hdx/
- 1Mobile market: http://market.1mobile.com/
- APK Mirror: http://www.apkmirror.com/
- Android screen mirroring: http://allaboutchromecast.com/android-screen-casting-for-chromecast-is-now-supported-on-all-android-devices-with-kitkat-4-4-2-or-later/
- How to set up your own Plex media server: http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-use-plex-media-server-to-stream-local-media-to-chromecast-from-your-pc/
- Plex for Android app: http://allaboutchromecast.com/plexforandroid
- YouTube APK file: http://www.apkmirror.com/wp-content/themes/APKMirror/download.php?id=7547
- Miracast vs Chroemcast: http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-vs-miracast-everything-you-need-know-about-wireless-display-and-screen-mirroring/
Direct link for the 4 APK files
- Google Service Framework app: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7zitkl9taeyxhs/GoogleServicesFramework.apk?dl=0
- Google Play store app: http://www.apkmirror.com/wp-content/themes/APKMirror/download.php?id=6730
- Google Play Services app: http://www.apkmirror.com/wp-content/themes/APKMirror/download.php?id=7776
- Google Chromecast app: http://www.apkmirror.com/wp-content/themes/APKMirror/download.php?id=4430
If you prefer Dropbox, the 4 APK files are shared under this folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kh0z6ah21zhyynv/AAC6rabvpvZxVGUc_bkAuBvSa?dl=0
Do you have problems to use Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets (Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX)?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on using Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets (Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX), please let us know in the comment box below.
For more Chromecast tutorial, you may check our Chromecast how-to guide page.