If you followed our guide to install the Google Play Store, you may have been a bit disappointed with the results. Because the Google Play Store does not know the capabilities of the Amazon Fire TV, it defaults to marking most apps as incompatible. This prevents most apps from being installed. Thanks to a great tip from JJ-KwiK, in this guide we’ll show you how to trick the Google Play Store into thinking the Fire TV is a Nexus 7 tablet. Doing so makes most apps and games in the Google Play Store available to install on your Fire TV.
- Your Fire TV must be Rooted. Follow our guide here to root.
- Have the Google Play Store instaled on your Fire TV. Follow our guide here.
- Launch the Google Play Store and login with your Google account.
Instructions for tricking the Google Play Store…
- Download Market Helper from here. (source)
9/4/2014: When these instructions were written, v1.1 was the latest version of Market Helper. Market Helper 2.0 Beta has since been released and, at the time that I’m writing this, is incompatible with the Fire TV. Since Market Helper 2.0 is still in Beta, it’s possible that it will become compatible with the Fire TV in the future. I suggest trying the latest version of market helper via the link above first. If that does not work on your Fire TV, then use Market Helper v1.1 which you can download form here or here. If Market Helper 2.0 works for you, please let me know in the comments so that I can update these instructions.
9/8/2014: Several commenters have reported that Market Helper 2.0 Beta is now working on the Fire TV. I recommend using that version of Market Helper, and not version 1.1.
- Sideload Market Helper onto your Fire TV.
- Launch Market Helper
- Select “Tablet” from the first menu under “Select Device”
- Select “Asus Nexus 7 3G” from the second menu under “Select Device”
- Select “United States” from the first menu under “Select Operator”
- Select “AT&T” from the second menu under “Select Operator”
- Select the “Activate” button
- Select “Grant” form the SuperSU popup
- Select “OK”
- Open http://www.google.com/dashboard on your computer
- Navigate to the “Android” section and click “Manage devices”
- Wait for the new Nexus 7 to be refreshed
- You should now be able to launch the Google Play Store on your Fire TV and install most apps.
(NOTE: The Market Helper settings get reset if the Fire TV reboots, so you will have to activate those again each time.)