Google Hangouts Meet is a video conferencing app available for tablets since 2022. However, if you try to download it on your Amazon Fire tablet, you will hit a stumbling block.
That's because this app is part of Google's package, which is not available 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 also work on Fire OS.
So, if you really need the app on your Fire tablet, you can bypass this restriction. This article will tell you how.
Step One: Enable Downloading Apps from Unknown Sources
By default, your Fire tablet will not allow you to download apps outside of the official Amazon store. Therefore, you must enable this option manually.
Here is what you need to do:
- Swipe up and down on the tablet's home screen to display the quick access bar.
- Press 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 the Play Store.
However, this option is disabled by default for a good reason. The official Amazon Appstore is the only way to download legit and safe versions of the app.
If you let your phone download apps from unknown sources, you potentially allow harmful and malicious software into your device.
For this reason, only download APK files from trusted and tested sources. Also, you should disable the option again when you are done, so that your phone does not download annoying files in the background.
Step Two: Download the APK File from Play Store
Downloading a PlayStore APK file can be tricky.
First, you need to find the right version of your Fire Tablet in order to get a suitable APK file.
For example, the Fire 7 tablet has Fire OS 6 – the equivalent of Android 7.1 Nougat. On the other hand, Fire OS 5 needs APK 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 "Device Options" further down the menu.
- Tap "System Updates" to see which Fire OS is running on your device.
Now that you know the version, you need to download the necessary APKs.
Open Silk browser and go to a reliable APK downloader. For example, Mirror APK is a popular and reliable website with up-to-date files.
Check the website for the appropriate version of the following APK files in the order listed below:
- Google Account Manager
- Google Framework Services
- Google Play Services
- Google Play Store
Step Three: Install the APK Files
Now that you have downloaded the files to 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 on each file.
However, be sure to install them in the same order you downloaded them. If you mix up the sequence, the app may not work properly.
Once the installation is complete, you should see the Google Play Store icon in the app menu.
Step Four: Download Google Hangouts Meet
Now all you have to do is download the Google Meet app on your Fire tablet.
- Open the Google Play Store app.
- Type “Hangouts Meet” in the search bar.
- Enter the application menu.
- Tap "Install".
Wait for the app to install. If you've done everything as instructed, you'll see the Hangouts Meet icon in your app menu.
Just tap the app and you're ready to go.
Be careful with the Play Store
Before downloading an application from PlayStore (which does not exist on the AppStore), make sure to check its compatibility online.
Namely, some Android apps are simply not compatible with Fire OS. Some can even slow down the performance of the entire operating system. Therefore, only use it for apps that you know will work fine on the device.
Fortunately, Hangouts Meet is one of them.
Are you happy with how Hangouts Meet works on your Fire tablet? Would you recommend another software? Leave a comment in the section below to let us know.