YouTube App for Kindle Fire – how to install Kindle Fire YouTube App on your tablet

How to get YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet.

YouTube app for Kindle Fire

How to get YouTube on Kindle Fire HD

Can’t watch YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet smoothly? Install the YouTube app for Kindle Fire  on your device for smooth watching of YouTube videos.  Here is how you can get  Kindle Fire YouTube app on your tablet. Read on….

Though, the Kindle Fire HD and HDX are extraordinary tablets from Amazon, possessing awesome features and both running on Android Operating System, it is not possible to install all the Android apps on either of the device out of the box. One of the main complaints about Kindle Fire is that YouTube videos which are widely watched by people can’t be watched smoothly on these tablets because the Kindle Fire YouTube app is not pre-installed on them. Some users complain that the YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet fails to load or loads erratically in some instances. Therefore, if you want to watch YouTube on Fire HD or HDX smoothly, you have to take help of a Kindle YouTube app i.e. an app compatible with Kindle Fire. But not only no Kindle Fire YouTube app comes pre-installed on the Amazon’s Kindle devices (Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX), you also cannot add Kindle YouTube app via the Amazon App-store. There are some Kindle YouTube apps that are available in Google Play Store, but are not available in Amazon App-store. This include YouTube app for Kindle Fire, and perhaps more importantly, YouTube kids for Kindle fire app. YouTube kids for Kindle fire app is designed for younger audiences to help them watch online videos that are age appropriate for the viewers. Hence, it can be said that Kindle Fire has its own limitations.

The Kindle Fire tablet has a 7 inch big display which is very suitable for watching videos. Therefore, the question is how we can get Kindle Fire YouTube app on your tablet? As the official way to get YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet is through Amazon App-store for Android, you have to install the Kindle Fire YouTube app from sources other than Amazon app-store. Side-loading is the term used to describe installing an app on your Android device from a source other than an official app store i.e. Amazon App-store in this case. Thankfully, side-loading of Android apps to Kindle Fire is quite easy. If you are willing to install YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet then you need to follow the simple steps given below:

Steps for adding Kindle YouTube app on your Amazon tablet

1. To allow installation of Applications on Amazon tablet from sources other than Amazon app-store, first go to the ‘Settings’ tab by swiping down your finger from the top of your screen and tap on ‘Applications’;

Get YouTube App for Kindle Fire

2. Tap the option ‘Apps from unknown sources’. This will bring up a warning note telling you that downloading apps outside the Amazon App Store could be harmful. Tap ‘OK’ (Make sure to do some research to find a reliable download site to accept the warning);

download YouTube app for kindle fire from unknown sources

Install YouTube app for Kindle Fire HD

3. Go to Amazon’s ‘App Store’ and download and install a File Explorer or File Manager app on your tablet, which is necessary for side-loading apps.  You can download ‘ES File Explorer’, which is a free app and simple to use and has a lot of features. It will give you access to the‘YouTube App’ (‘YouTube Apk’) after download;

how to download YouTube app for kindle fire

4. To find the YouTube app open the browser on your Kindle Fire device and search for the latest app by name (YouTube.apk). All Android apps have the file name ‘.apk’. Make sure to find a reliable download site and the correct name of the app to avoid any malware;

search for the YouTube app for your kindle fire

search for the YouTube app

5. Tap the link to download the app in question. This will bring up a prompt telling you that the file will be downloaded to your device, tap OK;

download YouTube app for kindle fire

6. Now Open up the ‘ES File Explorer’ (or any other downloaded file manager app). On the left side tap Local, and in the drop down menu tap Download. This will show you all the files you have downloaded to your tablet. The ‘YouTube app’ (YouTube.apk) should also be here. If it isn’t there try to download it again;

get YouTube app for kindle fire

7. Choose the file for the app you just downloaded. This will bring up a screen asking if you want to install the YouTube app for Kindle Fire. Tap Next to install. Wait for few seconds and the Kindle YouTube app will be installed;

Get YouTube app for kindle fire

8. Now go back to the Home screen to check if the YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet has been installed. If you did everything right, the YouTube app for Kindle Fire  should appear in the ‘Device’ section alongside the others. Click the ‘YouTube’ icon to open it on your Amazon Fire Tablet and start watching videos;


Sometimes YouTube may not run on your device without Google Play Service.apk installed along with it, since YouTube looks for authentication through that app. Therefore, after downloading YouTube.apk if you get the message that YouTube can’t run on Kindle Fire without Google Play Service, download the Google play Services by side-loading it and install it on your device. In order to install Google play service follow this simple guide.

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Now that you know how to get Kindle Fire YouTube app on your Amazon Fire tablet, YouTube videos including YouTube kids for kindle fire videos can be watched on your tablet easily and smoothly. However, one caveat here is that even though the YouTube app for Kindle Fire is successfully installed on your Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX tablet, it won’t give you access to all the features. You can watch as many videos as you like but you won’t be able to subscribe to any channel. That’s the limitation of YouTube on Amazon Fire tablet.

19 Responses to “YouTube App for Kindle Fire – how to install Kindle Fire YouTube App on your tablet”

  1. Ryan

    Aug 25. 2015

    Can’t be done sadly. You can install the youtube apk just fine but when you run the app it says that you also need to install Google play services. The all for that one however will not run on the kindle. Or its simply my bad luck that I’ve come to this conclusion.

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    • Julia Softorino

      Dec 22. 2015

      on andorid phones it doesn`t work yes
      but if you have Softorino YouTube converter you can easily save videos to iOS devices

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    • Steve

      Dec 26. 2015

      I downloaded the YouTube.apk file fine as well then got the message that it can’t play without google play. Is there a workaround for this as well?

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  2. Peter C.

    Nov 05. 2015

    Thanks for the sharing here. Yes, I remember there’s no YouTube app in Amazon Appstore in the past, so we need workaround. But now Amazon has the YouTube app already, seems it’s working fine:

    But good to know that we have other choices, when this app doesn’t work well.

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    • Jack

      Apr 19. 2017

      Hiya, unfortunately 1st and 2nd generation fires don’t work with the official app, vTube on the appstore works well with my fire, but sometimes crashes so I looked here for help, as soon as I got both youtube and google play services this app works best.
      Thanks for the help

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  3. Patrick

    Nov 15. 2015

    I read this detailed article with interest and then the first comment says sorry no, doesn’t work, and second comment says there is a kindle app for YouTube, not necessary to do this. What is the accurate technical real truth?

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    • Ravenna

      May 28. 2017

      Technically there are multiple youtube apps for kindle, all of which are essentially web browsers without an address bar and youtube as the home page. And you can’t install and use the official youtube app from google without rooting the kindle and installing google play services.

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  4. Jeremy

    Jan 09. 2016

    Youtube 5.0.21 .apk works for kindle fire. You can’t sign in but you can watch videos.

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  5. Elaine

    Nov 30. 2016

    Just ordered a Fire tablet for hubby.
    Can he access the App Store & download a pool game compatible with this tablet?
    If not, does Amazon have pool games?

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    • radharenu ganguly

      Dec 04. 2016

      Hi Elaine,
      Amazon has many ingenious Pool toys and floats for Adults which can be installed on the Kindle, Kindle HD, Kindle HDX, any Android phone/tablet, PC, or iPhone/iPad.

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  6. Pascal

    Mar 25. 2017

    How can i play youtube playlists on kindle fire? It doesnt work with amazon since recent update.

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  7. Rod

    Jan 27. 2018

    My daughter has the kindle kids and we downloaded YouTube kids and it works fine. You can change the age restrictions and watch all YouTube videos

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  9. disappointed

    May 10. 2018

    Didn’t work. My fire tablet said Google Play was incompatible, also said it needed updated. I tried various things, but finally just uninstalled all of it. Disappointed in Google and Amazon for not working this out. I was getting ready to order a new Fire 10 inch for hubby, but without YouTube it’s not happening. That is his main watch.

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