Amazon Kindle is a popular series of e-readers enable users to browse, buy, download and read e-books, magazines, newspapers and other digital media. Some people asked if they can root Kindle Fire as what they do on their Android phones. The Kindle Fire runs a special operating system by default, called Fire OS, which is based on the old Android 2.3. It is possible to get a full version of Android operating system on your Kindle Fire to enjoy more abilities. Apparently, you cannot root Kindle Fire using the general way to root Android phone. In this post, we are going to show you how to do it on your Kindle Fire/Fire HD.
Part 1. Warning to root Kindle Fire HD
Before start rooting Kindle Fire HD, there is something you should know about it:
Jul 11, 2012 I had to use the utility in the Kindle Fire Utility to reboot (couldn’t boot to the image through the power button). Now I’m in Jelly Bean on my Kindle Fire, but when I run the Kindle Fire. Sync Across Kindle E-readers, Fire Tablet, And Kindle App Andrew Myerson. 3.6 out of 5 stars 13. Kindle Edition. I've had kindle for mac on my mac laptop for many years, but this update just wouldn't work. Good job I have it on my phone as well. Comment Report abuse. See all reviews from the United Kingdom. The latest software version for Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation is 7.5.1. This update automatically downloads and installs on your Kindle Fire HD when connected wirelessly; however, you can also manually download the software and transfer the update to your device via USB cable. Jun 20, 2015 Using the original Kindle Fire cable, my Kindle Fire doesn't mount under Yosemite 10.10.1 and it doesn't show in Disk Utility or anything else, it just does not work. Of course it's worth checking cables and ports, and also restarting both devices, all of which I've done, but it's difficult not to believe that this is simply a BUG. Dec 04, 2011 If you use a Mac or Linux computer, you are just a few steps away from rooting your Kindle Fire. Rooting your device will allow you to run certain applications that require the SuperUser app (such as screenshot applications). On your Kindle Fire: 1. Go to the Kindle Fire.
1. First of all, rooting Fire OS is the same with jailbreaking iOS. It means that your device is not protected by the warranty anymore. Amazon and the technology support team will not repair a rooted Kindle Fire/Fire HD, even though your device is still in the warranty period. Any time when need to fix your device, you have to unroot it first.
Kindle Fire Hd Utility
2. And after rooted, you can install apps that need root access. That is why many people want to root their Kindle Fire devices. But it may expose your device to more security risks since any apps can access and collect all data on your device, from your private information to purchase details.
3. More importantly, you cannot enjoy the regular updates for Kindle Fire anymore. Amazon releases updates for Kindle Fire HD frequently and once your device is online, the updates will installed automatically. After rooted, you cannot enjoy such services.
4. Rooting Kindle Fire HD itself is a dangerous process. Any incorrect action could lead to disaster on your data and device. Moreover, most Kindle rooting toolkits wipe the contents on your device while rooting Kindle Fire.
Of course, with root access, you can get many benefits, such as install any apps on your Kindle Fire from sources other than Amazon Store, make your device more like an Android tablet, and more. If you understand what rooting Kindle Fire is and still want to do it on your device, follow the guides below to smooth the process.
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Part 2. Things prepare for rooting Kindle Fire
As mentioned, rooting Kindle Fire is a very special process, and you have to make some preparations.
1. Power on your computer, create a new folder on your desktop, called rootK. This will save all necessary files and tools for rooting your Kindle.
Kindle Fire Utility Download 1st
2. Visit Android Developer forum and download the ADB Drivers for your Kindle Fire/Fire HD. Run the Kindle Fire ADB Drivers.exe file and follow the onscreen instructions to install it on your PC. To check the Kindle Fire drivers, right click on Computer on your desktop, click Properties-> Device Manager and find the Android ADB or similar entity on left sidebar. If it is fine, the Kindle Fire drivers are installed successfully. If not, right click on it, select Update Driver Software and follow the assistant to get the latest drivers.
3. Download Kindle Fire Utility for Windows from XDA Developers website. Unzip the content to the rootK folder. It is used to manage the rooting Kindle Fire process and download necessary tools.
4. Fully charge your Kindle Fire device, go to Settings-> More-> Device and toggle on Allow Installation of Applications. This allows you to install apps from internet or other sources.
5. Open a Windows Explorer, navigate to Organize-> Folder and search options-> View, and enable Show hidden files, folders and drivers.
Now, preparations are done, and you can switch to the rooking Kindle Fire process.
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Part 3. How to root Kindle Fire HD
In this part, you can learn the workflow of rooting Kindle Fire HD using Kindle Fire Utility.
Step 1: Connect your Kindle Fire to the computer using a USB cable and put the device into USB storage mode. Open the rootK folder on your desktop, find and start the run.bat file. Make sure that the ADB Status is Online; otherwise, you have to reinstall Kindle Fire Drivers.
Step 2: Select Install Permanent Root with Superuser option under Bootloader Menu. This will trigger the rooting Kindle Fire HD process. And the Utility will get necessary tools automatically. It may take a while to complete installation and rooting. Keep your Kindle Fire connected to the computer during the process. If the connection is interrupted while rooting, your Kindle Fire will be bricked.
Step 3: When you see the Root Installed message pops up, it means that your Kindle Fire is rooted successfully. And you can start enjoying the advantage of root access privilege.
Step 4: After rooted, you’d better install Google Play on your Kindle Fire device. Also open the run.bat file, this time select Extras (Requires Root) under the Bootloader Menu and then choose Install Google Apps / Go Launcher EX on the next screen. Wait for the Google Play installation to complete.
Step 5: Then access your Kindle Fire device, touch Google+, sign in your Google account and password. Next, find the Go Launcher icon and touch it to open the home screen, which is much like a standard Android tablet. Tap the Market icon, your Google Play will show up.
Kindle Fire Utility uses Superuser to root Kindle Fire and Fire HD, so the process is pretty simple. And you do not need to install everything manually.
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Amazon Kindle is a very special device on market. Amazon launched two popular models in 2013, Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. The former is more suitable for readers and the latter is more like a tablet. They are running on a based-on Android operating system. That makes it is possible to root Kindle Fire and get more customized capacities. In this tutorial, we have shared the step by step guides to help you break root access restraint on Kindle Fire HD. We suggest you to learn the warning first. If you are sure, you can follow our guides and suggestions to root your Kindle Fire smoothly.
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Code Name: otter
My Kindle Fire Mac Address
Download the Official TWRP App (root required):
Install the app and open it. Agree to the Terms. Select TWRP Flash. Select your device from the device list (otter) and choose a version. The file will download to your Downloads folder. Browse to and select the file. Tap on Flash to Recovery. Find out more about the app here.
Current and past versions of TWRP can be found at one of the mirrors below:
Download the latest TWRP image file (.img) from the download link and boot TWRP. Go to install and find and select the Images.. button. Browse to the image that you downloaded and select it. Choose recovery and swipe to flash.
You will need the platform-tools from the Android SDK on your computer. Download the platform-tools as per your operating system.
Windows users will need proper drivers installed on their computer. You can try the simple FWUL adb/fastboot ISO or the Naked ADB drivers or the Universal ADB drivers if you don't already have a working driver installed
On your device, go into Settings -> About and find the Build Number and tap on it 7 times to enable developer settings. Press back and go into Developer Options and enable USB debugging. From your computer, open a command prompt and type:
adb reboot bootloader
You should now be in fastboot mode.
Download the correct image file and copy the file into the same folder as your platform-tools. Rename the image to twrp.img and type:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
Note many devices will replace your custom recovery automatically during first boot. To prevent this, use Google to find the proper key combo to enter recovery. After typing fastboot reboot, hold the key combo and boot to TWRP. Once TWRP is booted, TWRP will patch the stock ROM to prevent the stock ROM from replacing TWRP. If you don't follow this step, you will have to repeat the install.
Update configs for TWRP
Added support for recovery selection/bootmode override in FFF 1.4 to boardconfig.