how to root Kindle Fire

How To Root Kindle Fire for Some Reading and More

Are  you tired of the restrictions from Amazon on your Kindle Fire tablet? Do you want to use your Kindle Fire as a normal Android device with Google’s original Android UI? Do you want to install the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire in order to download the apps not available through the Amazon appstore? Are you looking for an easy way to root your Kindle Fire?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then continue reading to find out how to root Kindle Fire.

Using this guide, you”ll be able to root your Kindle Fire through your PC in just several minutes and install apps like the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire.

Why Root The Kindle Fire?

While rooting regular Android devices can give users a lot more features, rooting the Amazon Kindle Fire will not only give you all the basic rooting benefits, but you’ll also be able to use the device as a regular Android tablet.

  • You’ll get an Android user interface like other Android devices
  • You’ll be able to install Android apps like the Google Play Store for downloading third party apps
  • Your Kindle Fire will feel a lot faster as most of Amazon’s bloatware will be removed
  • You’ll be able to install third party ROMs and mods on your Kindle Fire
  • You’ll be able to create Nandroid backups through custom recoveries like you can on all Android devices
  • You’ll be able to use your Google account without any problems and sync data between your Kindle Fire and your Google account

Prerequisites

This guide focuses on rooting only the first  generation Kindle Fire device so make sure that you don’t use it to root the Kindle Fire HD or HDX. Using the method mentioned below will brick the second generation Kindle Fire devices. Also, make sure that you backup all your important information and files on your PC before proceeding with the root process. It is recommended that you charge your device at least 50% before starting with the rooting process.


Kindle Fire Utility

Coming from the XDA Forums, Kindle Fire Utility is possibly the most effective and reliable way to root your Kindle Fire without bricking it. The tool doesn’t only feature a simple interface for rooting the device, but it also features several additional functions after rooting the device, including installing the Google Play Store app and a custom launcher. Aside from that, the app also has an option for automatically installing TWRP and CWM recoveries for installing custom ROMs and mods on your device. Also, you’ll get the option for unlocking or locking your device’s wallpaper.

Step 1

Go to the Settings menu, tap on Device and enable the Allow Installation of Applications option.

Step 2

Download the Kindle Fire Utility zip package and extract the folder on your PC.

Step 3

Double click on the install_drivers file from the extracted folder.

Step 4

Click on the Next button to start the driver installation process and you’ll get a Congratulations message once the process is complete. Click on the Finish button.

Kindle Drivers

Step 5

Connect your Kindle Fire to your PC using a micro USB cable and wait for your PC to recognize your device.

Step 6

Open the Run file from the folder that you extracted earlier and click on the Run button if you get any security popup message. A command prompt window should now appear.

Step 7

Make sure that the ADB Status is Online. If it says Offline, then either reconnect your device or rerun the app on your PC.

Status Online

Step 8

Type 2 and press the Enter key. If you see the Install Permanent Root with Superuser option at any other number, type in that number instead of 2.

Root Option

Step 9

Wait for the rooting process to complete. Make sure that you don’t disconnect your device during this process. Once finished, you’ll get a Root Installed message. That’s it! You have successfully rooted your Amazon Kindle Fire.

Root Installed

Step 10

In order to use additional features, type 6 and press Enter to enter the Extras menu.

Root Extras

Step 11

Select the number of your desired function. For instance, if you want to install the Google Play Store, type 2 and press Enter. That’s it! After rebooting your Kindle Fire, you’ll have a new launcher and the Google Play Store installed on your device.

Install Google Apps


Conclusion

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a great tablet that does a pretty good job at letting Amazon users watch movies/TV shows and enjoy e-books on an IPS display. While the tablet should satisfy the needs of most loyal Amazon users, some people might get frustrated with the lack of apps and features that are available on other Android devices. As the Kindle Fire uses a modded version of the stock Android OS, you can’t use most of the default Android features such as stock Android apps including the Google Play Store. Even if you’re fine with using the Amazon appstore for downloading third party apps, you’re still missing a lot of what the default Android OS offers.

Whether you’re jealous of your friends and their Android tablets or you just want to see what the Android OS is like, you can easily root your Amazon Kindle Fire using the steps mentioned above in order to get all the stock features of the Android OS, while also getting access to custom mods and ROMs available on the XDA Forums. Rooting is obviously a risky process and you should only do it at your own responsibility. That being said, the method should work fine with most first generation Amazon Kindle Fire devices. Make sure that you follow all the instructions properly about how to root Kindle Fire and feel to shoot any questions below!

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