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Rooting Your Kindle Fire

January 19th, 2012 No comments

The Kindle Fire is the recently released eBook reader by Amazon, which made it possible for a lot of book lovers to read their favorite novels on the go. To make use of the tablet’s full potential, you would need to hack or ‘root’ the Amazon Fire Kindle,so that you can install the Android ROM and download apps from the Android Market. For you to do this however, you need to make sure that your drivers are updated and that the driver for your Kindle Fire is fully compatible with your OS.

Below is the step by step instruction on how you can root your Kindle Fire and enjoy its full potential as a tablet.

  • Make sure that your Kindle Fire is turned on, and tap the top bar located near the Wi-Fi and battery icons. Choose More from its drown-down menu, click Device, and turn on the Allow Installation of Applications on.
  • Download from the Android Developer Site the Android SDK.
  • Download the latest Java Development Kit, and make sure that it is compatible with your computer’s OS. Install this file before installing the Android SDK.
  • Install the Android SDK file by following the prompted instructions. Once it has finished installing, it will automatically open and give you a list of available software packages for download. Install the pre-checked packages and make sure that the Google USB driver is also checked.
  • After successfully installing the SDK, you will have to make two modifications for you to root your Kindle Fire. To do this, you will need to open your User Account in Windows to access the .android directory. Open the file named adb_usb.ini using the Notepad and add the following lines at the bottom of the document:

;Kindle Fire
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

  • Save the changes and exit from Notepad.
  • Plug your Kindle Fire into your computer. Open the Android SDK and make sure that it recognizes your device. Open the Command Prompt and navigate to the Android SDK.
  • Type in the following on the command prompt:

cd C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools\

  • Type: adb kill-server, press enter, and type adb devices to direct you to a list of devices attached to your Android SDK. There, you will see whether the Kindle is recognized or not. Once it is recognized, you can now root your Kindle.
  • Download the SuperOneClick, install the app, open the program, and click Root. Let the program finish the process. Type in adb kill-server to the command prompt once again, and press enter. Safely remove your device before unplugging the device from your computer.

Congratulations! You have now successfully rooted your Kindle Fire! Now you can enjoy downloading apps and making the most out of your tablet device.


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