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How To Root the Kindle Fire

November 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Kindle Fire

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet has started shipping a little bit ahead of schedule.  Right on schedule is the Android Community, who has managed to hack the root-friendly little tablet.  Now, this doesn’t mean custom ROMs to flash just yet, but it’s a big step in the right direction.  Below, we’re going to tell you how to get ADB running with the Kindle Fire, which will allow you to sideload apps, among other things.  In addition, we’re also going to get you root access via SuperOneClick. It couldn’t be easier!


Rooting your device will void your warranty!, XDA Forums, and their developers are in no way responsible for any damage you may cause to your device by using this method.

What You’ll Need:

  • Kindle Fire
  • USB Cable
  • Windows PC
  • ADB

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Download ADB and install
  2. Open a command prompt on your Windows PC.  To do this, press the Start button and type cmd into the search box, or go to All Programs, -> Accessories, -> Command Prompt
  3. In the prompt, enter the following command: echo 0×1949 >> “%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini
  4. Press the Enter key.  This should add the vendor ID to the adb_usb.ini file.
  5. On your Kindle Fire, enable “Unknown Sources” in your settings, applications menu.
  6. Plug your Kindle in via USB cable.  It should now be recognizable and you’ll be able to sideload apps.
  7. Download SuperOneClick 2.2 and slide it over to the Kindle.
  8. Run SuperOneClick

That’s it.  You should now have a rooted Kindle Fire.  Eventually we can hope to see a custom recovery running on this device, too, which will let us flash custom ROMs to it and get a real Android version running.  Let’s hope the Nook Tablet is this easy, too!

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