How to Root Kindle Fire!

Want full root access to your Kindle Fire?

UPDATE: Please see the new method for rooting Kindle Fire!

Rooting your Kindle Fire allows you to get full control over your new tablet, allowing you to install rooted apps, install new ROMs, backup apps, and a whole lot more.

Here’s how to root your Kindle Fire on Windows: (See How to Root Kindle Fire for Mac OSX and Linux for Mac or Linux)

Step 1. Go to Settings->More->Device and make sure “Allow Installation of Applications” is checked “ON”.

Step 2. Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer via micro-USB cable.  And hit “Disconnect” to turn off the USB disk drive mode.

Step 3. Download KindleFireRoot.zip and unzip to the root directory of your hard disk such as c:\KindleFireRoot.

Download KindleFireRoot.zip

Step 4. Open up a command prompt by typing “cmd” under Start->Search.

 

Step 5. Browse to the KindleFireRoot directory by typing:

cd \KindleFireRoot\files

Step 6. Type:

adb devices

Step 7. You won’t see anything so you have to install the drivers.  Open up Device Manager under Control Panel->Hardware and Sound.

Step 8. Double-click on Kindle and Update driver.

Choose “Browse my computer for driver software”.

Choose “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.

Choose “Show All Devices”.

Choose “Have Disk”.

Go find the file android_winusb.inf under KindleRootFire\usb_driver directory.

Choose “Yes”.

Choose “Install this driver software anyway”.

You should now see “Android ADB Interface”.

Next go back to Control Panel and choose “Appearance and Personalization”.

Choose “Show hidden files and folders”.

Make sure “Show hidden files, folders, or drives” is checked on.

 

Step 9. Next go into the usb_driver folder in KindleFireRoot folder and do a right click->Copy on adb_usb.ini.

Step 10. Browse to your User directory, for me it’s under c:\Users\max.

Step 11. Browse to the .android directory and do right click->Paste.

Step 12. Go back to command prompt and type:

adb kill-server

Then:

adb devices

You should get a bunch of numbers and letters, that’s the serial number of your Kindle Fire and you are ready to root.

Type:
cd ..
runme.bat

Your Kindle Fire should reboot and should be rooted.

You can verify you have SuperUser app by going to Settings->More->Applications->All Applications.

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43 Responses to How to Root Kindle Fire!

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  3. mike says:

    Can you load custom roms?

  4. justin says:

    Your driver for the Kindle does NOT work with Windows 7. Can you fix this?

    Justin

  5. tim says:

    i dont have the .android folder. i have show hidden files and folders enabled but theres no .android folder

    • Will M says:

      Note I did this when the Kindle came out and .android would never ever create.
      Do it on your own.
      He should make a batch file to do something like
      md %userprofile%\.android
      and then
      copy adb_usb.ini %userprofile%\.android
      Windows wont let you rename it with a . in front but command prompt does.
      Only difference .android wont be hidden by default..

      • Daniel K says:

        I tried to make ‘.android’ directory on my Windows 7 PC, “md c:/users/daniel/.andriod” from root in cmd window. But, it returned an error message “The syntax of this command is incorrect.”. It seemed like Windows 7 does not allow “.xxxxx” directory name which starts with ‘.’ (dot).

  6. justin says:

    Can’t find the .android folder. I can see other hidden folders but not this one. Do you just happen to have this because you installed the android developer kit on your own, some time prior to this situation?

    • justin says:

      I installed the Android Dev Kit and the .android folder does show up. Still, the copy of the ini file does not make my adb kill-server and adb devices list my kindle.

      I’m somewhat familiar with rooting devices and have done these types of activities before. I’ve tried disconnecting and reconnecting the Fire. Nothing. Windows 7. I think it has something to do with you having had android dev kit installed when you started.

      Any advice?

      • tim says:

        where did you get that android dev kit? i rooted my galaxy s 2 with his instructions the other day with no issue but ive tried to root my fire on win7, xp, and osx following this exactly and been unsuccessful every time

        • justin says:

          I found got it from Google. I used version 2.3 and made sure to install the platform tools (which adds USB tools).

          After that, I moved EVERYTHING from the platform-tools folder for the Dev Kit and copied them into the KindleFireRoot/files folder, OVERWRITING anything that was there, when it asked. This leaves the root tools other files in tact.

          Then try ADB devices again. You should see it. Then continue with the instructions. I have root now.

      • justin says:

        I found the answer. If you run the ADB included with the download from the root package, it won’t work. I am now using the ADB installed with my Android Dev Kit and I’m attached to my kindle with the promised serial number. HURRAH! I suggest you update your instructions.

        Justin

      • tim says:

        i finally got mine rooted. had to download the newest developement kit then was able to copy that adb_usb.ini to the .android folder. did the cd.. > adb kill-server > adb devices > runme.bat

  7. Wylee says:

    How do I unroot so I can use Amazon cloud video again? Without doing a reset? I was able to install some apps from the market place and I want to keep them.

  8. Dss says:

    Neither root method is working for me.
    I do all the steps.. but when I type adb devices, I see the device serial number but with the word “offline” instead of “device”.

    When I try to root, it starts the adb server and then just sits there.

    • Dss says:

      Ok.. well I changed usb ports and that offline problem went away.
      FYI, I accidentally forgot the disable usb storage mode on the device… but it installed just fine. Looks like there is no need to “Disconnect” from the usb storage mode after plugging it in.

  9. Ben VIll says:

    Great tutorial, but why take pictures of your monitor when you could have used actual screenshots? Printscreen key takes a screenshot of the whole screen, alt-printscreen takes a screenshot of only the active window

  10. Ben VIll says:

    Also wanted to add that if you don’t have android SDK installed then you can just create the .android folder in USER\PROFILE with the dos command “mkdir .android”

  11. gd1147 says:

    Have tried numerous times to get adb to show my fire. Drivers installed just fine in device manager, have tried different usb ports as well. Still no luck. Any one who had a similar experience if you can advise what helped you over this hurdle would be great. Thanks.

  12. Jonny says:

    I am running into a few problems. First time I have tried to root, and would appreciate some help before I screw something up (or throw my computer out the window)
    1. Instead of saying Android ADB Interface in device manager I have Android Composite ADB Interface and a caution sign saying I need to restart my computer, but when I restart it doesn’t change anything

    2. When I try adb devices in the command prompt I never get a serial number

    3.When I try the runme.bat step it just says “waiting for device” and never changes

    Thanks.

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  14. movieaddict says:

    Ty so much!! the step by step on xda wasnt helping me much and this was perfect for me!!! ty so much!!! now to install android market

  15. Ryan says:

    your link to the file RootKindleFire.zip does NOT work.

  16. Chuck says:

    Just a heads up, on Win XP, I was able to see the “android composite ADB interface”, but it still had a yellow question mark, and the process wouldn’t work until I *actually* restarted my computer. Then the yellow question mark went away in device manager, and I was then able to proceed with the root. So thank you very much!

  17. Tesleem says:

    Thank you, I have just rooted my kindle fire.

  18. movieaddict says:

    NEW 6.2.1 update unroots ur device and superone click doesnt work anymore! so turn off wifi and hopefully freezing otasilent install on tb will work??

  19. cheito says:

    Cool! But now what? After amazon sent a new upgrade that unrooted the kindle fire and no superoneclick usefully no more.

  20. Nicholas says:

    hi, i’ve just rooted my device but I can’t find the SuperUser App.

    Instead, I noted that a new App “Bionic Bootstrapper” is created after the rooting.

    Could you help?

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  26. Jacob Macek says:

    I have no problems rooting, but i need TWRP!!! Kindle fire utility tool bricked my kindle, but amazon sent me a free replacement. I need an alternate method for installing the recovery

  27. Please help me !!!. Don’t know how but installing TWRP all files from Kindle are gone. Everything is wiped out. Now my computer doesn’t see Kindle, so can’t transfer data or apps. Restore doesn’t work. I’ve tried rooting but at the end got message ” waiting for device”. Is there a way to fix it?

  28. pai says:

    please help.can’t find “have disk” im my window7 device manager

  29. Aka says:

    Kool. Thank’s you :) I’m from Vietnam, are you have been there? :)

  30. David says:

    just got a 7″ Kindle fire for Christmas version 10.26
    would like to root it , to put ICS on it
    try following your video
    but could not download – KindleFireRoot.zip from the link on web page
    can you help me

    David

  31. Bob says:

    Outdated as shit.

  32. Lalplz help me says:

    when i plug my tablet into my laptop nothing happens

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