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How to Root the Kindle Fire

Why root your Kindle?  Well if you are reading this then you have quite a few reasons in mind already. For those that don’t know, a rooted Kindle Fire can:

  • Install the official Android Market
  • Use apps that require root. (e.g.: Droid Wall, Root Explorer, Titanium Backup Pro, etc…)
  • Set permanent custom lock screen backgrounds.
  • Install custom soft-keyboards.
  • And more!


Disclaimer: Although the risks involved with rooting are low, there is a possibility something could go wrong.  This is especially true if you are using cheap or unstable micro-usb cords to connect your Kindle Fire to your PC.

The root process involves 4 simple steps, albeit some of them are longer than others. Fortunately, rooting on the Fire is safe, reversible, free, and and we have in-depth guides for each step.

  1. Install the Java JDK and Android SDK. [Full Guide Here]
  2. Modify %userprofile%/.android/adb_usb.ini to include 0x1949 and install Kindle Fire USB Driver.
  3. Plug in the Kindle Fire to your computer via USB. [Full Guide Here]
  4. Download the SuperOneClick root utility, extract it, open it, and click Root.

Now all you have to do is wait for it to finish.  Do not disconnect until the process is complete or you risk messing up your Kindle.


Done!  Your Kindle Fire will now be rooted and Superuser is also installed.

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5 Responses to How to Root the Kindle Fire

  1. Nathan Berry December 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Nice! Got a writeup for us Mac users?

  2. AT December 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I got stuck at SuperOneclick (waiting for device), and prog hangs.

  3. Jason December 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I’m stuck at step 7 “Waiting for Device” also. Anyone have any ideas for how to correct this?

  4. Laura January 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    mine too…need help!

  5. Jason January 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Still havent figured out how to geg Super One Click working for Kindle Fire v6.2.1. However, I did discover Kindle Fire Utility v0.9.1, which includes BurritoRoot, and it worked like a charm to jailbreak. You could also just use BurritoRoot itself, as a separate app.

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