How to Enable USB Debugging on the Kindle Fire HD

The first Kindle Fire had USB debugging set to go straight out of the box. The new Fire HD has it turned off, so here’s how to enable it.

Unlike the original Kindle Fire, the new HD version doesn’t have USB debugging enabled by default. Because the Kindle Fire HD has a custom “Amazondroid” interface, the option to enable debugging isn’t in the same place as other Android devices. But fear not, I’ll show you where it is and how to turn it on. And hey…it’s a lot easier than building a mosquito flamethrower.

Enable USB Debugging Kindle Fire HD

First swipe from the top of the screen down to display the Notification menu and tap More.

kindle fire HD more menu

Next, scroll down the Settings menu and Tap the Security category.

hd settings

Now on the Security screen tap On for the Enable ADB option.

security enable adb

That’s it! USB Debugging is now enabled for the Kindle Fire HD! Connect it to your PC requires a few more steps that I’ll talk about in my next Fire HD segment on connecting the device over ADB.



  1. Zack Samford

    December 22, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I have Security & Privacy “tab” not just Security and there is no Enable ADB option to be found.
    This is what I have:
    Lock Screen Password
    Lock Screen Notifications
    Change Password
    Require Lock Screen
    Credential Storage
    Device Administrators


    • jim Stephens

      December 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Kindle hd 7 is like that.

    • dice

      December 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I found went to ‘device options’, then tapped Serial Number several times fast. It says ‘you are x taps away from being a developer. I think it takes 7 taps. After that, if you exit device options and re-enter you will see an entry at the bottom of the list that says ‘developer options’, where you can enable ADB.

      Unfortunately even with this switched ‘on’ i’m still not able to get ‘Kingo Root’ to detect it as USB debugging enabled. Still working on it…

      • Defiant

        February 8, 2015 at 3:45 am

        thanks dice,i found adb thyanks to your comments.nut am getting same issue. root fails with kingo.

      • Deborah

        August 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        Dude you are amazing :) thank you so much for the help !!!

    • Help

      December 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Can you turn off USB debug… While the device is off?

  2. J Hill

    February 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I just bought the new kindle Hd 2104 version, and this is not setup at all like you are stating…there is no setting at all on this kindle that even resembles this.

  3. Amanda

    January 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I have a kindle fire 8 he 7th gen. I have no “more” tab anywhere. I just want to install flash player. This thing is driving me to drink! If anyone has any advice for me PLEASE let me know.

  4. Evelyn Perez-Brown

    March 27, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Thank you Dice. It worked.

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