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How to Enable USB Debugging on the Kindle Fire HD

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 were it is and how to turn it on. And hey…it’s a lot easier than building a mosquito flamethrower.

Turn on Debugging for the Kindle Fire HD

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.

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7 Responses to How to Enable USB Debugging on the Kindle Fire HD

  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.

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