How to Root Kindle Fire

Root your Kindle and unlock new capabilities

What to Know

  • Swipe down and open the device's Settings, then tap Device Options. Tap the Serial Number field until Developer Options appears.
  • Tap Developer Options > Enable ADB > Enable. Back in Settings, tap Security & Privacy and turn on Apps From Unknown Sources.
  • Connect your device to your Windows PC via USB. Download the Amazon Fire Utility, choose from its options, and follow the prompts.

This article explains how to root your Amazon Fire tablet, frequently called a Kindle Fire, so you can use third-party apps, uninstall pre-loaded apps, and install custom operating systems. You'll need a Windows PC and a rooting utility. Instructions apply to all fourth generation and later Amazon Fire Tablets, including the Fire HD and Fire HDX.

How to Root a Kindle Fire

Before proceeding, make sure you really want to root your device. Rooting voids the warranty, so carefully consider the pros and cons of rooting your Android. If you decide to proceed, follow these steps (some steps may vary slightly depending on which tablet version you have).

  1. On your Kindle Fire, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to open your Settings.

    A Kindle Fire home page with the Settings icon displayed.
  2. Tap Device Options.

    Kindle Fire settings with Device Options highlighted.
  3. Tap the Serial Number field repeatedly until Developer Options appears below it.

    A Kindle Fire tablet's Device Options with the serial number displayed.
  4. Tap Developer Options.

    A Kindle Fire's Device Options with the Developer Options visible.
  5. Tap Enable ADB to activate Android Debug Bridge.

    A Kindle Fire's Developer Options with the 'Enable ABD' toggle highlighted.
  6. Tap Enable again.

    The Enable ABD confirmation screen on a Kindle Fire device.
  7. Go back to the Settings menu and tap Security & Privacy.

    Kindle Fire settings with the Security & Privacy option highlighted.
  8. Tap Apps from Unknown Sources to allow the installation of apps from outside of the Amazon store.

    The Apps from Unknown Sources toggle
  9. Connect your Fire tablet to your computer with a USB cable.

    If your PC doesn't automatically detect your Kindle Fire the first time you connect it, you can install the USB drivers and ADB manually as detailed in the Amazon developer documentation.

  10. On your computer, download the Amazon Fire Utility from the XDA developer forums.

  11. Extract the contents of the Fire Utility ZIP file to your desktop or somewhere else on your computer.

    Example of a .ZIP file extraction in Windows
  12. Double-click the Windows Batch (.bat) file to open the Fire Utility.

    A list of files for the Amazon Fire Utility tool.
  13. Type the number of the action you wish to perform and press Enter.

    Type the number of the action you wish to perform and press Enter.
  14. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Follow the on-screen instructions on the Fire Utility Tool.

    Don't disconnect your tablet from your computer until you see a message confirming the action succeeded or failed.

  15. Close the Fire Utility and disconnect your tablet from your PC. You may need to restart or perform a factory reset on your device for changes to take effect.

    Amazon will automatically update your Kindle Fire, which can cause your device to become "unrooted," even if you tried to disable automatic updates in some cases. If this happens, reconnect your tablet to your PC and run the Fire Utility to root it again.

What Does It Mean to Root Your Kindle Fire?

All Amazon tablets use an operating system called Fire OS that's based on Android. Developers place restrictions on which features and files users can access so they don't accidentally harm their devices by changing or deleting something important. Like Apple, Amazon also imposes restrictions on its devices to prevent users from downloading third-party software outside of the official app store. Rooting a device removes those restrictions, giving you "root access" to everything.

Rooting is no longer necessary to install Google Play on Fire tablets running Fire OS or later. Navigate to Settings > Device Options > System Updates to see which version of Fire OS your tablet is running.

Should You Root/Jailbreak Your Kindle Fire?

Rooting your Fire tablet can grant you several benefits. For example, you can:

  • Use apps you couldn't use before.
  • Remove pre-installed apps.
  • Transfer installed apps to an SD card.
  • Install performance-boosting custom ROMs.
  • Change your device's interface or operating system.

Risks of rooting your Fire Tablet include:

  • You cannot get your device serviced under warranty.
  • You could "brick" your device (render it useless).
  • Your device may be more vulnerable to viruses and malware.
  • Your device's overall performance may suffer.

Due to these potential risks, you should back up your photos, music, and other important files by saving them to your Amazon Cloud Drive or transferring them to your PC before you attempt rooting.

Kindle Fire Rooting Utilities

In addition to a Windows PC, you need a rooting utility such as the Amazon Fire Utility. Which one you should use depends on what you want to do with your rooted Kindle Fire. For example, this particular tool gives you the following options:

  • Turn off automatic updates from Amazon.
  • Remove lock screen ads.
  • Remove pre-installed apps.
  • Install Google Play, Google Photos, and other Google apps.
  • Reboot the device to recovery mode.
  • Change the default launcher.

You can find dozens of similar utilities for rooting your Fire tablet by searching the web. For example, if you want to install custom ROMs or operating systems, you can try the Amazon Fire 5th Gen Super Tool from Root Junky, which also works with newer Fire tablets.

Only download files from reputable websites, and always scan files you download from the internet with a virus scanner before opening them. You can choose from several free on-demand virus scanners. Whichever utility you use, carefully read the instructions that come with it so you know exactly what each feature does. For example, the Amazon Fire Utility's option to remove pre-loaded apps uninstalls everything except the Camera and Settings apps.

  • Can I root my Amazon Fire TV?

    No, but some Amazon Fire TV Sticks can be jailbroken. The steps depend on your model, and most methods require dismantling the device.

  • How do I unlock my Amazon Fire tablet?

    To unlock a Fire tablet, enter the incorrect password/PIN five times. Then tap Reset Your Pin or Reset Your Password. You'll need access to your Amazon account to unlock your device.

  • How do I root my Fire phone?

    First, allow Apps From Unknown Sources and download the Kingroot app. Once installed, open the app and tap Try to Root.

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