How to Root the Amazon Kindle Fire

by: JoseNovember 30, 2011

Bring out a new Android device to market, and you can be sure that a method to root it will also come out very shortly after. That was what happened to the Amazon Kindle Fire. Thanks to the Android community of developers and enthusiasts, the Amazon Kindle Fire can be rooted–and fairly easily, too.

The rooting process for the Kindle Fire involves some command line typing, but not the complicated ones though. If you have tried installing a printer for your desktop, then this can be a similar thing. Read on to find out more about how to root your Amazon Kindle Fire.

Things You Need

  • A PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • The Android SDK which has to be installed in your PC (click here for install details)
  • SuperOneClick v 2.2 (get it here) — This is the software you will use to root the device.
  • USB cable for connecting your tablet to your PC
  • Amazon Kindle Fire

Step-by-step Procedure

Step 1: Install the Android SDK into your PC. The details about how to install the software development kit will not be discussed here because it’s a totally different subject on its own.

Step 2: You now have to turn on “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources”. This can be done by tapping the Settings icon at the top right corner. Then, go to More->Device. You can turn on the setting from there.

Step 3: Connect the Kindle Fire to your PC using the micro USB to USB cable. If the connect screen comes up on the screen of the Kindle Fire, please do not tap on connect for this will enable USB connection.

Step 4: Modify android_winusb.inf

  1. Go to the folder where the SDK is installed.
  2. Open Extras->Google->USB Driver.
  3. Right click on android_winusb.inf and choose “Open with” then select Notepad.
  4. Look for [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] in the text that you just opened.
  5. Copy and paste the code below right beneath [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] line (make sure to save the file after editing):

;Kindle Fire
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

Step 5: Create adb_usb.ini and save it into the .android folder.

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Type 0x1949 and then save the file as adb_usb.ini
  3. Open Computer.
  4. Go to Users.
  5. Open the user login name folder you are using.
  6. Copy and paste adb_usb.ini into the .android folder which you will see under the login name folder.

Step 6: Update the USB driver for the Kindle Fire.

  1. Open Device Manager from the Control Panel window.
  2. Look for Kindle under Other Devices.
  3. Right click Kindle and select “Update Driver Software”.
  4. Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  5. We now have to browse for the USB driver file we edited earlier, which should be located under Android SDK folder->Extras->Google.
  6. After choosing the directory, just click Next and a prompt saying “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software” will show up. Click “Install this driver software anyway”.

Step 7: Check if Android SDK will now recognize the Kindle Fire.

  1. Open up a command prompt window.
  2. Go to the folder were the Android SDK is installed using the cd command.
  3. From the Android SDK folder, access the platform-tools folder by still using the cd command.
  4. Under the platform-tools folder, issue the adb kill-server command.
  5. Next you have to issue the adb devices command. This will give you text similar to the one below. This will indicate that the SDK recognizes the Kindle Fire.

* daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
* daemon started successfully *
List of devices attached
5246002600000001    device

Step 8: The last part of the process is to root the device. Since we already downloaded the software from Shortfuse, we just have to extract it. After extracting the software, you just have to run it and it will automatically do its charm.

Now that rooting is done, your Kindle Fire will now be open for endless possibilities. More third-party apps can now be installed on the device.

  • Anonymous

    Good post. However, when m virus software (McAfee) scans the file, it says that the file contains a Trojan named GingerBreak, and will not let me unzip the file. Is this something to worry about? Seems so.

    • Binxwalker

      Wouldn’t be the first time that some hacker embedded a Trojan in a supposed hack.

    • gamermonkey17

      You have to trust where the file came from. An antivirus looks for virus/trojan like behavior. Many “hacks/cracks/root applications etc” are very similar to viruses. An antivirus does not know the difference between a good virus and a bad virus.

  • Anonymous

    OK, well I unzipped the file file any way, and my virus software deleted the detected trojan file, which is needed to root the Kindle Fire… so what do I do now?

  • Anonymous

    screen shot of deleted trojan

  • Anonymous

    Step #3 is unclear. When I plug in my kindle fire, it automatically connects to my pc and displays a explorer window of files on my kindle… I see no connect button to *not* press. ?

  • Syrinx

    Hey! Everything works great except i don’t have a .android folder in users… What did I do wrong?…

  • Linda Tata1983

    I did all the step and when I type in those thing in the command prop is show me “list of devices” but it didn’t show me number like your screen did it just show me word

    • Linda Tata1983

      let me rephrase that after typing in adb devices it show me
      “daemon not running…starting it now port 5037
      daemon start successfully
      list of devices attach
      (This part is blank there was no number like the one show on the screen)

  • Dp_windsor

    I got to step 4 and I have nothing that says andoridusb, I only had asdusb so I open with notepad and it has no clear words at all. Just @#^$(*W@%)(#*&)%(*. No google or any prompts. Getting frustrated. Help.

  • Terry

    I get as far as “Shell rooting device…-step7 WaitForDevice 0.05s” Then SuperOneClick just sits and spins. If i do ANYTHING, i get a “not responding” message and it never clears, no matter how long i wait.

  • I had the same problem as Terry, I get as far as “Shell rooting device…-step7 WaitForDevice 0.05s” Then SuperOneClick just sits and spins.

  • rohommyxx


    Very precisely described and works perfectly – also for other devices!

    Just a few additional hints:

    – the necessary “%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB..” VID/PID can be obtained searching in windows device-manager, clicking right at the (at the moment still “defect”) device -> properties -> Details > Device Instance Id

    – usually a adb_usb.ini file exists already and contains

    # USE ‘android update adb’ TO GENERATE.

    never mind! this “DO NOT EDIT” can be ignored

    – I use it just to access as root remotely via adb shell, that means after “adb kill-server” you call “adb shell” – finished!

  • minecraft fan

    Does it void the warranty?

  • krzysztof

    After days of trawling the net for youtube videos, xda-developer posts and a number of failed attempts, I have FINALLY succeeded in rooting my Kindle off the back of this page – many thanks indeed!