Rooting the Kindle Fire

After a couple of days with my Kindle Fire, I decided to start playing with sideloading apps, and eventually ran into the limitation of not having the Android Market available on the Fire. I was mainly interested in having the dedicated Google apps (Mail, Maps, Docs, Google+). So I started reading, and found a handful of good tutorials:

Google Apps on the Kindle Fire: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1349902
Review Horizon: http://reviewhorizon.com/2011/11/how-to-install-google-android-market-on-kindle-fire/
How to Root the Kindle Fire in One Click: http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-root-amazon-kindle-fire-in-one-click/

And a piece of software that makes part of the process easier, Root Explorer:

http://www.apktop.com/root-explorer-file-manager-2-17-1.html

It’s a little tricky at times, I had to reinstall the Android SDK a couple of times to get the right pieces in place. But moving through the steps slowly got me to the point where I have a working Kindle Fire with the Android Market installed. I followed the instructions pretty much to the letter, although I did root before the Market installation and then unroot afterwards using SuperOneClick. After unrooting, it’s just like before…but better. Everything seems to work. #patrec

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4 thoughts on “Rooting the Kindle Fire

  1. Thanks a million for the links, especially Root Explorer!! I found this post in a Google search. I had successfully rooted but couldn't get the Market to work because the version of Root Explorer I had wouldn't change permission properly. After downloading the one from your link I got it up and running! Now my Kindle Fire rocks!!!!

  2. Right on! The Android Market actually told me there was updates available for some apss that I had sideloaded by backing up the apks from my phone plus I was actually able to get my Google calendar to work and sync also now that I was able to change permissions! I love the Kindle Fire but it just wasn't complete without the Gapps!!

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