There are a half-dozen or so questions on the Kindle Fire here where the answers involve having already rooted your device (including my recently-asked How can I get the Android Market installed on my Kindle Fire?). Ok, fine - doing dodgy stuff requires dodgy prep work. But... How?

I checked The Master List of Rooting Techniques, and found SuperOneClick suggested as the solution for the Fire... But as pleasant as this sounds, in practice this seemingly-easy-to-use tool proves inadequate: the device has been updated to break the technique it uses.

So what's the story (morning glory)? Am I stuck using the device the way it was intended to be used (shudder)? If not, what arcane magick will free me from these chains of conformity?

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You can use Kindle Fire Utility to easily get root and Market with Google Apps.

It has support for the latest Kindle Fire firmware (6.2.1 currently).

  • This tool has 3 detected virus on virustotal.com virustotal.com/file/… – Nam G VU Mar 29 '12 at 16:16
  • This is a very slick tool, took me all of 5 minutes to root my Fire the second time around. – Shog9 Jul 4 '12 at 3:49
  • As of January 2016 the page linked contains this: "WARNING: DO NOT use this on 2nd Generation Devices or you risk bricking your Device." – villares Jan 31 '16 at 0:15

BurritoRoot seems to be the way to go for root on the Kindle Fire. I rooted mine with this tool and then installed TWRP to get ICS on the Fire.

BurritoRoot is a simple .apk that needs to be installed. Rooting itself is then easy as with SuperOneClick. Here are the resources for BurritoRoot:


Once you have root access, Amazon's Prime video service will lock you out of downloading or watching streaming video. Installing OTA RootKeeper will let you remove root when it's not needed, and allow video to work.

  • There's also a Kindle Fire Utility that works well with Burrito Root. The trouble is getting your windows 7 to recognize the Kindle Fire Device. I was able to do this only after deleting the Android Composite ADB Interface from Device Manager. – abhi Jan 10 '12 at 14:45

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