Kindle Fire Utility can now root Kindle OS 6.3, install custom recovery, more

Kindle Fire Utility 0.7

Developer VashyPooh released a Windows tool called Kindle Fire Utility recently. It lets users root an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, change boot modes, install the TWRP custom recovery tool, and make more changes.

Update: Kindle Fire Utility 0.9.5 can now root tablets running Kindle Fire software version 6.3.1 or earlier

Then Amazon went and released a major software update which caused the tools people had been using to root their tablets to stop working. Developer jcase came out with a new tool called BurritoRoot, but it’s a little more complicated to use than Kindle Fire Utility… but now it’s just as easy to use, because BurritoRoot has been built into the latest version of VashyPooh’s utility.

If you download Kindle Fire Utility 0.7 or later, you can use it to root a Kindle Fire running OS version 6.2.1 or earlier.

There are options to temporarily root your tablet, permanently root the tablet and push Superuser to the device, download the latest stock update from Amazon, or install the latest version of TWRP which lets you flash custom updates or even replace the operating system with CyanogenMod or other software.

In order to use Kindle Fire Utility, just download the latest file from xda-developers, unzip it to a directory on your computer, and tap the run.bat file to get started.

If your device isn’t recognized you may also have to use the included script to install the drivers for the Kindle Fire on your computer. If that doesn’t work, check out our instructions for configuring ADB in our original (and somewhat dated) tutorial on rooting the Kindle Fire.

Also, if you’ve already used BurritoRoot to root your Kindle Fire, make sure to uninstall it before using Kindle Fire Utility 0.7.

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  • Gerg04

    Just to be sure, after adb drivers are all set up I just run the run.bat file and I’m rooted? Running 6.2.1 BTW

    • Thomashan08

      I BurritoRooted my KF 6.2.1 last year. It was pushed to 6.3 recently. I just successfully rooted it again with KFU 0.9.5. I do not have experience on rooting KF 6.2.1 with KFU.   :)

  • Thomashan08

    I am using KFU to root my KF 6.3 under WinXP. When run install_drivers the CMD dialog showed for only 1 second the following message :

    ‘and’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
    The syntax of the command is incorrect.

    It seems strange since run.bat has only 3 ‘and’s (all .android).

    I successfully rooted my KF 6.3 with KFU after copying adb_usb.ini to %USERPROFILE%.android manually.

    Noticed also that the driver came with KFU is different from the others. It gives KF 2 VIDs ( 1949 and 18D1 for normal operation and KFU installation procedure). I did faced problem (“ADB Status : Offline, , etc.) when using existing drivers which I rooted KF 6.2.

  • Thomashan08

    I did BurritoRoot on 6.2.1 last year. Amazon pushed it to 6.3. I just rooted it with KFU recently. So I do not have experience on rooting 6.2.1 with KFU. :)

  • Jim

    I have run the root utility and even though it says I have root access I can’t install and run the And Market and there are apps I can’t download because the Fire is still blocking them. When running the utility I come up with this message that makes me think that the Fire is not rooted correctly.

    write 5002 to offset 0×1000

    349 KB/s (22364 bytes in 0.062s)

    mv: can’t rename ‘/system/bin/check_rooted’: No such file or
    directory

    write 4000 to offset 0×1000

  • Peter Wachira

    My windows 7 recognized the kindle (6.3), then I selected option to install permanent root with su; kindle turned off then turned on but does not go beyond the ‘kindle fire’ start up screen; pc does not recognize kindle any more despite uninstalling and reinstalling drivers over and over;
    please help —  shouldnt have ‘tried this at home:-)’

  • John H.

    Hi,

    I had installed CM Android for Kindle Fire from this site earlier this year: http://liliputing.com/2011/12/how-to-install-configure-android-4-0-on-the-kindle-fire.html

    I wanted to give the kindle fire to my girl friend to use but wanted to give it to her clean without the apps I installed. So I went into setup>privacy> and chose clear data (or message to that effect). I got a warning that it would clear only my personal settings and downloaded apps. However, now it only boots into TWRP and I can’t get it to boot into Android 4.0. Am I missing a setting or did I delete Anroid 4.0 as a result? In TWRP, I see some apps that I installed, so apparently it didn’t clear those out.

    I would appreciate any help,

    Thanks