Pre-rooted Kindle Fire 6.2.1 software now available

This week Amazon pushed out a software update for the Kindle Fire. That’s good news if you were hoping for speedier performance, the ability to remove recently used items from the carousel on the home screen, and the ability to keep your kids from connecting to WiFi without a password.

But if you’ve rooted the tablet, installed the Android Market, replaced the default keyboard app, or made other changes to the software that comes with the tablet (but haven’t installed CyanogenMod 7 or another operating system), then the 6.2.1 software update is bad news. It removes root, removes the Android Market, and makes it tougher to re-root the Kindle Fire.

Fortunately there’s help for those that want the best of both worlds.

Xda-developers forum member eldarerathis has put together a pre-rooted version of the stock Kindle Fire 6.2.1 software. You can flash it easily, and relatively safely using the TWRP 2.0 recovery tool.

You get all the new features in the new software such as the ability to customize your home screen. But eldarerathis has removed the bootloader and recovery updates so that you can continued to use the FireFireFire bootloader and TWRP recovery. He’s also pre-rooted the operating system and loaded Superuser, su, and busybox so that you can install the Android Market and make other changes.

While this software is based on the official Kindle Fire 6.2.1 software update, you may lose some data when you install it since it will overwrite your system partition. But you should be able to quickly re-download most of your apps from Amazon. Anything you’ve sideloaded or installed from the Android Market  you’ll probably have to re-install manually.

I’ve found the easiest way to install the Android Market is to first install the update.zip using TWRP, and then download and install the latest gApps zip file from the CyanogenMod Wiki, copy it to your device, and install it using TWRP. You might want to poke around in the zip file and remove the SetupWizard.apk file from the system\app directory before you flash it. I found that I couldn’t get past the setup wizard the first time I booted the tablet after flashing the gApps update.

To install the pre-rooted Kindle Fire 6.2.1 software you can use the Kindle Fire Utility to install TWRP 2.0 on your tablet, download the update-6.2.1-rooted-secureboot.zip and copy it to your tablet, then follow the same steps you’d use to install CyanogenMod or any other operating system.

It’s probably a good idea to use TWRP to backup your system before you start. Once you’ve done that, you can install the new update, try out the Kindle Fire 6.2.1 software, and still revert to your backup if necessary.

  • Alicia DeLoatch

    Thanks now I don’t have to worry about getting unrooted

  • Keven R Davenport

    This is great. Would you be able to break it down step by step? I am trying to do this for the first time and a step 1,2,3 etc layout would be great for a lot of people.

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      1. Make sure you’re running Kindle Fire 6.2 or earlier.
      2. Follow the link for the Kindle Fire Utility in the post and follow our guide for using it to install TWRP.
      3. Follow our guide for using TWRP to install CyanogenMod 7, which is a step-by-step guide, but substitute the new Kindle Fire 6.2.1 update.zip for the CM7 software.

      But honestly… there are a number of things that can go wrong and keep you from getting this right and it’s hard to describe them all in one article. That’s why I didn’t spell things out in quite as much detail in this post as I have for some earlier posts.

      If you’re not already using TWRP or aren’t comfortable using Kindle Fire Utility, fastboot, and adb I’m not sure I’d recommend installing this software… at least not yet. 

  • Pascual Cortes-Monroy

    Will this work on a kindle which already has the 6.2.1 update installed? Thanks.

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      Nope. There’s currently no way to root a Kindle once it’s already running 6.2.1.

      • Pascual Cortes-Monroy

        Really!? oh that’s too bad.. Well thanks anyway!

      • Thekruser

        Check out this video. I got my kindle fire for X-mas with the 6.2 and was able to root it via these instructions. 
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KapnjR89ICA

  • Firefan

    Um, actually if you’re using kindle fire utility v.8 it will root 6.2.1. i have mine rooted with android market and have done other modifications to my fire and it works great….