Now that tools are available to root a Kindle Fire running software version 6.3 the hard way, the developer behind the popular Kindle Fire Utility has put together an easy method for rooting a Kindle Fire and making other changes.
Update: Kindle Fire Utility can also root Amazon’s software version 6.3.1. You can find more details and in our article on rooting a Kindle Fire with 6.3.1 software.
Kindle Fire Utility 0.9.5 is now available for download from the xda-developers forum. You can use the app with a Kindle Fire running software version 6.3 or earlier, and here are just a few of the things the utility can do:
- Root a Kindle Fire
- Install the TWRP custom recovery
- Install ClockworkMod recovery
- Install the FireFireFire Bootloader
- Lock or unlock the wallpapers
- Change the boot mode (for normal, fastboot, or recovery modes)
Although Kindle Fire Utility includes an option to install the Google Apps including the Google Play Store, many users are reporting that this doesn’t work with Kindle Fire Utility 0.9.5.
You should still be able to install the Play Store manually. Just follow the instructions for installing the Android Market from about half-way through our article on sideloading apps on the Kindle Fire.
Once you use the Kindle Fire utility to root your tablet you should be able to download the Vending.apk or another version of the Android Market/Google Play Store, copy it to your tablet, and use Root Explorer or a similar app to change the file permissions so that it works properly.
The Kindle Fire Utility is designed to work on Windows computers. Theoretically all you have to do to use the utility is:
- Download the latest version of Kindle Fire Utility to your PC and unzip it to a folder.
- Connect your Kindle Fire to the PC with a USB cable.
- Double-click the install_drivers.bat file on your PC to setup your computer to recognize the tablet.
- Double-click the run.bat file to start the utility and follow the on-screen prompts.
But if you run into difficulty getting your PC to recognize the Kindle Fire, you may want to follow our guide for rooting the Kindle Fire manually for instructions on installing and configuring adb.