Amazon’s Kindle Fire 2 is one of the cheapest Android tablets around (if you’re looking for a model with decent build quality and performance, anyway). But the $159 tablet runs Amazon’s custom version of Android — which means you’re stuck with Amazon’s app store and user interface… unless you replace the software with something else.

Developer Hashcode has been offering unofficial builds of CyanogenMod 10.1 for the Kindle Fire 2 since January. But recently he became a full member of the CyanogenMod development team, which means that his nightly builds of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the tablet are now considered official CyanogenMod 10.1 releases.

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 with CyanogenMod 10.1

You can download the latest build of CM10.1 for the Kindle Fire 2 from The CyanogenMod wiki also has some incomplete instructions for installing the software on Amazon’s tablet.

But you’ll find more detailed instructions at the xda-developers forum, where Hashcode explains how to backup your device using the Android SDK and then run software to bypass the Kindle Fire 2’s locked bootloader, install a 2nd bootloader and then use that to load a custom recovery and custom ROMs such as CM10.1

If that all sounds like gibberish, read the instructions very carefully before proceeding because you could damage your device.

Or you could just spend an extra $40 to buy a Google Nexus 7 instead of a Kindle Fire 2. The extra money gets you a tablet that’s about the same size and shape, has a higher-resolution screen, twice as much memory, and standard Google Android software.

But if you’ve already got a Kindle Fire 2, it’s nice to know you can free it from Amazon’s restrictions using one of the most popular custom builds of Android around.

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,464 other subscribers