Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is the latest in its line of tablets that run a forked and heavily customized version of Android 4.2. This is the OS which Amazon calls Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” There are many people who are satisfied with the device but if you want to get more out of it, namely installing the full Google Play Store then you’ll need to root the device. One of the main reasons to root Kindle Fire is so you can install the Google Play Store and have access to apps that can’t be found in the Amazon Appstore. So in this article we are going to educate you how to root and install Google play store on your device.
- Rooting will void your device’s warranty.
- Only you and no one else will be responsible for any damage if caused to your device.
Step 1: You should fully backup your Android device before rooting it. Backup all your SMS, Backup/Export Contacts, Backup APN settings. You can take help from our article on Tutorial for creating backup of Android device without root access.
Step 2: You should Backup all apps on your device, unrooted users can follow this method procedure to backup apps. If you have already rooted your device then use Titanium to Backup and restore apps and cache data.
Step 3: You should enable USB debugging on your device, to activate USB Debug go to “Settings>Developer options” and check the USB debug option box. Problem enabling USB Debugging you can follow article on How to enable USB debugging on Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread.
Step 4: There should be 50% or more amount of battery juice on your device. To know how much charge your device is having you can use our tutorial on how to get battery percentage on Status bar.
Step 5: You should disable security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall on your Android device as they may interrupt the procedure.
How to root Kindle Fire HDX
Step 1- Enable ADB on your Kindle Fire by going to Settings > Device and turn on Enable ADB.
Step 2 – Download the ADB drivers from the XDA-Developers forum and extract the zip file to a convenient location and then run the Kindle Fire ADB drivers.exe file. Installation is a snap following the install wizard and when the Windows Security dialog comes up, check “Always trust software from Amazon Services LLC” and click Install.
Step 3 – After installing the ADB drivers, you may be required to reboot your system, so do if required.
Step 4 – Connect your Kindle Fire HDX to your computer using the included micro-USB cable.
Step 5 – now, open Device Manager and you should see a yellow alert icon next to Android under Other Devices. Right-click it and select “Update driver software” and on next screen choose “Browse my computer for driver software” and then point to the ADB folder that you extracted.
Step 6 – Download the automated root script from and unzip the file and double-click the runme.bat file. Now, wait for it to complete and hit Enter a couple of times and that’s it. When the script is running you won’t see anything change on your Kindle Fire screen.
Step 7 – At last, Unplug your Kindle from the computer and to verify you have a successful root of your device, install ES File Explorer.
This is all how you can root your device.
How to install Google apps on Kindle Fire
What is Side Loading?
This is the term used to describe installing an app on your Android device from a source other than an official app store. In this what you’re doing is transferring an APK file from your computer to your tablet or Smartphone and installing it directly. As we know that the Kindle Fire runs a forked version of Android so this is a common practice to get the apps you like on the device.
How to do side loading
Step 1- First go to Settings > Applications and make sure “Apps from Unknown Sources” is turned on.
Step 2 – Next, download this zip file and extract its contents to a convenient location on your computer. This zip file includes the four essential apps you need to install first.
Step 3 – Now, connect your Kindle Fire to your computer using the included micro-USB cable and transfer the four APKs you just downloaded to your Kindle’s Download folder.
Step 4 – Ensure that you have ES File Explorer on your tab. This will give you access to the APKs you transfer to your tablet and you’ll find the files in Local > Home > Download.
Step 5 – At last, perform the following steps in order:
- Tap to install Google Account Manager and reboot the tablet.
- Tap to install Google Services Framework and reboot the tablet.
- Tap to install Google Play Services and reboot the tablet.
- Tap to install Gmail and reboot the tablet.
After the four apps in the above procedure are installed follow the below mentioned steps
Step 1- Open the Gmail app and sign in with your Google account. After signing in you’ll be kicked to the web version of Google to sign in again. However, when you’re signing in, you’ll see various messages about different Google services stopping so you can just tap through them.
Step 2 – Once you’re signed in, you’ll be able to run the Gmail app on your Kindle Fire.
Step 3 – Now you can continue to side load the Google apps you want to use following the same process as above. Just transfer them to the Download folder on the Kindle Fire, as you did with the first set of apps.
Step 4 – Open ES File Explorer and open the Download folder, and tap to install the Google apps you want. To get best results install one app at a time and rebooting after each one.
Step 5 – At last, Just click on the following apps to download the APK file and side load it on the Kindle Fire.
This is all what you have to do to root and install Google play store apps on your device.