How to Root the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

In the year 2012, we saw a good number of tablets being launched by companies and it wouldn’t be wrong if I call it the Tablet Year. Among the tablets launched in the year, Amazon brought the improved version of its tablet, the Kindle Fire. The new version’s called Kindle Fire HD and it comes with a 7″ inch screen and ICS onboard with 16GB and 32GB variants. As soon as the device hit the markets, the developers living around Android came out with a root method and that too a pain-free. With root access on the device, you’re just free to modify any part of the device and if you wanna have such freedom, follow our guide below. It explains how you can root your Kindle Fire HD 7.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You’re gonna void the warranty of your device by rooting it. However, you’ll be able to restore the warranty by unrooting the device.

2. Make sure your device’s charged fully or has at least 60% of battery life left.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Root Package (Download link’s available in the first post)

2. Fastboot

III. Rooting the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7:

1. Download both the files to your Desktop.

2. Extract files from the Root Package archive to your Desktop.

3. Copy su from /system/bin/ folder and Superuser.apk from /system/app/folder over to your Desktop.

4. Unzip files from the Fastboot archive to your Desktop.

5. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

6. Open a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do so, press and hold the Shift button on your keyboard and right-click on any empty area on the screen, then choose Open command window here.

7. In the Command Prompt Window, type in following commands. Make sure to press ENTER after each line.

adb shell
rm -r /data/local/tmp
ln -s /data/ /data/local/tmp

adb reboot

adb shell
echo 'ro.kernel.qemu=1' > /data/local.prop

adb reboot

adb shell mount -o remount,rw /system
adb push su /system/xbin/su
adb shell
chown 0.0 /system/xbin/su
chmod 06755 /system/xbin/su
rm /data/local.prop

adb reboot

adb install Superuser.apk

8. You should be rooted once it’s done!

Congratulations! You now have root access on your Fire HD 7 and you’re ready to fire-up any root-only app on your device!

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

20 thoughts on “How to Root the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7”

  1. I get to the part where I enter “echo ‘ro.kernel.qemu=1’ > /data/local.prop”. Every time i do it, I get the message “/system/bin/sh: cannot create /data/local.prop: Permission denied”. Any suggestions

  2. I have ADB enabled on Kindle Fire HD but everytime i run the adb shell… device not found.
    Some help as I am new to rooting a Kindle but not new to rooting..


        1. Try googling for kindle fire hd adb drivers. I was going to try it until it seemed the latest OS was not rootable. Either way it went back to Amazon. Good Luck.

        2. Also based on Jonathan’ s response…he may be on the latest OS also and therefore would make it futile. I only wanted to root so I could customize wallpaper and offing that stupid carousel and advertising. $15 extra bucks to get rid of it was the principal. Waiting on Tab 2 now.

  3. Just a quicky for everyone… I wasn’t waiting around on this… apparently the version we had was 7.2.3 and apparently that’s in infancy stage for rooting so it went back to Amazon. I will say one thing .. Amazon is the best at returns… got my refund in less than 24 hours. I’ve already ordered a Galaxy Tab 2 (hottest item right now in the 7 inch and sold out on Best Buy and Amazon).. was able to order on New Egg with no questions asked replacement feature (crack the screen, drop it… whatever) and coming out cheaper than the Kindle… the Tab 2’s are going at same price ($199).

    We played with it in Best Buy and my wife was like… yeah this is what I wanted to begin with. Kindle really needs to get off the non custom high horse and advertisements… $15 or not… it still doesn’t let you customize… wallpaper for example and no rooting tricks work with the current OS at this time that I could find.

  4. Is this safe for my computer? I dont want to go through having to eliminate spyware , cookies or viruses from my laptop

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