How to Update Kindle Fire with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Firmware

Google announced the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for three devices at theGoogle I/O 2012 which would be getting the update in mid-July. Nexus 7 tablet is a direct competitor to Amazon Kindle Fire. You can also install Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on Kindle Fire, thanks to a custom ROM.

This is not an official release, but an unofficial firmware of Android 4.1.1 for Kindle FIre. In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 4.1.1 on Kindle Fire.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean logo

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update your tablet to the latest Android 4.1.1 custom ROM update.

HOW TO: Install Android 4.1.1 ROM on Kindle Fire

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on Kindle Fire. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your Amazon Kindle Fire, then this should not be any different for you. However, for beginners, you need to root your Kindle Fire tablet and install a custom recovery. Please Google that up if you are unsure.

Just To Remember:

  • This Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C) is only for Motorola Xoom WiFi (Verizon) and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Tab 10.1 on other carriers.
  • Make sure you have TWRP recovery installed.
  • Make a Nandroid backup of your previous phone set up before proceeding – for just in case anything goes wrong.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 4.1.1 JRO03C for Kindle Fire and Google Apps on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Amazon Kindle Fire USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the ROM zip file and Google Apps zip file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card root.

Step 4 – Then turn off your tablet.

Step 5 – Now to get in the recovery mode. Turn on the tablet normally, but then when you see the triangle, press the Power button again till you see the Recovery interface.

Step 6 – Follow the navigation instructions on the screen. Select BOOTLOADER and then go to RECOVERY.

Step 7 – In TWRP recovery, wipe data first. Then scroll down to “Install” and press the Power button to select it.

Step 8 – Select the Android 4.1.1 file and select Flash to start the process to install firmware.

NOTE: Perform this same step again for the Google Apps zip file as well.

Step 9 – After the installation completes, reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu. The phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Amazon Kindle Fire should have Android 4.1.1 firmware installed on your tablet! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

Have fun playing with it! If you have any issues, please fire them up in the comments below!

Haris Nadeem
Haris Nadeem

Haris lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android. Connect on Twitter: @harisn

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