How to Root Kindle Fire 2nd Gen New on Android 4.0 ICS

Amazon Kindle Fire devices have started to ship from yesterday, but you might have already heard that those tablets are coming with locked bootloaders. And the best part is, that still will not stop you from rooting Kindle Fire (2nd gen). You can easily root Kindle Fire on Android 4.0 ICS by following the tutorial given below.

As you continue reading, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Kindle Fire (2nd Gen) on Amazon firmware (based on Android 4.0 ICS) with all the steps. Please make sure you backup your personal files and data from the tools and tips given below. Let’s get on with the tutorial below.

How to Root Kindle Fire 2nd Gen New on Android 4.0 ICS 1

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 😉

A bug (exploit) was found in Android 4.0 ICS by sparkym3 in ASUS Transformer. Apparently, Amazon did not fix that bug and you can now root Kindle Fire using the same exploit without unlocking bootloader. Good for us users, eh?

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the Amazon Kindle Fire to connect it with the computer. Download Amazon Kindle Fire USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android tablet with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your tablet battery should be 80-85% charged. If your tablet goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your tablet might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

Data can also be backed up using Samsung KIES for their devices, but if you backup data manually, you get more options what top choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S3 backup data to HTC One X.

4. Your tablet should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and root Kindle Fire for full system access.

How to Root Kindle Fire on Android 4.0 ICS Amazon Firmware

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Kindle Fire for full system access on Amazon’s ICS firmware. You should have ADB and Fastboot set up and installed on your computer.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Amazon Kindle Fire. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the tablet.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Make sure ADB and Fastboot is installed and set up on your PC. See here: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.

Step 2 – Download Superuser 3.1.1 ( for Kindle Fire to your computer.

Step 3 – Extract the file.

Step 4 – Then get two files from the extracted zip file: su from /system/bin/ and Superuser.apk from /system/app/. Copy/paste them in your ADB directory.

Step 5 – Connect Kindle Fire to your computer with a USB cable while the tablet is turned ON.

Step 6 – Now start ADB on your computer and run the following commands line by line:

adb shell
rm /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

That’s it. Your Amazon Kindle Fire (2nd Gen) is now rooted. Check for the Superuser app in your apps list to verify.

To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.

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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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  1. Hello I need help. I want to install it but I see that in the ADB part when we need to type commands to check if ADB works. My devices doesn’t show up. And I don’t know how to do the FASTBOOT? Can someone help me. Or email me [email protected]

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