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Appendix B: Notes For Kindle Fire Owners

The Amazon Kindle Fire: Benchmarked, Tested, And Reviewed
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USB Debugging, Screenshots, & Rooting

Amazon doesn't include drivers that support the native Android Debug Bridge for Android's SDK, which means you need to perform a manual modification for Windows to recognize the tablet (a necessary step if you want to take screen shots on it).

  1. Turn on "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources" in Kindle Fire
  2. In Windows, put following device descriptions into the [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] sections of extras\google\usb_driverandroid_winusb.inf:
    ;Kindle Fire
    %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
    %CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01
  3. Add 0x1949 into the .android/adb_usb.ini file in the Home directory by using following command from the shell prompt.
    In Windows:
    echo 0x1949 >> %HOMEPATH%.androidadb_usb.ini
    In OS X:
    echo "0x1949" >> $HOME/.android/adb_usb.ini


  4. In Windows: Restart. Plug in the tablet, and when driver installation fails, select "Have Disk" under "Device Manager." Select the driver named "Composite ADB Interface."

Disable Cloud Acceleration for Amazon Silk

  1. Open up the Web browser on Kindle Fire.
  2. Click on menu button and go to settings.
  3. Scroll down and uncheck "Accelerate page loading"

USB Charging

The Kindle Fire will only charge when you plug it into a computer's USB port if it's mounted as a storage device. The tablet will not charge if you are using it.

Install Android Marketplace (Warning: Requires Rooting):Link

Generate APK using Secondary Android Device: Link 

APK Download from Our Lab:


You must first enable "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources" to install these APKs. Install Easy Installer from the Amazon Appstore or follow the Backup menu options from Astro for easier app management.

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