Amazon pushed out a software update for the Kindle Fire this week, and while all went good for users with non rooted devices, those who updated their rooted devices, lost all root access and the Android Market, keyboard apps, and are now back to a stock Kindle Fire. Well, you had to see this coming Kindle Fire users, but if you’re one of the few lucky ones who got caught into this post and were considering updating to 6.2.1 but are now deciding not to, hold that thought, because there is a fix available, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member eldarerathis. He has released a pre-rooted updated ROM that you can now flash on your Kindle Fire and be running the 6.2.1 updated ROM without loosing root access and privileges.
So how did this all happen? The developer explains:
“I downloaded the stock zip from the link in this post: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show…3&postcount=91 and then I changed the following from the stock zip file:
- Removed the bootloader and recovery.img updates.
- Removed the backup_data.zip because it doesn’t make sense, really (it looks like it just extracts to /backup/, but if you flash it it will wipe your /data partition?).
- Added busybox, Superuser and the su binary. Should be properly symlinked and permissions set correctly.
- Modified the updater-script for the above things.”
So if you have the Market installed or anything modified on the device, you will have to install that again as all such data will be wiped. Think of it as installing a new ROM on any other Android device.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- A rooted Kindle Fire with TWRP 2.0 recovery installed. See our guide on rooting and installing TWRP recovery via Kindle Fire Utility.
- Pre-rooted stock 6.2.1 update (secureboot).
- To begin, download the ROM from the link above and copy it to the root of the device’s SD card.
- Power of the device and boot into the recovery. (Power it on and when you see the yellow triangle on the screen, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds till the TWRP 2.0 recovery loads.)
- Now from the Backup section in the recovery, make a backup of your current system.
- Go back to the Home Screen and hit the Install button.
- You should now see the ROM on the right panel of the recovery’s window. Tap that and choose Flash to begin installation.
- Once the installation completes, simply reboot your device.
For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.