The Amazon Fire Phone was talked about for years before its eventual release. You could say the release didn’t go as planned, and it did not sell as well as Amazon would have hoped. There is a great deal to like about the Amazon Fire Phone, though, and it represents one of the best value for money smartphone buys out there on the market today.
We know that one reason why people do not buy the Amazon Fire Phone is it’s geared toward using Amazon’s online services and not the traditional Google services. That wouldn’t be a problem if Amazon’s service could offer what Google services offer, but they cannot. Nothing that comes pre-installed with the Fire OS on your Fire Phone can come close to matching the app you can download from the Google Play Store.
The great news is that there are ways around this. Those savvy enough can shop for the Fire Phone and install the Google Play Store. Furthermore, you can get the Android market and much more services by installing a custom ROM on the Amazon Fire Phone.
Files You Need
- Some of the custom ROMs on the list might require you to have root access on the Amazon Fire Phone before you can install the ROM. Additionally, you can root the Amazon Fire Phone with Towelroot if you are running an older software version. Stick with the KingRoot guide if your OS is up to date.
- You will definitely need to have a custom recovery installed on the Amazon Fire Phone before you can install the custom ROMs on the smartphone.
- Some of your ROMs might come with the Open Gapps packages in the downloads section. However, you can install your Google Gapps packages from our Gapps page if they do not.
CyanogenMod 11 ROM
The only custom ROMs currently available for the Fire Phone require Safestrap. For those who don’t already know, Safestrap is a custom recovery and the same custom recovery you will be installing on your device when you follow our guide that is available in the file section above. The CyanogenMod 11 ROM is listed as stable, which means it is running well enough to install on your daily drivers.
CyanogenMod custom ROMs are built to give your Fire Phone are better ROM than the one that comes with the device. You should find it faster and more stable than your current ROM when the CyanogenMod ROM is built by the official team. newer version of the CyanogenMod custom ROMs like the CM12.1 also come with a faster browser than easily outperforms Google Chrome.
Features: based on Android 4.4 – Android 4.4.4 KitKat, Linux 3.4,
Download: CyanogenMod 11 ROM
The SlimKat custom ROM is the other alternative out there for the Amazon Fire Phone. SlimKat is a well-known name in the Modding scene, with many ROMs out there for a range of unique devices and manufacturers.
Features: Android 4.4 — 4.4.4 KitKat, based on SlimKat, Linux 3.4, is a stable ROM.
Download: SlimKat custom ROM
We will update the list of best custom ROMs for the Amazon Fire Phone when we see more available.