These are the best custom ROMs for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. You will find ROMs from some of the best developers in the world, including the official Resurrection Remix team, the guys from CyanogenMod putting together an official CyanogenMod 11 ROM, the developers from SlimKat, PAC Man, Android Ice Cold project and more big names after the break.
The Kindle Fire is a great device, especially when you root it and then install custom ROM’s on it. This post will give you an insight into what are the ones you want to look for out there at the moment.
Resurrection Remix 5.6 ROM:
The Resurrection Remix 5.6 ROM is based on CyanogenMod ROM builds with most of the performance features kept as they are. Resurrection Remix 5.6 also contains some user interface tweaking options in the Settings menu, but they are just some of them so you will not be able to put any short cut on the navigation bar like in other customize-able custom ROMs.
Features: based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, customize-able navigation bar, status bar customization, double tap to wake up and to sleep double tap on status bar, lock screen notification, lock screen shortcuts.
Download: Resurrection Remix 5.6 ROM
If you haven’t tried any of the Slim custom ROM build on your Kindle or any other Android device then you are missing very good custom ROM. The SlimMarsh custom ROM is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and most of its features are still fresh and some of the useless bloatware apps that you don’t like are removed from this custom completely so you just want what you want in a stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Features: based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, RAM control, RAM bar in recent app, notification bar customization, status bar tweaks. notification manager, notification shortcuts, bettr storage management.
Download: SlimMarsh ROM
The SlimKat ROM is base on Android 4.4 KitKat ROM slimmed down to make it the fastest and the smoothest custom ROM ever. The SlimKat custom ROM is slimmed down to get you most of the storage space and RAM free and make your phone smooth with lots of free RAM available.
Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, real dark mode, slim recents, slim PIE, slim dialer, privacy guard, shake events, notification reminder, notification drawer and lock screen shortcuts, custom quick setting tile, camera features, recents apps panel, slim center, global menu, slimOTA, slim-sizer, CRT animation, list view animation, list view inter-polar, light options.
Download: SlimKat ROM
Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM:
The CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS — the latest version released by Google. It is also more beautiful than the previous versions. The CyanogenMod 12.1 custom ROM is an exact copy of the stock Android 5.1 Lollipop ROM with the same features and user interface so you can have that sweetest experience on your Amazon Kindle too!
Features: CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM, custom dpi, CM theme engine, paged and continuous list in the app drawer, more widgets, material design, zip aligned, deodexed, debloated, roooted with SuperSU 2.79 from chainfire.
Download: Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM
Official CyanogenMod 11 ROM:
The CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat with the exact features and interface on it, but the CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM has one thing that you won’t get in Android 4.4 KitKat and that is CM theme engine to theme your phone in a different way. You’ll get themes for it in the Google Play Store and there are hundreds of them available to try out on your tablet
Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, CM theme engine, custom dpi, ambient display, live display, custom boot animation and shut down animations, flip tiles, dynamic quick setting tiles, notification bar customization, status bar customization, list view animation.
Download: Official CyanogenMod 11 ROM/
AICP 11 ROM:
AICP is well know as Android Ice Cold Project and the first build was made for HTC Desire HD device. Now it is one of the biggest custom ROM making communities online in the world. The AICP 11 and later custom ROMs are based on CyanogenMod builds and this is official build for Kindle Fire.
Features: based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, lots of customize-able option in settings menu, theme manager (themes available on Google Play Store). Status bar double tap to sleep the device and double tap.
Download: AICP 11 ROM
PAC ROM Beta 2:
The PAC ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat but still the most beautiful ROM ever because it is a highly customized custom ROM ever built for Android devices. The PAC ROM is awesome with lots of performance tweaks and build.prop tweaks in it. This build of PAC ROM is beta version so use it at your own risk.
Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, advanced keyboard options, app bar, AOKP weather, CM themes, battery indicator around unlock ring, custom tethering network, gesture anywhere, gesture lock screen unlock, halo, list view and toast animations, lock screen see through w/ blur, lock screen notifications, omni switch, network speed indicator, low battery warning. slim PIE, slim heads up, volume step customization, RAM bar, privacy guard.
Download: PAC ROM Beta 2 ROM
HellFire KitKat ROM:
The HellFire ROM is the first custom ROM which is made for the Kindle device to give it a stock Android 4.4 KitKat experience. This custom ROM is lighter with most of the features that all custom ROMs have like customization and performance tweaks. But this custom ROM comes with lots of useful apps that you would normally always have to install separately after installing any custom ROM.
Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, rooted, build prop tweaks, based on latest CM builds, HellFire catapult, Hell Tweaker, HellFire Halo, theme chooser, Nexus live wallpapers, ROM tool box, PIE controls, microbes LWP, dropbox, Adobe flash player, zip align, updated APN list, colorized carrier label, Hellfire battery bar, list view, halo, new boot animation, Hellpaper 4.3, Hellfire equalizer.
Download: Hellfire KitKat ROM
The first one worth a mention is an oldie but a goodie. The ROM is from well known developer, Hashcode. The ROM, Hashcode 3.0, was released back a few years ago when the Kindle Fire was first released. Hashcode, has released several fantastic aftermarket pieces and has developed a good name for himself in producing good quality. This one in particular is based on using CM9.
Keep in mind this list is in no particular order, the next addition I want to mention is called GedeRom 1.2. If you don’t want Hashcodes Rom then this is one of the better alternatives out there. It has developed a reputation on being very reliable, smooth and sturdy to use. All traits that you want to have in a custom ROM.
Many people developed issues when using the actual stock Kindle Fire Rom.If you are one of them then the GedeRom 1.2 is one you will like. There is also another GedeRom version 1.6 which I have noticed is also popular and worth a mention on other people’s lists.
One of everybody’s favourites is the Vanilla Rom. You can get the unofficial vanilla CM9 Rom for the Kindle Fire without a problem. Although an unofficial release, it is still known as being one of the best Roms out there for the Kindle Fire.
If you are the owner of the newer Kindle Fire 2, there is good news for you. Hashcode has managed to develop a CM10.1 for the second generation Kindle Fire. This ROM will give users Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Hashcode managed to come up with this beauty back in January. At the time there was no official release for this, but with a little searching you should be able to come up with the goods now we are in May, at the time of this post.