When it comes to the Amazon Kindle Fire, most people’s attention is on how to install the Google Play Store before anything else. Once you get that tweak worked out, you can start enjoying all the same apps as other Android users who are not using the special FireOS by the Amazon company.
You might not know it, but by adding the Google Play Store to your device, you have officially started doing something towards device customization — and that is exactly our goal with root access too!
Device customization can be oodles of fun for everyone, especially if you are someone who already has a cause for wanting to root the device. Most people already know about applications like Greenify, Titanium Backup, ROM Toolbox and the SuperSU, but one app you might not have heard about yet is the XBooster application. With the Xbooster running on your Amazon Kindle Fire, you can change the system parameters through profiles. Once the profiles have been set up, just toggle between them to choose the performance of your choice. The Xbooster app comes with two main modes, namely the hard gaming mode and the multi-tasking mode. Those two modes offering the polar opposite of each other.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Files You Need
- Download the KingRoot version 4.62 or above from here.
Rooting the Amazon Kindle Fire 4th generation (2014) running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Download the KingRoot application directly from the web browser application on your Amazon Kindle Fire device. Alternatively, you can download it to the desktop of a computer and copy it over to the internal storage SD card. Once on the SD card, you may learn how to install apps from your SD card and check out the best File Manager for the job.
- Once you have installed the KingRoot application on your Kindle Fire 2014 tablet, head to the app drawer and tap on the KingRoot icon so that the application opens.
- Tap on the large button from the main KingRoot page that suggests it will root your device.
- Wait until the progress bar reaches 100% and the application gives you the success message on the display of your Kindle Fire device.
- Close the KingRoot universal one click rooting application and then reboot your Kindle Fire 2014 device.
In conclusion, that’s all you need to root the Amazon Kindle Fire 2014 device using the easy universal one click rooting tool, namely KingRoot. You can instantly head over to the Google Play Store and install the root checker application if it’s not on your device already. Open the root checker app from the app drawer and follow the on-instructions to check if your device is rooted. You will also notice the KingUser application is available from your Kindle’s app drawer. That’s the Chinese version of SuperSU and is the application that is issuing the root permissions to your device. Do not delete that KingUser until you want to unroot the Kindle Fire 2014 device otherwise you will not get the root permissions you are wanting to install apps like the Xbooster we wrote about in the introduction.