Originally Posted by thefonta
I apologize for making this the noobest posts of all, but I know nothing at all. I've rooted my Kindle once, didn't know how, didn't know why, or what I gained from it. I only wanted to be able for starters to change the hideous lock screen pictures, then the apps, then install google play apps and ended up with a messed up Kindle Fire HDX.
Passed days looking for guides to restore it, and everytime tutorials were expecting me to have TWLR or other things that I didn't..
I ended up doing a factory reset and removing stuff manually.
So now, what is my Kindle FireHDX Situation? It's version is 188.8.131.52 and I simply want to open it up to more possibilities, I want to add apps that are not original from Amazon, I wanna be able to access it and add files and docs and book that otherwise he wouldn't let me.
I tried searching for guides, and just got lost between Thor, Apollo, and who know what else. Also, I'm on a Mac and that narrows down so many tutorials..
Can anyone help me out figuring what I really want?How to obtain it?And what would be the best way?
My wife has an iPad and basically can do anything, I have a kindle and I can't even put an Alarm Clock on it!!
I wanna be able to use google play apps, access like with ES Explorer, and whatever else could be useful. I just find going through all these threads very difficult and for people with advance knowledge.
Can I hope for someone?
well done for asking. I'm no master but one thing i will tell you, is NEVER EVER, and I repeat, EVER modify the build.prop. In case ytou don't know what that is, it is the file that defines the whole device, in which the whole description of the kindle is. I modified mine, and to cut long story short- I don't have a kindle anymore. The easiest and safest way to root kindle is TowelRoot or VRoot, but be very, extremly careful. Once you root kindle, you can get Gplay apk and install it. https://mega.co.nz/#!hJ8ynBKI!aYGtlx...5apNaVcAktPmAk
Here is the link to mega. you can download the app and install it as you would with any sideload app. To do that you need to locate it using ESFile explorer which you can download on the Amazon market. then click on the file in downloads, and install it. viola.
INSTRUCTIONS (at your own risk)
Since you have a Mac you can get virtualbox.It is hard, but it is doable to install Windows on that, or Linux if you are a pro. or there are apps that you can buy to run windows on Mac, which cost like 20 dollars I think?
Step Two: Get V-Root. http://www.mgyun.com/en/getvroot
NOTICE: Many devs you MUST be carefull, so do so at your own risk. V-Root is kinda infamous. It works though!
Step 3: Connect kindle to Mac and click the big button on V-Root, which is a one-click rooting software that worked for me. For me personally, I didn't get it from first time, i tried numerous times. If things don't work, do not try anything by yourself, that is how I bricked the kindle. Follow step by step instructions. Really.
Step 4: Once you have gained root, get Titanium backup, and backup your files. But be extremly carefull. My personal suggestion, just get Gplay, SU, and a launcher to add to the experience. If you don't particularly care for custom ROMs, don't get them, stick on this one and be safe.
Step 5: Optional, but usefull. You should block the update websites from which the updates come from- but that doesn't necessarily do the trick, if you connect to someone elses wifi. http://androidcowboy.com/2014/01/how...e-hdx-updates/
this might be useful. now please, be very careful, if you don't know something, don't do it. Ask : don't mess with ROMs. Have fun!
to gain a nexus-like experience you can get launchers, the best ones are nova launcher and apex launcher, they genuinely give an android experience. you can set them as ALWAYS so you never see that ugly amazon launcher ever again. you can also get custom lock screen, and forget you have a kindle, power of kindle- looks of nexus. also, even without root you can get some launchers, something the iPad can't. Just saying XD .
there are many apps out there, but be carefull with what you pick.
Widgets? You can get all that in the play store- if the play store is there, it is going to be just fine in this sense.