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19th September 2015, 06:07 AM |#2  
Frequently Asked Questions
Amazon fire

This a short list of frequently asked questions in this device forum and the answers often given as a response. It should serve as a starting point for gathering knowledge and finding solutions to many common problems.

Q1: Which Amazon (Kindle) Fire Do I have?
Fire Index: Which Amazon (Kindle) Fire Do I have?
Q2: Can the Amazon Fire 5th Gen be rooted?


Yes, System version 5.3.1 can be rooted but not downgraded, trying will brick it. - 28 Nov 2016
system versions 5.1.4, 5.1.3, & 5.1.2.1 cannot be rooted, but can be downgraded to 5.1.2, see Q14
Yes, system versions 5.1.2, 5.1.1, & 5.0.X can be rooted with Kingoroot
Kingroot thread KingRoot thread or RootJunky SuperTool
then see rootjunky's supersume video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O3DcpeS_Ic
or manually install supersu with a terminal emulator
http://www.w0lfdroid.com/2015/05/How...h-SuperSU.html
Yes, system versions 5.0.0-5.1.1 can be rooted see Device Tools, Root/Un-root/Un-brick methods
Q3: Can The bootloader be Unlocked?
No the Bootloader cannot be Unlocked. - 06 Oct 2015
Q4: Can Custom Roms be Installed?
Yes, see Custom Roms
Q5: Can Custom recovery be Installed?
No, currently Custom Recoveries can only be booted temporally using Fastboot.exe see Device Tools, Root/Un-root/Un-brick methods -22 Nov 2015
Q6: Can Google apps be Installed?
Yes, see Installing Google Framework/Playstore without Root
Q7: How can I block updates and Replace the Fire (Stock) Launcher?
A few different options
Q8: How do I Unroot?
Unrooting is can be done from the supersu app that is installed in the rooting process, but unrooting is different than returning to full stock.
Q9: How do I Restore Stock Firmware?
To restore full stock see Device Tools, Root/Un-root/Un-brick methods
Q10: How do I use adb/fastboot?
Setting up adb/fastboot
Q11: Play Store app is showing up as "Play Store | Work"?
I think every one with that issue, has a grandfathered free Google Apps Account
If that is the case, there is no fix, but should work fine
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...8&postcount=27
Q12: Is there a way to set up all your downloads to go to your micro SD card and not your internal storage?
install ES File Explorer>open ES>settings>Directory settings>Download path/backup arrow (on popup)> /storage/sdcard1>OK
when downloading select ES Download manager (you will get a popup)
Note: requires root and sd card read/write access
ES is no longer a good app, use a different download manager - 10 Sept 2017
Q13: Why can't I change files on the SD Card?
The External SD Card is Write protected by default in stock rom. To change to Read/Write try Enable R/W for SD Card SDFix: KitKat Writable MicroSD App (Requires Root)
Q14: Cannot boot to stock recovery using button combination
Use Fastboot.exe command
Code:
fastboot.exe oem reboot-recovery
See Fire Index: Which Amazon (Kindle) Fire Do I have? for setting up Fastboot.exe
or use Super tools reboot recovery option
Q15: Can Firmware be Downgraded?
Yes, in some cases
Downgrading Options
  • System version 5.1.4, 5.1.3 & 5.1.2.1 can be downgraded to 5.1.2 - 6 June 2015
  • System version 5.1.4, 5.1.3, 5.1.2.1, and 5.1.2 cannot be downgraded to 5.1.1 or lower, trying will brick the Fire
  • System Version 5.1.X cannot be downgraded to 5.0.X. trying will brick the Fire
    see Device Tools, Root/Un-root/Un-brick methods

Q16: Are there any Android 6+ (CM13) custom roms?
No, the locked bootloader prevents newer android versions from booting. - 20 Aug 2016

Q17: Will stock rom be updated to Android 6+?
Probably yes, but still unknown, if it is I likely will be late 2016 or later

Q18: Is there a scatter file for the 2015 Fire?
See
http://forum.xda-developers.com/amaz...ideas-t3289721
and
http://forum.xda-developers.com/amaz...grade-t3388747

Q18: Error: Service Installation Section in this INF is invalid in Windows(MTP,USB storage driver)
See video
http://youtu.be/8XxEByzD1oY]

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20th September 2015, 06:32 PM |#4  
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@sd_shadow Feel free to add me to the supporters in this thread list, just ordered mine and ready to help the cause!
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20th September 2015, 06:37 PM |#5  
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@sd_shadow Feel free to add me to the supporters in this thread list, just ordered mine and ready to help the cause!

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What are the odds that we'll see rotting/boot loader unlock/custom roms for this?
20th September 2015, 10:08 PM |#7  
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What are the odds that we'll see rotting/boot loader unlock/custom roms for this?

Just a guess.
80% chance of root
30% chance of unlocking bootloader.
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from what I've seen over the years, the more popular the device is - the more likely we'll see it customized. I plan on getting one because I think the market will be flooded which should mean that there will be a lot of developers playing around with it
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Hello guys, just a quick question here. Would you recommend me buying the new 50 usd Fire? I've been looking for a budget tablet and this one seems like a really good deal
28th September 2015, 10:54 PM |#10  
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Hello guys, just a quick question here. Would you recommend me buying the new 50 usd Fire? I've been looking for a budget tablet and this one seems like a really good deal

In 2 days we will know more.
Depends on what you want from a Tablet, but you likely will not find a better tablet for the price.
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In 2 days we will know more.
Depends on what you want from a Tablet, but you likely will not find a better tablet for the price.

I mainly want it for social media like twitter and tumblr, and as an eBook reader, so I hope it will get the job done
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