How To Root Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen & Install SlimRom

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How To Root Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen & Install SlimRom

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How To Root Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet & Install SlimRomThis article will show you how to root your Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet and install SlimRom.

One of the reasons why Amazon can sell this tablet for only $49 is because it comes with their Fire Operating System and annoying lock screens.  By rooting the Fire 7 5th Gen and installing SlimRom, we are effectively turning our inexpensive device into a full-blown Android tablet.  By doing this, we will get rid of the sponsor lock screens and install Google Play store as well.

I strongly suggest that you watch the how-to video below that I have put together that will walk you through the important steps.  You will also find the written steps outlined below with links that are important is you want to root your Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet.  Please keep in mind that the written steps below are a basic walk-through and you will find the important detailed steps within the video.

Note: TROYPOINT, LLC will not be held responsible for any harm caused to your Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet by attempting to root it. If you follow the step-by-step instructions below, chances are very “slim” 😀  that you will have any problems.

As of this writing, my Fire OS version is 5.1.1. I am assuming tools used in this tutorial will be updated when new Fire OS versions are released.

Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet Root Preparation

Step 1 – Put Fire 7 tablet into USB Debugging Mode by going into Settings/Device Options/ tap the “Serial Number” button approximately 7 times and after that, the “Developer Options” tab will show up. Go into “Developer Options” and under the “Debugging” heading, enable the “Enable ADB” option for debugging over USB.

Step 2 – Allow to install apps from unknown sources by going into Settings/Security (under Personal heading)/ turn on “Apps from Unknown Sources.

Step 3 – Connect Fire 7 to Windows computer via usb cable that came with device.

Step 4 – Go into Device Manager and ensure that Tablet is showing up in list. If not, you may need to install ADB Drivers. Go to Step 5 if you need to install ADB Drivers. If you don’t need to install ADB Drivers, proceed to Step 6.

Step 5 – Install ADB drivers if you need them. This in many cases is a huge headache for people. I recommend that you go to http://www.adbdriver.com and go through the installation process via “Automated Installation” (Universal) option.  Once you see your Fire TV device show up in Device Manager without error, proceed to Step #6

Root Your Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet

Step 6 – Download Root Junky’s Supertool by clicking HERE. As of this writing, the SuperTool link is in bottom-left corner of screen in black highlight. Click option that will root your device.

Step 7 – Disable OTA updates. Click the option that will allow this.
Setup Slim Rom & Google Apps

Install SlimRom & Google Applications Onto Your Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet

You will want to download the following files to your Fire 7 device (PLEASE SEE VIDEO FOR THIS PROCESS).

Step 8 – Get files from XDA that you will need to install Slim Rom with Google Apps.
CLICK HERE FOR XDA SITE
a. Find the “Download” box and download the most current version. As of this writing, the current version is 2.3. When it downloads, it will download by default to your sd card folder on your device. We will get to that in a future step.
b. Download most version of “Slim_Add_On”
c. Download most vesion of “Slim_mini_gapps”

New link for gapps – https://www.androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=48213

Step 9 – Download & Install FlashFire APK from following location
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLASHFIRE

Step 10 – Open FlashFire
Add all three files to operation from above and run process and clear all cache options except for sd card.  Once all three options have been added, push the “Flash” button.

How To Root Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen Tablet & Install SlimRom Video Tutorial

2017-06-26T20:25:49-05:00 By |Google|29 Comments
  • jeremy

    Nice post. Found it very useful. Followed the instructions and had a cheap tablet for my kids in about 20 minutes from start to finish.

    • Troy Christensen

      Jeremy, you are right on! Did the same with my three children as well. Glad it helped!

  • MikeD

    I followed every step to the letter and it worked perfectly, until I tried to download from the Google Play Store (v.6.0.5) on the newly rooted tablet.. I had to manually connect to my wifi network first and every download gave me an “Error Retrieving Information From Server.” Google Play store was still downloading apps on to my phone, so the problem isn’t with Google’s servers. At this point I have no browser and no way to get apps on to the tablet. I even went into Settings/Apps/All and cleared the Play Store cache and data. After that the Play Store would not even connect.

    Did I miss a step here?

    Thanks!

  • MikeD

    Never mind, got it fixed! After signing in to my Google account I had to then delete the account and repeat the sign-in process. Everything works perfectly now.

    Thanks for this!

    • Troy Christensen

      Mike, thanks for posting this solution. Will definitely help if others have same problem!! Have fun.

    • Marlene D

      I tried that and couldn’t get it to work. And I cannot download amazon underground as you can on other androids.

  • miriam

    Troy, There are to zips now… there is one that was uploaded jan 10 and the other one was uploaded jan 4 and that says is the old one. should I work with the old one? I tried to follow the steps with the one you listed and is asking me to install Nova Launcher??
    Thanks

  • Daz W

    Not even getting developer options and last update to 5.1.1date jan 9th have they now blocked this?

  • Angela Eller

    Gapps is no longer available on the site given!! I’m stuck in the middle of the downloads!

  • Giuseppe Volpes

    Dear troy thank you for your work its very very good step by step guide , i would to now if i have firmware version 5. 1. 2 on my amazon 7 2015 , i can make all steps , or your guide work only with 5. 1. 1 version? I wait your news and thanks in advanced… Sorry for my poor English i write you from Sicily Italy.. ?

  • Giuseppe Volpes

    Troy sorry if disturb you… But i would to now other important thing for me.. Slim rom on input and language option , have italian lenguage available on list? This is very important for me italian user before start to change to slimrom , thanks again dear friend .

  • Raul

    Hi Troy, after executing the 1-Amazon-Fire file, I choose 7, then 5.1.1 and then in the kindle screen appears FASTBOOT mode, but it doesn’t reboot….
    Can you help me? I have press keys on the keyboard, but the Amazon Fire tablet tool remains “waiting for device”.
    Thanks a lot for your help!!

    • Troy Christensen

      Hello Raul, when you first hook up to this app, does it list the serial number of your device like it is even connected?

      • Raul

        Hi Troy, sorry for my delay answering you. I didn’t have all the drivers installed. I already have my tablet rooted and working properly.
        The only thing is that the camera doesn’t work, but I have installed another app and it’s working now.
        Thanks!

  • Stephanie

    Hi Troy, I seem to be having trouble installing the fastboot driver. When I try to install the drive update from RootJunky, I get the following message: “The folder you have specified doesn’t contain a compatible software drive for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for x64-based systems.” Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    • Steve

      You don’t have to put the fastboot driver as long as you have the adb driver installed. I’ve rooted 2 this week. Good luck.

  • Steve

    Few things: there is no slim add on files anymore. Also there are more options in the current version of flashfire and I am not sure how to proceed. Any chance you could update instructions?

  • Thomas

    The link to Flashfire is dead & as the previous poster stated, there are no slim Addon files at that link anymore.

  • Thomas

    Just noticed Flashfire install is option 5 on the Amazon Tablet Fire Tool.

  • jeff

    troy will this work on a 5.1.2?

  • SCOTT MOERKE

    the king root wont root my device i have everything set right and even rebooted my device and still says cant rood it
    5.12 is the os

  • Thomas

    You have to downgrade your OS if bought after a certain date, Amazon upgraded to 5.1.2.1 I believe. Google downgrade 5.1.2 then use this http://www.rootjunky.com/amazon-fire-5th-gen-supertool/ hope that helps.

  • Tyler

    what about 5.1.4?

  • baubo

    Only true for 5.0.1

  • REB352

    Followed your instructions, rooted, flashed, but not really still boots into FIRE OS. Any ideas?

  • k ma

    where are the files needed for Slim-add on? This is the 3rd root/ROM where the files, project was abandoned and a short while after it was new.

  • Bratan

    DO NOT Follow this guide. It’s outdated. Bricked my Fire.
    Everyone works up to Step 7.
    Slim ROM is discontinued, there are no Slim Add-ons. As soon as I used Flashfire tool my tablet is toast… I’m trying to recover to stock OS now…

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