Just a few weeks after the Fire HD 8 had been rooted, that procedure has been applied to the Amazon Fire 7 tablet to give it the full rooting treatment, as first spotted by Liliputing. Amazon’s least expensive tablet has had its bootloader unlocked, TWRP custom recovery created for it, and there’s already even a custom ROM available to install.
Just as with the Fire HD 8 rooting method, the Fire 7 rooting procedure, posted on XDA by user k4y0z, requires using a Linux installation to run a script that roots the device. The rooting script works for either the 5th-gen Fire 7 tablet released in 2015 or the current 7th-gen Fire 7, that is available to buy right now on sale for $39.99, and was released in 2017.
If your Fire 7 is running the older 5.0.1 firmware, the rooting procedure can all be done with software. If it’s on a newer firmware, you’ll have to either risk bricking it by downgrading or open it up to connect two internal points together temporarily while it boots. This process is identical that used to root the Fire HD 8 and is necessary to root the newer firmware’s bootrom into download mode.
A custom ROM has been created by XDA user ANDROID2468 for both the 5th and 7th-gen Fire 7 tablets. This ROM comes with Gapps, to access the Google Play Store and Google services, as well as Firefox and Nova Launcher pre-installed. The ROM also disables automatic updates, and removes several the default components, such as the home pages, Silk browser, and Amazon Music.
If you’ve ever been curious about experimenting with rooting, this is a good point of entry since you’re only sacrificing a $39.99 tablet if you mess anything up. With TWRP custom recovery and an unlocked bootloader, once you get past the initial rooting process, you’re pretty much out of harms way since you can always use recovery to restore the device or fastboot to flash a new image thanks to the unlocked bootloader.