This guide will walk you through the steps of rooting the Amazon Fire TV 1, 2, or Fire TV Stick using the KingRoot utility. Unlike my previous Fire TV 2 rooting guide, this guide does not require an A-to-A USB cable.
If you’re new to rooting, be sure you’ve read my Rooting Starter’s Guide before following this guide. The starter’s guide will walk you through the process, in the correct order, to root your Fire TV, install custom recovery, and install the latest pre-rooted ROM.
This guide only works on software version 5.0.0 thru 5.0.5. It does not work on 188.8.131.52 or newer software versions.
This rooting guide uses the KingRoot utility to achieve root. The problem with KingRoot is that it makes unwanted changes to the Fire TV’s operating system and installs several unwanted apps. After rooting with KingRoot, it is highly recommended that you: install TWRP, flash rbox’s pre-rooted ROM, and then perform a factory reset. This will leave you with a 100% clean rooted Fire TV without any of the KingRoot junk. All of the steps you need to follow, from start to finish, are laid out in my Rooting Starter’s Guide. Note that TWRP and ROMs for the Fire TV Stick have not yet been released, but they are in the works.
- Download the KingRoot version 4.1 APK from here (mirror).
- Sideload the APK you just downloaded to your Fire TV or Fire Tv Stick.
- Launch KingRoot on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
- Press down on your remote and select the “TRY TO ROOT” button.
- Wait for KingRoot to root your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
- When KingRoot is done, you do not need to press the “PURIFY” button.
- Your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is now rooted. Fire TV 1 owners should now follow this guide to install TWRP, while Fire TV 2 owners should follow this guide to install TWRP.