Showing posts with label Kindle fire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kindle fire. Show all posts

Send to Kindle from your computer

I have 2 Kindles from Amazon and can't live without them. But there are many times when I have documents or PDFs on my computer which I would like to read on Kindle or store them in Kindle so I can read them later.

Amazon has this great little utility which makes this happen.
You can download it from their website or from this link.

After you've installed it and signed up with you Amazon account, its as easy of right clicking on the document you want and selecting which device you want it to be sent.

And there it is on your Kindle to read.

Also you could send them to other devices where you have installed Amazon Kindle App like you smart phone.

Stop Kindle Fire from auto-changing wallpapers

Okay you’ve rooted your Kindle, added tons of new stuff. But you end up bowing to the default wallpapers of the KF every time you wake up your Kindle. Not good. You want to retain your wallpaper you set last time and don’t want your KF to change it when the screen goes off. Its easy to retain your settings.

You will need:

  • Rooted Kindle Fire. Learn how to root our Kindle Fire here.
  • Root Explorer App or any other explorer app like ES File Explorer or Astro File Manager etc. Any explorer which will let you mount your folder as a read/write will work.
  • If you have rooted using Kindle Fire Utility, then you would also probably have the Go Launcher EX now. Its not really necessary, but it will be good to have this so you can install Live Wallpapers. Yay!

This is what we are going to do.

  1. We are going to set up a wallpaper (not live wallpaper) and this wallpaper will stick on the apps background. After the change to the folder, this wallpaper cannot be changed. If you want to change it, you need to undo the permissions change we do, then change the wallpaper, and revert the folder permissions. But good news follows; You can set up live wallpaper for your KF Home and KF Lock screen. You can do this using the Go Launcher EX.
  2. Now here is what you actually need to do.
  3. Using Root Explorer navigate to this folder.

  4. Press and hold the wallpaper item.
  5. Select Permissions on the pop-up.
  6. Uncheck the boxes for Write.
  7. Done.

For easier access, you can bookmark this folder or create a favorite for shortcut access.

Now set up your wallpaper for Home and Lock Screen, and they wont change until you change them. Have fun!

Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for anything that happens to any device after following my posts. They work for me, and that’s what I’m sharing.

Books not showing up after rooting Kindle Fire

You have rooted your Kindle Fire and installed the Google Play Store App. You are downloading a lot of apps and games. Now you are done. You want to get back to reading.

Wait! Where are my BOOKS!!!?

So this post is about the problems you might encounter with reading Books after you root your Kindle Fire. Rooting has its benefits and drawbacks, but they are not too serious, hopefully this post should help you.

Problem: When you click on Kindle app, the screen freezes.

This is not the way to open your books after rooting. You need to use the Launcher from the Kindle to access your books. You original Kindle Carousel Home opens. Click on Books and there you can read your books. To get out of the freeze screen, click on the settings icons and then click on anything. You can now go back to the Home.

Problem: Books are not there. There’re gone!!!

Don’t worry, no matter what, your purchased Kindle books are always going to stay on your Amazon account. But to make them show up correctly, you need to do a few things.

  1. Go to Google Play Store.
  2. Click on Menu >> My Apps
  3. Look for Kindle.
  4. Click on Uninstall.
  5. UN-check Allow automatic updating.
  6. Go back to your Launcher and check your books.
  7. Make sure you don’t update app.If you find you books missing again, you know what is wrong.

Problem: Still books not showing up?

Check you Amazon account.

  1. Login to your Amazon account.
  2. Manage your Kindle >> Manage your devices.
  3. If you see unrecognized devices under your Android type, then De-Register them.
  4. Go back to the previous problem, and follow the same steps.
  5. Go to your Kindle account in Amazon, and deliver your books to your Kindle.
  6. You should probably have your books visible now.

Hopefully this should help you get your books back. If not let me know, we’ll figure out what’s gone wrong.

Install Swype on Kindle Fire

I’m not responsible if anything happens to your Kindle Fire or any other device by following anything that is suggested here.

Now that the disclaimer’s over, this is how I got Swype to install on my Kindle Fire.

  1. First of all you need to root your Kindle Fire. See my post on how to root your Kindle Fire easily using Kindle Fire Utility.
  2. Make sure you have Superuser on your rooted Kindle Fire.
  3. You will also need Root Explorer or any other app which will let you move files to System folder. I used Root Explorer. File Expert or ES File Explorer will work just as good; both of them are free while Root Explorer costs $3.99.
  4. Go to using your laptop. You can do it from your KF too, but its just going to be faster from a bigger screen and a real keyboard.
  5. This works as off today 6/20/2012. Click on Get Swype.
  6. Select Download Swype Beta.
  7. Register using your email.
  8. You will get an account activation code.
  9. Now open your KF, and open in your email.
  10. Click on the link in the email.
  11. Your browser in KF will open and follow the instructions to download and install.
  12. Enter the activation code when it asks for it.
  13. After everything is done, you will get to Enable Swype.
  14. Stop at this point.
  15. Using Root Explorer (or any other explorer) and navigate to \data\apps.
  16. Look for the apk for Swype. The installed apk, not the installer apk.
  17. Move (or cut and paste) the apk to \system\app.
  18. If you get warnings of the \system\app folder as not writable, then allow superuser to access the Explorer you are using and make that folder as writable. This will change with the kind of Explorer you are using. You could be mounting the folder as r/w in most explorers. The plan is to make the \system\app as writable.
  19. Reboot your Kindle Fire.
  20. Now go to any app which has a text area to type, like Email, or Facebook, or Twitter app.
  21. Press and hold on the text field for a couple of seconds.
  22. A Dialog will pop up for Input Method.
  23. Select Swype.
  24. You will get an error that Swype is not working and will Force Close.
  25. You might keep getting this constantly, don’t panic.
  26. Using the Root Explorer go to \system\app and install the apk for Swype, the one which we moved earlier.
  27. Complete installation.
  28. Open Email, or Facebook or Twitter.
  29. You Swype will open up asking you to agree the Agreement and continue.
  30. Congratulations. You have just installed Swype, a better way to use your Kindle Fire.

Problem: Not able to move or copy the apk on \system\app
If you are not able to copy into the \system\app then you probably don’t have the write access to this folder. See my post to install Superuser on your Kindle Fire and this should help you get access to the folder using which ever Explorer you use.

Problem: After re-booting your Kindle Fire, Swype doesn’t work and throws pop-up error message and force close.
This happens to some users, after re-starting their KF, but nothing to worry about. Follow Step 26 and 27, that is -
Using the Root Explorer go to \system\app and install the apk for Swype, the one which we moved earlier. Complete installation.

Happy Swyping!

Root Kindle Fire 6.3 using Kindle Fire Utility

Okay I’m going to say the usual disclaimer stuff first. This post is about what I did to root my Kindle Fire (KF) and the problems I faced and how I solved them. I’m not responsible for any damage that happens to your Kindle Fire or any other device either by following the below steps or by downloading anything suggested here.

I’ve been using KF unrooted for a while now, and then I got bored of the stock keyboard. That was the actual thing to make me root it. So my search to find the easiest way to root began. I’m pretty sure that many might disagree with me, but I thought Kindle Fire Utility (KFU) is the best and easiest way to root KF.

Kindle Fire Utility can be downloaded from the xda-developers website. At the time of writing Version 0.9.6 is the latest and that is the one I’m using.

KF = Kindle Fire
KFU = Kindle Fire Utility

Downloading, Installing and Running KFU:

  1. You will need a fully charged KF, and the USB cable to connect your KF to your laptop.
  2. Download KFU and extract it to your desktop or a convenient folder. This is how your files will look like after extraction.
  3. According to the instructions, all the drivers need to be correctly installed for your KFU to run correctly and detect your KF.
  4. If you don’t have your drivers installed correctly, then you are supposed to run install_drivers.bat file. You can connect your KF now or not. It wouldn’t matter.
  5. Connect your KF.
  6. Run the file run.bat
  7. Your screen will look something like this.

Problem: ADB Status is Offline
Now this is will probably be the first problem you encounter. Check my post on ADB Status is Offline while rooting Kindle Fire on how to resolve it.

Now hopefully your would have gotten your screen to show ADB Status as Online now. Proceed.

Selecting the options to root Kindle Fire:

  1. Select option 2 for Install Permanent Root with Superuser.
  2. Let the tool do its job, just wait for it, and keep watching the screen to know when its done. Your KF might boot several times here.
  3. After its done, your screen will look like this.
  4. Yay, you have successfully rooted your Kindle Fire.
  5. Now lets check if the Superuser has been installed correctly. We need this Superuser because we will need to modify the read/write permissions on folders to have complete control of KF.
  6. Open your kindle and check if the Superuser is showing in the carousel on top.  You can also check it from Apps. It should be showing up.
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Problem: Superuser is not installed.
We will need the Superuser. So check my post on how to get Superuser on your Kindle Fire.
Hope this will get you your superuser on the KF.

Installing Google Play Store:

If you have to follow the steps for installing Superuser using apk from my other post, then you would probably already have Google Play Store installed here.
You will not able to access Google Play Store from the Kindle Launcher. You need to use Go Launcher EX. Other than that you have your Play Store. All apps may not be compatible with KF, so happy exploring.

If you did not have your Google Apps installed, then

  1. Connect your KF to the laptop.
  2. Run run.bat.
  3. Make sure ADB status is online.
  4. Select option 6 for Extras.
  5. Select option 1 for Install Google Apps / Go Launcher EX.
  6. Complete the installation.
  7. You will be able to access Google Apps thru Go Launcher EX.
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Hope this helps you to root your Kindle Fire, And install Google Play Store.
Again, I’m not responsible if anything happens to your Kindle Fire or any other device. This is what I did and it worked for me.

Installing Superuser on Kindle Fire using KFU

The usual disclaimer stuff first. This post is about what I did to root my Kindle Fire (KF) and the problems I faced and how I solved them. I’m not responsible for any damage that happens to your Kindle Fire or any other device either by following the below steps or by downloading anything suggested here.

This is a part of the post on rooting Kindle fire. If you are not able to get the Superuser installed on your Kindle Fire using the Kindle Fire Utility, then you can do the following.

  1. Download the superuser.apk from this source.
  2. Place it on your desktop or any other convenient folder.
  3. Connect your Kindle Fire to your laptop.
  4. Make sure ADB Status is online. If not, then follow this post to make ADB status go online.
  5. Run run.bat from KFU.
  6. Select option 5 for Install Latest FireFireFire and complete installation.
  7. Select option 6 for Extras.
  8. Select 1 to Install Google Apps / Go Launcher Ex and complete installation.
  9. Close KFU.
  10. Open Command prompt on your laptop by typing cmd in Start.
  11. Type cd <space> and drag and drop the location for the folder for \Kindle Fire Utility\tools. It should look something like this. The path may change depending on the location of your folder.
  12. This will automatically copy the location of the tools folder on your command prompt.
  13. Press Enter.
  14. Type adb install <space> and drag and drop the location for the superuser.apk you downloaded.
  15. This will automatically copy the location of the superuser.apk on your command prompt.
  16. Press Enter.
  17. Wait for a few moments.
  18. After you get Success, you can exit the command prompt.
  19. Now open your Kindle Fire and check if Superuser is installed.
  20. Your carousel should look like this. You can also check in Apps in KF.
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  21. Congratulations! You now have Superuser on your Kindle Fire.

Hope it helps you. Continue to read my post on how to root Kindle Fire.

Rooting Kindle Fire using KFU: ADB Status is Offline

The usual disclaimer stuff first. This post is about what I did to root my Kindle Fire (KF) and the problems I faced and how I solved them. I’m not responsible for any damage that happens to your Kindle Fire or any other device either by following the below steps or by downloading anything suggested here. 

So this post is more of a follow up of the other post of mine which says how I rooted my Kindle Fire. So you are using Kindle Fire Utility to root your KF and after your run the Run.bat your screen looks like this.


ADB Status is Offline.

Possible Causes:

  1. Kindle Fire is not connected properly.
    => Check your connections, and run run.bat again.
  2. Drivers are not installed properly.
    => Run install_drivers.bat again and run run.bat again.

Okay you did both and it still says DB Status is offline. Okay at this point you need to do a few more steps, but don’t worry its really very easy.

  1. Connect your KF.
  2. Open Device Manager in your laptop.
  3. Look for Android Phone >> Android Composite ADB Interface.
  4. Right Click.
  5. Click Uninstall.
  6. Complete the Uninstall.
  7. Disconnect your KF from the laptop.
  8. Wait for a minute or so, and connect your KF again.
  9. Now when you open your Device Manager on your laptop again, your will see Android Phone >> Android Composite ADB Interface.
  10. There might be a small yellow caution sign on the ABD Interface, this is good.
  11. Right Click on this again and click Update Driver Software.
  12. Select Browse my Computer for driver software.
  13. Select the location for the Kindle Fire Utility\drivers\kindle folder.
  14. Complete updating the driver.
  15. Run run.bat again.
  16. Your screen will look like this.
  17. Your ADB Status will be Online.
  18. Now your can continue to root your Kindle Fire. See my other post on how to continue.

Hope this works for you. If not, let me know and we can probably figure out why its not working.

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