How To Install Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire owner now can enjoy the same thing that Nexus 10 & Nexus 7 tablet owner enjoying – the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Recently developer Hashcode shared an AOSP source based Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM that can be installed on unlocked Kindle Fire with CWM recovery or any other custom recovery installed. The ROM is for original Kindle Fire that comes with 512MB of RAM along with a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor which is enough to run the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean smoothly.

Few notable Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean features are multi-user support, gesture typing, new quick settings option, lock-screen widget, new camera app, photo sphere, improved Google Now, new daydream feature, miracast display and more.

Note: This Android AOSP based Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM is still under development and may contain bugs and issues. All issues will be resolved as development progress. As this is an AOSP ROM, you won’t see must customization here.


What Isn’t Working:

  • Bootanimation needs a display bugfix
  • Need to enable the swype-style 4.2 keyboard
  • I’ll check out photo sync options
  • Looking into USB camera support (will probably be more useful when the 3.4 kernel is ready)


This tutorial is only for Amazon Kindle Fire. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About tablet. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Pre Requisites:

Backup your data first using below mentioned instructions, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.

SMS & Call LogUse SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
Contacts & SettingsUse Android default backup options.
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names


  1. Make sure your device have at least 80% battery power. [How to Check Battery Percentage in Android tablets]
  2. You already have USB Driver Installed for Kindle Fire in your PC. [Download USB Driver]
  3. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. [Guide]
  4. Should be running FireFireFire Bootloader 1.4a [a guide coming soon, until then try Kindle Fire Utility v0.9.6]
  5. Have a custom recovery installed, such as TWRP 2.2.x or Cannibal Open Touch or CWM Recovery. (TWRP 2.3.x not recommended just yet)

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to move the next page of this guide where we compile an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to flash Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM for Amazon Kindle Fire.

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  • Curtis Muir

    There is no SD card on my kindle fire??

    • arafat21

      Kindle Fire have 8GB internal memory (internal SD card).

  • gurinder

    Thanks guys, simple and straight forward instructions unlike other sites who are trying to beat around the bush.

    • arafat21

      Thanks for your kind words.

  • Jon

    Hello, I would just like to say thank you, I used the TWRP recovery which worked nicely, I’m in love with my kindle fire all over again, currently stocking up on apps and getting use to the new feel of it, this guide was very easy and straight forward. Thanks again – Jon

    • arafat21

      Thanks for your input John and enjoy your latest Jelly Bean experience.