Kindle Fire: Enable USB Debugging

Enable USB Debugging on your Amazon Kindle Fire and start using it with Android development tools. Just use these steps to get started.

Note: This tutorial assumes you have Android Studio installed and configured.

Enable ADB on Kindle Fire

  1. From the Kindle Fire, open “Settings“.
  2. Do one of the following depending on your device:
    • Original Kindle Fire – No action needed. ADB is enabled by default.
    • Kindle Fire HD – Select “Security“.
    • Kindle Fire HDX – Tap “Device” or “Device Options“, then tap “Serial Number” 7 times until “Developer Options” is unlocked.
  3. Choose “Developer Options“.
  4. Set “Enable ADB” to “On“.

Windows Configuration

  1. Open “Android Studio“, then choose “Configure” > “SDK Manager“.
  2. Select “Tools” > “Manage Add-on Sites…“.
  3. Select the “User Defined Sites” tab.
  4. Select “New…“.
  5. Type “https://s3.amazonaws.com/android-sdk-manager/redist/addon.xml” in the URL field, then select “OK“.
  6. Select “Close“.
  7. In the “Extras” area, ensure that “Kindle Fire USB Driver” is selected”, then select the “Install x packages…” button.
  8. Accept the license on each package, then select “Install“.
  9. Wait until the Android SDK Manager downloads and installs all items.
  10. Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer.
  11. Select “OK” on the tablet to “Allow USB debugging“. The Kindle Fire should be detected in Windows as an “Android Composite ADB Interface” device. If not, you may have to remove the Kindle Fire device from Device Manager, then reistall the Kindle Fire as an “Android Composite ADB Interface” device.
  12. Stop ADB server with the “adb kill-server” command, then use the “adb devices” command. You should see the Kindle Fire listed.
    adb finding kindle fire

You can now use Android development tools on the Kindle Fire like DDMS for taking screenshots.
Kindle Fire in DDMS

Mac & Linux

  1. Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer.
  2. Select “OK” on the tablet to “Allow USB debugging“.
  3. Stop ADB server with the adb kill-server command, then use the adb devices command. You should see the Kindle Fire listed.

Comments

  1. Freckles says

    Thanks for this tutorial. I followed your directions exactly and was finally able to load the ADB driver for Fire HD7 4th generation on Windows 7.

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