Finally, the Amazon Fire tablet receives the Lollipop firmware it deserves with a stable new CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM. It’s an enhanced version of the Kindle tablet from Amazon and comes with some fine specifications that can support almost all the Android versions ranging from the KitKat, that the device comes with, to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. that is now available with CM 12.1.

With this CyanogenMod port, now you can enjoy new exciting features that the stock firmware may lack. Though the build is an unofficial one, the developer claims it to be stable and tested on some devices by users. However, you may still find some minor bugs with Bluetooth that is currently not working and Battery Stats not showing up. With further releases, bug fixes and stability improvements can be expected.

However, in order to install the ROM, you will need to setup TWRP onto your device and then flash the ROM and Google Apps simultaneously. As the TWRP is already available for the device, it won’t be a problem.

To be sure, backup everything before you proceed. This may include the apps, media, documents and all of your internal storage just in case anything goes wrong. Also nandroid backup from the TWRP.

Warning: Warranty may be void if you root or install custom ROM on your device. We at DroidViews won’t be liable for any damage to your device whatsoever. We won’t be held responsible if you brick or damage your device. Reader’s discretion is advised.

Downloads

  •  Amazon Fire 7 CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM
    • CM 12.1 ROM — Download | File: cm-12.1-20151116-UNOFFICIAL-ford.zip
  • Google Apps
    • Open Google Apps for all devices — Download | Open Gapps
  • Root With  SuperSU is mandatory
    • SuperSUv 2.46 Download | File: UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46.zip

Requirements

  • The listed custom ROM is compatible with Amazon Fire 7 2015 only. Do not try it on any other device or variant.
  • Make sure you have TWRP recovery installed on your device. Download and install the latest TWRP from this page. If it doesn’t work, get this recovery.
  • You must have device drivers installed on your PC so as to transfer the ROM and Google apps to your device’s storage.
  • You must fully charge your device or at least to 60%, as the process may take a while.

Backup your Apps and Data
Before you proceed, make sure you backup all your data. This process will wipe all the data from your device except for the internal storage. Hence, a full backup or nandroid backup is recommended. Also backup all your internal storage files just in case anything goes wrong. Take a nandroid backup from the custom recovery before flashing the ROM.

How to Install CyanogenMod 12.1 For Amazon Fire 7 2015

  1. Download the CM 12.1 ROM from the download section. Also download the compatible Google Apps for your device.
  2. Now transfer the zip file into your device’s internal storage. Place the zip file where you can easily locate it.
  3. Now reboot into Custom Recovery (like TWRP). To boot into TWRP, first turn off your device and then press and hold volume down and power keys at the same time. If you see the TWRP logo, that means you have successfully booted into the recovery.
  4. It’s highly recommended that you perform a nandroid backup. To backup your ROM, tap on backup option in TWRP and select all the partitions including System, Data, Boot, Recovery, EFS and swipe right where appropriate, to backup.
  5. After performing the ROM backup, perform a full wipe. Return to the TWRP main menu and tap the wipe button and select Advanced Wipe. Then select Dalvik CacheSystemData, and Cache. Now swipe the confirmation button to wipe.
  6. Now go back to the TWRP main menu or home screen and tap on the install option. Navigate to the ROM file and select it.
  7. Swipe the confirmation button to proceed with the installation. The ROM will be installed.
  8. Now return to home in the TWRP and tap on the install option. Navigate to the SuperSU and Google apps zip files and select it simultaneously. (First flash the SuperSU and then Google Apps)
  9. Swipe the confirmation button to proceed with the installation.
  10. Once installed, reboot to system.

If you see the new boot logo, that means you have successfully installed the ROM on your device. If you come across any boot loop or face system errors, try a factory reset from the recovery or you can always restore your previous ROM from the backup.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. When you first turn on your Fire, DON’T LET IT ACCESS THE NET!. If it does it will automatically upgrade to 5.1.1 without asking you and so far there is no root for that OS.

  2. It is not working with the new Fire 7 (5th Gen) Tablet with Fire OS
    5.1.1. Amazon have patched the bootloader to block “fastboot boot **.img” from working.

  3. It is not working with the new Fire 7 (5th Gen) Tablet with Fire OS
    5.1.1. Amazon have patched the bootloader to block “fastboot boot **.img” from working.

  4. Oh it cannot be flashed to the recovery partition. Instead you need to boot it directly using the “fastboot boot twrp.img” command.

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