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Kindle Fire: Enable USB Debugging


If you are an app developer then you would want to enable usb debugging on the Kindle Fire so you could test out the app. Unlike other Android device, the USB debugging option is not available from the settings menu so you can't do it from there.

We'll show you simple steps that you could follow to enable usb debugging. Here's how:

For MAC User

1. From the Home screen tap on the Quick Settings kindle-fire-quick-settings-icon icon.

2. Next select More.

3. Select Device.

4. Switch on "Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources".

5. Next connect the Kindle Fire to the MAC.

6. Then use an editor to open the file ~/.android/adb_usb.ini.

7. Now you will need to add the Vendor ID text "0x1949" at the end of the file.

8. Save the adb_usb.ini file.

9. Then restart the adb server process with this command "adb kill-server" and "abd start-server". This will restart the process and read the new value from the file.

10. Now run "adb devices" to see your devices appears.

You may need to have your computer restart to see the changes.

 

For Windows users

Follow the above instruction and the adb_usb.ini file is located here:

1. Use a text editor and open the file adb_usb.ini. It's located at c:\Users\[Your-User-Name] \.android\adb_usb.ini.

2. Then add 0x1949 to the end of the file.

3. Next save the file.

4. Next you will need to edit the file android_winusb.inf file. Use a text editor and open up this file C:\Program Files
(x86)\Android\andorid-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver (note: if you install your android sdk somewhere else then go to that location). When you installed Android SDK, the USB Driver package will also be there, if not you will have to download it. Note: if you can't edit the file ensure you have write permission to do so.

5.  Under section [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] add the following:

;Kindle Fire
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

6. Now save the and close the file.

 

When you connect the Kindle Fire to the PC, it will not recognize the device hardware so you will need to install the USB driver. Here's how:

1. Using the USB cable plugin the Kindle Fire to the computer.

2. The right click on My Computer from the Desktop > Select Manage > Device Manager.

computer-manage

3. Open Other devices on the right pane.

4. Right click Kindle > Update Driver Software.

5. The click on Browse my computer fro driver software.

6. Next click on Browse button, and find the file android_winusb.inf at C:\Program Files
(x86)\Android\andorid-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver. If you install the SDK somewhere else then go to that location.

7. Now click Next.

8. Select Install this driver software anyways. 

9. Now check your Device Manager and see if you could see Android Phones > Android Composite ADB Interface.  

10. Now you can restart the ADB Server to get an update.

11. Go to the folder android-sdk\platform-tools\.

12. Run adb kill-server.

kindle-fire-adb-kill-server

13. Run adb start-server.

14. Run adb devices.

 

Comments  

 
0 #1 Phil 2012-01-31 20:03
Great instructions, thankyou very much!!
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-2 #2 Gene 2012-07-06 16:43
Terrible instructions!!!
Exactly where is ~/.android/adb_usb.ini on a Mac????
CMON!!
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0 #3 Anonymous 2012-09-06 17:43
@Gene: "~/.android/adb_usb.ini" is a full filepath under the Unix filesystem, and is located the user's home directory. Just run your text editor of choice from terminal as sudo with that path as the argument.
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0 #4 Ash 2012-10-24 13:25
Thanks works straight away!!
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0 #5 Bob 2013-01-17 22:01
Under android-sdk\platform-tools\, I do not have executable files called adb kill-server, adb start-server or adb devices to run. What am I missing?
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