Let’s Find Out If I Manage To Root My Fire Phone With The Towelroot Exploit Method
If you are a more advanced Fire phone user, you are probably thinking about rooting your Fire phone.
Rooting means that you get root access to your phone and can modify it (its software) in any way you want.
Unfortunately, rooting usually voids warranty and if you don’t know what you are doing, you can literally brick your phone.
Fire phone is still a new phone and there isn’t one single best method to root it. I did little research and tested all the “one-click” super easy and fast ways of rooting Fire phone.
One of the popular methods now is the Towelroot exploit.
Does it really work? Let’s find out.
Towelroot: A Completely Different Method Of Rooting
What makes the Towelroot exploit so attractive is its simplicity. You don’t have to spend hours connecting your Fire phone to your PC, setting up the Android SDK, downloading & copying files, and so on.
All you have to do is download a small APK file from the website and install it on your Fire.
To put it simply, Towelroot exploits the bug in Android (4.4+) to get root access to the device. If you are interested in the topic, here’s a detailed article about what bug it uses and how.
Towelroot has become very popular online with many people claiming it let them root top-notch devices like Verizon Galaxy S5, AT&T GS5, Nexus 5, GS4, Note.
Let’s see how it will work with my Fire phone.
How To Use The Towel Root Step By Step
1.Go to www.towelroot.com website and download the APK file. The file will be named tr.apk. You will probably get a notification that the file is insecure. Ignore the warning and proceed to download.
2. Transfer the APK file to your Fire phone. If you don’t know how to do it, read tutorial of How To Transfer Files To Fire Phone.
3. Make sure your Fire phone allows installation of apps not from Amazon. Go to Settings > Applications & Parental Controls > Prevent non-Amazon app installation. Make sure that App Installation is set to ON.
4. Download and install ES File Explorer to open the file. Navigate to the tr.apk file and open it.
5. You will see this screen. Click on “Make it ra1n”.
6. Your Fire phone will reboot if it’s successfully rooted. On my Fire phone this method unfortunately didn’t work and I got the following notification.
Did Towelroot Work For You?
As you can see, I didn’t manage to root my Fire phone this way. The good news is that it didn’t brick my phone either!
Some people say that the method will work with the earlier version of Fire OS (I have the newest version, unfortunately). You can actually downgrade to Fire OS 3.5 and try this method. I haven’t tried this yet, because I am waiting for my second Fire phone to arrive before I start seriously “messing” with its software. 🙂 Let me know if it worked for you.
If you have Fire OS 3.5. and it seems you successfully towelrooted it, congratulations. Now you should verify if you really rooted it or not. All you have to do is download and install the free app Root Checker to confirm whether your Fire phone is actually rooted or not.
What’s more, don’t forget to install a Root Management app like SuperSU (that will let you control the superuser rights) once you are sure you really rooted your Fire phone.
How About Other “One-Click” Rooting Methods?
There are at least two programs which let you easily and quickly root Android devices. All you have to do is install the program, connect your device (in the debugging mode) to your PC and click „Root”.
I’ve tried Kingo Root and Wondershare Mobile Go, two other Amazon Fire phone root tools I found on the web. Unfortunately none of them worked and I didn’t manage to root my Fire phone. That’s why I will soon prepare a more detailed tutorial of how to manually root your Fire (step by step).
How about you? Do you know any other good Amazon Fire phone root tool that really worked? If you do, let me know!
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