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Amazon Fire Kids 7" Edition

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by TBirdUK, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. TBirdUK

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 9, 2005

    Posts: 2,520

    Location: High Wycombe

    My free subscription for Fire Kids has run out for my boy, he seems to have out grown the kiddy stuff and just wants a tablet that I can lock down etc.
    So, the question is, is there any way to turn his kids tablet into a normal android tablet?
     
  2. TBirdUK

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    Joined: Jul 9, 2005

    Posts: 2,520

    Location: High Wycombe

    anyone? There must be a way of doing this, otherwise its just useless??
     
  3. Mcnumpty2323

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    Joined: Dec 21, 2019

    Posts: 2,167

    Possibly
    By unlocking the bootloader
    Rooting it
    Installing twrp
    Then putting a custom rom
    Of lineageos or something
    On it assuming there's one for
    That model
    Is there an easy couple of clicks
    Way to do it
    I doubt it
    Done a few Samsung tabs before
    And few android phones
    Though it's not something
    I know a lot about
    First thing after bootloader
    And rooting it
    Is twrp so if brick it you can
    Recover it
    You either need a bit of
    Googling or a forum specially
    For this sort of stuff
     
  4. TBirdUK

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    Joined: Jul 9, 2005

    Posts: 2,520

    Location: High Wycombe

    thanks for the reply, google is letting me down but i'll try a couple of rooting forums
     
  5. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 21, 2019

    Posts: 2,167

    The things I mentioned
    Should at least give you a rough idea
    But every device needs
    It's own custom rom
    So not all devices are doable
    As if no great demand for
    It they don't waste time making
    A rom I guess
    Given its an amazon device
    Probably a lot been sold
    So may well be able to do it
    If I remember where I found
    The stuff to do mine
    Will update my post
     
  6. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 21, 2019

    Posts: 2,167

    Quick google
    Suggests there are different
    Versions /generations
    Of kindle fire like 5th 6th 7th etc
    So need to know which you have
    Seems to be software
    Called kindle fire utility that
    You may want to Google
    I only quickly looked
    But looks likely its doable
     
  7. petertr2000

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 7, 2011

    Posts: 258

    Its fairly hard to install other ROMs on Fire tablets. But its very easy to install a different launcher and the Google Play store to make it look like a normal android tablet.

    And that launcher would/should have lock-down features.

    Problem is, it runs as slow as a dog on the 7/8 HD. Nevermind the basic model. They are basically trash.

    That said, you know you can still add apps to the kids zone on the Fire tablet that aren't part of the subscription service, yes? You install them from the Amazon Android store on your profile, then add them to your kid's profile. The major issue here is that many "free" apps on the google play store are not free on the Amazon version. You can side-load, but you cannot add side-loaded apps to the Amazon Kid's profile.

    They're not daft, they don't give these tablets away for pennies to make a long-term loss ;-)