The Amazon Fire tablet features a real hardware to do all those things you need to do on any tablet device like gaming, reading, watching movies and shooting pictures. The main thing a tablet needs to do these all things easy and fast is an OS, but this tablet is not featuring Amazon Fire OS (some people do not even know that there is a thing like Fire OS) which is a standard featureless OS with limited apps and features. If you want the limitless power of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on your Amazon Fire tablet, then go ahead and install Cyanogen Mod 12.1 custom ROM on you Amazon Fire tablet.

Here is everything you need to update the Amazon Fire Tablet to an unofficial version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software by installing the CyanogenMod 12.1 custom ROM:

Android 5.1.1

Points to Remember:

  • You need to root your Amazon Fire first and then install a custom recovery to it.
  • After that, you need to backup all of your valuable data or it gets wiped during the installation process.
  • Make sure that you charge your phone to at least 70% battery so it will not go off during installation.

Steps to install Cyanogen Mod 12.1 on Amazon Fire Tablet:

  1. Download the Cyanogen Mod 12.1 custom ROM zip package from here.
  2. Download the Google apps zip package from here.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC and transfer both the zip files to your phone.
  4. Turn your tablet off and boot it into custom recovery mode.
  5. When in recovery mode, tap on “Wipe” and confirm to wipe the system memory.
  6. After wipe completes come back to main menu and tap on “Install”, select the CM 12.1 custom ROM zip file and confirm to install the ROM on your tablet.
  7. After installation again tap on “install” and select Google Apps zip file this time.
  8. After installation competes come back to the main menu and tap on “reboot” then “system” to reboot your phone to OS mode.
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In conclusion, that is how to install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on the Amazon Fire Tablet by using a custom ROM, namely the CyanogenMod 12.1 version. Note that a custom ROM means that the official Android developers do not create it, and it is not endorsed by Android, your tablet manufacturer or phone carrier network. The main difference is that they will not cover your device under warranty while you have a custom ROM running. Most devices can undo all the work that they did to get the new ROM running and return to the stock ROM, and it will be enough to get the warranty working again. However, this is not always the case for each device.