Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Kindle Fire HD 8.9 via Omni ROM - How To Guide

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 was introduced in 2012 which now received an unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat update thanks to custom firmware OmniROM. After the rolled out of Android 4.4 KitKat for many Nexus devices, all device owner really willing to try it out when possible. Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes with dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB RAM along with other cool hardware spec which make it capable to run Android 4.4 KitKat smoothly. You can now enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat on your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 by flashing OmniROM. The OmniROM is an Android 4.4 KitKat based ROM. By flashing this you not only enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat features but also bloatware free, customize and fast interface. Continue reading this guide to learn how to install Android 4.4 KitKat based Omni custom ROM on Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

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Some of the cool Android 4.4 KitKat features that you will enjoy is Screen Recording, Tap to Pay (Google Wallet for everyone), NFC emulation for non nfc devices, 14% less memory usage, cloud printing from Gallery, Google Home is the new Launcher, Core System Processes Trimmed, apps are efficient and responsive on all devices, the all new 'procstats tool details' memory use, Full-screen Immersive mode, seamless change in resolution during media playback, Phone dialer got local business detection, redesigned Quickoffice and many more.

This Android 4.4 KitKat based ROM CM11 is shared by twa_priv (donate).

Please note, this is very early build and you should expect some bugs in it. All bugs and issues expected to be fixed as development progress towards a better build.



This tutorial is only for Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.  

Pre Requisites:

1. Backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Kindle Fire HD 8.9. [Guide].

5. Make sure you have Hashcode's 2nd-bootloader and TWRP installed.

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 4.4 KitKat based OmniROM on Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)

  1. Omni Android 4.4 KitKat ROM For Kindle Fire HD 8.9 [Filename:]
  2. Google Apps [Filename:]
  3. SuperSu [Filename:]

How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat based Omni ROM on Kindle Fire HD 8.9

  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
  3. Now, Boot into recovery mode. To do so, turn on your device and during bootloader splash screen (blue Kindle logo), press Power repeatedly to open boot menu and move selection from Normal Boot to Recovery. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Perform a Nandroid backup of your existing ROM using Backup button located in TWRP Recovery main menu.
  5. Now, perform Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do so, Tap on Wipe » then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
  6. Its time to install the ROM. To do so, tap on Install » browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the CM11 zip file. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
  7. Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the step 6 but choose the Google Apps ZIP file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  8. Once the Google Apps installation process end, repeat the step 6 but choose the SuperSU ZIP file instead of ROM zip to root your device.
  9. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot » then, tap on System to reboot your phone and boot up into Android 4.4 KitKat ROM CM11
  10. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Congrats! Android 4.4 KitKat firmware based custom ROM Omni is now installed and running on your Kindle Fire HD 8.9. [via XDA]