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How to Take Screenshots on your Kindle Fire Tablet

Thinking of making a tutorial or showing one of your friends screenshots of your Kindle Fire, well, you can’t, (for now) but read on, because I’ll show you a way to take screenshots on your Kindle Fire Tablet (yes, it’s a tablet, not an eReader).

First let me say that I like the Kindle Fire because it runs on Android, but you won’t recognize it. Of course, it has its flaws, like lag in menus, misplaced or hidden volume control for your apps or the wrong placement of the OFF button (bottom), but all in one, it’s a great device to read and watch movies on.

Without further ado, let me show you how to take screenshots on Kindle Fire:

  1. Download and install the Java Development Kit and latest Android Software Development Kit.
  2. Start the Android SDK Manager and Install Android 2.3.3 (API10) and Google USB Driver package. Uncheck Android 4.0.3 (API15) if you’re not planning to update to ICS.
  3. Now press Start and type cmd in the Search box and hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter (admin privileges).
  4. Add the Kindle Fire to the USB driver file by typing:
    notepad c:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver\android_winusb.inf
  5. It will bring up a file with Notepad and at the beginning of [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64], type the following:
    ;Kindle Fire
    %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
    %CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

    – Save and exit
  6. Go to C:\Users\YourUsername\.android\ and open the adb_usb.ini file with Notepad and type 0x1949
    – Save and exit
  7. Connect the Kindle Fire to your PC via USB and allow any installation that shows up. When the installation is completed, only the Kindle will show as not installed.
  8. Go to Device Manager > Other devices, right-click on Kindle and select Update Driver Software.
  9. Select Browse my computer for driver software and then go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver and press Next.
  10. Now that you have an active USB connection with your Kindle Fire, you can take screenshots by going to C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools\ and launching the ddms.bat file. Select your Kindle from the list (Actions > Reset adb to reset the list) and press Ctrl+S to take a screenshot.

That was all, I know it’s a mouthful, but it’s worth it and if you’re thinking of taking screenshots on your Kindle Fire more often, make a shortcut of the ddms.bat file on your Desktop or wherever you want so you won’t have to go through all those directories to run it again.

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