Some tablets make it pretty easy to take screenshots natively, but the Kindle Fire doesn’t give us an option in that department. Fortunately, if you really need to take screenshots though, there is a way. As long as your Kindle Fire is rooted and you’ve still got the Android SDK installed, all it takes is a few command prompt commands to make it happen. Read on for the quick guide on how to take screenshots on the Kindle Fire.
Your Kindle Fire must be rooted for this to work. We have a full tutorial on how to do this here.
Connect your Kindle Fire to your PC with a micro-USB cable. Once connected, your Kindle Fire will display the You can now transfer files from your computer to Kindle message. Click Disconnect at the bottom of that screen since I doubt we want to take screenshots of just that screen. This will keep our Kindle connected to our PC, but will allow us to freely browse through the different screens and apps we want to take screenshots of.
Open up a command prompt (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt). If your Android SDK is installed on the same drive/partition as your operating system, then you won’t need to change directories. If it’s on another drive (in our case, the E:\ drive instead of the C:\ drive like most people) then simply type the letter of your drive followed by a colon to switch to it, like “E:” followed by enter.
Next we need to change to the tools directory of Android SDK. We do this by using the change directory command, “cd”, followed by the path to the tools folder. For many, this will look like:
cd C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\tools
for us, it was:
cd E:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools
After you’ve changed directories, then type ddms followed by enter.
This will launch the Dalvik Debug Monitor, which allows us to take screenshots. Unfortunately, using the command prompt is the only way for most of us to launch this program.
Once Dalvik Debug Monitor launches, you’ll see in the device list “com.amazon.kindle” if your Kindle is properly rooted and connected to your PC. This means we can take screenshots, which is accomplished by pressing Control+S. It looks like this:
Once the screenshot you’ve taken loads up, you can rotate it until it looks right, copy it, or save it straight from Dalvik Debug Monitor as a png file. Not too bad, but it sure would be nice if there was a way to do it automatically on the Kindle Fire itself. Having only one button kind of limits things, though. Let us know if this worked for you or if you have any questions in the comments below.