Kindle Fire: How to Prevent the Wallpaper from Automatically Changing

Posted December 11, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Android, Entertainment

The Kindle Fire automatically changes the wallpaper each time the device wakes from sleep mode or is turned on. If you’ve installed a third party launcher and want your wallpaper to always be displayed instead of being changed to one of Amazon’s default wallpapers. Here’s how to keep the Fire from changing your wallpaper.

Note: The following was performed on a rooted Kindle Fire.

We are going to use ES File Explorer to do this, it allows you to do this easily and you can create a shortcut to the appropriate system directory so that you can make changes easily in the future. If you don’t have ES File Explorer installed on your Kindle Fire, open the device’s web browser and go here to install it.

Use your third party launcher (AWD, Go Launcher, etc.) to change the wallpaper on your device. Don’t let the device go to sleep yet, it will change your wallpaper.

Open ES File Explorer and click the Star icon at the top of the app.

Select Phone.

You will need to navigate the directories as follows:

Inside the files directory, long tap wallpaper and select Properties.

Select the Change button.

Uncheck the two checkboxes that are checked under the write column.

Select the OK button.

Select the OK button on the Properties window.

Your wallpaper will not be changed by the device. The downside is that you cannot change the wallpaper either. When you are ready to change the wallpaper:

Use ES File Explorer and navigate to:

Long tap wallpaper and select Properties.

Select the Change button.

Check the checkboxes under the write column for User and Group.

Select OK.

Select OK to close the Properties window.

Change your wallpaper, then go back and uncheck the checkboxes in the write column.

To create a shortcut on our homescreen to the wallpaper directory to make this quick and easy:

Use ES File Explorer and navigate to the file folder.

Long tap on wallpaper and select shortcut. A shortcut to the files directory will be placed on your homescreen. If you don’t see it, simply restart your launcher and it will be there.


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  • Andre

    I don’t get options to change the properties in my ES File Explorer app. I don’t have a star either. I was only able to find the directory by selecting the root options under settings. Therefore, I can get to the wallpaper file, but can’t modify its properties.

  • Andre

    Disregard previous post. I discovered I had an older version of ES File Explorer installed from the Amazon Appstore. The vendor site has the latest version. Your solution works like a charm. Thanks!

  • Carey

    Hmm…, I downloaded current version of ES File Explorer. Followed directions to the point of selecting the data folder. I have nothing in it to select and continue. What am I missing? Would really like to change screen on permanent basis as I find Kindle screens difficult to read. Thanks!

  • @Carey – what version of the Kindle Fire software is your device running? The device needs to be rooted to stop the wallpaper from changing. If you are running the latest version (6.2.1), you will need to use BurritoRoot to do this. They have a complete writeup on how to do this at Android Police

  • Rob

    I have mine rooted with burrito and i still have a empty data folder in es file.

  • Baz

    Rob, go to google and look for rootexplorer.apk, this app is like ez explorer, but for some reason it shows the files that ez doesnt. I had your same problem and i just used root explorer and it worked. The only thing is when you get to the wallpaper file long press and select permissions, than uncheck the boxes. thats all goodluck!

  • @Carey and @Rob, in case you haven’t figured it out. ES File Explorer needs Super User rights to access the data folder. So, your Fire will need to be rooted and in ES go to the settings and hit the checkbox for Root Explorer (this will turn on the SU settings) and hit the checkbox for Mount File System (this will let you access the folder).

  • tim

    Also make sure its in internal memory, not sd card. Caused me a months worth of frustration

  • Rob

    Thank guys it worked, now i really like the kindle.

  • nick washum

    I cant find the star button?

  • Lanking

    It works on my kindle fire 6.3.1. Thank you!

  • Cambria

    I had to use Root Explorer & it worked 🙂

  • Peter philp

    have a rooted Kindle Fire with CM9 zip and have the latest Go Launcher EX installed and working. downloaded ES File Explorer, clicked on Up to Root option, and Root Explorer Option, but get the message that this feature can not run on this phone.

    Any ideas?

    • moon

      Same here but i used kindle fire utility

  • fireplace video

    I’m glad it works!I love kindle.I’m so happy with it.Thanks!

  • lmart


    Is it possible to copy the original Kindle (1st gen) wallpapers/splash screens to a pc without rooting the device? If so, how? Thanks again.