Currently, the Amazon Fire TV Stick cannot be rooted. That doesn’t mean a new rooting method won’t be discovered in the future. Generally, the older the software your Fire TV Stick is running, the more likely it will be compatible with new rooting methods. Read on to learn how to block updates on the Fire TV Stick to ensure maximum future rooting potential.
The Fire TV Stick updates in the same manner and through the same domains as the Fire TV. Since there is currently no way to block updates on the device itself, your only option is to block the update domains via your router or through a DNS filtering service like OpenDNS.
If your router is capable of blocking access to specific domains, set it to block the following 3 domains:
If your router is capable of blocking URL strings, set it to block:
All Fire TV Stick software update files start with montoya-ota (Fire TV update files start with bueller-ota), so blocking all URLs containing that string will ensure updates are blocked even if Amazon changes the download domains listed above.
See my Fire TV router blocking guide for additional information, as it also applies to the Fire TV Stick.
Also, see my guide on How to complete the Fire TV Stick Initial Setup without Updating