How to enable Wallpapers in Alternate Launchers on the Amazon Fire TV

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Some of you choose to use an alternate Android launcher on your Amazon Fire TV instead of the default homescreen. This can be a beneficial decision if you’re one who often uses a variety of sideloaded apps. One thing that had always been missing from alternate launchers on the Fire TV was the ability to change the launcher’s wallpaper. Today that changes, because XDA Forum member schybiorz has figured out a way to enable wallpapers and forum member superkoal has packaged the modification into a simple to install Xposed module. The module enables both static and live wallpapers, as well as widgets.

Guide

  1. If you haven’t done so yet, install and setup the Xposed Framework on your Fire TV by following this guide.
  2. Download a pack of 3 required APKs from here (mirror)
  3. Download the WallpaperEnabler APK from the bottom of this XDA post
  4. Extract the 3 required APKs you downloaded (com.android.systemui.apk, com.android.wallpaper.apk, and com.android.wallpaper.livepicker.apk) and sideload them onto your Fire TV
  5. Sideload the WallpaperEnabler.apk you downloaded onto your Fire TV
  6. Launch “Xposed Installer” on your Fire TV
  7. Select “Modules”
  8. Check the box to the right of the WallpaperEnabler module. (You will need a mouse connected to your Fire TV for this.)
  9. Restart your Fire TV
  10. When your Fire TV reboots, you should now be able to open your favorite alternate launcher and change its wallpaper. Be sure to send thanks and/or donate to schybiorz and superkoal if you appreciate their work.

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22 comments
  1. DJ1 says:

    Gr8 post.. btw can u make a guide on installing Nova Launcher and setting it up. Cheers !

  2. David E says:

    Awesome — what launcher is that in the screenshot by the way?

  3. schybiorz says:

    It’s SquareHome Tablet edition

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.squarehome

    I’m still testing a few other things aswell ^-^

    if you wan’t to buy me a beer

    Paypal chybiorz@freenet.de

  4. richard says:

    Has anyone put together a list of launchers that work well with FTV and specifically ones that don’t require rooting but can still intercept the home key?

  5. Dave says:

    Excellent! Thanks so much for this. I read the post on xda but it seemed a little confusing and others seemed to be having issues. You really broke it down well!Thanks again!

  6. Dave says:

    Forgive me as I haven’t played with many launchers, but doesn’t this also require rbox tv mods to use it as your main launcher?
    Or is there something else in the guide I missed? Thanks.

  7. HandyPro21 says:

    Hi AFTVNews,

    Thank your for all your guides. I’ve used almost all of them and succeded in all with no problem!

    I was able to activate the rbox mods on Xposed using Limitless Remote without needing a physical mouse as it was suggested on XDA forum.

    Just sideload Limitless Remote Service to the FireTV and start the service. Then connect with the Limitless Remote on your tablet or cell using the mouse module and you have full mouse function!!!
    Important: Make sure to sideload the Limitless Remote Service version 2.2.5 to the FireTV, since the 2.0.0 version that is on GooglePlay does not work.

    Good luck!

  8. ArcticMonkey says:

    Hi Guys

    I’ve installed xposed framework on my rooted fire tv and followed instructions, however I get to step 4 trying to sideload com.android.systemui.apk with adb, i’m getting an error-

    Failure {INSTALL_FAILED_UPDATE_INCOMPATIBLE]

    I’ve installed the other 2 apks- com.android.wallpaper.apk, and com.android.wallpaper.livepicker.apk along with WallpaperEnabler.apk but just can’t get com.android.systemui.apk sideloaded.

    Any thoughts?

  9. Tony says:

    Arcticmonkey, I just tried it and ran into the same problem.
    So looks like this nice trick only works with Firetv1. It worked great with nova prime launcher on that, but on firetv2 it appears as a black screen.
    it’s a shame since all the other apk files installed ok. But looks like we need the android system ui apk that is compatible with our Android 5 based Firetv2s.
    On a sidenote: firestarter allows backgrounds so that’s a good alternative if you need pretty backgrounds.

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