How to launch Fire TV Settings directly via ADB

While modifying your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, especially when experimenting with alternate launchers like FireStarter, you may find yourself unable to enter the device’s settings section. This most commonly happens if you set an alternate launcher or app to open when the home button is pressed, without leaving yourself a way to open the default home screen. Ofcourse, you can initiate a factory reset by holding RIGHT and BACK on your remote for 10 seconds, or performing a full system wipe if you’re rooted, but sometimes all you need to do is access settings to uninstall an app. This guide will show you how to do so, regardless of what’s running on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, using a simple ADB command.

To enter the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s settings menu directly, you need to already have ADB debugging enabled on your device. If you’re doing any kind of sideloading, I highly recommend keeping ADB debugging set to ON all the time. It is your absolute best way to recover from a mistake and there is no way to enable ADB remotely.

  1. Connect to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via ADB
  2. To open the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick settings, enter the following command:
    adb shell am start -n
    To open the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s “Manage Installed Applications” menu directly, run the command:
    adb shell am start -n


  1. Randy Oldman says:

    I suggest you set Kodi to open with a single Home click, and the Amazon Home Screen with a double-click.

    That way if you accidentally hit the home button (which you will) while watching a video in Kodi all it does is cycles back to a paused screen.

    And you’ll never run into the problem mentioned here.

    Rather than use FireStarter as a launcher, use Kodi. Too easy.

  2. MJ says:

    I believe you’re advocating a setup that the guide is specifically calling out as risky. The best setup to avoid not being able to access the AFTV settings would be to setup FireStarter with a single home click option to the AFTV Home menu…the default AFTV response.

  3. benni says:

    Hey, can anyone tell me the activity name of the “Developer Options” -activity?


  4. Bala says:

    Is there any ADB commands to register an account for Fire devices?

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