How to open a Hidden Debug Menu on the Amazon Fire TV

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While digging around in the Amazon Fire TV‘s launcher/homescreen app, I came across a hidden debug menu. The menu is full of peculiar options. I haven’t found anything too useful yet, but I wanted to get a post up about it so that others can look around as well.

You need to be rooted to open the menu. I found it’s best to navigate the menu with a mouse and a scroll wheel.

Here is the entire menu:
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Interestingly, selecting the “View All Installed Apps” button loads up an app drawer with all apps, including sideloaded ones:
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This is the “Set Animation Values” menu:
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And this is what comes up when you click the “See Cache Info” button:
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To open the menu:

  1. Load the Fire TV’s “Settings” menu. You don’t actually need to do this, as you can bring up the debug menu from anywhere, but the debug menu is difficult to navigate if it’s called up while you’re on the homescreen menu.
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  2. Connect to the Fire TV via ADB
  3. Run the command: adb shell
  4. Run the command: su
  5. Run the command:
    am start -n com.amazon.tv.launcher/com.amazon.tv.launcher.ui.DebugActivity
  6. Use a mouse and keyboard to navigate. It doesn’t respond too well to the Fire TV remote.
  7. If you find yourself “stuck” in the menu, run this command to return to the Settings screen:
    am start -n com.amazon.tv.launcher/com.amazon.tv.launcher.ui.SettingsActivity

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6 comments
  1. ysamjo says:

    Interesting, so maybe it’s possible to use lama to get to “View All Installed Apps” with one click?

  2. David says:

    Hi,

    Can you make a post about the temperature of the Fire TV, some time it gets to hot and I do not know if it is good or not.

    Is there an app or something like that?

    Best regards.

  3. earlgrey_44 says:

    You can substitute the “all installed apps” menu shown above for the amazon apps menu on the home screen if you use a utility like SD Maid to uninstall the amazon app store. This assumes you are rooted, and don’t care about amazon apps. This frees up memory, and allows a handy way to invoke any play store app you have without work arounds like the “sacrificial Icon” method to start Kodi.

    • AFTVnews says:

      Many have reported that doing this causes issues with things like Prime video playback.

      • earlgrey_44 says:

        Yes, you can certainly screw up many things by removing system files, but has anybody said they removed the amazon app store, and nothing else, and had problems with amazon video? I haven’t seen anything after many days of use. I have seen more memory and easier app navigation.

        I’m not sure if eventual upgrades to system apps like amazon music and video apps may be affected. I don’t think they are upgraded through store functionality, are they?

  4. drewb0y says:

    I like the “Disable Video Purchases” option. Will have to try it later this evening. My kids managed to purchase 5 episodes of some kid show at 3.99 a pop before I turned on the parental controls. An extra layer of protection would be more peace of mind.

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