How to use DirecTV Now on a rooted Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

If you are seeing an “Error 40” or “QP1005” error message when you launch DirecTV Now, it’s probably because your device is rooted. Here is how to get around the message and use DirecTV Now on a rooted Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

Big thanks to spotmark for first discovering this method.

  1. Sideload the app Hide My Root, which you can download here. The simplest way to do that is to install my Downloader app from the Amazon appstore and enter in the text field.
  2. Launch Hide My Root and select the “Hide su binary” option. Be sure to grant superuser access when you are asked. Note that you will need to select “Restore su binary” in the future when you need root access.
  3. You should now be able to use DirecTV Now. If you still get the error message, you may need to Force Stop, Clear data, and Clear cache for the DirecTV Now app. You can do so by going to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications on your Fire TV.


  1. spotmark says:

    No props? Thanks. :p

  2. kywildcat says:

    I don’t even think the apk install on, will it?

  3. Damien says:

    Unable to hide root.and bricked removing root

  4. Brad says:

    thanks! worked like a charm…

  5. Jay says:

    Don’t think that this is the case because my second generation Fire Tv has never been rooted. However, there is a note on the Directv Now site saying that the App does not support rooted/jailbroken devices.

  6. tech3475 says:

    Does anyone know if this technique works with Sky Go?

  7. I need help says:

    Running the latest prerooted rom with my firetv1 and hide my root says it can’t find my su. Any ideas?

  8. Stank says:

    Worked well for me. Thanks spotmark and Elias!

  9. Duvan says:

    Does this work on a G-Box or a android box

  10. iphone Jbreak says:

    Did anyone have any luck with a JB phone?

    What were the steps to get it to work?

    no matter what I tried, nothing worked.

  11. SpeedRacer789 says:

    Slightly off-topic… has anyone tried using DirecTV Now via a US VPN address from Canada?

  12. TC says:

    Downloader is no longer available in app store!!

    • Pat says:

      Blast – went through 45 minute wait for chat, then another 1/2 hour to have them say they’ll look into it. Sound on commercials is fine- shows just scratchy noise

  13. I signed up for the 3 month trial to get the free ATV, but I am watching DTVn on Fire TV sticks. Works great. I cannot install the app on an UNrooted gen 1 fire tv. Amazon shows these as incompatible. Anyone running this on a gen 1 FTV with no tricks? Is this a me thing, an Amazon thing, or a DTVn thing?

  14. Robert Simandl says:

    I sometimes get that QP1005 error message on my 1st-gen FTV on wi-fi, which is NOT rooted. Hitting refresh usually makes it go away and it works okay after that.

    My 2nd-gen FTV on ethernet (also never rooted) doesn’t have this issue at all.

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