Prime Photos app on the Amazon Fire TV can now be disabled to save internal storage space

The Prime Photos app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been updated with a new option that allows customers to disable the app altogether. As you would expect, disabling the app prevents it from being launched. More importantly though, and likely the main reason for adding this new option, disabling the app also prevents it from storing photos and videos from your Amazon Drive onto the Fire TV or Fire TV Sticks internal storage. This allows customers who don’t use the Photos app to reclaim the precious internal storage space that the app normally uses.

The new Prime Photos app is being released through a system app update. This means only the one app is being updated and not the entire operating system of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. There will be no indication that the update arrives, other than the new option to disable the app appearing in the Fire TV’s settings menu. You can check if you have the new version by going to Settings > Applications and scrolling down to see if you have version FOS-5 801027110 of the Prime Photos app. It appears only 2nd-gen devices with the new user interface are currently receiving the updated photos app, but it will likely come to older 1st-gen devices later this year when those devices eventually receive the new interface.

Strangely, Amazon has updated the Fire TV’s Software Update page to indicate that a new operating system version has been released for 2nd-gen devices. While the true latest software version seems to still be 5.2.4.0, the page now indicates the latest software version to be 5.3.2.0 with a build number of 801027110. I think this is a mistake because the new alleged operating system build number is actually the version number of the new Prime Photos app. I expect the software update page will be reverted back once someone at Amazon realises the mistake … or reads this post ;-).

As for the new option to disable the Prime Photos app, you can find it by going to Settings > Applications > Prime Photos. When you select the new option, you’ll have to confirm you want to disable the app; first by selecting “Disable Prime Photos” and second by selecting “Disable” to confirm. With the app disabled, it will still appear in your list of apps in the Fire TV’s interface, but selecting the Prime Photos app will display a message telling you the app is disabled and that you need to go into settings and enable it before you can launch the app.

As soon as you disable the app, it automatically deletes all of the photos and videos that it was storing locally on your device, which were previously downloaded from your Amazon Drive. For me, disabling the app freed up 1.48 GB of internal storage. Even if it’s disabled, the photos app will still use around 400MB of internal storage due to various interface images that it must store, like the default screen saver images.

While it would be better to be given the option within the photos app to select which photos and videos it stores locally, or better yet, the option to cap how much internal storage it uses, the new option to disable the app altogether is a welcomed addition. Hopefully a completely new Prime Photos app, that both better matches the new interface and has more advanced storage management options, is in the works, and that this updated app is just a temporary stopgap.

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11 comments
  1. Mark says:

    SWEET!!! My sons storage is full and he doesn’t even use the prime photos, I do. Once disabled, does this instantly free space and “delete” the photos on that particular unit? Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Jeff_C says:

    I understand that any cached photos will be deleted from the Fire TV device, but will they remain on the Amazon cloud servers so that re-enabling the photos app will allow you to see them again without uploading them again?

  3. Llyod says:

    Prime Photos is one of the most used apps on my Fire TV.
    Is there any way to have it store it’s photos on the SD card?

  4. DeanR1977 says:

    Wonder if someone can mod this so some using an older modded firmware can do the same? Or swap from the updated version or the photo app & then use these features?

    • Christopher Loughrey says:

      Just install the latest rom with one of Rbox’s pre-rooted roms. Why would you stay with an old firmware?

  5. Ujn Hunter says:

    Great. This is helpful since I no longer use my Fire TV to see my Photos since they made it a separate App.

  6. Jer says:

    Wow, surprised it uses 400 mb without even running!

    It also seems silly there isn’t a way to limit how much gets downloaded/synced up with the device. I had a problem with a full AFTV already (btw, still haven’t seen you post an article about how to fix that by deleting certain databases, unless I missed it) and I don’t even use Amazon Drive.

  7. Waldi says:

    How to get the updated app with a rooted FTV2? I already have the 5.2.4.0 Update, but it´s still the “old” one without the updated Photos app.

    Will there be a updated prerooted rom by rbox? The actual rom is from December 10th, 2016 – 5.2.4.0_r1.

    • AFTVnews says:

      If someone uploads the new Prime Photos APK, you can manually install it. I’m sorry, but I can’t risk uploading it due to copyright laws.

      Rbox won’t release a new ROM just for this app update, but the new app should be included in the next ROM once an OS update is released.

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