How to use an NTFS microSD card or USB drive with a rooted Fire TV

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By default, the Amazon Fire TV only recognizes USB drives and microSD cards formatted with a FAT32 file system. This poses a problem for storing and accessing files larger than 4GB, since that’s the limit of the FAT32 file system. If your device is rooted, you can mount drives and cards using other file systems, like NTFS, and access files stored on them within apps like Kodi and ES File Explorer. This guide will show you how to mount non-FAT32 USB drives and microSD cards on a rooted Fire TV 1 or 2. Read more ›

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How to disable the FAT32 format message on a rooted Fire TV

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If you often connect a non-FAT32 USB drive or microSD card to a Fire TV, you’re probably familiar with the message that appears asking if you want to format the drive or card. This guide will show you how to disable this message on a rooted Fire TV 1 or 2. Read more ›

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Software version 5.2.1.0 blocks rooting via A-to-A USB cable on Fire TV 2

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It appears that the method to root the Fire TV 2 using an A-to-A USB cable, discovered by Eric (a.k.a zeroepoch) and later improved by rbox, no longer works with software version 5.2.1.0. When connecting the Fire TV 2 via USB, the preloader handshake works, but the script is unable to read the device’s partitions. I don’t know if this is something that can be resolved by updating the rooting script, but for now, the last rootable software version for the Fire TV 2 is version 5.0.5.1 using this guide. Fire TV 2’s running 5.0.0 thru 5.0.5 should still use the simpler KingRoot method to root. Read more ›

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How to unroot a Fire TV 2 and switch back to stock updates from Amazon

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This guide will walk you through the steps of reverting a rooted Fire TV 2, with or without TWRP installed, back to stock by accepting an over-the-air update. Currently, the latest stock update, which is version 5.0.5, is rootable, but if/when Amazon releases an update that blocks rooting, you may be unable to root after following this guide. Read more ›

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How to Root the Fire TV 2, install TWRP Custom Recovery, and a Pre-Rooted ROM all without a PC

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This written guide, along with the video guide, will show you how to root a Fire TV 2 using KingRoot, install TWRP custom recovery, and how to install the latest pre-rooted ROM, all without using a computer. The reason to install TWRP custom recovery is to ensure you can fix your Fire TV 2 in the future if anything gets messed up due to a modification you make. The reason you want to install a pre-rooted ROM after rooting with KingRoot is to remove all the junk left behind by KingRoot and to install SuperSU in place of the buggy Kinguser app. Read more ›

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How to Factory Reset a rooted Fire TV using TWRP custom recovery

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I’m often asked if it’s safe to perform a factory reset on a rooted Fire TV and, if so, how it should be done. Here is exactly what a factory reset does and doesn’t do to a rooted Fire TV, as well as how to perform one with TWRP custom recovery. Read more ›

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How to Root the Fire TV 1, 2, or Stick using KingRoot — No USB cable required

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This guide will walk you through the steps of rooting the Amazon Fire TV 1, 2, or Fire TV Stick using the KingRoot utility. Unlike my previous Fire TV 2 rooting guide, this guide does not require an A-to-A USB cable. Read more ›

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How to install the Google Play Store on the Fire TV 2 running Fire OS 5

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Installing the Google Play Store on a rooted Amazon Fire TV 2 gives you direct access to apps not available in the Amazon Appstore. This includes apps like Google Play Music, YouTube for Android TV, and much more. This guide will walk you through the process of installing and configuring the Google Play Store on the 2nd-gen Fire TV. Read more ›

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How to install Xposed Framework on the Fire TV 2 running Fire OS 5

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The Xposed framework is a platform which allows for the installation of modules which change the behavior of the Amazon Fire TV. By itself, the Xposed framework does not do anything. Modules for Xposed are the ones that can modify the behavior of the Fire TV. Installation of Xposed requires that your Fire TV is rooted. This guide will show you how to install Xposed on the Fire TV 2 running Fire OS 5. This guide should also apply to the 1st-gen Fire TV running software version 5.0.5 once TWRP becomes available for those devices. Older Fire TV’s running Fire OS 3 should follow the older Xposed guide. This guide also shows you how to install the HDXPosed module which is required by various Fire TV modifications, like installing the Google Play Store. Read more ›

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How to Root the Amazon Fire TV 2

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The Amazon Fire TV 2 has been rooted for several months now, but the procedure has been difficult and risky for some to follow. Now that rbox has released custom recovery and a pre-rooted ROM for the Fire TV 2, rooting the device is much easier and safer. Here is my guide on how to root the Fire TV 2 using a Windows PC.

If you’ve already rooted using the old method, it is safe to fully follow this guide in order to install custom recovery. There are other quicker ways, discussed here, to install custom recovery on an already rooted Fire TV, but those won’t be in this guide. Read more ›

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