How to fix an empty or buggy Apps row on the Fire TV home screen

The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick suffer from an issue that occasionally causes the “Your Apps & Games” row on the home screen to either be empty or not be in the order that you configured. The issue seems especially common on the new Fire TV 3 right after you complete the initial setup process, where the row is completely blank. Here’s the way to fix this issue to restore quick access to your installed apps. Read more ›

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How to downgrade apps like Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

This guide will show you how to downgrade an app on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick (a.k.a. Firestick), and Fire TV Edition television. There are 3 methods to choose from, where one will not preserve your app’s user data and two will. This guide specifically shows you how to downgrade Kodi, but can easily be adapted to downgrade any app, as long as you can locate an APK file of the older version of the app. Read more ›

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How to modify an Amazon Echo Dot to play audio through both internal and external speakers simultaneously

Ever since the Amazon Echo Dot was released, the most common question I’m asked about it is if there’s a way to connect an external speaker without disabling the internal speaker. This is because many owners want to use their nice sound system when listening to music through the Echo Dot, but don’t want to have to always turn on or unplug their external speakers when asking Alexa a quick question or request. I set out to find a solution to this common gripe and here’s what I came up with. Read more ›

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How to automatically enable USB OTG support on boot on a rooted 1st-gen Fire TV Stick

The 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick has USB OTG support enabled by default from the factory. This allows you to use a USB OTG cable to connect USB peripherals like keyboards and ethernet adapters. If you have a 1st-generation Fire TV Stick that has been rooted, you can also enable USB OTG support, which I’ve covered here and here. The issue is that OTG support on the older Fire TV Stick gets disabled again every time the device is restarted. This guide shows you how to configure a Fire TV Stick 1 to have OTG automatically enabled by default on boot as it powers on, so you don’t need to do it manually every time. Read more ›

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How to automatically run shell script files at boot on a rooted Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Shell scripts are simply text files that contain a series of commands. Those commands can be entered manually into a shell prompt on a Fire TV device, but placing them in a script file gives you an easy and convenient way to run several commands at once. It also allows you to automate the running of those commands. This guide will show you how to configure a rooted Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television to run shell scripts you add at boot up as the device powers on. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV rooting guides updated and revamped

I have been meaning to revamp my main rooting starters guide that walks you through the steps of rooting all the different software versions of the different Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. Since I needed to update it anyway with the new rooting information for the Fire TV Edition televisions, I spent a couple of days redoing the whole thing. The new rooting guide is at AFTVnews.com/root and covers every known rooting method for each device’s software version. Read more ›

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How to enter Fastboot and Recovery Mode on the Amazon Echo Show


Since the Amazon Echo Show runs a modified version of Android, it comes with several things common to Android devices, like hidden developer options. Something else it has is Fastboot and Recovery mode, which are used to manipulate the operating system. It’s still unknown what use these modes have for modding purposes, or how locked down they are, but here’s how to boot into Fastboot and Recovery, as well as the available options. Read more ›

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How to properly Shutdown or Reboot the Amazon Echo Show

While experimenting with the Amazon Echo Show, I stumbled on the proper way to shut the device down. It doesn’t seem to be documented anywhere, so I figured I’d post it for those who need it. To shut down the Echo Show, simply hold down the mute button for about 3 seconds and then tap “OK” when the power off option appears. The mute button is the leftmost button on top of the Echo Show. To power the device back on, which essentially restarts it, just press and hold the mute button again while the device is off.

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How to set custom Sleep or Screensaver times on the Amazon Fire TV or Stick without root

While the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick allow you to select from never, 5, 10, or 15 minutes for the screensaver timer, there is nowhere in the device’s settings to change the sleep timer. That’s set to 20 minutes regardless of how the screensaver is configured. Even though it’s not in the interface, it’s actually possible to set a custom sleep timer, a custom screensaver timer, or disable them altogether. This guide will show you how. Read more ›

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How to install and use Amazon’s Silk Web Browser on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Amazon is working on bringing their Silk web browser to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you simply sideload the Silk browser, it’s not useable due to missing components that will likely arrive in a future Fire TV software update. I’ve created a simple Opener app for the Fire TV that takes a URL you enter and opens it in the Silk browser. While this solution is not as good as the fully functional Silk browser, which is expected to support voice input, it does allow you to use the Silk browser today on the Fire TV, before it’s officially released. Read more ›

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