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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How to play videos from external microSD or USB drives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick were primarily designed to stream media over the internet, but they can also be used to play local video files. Many users access their local video files over their home network, but if setting up a shared network folder seems too daunting of a task, it’s probably easier to just play video files off of a microSD or USB drive connected directly to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know to play video files from an attached external microSD card or USB drive. Read more ›

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How to remove the blue circle icon overlay floating on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Some people are finding an odd blue circular icon appear on top of their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick interface. The questions of what it is and how to remove it keep popping up time and time again, so hopefully puzzled Fire TV owners in the future will find their way to this post for the solution. The icon is ES File Explorer’s way of notifying you of something. To turn it off, open ES File Explorer, go to “Settings,” select the “Logger floating widget settings” option, and then uncheck the first option that’s labeled “Enable logger floating widget.” If you’re just using ES File Explorer to sideload, you could also just uninstall it and use my Downloader app instead.

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