How to install TWRP custom recovery and an initial ROM on a rooted Fire TV Stick 1

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This guide will walk you through the steps of installing TWRP custom recovery and a pre-rooted ROM on the 1st generation Amazon Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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Fire TV 2 with software version 5.2.1.1 and older can now be rooted with KingRoot

The KingRoot rooting utility is now capable of rooting the Amazon Fire TV 2 running software version 5.2.1.1. Software update 5.0.5.1 blocked the previous rooting method used by KingRoot, but now the app has been updated and is capable of rooting software version 5.2.1.1. Several people on XDA have confirmed that v4.9.6 and v5.0.1 of KingRoot was able to root their Fire TV 2 running 5.2.1.1. Read more ›

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Pre-rooted 5.2.4.0 ROM with new interface for the Amazon Fire TV 2 has been released

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Rbox has released a pre-rooted version of the 5.2.4.0 software update for the Amazon Fire TV 2. As always, you can download it over on XDA and install it using TWRP. This will allow those of you with rooted Fire TV 2s to update to the brand new user interface that is currently being pushed out by Amazon. If you have the means, be sure to thank rbox for his continued support by donating to him. While most non-rooted Fire TVs are still waiting for this update to arrive, rooted devices get to install it earlier than most thanks to rbox’s quick release.

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

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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. Read more ›

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How to root the Amazon Fire TV using the Dirty COW vulnerability

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This guide will show you how to root the Amazon Fire TV using the DirtyCOW exploit. This is primarily for the 1st-gen Fire TV running older Fire OS 3 versions that were previously unrootable, but it may work for other devices and software versions. Read more ›

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Older Fire TVs still on unrootable Fire OS 3 versions might now be rootable

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An XDA forums member by the name of christofsteel has succesfully used the Dirty COW vulnerability to root a 1st-gen Fire TV running software version 51.1.4.0. Prior to this, all Fire OS 3 versions between 51.1.2.0 and 51.1.6.3 were unrootable. The rooting procedure does not appear to work on devices running Fire OS 5, so this likely won’t be of any use to the vast majority of you who want to root your Fire TVs but are on unrootable software versions.

Devices running Fire OS 3 version 51.1.4.1 and up may be rootable with this method, but they would still be limited from downgrading due to the eFuse changes with those versions. Most devices running Fire OS 3 will actually still update to an earlier version of Fire OS 5 that is still rootable, instead of the latest unrootable version, so there’s little point to this new rooting method, but I thought I should still mention it for those of you still holding on to a 51.1.4.0 or older Fire TV.

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Pre-Rooted 5.2.1.1 ROM for the Amazon Fire TV 2 Released

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Rbox has released a pre-rooted version of the 5.2.1.1 software update for the Fire TV 2. You can download it over on XDA and install it using TWRP as always. This allows Fire TV 2 owners with rooted devices to update to the latest software version without losing root. Those of you with the first generation Fire TV, a pre-rooted version of 5.2.1.1 was released last week. If you have the means, be sure to thank rbox for his continued effort by donating to him. Read more ›

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Pre-Rooted 5.2.1.1 ROM for the Amazon Fire TV 1 Released

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Those of you with rooted first generation Fire TVs can now update to the latest 5.2.1.1 software version because rbox has released a pre-rooted ROM version. You can download the ROM at the usual place and install it using TWRP. I had a bit of a hiccup with my update capturing setup, which is why a ROM for the Fire TV 2 is not available yet. I was able to finally capture the Fire TV 2 update this morning and have passed that on to rbox, so hopefully he’ll find time to release a pre-rooted ROM for the Fire TV 2 soon. Read more ›

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Software update 5.2.1.1 blocks rooting with Kingo Root on the Fire TV Stick

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Fire TV Sticks running software version 5.2.1.0 or older were rootable with a utility called Kingo Root. As is expected, the new 5.2.1.1 software update has blocked the available rooting method. There is currently no way to root a Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, or Fire TV Stick running the latest 5.2.1.1 software version. There is a chance a new rooting method for the Fire TV 1 will emerge, because it is vulnerable to the QuadRooter exploit, but nothing has been developed yet.

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Fire TV 1 running latest 5.2.1.0 software version is vulnerable to QuadRooter exploit

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QuadRooter is a set of four new Android vulnerabilities that affect devices with a Qualcomm chipset. The first generation Fire TV running the latest software version, 5.2.1.0 (Build 550145120), is vulnerable. Running the QuadRooter Scanner app on the Fire TV 1 reveals all four vulnerabilities are present, as shown in the screenshot above. The Fire TV 2 and Fire TV Stick do not have Qualcomm chips, so they are not vulnerable to this new exploit. Read more ›

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