Google Play Store now gives apps the option to block rooted devices

Earlier this week, it was discovered that the Netflix app on the Google Play Store was preventing users with rooted devices from installing the app. It was assumed the block was caused by changes to the app’s DRM. Android Police has discovered that it’s much worse than that. Google is now giving app developers the option to prevent rooted devices from installing their apps. Read more ›

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Netflix is blocking rooted Android devices — Amazon Fire TVs are not affected

Netflix has started blocking rooted devices from installing their app. Currently, this only affects devices that use the Google Play Store. This means that, for the time being, Amazon devices are not affected, so rooted Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks still have no problem installing and using Netflix. Read more ›

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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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