For those fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the term, bricking means rendering your Fire TV unusable. When you root your Fire TV, you open yourself up to the possibility of making a change which disable the Fire TV. Here are the top ways to accidentally brick your Fire TV.
Factory Reset with a Modified Hosts File
One of the methods to block OTA updates on the Fire TV is to add lines to your hosts file which block Amazon’s update domains. Some people have found out the hard way that these hosts file changes do not get removed when you perform a factory reset. This is bad because the Fire TV needs to be able to access those blocked domains during its initial setup. If you’ve modified your hosts file, you must remove the modified lines before factory reseting the Fire TV. Otherwise your Fire TV will not be able to register itself with Amazon during the initial setup. We have not found a way around this issue. If you know of one, we’d love to hear about it in the comments and pass it on to our readers.
Modifying an SQLite database with Bad Apps – Updated
Like most Android devices, the Fire TV has SQLite database files which hold many key settings that govern the behavior of the Fire TV. It can be useful to make changes to these databases. There are apps which make it easy to modify these SQLite databases. Unfortunately, we’ve heard that certain apps will change the file permissions of the SQLite database file when saving. This can have dire consequences, making the databases inaccessible to certain functions of the Fire TV. One symptom of this issue is the loss of wired ethernet connection. We’re still learning more about this issue and will update this post as new information comes in.
Several have reported that the app SQLite Editor is safe to use on the Fire TV. We have not been able to narrow down which app has caused issue, other than the fact that it was one of the free ones in the Google Play Store. This issue may, in fact, be non-existent but we’ll keep it here as a cautionary warning that modifying one of the Fire TV’s SQLite databases should not be handled lightly.
Please comment below if you have anything to add which may help others avoid or recover from bricking.