— A Fire TV & Fire TV Stick Rooting Starters Guide


With the advent of bootloader unlocking and kernel menus, getting a new Fire TV rooted and running the latest pre-rooted software is more complicated than ever. That’s why I’ve created my new Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick rooting starters guide at This page will serve as the best place to go to get a new Fire TV setup, rooted, and running the latest ROM. I will continue to keep it updated as Fire TV and Fire TV Stick development evolves.

  1. Dumberer says:

    Great job as always.
    Now, if you could write a guide on which un-needed files to remove after the different process, you would forever be the hero

  2. Chad says:

    Thanks a lot for these and the blog in general. Keeping my FireTV vanilla to see how Amazon continues to handle the platform, but my FireStick due in the mailbox Friday is a whole other story :)

  3. Skydivingcows says:

    Great walkthrough!

  4. JB says:

    This is great. Reminds me of the Choose Your Own Adventure children’s book series, in a way.

  5. Bruce says:

    I appreciate the work on the starter guide. Personally, I have two Fire TVs on the latest pre-rooted firmware using USB drives as internal storage and one Fire TV Stick which I am allowing to stay updated by Amazon. I have another Stick on order — not sure whether I will leave it alone or block updates and hope for software root.

  6. hawk says:

    Thanks for all the great works. One question, do i need to reinstall all my apps after i install the pre-rooted rom?

  7. questionguy says:

    Is there a way to do this using the FTV Utility App?

  8. Dave says:

    Thanks very much for the guides–I never would have been able to successfully root without them. However, I should point out that they were quite confusing, due to having to go back and forth between various guides at various points. At one point I had like four windows open, switching back and forth between sub-guides. It would be great if there was “one guide to rule them all”, that takes you from start to finish.

    One other note–the Android SDK download for Mac mentioned in one of the guides (I can’t remember which guide it is, there are so many) is no longer valid. It now points you to download Android Studio. I had to go find the original SDK download–it’s the one that is dated March 21, 2014 (20140321). I eventually found it here:

    • AFTVnews says:

      Thanks for the feedback. I opted to do it this way with sub-guides because it’s significantly easier to maintain and keep things updated this way. When I created this starters guide, all of the sub-guides already existed. If I copied them all into one guide then I would have two copies of everything which makes keeping things updated and accurate difficult.

      I’ll look into the SDK changes soon.

  9. Mike says:

    Awesome stuff, followed your guides closely and no problems at all. Superb job indeed!

  10. Paul_Aris says:

    I finally unblocked my updates and let my FireTV download the latest software. Not sure if that eliminated my root or not but I don’t care. I never really used the rooting features anyway. I have the latest ES file explorer, Kodi and now am running my apple bluetooth keyboard and things run so much better with the new update.

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