If you’re a developer, or are just dying to sideload those shiny new Android TV apps that your Shield TV friends have been flaunting in your face, then here’s how to install the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Be aware that Amazon does not recommend that the general public install this preview. According to Amazon, it does not contain any new features and is meant to be used by developers to test their apps.
- Register for an Amazon Developer account, if you haven’t done so yet.
- Select the Fire TV(s) or Fire TV Stick(s) you would like to install Fire OS 5 on from this page.
- Be sure your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is running the latest software versions, which is currently 126.96.36.199 for the Fire TV and 188.8.131.52 for the Fire TV Stick. You can check your software versions from the Settings > System > About menu.
- Now wait patiently. Your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick will receive an over-the-air software update, just like all other normal software updates, that will install Fire OS 5. Amazon says it should arrive in 24 to 48 hours from when you complete step 2.
If you go to Settings > System > About > Install Latest Software it will install OS 5 immediately.
It will only install immediately if your Fire TV is already next in line to receive the update.
What if your rooted and unlocked the bootloader
You can still go to fire is 5
If you’re rooted and install the developer preview, you will lose root.
If the bootloader on Fire OS 5 has changed, then it is likely rooted Fire TVs will not be able to upgrade to Fire OS 5 without losing root. We’ll know soon.
Internal Server Error is what I get.
Are there any additional apps that can be sideloaded with this update that didn’t work before?
Mine is still running 184.108.40.206 even when I check for updates. Anyone else seeing this?
According to Amazon, my firmware listed is the newest.
Does anyone know if Fire OS 5 restored ALT+TAB functionality to the Fire TV?
Probably not since I get the feeling it disappearing was not an accident. It was the one thing that let me quickly access ES File Explorer.
Okay, so how do I install the Android TV Launcher on this now?
Aftv fire os 5.0 is not ready for primetime! Usb apks are not being seen, internal apps are getting network errors, rebooting constantly. Don’t update to 5.0!
I totally agree… not ready! Several apps don’t work. Makes it pretty useless at the moment.
Any good guide to downgrade to the latest stable version? (My device is NOT rooted and I don’t have busybox installed).
Fire OS 5 Developer Preview Today closing the Page
It was the return of former Everyone OS 3
The Fire OS 5 Developer Preview for Amazon Fire TV program has now come to a close. We will be providing all developers currently active in the Developer Preview updates to the latest version of Fire OS 5 once it is released.