The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. The first root / jailbreak for the Amazon Fire TV has been released and here is a full detailed guide.
Due to recent software updates that block rooting, some Fire TVs cannot be rooted. To know if your Fire TV can be rooted, check your software version by going to:
Settings > System > About on your Fire TV. Compare your software version with the chart at AFTVnews.com/software to know if your Fire TV can be rooted.
If you are setting up a new Fire TV or are new to rooting, you should visit the Starters Guide if you haven’t done so yet.
- Download towelroot (tr.apk) by clicking the red icon at towelroot.com
- Download SuperSU apk from evozi.com
- Sideload both APKs onto your Fire TV.
- Launch towelroot from your Fire TV application menu.
- Press the select button on your remote to click the “make it ra1n” button in the towelroot app and wait for the Fire TV to reboot.
Update: With the new version of towelroot, the Fire TV does not need to restart.
- Launch SuperSU
Note: If you cannot launch SuperSU, try uninstalling it and installing this older version here
- Update the SU binary if asked. Select the “normal” update method when asked.
- Verify you have root access.
- Connect to your Fire TV via ADB.
- Once connected, type: adb shell su (For Mac it’s: ./adb shell su)
- You should see SuperSU ask you to grant ADB root access. Choose Grant.
It is recommended that you sideload and install BusyBox to ensure compatibility with future apps you install.
- Download BusyBox using the evozi APK Downloader.
- Launch BusyBox
- Grant it root permission
- Use the remotes back button to close the white information popup.
- Select the “Install Busybox” tab and select “Install” to install Busybox
Block OTA Updates
Lastly, you’ll want to block over the air updates from Amazon to ensure you keep root access. See our complete guide here.