Since the latest software update for Fire TV devices is blocking the ability to use custom launchers, you may want to avoid updating a new or factory reset Fire TV. During the initial setup process, all Fire TV models check for software updates with no option to skip the check or avoid installing the update. Normally, if you externally block updates from downloading, such as through a router filter or DNS setting, the setup process will refuse to complete until it can reach Amazon’s update servers. However, there is a method to get past all forced updates during the initial setup and here is how to do it.
Credit goes to Jayhawks659 for discovering this method to skip forced software updates during the initial setup of a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Cube. This method will work, as of today, for both the initial setup of a brand new device being configured for the first time and for a device that was just factory reset.
IMPORTANT: To follow this guide, you must have a way to quickly kill the internet connection going to your Fire TV device. The simplest way is to use an Ethernet adapter instead of WiFi, since you can easily unplug the Ethernet cable. If your only choice is to use WiFi, you can either be ready to pull the power of your router when needed or you can connect the Fire TV to your phone’s WiFi Hotspot, since it’s easy to switch the hotspot off on your phone when needed.
- Begin setting up your Fire TV device as usual and connect it to the internet. Just be ready to disconnect the internet quickly.
- Once the Fire TV gets to the point where it is getting updates, disconnect its internet connection.
- When the Fire TV stops getting updates and says there is no network connection, press and hold the BACK and MENU buttons simultaniously on the remote for a few seconds until the VoiceView accessibility feature turns on.
- Once the VoiceView feature is on the screen, press the BACK button on the remote to exit VoiceView.
- When VoiceView exits, you should now be at the Amazon login/registration screen. You now need to reconnect the internet to the Fire TV and quickly log into your Amazon account to complete the initial device setup. Your Fire TV will likely continue to download software updates in the background, but now it will not force you to stop and install them as long as you don’t leave the device idle for a long period of time.
- Once you log into your Amazon account, you should once again disconnect the internet and finish the initial setup steps offline so that you can get to the Fire TV home screen without having installed any updates.
Once on the home screen, you will want to block software updates on your device. If an update has already downloaded and is waiting to be installed, you’ll want to clear the update by connecting to your Fire TV via ADB and running the command: