Owners of a rooted 2nd-generation Fire TV may now update their devices to the latest 188.8.131.52 software version. Rbox has just released a pre-rooted ROM of the new software update, with build number 617513220, that recently started rolling out to all devices. As always, this ROM is identical to the update that Amazon has released, but it will allow you to update your rooted devices without losing root access.
You can download the new 184.108.40.206_r1 pre-rooted ROM from the link at the top of the changelog/download list on this page. Please be sure to donate to Rbox to support him and thank him for continuing to keep all of our rooted devices updated.
This pre-rooted ROM is only for the Fire TV 2. I had been waiting to see if this latest version of the 220.127.116.11 had any issues (since the prior 2 versions were halted for bugs) before passing along the stock update packages to rbox. Someone else captured only the Fire TV 2 stock package and posted it asking rbox to make a new pre-rooted ROM, which he did. That is why there is only a ROM for the Fire TV 2 right now. I’ve captured the stock update images for the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1 and have passed them on to rbox. Hopefully he’ll have time to release pre-rooted ROMs for those devices soon.
To install this pre-rooted ROM on a Fire TV 2, use TWRP custom recovery and follow this guide. As always, pre-rooted ROMs cannot be used to root your device. Your device must already be rooted to install this ROM. To see if your device’s software version is rootable and how to root it, see my guide here.
How does one unroot a Fire TV 2
I’ll work on an updated guide for this very soon. I just purchased a couple of rooted Fire TV 2s specifically to risk bricking in order to figure out the safest way to unroot.
Cool, tons of folks ask this ? I participated on a thread over at XDA a year back where someone had done it successfully. Will try to find the link.
May I ask why one would like to unroot it?
The main reason I’ve seen is folks selling/buying older FTV devices.
I myself never plan to unroot. Specially simce my bootloaders are unlocked (rare). But I do see folks asking that on XDA all the time.
Guess they don’t have patience to wait for PreRooted FW.
Too many apps detect root and I’m tired of having to jump through hoops each time an app updates
Where did you purchase the Fire TV 2’s from? This is info I could’ve used 3 weeks ago. :P
Cool, had been waiting to update my roooted FTV1’S but I am glad all the major bugs introduced in the updates got resolved.
Even some friends with FTVS2’s where mentioning random restarts & it seems it took a free updates to stabilize.
I run my 4 bootloader unlocked rooted FTV1’S without SuperSU to get passed some streaming apps restrictions. But I can only do that with PreRooted FW.
BTW, update blocking Method 5 thru TWRP works fine on a SuperSUless FW.
Can i buy a 2d gen amazon fire tv rooted from you?
Excellent! Thanks for the update, Elias!
@Elias, will there ever be a root for the cube.
Hey guys, just a reminder from someone who is also rooted and appreciates rbox’s work: DONATE. Seriously, even if it is just a few bucks for a donation, rbox is the only maintainer of these pre-rooted images for the Fire TV 2. Keep an incentive for rbox to keep producing these images, otherwise some of us may wind up with a rooted device and no image to update with.
Latest 18.104.22.168 software version PreRooted FTV 1 Image has now been posted by RBox over at XDA.
REMINDER, NEVER WIPE SYSTEM.
Thanks RBox & Elias.
Why do I keep getting:
Zip signature verification failed!
Error installing zip file ‘/external_sd/Sloane-22.214.171.124-rooted_r1.zip’
Not sure about that, but to find out you could calculate the md5 hash of your downloaded rom zip archive. Perhaps your anti virus or so modifies the file during/after download, thus the hash values change. It should be md5= 37ce0c6dda850fa2d462835496b68576.
You should also better post this question in the corresponding thread.
Figured it out,
Great. Please share your solution of the issue or the root cause.