Pre-Rooted ROMs are now available for rooted Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1 and Fire TV Stick 2

Anyone with a rooted Fire OS 5 device, including the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV boxes and the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV Sticks, can now update to software version Rbox is still at it after all these years and has just uploaded the newest images to flash. You can find them at the top of these XDA threads: Fire TV 1 (Bueller), Fire TV 2 (Sloane), Fire TV Stick 1 (Montoya), and Fire TV Stick 2 (Tank). If you have the means, please consider donating to Rbox to show your appreciation and to keep future updates coming.

Remember, your device has to already be rooted in order to install these pre-rooted images. These files will not help you root your device. They are simply already rooted versions of the stock software update, so people with rooted devices can update their device without losing root access.

Updating my Fire TV rooting guide and catching up on all the rooting/unlocking/flashing advancements that have been made during the last year is near the top of my todo list, so I hope to write some posts and guides related to that soon. Let me know in the comments if there is anything specific that you want me to cover.

  1. Nate says:

    Great update, Elias! I installed this for my Fire TV 2 and it worked flawlessly. Love being up to date again.

    Since you’re asking for anything specific we would like to see in your rooting guides, I did have a couple suggestions if you think they would be of any help to end users:

    1. Return to stock guide – While it is somewhat on the periphery of rooting, there are some users I have come across that seemingly don’t need root capabilities anymore and wish to return to stock for easier updates. Your old guide ( references rbox’s 5.0.4_r2 release, which still had the ability to boot to stock recovery. Starting with 5.0.5_r3, stock recovery gets disabled. Enabling updates once again does not return you back to stock it seems.

    2. There are those of us who used the old ADB commands to block updates:
    “pm disable”
    “pm hide”

    Even when flashing the newest pre-rooted ROM some system component APK files are not updated. As per one XDA post I disabled my OTA blocks using ADB and was able to update the system components via the GUI update in the user settings; then of course I quickly disabled updates via the same commands again. As we were using the latest OS, these updates seemingly only updated other system components. I am not sure if there is any other way to get the system component updates any other (easier) way, but might it be a good idea to let people know this is an option? I found after updating these system components operation of certain things did smooth out a great deal. Or perhaps I am mistaken on the functionality of this? Just a thought!

    Thanks again for the update!

    • Thanks for the great article suggestions. I’ll definitely try to cover both topics in the near future.

      • AlexLK says:

        Hi Elias, first and foremost, glad to see you back on the beat with AFTVNEWS.

        Regarding pre-rooted ROMs, there are concerns when it comes to our older devices, FTV1 bueller and FTV2 sloane. As you probably are aware, some apps, notoriously ESPN, are requiring updated ROMs or they refuse to launch.

        In light of this scenario, could you please reach out to the “Powers” and find out if there’s hope of updated ROMs for our older boxes? Is there’s anything we can help with?

        Thank you!

    • Deude says:

      Hi, I have a Fire Tv2 (Sloane) on and TWRP, is it just a matter of copying the r1 rooted zip to my sd card and installing the zip using TWRP?

      Been a while since I did any of this so haven’t got a clue.

      Thanks in advance if you can help.

      • Deude says:

        OK, saw I had to update to an earlier version first, did that and then For some reason /cache could not be mounted and TWRP has a problem formatting encrypted partitions, did that through ADB and Bob’s your uncle, everything is updated and running smooth.

      • Ccd says:

        How do you like the newer
        Screen and interface.

        I miss 5.0/ 5.1 old

        Did you upgrade.

  2. Rp says:

    Look at you. Back like you never left. Thanks for the update

  3. Hebert says:

    Hi Ellas.

    Glad you’re back.

    Believe it or not. I still have one 1st Gen Fire TV Cube sealed in the box.

    I wonder if there’s still hope for this sucker to be rooted?

    Or should I just give up hope and use it instead?

    Cheers from Brazil.

  4. JoeB says:

    Now we’re talking. I missed these updates. Still rocking my (Rooted) 1st Gen Fire TV currently way behind on updates. Will need a refresher on how to update it.

  5. ylsf says:

    Is there any way to see what was changed with this update? I am still on the one version prior to this one. I like when you updated the “changes” under the firetv updates page. I guess I will just keep the previous version unless someone suggests that the experience on the new version is better.

  6. Ian says:

    Please update Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation): Fire OS (659654620)

  7. Miller says:

    Do Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1 have compatible firmware?
    Can I reflash with
    how to put on “Fire TV Stick 1 gene” Pre-Rooted ROMs ??? TWRP ???
    ROOT ???
    a vicious circle, in order to place one you must have another ..

  8. Joe Rushing says:

    We have to be thankful for Rbox these updates for sure.

    I’m in the same boat as many I’m sure, having issues with apps not functioning because of an our-dated OS. Can’t go back to stock OTA either (at least, not that I am aware of) with TWRP.

    For folks in this boat, donating to Rbox might be a good way to convince him to keep putting out the latest bin.

    Long term, it would be nice to either find a way back to stock, or if the code for generating pre-rooted roms could be out on GitHub? Perhaps this would defeat the purpose of it were to expose methods Amazon would want to block?

  9. Adam says:

    Hey it’s been years since i’ve been on here great to see the site is still up. Was wondering if there is any place to get the older pre rooted roms. I wanted to get because that was the last one where you could use the launcher feature but it’s no longer available on rbox’s link.

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