Fire TV Stick 1 Rooting, Recovery, and ROM Guide: Unrootable

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The Fire TV Stick 1 running software versions or newer cannot be rooted.

There is a hardware rooting method for advanced users that involves disassembling the device and soldering a board to the Fire TV Stick’s memory in order to root by writing to the device’s eMMC chip directly. I do not have a guide for this method because it is a delicate procedure and not recommended for most users. Most users wishing to root should block updates and wait for a new rooting method to be discovered. Staying on older software versions increases the possibility for your Fire TV Stick to be rootable in the future. There is no way to know if or when your Fire TV Stick will be rootable.

The good news is you do not need to be rooted to sideload apps like Kodi. Sideloading does NOT require rooting.

  1. Dean says:

    Could you give a guide on how to root the new AFTV 3? Neighbor bought it (against my advice) and wants me to set it up for her… What was Amazon thinking with this thing anyway? Have to use an HDMI extension cable to keep the weight of the thing from wanting to pull out of the side HDMI port on my tv… I already got the OTG cable, so I can connect peripherals and what not, but man… bad design. Like the processor at 64 bit, but from what I found, it’s not really 64 bit… Anyhow, a way to root this would be nice. Thanks for all your hard work, advice and tutorials.

  2. Ken says:

    Hey guys, your link to the hardware rooting shows who root fire tv. It’s not really the same thing. I came here regarding a 1st generation. I want to root for one simple reason. My first generation fire tv has become absolutely useless regarding log in. I enter my password for wifi and it doesn’t come back wrong, it times out. It’s the typical error due to amazon’s incompetence regarding wifi devices. So a very easy work around would be to use a USB ethernet adapter. I’ve already done it with some of my newer devices and I love it. I know the 1st generation is capable of it…if it’s rooted. Unfortunately I have version 5.2.7 soemthing so non rootable. I have nothing to lose at this point…its basically a brick. Where can I get this force root chip?

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