Netflix is blocking rooted Android devices — Amazon Fire TVs are not affected

Netflix has started blocking rooted devices from installing their app. Currently, this only affects devices that use the Google Play Store. This means that, for the time being, Amazon devices are not affected, so rooted Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks still have no problem installing and using Netflix. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: ,

How to install TWRP custom recovery and an initial ROM on a rooted Fire TV Stick 1

teamwin-recovery-project-twrp-logo
This guide will walk you through the steps of installing TWRP custom recovery and a pre-rooted ROM on the 1st generation Amazon Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Fire TV 2 with software version 5.2.1.1 and older can now be rooted with KingRoot

The KingRoot rooting utility is now capable of rooting the Amazon Fire TV 2 running software version 5.2.1.1. Software update 5.0.5.1 blocked the previous rooting method used by KingRoot, but now the app has been updated and is capable of rooting software version 5.2.1.1. Several people on XDA have confirmed that v4.9.6 and v5.0.1 of KingRoot was able to root their Fire TV 2 running 5.2.1.1. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , ,

Pre-rooted 5.2.4.0 ROM with new interface for the Amazon Fire TV 2 has been released

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

Rbox has released a pre-rooted version of the 5.2.4.0 software update for the Amazon Fire TV 2. As always, you can download it over on XDA and install it using TWRP. This will allow those of you with rooted Fire TV 2s to update to the brand new user interface that is currently being pushed out by Amazon. If you have the means, be sure to thank rbox for his continued support by donating to him. While most non-rooted Fire TVs are still waiting for this update to arrive, rooted devices get to install it earlier than most thanks to rbox’s quick release.

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , , ,

How to use DirecTV Now on a rooted Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

directv-now-error-40-qp1005-header
If you are seeing an “Error 40” or “QP1005” error message when you launch DirecTV Now, it’s probably because your device is rooted. Here is how to get around the message and use DirecTV Now on a rooted Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , ,

How to root the Amazon Fire TV using the Dirty COW vulnerability

dirtycow-dirty-cow-fire-tv
This guide will show you how to root the Amazon Fire TV using the DirtyCOW exploit. This is primarily for the 1st-gen Fire TV running older Fire OS 3 versions that were previously unrootable, but it may work for other devices and software versions. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: ,

Older Fire TVs still on unrootable Fire OS 3 versions might now be rootable

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

An XDA forums member by the name of christofsteel has succesfully used the Dirty COW vulnerability to root a 1st-gen Fire TV running software version 51.1.4.0. Prior to this, all Fire OS 3 versions between 51.1.2.0 and 51.1.6.3 were unrootable. The rooting procedure does not appear to work on devices running Fire OS 5, so this likely won’t be of any use to the vast majority of you who want to root your Fire TVs but are on unrootable software versions.

Devices running Fire OS 3 version 51.1.4.1 and up may be rootable with this method, but they would still be limited from downgrading due to the eFuse changes with those versions. Most devices running Fire OS 3 will actually still update to an earlier version of Fire OS 5 that is still rootable, instead of the latest unrootable version, so there’s little point to this new rooting method, but I thought I should still mention it for those of you still holding on to a 51.1.4.0 or older Fire TV.

Posted in Article Tagged with:

Pre-Rooted 5.2.1.1 ROM for the Amazon Fire TV 2 Released

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

Rbox has released a pre-rooted version of the 5.2.1.1 software update for the Fire TV 2. You can download it over on XDA and install it using TWRP as always. This allows Fire TV 2 owners with rooted devices to update to the latest software version without losing root. Those of you with the first generation Fire TV, a pre-rooted version of 5.2.1.1 was released last week. If you have the means, be sure to thank rbox for his continued effort by donating to him. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , , ,

Pre-Rooted 5.2.1.1 ROM for the Amazon Fire TV 1 Released

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

Those of you with rooted first generation Fire TVs can now update to the latest 5.2.1.1 software version because rbox has released a pre-rooted ROM version. You can download the ROM at the usual place and install it using TWRP. I had a bit of a hiccup with my update capturing setup, which is why a ROM for the Fire TV 2 is not available yet. I was able to finally capture the Fire TV 2 update this morning and have passed that on to rbox, so hopefully he’ll find time to release a pre-rooted ROM for the Fire TV 2 soon. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , , ,

Software update 5.2.1.1 blocks rooting with Kingo Root on the Fire TV Stick

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

Fire TV Sticks running software version 5.2.1.0 or older were rootable with a utility called Kingo Root. As is expected, the new 5.2.1.1 software update has blocked the available rooting method. There is currently no way to root a Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, or Fire TV Stick running the latest 5.2.1.1 software version. There is a chance a new rooting method for the Fire TV 1 will emerge, because it is vulnerable to the QuadRooter exploit, but nothing has been developed yet.

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , ,

Fire TV 1 running latest 5.2.1.0 software version is vulnerable to QuadRooter exploit

quadrooter-fire-tv-1-results

QuadRooter is a set of four new Android vulnerabilities that affect devices with a Qualcomm chipset. The first generation Fire TV running the latest software version, 5.2.1.0 (Build 550145120), is vulnerable. Running the QuadRooter Scanner app on the Fire TV 1 reveals all four vulnerabilities are present, as shown in the screenshot above. The Fire TV 2 and Fire TV Stick do not have Qualcomm chips, so they are not vulnerable to this new exploit. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with:

How to block updates on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick by setting a custom Fire OS version number

fire-tv-block-software-updates-aftvnews

This is a new method of blocking software updates on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It involves setting a custom software version number in the device’s build.prop configuration file. Rbox came up with this idea and asked me to test if it works. The main advantage to this update blocking method is that it can be implemented from within TWRP custom recovery before the device boots. That means, if you factory reset (i.e., wipe data partition) a Fire TV, you can ensure the device does not update during the initial setup process. Prior to this method, you had to rely on external router or OpenDNS update blocking methods when going through the Fire TV initial setup process after factory resetting. Now you can block updates internally before starting the initial setup process. If you have a rooted device and are blocking updates using the “pm disable …” method (method 1 in my blocking guide), it’s a good idea to also follow this guide to have an additional update blocking method in place. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , , ,

How to fix /sdcard access issues on a rooted Amazon Fire TV

sdcard-root-su-access-namespace-separation

There is a minor issue, that some rooted Fire TV owners are encountering, where they are unable to access the /sdcard and other directories while in su mode. The issue is caused by a namespace separation setting within the SuperSU app. Normally, you would launch the app and change the setting to resolve the issue, but since the SuperSU app is installed as a system app in rbox’s pre-rooted ROMs, you cannot open SuperSU to make the necessary changes. Thankfully rbox is on top of things. He has released a flashable zip, which you can find at the top of this thread or download directly here, that fixes the issue from within TWRP. So, if you, or an app you’re using, ever have trouble moving, copying, or accessing files from a directory while in su mode, but have no trouble while not in su mode, then you need to download the flashable zip and install it from within TWRP using this guide. The procedure to install the zip is identical to installing a pre-rooted ROM. Doing so will correct the namespace setting and allow you to access directories on a rooted Fire TV correctly.

Posted in Article Tagged with: , ,

Second version of Pre-Rooted 5.2.1.0 ROM for the Amazon Fire TV 1 & 2 Released

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

Now that rbox has worked out the issues with TWRP for the Fire TV 1, he finally had time to release a pre-rooted ROM of the latest 5.2.1.0 (550145120) software version for both the 1st and 2nd generation Amazon Fire TV. You can download the ROM for the Fire TV 1, labeled 5.2.1.0_r1, here and the ROM for the Fire TV 2, labeled 5.2.1.0_r2, here, and use these instructions to install them through TWRP custom recovery. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , ,

How to customize the Boot Animation on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

kodi-custom-boot-animation-header

The default colorful Amazon boot animation on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick is fine, but if your device is rooted, you can install your own custom boot animation to give your device a bit more character. This guide will walk you through the steps of how to replace the default boot animation. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , ,

Revised software version 5.2.1.0 still rootable on Fire TV Stick with Kingo Root

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

Those of you interested in rooting your Fire TV Stick will be happy to learn that the new revised 5.2.1.0 software update, that recently started rolling out, is still rootable using the Kingo Root app. I have verified this myself. If your Fire TV Stick is running software version 5.0.5.1, and you want to root, you should allow it to update to 5.2.1.0 and then block updates. One of my Fire TV Sticks running 5.0.5.1 would not root with Kingo Root, but after allowing it to update to 5.2.1.0, I was able to successfully root it on the first try using Kingo Root.

It’s recommended that you wait for custom recovery and a pre-rooted ROM for the Fire TV Stick to be released before you root the device. However, if you can’t confidently block updates externally, then you should root with Kingo Root and block updates internally. Rbox still plans to release TWRP custom recovery and pre-rooted ROMs for the Fire TV Stick, but it is unknown when that will happen. Kingo Root is not able to root the 1st or 2nd generation Fire TV, regardless of which software version is installed, so there is still no way to root a Fire TV running 5.2.1.0.

Posted in Article Tagged with: , ,

How to use an NTFS microSD card or USB drive with a rooted Fire TV

fire-tv-ntfs-header

By default, the Amazon Fire TV only recognizes USB drives and microSD cards formatted with a FAT32 file system. This poses a problem for storing and accessing files larger than 4GB, since that’s the limit of the FAT32 file system. If your device is rooted, you can mount drives and cards using other file systems, like NTFS, and access files stored on them within apps like Kodi and ES File Explorer. This guide will show you how to mount non-FAT32 USB drives and microSD cards on a rooted Fire TV 1 or 2. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , ,

How to disable the FAT32 format message on a rooted Fire TV

format-usb-drive-header

If you often connect a non-FAT32 USB drive or microSD card to a Fire TV, you’re probably familiar with the message that appears asking if you want to format the drive or card. This guide will show you how to disable this message on a rooted Fire TV 1 or 2. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , , , ,

Software version 5.2.1.0 blocks rooting via A-to-A USB cable on Fire TV 2

rom-rooted-prerooted-update

It appears that the method to root the Fire TV 2 using an A-to-A USB cable, discovered by Eric (a.k.a zeroepoch) and later improved by rbox, no longer works with software version 5.2.1.0. When connecting the Fire TV 2 via USB, the preloader handshake works, but the script is unable to read the device’s partitions. I don’t know if this is something that can be resolved by updating the rooting script, but for now, the last rootable software version for the Fire TV 2 is version 5.0.5.1 using this guide. Fire TV 2’s running 5.0.0 thru 5.0.5 should still use the simpler KingRoot method to root. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , ,

Fire TV Sticks running 5.0.5.1 and 5.2.1.0 are rootable with Kingo Root app

kingo-root-fire-tv-stick

It appears that several people are reporting that the rooting app Kingo Root is able to root some Fire TV Sticks running software version 5.0.5.1 and 5.2.1.0. When software version 5.0.5.1 was released, it blocked the previous rooting method provided by the KingRoot app, leaving no way to root devices that uppdated beyond software version 5.0.5. (Note that “Kingo Root” and “KingRoot” are two different apps.) Now it seems there’s hope for those who updated their Fire TV Sticks but still want to root. Read more ›

Posted in Article Tagged with: , ,

Get AFTVnews articles in your inbox!

Get an email anytime a new article is published.
No Spam EVER and Cancel Anytime.

FOLLOW