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[ROOT NEEDED] [Fire Stick 2] [GAPPS] Install WORKING GApps on Fire Stick 2.

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By Pix12, Senior Member on 15th March 2019, 06:25 PM
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YOU NEED TO BE ROOTED TO DO THIS OR ELSE YOU WON'T GET ANY RESULTS!

Here's how to install a working Google Play Store without any error 406, a full Leanback Launcher complete with suggestions and settings, and a fully working Google search with mic!


BEFORE YOU START

You need to first follow the Playing with Fire guide, but please delete the wifi direct xml from the tar.gz first so the remote and wifi will work.

Now for the tweaking!

Please install the XInstaller XPosed module and enable it.
And please enable downgrading apps in the Installations menu in XInstaller.

GOOGLE APP

Now, you want to download this version of the Google App and install it with the Downgrade App toggle you enabled.
Now you will have working Google Search.

LEANBACK LAUNCHER + SETTINGS

Now for Leanback Launcher. Playing With Fire already installed the TvSettings but this version of it doesn't work very well.
Download this version of TvSettings from aftv2atv. Now do these commands to install it.
Code:
adb push TvSettings.apk /sdcard/
adb shell 
su 
mount -o rw,remount /system
rm /system/priv-app/TvSettings/TvSettings.apk
mkdir /system/priv-app/TvSettings
chmod 755 /system/priv-app/TvSettings
chown root:root /system/priv-app/TvSettings
mv /sdcard/TvSettings.apk /system/priv-app/TvSettings/
cd /system/priv-app/TvSettings/
chown root:root TvSettings.apk
Now you will have a better Settings app. Now for the main launcher.
Download Leanback Launcher and rename it to TvLauncher.apk
Now do these commands.
Code:
adb shell 
su 
mount -o rw,remount /system
mkdir /system/priv-app/TvLauncher
chmod 755 /system/priv-app/TvLauncher
chown root:root /system/priv-app/TvLauncher
mv /sdcard/TvLauncher.apk /system/priv-app/TvLauncher/
cd /system/priv-app/TvLauncher/
chown root:root TvLauncher.apk
Now you should have a working Leanback Launcher with settings and suggestions!

GOOGLE PLAY STORE

Now for the main event, the Google Play Store! Download the Play Store mod I made and install it.
It might crash on launch, if it does, go into settings, go to apps, select Play Store from System Applications, and clear data. You'll do this every time it crashes.
Now you have the full Play Store!

CONCLUSION
If you read this through and followed the steps, you should have all of these fully working.
Enjoy your Googlified Fire Stick 2!
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16th March 2019, 01:12 AM |#2  
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Awesome, can't wait to try this tomorrow.

---------- Post added at 07:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:05 PM ----------

Sorry to ask a question to soon but the title says firestick 2 and the playing with fire thread says it works on fire tv 2 box. Is it fair to assume it will work for that too or just the firestick 2?
16th March 2019, 03:48 AM |#3  
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Awesome, can't wait to try this tomorrow.

---------- Post added at 07:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:05 PM ----------

Sorry to ask a question to soon but the title says firestick 2 and the playing with fire thread says it works on fire tv 2 box. Is it fair to assume it will work for that too or just the firestick 2?

It works, make sure to use the ARM versions.
16th March 2019, 11:34 AM |#4  
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Originally Posted by Pix12

It works, make sure to use the ARM versions.

Now I'm confused, in the instructions for Lazyv4 it says: "Step One: Required Files - Download the following files. For some of these I will have listed two versions (ARM) and (ARM64) so make sure you pick the version that's appropriate for the architecture of your CPU. FireTV-v1 (ARM) & FireTV-v2 (ARM64)."
16th March 2019, 01:51 PM |#5  
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Thanks for the post @Pix12.
Do you have any extra advice for the Google Play login on Fire Box 2nd gen? I followed the guide above - your Play Store mod won't install (and the old apk you recommend on Playing Fire thread will install but still won't allow Google login)

Btw- I think you forgot to include an 'adb push Tvlauncher.apk' line in your guide. Cheers.

EDIT: Worked it out: - so re-installing Google Play Services fixed login issue. I used an apk uploaded Aug'18 (https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google...-apk-download/) and used the Google Play apk mentioned here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=279 (thanks @Pix12)

EDIT#2: Giving up on both Fire Stick 2 (tank) & Fire TV box 2 (sloane) mods - i.e. insert Google Playstore. 'Playing with Fire' mod doesn't work reliably anymore and I can't get the method outlined in this OP to fix it (although I did make some progress with the recommended XInstaller module - it was patchy to say the least). Hopefully a Dev on here will work it out properly but it's well beyond me. Need a new, less frustrating project.....
16th March 2019, 05:11 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by JJ2017

Thanks for the post @Pix12.
Do you have any extra advice for the Google Play login on Fire Box 2nd gen? I followed the guide above - your Play Store mod won't install (and the old apk you recommend on Playing Fire thread will install but still won't allow Google login)

Btw- I think you forgot to include an 'adb push Tvlauncher.apk' line in your guide. Cheers.

EDIT: Worked it out: - so re-installing Google Play Services fixed login issue. I used an apk uploaded Aug'18 (https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google...-apk-download/) and used the Google Play apk mentioned here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=279 (thanks @Pix12)

You need to use the XInstaller module to be able to force downgrade.
17th March 2019, 11:00 AM |#7  
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So I saw installed those files for the launcher And the settings. However nothing happened. Whenever I disable Amazons launcher nothingLeanback Launcher will launch but after both files are installed my settings disappeared for the it. I was trying to do this on a fire tv 2. So maybe the files are different or something just not sure what I should do
17th March 2019, 04:04 PM |#8  
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is there any tutorial how to root the Stick 2?
18th March 2019, 03:00 PM |#9  
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Now that the fire tv 2 on the latest firmware has been rooted, https://forum.xda-developers.com/fir...2-box-t3908387, it would be great if google play store could also be installed. Could you please provide a tutorial to add only this feature? Personally not interested in changing the launcher or the other interesting features in your guide. Congratulations on what you have been able to accomplish. Hopefully Amazon doesn't hire you away from us.
18th March 2019, 06:32 PM |#10  
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Thanks for this. Is there a way to install this using Magisk GApps (MagicGApps module) and without Xposed?
..i don't know the correct configuration yet that could work? ..anyone?

I have installed it with the gapps-config mentioned but getting black screen after booting. (Guess original launcher cant start?)
20th March 2019, 01:30 AM |#11  
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Originally Posted by Eyedoctor2

Now that the fire tv 2 on the latest firmware has been rooted, https://forum.xda-developers.com/fir...2-box-t3908387, it would be great if google play store could also be installed. Could you please provide a tutorial to add only this feature? Personally not interested in changing the launcher or the other interesting features in your guide. Congratulations on what you have been able to accomplish. Hopefully Amazon doesn't hire you away from us.

Yeah, you can just do the Play Store part of it, in fact, the Playing with Fire guide contains a gapps-config that only includes the bare minimum.
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