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By roligov, Senior Member on 15th June 2014, 06:34 PM
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Update 02/03/2015

This guide I posted is well out of date, there are other methods to follow now days.
Please use http://www.aftvnews.com/tag/guide/ as it is up to date and current.


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Thanks to Geohot, we now have root access

1. A) Go to: http://towelroot.com/ and click the red button to download the APK:



or

1. B) Download from this MediaFire mirror I made: http://goo.gl/DQ6xXF

2. Download the Chainfire SU APK from the Playstore: http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader...infire.supersu

3. Sideload both APKs.

4. Run Towelroot, hit "Make it Ra1n" and then your FTV will reboot.

5. After reboot install SU and set default access to "Grant" in it's settings.


Setup SSH after SU install:

1. Download Busybox APK: http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader...ricson.busybox

2. Download SSH Daemon APK: http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader....sshsftpDaemon

3. Sideload both APKs.

4. Configure SSH Daemon to your liking and to start on boot

5. SSH with username root and password abc123 (configurable in SSH Daemon)

How to disable the FireTV Updater :

1. Connect via ADB and type "su" (without quotes)

2. pm disable com.amazon.dcp

3. If done correctly it should say "Package com.amazon.dcp new state: disabled".

OR

1. Just disable the OTA portion (Thanks JPDeckers)
Code:
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.OTAUpdateMessageHandler"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.OTAService"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.CheckForOTAUpdatesService"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.OTAStatusActivity"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.ResetOTAMessageHandler"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.OTAService$OTAWakeupReceiver"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.OTAService$OTADedupeReceiver"
pm disable "com.amazon.dcp/.ota.OTAService$OTAInstallNowReceiver"
2. If done correctly it should say "Package xxx.xxxxxx.xxx new state: disabled".

How to Enable installations from "Unknown Sources":
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2784173



Here are some guides with pictures and step by step instructions:

How to root the Amazon FireTV:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-root-the-amazon-fire-tv/

How to block OTA updates to keep root:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-block...p-root-access/

How to install the Google Play Store on the Amazon FireTV:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-insta...mazon-fire-tv/

How to mount external usb storage devices:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-play-...mazon-fire-tv/

How to run FireTV apps from an External USB Drive:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-move-...storage-drive/

How to manually upgrade/downgrade your Amazon FireTV:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2796067

How to install ClockworkMod Custom Recovery on the Amazon Fire TV
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-insta...mazon-fire-tv/

How to install a Custom ROM Image on the Amazon Fire TV
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-insta...mazon-fire-tv/

How to update a Rooted Amazon Fire TV to the Latest Version Without Losing Root
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-updat...t-losing-root/

How to boot into recovery mode and fix a softbricked FireTV:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-unbri...mazon-fire-tv/

Fix PS4 DualShock 4 button mapping on the Fire TV:
http://www.aftvnews.com/fix-ps4-dual...n-the-fire-tv/

How to trick Google Play Store into allowing All Apps
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-trick...wing-all-apps/

How to connect a Wii Remote (Wiimote) to the Fire TV:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-conne...o-the-fire-tv/

How to setup a new Fire TV without blocking Root:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-setup...blocking-root/

How to remove unwanted Home Screen Menu Items:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-remov...en-menu-items/

How to setup Plex (and XBMC) for Surround Sound Audio:
http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-setup...d-sound-audio/


More to come....

Changelog:
21-09-2014 - Added more links to guides including how to flash custom recovery and pre-rooted images
13-09-2014 - Added more links to guides added Towelroot v3 to mirror.
28-07-2014 - Added more links to guides.
23-07-2014 - Updated links to new http://www.aftvnews.com/ site.
30-06-2014 - Added link to guide on booting to recovery mode and fixing a softbrick
26-06-2014 - Added link to guide on manually upgrade/downgrade to different firmware versions
24-06-2014 - Added mediafire mirror for towelroot apks
24-06-2014 - Added link to guide for running apps from external drive
22-06-2014 - Added link to guide for installing playstore on the FireTV
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15th June 2014, 06:58 PM |#2  
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hell yeah
15th June 2014, 06:59 PM |#3  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wavrunrx

wait, what ?! is this real

Yep.

FYI, you should probably link to the main site instead of deeplinking the APK, same goes for SuperSU, the official download can be found here: http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu

People can just pull the superuser.apk from the zip file.
15th June 2014, 07:01 PM |#4  
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Worked for me. Quick and easy.

Now what do I do with it? Can I install Google play now?
15th June 2014, 07:04 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by FISKER_Q

Yep.

FYI, you should probably link to the main site instead of deeplinking the APK, same goes for SuperSU, the official download can be found here: http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu

People can just pull the superuser.apk from the zip file.

holy crap amazing !
i was thinking root wait waiting till amazon releases the new update to thwart any last minute attempt for amazon to 'fix' it...
15th June 2014, 07:23 PM |#6  
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is this safe or like the other exploit?
15th June 2014, 07:30 PM |#7  
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The towel root link does not allow hotlinking,so you should just change it to the DOT com webpage.
Also,click the red-ish symbol on their page to download the tr apk.
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The towel root link does not allow hotlinking,so you should just change it to the DOT com webpage.
Also,click the red-ish symbol on their page to download the tr apk.

Hi! I'm still a beginer, so .. can you explain how to change it to the DOT com webpage?
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15th June 2014, 07:42 PM |#9  
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Ninja'd!

Was DP for more attention.

How do we add the OTA links to Fire TV's HOSTS file for blocking the update?

Also,how do I ensure that root is working without having to install another app?

Edit:

I was talking about the OP with towelroot.

*Piccard facepalm*
By DOT com,I meant just the website by itself,and not linking to the apk directly.

I also now know root is working because seeder was granted lag reduction access.
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15th June 2014, 08:33 PM |#10  
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Added some more info.

Hopefully now we will see in influx of custom launchers, removable of bloatware, overclock etc Today is a good day
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Amazing! I've been waiting for this.

Anywhere besides ebay where a Canadian can pick this up?
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