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I'm sure you all know that Amazon locked down the ability to install apps from "Unknown Sources", which is why the only current method of sideloading apps is to do so over ADB. The following will let you enable "Unknown Sources", by directly changing the entry in /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db, so you can perform app installations directly on the FTV (which will come in very handy for installed Xposed modules and other things).

The FTV doesn't have sqlite3 installed, or else this would be much simpler. These steps show you how to change the setting using the SQLite Editor app.

Note: Navigating the SQLite Editor app may require a mouse
  1. Root your FireTV according to the steps here
  2. Install SQLite Editor via ADB
  3. Launch SQLite Editor, granting it SU access
  4. Select "Settings Storage"
  5. Select "settings.db"
  6. Select the "global" table
  7. Highlight the record "install_non_market_apps"
  8. Hit the Menu button and select "Edit Record"
  9. Change the Value to "1" and save the record
  10. Reboot
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16th June 2014, 03:50 PM |#2  
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After I edit the field to 1, how do I save? There are two boxes at the bottom of the screen. When i highlight one it turns yellow. There is no text displayed. I don't want to do anything wrong.
16th June 2014, 03:55 PM |#3  
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it's the button on the left.
16th June 2014, 04:45 PM |#4  
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This looks like it will probably be useful for editing a lot of things. I havent looked into it at all yet but one other thing i wouldnt mind changing is the dang on mouse icon from that weird little circle to an actual cursor.
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Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Does this get any sideloaded apps to show up on the main firetv menu/screen?

If so, do the apps need to be reinstalled or will it just show up? Wondering for xbmc. Thanks.
16th June 2014, 07:32 PM |#6  
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Does this get any sideloaded apps to show up on the main firetv menu/screen?

No
16th June 2014, 07:58 PM |#7  
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Thanks I'll try it. But... Is there wrong with mine for not displaying? Or something that I should enable?
18th June 2014, 01:30 AM |#8  
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Just read this article and it has me worried. http://www.firetvnews.com/top-ways-t...-your-fire-tv/ I followed your exact instructions. Should I be worried?
19th June 2014, 02:56 AM |#9  
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When I launch SQL Editor from the FireTV, my remote does not allow me to select anything. Any ideas?
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When I launch SQL Editor from the FireTV, my remote does not allow me to select anything. Any ideas?

plug in a keyboard and/or a mouse to the usb port
19th June 2014, 03:11 AM |#11  
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plug in a keyboard and/or a mouse to the usb port

Lol, thanks.
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