[APP][FIRETV][NOROOT] Launcher Manager (Change Launcher without Root)

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Nomand

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Latest 1.1.3 works overall fine on my 4K Max.
I'm noted only one small issue - navigation sounds automatically turning on after every restart.
 

Finnzz

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WHich is last apk to download for Fire Stick 4K Max ?

Thank
Hispa
Use Wolf Launcher 0.1.9 reposted here:

I just checked the MD5 Hash and can confirm it matches the last version that was posted.
MD5: 70597fb37712c7ea824adedb35f0a761



Use Launcher Manager [LM (FOS) 1.1.3] from the OP:
 
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foz1234

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Slow boot up on firestick max running os 7.2.5.5 ps7255/2444 maybe takes 1 1/2 - 2mins yet on 4k firestick os6.2.8.1 it fine.
1.1.3 LM & 0.1.9 WL
Any ideas? Boots fine less than 30 seconds without setting wl as default launcher
 
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CloudItaly

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@Finnzz
on 4K MAX :>

1) Install Launch Manager (Im not open after install)
2) Install Wolf Launcher (not open after install)

ISSUE:
a) On home screen, i don't see the launcher manager icon and wolf launcher icon.
b) I open Launcher Manager, I click on "Enable Custom lancher" and appears "Sistema Android" instead Wolf Launcher.

Can you tell me where am I wrong?
 

foz1234

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@ clouditaly Open wolf launcher from settings > Applications > Open installed Applications.
See if you see wolf Launcher in the list if not re-download.
 

SweenWolf

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Navigation sounds automatically turning on after every restart.
Launcher Manager does not modify any system settings on boot. There may be some other issue.

Slow boot up on firestick max running os 7.2.5.5 ps7255/2444 maybe takes 1 1/2 - 2mins yet on 4k firestick os6.2.8.1 it fine.
1.1.3 LM & 0.1.9 WL
Any ideas? Boots fine less than 30 seconds without setting wl as default launcher
Its an issue with the OS itself, can be patched by Amazon.

ISSUE:
a) On home screen, i don't see the launcher manager icon and wolf launcher icon.
b) I open Launcher Manager, I click on "Enable Custom lancher" and appears "Sistema Android" instead Wolf Launcher.

Can you tell me where am I wrong?
FireOS 7 running on Android 9 (pie) does gray out Icons of third party apps, it downloads the icons from the amazon server.

When you click on Enable custom launcher,
If the system has only 1 custom launcher then by default it will switch to it.
If it finds more than on custom launcher it will prompt the user for a default selection, like you mentioned above. (Indicating by showing "Android System" or in your case "Sistema Android", you can press home button to select your choice of launcher. After selecting the launcher click on always to select the launcher.
You will always be promoted on every install or uninstall of any third party launcher.
Launcher manager can also act as a launcher, if you enable Custom launcher handler from the Launcher options menu.

You can always find installed apps with their icons in Application section of Amazon settings.
 

hispanico957

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Use Wolf Launcher 0.1.9 reposted here:

I just checked the MD5 Hash and can confirm it matches the last version that was posted.
MD5: 70597fb37712c7ea824adedb35f0a761



Use Launcher Manager [LM (FOS) 1.1.3] from the OP:
Ok BIG thank install and all is fine :)
Just a little problem with Wolf... i set all but when i select HOME on remote, the screen not go to the start, first widgets after applications.....
There is a solution or this is default ?

Thank
Hispa
 
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CloudItaly

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@SweenWolf
thanks for your reply.
If I enable custom laucher, the current launcher becomes "Sistema Android".
I can see two choise:
-> LM Custom Launcher Handler
-> Wolf Launcher.

which of the two options should I choose? And why?
 

Finnzz

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Ok BIG thank install and all is fine :)
Just a little problem with Wolf... i set all but when i select HOME on remote, the screen not go to the start, first widgets after applications.....
There is a solution or this is default ?

Thank
Hispa
The Wolf Launcher simply remembers the last position, and returns you there when you press home.

If you select the YouTube app, when you press home, you will be back to Wolf Launcher with the YouTube app still highlighted.

i don't think there is a way to always return to the same spot on pressing the home button.

If you aren't using widgets, you can remove the widgets section.
 
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hispanico957

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The Wolf Launcher simply remembers the last position, and returns you there when you press home.

If you select the YouTube app, when you press home, you will be back to Wolf Launcher with the YouTube app still highlighted.

i don't think there is a way to always return to the same spot on pressing the home button.

If you aren't using widgets, you can remove the widgets section.
I understand and thank you but it is inconvenient compared to the traditional launcher as wherever you are selected HOME brings you back to the beginning of the main screen ... :-(

Hispa
 

CloudItaly

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Hello! Now is all okay (LM113 and WolfLauncher 0.19) on Fire OS 7.2.5.5 (4K MAX).

Like foz1234, i have same problem with slow boot if I set WolfLauncher by default.
 
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keepfun

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I'm using LM 1.1.3 with Wolf Launcher, but now my Stick 4K Max starting much longer than before with stock launcher. Almost 1m30s compared to ~20s in stock.
Is it normal?
I don't have any other additional system related software on my Stick.
Hello

Thanks for the Launch Manager & Wolf Launcher !

With Stick 4K Max, i have noticed the long startup time 1m30sec. But my bluetooth headset is paired at about 30s (voice notification from the headset) in the background behind the firestick boot logo.

I have noticed as well that the "Settings" menu is not accessible with LM enabled.
 
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nikolov_88

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Hello guys,
First of all, thank you very much for your work.
@SweenWolf what you did and still doing is amazing.

I don't know if it was already reported but I found a bug (it probably is because of Amazon) but if it could be changed will be great ...

1. App store keyboard and voice search are not working when the custom launcher is turned on. When you click on magnifying glass it just returns it in the previous screen.

2. As the stick doesn't support the Bulgarian keyboard I installed LeanKeyKeyboardPro. It works good but I cannot write Cyrillic from the Fire Amazon application. Also, voice writing doesn't work.

Thank you in advance!
 
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olivercervera

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I've noticed that some settings from the original Fire OS menu are missing in Launcher Manager. For example on my Fire TV Stick 4k Max I'm missing the HDR options. Are you aware of the problem? I'm running Launcher Manager version 1.1.13
 

CloudItaly

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@SweenWolf
Hi!
How can Launcher Manager increase boot time by 1 min? If I wanted, I could install something that can help you read some logs of what happens on the 4K MAX.
 

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    @Finnzz I have ordered my new 4k max and it is coming tomorrow so when it comes i'll follow the guide and instantly block the updates and then activate launch manager and remove the stock launcher
    I've done it thank you sooo much I've got rid of the stock launcher but just one question on the debloater what things like keep alexa on as I find it handy to use it
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    ATV Launcher and Wolf Launcher both are dead.
    Why Kill them off? Even if they can't be used on Fire TVs they're still very capable Android TV launchers.
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    OK, NM. I just watched TDUK new 2022 debloat video and he credits sween wolf
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    Anyone know of some good widgets for Wolf launcher? that run without google play services...
    I can't even seem a weather one.
    thx :)
    I use yowindow but the one from techdoctoruk didn't qork for me so I went to my phone and installed the latest yowindow for free and the app transfer app that transfer your phones apps to your firestick.

    You install both of the apks below and make sure you have adb enables on your firestick and then connect to it through the app2fire app and make sure you allow it on your firestick and then you install the yowindow apk don't open it then transfer it to your firesrick from you phone using the app2fire app.
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    Hi I brought a 4k max Last week and have been trying to see if I factory reset it ot would downgrade to an older firmware or would it stay with the one I installed
    No, factory resetting only clears data, it doesn't revert you to an earlier FireOS version. Downgrading is not possible. If you just got the Max last week and didn't mean to update it, return it and get a new one.

    Skipping updates during registration is pretty easy:

    Then block updates immediately once you are at the homescreen.
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    LAUNCHER MANAGER (FOS 6+)
    STEPS TO ENABLE CUSTOM LAUNCHER:
    1. Download Launcher Manager by clicking or by using short link and install on your FireTV.
    (Latest: 1.1.6)
    2. Install a Custom Launcher and then open Launcher Manager.
    3. To Enable Custom Launcher, Click on "Launcher Options" and select "Enable Custom Launcher".
    If you get "CONNECTION FAILED" then see INFO section.
    4. Press [Home] to open your custom launcher.
    If your Current Launcher says "Launcher Manager", see INFO section.

    STEPS TO GO STOCK:
    Click on "Disable Custom Launcher", press Home.
    INFO:
    • If you get "CONNECTION FAILED", click on "OPEN ADB SETTINGS" and enable "ADB DEBUGGING" and Press BACK Button. If you still get this error Restart your Device (Long Press SELECT + PLAY/PAUSE Button)and disconnect from PC if Connected.
    • If your Current Launcher says "Launcher Manager", it means you don't have a custom launcher Installed, just install the launcher and you'll be good to go, no need to enable stock.
    • You can only open some of the Settings using Launcher Manager, to Access All the Settings then you have to Disable Custom Launcher.
    LAUNCHER MANAGER (1.1.5):
    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Launcher Manager 1.1.6 (FOS 6 & 7)
    https://bit.ly/SWLMF116

    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Changelog:
    1.1.6 (02-Mar-22)

    • Added Some more Translation
    • Added System apps to LMU Handler
    • Added Password protection for LM
    • Fixed app conflict issue
    • Fixed icon on Fireos 7
    • Added option to execute saved adb shell commands
    • Integrated Update Blocker in LM (Doesn't work with latest release of FireOS)
    1.1.5 (03-Jan-22)
    • Added German and Spanish Translation
    • Some Bug Fixes
    • Some minor changes
    1.1.4
    • Ability to change Screensaver
    • Ability to change System Language (on Request)
    • Added / Changed some Icons
    • Some minor changes
    1.1.3
    • Re-added option for Selecting any app as launcher (LM Handler), can be accessed within Launcher Options.
    1.1.2
    • Added Keyboard Change Options (in Display & Sound section) (moved to Other Settings)
    • Reuploaded version
      • Fixed 4K detection for Display Resolution
      • Fixed Crash for Devices with non-usable overscan values
    1.1.1
    • Added Display & Sounds Option (Display, Sounds, Overscan, CEC)
    • Changing Display Resolution requires System Restart
    • Fixed Equipment Control
    1.1.0
    1.0.9
    • Boot Delay is fixed by Amzon on newer Roms.
    • Settings from Amazon Hud opens Launcher Manager (On updating to 1.0.9 from older version its mendatory to click on "Enable Custom Launcher" just one time for this to work)
    1.0.8
    • For the Devices with New Updated Amazon Interface
    • Removed Launcher Choices
    • Now using single key for all the apps. (Remove older version first to update the key.)
    • Delay is still there, needs logcat
    1.0.7
    • In-app Updates
    1.0.6
    • Fixed some bugs
    1.0.5
    • Changed UI
    • Changed Package Name
    • Changed Install location to Internal Only
    • Added System and Developers Shortcut
    • Fixed issue where launcher is stuck sometimes
    • Added option to choose any Custom Launcher *
    • Can be Launched from Amazon Hud *
    * Needs Launcher Manager to be set as Default Launcher. (LM is auto selected)
    * If launched by Amazon HUD, Long press will open Launcher manager, press back to exit from there. (Fixed in 1.0.6)


    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    FireOS Update Blocker (FOS 6+)
    This app can be used to Enable or Disable Amazon System Update.
    Update Blocker (Click to Download)

    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Update Blocker
    http://bit.ly/SWUB12

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    LAUNCHER MANAGER (Android TV)
    STEPS TO ENABLE CUSTOM LAUNCHER:
    1. Download Launcher Manager by clicking or by using short link and install on your AndroidTV. (Latest: 1.0.4)
    2. Install a Custom Launcher and then open Launcher Manager.
    3. To Enable Custom Launcher, Click on "Enable Custom Launcher".
    4. Press [Home] to open your custom launcher.

    STEPS TO GO STOCK:
    Click on "Disable Custom Launcher", press Home.

    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Launcher Manager 1.0.4 (ATV)
    https://bit.ly/SWLMA104
    _______________________________________
    Changelog:
    1.0.4

    • Added Custom Launcher support
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    FIRETV SETTINGS (3.0)
    *ANY FIREOS (Version 71 or lower) or 6.2.8.0 with patched Accessibility
    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
    needed for proper working of this app

    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW (not necessary for app working)
    needed to show mouse/package overlay

    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS (needed for package overlay only when accessibility services are disabled) (not needed)

    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.READ_LOGS
    (needed for prime accessibility workaround) (prime workaround will disable accessibility services temporarily so prime video will auto hide the bar, it will restart the services once home button is pressed).

    To start service for first time click on (START SERVICE) on Top Right.

    To toggle mouse mode long press "Play/Pause", to scroll use Fast Forward/Rewind
    press menu button to switch scrolling direction.

    Key Bindings:
    Menu (Long Press) + Home (Long Press) = Traditional Amazon Menu
    Menu (Long Press) + Home (Single Click) = Amazon Home
    Home (Long Press) = Shortcuts & App Drawer
    (In App Drawer) Long Press on Item = App option & Appstore link

    Mouse functionality added from this source. MATVT (GitHub)

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    LAUNCHER MANAGER (1.0.7) (FOS5)

    STEPS:

    1. Steps to install app on FireTV
    Download Main File via this link Launcher Manager (FOS5)
    then install it on Your FireTV running FireOS 5

    2. Steps to be setup the App

    If you know how to use ADB then here are the commands
    adb shell pm grant com.wolf.fos5.settings android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW
    adb shell pm grant com.wolf.fos5.settings android.permission.READ_LOGS
    [OR]
    or you can download FireTV Toolbox
    install it on any Android device (not on the Main FireTV device)
    Enter the IP address of your FireTV in this app and click on Connect
    Click on "GO" button after "Setup Launcher Manager"
    it will auto launch the app on FireTV.
    Select the launcher of your choice and enable Launcher Detection, click on save.
    ___________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader

    FireTV Toolbox
    http://bit.ly/SWFTB16
    Launcher Manager (FireOS 5)
    http://bit.ly/SW5LM107
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    LAUNCHER MANAGER ULTIMATE

    This app can disable Stock Launcher of Any Android TV (except anything running on Fireos 5), it requires Network Debugging to function.
    The way it works is it finds the stock launcher and disables it.
    It does that in a loop until "android" itself is set as default launcher.
    at this point if there are no Custom launchers are installed on the system then you will see only a black screen.
    So a custom launcher should be installed prior to enabling the custom launcher.

    some apps also broadcasts themselves as launcher and if they are installed as system app and are set as default launcher then it will also disable them.
    some launcher integrates settings in them so disabling the launcher will disable settings also.
    the apps who broadcasts themselves as Fallback home will not be disabled.

    There were certain cases where user uninstalled launcher and got blank screen, to mitigate that issue LMU will set itself as the launcher and call the other launchers on its behalf. so if the launcher is deleted then pressing the home button will launch LMU, from where you can disable custom launcher support.

    If it detects that after disabling everything it doesn't reach the "android" itself and is unable to find a launcher then it will rollback itself, enabling every single thing it disabled.

    Changes:
    1.0.8
    Fixed Settings Shortcut for Amazon Hud.
    Fixed Disabling of "Android"


    All other functionalities are similar to Launcher Manager from the First Post.
    Screenrecord:
    Launcher Manager Ultimate







    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    PERMISSIONS MANAGER
    Version: 1.0.3 (1-Mar-22)

    This app uses shell to grant or deny any permissions that an app requires.
    Usage:
    Select an app and click on it
    From the list of permission which you want to grant or deny the access and click ok
    select "Allow" or "Deny"
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    DEBLOAT TOOLBOX (FireOS 6 & 7)
    Version: 5 (19-Jan-22)
    Debloat System Apps on FireOS 6 & 7
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    This isn't a confidence-inspiring reply.

    I don't actually care if you took an abandoned app and updated it making it your own, but the second half of your reply is just unnecessarily confrontational.

    You could have just reassured me that your edits were safe, but you choose to be defensive instead.

    I think I'll remove your launcher and look for something via the Play Store.

    I've lost all confidence in Wolf Launcher.
    Look I'm gonna tell you and everyone what I've done with the launcher till now,
    I have changed the way it launches the app, on latest pro (any pro) it used to crash the apps.
    I fixed the title bar. I then optimized it for FireTV (not any other OS, which caused it to misbehave on some device) which i later fixed. Then some people were having trouble installing both ATV and Wolf simultanously. so i had to change package name which made me to change the launcher name also (that might have been wrong on my side). then i optimized the app once again for FireOS (it caused some freeze issue). Then to fix Setting of Amazon HUD (older version of FireOS), I had to add a code to handle settings (it only works on Amazon and no other device). I changed some sections to give user large wall (that was temporary fix). I removed some http links, but they are used either for update check or to change Network State in the launcher.
    Then i added "App Info" to the launcher, which i only added for non-system apps.
    Later i removed the large section mod and unlocked the widget for Firestick 4k.
    Then I added "Other Settings" which contained option to clear cache and Backup/ Restore function.
    i also added a code which starts the services of Launcher Manager (thats also mainly for FireOS and thats because of Boot Delay). I also added a stroke for tiles.
    thats all i have done to the apk. I have not done this mod to make any money, and i can assure you this app is safe to use. My only intention to mod this app was that this app was almost perfect and there was some bugs which i had to fix myself because the support of this launcher were down. And the only issue at that time was app crash for which i decided not to compile a launcher by myself. I am not forcing you to do anything, I am just clarifying myself, The apps which i have created are safe. and are to improve the user experience only.
    i do not like to or want to rip someone off. I started this mod for FireOS only and no other OS.
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    custom launcher for Fire OS 6.2.8.7,

    No Root Required​

    install wolf or other custom launcher
    install total commander on amazon app store
    open, go to installed app, copy somewhere default launcher if you want(backup), after that delete default launcher.
    And now you can use custom launcher again.
    enjoy
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    Check for Grey Icon and incorrect translations (used Google Translate for some missing strings)