FireTV Stick (FTVS) Root & Firmware Updates

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cre8er

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I'm seeing multiple references to rooted sticks, but no guides.
I'm guessing those that have done it are coming from the FireTV original.

Who has successfully rooted the FireTV Stick?
What Firmware was device successfully rooted with?
Can Android OS be changed to a different ROM?

I have 2 that I got on the $19 promotion and don't want to plug them in if there is a chance I can root first.
 
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collindv

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I'm seeing multiple references to rooted sticks, but no guides.
I'm guessing those that have done it are coming from the FireTV original.

Who has successfully rooted the FireTV Stick?
What Firmware was device successfully rooted with?
Can Android OS be changed to a different ROM?

I have 2 that I got on the $19 promotion and don't want to plug them in if there is a chance I can root first.

Nobody. The firetv stick cannot be rooted currently on any firmware. Standard fire tv's could be rooted as of 1 or two firmware revisions ago.

Edit - looks like there might be a potential hardware root referenced here:

http://www.gtvhacker.com/index.php/Amazon_Fire_TV_Stick​

They had something similar posted for the original fire tv but noone has been able to reproduce it to my knowledge.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
 
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mastafunk

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Nobody. The firetv stick cannot be rooted currently on any firmware. Standard fire tv's could be rooted as of 1 or two firmware revisions ago.

Edit - looks like there might be a potential hardware root referenced here:

http://www.gtvhacker.com/index.php/Amazon_Fire_TV_Stick​

They had something similar posted for the original fire tv but noone has been able to reproduce it to my knowledge.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk

Someone should OUT those gtvhacker guys, they are always "first" with these sorts of "news" items , but often its made up and they cant even give directions to reproduce.
 

cr6

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Hard to imagine this thing isn't rootable. There is a section in the FireStick settings that allow you to enter ADB commands.

S5 tap'n
 
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jpeg42

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I used the fire tv guide and rooted my Fire stick just fine. I have kodi on it as we speak. You dont plug it into the computer. You plug it into the tv and get the IP address and install everything via wifi

You don't need root to install Kodi. How do you know you are rooted?
 

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Although ADB is often used for rooting other devices it does not mean there is root on the stick. The KODI installation guides refer to "ADB sideloading" and this has nothing to do with root. I assume this is a missunderstanding by Desertio.
 

Desertio

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I do understand the difference however I did misspeak. I apologize. I was taking about fire TV whilst posting about the stick. Again. I apologize

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JerseyBooch

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No More Rooting Amazon Fire's for now.

Say again? Which guide?



New Fire TV 51.1.6.2 & Fire TV Stick 54.1.2.2 software updates released (Root Blocked as of August 2015).

I have rooted many many units. I can't figure out these new units yet though. It's like the Apple TV 3 all over again. Crap !
 
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I_did_it_just_tmrrow

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I'm seeing multiple references to rooted sticks, but no guides.
I'm guessing those that have done it are coming from the FireTV original.

Who has successfully rooted the FireTV Stick?
What Firmware was device successfully rooted with?
Can Android OS be changed to a different ROM?

I have 2 that I got on the $19 promotion and don't want to plug them in if there is a chance I can root first.
Thx for your thread. Sadly pirates take your thread for its own topics :)

I wanna go back to your first post.
For about 3 weeks I hardware-root the EMMC of a FireTV-Stick.
Difficult but possible :DI root succesfull the stock firmware: 54.1.1.0_user_110031420

My sources for the solder points where gtv-hacker or now known as exploiteers:
&
From here.

Two importand facts, I dont know before:

  • You dont have to connect the stick with usb-power to get access to the nand!
  • The ground (gnd) solder point should go from the marked-gnd-point to the hdmi/usb shield to the gnd-point on your board. 1 hole wire is good.
&
PX5Gkqpt.jpg

&
Here is Video, when fully-connected:
And the console when conected: (command: mount | under lubuntu 14 | all the sda's are from the stick)

All as gallery. (THX imgur!)



What I would like to find out with your help, before I root the next device or somebody, would be to find out what is the newest hardware-rootable stock firmware from amazon, where I should update, before making a hardware-root.
Because at the moment there is no pre-Rooted rom's like, like builded from rbox or realbbb for the Fire-TV-Box-1. Also there is no unlocked-bootloader or custom recovery.


I like the hardware from the stick for that prices! And the software is getting better and better.
Sadly I had some problems with rbox x-posed modules, see here. (Got muted kodi, when enabled)


So theese are my informations about rooing an fire tv stick.


Greetings by I_did_it_just_tmrrow
 
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    can we load on a new fire tv stick one or two revision ago to root it?

    Thanks
    1. Downgrades are not possible
    2. There was never a software-rootable stock fw from amazon for the stick

    Just look here in the future.

    Greetings by I_did_it_just_tmrrow
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    I'm seeing multiple references to rooted sticks, but no guides.
    I'm guessing those that have done it are coming from the FireTV original.

    Who has successfully rooted the FireTV Stick?
    What Firmware was device successfully rooted with?
    Can Android OS be changed to a different ROM?

    I have 2 that I got on the $19 promotion and don't want to plug them in if there is a chance I can root first.
    Thx for your thread. Sadly pirates take your thread for its own topics :)

    I wanna go back to your first post.
    For about 3 weeks I hardware-root the EMMC of a FireTV-Stick.
    Difficult but possible :DI root succesfull the stock firmware: 54.1.1.0_user_110031420

    My sources for the solder points where gtv-hacker or now known as exploiteers:
    &
    From here.

    Two importand facts, I dont know before:

    • You dont have to connect the stick with usb-power to get access to the nand!
    • The ground (gnd) solder point should go from the marked-gnd-point to the hdmi/usb shield to the gnd-point on your board. 1 hole wire is good.
    &
    PX5Gkqpt.jpg

    &
    Here is Video, when fully-connected:
    And the console when conected: (command: mount | under lubuntu 14 | all the sda's are from the stick)

    All as gallery. (THX imgur!)



    What I would like to find out with your help, before I root the next device or somebody, would be to find out what is the newest hardware-rootable stock firmware from amazon, where I should update, before making a hardware-root.
    Because at the moment there is no pre-Rooted rom's like, like builded from rbox or realbbb for the Fire-TV-Box-1. Also there is no unlocked-bootloader or custom recovery.


    I like the hardware from the stick for that prices! And the software is getting better and better.
    Sadly I had some problems with rbox x-posed modules, see here. (Got muted kodi, when enabled)


    So theese are my informations about rooing an fire tv stick.


    Greetings by I_did_it_just_tmrrow
    2
    I'm seeing multiple references to rooted sticks, but no guides.
    I'm guessing those that have done it are coming from the FireTV original.

    Who has successfully rooted the FireTV Stick?
    What Firmware was device successfully rooted with?
    Can Android OS be changed to a different ROM?

    I have 2 that I got on the $19 promotion and don't want to plug them in if there is a chance I can root first.

    Nobody. The firetv stick cannot be rooted currently on any firmware. Standard fire tv's could be rooted as of 1 or two firmware revisions ago.

    Edit - looks like there might be a potential hardware root referenced here:

    http://www.gtvhacker.com/index.php/Amazon_Fire_TV_Stick​

    They had something similar posted for the original fire tv but noone has been able to reproduce it to my knowledge.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
    2
    I used the fire tv guide and rooted my Fire stick just fine. I have kodi on it as we speak. You dont plug it into the computer. You plug it into the tv and get the IP address and install everything via wifi
    1
    I'm seeing multiple references to rooted sticks, but no guides.
    I'm guessing those that have done it are coming from the FireTV original.

    Who has successfully rooted the FireTV Stick?
    What Firmware was device successfully rooted with?
    Can Android OS be changed to a different ROM?

    I have 2 that I got on the $19 promotion and don't want to plug them in if there is a chance I can root first.
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