FTVLaunchX: custom launcher, no root (replacement for LauncherHijack)

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0815hoffi

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I install this and put:
$ pm grant de.codefaktor.ftvlaunchx android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS

And i set this launcher: https://github.com/tsynik/LeanbackLauncher/releases

But every time i type home button it open stock launcher, not leanback.
Help?

Uninstall ftvlaunchx , not needed for this ( no Mode working on )

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.launcher"

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.firehomestarter"

To access the important Settings install
com.markus.firetoolsNoroot.apk .

To access all Settings you need root,
Install com.markus.firetools.apk
an give root access.

To disable OTA Updates

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.forcedotaupdater.v2"

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.device.software.ota"

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.device.software.ota.override"

To restore / go back to Amazon Launcher.

adb shell "pm enable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.launcher"

adb shell "pm enable-user --user 0 com.amazon.firehomestarter"
 

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apollo_81

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Hi guys. it doesn't work for me .. Every time I press on the house the amazon launcher reopens. How can I do thank you very much. I use fire stick 2020
 

n140041

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How "allow modify system settings " permission on fireOs 7. My app needs those permissions. please help me.:cry:
 
How "allow modify system settings " permission on fireOs 7. My app needs those permissions. please help me.:cry:

As hoffi says a couple of posts up

Make sure you have custom launcher then disable amazon

adb shell
pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.laincher
pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.firehomestarter

to disable amazon stock launcher

Then

pm grant yourlauncherpackagename android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
 

Redhawk2000

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I've had this installed for a while now and it works great. Can anyone tell me if disabling updating of the Amazon OS also prevents updating of apps? (I assume that it would block that too) Or are they still automatically updated, or does the stock launcher need to be re-enabled temporarily to allow apps to update?
 
I've had this installed for a while now and it works great. Can anyone tell me if disabling updating of the Amazon OS also prevents updating of apps? (I assume that it would block that too) Or are they still automatically updated, or does the stock launcher need to be re-enabled temporarily to allow apps to update?

If you enable updating of amazon os (ota apks) there's a good chance your custom launcher/adb/accessibility will break.

If you only want to update apps try downloading amazon appstore on your phone/tablet, download chosen apps and goto "sync content" on your amazon device and they should update.
 

ASCiiDiTY

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If you enable updating of amazon os (ota apks) there's a good chance your custom launcher/adb/accessibility will break.

If you only want to update apps try downloading amazon appstore on your phone/tablet, download chosen apps and goto "sync content" on your amazon device and they should update.
Apps are still updatable anyway, even with amazon OS updates blocked.
 
Does this still work with the latest firmware, original non-rooted fire stick 2020? With the 5 sec delay? Thanks!
No ftvlaunchx doesn't work due to amazon disabling certain functions on the new fireos.

You can still install another launcher and then use pm disable commands to disable amazon launcher and firehomestarter apks as detailed in 0815hoffis launcher replacement here, tested on version 7.2.2.3 not sure if it will work on latest

 
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Great. Will pick up one to try then. thanks!
You can also check here for a full guide to debloat your stick of unwanted junk and step by step instructions for launcher.

 

mission360

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If you need you can use this update blocker app.

If you have installed this on your mobile enter your firetv ip and if you are installed it on your firetv then leave the ip as 127.0.0.1 i.e. localhost

Click on block

For FOS 5 people, I do not have a fireos 5 device so i don't usually create apps for it, because mostly they don't work.
Has the blocking app been removed? Can't find it to download.
 

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