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How to: Enable installations from "Unknown Sources"

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elmerohueso

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Nov 29, 2010
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Provo
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
 

droider137

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Jul 11, 2012
34
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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.
 

alwaysbless

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Nov 24, 2012
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San Diego
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.
 

highgear

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Apr 29, 2011
4
1
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.
 

droider137

Member
Jul 11, 2012
34
12
Thanks I'll try it. But... Is there wrong with mine for not displaying? Or something that I should enable?
 

fireTVnews.com

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davekaz

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Oct 28, 2013
755
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3
OnePlus 8
it does not work anymore I guess with new firmware update as that file is no longer there
Settings storage etc
I'm rooted and even went into es explorer and enabled show hidden files and couldnt find it in there either.maybe i could search for setting db file
my wife threw me off so ill try tomorrow

---------- Post added at 01:13 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:22 AM ----------

Forget it. I didn't look in data.

Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
 

ILLESTNOIZE

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Jul 7, 2014
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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

Hi,

Every one the settings apk does work and you can check the unknown sources box to allow installation of any apk without sideloading!!
You need the settings.apk and you have to tweak a system app. Will provide a tutorial for all XDA community members in the near future. Right now looking to raise money for charity through paypal donations. It works I can install apks from any market, drop box or even when downloading from a web browser.

Fire TV is the stuff!!! Hope fire tv 2.0 offers HD audio and 4k compatibility and of course more memory
 

inwisso

Senior Member
Sep 8, 2010
98
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Confirmed I just downloaded Settings Apk from AFTnew and it allowed me to check unknown sources and make it easier to install apk without sideloading

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using XDA Premium 4 mobile app
 

Ipse_Tase

Senior Member
Feb 29, 2012
752
131
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Could you please post the to the APK here? Thank you.

Read:

http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-connect-a-wii-remote-wiimote-to-the-fire-tv/

and go to step 3 (connect wiimote) and # 1: voila, link for you: http://www.aftvnews.com/download/Settings.apk

You ABSOLUTELY need XPosed (http://dl.xposed.info/latest.apk) and HDXposed (http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2830675&d=1404399174) module installed and even then, some Settings will kick you out of the app. But it does work (tested) for enabling "Unknown Sources".
 
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netghoster

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Dec 6, 2012
84
4
Read:

http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-connect-a-wii-remote-wiimote-to-the-fire-tv/

and go to step 3 (connect wiimote) and # 1: voila, link for you: http://www.aftvnews.com/download/Settings.apk

You ABSOLUTELY need XPosed (http://dl.xposed.info/latest.apk) and HDXposed (http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2830675&d=1404399174) module installed and even then, some Settings will kick you out of the app. But it does work (tested) for enabling "Unknown Sources".

Thank you for the details. Will try it out this evening.
 

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