[WINDOWS][TOOL]Fire Toolbox V27.0

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MrMrMr111

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Great tool thanks

I have Amazon App Store and Google play store on.

I’ve downloaded the official Disney+ app from Amazon store, not using the hybrid app.

I have some downloads on and they keep require me to “download again”, although this is more a refresh as it takes seconds.

However when I go to no WiFi a lot don’t play, and have “disappeared” again and need download again.

I thought the whole point of downloads were to play when no WiFi connection. This doesn’t seem to happen on my iPad or iPhone.

Is it the app? Or something on the tool? I’ve tried a few things, latest update, restarting etc. Did a test got them all downloaded, switched off WiFi and then get the can’t play, or needs downloading again within a second of switching of WiFi.

Anyone have this can help?
Thanks
 
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Great tool thanks

I have Amazon App Store and Google play store on.

I’ve downloaded the official Disney+ app from Amazon store, not using the hybrid app.

I have some downloads on and they keep require me to “download again”, although this is more a refresh as it takes seconds.

However when I go to no WiFi a lot don’t play, and have “disappeared” again and need download again.

I thought the whole point of downloads were to play when no WiFi connection. This doesn’t seem to happen on my iPad or iPhone.

Is it the app? Or something on the tool? I’ve tried a few things, latest update, restarting etc. Did a test got them all downloaded, switched off WiFi and then get the can’t play, or needs downloading again within a second of switching of WiFi.

Anyone have this can help?
Thanks
Greetings my friend! :D

Hmm, I did some research and came across many people with the same problem posted on the Disney+ subreddit. Seems the Disney+ app "hides" the offline files or deletes them for some reason. Surprised they haven't fixed this issue yet. :(
 

MrMrMr111

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Greetings my friend! :D

Hmm, I did some research and came across many people with the same problem posted on the Disney+ subreddit. Seems the Disney+ app "hides" the offline files or deletes them for some reason. Surprised they haven't fixed this issue yet. :(
So it’s nothing to do with the tool? It’s the official Disney+ app?

As above I did a test, as I know this happens with Netflix etc after a while which I can understand, but I refreshed/re-downloaded them all. Switched off WiFi and went to app and some wouldn’t play.

This is no good, as the whole point is available for offline. I think they have to “phone phone/report back to base” every once in a while. But not after a few minutes.
 
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So it’s nothing to do with the tool? It’s the official Disney+ app?

As above I did a test, as I know this happens with Netflix etc after a while which I can understand, but I refreshed/re-downloaded them all. Switched off WiFi and went to app and some wouldn’t play.

This is no good, as the whole point is available for offline. I think they have to “phone phone/report back to base” every once in a while. But not after a few minutes.
Yeah, I'm thinking it's a bug within the Disney+ app. If I had a Disney+ subscription, I'd test it on my tablets, but I'm afraid I don't, unfortunately.

I'm so sorry! :(
 

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Anyone have any idea why Google Play and Google Services do not want to install?

I get this error:
INSTALLATION FAILURE: [INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_NOT_APK]
The APK failed to download correctly and is corrupted. Please delete the APK and try again.

I tried uninstalling it but it doesn't seem to be installed, so there's nothing to uninstall. Is there a different version of PlayServices9.0.apk and PlayStore9.0.apk that I should try installing instead?

I'd appreciate it if someone could provide some advice.
 

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Hello, I have a Fire HD 8 (8th generation). I have been trying for weeks and cannot find an answer to my issue. When I attempt to connect to a PC, my tab makes the chime sound but never prompts me for anything. When I disconnect the usb it sounds again, so I know it's connecting. The PC does not display it as connected, not in Explorer nor Device Mgr, and the Toolbox says "no device connected". I first thought it was the PC so tried 6 different machines with various versions of Win7 and Win10. I have tried multiple versions of the install and portable, along with dl all USB and kindle drivers, as well as installaing Android SDK on some machines. I have read and tried everything I could find including developer options and default usb options, etc. The same lack of response on all PCs, which leads me to believe it's the tablet. Lastly I did a Hard reset on the tablet and started everything all over again, no dice, just a chime every time I connect/disconnect. Anyone able to help plz?
 

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Hello, I have a Fire HD 8 (8th generation). I have been trying for weeks and cannot find an answer to my issue. When I attempt to connect to a PC, my tab makes the chime sound but never prompts me for anything. When I disconnect the usb it sounds again, so I know it's connecting. The PC does not display it as connected, not in Explorer nor Device Mgr, and the Toolbox says "no device connected". I first thought it was the PC so tried 6 different machines with various versions of Win7 and Win10. I have tried multiple versions of the install and portable, along with dl all USB and kindle drivers, as well as installaing Android SDK on some machines. I have read and tried everything I could find including developer options and default usb options, etc. The same lack of response on all PCs, which leads me to believe it's the tablet. Lastly I did a Hard reset on the tablet and started everything all over again, no dice, just a chime every time I connect/disconnect. Anyone able to help plz?

I believe you need to install Windows USB drivers. This is mostly a problem people with Windows 8.1 and below have. Here's what Datastream33 says to fix this: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/windows-tool-fire-toolbox-v21-0.3889604/post-82681973

(and welcome to XDA!)
 

Reed_Enwright

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I believe you need to install Windows USB drivers. This is mostly a problem people with Windows 8.1 and below have. Here's what Datastream33 says to fix this: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/windows-tool-fire-toolbox-v21-0.3889604/post-82681973

(and welcome to XDA!)
Thank you for the quick reply. On all machines I tested I alternated installing all options I could find of both Google USB drivers and Kindle USB drivers. I've tried with both sets of drivers installed and with only 1 set at a time. I installed the drivers from direct download from Google, Amazon and the Android SDK environment. I cant believe at this point it's any of the many PCs
 

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Thank you for the quick reply. On all machines I tested I alternated installing all options I could find of both Google USB drivers and Kindle USB drivers. I've tried with both sets of drivers installed and with only 1 set at a time. I installed the drivers from direct download from Google, Amazon and the Android SDK environment. I cant believe at this point it's any of the many PCs

Well, lets pick a PC. What version of Windows are you running on your preferred PC? Do you know how to get to Device Manager?
 

Reed_Enwright

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Well, lets pick a PC. What version of Windows are you running on your preferred PC? Do you know how to get to Device Manager?
Grateful for the help.
Started with a clean laptop running Win7 pro SP1. installed Toolbox, plugged in Tablet, ran toolbox, followed prompts to install needed Google USB drivers. got prompt that additional steps to follow on

Opened Device Mgr, no option for "Other" exist. Reboot Windows, no change. Changed "DriversInstalled=1" to 0 in settings.txt to try again. Still no change

FWIW - the Fire made chimes at all the appropriate moments, and the PC indicated w/sounds when the tablet was plugged in and unplugged, so it most likely wasnt the brand new USB cable.
 
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Reed_Enwright

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What is the USB mode for the tablet set to?

I think it needs to be set to "Charging", but if that doesnt work try "File Transfer"


Im not sure what category in Device Manager your tablet will show up under but you want "Fire" with the yellow triangle,
(If you see "MTP" or something else change the USB mode on the tablet)

Also the toolbox installs some other driver(s) so if you havent already install the toolbox and let it install the driver(s), then try to install the Google USB driver.
USB mode - File Transfer

Trust me, I was CompTIA certified 30+ years ago, there is nothing unaccounted for or related in the device manager

I let toolbox install everything it wanted to.

Thank you for the reply, anything else?
 

Datastream33

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What's going on guys?

Hope everyone had a fantastic Monday!

I'd firstly like to apologize for taking so long to release a new update. Life has just been crazy as of late, and I hadn't really had time to work on a new release. I'd just like to take the time to thank everyone for their continued patience and support! Anyway, let's take a look at what exactly V22.0 brings to the table.

Custom Lockscreen Shortcuts​

Taking lockscreen customization even further, we have the new Custom Lockscreen Shortcut subtool. This subtool grants the ability (on tablet's running Android 9) to switch up the left and right shortcuts at the bottom of the lockscreen to any app activity you so desire. Want a left swipe to open the browser? What about opening Google Assistant from the right shortcut? You can just that!

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Improvements to the Google Services Tool​

When it comes to this tool, it seems to cause the most problems and frustrations. In an effort to improve this tool, some changes have been made that should help make it a little more stable.

The Integrity check is now performed after every single download instead of after all downloads have been completed. This allows the Toolbox to easily compare the total expected bytes to the downloaded file, making re-downloads possible if a downloaded service doesn't pass the integrity check. As a result, this should help weed out corrupted downloads and provide for a smoother experience. In addition, the download links have also been updated to the latest versions to hopefully get around the downgrade installation error.


The New "Deep Red" Theme!​

Joining our roster of themes, we have a brand-new theme dropping with V22.0. Let's just say... if you're a fan of the color red, I think you'll really enjoy this new theme. I don't know what it is about it... but it just looks so nice and soothing! Give it a try and let me know what you think about this new theme!

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A New "Advanced" Way of Managing System/User Apps​

This one's targeted at all you "power users" out there! This brand-new manual subtool addition to the Manage Amazon Apps parses through and retrieves all system apps installed... allowing the user to manage EVERY single system package instead of just a select few. As a result, make sure to be extremely careful, as disabling/hiding certain packages could cause a soft brick. In addition, the "User Apps" tab has been added, granting the ability to uninstall user apps directly from within the Toolbox!

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Internet Checks and Downloads​

In this update, all download process will now check for a valid internet connection before attempting to download files. This will help prevent files from becoming corrupted or empty. The Toolbox Updater has also received the same checks... helping to prevent it from remaining open indefinitely due to missing connections.


Hold up... that's not everything this update has to offer! Please take a look at the changelog below to get the full scoop!
Fire Toolbox V22.0 - Changelog

  • [Manage Amazon Apps] Added an "advanced" manual subtool, giving power users more control over both system and user apps.
  • [Manage Amazon Apps] You can now restore from debloat lists without having to manually edit the ListType variable.
  • [Lockscreen Management] Added the Custom Lockscreen Shortcut subtool for tablets running Android 9.
  • [Screen Capturing] Fixed the screenshot icon's background not adopting the current Toolbox theme.
  • [Screen Capturing] Improved the speed and process of screenshot capturing.
  • [Downloads] Added internet connection check to all download processes.
  • [Custom Sounds] Improved and made some minor changes to the UI.
  • [Modify System Settings] Added the "Animation Scales" setting to the SystemUI tab.
  • [Theming] Added the "Deep Red" theme.
  • [Toolbox Updater] Fixed the Updater remaining indefinitely open if an internet connection isn't available.
  • [YouTube Clients] Updated NewPipe to the latest version.
  • [Play Services] Integrity Check is now performed after each individual download instead of after all downloads have finished, allowing files to be re-downloaded if needed.
  • [Play Services] Integrity Check now compares final downloaded file size to total transfered bytes instead of just checking if the file is zero bytes.
  • [Play Services] Updated the download links for Play Services to the latest versions.
  • [Custom Launcher] Added Niagara Launcher to the supported list of launchers.
  • [User Selector] Fixed bugs where the foreground user wan't being displayed in the user's list if the user isn't the primary, and fixed the checkbox value for "Use Foreground User" not being preserved correctly.
If you are ready to download the new update, head on over to the Download's section of the OP. Please keep in mind, because the Toolbox Updater is receiving an upgrade, the update must be downloaded and installed manually using the Installer or Portable methods.

As usual, I'd like to show my gratitude and appreciation for you guys, as always! I just don't feel like I say it enough, and can't express how grateful I am for you guy's support, and interactions. As always, HUGE THANKS GOES OUT TO MY LOVELY DONATORS!! I really do APPRECIATE it and I feel so blessed! THANKS AGAIN!! :D

Huge shoutout also go out to my wonderful friends @Falcon342, and @blaacksheep for being kind of enough to test out the new manual application management subtool and being all around amazing people. Thanks guys! I really do appreciate the help you provided and all the time you've spent helping people out here on the forum with questions or any problems they may have. You guys are troopers!

Well, that's all I've got for now! Until next time, guys... have a great day/night, and I'll catch you guys later! Peace! ✌️
 

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Grateful for the help.
Started with a clean laptop running Win7 pro SP1. installed Toolbox, plugged in Tablet, ran toolbox, followed prompts to install needed Google USB drivers. got prompt that additional steps to follow on

Opened Device Mgr, no option for "Other" exist. Reboot Windows, no change. Changed "DriversInstalled=1" to 0 in settings.txt to try again. Still no change

FWIW - the Fire made chimes at all the appropriate moments, and the PC indicated w/sounds when the tablet was plugged in and unplugged, so it most likely wasnt the brand new USB cable.

OK, Win7 (like me!). Great. First, plug in your tablet, and set the connection on the tablet to Media Device/File Transfer. Next, go into Device Manager on your PC and look for Fire Devices. Double-click it. Below that you will see what driver is installed. Double-click it. Go to Driver tab and Update Driver. Click Browse My Computer....
Now click Let Me Pick..... and wait for the list to populate. If you have a list of manufacturers, go to Google, Inc. Now select Android ADB Interface. Click Next, then Yes, then Close and then Close once more. You should be done. :)
 

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OK, Win7 (like me!). Great. First, plug in your tablet, and set the connection on the tablet to Media Device/File Transfer. Next, go into Device Manager on your PC and look for Fire Devices. Double-click it. Below that you will see what driver is installed. Double-click it. Go to Driver tab and Update Driver. Click Browse My Computer....
Now click Let Me Pick..... and wait for the list to populate. If you have a list of manufacturers, go to Google, Inc. Now select Android ADB Interface. Click Next, then Yes, then Close and then Close once more. You should be done. :)
And there is the rub, as they say. There IS NO "Fire Device", or "Other" device, everything in the Device manager is what it should be. USB connection is set to File Transfer, USB Debugging is enabled, tablet charges when plugged in to PC. When I say I've been working on this for weeks I'm not exaggerating :(
 

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And there is the rub, as they say. There IS NO "Fire Device", or "Other" device, everything in the Device manager is what it should be. USB connection is set to File Transfer, USB Debugging is enabled, tablet charges when plugged in to PC. When I say I've been working on this for weeks I'm not exaggerating :(

Hmm. Well, since it chimes we know that it knows the tablet is there. The other common place for it to show up is under Portable Devices as Fire. Have a look there and if it's there the same steps apply. If not, watch the Device Manager screen carefully while unplugging the tablet. A line should disappear. We need to access that line.
 

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Hmm. Well, since it chimes we know that it knows the tablet is there. The other common place for it to show up is under Portable Devices as Fire. Have a look there and if it's there the same steps apply. If not, watch the Device Manager screen carefully while unplugging the tablet. A line should disappear. We need to access that line.
Great suggestion, sorry to say nothing happens. Open to other suggestions.
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    What to do about F/W v. 7.3.2.2

    So your Fire tablet has the latest firmware update on it (v7.3.2.2) and Fire Toolbox won't do what it's supposed to. All is not lost. I've collected some workarounds that will keep Amazon at bay. The three main problems are:

    1) You can't stop Automatic updates.

    2) You can't get rid of the lockscreen ads.

    3) You hate the Amazon Launcher, but Amazon won't let you change it permanently.


    Once those three problems are addressed, you pretty much have your tablet back. The Toolbox will still work for all the other things you want modify. First, get your tablet set up with Toolbox, install Google Services, and install the launcher you want. (Make sure to select "Enable Widget Support".) We'll take care of the Amazon Launcher later. So let's get started with the 3 main problems.

    1) Automatic updates.

    We need to stop the tablet from contacting Amazon to update it's firmware. We can no longer disable the service that does this, BUT, we can interfere with it's ability to contact the server from which it gets its updates. On a computer, we would modify the hosts file and block the addresses of the update servers. On an Android device, we need root access to do that, but there is an alternate way of adding things to the hosts file - with a VPN. We'll use a free and open source ad blocking VPN app to do this. The app is called DNS66 and it's available through F-Droid. You need to make sure this is always running to be protected from updates. Luckily, android has a feature to assist us in this. It's called "Always On VPN" and we need another app to access the hidden setting for this. We'll use "Activity Launcher" to get to this setting. Activity Launcher is available from Google's Play Store.

    It turns out that using Activity Launcher to change this hidden setting does nothing more than give you an extra notification that your VPN is off. It doesn't stop traffic, so it's useless. Besides, my tablet has taken to turning the "Always On VPN" setting back off every time I boot. (Thanks Amazon!) Activity Launcher is still useful for finding settings that Amazon doesn't see fit to include. It also makes desktop shortcuts to those settings if you wish.

    Download DNS66 to your computer from f-droid.org or from the attached file, copy it to your tablet and install it. Also go to the Play Store and install Activity Launcher. Finally, get the Amzn_Blcklist.txt that's attached to this post and copy that to your tablet. The blocklist file must remain on your tablet, so put it somewhere where it won't get deleted. I suggest in the root of your internal storage. (/storage/emulated/0)

    Open DNS66. There are a couple settings that must be changed. On the Start tab, turn on "Watch Connection". (All 3 switches should now be on.)
    DNS66-start.jpg

    Now go to the Hosts tab. Tap the "+" in the lower-right. Under Title, type "Amazon Blocklist". Tap the paper clip on the next line. Navigate to the Amzn_Blocklist.txt file you downloaded earlier and select it. Now tap "Done" in the upper-right. You should now have the first and last entry on the displayed list selected.
    dns66-hosts.jpg

    Now go to the Apps tab. Turn on "Show System Apps". Tap the gear under the Show System Apps switch and select "No Apps". All the switches below that should now be off.
    dns66-apps.jpg

    You can optionally set your own DNS servers on the next screen if you'd like. I like to turn on Custom DNS Servers, deselect the German ones that are pre-selected, and then turn on the last two servers (CloudFlare).
    dns66-dns.jpg

    This can also be done with Toolbox making this step unnecessary. Now go back to the Start tab. Tap "Start". It will notify you that it wants to connect to a VPN. Tap Yes or OK and allow it.

    Quick note: Do not use the Toolbox DNS changer in Modify System Settings AND the DNS66 Custom DNS setting together. This will cause connectivity to fail. I use DNS66 and not Toolbox's DNS changer. Having the Custom DNS Servers set ins DNS66, and using the Toolbox DNS changer simultaneously caused me hours of grief trying to figure out why Google couldn't connect!

    Now Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass in the upper-right. Enter "VPN". One setting should appear called "VPN". Tap it. Tap the gear on the end of the DNS66 line. Turn on Always-on VPN. Turning on the other switch makes Google Services think you are disconnected, so leave that one off. Step one accomplished.

    actlaunch-vpn.jpg


    Notes:

    DNS66 takes several seconds before it gets started when you first boot, so it is possible that the tablet will make a DNS query for the update server or the lockscreen ad server before it loads. Best practice is to turn off WiFi before you power down or reboot.

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    2) Lockscreen Ads.

    It turns out, that blocking those update servers also blocks your tablet from getting any lockscreen
    ads! No further action is needed. I stopped investigating this because I chose to disable the lockscreen completely. If you want to do that, you can do it in Toolbox, or in Activity Launcher that you just installed. Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass. Type in "screenlock". Now tap the last item (.password.ScreenLockSuggestionActivity). Select None and you're done.

    Notes:

    It has come to my attention that when disabling your PIN, it may still ask you for a PIN by Parental Controls for some settings or activities. I would suggest if you're going to disable your PIN, to first set it to something simple like 0000, reboot it, and then disable the PIN. That way you'll know what PIN you set if it suddenly asks you next month for your PIN.

    Another way to disable lockscreen ads is detailed Here.

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    3) Amazon Launcher.

    The way we're going to get rid of the Amazon Launcher is by not calling it! We're going to replace the Home button with another button that we can map to any launcher we'd like. This isn't a perfect solution, but it is FREE. If you're willing to spend a couple bucks, you can purchase a more configurable gesture navigation app with more features, but this is FREE, so maybe you can accept it's shortcomings. I'll keep this post updated with other navbar replacements that people suggest.

    Go to the Play Store. Get and install "One Button Navigation". Launch it. It will want you to turn on Accessability Service for it. Follow the on-screen instructions and turn on "One Button Navigation Bar". You'll see your new nav button at the bottom of the screen. I like to adjust the width down to a dot, like the button it's replacing, but that's up to you. I also like to make the background black and the botton bright yellow so that I'm reminded it's running. Set up the background and button colors as you like them. Yeah, I know the ads in this are obtrusive, but you'll never see them once it's set up. Also DNS66 will block the ads if you install that first.
    obn-set.jpg

    Next tap the Action tab. Tap "Single Click". Scroll down and select "Launch Application...". Select the launcher that you installed with Toolbox here. In my case, it was Nova 7. (Google updated the Nova version that Toolbox installed.) Now you can set any other actions you'd like for the new button.
    obn-act.jpg

    I didn't want anything additional, so I made the gestures similar to the original buttons. This is all up to you. You can reverse them or set additional functionality to the button. I ended up with a new navbar that covers the original navbar (the one with the home button that brings up the Amazon Launcher). I now have a button that when pressed, takes me to my launcher. When I swipe it left, it goes back a screen. When I swipe it right, it shows the recents. I spent a lot of time with other navbar replacements and this is the minimalist replacement that works best for me. YMMV. Before someone complains that it doesn't work in landscape mode, I'm not the developer. You should rate it and leave a comment for him! This is the best I could find that does what I want for FREE.

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    I'll edit this post with your suggestions for better solutions to these problems and keep a list of navbar replacements that people suggest at the end so you can find what works best for you.


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    Some Suggested Navigation Bar replacements:
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    One Button Navigation Bar by Nu-Kob (PlayStore)

    Pie Control by coolAce (PlayStore)

    Simple Control by coolAce (PlayStore)



    DNS66 is available from F-Droid.org (dated March 26, 2021)
    Activity Launcher is available from APKMirror.com (dated March 21,2022)
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    So, I did some research, and it looks like the updates are stored in: /data/ota-package/. Might not be able to delete the update due to not having the proper permissions. Perhaps, a factory reset is the best way to go in this situation... :(

    EDIT: Hmm, maybe we don't want to factory reset either... if the update hasn't installed already, it's waiting for the user to manually start the update due to automatic updates being disabled. A factory reset may enable automatic updates and starting installing the update... hmmm...

    Maybe try clearing the Storage for System Updates (both entries in Settings), DeviceSoftwareOTA, and also for Download Manager.
    I've cleared the storage as instructed, and can happily report the update is gone :D
    Thanks again for your help!
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    5-03-2022

    What to do about F/W v. 7.3.2.2

    So your Fire tablet has the latest firmware update on it (v7.3.2.2) and Fire Toolbox won't do what it's supposed to. All is not lost. I've collected some workarounds that will keep Amazon at bay. The three main problems are:

    1) You can't stop Automatic updates.

    2) You can't get rid of the lockscreen ads.

    3) You hate the Amazon Launcher, but Amazon won't let you change it permanently.


    Once those three problems are addressed, you pretty much have your tablet back. The Toolbox will still work for all the other things you want modify. First, get your tablet set up with Toolbox, install Google Services, and install the launcher you want. (Make sure to select "Enable Widget Support".) We'll take care of the Amazon Launcher later. So let's get started taking care of the big 3 problems.

    1) Automatic updates.

    We need to stop the tablet from contacting Amazon to update it's firmware. We can no longer disable the service that does this, BUT, we can interfere with it's ability to contact the server from which it gets its updates. On a computer, we would modify the hosts file and block the addresses of the update servers. On an Android device, we need root access to do that, but there is an alternate way of adding things to the hosts file - with a VPN. We'll use a free and open source ad blocking VPN app to do this. The app is called DNS66 and it's available through F-Droid. You need to make sure this is always running to be protected from updates. Luckily, android has a feature to assist us in this. It's called "Always On VPN" and we need another app to access the hidden setting for this. We'll use "Activity Launcher" to get to this setting. Activity Launcher is available from Google's Play Store.

    Download DNS66 to your computer from f-droid.org or from the attached file, copy it to your tablet and install it. Also go to the Play Store and install Activity Launcher. Finally, get the Amzn_Blcklist.txt that's attached to this post and copy that to your tablet. The blocklist file must remain on your tablet, so put it somewhere where it won't get deleted. I suggest in the root of your internal storage. (/storage/emulated/0)

    Open DNS66. There are a couple settings that must be changed. On the Start tab, turn on "Watch Connection". (All 3 switches should now be on.)
    View attachment 5603483
    Now go to the Hosts tab. Tap the "+" in the lower-right. Under Title, type "Amazon Blocklist". Tap the paper clip on the next line. Navigate to the Amzn_Blocklist.txt file you downloaded earlier and select it. Now tap "Done" in the upper-right. You should now have the first and last entry on the displayed list selected.
    View attachment 5603487
    Now go to the Apps tab. Turn on "Show System Apps". Tap the gear under the Show System Apps switch and select "No Apps". All the switches below that should now be off.
    View attachment 5603489
    You can optionally set your own DNS servers on the next screen if you'd like. I like to turn on Custom DNS Servers, deselect the German ones that are pre-selected, and then turn on the last two servers (CloudFlare).
    View attachment 5603491
    This can also be done with Toolbox making this step unnecessary. Now go back to the Start tab. Tap "Start". It will notify you that it wants to connect to a VPN. Tap Yes or OK and allow it. You're almost done. Now Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass in the upper-right. Enter "VPN". One setting should appear called "VPN".
    View attachment 5603495
    Tap it. Tap the gear on the end of the DNS66 line. Turn on Always-on VPN. Turning on the other switch makes Google Services think you are disconnected, so leave that one off. Step one accomplished.

    Notes:

    DNS66 takes several seconds before it gets started when you first boot, so it is possible that the tablet will make a DNS query for the update server or the lockscreen ad server before it loads. Best practice is to turn off WiFi before you power down or reboot.

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    2) Lockscreen Ads.

    It turns out, that blocking those update servers also blocks your tablet from getting any lockscreen ads! No further action is needed. I stopped investigating this because I chose to disable the lockscreen completely. If you want to do that, you can do it in Toolbox, or in Activity Launcher that you just installed. Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass. Type in "screenlock". Now tap the last item (.password.ScreenLockSuggestionActivity). Select None and you're done.

    Notes:

    It has come to my attention that when disabling your PIN, it may still ask you for a PIN by Parental Controls for some settings or activities. I would suggest if you're going to disable your PIN, to first set it to something simple like 0000, reboot it, and then disable the PIN. That way you'll know what PIN you set if it suddenly asks you next month for your PIN.

    Another way to disable lockscreen ads is detailed Here.

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    3) Amazon Launcher.

    The way we're going to get rid of the Amazon Launcher is by not calling it! We're going to replace the Home button with another button that we can map to any launcher we'd like. This isn't a perfect solution, but it is FREE. If you're willing to spend a couple bucks, you can purchase a more configurable gesture navigation app with more features, but this is FREE, so maybe you can accept it's shortcomings. I'll keep this post updated with other navbar replacements that people suggest.

    Go to the Play Store. Get and install "One Button Navigation". Launch it. It will want you to turn on Accessability Service for it. Follow the on-screen instructions and turn on "One Button Navigation Bar". You'll see your new nav button at the bottom of the screen. I like to adjust the width down to a dot, like the button it's replacing, but that's up to you. I also like to make the background black and the botton bright yellow so that I'm reminded it's running. Set up the background and button colors as you like them. Yeah, I know the ads in this are obtrusive, but you'll never see them once it's set up. Also DNS66 will block the ads if you install that first.
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    Next tap the Action tab. Tap "Single Click". Scroll down and select "Launch Application...". Select the launcher that you installed with Toolbox here. In my case, it was Nova 7. (Google updated the Nova version that Toolbox installed.) Now you can set any other actions you'd like for the new button.
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    I didn't want anything additional, so I made the gestures similar to the original buttons. This is all up to you. You can reverse them or set additional functionality to the button. I ended up with a navbar that covers the original navbar (the one with the home button that brings the Amazon Launcher). I have a button that when pressed, takes me to my launcher. When I swipe it left, it goes back a screen. When I swipe it right, it shows the recents. I spent a lot of time with other navbar replacements and this is the minimalist replacement that works best for me. YMMV. Before someone complains that it doesn't work in landscape mode, I'm not the developer. You should rate it and leave a comment for him! This is the best I could find that does what I want for FREE.

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    I'll edit this post with your suggestions for better solutions to these problems and keep a list of navbar replacements that people suggest at the end so you can find what works best for you.


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    Some Suggested Navigation Bar replacements:
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    One Button Navigation Bar by Nu-Kob (PlayStore)

    Pie Control by coolAce (PlayStore)

    Simple Control by coolAce (PlayStore)



    The DNS66 file is from F-Droid.org dated March 26, 2021
    The Activity Launcher is from APKMirror.com dated March 21,2022
    Wait, how did I miss this?

    This is AMAZING @blaacksheep! You've really out done yourself this time!

    I can't imagine how much time you've spent on this post and research. I just want to express my gratitude for the amazing time and effort you put in on the daily! I also see you've purchased a new tablet to update it to 7.3.2.2 in order to figure these things out. My sir, you've gone above and beyond the call of duty! I don't even know what to say at this point... but THANK YOU! :D
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    Just purchased a new, sealed Fire HD 8 from eBay today. For anyone who reads this and is hoping to find an "older stock" tablet that does not come pre-loaded with 7.3.2.2, look on eBay. I found one where the box looks significantly older than others, and the Fire Launcher is displaying multiple categories vs the three categories that (I assume) mean 7.3.2.2 has been loaded.

    I can't guarantee that my image analysis is valid; just passing along what I've seen.

    First, turn off WiFi until you've determined what version f/w you have. Next, go into Settings > Device Options > System Updates. The first line will tell you what version you're running. :)

    Edit: If you have an earlier version than 7.3.2.2, run toolbox immediately, turn off OTA Updates and Automatic Updates, and count yourself lucky!😁
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    I've been trying this even went as far as setting up a fresh account with admin privileges but still the same issues



    Oddly on a fresh install this folder is empty and the error is received as soon as i try and run the install google services.

    2nd time round of launching it then downloads the files but then fails to install them due to eth more than one device error.

    3rd try then gives the Failed to read Android OS version error and toolbox closes but it looks to leave the adb process running

    4th attempt comes strait up with this error
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    hitting ok closes the window tool box doesn't launch and the adb service that was left running closes

    5th launch gets us back to the failed to read android OS version error

    well after the I don't know how many round round the error cycle it randomly installed the play service but then failed on the play network, account manager and play store giving the same more than one emulator error
    I had the exact same issue on Windows 11. I couldn't fix it so I grabbed the files manually and moved em to the phone. If I'm not mistaken, they are under users, your name, app data, datastream, bin.
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    Fire Toolbox V27.0

    All-In-One Toolbox for Fire Tablets!
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    The Fire Toolbox is a collection of useful ADB (Android Debug Bridge) tweaks that can be applied to Amazon's Fire Tablets. The Toolbox project aims to help users fully customize and unlock the full potential of their tablets by putting all the power into their hands.
    The Toolbox doesn't touch the system partition meaning all changes made can be reversed either through the tools/subtools themselves or through a factory reset. This means the Toolbox does NOT void your warranty.

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    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FIREOS 7.3.2.2+ AND THE TOOLBOX (PLEASE READ)

    If your tablet is running FireOS 7.3.2.2 or above please note that some functions of the Toolbox may not work due to new restrictions in the new firmware. The following tools either do not work or have limited functionality:

    • Custom Launcher - Launchers can no longer be set as default, and the homekey re-route method must be reapplied after rebooting or shutting down the device.
    • OTA Updates - OTAs can no longer be disabled.
    • Lockscreen Ads Remover - Ads can no longer be removed from the lockscreen.
    • Manage Amazon Apps - Some system apps can no longer be disabled.

    We're looking into workarounds to the issues detailed above. Please keep an eye on the forum for further development.

    Device Name:
    Generation:
    Amazon Fire 10/10+ (2021)
    11​
    Amazon Fire 8/8+ (2020)
    10​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2019)
    9​
    Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
    9​
    Amazon Fire 8 (2018)
    8​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2017)
    7​
    Amazon Fire 8 (2017)
    7​
    Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
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    Amazon Fire HD8 (2016)
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    Amazon Fire HD10 (2015)
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    Amazon Fire HD8 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD7 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD7 (2014)
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    Amazon Fire HD6 (2014)
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    In this forum, you may hear the word "generation" being used when talking about Fire Tablets. Just know that "generation" effectively means the same as "what year was the tablet manufactured?". This may seem confusing and as a result a reference table has been provided for you below.

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    Getting the Toolbox up and running with your tablet is surprisingly a very easy procedure. The only thing required is for you to enable Developer Options and ADB on your tablet. So, without further ado, let's get started.

    At this point, please read the section below, and make sure to follow the correct guide that is made for your tablet on how to set up the device so it works with the Toolbox.

    FIRE HD 7, 8, 10 (2018 - 2021) Guide:
    Before purchasing the tablet:
    • Make sure you uncheck the "Link device to your Amazon account to simplify setup" box before Adding to Cart. (See this screenshot, credits go to @ancientrael)

      if the box remains checked, your tablet will automatically update to the latest version of FireOS the second it auto-connects to your wifi.
    Booting the tablet for the first time:
    • Wait for your tablet to fully boot up for the first time (may take a few seconds to minutes).
    • When it boots, it will ask you for the language you'd like the OS to use. Select your prefered language.
    • Tapping the blue arrow at the bottom of the screen, you'll be asked to connect to a WIFI network.
    • Select ANY network from the list (even if you don't know the password).
    • Once it asks for the password, tap the "Cancel" button and it will take you to the previous screen with the Wifi networks.
    • At the bottom of the screen, you should now see a "Skip Setup" button, go ahead and tap that.
    • It will now ask if you're sure you want to skip fire setup. Just tap "Skip" once more.
    • You should immeditely be thrown into Fire Launcher. You're now ready to enable USB/ADB Debugging.
    Enabling USB Debugging:
    • Turn on your tablet and go to Settings > Device Options > About Fire Tablet and tap on the Serial Number until you unlock Developer Options.
    • Press the back button and find the new Developer Options and toggle it on.
    • Scroll down till you find USB Debugging and enable it.
    Setting up the drivers:
    If you are on Windows 10 or Windows 11 you do NOT need to following this guide because Windows will setup the needed drivers by default automatically. All you need to do is plug your tablet in and Windows will take care of the rest. Please wait until these drivers are fully installed before laucnhing the Toolbox for the first time.
    • Download the latest version of the Toolbox from the Downloads section of this page and install it onto your PC.
    • Plug your tablet into the computer, and Windows will start installing the MTP drivers. It will also attempt to install the ADB driver but will fail. (This is normal and to be expected)
    • Launch the Toolbox, and it should detect your Windows version and inform you that further driver setup is required. It will then ask you if you'd like the Toolbox to download and install the drivers.
    • Click the "Yes" button, wait for the download to finish and follow the driver setup. If this for some reason doesn't work, please follow this guide to manually install the drivers.
    • At this point, If drivers are setup properly... the Toolbox will inform you that the "device isn't authorized. Please authorize your device now."
    • On your tablet, you should see a new prompt asking if you want to Allow USB Debugging and should show the computer's RSA key fingerprint. Tick the box that says "Always allow from the computer" and hit ok.
    That's it, the Toolbox should recognize your tablet and will take you to the main menu. Enjoy!

    FIRE HD 6, 7, 8, 10 (2014 - 2017) Guide:
    Before purchasing the tablet:
    • Make sure you uncheck the "Link device to your Amazon account to simplify setup" box before Adding to Cart. (See this screenshot, credits go to @ancientrael)

      if the box remains checked, your tablet will automatically update to the latest version of FireOS the second it auto-connects to your wifi.
    Booting the tablet for the first time:
    • Wait for your tablet to fully boot up for the first time (may take a few seconds to minutes).
    • When it boots, it will ask you for the language you'd like the OS to use. Select your prefered language.
    • Tapping the blue arrow at the bottom of the screen, you'll be asked to connect to a WIFI network.
    • Select ANY network from the list (even if you don't know the password).
    • Once it asks for the password, tap the "Cancel" button and it will take you to the previous screen with the Wifi networks.
    • At the bottom of the screen, you should now see a "Skip Setup" button, go ahead and tap that.
    • It will now ask if you're sure you want to skip fire setup. Just tap "Skip" once more.
    • You should immeditely be thrown into Fire Launcher. You're now ready to enable ADB Debugging.
    Enabling ADB Debugging:
    • Turn on your tablet and go to Settings > Device Options and tap on the Serial Number until you unlock Developer Options.
    • Find the new Developer Options and toggle it on.
    • Scroll down till you find ADB Debugging and enable it.
    Setting up the drivers:
    If you are on Windows 10 or Windows 11 you do NOT need to following this guide because Windows will setup the needed drivers by default automatically. All you need to do is plug your tablet in and Windows will take care of the rest. Please wait until these drivers are fully installed before laucnhing the Toolbox for the first time.
    • Download the latest version of the Toolbox from the Downloads section of this page and install it onto your PC.
    • Plug your tablet into the computer, and Windows will start installing the MTP drivers. It will also attempt to install the ADB driver but will fail. (This is normal and to be expected)
    • Launch the Toolbox, and it should detect your Windows version and inform you that further driver setup is required. It will then ask you if you'd like the Toolbox to download and install the drivers.
    • Click the "Yes" button, wait for the download to finish and follow the driver setup. If this for some reason doesn't work, please follow this guide to manually install the drivers.
    • At this point, If drivers are setup properly... the Toolbox will inform you that the "device isn't authorized. Please authorize your device now."
    • On your tablet, you should see a new prompt asking if you want to Allow USB Debugging and should show the computer's RSA key fingerprint. Tick the box that says "Always allow from the computer" and hit ok.
    That's it, the Toolbox should recognize your tablet and will take you to the main menu. Enjoy!

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    • ADB Shell - Spawn a Unix shell that can be used to communicate with the device and execute commands.
    • Custom Launcher - Replace Fire Launcher with a custom launcher.
    • Enable Widget Support - Enable widgets on supported launchers.
    • Custom Sounds - Set custom sounds for notifications, lock/unlock events, low battery, and more!
    • Density Modifier - Change the value of pixels per inch to either decrease or increase resolution.
    • Restore Default Density - Restore the factory default density.
    • Google Assistant - Replace Amazon Alexa with Google Assistant.
    • Google Services - Install Google Services and the Play Store.
    • Google Services (Manage)
    • Add/Remove Google Accounts
    • Clear Data/Cache for Play Services
    • Uninstall Play Services
    • Hybrid Apps - Sideload Amazon Appstore apps without having the Appstore enabled.
    • Keyboard and Input - Manage other input methods and install custom keyboards.
    • Lockscreen Wallpaper - Replace the lockscreen's wallpaper with a custom one.
    • Manage Amazon Apps - Manage the Amazon apps installed on your tablet.
    • Hide/disable Amazon Apps - Hide and Disable Amazon apps through presets or manually select apps.
    • Restore Amazon Apps - Completely restore every Amazon app or manually select apps to restore.
    • Modify System Settings -
    • Power Options - Reboot, shutdown, reboot into recovery, or reboot the tablet into bootloader mode.
    • Parental Controls Hide - Installs a service that auto-dismisses messages from Parental Controls.
    • Privacy Controls - Disable telemetry collection of app usage data, interest based ads, etc.
    • Push and Pull
    • Push - Transfer files from your computer to your tablet.
    • Pull - Retrieve files from your tablet and transfer them to your computer.
    • Remove Lockscreen Ads - Remove ads from the lockscreen.
    • Screen Capturing - Record the device's screen, or capture a screenshot.
    • Sideload Apps - Install APKs from sources outside of the Amazon Appstore.
    • System Backup
    • Backup - Create a backup of the current system configuration.
    • Restore - Restore system configuration from a previously created backup.
    • User Management (8th gen and above)
    • Create a User - Create a new user.
    • Delete a User - Delete a toolbox created user.
    • Switch Users - Switch the current user to a different Toolbox created user.
    • YouTube Clients - Install third-party Youtube clients.

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    Toolbox:
    Version
    Installer (.exe)
    Portable (.zip)
    Update Post
    VirusTotal
    V27.0​
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    Link

    Other Downloads:
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    Custom Navigation Bar Icons​
    Navigation Bar Modifier​
    Toolbox Changelogs​
    N/A​

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    V24.0​
    Download​
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    *Halloween Edition​
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    V20.0​
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    V19.0​
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    V18.0​
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    V17.0​
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    If you like my work and would like to support me feel free to Donate. Thank you!
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    How can I run the Toolbox on Linux?
    The Toolbox is currently being developed for Linux systems in the Python programming language. If you'd like to see the progress of the port, you can do so at this link.
    Please be patient with me as the Linux port is being developed in my spare time and may take some time to complete. However, as the port progresses some builds will be released to those who'd like to help test alpha builds. More information on this later down the line.
    However, at the moment, the best way to run the Toolbox on Linux is to use VMWare and emulate Windows.

    How can I remove a Google Account from my tablet?
    Because of the missing accounts section in the Settings app it will be a little more difficult to remove Google Accounts directly from the tablet. The easiest way that I've found is to visit this page: https://myaccount.google.com/security, sign-in to your Google Account, scroll down to "Your Devices" and click the "Manage devices" button. From the list of devices find your tablet and in the upper right-corner click the 3-dot icon and from the list select "Sign out".

    Can the Toolbox be used to root my tablet?
    Primarly, rooting a Fire Tablet requires the user to open the back of the device and short out a certain point on the motherboard. The Toolbox has been designed for folks who'd rather not bark down this alley. It uses the power of ADB to make changes, and is meant to be an alternative to rooting. In summery, the Toolbox isn't designed to root.

    The Toolbox is being marked as a virus?
    This is likely because the Toolbox (and it's installer) aren't signed with a software license. This freaks Windows out because it sees that there is no publisher, and as a result it displays a warning (smartscreen). In addition, some anti-viruses might also flag the Toolbox as a virus simply because the build is relatively new and there is no record of it in the anti-viruses database, resulting in a false positve.
    As always, I take your security and privacy VERY seriously! If you do not feel safe with installing the Toolbox due to virus concerns, I respect and support your decision. It is always up to the user and their judgment! :D

    Google Family Link won't work on my tablet?
    Unfortuently, no matter how hard we try, we still haven't been able to get Family Link to work correctly on the tablets. The Family Link app fails to install, and the Child account refuses to login. No matter what we tried, we couldn't get a Child account to work on the tablets.
    We believe this has to do with missing dependecies, and the tablets not being certified through Google's Play Protect platform. We're still activly looking into getting the issue resolved. Until then, it's recommended that you use an alternative such as Amazon's FreeTime, Eyezy, or another third-party family managing software.
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    I'd also like to take the time to acknowledge today as a very special day for this project! Today marks the 3RD YEAR anniversary of the project!!! 😄 🎉🎉

    It seems like only yesterday, that the first version of the Toolbox was released! It's just crazy to think that it all started in 2019, as a very simple batch file program designed solemnly to remove lock screen ads, and has grown into what it is today! If you're interested in what started it all, I'd highly recommend checking out this post. It dives a little more into the Toolbox's background and it's beginnings!

    I just wanted to THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for making the last 3 years so memorable! If it wasn't for the amazing support and this wonderful community, the project would've died a long time ago! You guys are the fuel that feeds the Toolbox's development!

    Through this project, I've gotten to meet some wonderful people that I'd consider to be good friends:
    @Davy49, @Tailborn, @Falcon342, @blaacksheep, and of course you (the one reading this)!

    So, where does the Toolbox go from here? Well, I suppose the next step would be to bring the Toolbox to more platforms! Currently, the Toolbox is being ported to other platforms using the Python programming language, and PySimpleGUI. I've also been asked if the Toolbox Python port will ever become open-source, and I think the answer is most likely yes. Big things are planned for the Toolbox this year, and I hope you'll join me on this journey!

    HERE'S TO THE TOOLBOX'S 3RD YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! 👏:D
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    What's going on, guys?

    I sincerely hope everyone is doing good, and having a wonderful December so far!

    Today marks the release of V26.0 of the Toolbox! So, without further ado... let's take a look at what this release has to offer!

    Welcome, Welcome, Welcome... Screen!​

    You know, every time I run a build for the first time I go through the Theme Selector, then the Tour, and then the Welcome Screen. I just think to myself "this is just a mess" - so in this update I thought I'd focus on improving it and making it better. I started by re-designing the Welcome Screen and doing my best to link all three tools into something that looked visually appealing. Now, in a tabbed interface you'll find the Setup Tour in the very first tab, Theme Selection (with a new UI) in the second, Installation Management in the third, and finally in the fourth the Changelog.

    Now let's talk specifically about the Installation Management tool. This bad boy now has the ability to read installations from directories other than the default (localappdata\Datastream). So, if you've got your installations in a custom location, and you'd like to manage them, it's now possible to point the path to that location. This should help make managing installations a lot easier!

    Custom Launchers on FireOS 7.3.2.2​

    As some of you may know, I bit the bullet and updated my tablet to the latest version of FireOS... to the dreaded 7.3.2.2. This update, from what I heard, caused the Custom Launcher and disabling OTAs tools to no longer function and after updating, I soon discovered that it was indeed the case. I then tried everything I could think and well really didn't turn up any valuable workarounds... until I tried the method we'd been using on older gen devices... and it worked! Of course, just like on the older gens, it has the drawback of being removed every time the device is rebooted. However, it's the only method I could find, so it's better than nothing, right?

    Anyway, while coding it in I decided to take the liberty of also clean up the code, and the UI a bit. What's cool is the tool will now read what generation your tablet is, and display what methods are available to use. You'll also find that the initial method selection UI is a lot more usable compared to its previous iteration.

    Change the Timeout for the Display?​

    Ah, the latest addition to the General group in the Modify System Settings tool. This subtool not only allows you to alter the timeout to traditional values, but also allows you to set a custom timeout. Want your screen to sleep after 24 hours of inactivity? This one's for you folks who want to extend the timeout as much as you can. Just be careful, it may cause a burn-in if your tablet's screen remains on the same screen for too long!

    Let's Talk Linux Port Stuff​

    I guess the point of this section is to ask you guys if you're ok with updates to the VB version being slowed down, so I can focus more on the port? I'd also like to address a common question I get asked about it being open-source. Right now, I'm planning on it being closed-source for now. However, I am planning on making it open-source when I feel like the time is right. Please be patient! So, let's get back to the original question... are you guy's ok if I shift primary focus to the port?


    Wait, that's not everything! If you're interested in everything that's changed... please take a look at the changelog below:
    Version 26.0 - Changelog

    [Welcome Screen]
    • Updated the user interface.
    • Added better installation detection to the Installation Management subtool.
    • You can now specify what directory the Installation Management subtool will scan to detect installations.
    • Improved the look of the Theme Selector.
    • Fixed a bug causing the Startup Tour to not load tools correctly.
    [Device Information]
    • Fixed chipset information not displaying for some tablets due to a renamed string in getprop.
    [Theme Selector]
    • Moved the Theme Selector to the Welcome Screen.
    [Custom Launcher]
    • Improved the UI.
    • Made significant improvements to the code, and fixed various bugs/issues.
    • Added Re-route Homekey option for tablets running FireOS 7.3.2.2+.
    [Modify System Settings]
    • Added the ability to change the "Display Timeout" to the General tab.
    • You can now set a custom Display Timeout of up to 24 hours.
    [Lockscreen Management]
    • Improved the warning regarding the Pattern security type.
    [Hybrid Apps]
    • Updated Disney+, and Netflix to the latest versions.
    [Manage Amazon Apps]
    • When restoring from a debloat list, it now displays the proper header and message.

    Ready to download V26.0? Head on over to the Download's section of the OP. By the way, because of some directory changes to the bin folder... the update will not show up in the Updater. It must be installed via the Installer or extracted from the Portable release.

    Ok, my favorite part about of these release posts... sharing appreciation for you awesome folks! I just wanted to say I'm so blessed to be a part of the wonderful community over here on XDA. You guys are incredible people and in fact... this is perhaps the one place I've been on that I don't see negativity or people bullying one another. You guys are just AMAZING and I wanted to let you know that I appreciate everyone's support! Furthermore, you guys are what keep this project going, and it wouldn't be where it is today without you guys! So please pat yourself on the back - you deserve it!

    Also, I'd like to place the limelight on my good friends @blaacksheep, and of course @Falcon342. I just can't express how much I appreciate all you've done for this thread! I haven't had the time to get on here because of work and when I come on the forum I see you guys helping out and answering questions. I really do appreciate the time and effort you two have put into being so freaking helpful! However, I've got to be honest, I'm extremely sad because I feel like I'm not doing enough. I'm sure you guys would like a little help (I'm gonna try harder to be more active on here when I can to hopefully help you guys out). Anyway, thank you guys again!! I really do appreciate it!!!!

    Also, don't think I forgot about you donators! I just want to say I'm so honored that you'd donate your hard-earned cash. Sometimes I feel like I don't deserve it. Guys and gals, THANK YOU so much for donating! I really do appreciate every penny! :D

    This year has flown by and Christmas is right around the corner, so I just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you all had a remarkable 2021! Let's hope 2022 is an even better year! 🙏

    Well, that's all I've got for now! Have a good one, guys, and until next time... Peace! ✌️
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    Well, I guess it's finally time to explain myself. You see, ever since Christmas I've been mostly radio silent. Well, this is attributed to Covid running rampant in my parent's household after Christmas. My whole family besides a few were infected (myself included) with the Omicron variant. We are just barely coming out of it, and life is slowly going back to normal. Just wanted to let you guys know where I've been, as I've seen comments (not on this forum) stating that the project is dead, and I've given up on it... that is simply not true. We will press on, and development should start moving forward once more! Again, thank you to @Falcon342, and @blaacksheep for carrying the torch as always! I do appreciate it! :D