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Ordered a 2021 10+ last night, and was looking closer at the thread and saw the spoilers section where it says to not link it to my account in the ordering process or it will automatically update on first wifi connect.

Is there a way around that? The one I ordered is linked. The same section shows steps to back out twice and skip set up. Will that prevent the 7.3.2.2 update?

I really only want to get the Google play store. Perhaps get rid of Amazon junk. I know I need to block OTA updates.

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Ordered a 2021 10+ last night, and was looking closer at the thread and saw the spoilers section where it says to not link it to my account in the ordering process or it will automatically update on first wifi connect.

Is there a way around that? The one I ordered is linked. The same section shows steps to back out twice and skip set up. Will that prevent the 7.3.2.2 update?

I really only want to get the Google play store. Perhaps get rid of Amazon junk. I know I need to block OTA updates.

TIA

Well, you have to either shut off your WiFi while you run the initial setup, or do it at someone else's house so it can't connect to WiFi and update. You'll have to go through the initial setup and then enable Developer Options and USB Debugging and shut off the WiFi before you take it home or turn on your WiFi. Then run Toolbox and disable OTA Updates and Automatic Updates. Then you are safe. Note that you may be one of the unlucky ones that gets v7.3.2.2 from the factory and it doesn't matter then. :( Hopefully, you'll have 1.9 or 2.1 and be able to stop it from going further. :)
 

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Is it possible to hide the camera app on the Home Screen without completely disabling it? I would like my child to be able to use it within apps like messenger, but not necessarily just wasting a bunch of time taking photos for the purpose of just fullfilling the electronic desire.

I know it’s possible with a custom launcher but I have an updated Fire 8 so that’s not really feasible at this point.
 

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Yep, you decided to update and now there's no way back. Security isn't an issue that's really addressed by Amazon, so the only reason to update would be a new feature that can't be installed by an app. Every update carries with it a likelihood that something you've modified will be reverted and locked out of further modifications. That's why you don't want updates if you modify.

That said, I'm afraid you're stuck with v7.3.2.2 now, and that means the replacement launcher won't stick, you can't lock out further updates, and you might have lockscreen ads. All is not lost. There are several people that have worked out ingenious ways around the launcher problem. If you're a networking tech, you can lock out the updates at your router, and you can disable your lockscreen completely to remove lockscreen ads.
I didn't know then but i know now, no updates. :) Just frustrated the learning came at such a price.

I am not a networking texh and also a noob to tablets, will you please direct me to the info. on what can be done about the launcher and the routers or post some instructions here? Also, i have no problems reverting to an older fire OS if that helps, can it be done? When you say disable the lockescreen completely, do you mean by using the option in the toolbox? Thanks
 

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Well, you have to either shut off your WiFi while you run the initial setup, or do it at someone else's house so it can't connect to WiFi and update. You'll have to go through the initial setup and then enable Developer Options and USB Debugging and shut off the WiFi before you take it home or turn on your WiFi. Then run Toolbox and disable OTA Updates and Automatic Updates. Then you are safe. Note that you may be one of the unlucky ones that gets v7.3.2.2 from the factory and it doesn't matter then. :( Hopefully, you'll have 1.9 or 2.1 and be able to stop it from going further. :)
Thank you. That is what the expanded spoiler section seemed to imply, but I wanted to make sure I was understanding it correctly.
 
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I didn't know then but i know now, no updates. :) Just frustrated the learning came at such a price.

I am not a networking texh and also a noob to tablets, will you please direct me to the info. on what can be done about the launcher and the routers or post some instructions here? Also, i have no problems reverting to an older fire OS if that helps, can it be done? When you say disable the lockescreen completely, do you mean by using the option in the toolbox? Thanks

Okay, so my tablet is on v7.3.1.2 and I'm not about to update it to v7.3.2.2, but I've just ordered a HD8 (2020) and I'm going to let it update to the latest version so I can "enjoy the experience" that everyone else who bought a new tablet is having. Then I'll be better able to help people get around the new restrictions. It's supposed to arrive on Friday. I'll try to answer your questions in detail Friday night or Saturday morning assuming it arrives on time.
 
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Someone added a second gmail account to my mom's Fire HD8 2020. I tried to manage accounts on the tablet inside gmail, but nothing happens when I tap "Manage accounts on this device".

I hooked up to Fire Toolbox 27.0 and tried "Google Services (Manage)" -> "Manage Accounts" but that gives an error message "Failed to launch the Account Activity"

I've also already cleared the data/cache using the toolbox and uninstalling/reinstalling play services with the toolbox.

I initially set up this tablet using the toolbox, never have registered it with Amazon, or set up an Amazon account for it.

How can I remove this second gmail account? The person who owns it doesn't want it on this tablet anymore.

Thanks for this wonderful toolbox!
 

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Someone added a second gmail account to my mom's Fire HD8 2020. I tried to manage accounts on the tablet inside gmail, but nothing happens when I tap "Manage accounts on this device".

I hooked up to Fire Toolbox 27.0 and tried "Google Services (Manage)" -> "Manage Accounts" but that gives an error message "Failed to launch the Account Activity"

I've also already cleared the data/cache using the toolbox and uninstalling/reinstalling play services with the toolbox.

I initially set up this tablet using the toolbox, never have registered it with Amazon, or set up an Amazon account for it.

How can I remove this second gmail account? The person who owns it doesn't want it on this tablet anymore.

Thanks for this wonderful toolbox!

If I remember correctly, Google accounts can only be added, not removed. I think the missing activity is something that Amazon decided not to include with FireOS in later versions. I believe the only way to remove the Google account is to factory reset the tablet and rerun Toolkit. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this. You can log into your google account on another computer and sign out the Fire tablet, but the account will still be there.
 
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Someone added a second gmail account to my mom's Fire HD8 2020. I tried to manage accounts on the tablet inside gmail, but nothing happens when I tap "Manage accounts on this device".

I hooked up to Fire Toolbox 27.0 and tried "Google Services (Manage)" -> "Manage Accounts" but that gives an error message "Failed to launch the Account Activity"

I've also already cleared the data/cache using the toolbox and uninstalling/reinstalling play services with the toolbox.

I initially set up this tablet using the toolbox, never have registered it with Amazon, or set up an Amazon account for it.

How can I remove this second gmail account? The person who owns it doesn't want it on this tablet anymore.

Thanks for this wonderful toolbox!
If I remember correctly, Google accounts can only be added, not removed. I think the missing activity is something that Amazon decided not to include with FireOS in later versions. I believe the only way to remove the Google account is to factory reset the tablet and rerun Toolkit. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this. You can log into your google account on another computer and sign out the Fire tablet, but the account will still be there.
Greetings!

Fortunately, a factory reset shouldn't be required here. To remove the accounts you could uninstall and reinstall Play Services. But, yeah... due to the missing Accounts activity there are unfortunately no other means of removing accounts. :(
 

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Greetings!

Fortunately, a factory reset shouldn't be required here. To remove the accounts you could uninstall and reinstall Play Services. But, yeah... due to the missing Accounts activity there are unfortunately no other means of removing accounts. :(

I think he already tried uninstalling/re-installing. I ran a search through the thread and found a few results, but they all pretty much said a factory reset is required.

I'll let you guys know, when I get my new tablet, how the Toolbox works on it. I'll definitely be fooling around with installing nova Launcher, hiding the home button and using an alternate nav bar/app. I'll also let you know what I find out about the IP addresses to block to stop updates.
 

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Okay, so my tablet is on v7.3.1.2 and I'm not about to update it to v7.3.2.2, but I've just ordered a HD8 (2020) and I'm going to let it update to the latest version so I can "enjoy the experience" that everyone else who bought a new tablet is having. Then I'll be better able to help people get around the new restrictions. It's supposed to arrive on Friday. I'll try to answer your questions in detail Friday night or Saturday morning assuming it arrives on time.
Thank you. I will wait.
 
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Speaking of "searching this thread", how do I do that? The button at the top of the page that says "Search This thread" doesn't do what it says:

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When I click on it and enter my search term, a bunch of completely irrelevant stuff shows up (in red box):

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And it looks like whatever thread is highlighted in the dropdown box gets searched, not "this" thread. How do I search the 429 pages of "this" thread?

Thanks in advance! This has been bugging me for a loooong time.
 

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Everything else seems to be going smoothly, after running the program as an admin. I am having an issue that I didn't find when I searched this thread. When I try to do the Google Assistant mod, it downloads GoogleApp-9.0.apk to 168,302 kb and the program doesn't progress beyond "Downloading the Google app". After closing the program and deleting the apk inside the AppData directory, it successfully downloads it with a green progress bar. It then fails on Installing the Assistant Launcher with an error box "an error occurred during installation. Performing Streamed Install." Any ideas?
 

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Speaking of "searching this thread", how do I do that? The button at the top of the page that says "Search This thread" doesn't do what it says:

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When I click on it and enter my search term, a bunch of completely irrelevant stuff shows up (in red box):

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And it looks like whatever thread is highlighted in the dropdown box gets searched, not "this" thread. How do I search the 429 pages of "this" thread?

Thanks in advance! This has been bugging me for a loooong time.

There may be other ways, but I enter my search query
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Then I click the arrows by "Everywhere"
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And change it to "This Thread"
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Everything else seems to be going smoothly, after running the program as an admin. I am having an issue that I didn't find when I searched this thread. When I try to do the Google Assistant mod, it downloads GoogleApp-9.0.apk to 168,302 kb and the program doesn't progress beyond "Downloading the Google app". After closing the program and deleting the apk inside the AppData directory, it successfully downloads it with a green progress bar. It then fails on Installing the Assistant Launcher with an error box "an error occurred during installation. Performing Streamed Install." Any ideas?

Have you tried running Toolbox as Administrator when installing Google Assistant? If so, try closing it out and running it as a regular user.
 

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Have you tried running Toolbox as Administrator when installing Google Assistant? If so, try closing it out and running it as a regular user.
I am running as an administrator after having a couple of minor issues downloading the google services apk's. I will try running as a regular user and see how that goes. I also have not logged in to the google play services and wonder if that may be an issue.
 

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I keep getting: fire toolbox failed to obtain download information from the server. Any work around for it? Thank you
 

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I am running as an administrator after having a couple of minor issues downloading the google services apk's. I will try running as a regular user and see how that goes. I also have not logged in to the google play services and wonder if that may be an issue.
Nope, administrator or not, logged in to google services or not, it doesn't work. On non-administrator it gets a green ok on installing google app, followed less than a second later with an error on installing assistant launcher. On administrator in fails on both of those. Both ways the three following status indicators show ok on disabling alexa, setting google as default, and launching google assistant.

I dived into the settings, and was able to set up the assistant and train the voice model. It appears to be working, even though the program appeared to be failing. Note for future users of this setting. It may be working even if you are getting errors in the Fire Toolbox.

Fire 10 (2021) firmware 7.3.1.9 and Toolbox 27.0
 
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I think he already tried uninstalling/re-installing. I ran a search through the thread and found a few results, but they all pretty much said a factory reset is required.

I'll let you guys know, when I get my new tablet, how the Toolbox works on it. I'll definitely be fooling around with installing nova Launcher, hiding the home button and using an alternate nav bar/app. I'll also let you know what I find out about the IP addresses to block to stop updates.

If you are able to stop the firmware from updating during the OOBE and Registration process on new tablet, the most important system app to disable and leave disabled is:

DeviceSoftwareOTA (com.amazon.device.software.ota)

This is the app that downloads the individual System Apk updates, and once the Firelauncher (aka Home Pages) & Special Offers (com.amazon.kindle.kso) individual apk's update to the latest versions you are locked-out of changing the Firelauncher and blocking Home Screen Ads (Special Offers) permanently. But if you first can disable DeviceSoftwareOTA, HomePages, and SpecialOffers; then you can proceed with connecting to network and receiving the full firmware update "FireOS version: 7.3.2.2 (PS7322/2519)" -- I was able to update the Dec./Feb./Mar. firmwares all the way to the latest firmware and keep HomePages and SpecialOffers disabled "persistently" on an old FireHD 10 (2019), but the minute I enabled this package: (com.amazon.device.software.ota), then the latest HomePages and SpecialOffers updated, and I was F*ck'd.

Also, what I noticed with recent firmware is that having the most recent versions of Google Play Store, Google Play Services, & Google Assistant all installed were crashing Services all the time in the background if I left Amazon Appstore (com.amazon.venezia) Enabled, so Disabled Amazon Appstore and tablet running smooth again.

Now I'm using an AutoStart app to launch into Evie Launcher from lockscreen, and with the 'Fire_Toolbox/Lockscreen_Management/Locksreen_Shortcuts/Customize_Lockscreen_Shortcuts/' tool can set a lockscreen shortcut to also open direct to Evie Launcher on a corner swipe.

For navigation am using XDA's Navigation Gestures app as alternative NavBar app, and not enabling any swipe or press to activate Home-action. If I open Recents and Clear-All then I'll be taken back to HomePages (firelauncher).

Recommend installing SystemUI Tuner by Zachary Wander to persistently modify the QuickSettings tiles.

And to Firewall system apps that are now protected from being completely disable, I've installed RethinkDNS (https://rethinkdns.com), which can firewall individual user & system apps via the VPN service and works great as an Ad-blocker with its DNS filters lists.
 

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    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 changing 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 switching it off every time I boot. (Thanks Amazon!) The app 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.

    [Some intervening paragraphs.]

    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.

    Hi there, I notice that you struck out some key passages of your tutorial relating to Activity Launcher. What does it mean? Does it mean that Activity Launcher cannot be relied on to keep DNS66 "always running" in a Fire HD device?

    In particular, may I understand:

    "It turns out that changing this hidden setting does nothing more than give you an extra notification that your VPN is off."
    > When DNS66 is off, Activity Launcher will not turn it back on but will tell you that it is off?

    "It doesn't stop traffic, so it's useless." >
    > "It" here means "if DNS66 has somehow been turned off and Activity Launcher does not turn it back on"?

    "Besides, my tablet has taken to switching it off every time I boot."
    > "It" here is DNS66?

    "The app is still useful for finding settings that Amazon doesn't see fit to include."
    > "The app" here is Activity Launcher?
    > The usefulness is a reference to Activity Launcher's telling you when DNS66 is off?

    "It also makes desktop shortcuts to those settings if you wish."
    > Does this mean that Activity Launcher can make a desktop shortcut to DNS66?

    Sorry, you don't have to answer each of these pesky exegetical questions. Just trying to understand. If in the end I have to remember to turn on DNS66 each time I reboot Fire, I would be happy enough. Activity Launcher's reminding me to do so would indeed be quite useful.

    Unrelated question
    I notice that your blacklist file has Linux line end. Does DNS66 work if line end is Apple or Windows? (This is for when I may edit the file in the tablet, and the editor changes the line end format.) Thanks.

    ADDED LATER:
    Experiments seem to show the following:
    - If you edit the blacklist after adding it to DNS66's HOSTS tab, the changes you make are not effective until you have stopped and restarted DNS66 (with the STOP/START button in the app's START tab).
    - A blacklist in a Windows line end format works fine. (If you are wondering why does that matter, my text editor in Fire is set to save in that format.)
    - A domain entered into a blacklist does not capture its subdomains. I.e., if the URL to be banned is sub.domain.com, then `127.0.0.1 domain.com` in the blacklist does not block it. (This appears to be the general behavior of a hostfile. See e.g. this page.)
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    Hi @blaacksheep

    Thnx for such detailed post abt firmware 7.3.2.2
    As I realize, it took much time and efforts to find some workarounds, so really appreciate it

    Still keeping vpn app running permanently and working with one button is lil bit inconvenient. Hope u guys can find more solutions🙏
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    I'll try to answer your questions.

    "It turns out that changing this hidden setting does nothing more than give you an extra notification that your VPN is off."
    > When DNS66 is off, Activity Launcher will not turn it back on but will tell you that it is off?

    Not exactly. Activity Launcher is not a service that runs in the background to do things for you, Activity Launcher is merely a means of getting to settings that Amazon has not provided you access to. Think of it as a list of hidden settings. The hidden setting called "Always On VPN" is what will give you the notification that your VPN is turned off. That setting makes no attempt to block communications. It only warns you when the expected VPN is not active.

    "It doesn't stop traffic, so it's useless." >
    > "It" here means "if DNS66 has somehow been turned off and Activity Launcher does not turn it back on"?

    What I meant was that if you had turned off DNS66, or the device didn't start DNS66, or somehow DNS66 could not start as it (DNS66) was supposed to, the setting of "Always On VPN" would not prohibit communications with the Amazon servers that we are trying to block. "Always On VPN" would only give you a notification that your VPN was not connected. Meanwhile, Amazon could be downloading the newest firmware to your tablet and waiting for a reboot to install it (the latest firmware). Therefore, the "Always On VPN" setting is useless as it (Always On VPN) can't prevent the tablet from receiving updates.

    "Besides, my tablet has taken to switching it off every time I boot."
    > "It" here is DNS66?

    "It" refers to "Always On VPN". Since the last time I reset my tablet, The setting "Always On VPN" has reverted to it's initial "off" state upon every reboot. Having discovered the useslessness of the setting, I have just left it ("Always On VPN") turned off.

    "The app is still useful for finding settings that Amazon doesn't see fit to include."
    > "The app" here is Activity Launcher?

    Yes

    > The usefulness is a reference to Activity Launcher's telling you when DNS66 is off?

    No. The usefulness of Activity Launcher is that it (Activity Launcher) can give you access to many hidden settings and create shortcuts to them (the shortcuts) as icons on your homescreen.

    "It also makes desktop shortcuts to those settings if you wish."
    > Does this mean that Activity Launcher can make a desktop shortcut to DNS66?

    It (Activity Launcher) probably can, but why would you create a shortcut that already exists as soon as you install DNS66? The shortcut is placed in your app drawer and most likely on your homescreen depending on the launcher you choose and your preferences.

    If in the end I have to remember to turn on DNS66 each time I reboot Fire, I would be happy enough.

    DNS66 when set to the state in my instructions, will always return to the state it was in (on/off) upon reboot. If you just set it (DNS66) and forget it, it will always be running and update it's adblocking server lists daily. The static Amazon Blocklist that I included for import into DNS66 does not update. Any changes to that list will need to be made manually and will be updated on the original post and a note will be included on my signature that it (the Amazon Blocklist) needs to be updated.

    Unrelated question
    I notice that your blacklist file has Linux line end. Does DNS66 work if line end is Android or Windows? (This is for when I may edit the file in the tablet, and the editor changes the line end format.) Thanks.

    I actually have no idea. I was running Linux when I created that list, but I assume It will work for a Window's Notepad created text file or an Android created text file also.
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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 changing 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 switching it off every time I boot. (Thanks Amazon!) The app 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.
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    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. It 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.

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    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.)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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".
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    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.
    View attachment 5603499
    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.


    ----------------------------------------------------------
    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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    New stock of Amazon Fire HD8 coming with pre-installed OS 7.3.2.2
    this problem will now appear more often
    Hope ur solutions will fix it. we a waiting ur post

    Later this week. :) It's not a cure, but it does help.
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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)
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    Amazon Fire 8/8+ (2020)
    10​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2019)
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    Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
    9​
    Amazon Fire 8 (2018)
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    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)
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    Amazon Fire HD7 (2015)
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    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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    V27.0​
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    Other Downloads:
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    Navigation Bar Modifier​
    Toolbox Changelogs​
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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