- Dec 4, 2018
EDIT -- deleted double post.
Welcome to XDA!Hi, in the first step it says
'Make sure you uncheck the "Link device to your Amazon account to simplify setup" box before Adding to Cart.'
Bought my device before seeing this guide so it was left checked, is there a way to undo this or follow the guide still? Thanks
I have three questions, please.
1. Launchers: I see that Toolbox can install 3rd party launchers such as Nova. Is there any difference (in terms of result) between using (a) Toolbox vs. (b) Google Play to install Nova? (I have already used Toolbox to install Google Play.)
2. Sideloading: I see that Toolbox can sideload from apk files. Is there any difference (in terms of result) between using (a) Toolbox vs. (b) a file manager app to sideload from apk? (By a "file manager" I mean e.g. Total Commander, old version ES File Mananer before it became adware.)
3. Notes on how to: If I took good step-by-step notes on the Toolbox and the driver install process and want to share, where would be the best place? Should I post it here or create a separate forum page? By "best" I mean where people could find it. (I know that good step-by-step instructions already exist. But the process was still bumpy for me. I had to get round errors that no one else seems to discuss. Toolbox itself, once installed, was totally intuitive. Just great! I bow down to the developer.)
I thank in advance anyone providing comments so that I need not later clutter this board with nothing but a thank-you. Thanks!
Brilliant, appreciate the welcome and advice! I'll turn the WiFi off before starting the guide. Do you know if deregistering via https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/mycd/digital-console/devicedetails?Welcome to XDA!
The reason to uncheck that box is if you leave it checked, the tablet will be preloaded with your WiFi password among other things. Once turned on and armed with your password, it will connect and update to the latest firmware version. You don't want that. Best to either turn off your WiFi for a few minutes until you can run Toolbox on it, or go to a friend's house and do the initial setup. You'll want to disable the OTA Updates and Automatic Updates before turning on WiFi on the tablet.
Brilliant, appreciate the welcome and advice! I'll turn the WiFi off before starting the guide. Do you know if deregistering via https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/mycd/digital-console/devicedetails?
Would have the same effect? Thanks again
If you’re capable of logging into the extra account on another device you can disassociate the device from the Google settings.
I just got my 10+ tablet and it won't let me proceed until I connect to wifi. Am I missing something?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 v18.104.22.168 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.
Yes. When you get to the WiFi selection screen, choose any AP but don't give it a password. Then press the back button in the navbar. A new option should appear at the bottom: 'Skip'. Use it.
Greetings!A question not on Toolbox. But my HD 8 would not let me change the time zone. It is set to GMT+0, and when I click "Select time zone" I am thrown back out to Device Options (a higher node in the menu system).
Somebody here has screenshots of the exact thing as happening to me (scroll down a little).
Does anybody know how to fix this? Thanks.
pm enable com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe
If you would like to restore the navigation bar back to defaults, try running this command in an ADB Shell:
settings delete secure sysui_nav_bar
May need to re-enable Device Setup before the time zone can be changed. Could you please try running this command in an ADB Shell:
pm enable com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe
That should do the trick! You should now be able to change the time zone without any problems. If it doesn't work, please do let me know, and we'll troubleshoot further. Thank you and best of luck!
Wait, how did I miss this?5-03-2022
What to do about F/W v. 22.214.171.124
So your Fire tablet has the latest firmware update on it (v126.96.36.199) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
I've cleared the storage as instructed, and can happily report the update is goneSo, 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.
One thing to try, though it may be a long shot, is to run the Toolbox as administrator. I seem to recall I had problems installing Google Services and the Play Store until I ran the Toolbox as admin.Thanks for the reply blaacksheep unfortunately no joy even with every smart device in the house powered off and only the PC connected to the network i'm getting the same error. decided to try from scratch again. Install of firebox seemed to go fine no error messaged but then when running the install google services this one came back.
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Hitting Ok causes the toolbox to close and when re opened I get the this guy again
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Always seems to be the same order of errors I'm wondering could emulator-5580 be the previous instance of Toolbox not being closed fully?
After going round a the same error chain a few times I got a new error View attachment 5606081
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FIREOS 188.8.131.52+ AND THE TOOLBOX (PLEASE READ)
If your tablet is running FireOS 184.108.40.206 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.
|Amazon Fire 10/10+ (2021)|
|Amazon Fire 8/8+ (2020)|
|Amazon Fire 10 (2019)|
|Amazon Fire 7 (2019)|
|Amazon Fire 8 (2018)|
|Amazon Fire 10 (2017)|
|Amazon Fire 8 (2017)|
|Amazon Fire 7 (2017)|
|Amazon Fire HD8 (2016)|
|Amazon Fire HD10 (2015)|
|Amazon Fire HD8 (2015)|
|Amazon Fire HD7 (2015)|
|Amazon Fire HD7 (2014)|
|Amazon Fire HD6 (2014)|
Custom Navigation Bar Icons
Navigation Bar Modifier
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!
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.
Version 26.0 - Changelog
- 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.
- Fixed chipset information not displaying for some tablets due to a renamed string in getprop.
- Moved the Theme Selector to the Welcome Screen.
[Modify System Settings]
- Improved the UI.
- Made significant improvements to the code, and fixed various bugs/issues.
- Added Re-route Homekey option for tablets running FireOS 220.127.116.11+.
- 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.
- Improved the warning regarding the Pattern security type.
[Manage Amazon Apps]
- Updated Disney+, and Netflix to the latest versions.
- When restoring from a debloat list, it now displays the proper header and message.