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pascal009

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Hello,

Having achieved root on a few of my Amazon Fire HD tablets I am preparing for a somewhat risky step - debloating of the tablets. I am still collecting advice and recommendations on the DOs and DON'Ts when it comes to making a useless vendor app "disappear" from "view" or from the device altogether. And here is my question, the answer to which, I am sure, will be greatly appreciated by many members on this forum.
Could some honorable expert here explain to us, mere mortals, in the language we are capable of understanding the differences between the disabling, the hiding, and the freezing of vendor apps.
I've Googled up this question in different forms but come away unsatisfied with the offered explanations, still unsure of what is safer/better and when.
Specifically, with regard to the CPU and memory usage (before and after the change), and to the potential implications to the stability of the device's OS.

I don't want to do that which I would regret afterwards because I did not fully understand the topic.

I apologize if these questions have already been discussed and answered or if this is the wrong place to ask.

Thank you.
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Hello,

Having achieved root on a few of my Amazon Fire HD tablets I am preparing for a somewhat risky step - debloating of the tablets. I am still collecting advice and recommendations on the DOs and DON'Ts when it comes to making a useless vendor app "disappear" from "view" or from the device altogether. And here is my question, the answer to which, I am sure, will be greatly appreciated by many members on this forum.
Could some honorable expert here explain to us, mere mortals, in the language we are capable of understanding the differences between the disabling, the hiding, and the freezing of vendor apps.
I've Googled up this question in different forms but come away unsatisfied with the offered explanations, still unsure of what is safer/better and when.
Specifically, with regard to the CPU and memory usage (before and after the change), and to the potential implications to the stability of the device's OS.

I don't want to do that which I would regret afterwards because I did not fully understand the topic.

I apologize if these questions have already been discussed and answered or if this is the wrong place to ask.

Thank you.
pascal009
Greetings my friend!

Oh, now that's an interesting question! I'll do my best to hopefully answer your questions to satisfaction.

Disable - allows you to disable not only the app, but can also be used to disable pieces of it, such as activities, services, broadcast receivers, etc. Packages that are disabled cannot run in the background and are removed from the installed applications list in the Settings app. Works on devices running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and above.

Hide - hiding an app is essentially a temporary uninstall, keeping the cache and data for that app. Unlike the disable command, the app remains visible in the installed applications list in Settings. This command works on devices running Android 5.0 up to 5.1.1 (Lollipop).

Suspend - package is immediately stopped, but remains visible in both the launcher and the installed application list in the Settings app and cannot be used until unsuspended.

All 3 of the commands above will free up RAM, because the apps are no longer using resources in the foreground or background. As a result, battery life should also slightly improve as well.

Because you have root, you'll be able to use the Disable command. However, I must provide a word of caution that a large majority of the Amazon apps depend upon each other and could break the system if the wrong packages are disabled. Tread carefully, my friend, and keep a note of the packages that you disable, so you can backtrack if the system fails to boot. However, if the system is unrecoverable you should be able to just factory reset and try again (this will restore all the disabled packages). I'll also warn you about uninstalling apps... do not uninstall any system apps as it may lead to a bootloop.

Hopefully you are satisfied of the above information and if you have any further questions or concerns please do let us know, and we'll do our best to assist further. Best of luck, and please have a wonderful rest of your night.
 

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Fist of all thanks a lot @Datastream33 for this great tool.

I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I really think documentation should be clarified / amplified. I made a huge mistake even when I read it all.

In the FAQ it says "we couldn't get Family Link to work properly". I said "not a big deal" and still bought a Fire HD 10 for my niece.

In fact, it's not that "Family Link doesn't work properly", it's that child accounts don't work AT ALL. You can't even log in (it seems like Google Play tries to install Family Link Child app, it fails, so it refuses to login with the child account).

If I had known that from the documentation, I wouldn't have bought this tablet at all. So it'd be great if you clarified for future cases like mine.

Again, thanks a lot for this tool, it has worked great for previous Amazon tablets (used by adults haha), and please don't take this message as ungrateful.

More info (which I found later) here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/kindlefire/comments/p904zu
Greetings!

Please forgive me for this oversight. I'm terribly sorry. I've just updated the FAQ to inform users of the Child accounts not working. I really do appreciate you letting me know! Have a good day/night!

P.S: Your message did not come off as ungrateful. It has helped more than you may know!
 

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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 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.
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.


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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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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

Thanks for the high praise. I had said I'd post something and then I'd promised to do it by a certain date, so I finally posted it. As usual, it was a day late.

BTW, it's nothing compared to the amount of time you've spent on this whole project!! 🤠

It was germane to the topic and I didn't want to start a new thread, so I just posted it here. It seemed like it was the way to go.

As stated in the post, I've been keeping it up to date with any new suggestions and I will always defer to you because I'm no expert. Hopefully it will help people with the new F/W and assist in giving you more time to succeed in your quest to make all Amazon tablets bow down to you!! 😋

Edit: Should I remove the files I posted, and instead post links to the dev's sites for those files? I'm thinking that it may be a rule violation.
 
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FYI, for anyone interested: My table updated from 7322 to 7323 last night. I had to use Toolbox to get the Microsoft Launcher back, however it still seems to be working fine. My Lock Screen is still disabled and all the Amazon bloat I had hidden is still hidden.
 
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FYI, for anyone interested: My table updated from 7322 to 7323 last night. I had to use Toolbox to get the Microsoft Launcher back, however it still seems to be working fine. My Lock Screen is still disabled and all the Amazon bloat I had hidden is still hidden.
same as , updated from 2.2 to 2.3 and everything still works fine . even did a reset to see if the toolbox still installed google ok and it did :)
 

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What an amazing tool I used it to install a custom launcher and disable ota updates and install Google play store and it works amazing and I never had to redo anything but it dose kinda suck that Amazon broke most of the things it can do
 

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When adding the Nova Launcher or any custom launcher it seems not to work anymore I did it multiple times before and it worked but now I'm having problems and it still has the amazon fire launcher.
 
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When adding the Nova Launcher or any custom launcher it seems not to work anymore I did it multiple times before and it worked but now I'm having problems and it still has the amazon fire launcher.
Hi, and welcome to XDA!

You are the victim of Amazon's new firmware. Those symptoms are what the latest firmware updates do. For now, I've collected some workarounds that work reasonably well and posted them at the link in my signature. Maybe we'll have something better come along in the future.
 

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I've always found this particular thread so very interesting, by todays standards my fire 7 (2019 version) tablet is pretty old. Every once in awhile I turn it on and update the play store apps. If I thought it was possible I'd sure like to root my tablet so I could actually get rid of some of the bloat that comes installed on it. But like datastream has previously mentioned, a lot of the amazon apps are so intertwined that rooting my tablet might be more of a project that I could handle at the moment as I recently had some surgery to remove a cancerous growth on the back of my neck and I'm still healing from that. The bottom line is I'm so very grateful for the development of this toolbox software.
 

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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.

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.

----------



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.

----------



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.
View attachment 5603497
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 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.

----------



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
Hi! This is a phenomenal post, and I thank you for going into so much detail. I just have one question about one thing.

For the VPN workaround, I already use NordVPN which has a kill-switch feature that disables the internet on my device when the VPN is not running (I have not tried this with my amazon tablet). If I already have this, do I still need to (or am advised to) download DNS66?
 
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Hi! This is a phenomenal post, and I thank you for going into so much detail. I just have one question about one thing.

For the VPN workaround, I already use NordVPN which has a kill-switch feature that disables the internet on my device when the VPN is not running (I have not tried this with my amazon tablet). If I already have this, do I still need to (or am advised to) download DNS66?

The only reason to run DNS66 is to get access to the hosts file it uses and add a blocklist so the tablet can't get updates. Android (and FireOS) only allows you to run one VPN at a time, so if you're using a real VPN, then it won't be possible to run DNS66 at the same time. If NordVPN allows you to modify the hosts file you can add the sites listed in the Amzn_Blklst.txt file to Nord and have the best of both worlds. If not, then you must choose to either block those addresses at your router, use DNS66 and lose the benefits of a true VPN, or run Nord and let the tablet update at will (uggh).
 

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If not, then you must choose to either block those addresses at your router, use DNS66 and lose the benefits of a true VPN, or run Nord and let the tablet update at will (uggh).
Wait, so I can use my Web Filter (Domain Blocking) on the router to block the updates? I didn't even think of that lol.
Just went and made some changes into my router, but I'm unsure if I should try and deactivate the DNS. Eh, at least I have some assurance in case the DNS stops.
 
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Wait, so I can use my Web Filter (Domain Blocking) on the router to block the updates? I didn't even think of that lol.
Just went and made some changes into my router, but I'm unsure if I should try and deactivate the DNS. Eh, at least I have some assurance in case the DNS stops.

It's easy enough to tell if they're blocked. Just ping those addresses with another device or computer. No response = blocked. :) Then you can remove DNS66 unless you want the ad blocking it gives you, or if you use the tablet outside of your home on other networks.
 
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Vince491

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It's easy enough to tell if they're blocked. Just ping those addresses with another device or computer. No response = blocked. :) Then you can remove DNS66 unless you want the ad blocking it gives you, or if you use the tablet outside of your home on other networks.
It kinda worked? My tablet somehow detected the update but it isn't progressing from what I could tell. I was rather worried for a quick moment there.
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It kinda worked? My tablet somehow detected the update but it isn't progressing from what I could tell. I was rather worried for a quick moment there.
Ok,nvm it actually updated(oops?)
My router may have been unable to block the site for some reasons.
I don't really mind about it lol, I will just keep the DNS active for now.
 

pascal009

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Greetings my friend!

Oh, now that's an interesting question! I'll do my best to hopefully answer your questions to satisfaction.

Disable - allows you to disable not only the app, but can also be used to disable pieces of it, such as activities, services, broadcast receivers, etc. Packages that are disabled cannot run in the background and are removed from the installed applications list in the Settings app. Works on devices running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and above.

Hide - hiding an app is essentially a temporary uninstall, keeping the cache and data for that app. Unlike the disable command, the app remains visible in the installed applications list in Settings. This command works on devices running Android 5.0 up to 5.1.1 (Lollipop).

Suspend - package is immediately stopped, but remains visible in both the launcher and the installed application list in the Settings app and cannot be used until unsuspended.

All 3 of the commands above will free up RAM, because the apps are no longer using resources in the foreground or background. As a result, battery life should also slightly improve as well.

Because you have root, you'll be able to use the Disable command. However, I must provide a word of caution that a large majority of the Amazon apps depend upon each other and could break the system if the wrong packages are disabled. Tread carefully, my friend, and keep a note of the packages that you disable, so you can backtrack if the system fails to boot. However, if the system is unrecoverable you should be able to just factory reset and try again (this will restore all the disabled packages). I'll also warn you about uninstalling apps... do not uninstall any system apps as it may lead to a bootloop.

Hopefully you are satisfied of the above information and if you have any further questions or concerns please do let us know, and we'll do our best to assist further. Best of luck, and please have a wonderful rest of your night.
Been out of town for a couple days, hence a belated Thank you! You've given us what was spread in bits and pieces in a lot of places.
Am I correct in assuming "suspend" and "freeze" are used interchangeably? As far as uninstalling is concerned, it was clear to me to be a very risky action when dealing with the vendor apps, maybe less so if we talk about some apps showing on the home screen. Your tool gives some precious advice to think twice in certain cases. So I might use uninstall in rare instances where no harm is foreseeable.
My main goal being dispensing with the fore- and background activities that eat up the CPU cycles and memory, I am totally fine with using disable, hide, and/or suspend, one app at a time.

Thanks again for taking your time to enlighten us, less experienced in these matters.

pascal009
 

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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.

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.

----------



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.

----------



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.
View attachment 5603497
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 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.

----------



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

Wow, well, thank you for that detailed post. Unfortunately, running a third party VPN app all the time (no once fire and forget action) is not really a solution.

Isn't there any smart ADB command to edit the hosts file?

Completely blocking the internet access is not an option too. Maybe I'm gonna blacklist the Amazon update hosts for the device only in the router or Pi-Hole instead.
 
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    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.

    I tried this: Start factory app Clock > Settings > Change date and time. That sends me Date & Time in Device Options, where I had the original trouble. But here is the interesting bit. If I then hit "Select time zone" I am sent back to Clock's Settings (where I have just come from). Which is to say, the "Select time zone" item is essentially a "Back" button.

    More info: I have tried rebooting the tablet. Both my router's Web interface and my HD 10 display the correct local time.
    1
    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.
    Greetings!

    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:
    Code:
    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. Best of luck, and please have a fantastic rest of your night/night! :D
    1
    Does someone know how to bring back the navigation bar on the Amazon FireHD10?? it has now wider gaps between the buttons. It became like this when I hid the device dashboard using Fire Toolbox
    If you would like to restore the navigation bar back to defaults, try running this command in an ADB Shell:
    Code:
    settings delete secure sysui_nav_bar

    Running the above command will reset the navigation bar and bring back the device dashboard icon. If you'd like to customize the navbar, be sure to check out the Navigation Bar Modifier. It can be accessed through Modify System Settings > System UI > System UI Customizer > Navigation Bar Modifier.

    Hope this helps, and if you have any further questions/concerns, please do let us know! Best of luck and have a good day/night! :D
    1
    Greetings!

    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:
    Code:
    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! :D

    Thanks so much. That totally worked!

    ADB shell output was
    <QUOTE>
    > "cd /storage/emulated/0/;pm enable com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe"
    Package com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe new state: enabled
    <UNQUOTE>

    Now, did I just temporarily turn something on that should ordinarily be off? In other words, should I go back and do anything to restore the status quo ante?
    1
    Thanks so much. That totally worked!

    ADB shell output was
    <QUOTE>
    > "cd /storage/emulated/0/;pm enable com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe"
    Package com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe new state: enabled
    <UNQUOTE>

    Now, did I just temporarily turn something on that should ordinarily be off? In other words, should I go back and do anything to restore the status quo ante?
    Awesome! Glad to hear it worked! :D

    If you'd like to disable it again, feel free! It wouldn't hurt anything. The app is mainly used in some settings, and for setup when the tablet is first powered on.

    Here's the command to disable it:
    Code:
    pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe
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    Last edited 5-23-2022

    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 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.

    ----------



    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.

    ----------



    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.

    ----------



    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)



    DNS66 is available from F-Droid.org (dated March 26, 2021)
    Activity Launcher is available from APKMirror.com (dated March 21,2022)
    3
    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!
    3
    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.

    ----------



    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.

    ----------



    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.
    View attachment 5603497
    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.

    ----------



    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
    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
    2
    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.
    View attachment 5606071
    Hitting Ok causes the toolbox to close and when re opened I get the this guy again
    View attachment 5606075

    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?

    **edit**


    After going round a the same error chain a few times I got a new error View attachment 5606081
    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.
    2
    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.

    Edit: the photo on the box shows multiple categories for the launcher...hope I didn't confuse anyone.
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    ═══════════════════════════════════
    Fire Toolbox V27.0

    All-In-One Toolbox for Fire Tablets!
    ═══════════════════════════════════


    FTBV26.1.PNG

    Introduction.png


    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.

    Compatibility.png


    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)
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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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    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