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Datastream33

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Is there any way to disable the Amazon fire launcher again every time Amazon pushes an update to enable it, ON THE Device, no computer. Thanks.

Hmm, not that I know of. You could try downloading a Terminal Emulator from the PlayStore and running the commands from there. But, I'm not sure if that would work as well as just using ADB or the Toolbox but still, I would recommend giving it a try. I'm doing my best to find a way to stop Fire Launcher from re-enabling itself. If it is at all possible without root of course :p
 
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JHW3

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I recently got a Fire HD 10 (2017) and am looking forward into using this tool. Quick questions first.

My needs are pretty simple: I want to (1) Be able to install the Android apps and launcher of my own choosing (i.e. using the Play Store), (2) Get rid of the Amazon cruft and any advertising, and (3) Prevent the tablet from "phoning home" all my personal and usage info to Amazon.

I'm pretty sure the tool will accomplish (1) and (2), but not sure about (3). Ideas?
 

helmut 70

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os 5.3.7.0 fire 8.0 2017 everything works, but wenn i press home button first the Amazon launcher appears and after circa 10 seconds appears nova launcher.
when i remove amazon launcher and i press the home button, a message appears, somthing about parental konto and i have to click it away every time.
solution?
 

b00sted

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I have a kids edition 7in 2019 and a 8 HD 2018 for my kids and this tool worked amazing for clearing out all the amazon crap and loading it how they were use to with the repurposed phones they were using beforehand. My issue is they must of pushed an update or something overnight as I woke up to all the amazon stuff back and the launcher back on both.

I blocked these in pi-hole hoping it would keep this from happening but with no luck so I assume I got one wrong or am missing one i need to add maybe?

amzdigital-a.akamaihd.net
amzdigitaldownloads.edgesuite.net
softwareupdates.amazon.com
updates.amazon.com

any thoughts on what else I can try?
 

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Amazon Fire Toolbox Meets VB.NET

New Year, New Language, New Toolbox

Toolbox-VB.png

What's up guys?

First off I want to say that this will be quite the lengthy post. Please bare with me.

If you aren't aware, today is a very special occasion. Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the Amazon Fire Toolbox! :victory:

Let's go back in time to the very beginning and see how the Amazon Fire Toolbox was first developed.

It all started with this post. The removal of ads from the lock screen on all Fire devices. A simple string located in the Android Settings Database governing the lock screen ads was all it took. At that point, I knew what I had found was very important and thus shared it with the XDA community. However, some commands were needed to run and a few permissions for Automate were required to get things up and running. I've always strived to make things as easy as possible. So I sought after creating a batch file complete with a UI and everything... just to automate the permission granting, and automate installation so less tech-savy people could run the adblocker with ease. So, I fired up Notepad and began to write out this script. While I was doing this I decided to see what other things I could tweak on the tablet. So, I began to change things... "What if I could automate the installation of Google Services?", "what if I could automate this... what about this... perhaps this"? and on and on. At this point, I realized I could make the automation script for the adblocker something even bigger.

As a result, I scrapped the automation script I already had and began to develop what I called "The Amazon Fire Toolbox". An all-in-one tool for Fire Tablets that could put the control back in the user's hands. The community over here on XDA reacted quite positive about it and encouraged me to keep going... to make it better. Because of you all is the reason why the Toolbox is as expansive as it is today. You guys made it happen!

Release after release the Toolbox grew, and so did its impact. Today we are on Version 6.5 and so many new features have seen the light of day. it's just so crazy to think that this small project has gotten this big. Sure, we've suffered through some hard times, with a few features not working, the Toolbox being marked unfairly as a virus, and just things, in general, were broken... but you guys stuck with me through it all and I want to say thank you!

Now here is where things are taking a turn for 2020. The Toolbox will now be shifted over from the batch programming language to VB.NET! I'm hoping with this transition the Toolbox will thrive even more. My reason for doing this is because like a gentleman here on XDA pointed out... the Toolbox deserves so much more. In addition, the Toolbox will run on PCs that aren't running English (this time you don't need to do anything special to get it to work), I'm planning on coding it in such a way that the Toolbox may be able to run under Linux using Wine, and best of all, because the UI is made in Visual Basic we no longer need the button injector, therefore, the Toolbox shouldn't alarm AVs any longer.

Now, please note that the Toolbox is still being developed and a lot of features aren't present. However, I will be releasing an installer here on XDA that will allow you to install the VB version of the Toolbox and check out what is/isn't working all for evaluation purposes. When the Toolbox is stable and finished I will release it here on XDA for download.

See how the Toolbox has grown since launch:
Ads-Remover-Installer.png

Created: 5/27/2018

V​

Toolbox-V1.png

Released: 01/13/2019

V​

https%3A%2F%2Fi.postimg.cc%2Fk5Rhr3rN%2FToolbox6-5.png

Released: 1/07/2020


What do you guys think about this? Is it a step in the right direction? What would you like to see in the new version of the Toolbox? Please share your thoughts with me, I'd love to hear them!

HERES TO A HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TOOLBOX!

:highfive: :victory:
 
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Davy49

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New Year, New Language, New Toolbox



What's up guys?

First off I want to say that this will be quite the lengthy post. Please bare with me.

If you aren't aware, today is a very special occasion. Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the Amazon Fire Toolbox! :victory:

Let's go back in time to the very beginning and see how the Amazon Fire Toolbox was first developed.

It all started with this post. The removal of ads from the lock screen on all Fire devices. A simple string located in the Android Settings Database governing the lock screen ads was all it took. At that point, I knew what I had found was very important and thus shared it with the XDA community. However, some commands were needed to run and a few permissions for Automate were required to get things up and running. I've always strived to make things as easy as possible. So I sought after creating a batch file complete with a UI and everything... just to automate the permission granting, and automate installation so less tech-savy people could run the adblocker with ease. So, I fired up Notepad and began to write out this script. While I was doing this I decided to see what other things I could tweak on the tablet. So, I began to change things... "What if I could automate the installation of Google Services?", "what if I could automate this... what about this... perhaps this"? and on and on. At this point, I realized I could make the automation script for the adblocker something even bigger.

As a result, I scrapped the automation script I already had and began to develop what I called "The Amazon Fire Toolbox". An all-in-one tool for Fire Tablets that could put the control back in the user's hands. The community over here on XDA reacted quite positive about it and encouraged me to keep going... to make it better. Because of you all is the reason why the Toolbox is as expansive as it is today. You guys made it happen!

Release after release the Toolbox grew, and so did its impact. Today we are on Version 6.5 and so many new features have seen the light of day. it's just so crazy to think that this small project has gotten this big. Sure, we've suffered through some hard times, with a few features not working, the Toolbox being marked unfairly as a virus, and just things, in general, were broken... but you guys stuck with me through it all and I want to say thank you!

Now here is where things are taking a turn for 2020. The Toolbox will now be shifted over from the batch programming language to VB.NET! I'm hoping with this transition the Toolbox will thrive even more. My reason for doing this is because like a gentleman here on XDA pointed out... the Toolbox deserves so much more. In addition, the Toolbox will run on PCs that aren't running English (this time you don't need to do anything special to get it to work), I'm planning on coding it in such a way that the Toolbox may be able to run under Linux using Wine, and best of all, because the UI is made in Visual Basic we no longer need the button injector, therefore, the Toolbox shouldn't alarm AVs any longer.

Now, please note that the Toolbox is still being developed and a lot of features aren't present. However, I will be releasing an installer here on XDA that will allow you to install the VB version of the Toolbox and check out what is/isn't working all for evaluation purposes. When the Toolbox is stable and finished I will release it here on XDA for download.

See how the Toolbox has grown since launch:

Created: 5/27/2018

V


Released: 01/13/2019

V


Released: 1/07/2020


What do you guys think about this? Is it a step in the right direction? What would you like to see in the new version of the Toolbox? Please share your thoughts with me, I'd love to hear them!

HERES TO A HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TOOLBOX!

:highfive: :victory:
This software is getting better and better, I just hope that people are patient with you, I surely plan on being so. This software has made owning a fire tablet so much better !!!
Thanks so much for all of your hard work on continually improving this great software.
David :)
 

Datastream33

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This software is getting better and better, I just hope that people are patient with you, I surely plan on being so. This software has made owning a fire tablet so much better !!!
Thanks so much for all of your hard work on continually improving this great software.
David :)

No problem, my good friend!

Thank you for support and your patience!

I can't wait to bring you all the new version! I'm so pumped! :D
 

Vivigens

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Happy Birthday and Thank you very much for your hard work!
I haven`t been around for that long, but what I`ve seen so far is very impressive...

Viv
 

dalladubb

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Tried to update via app. It downloads a zip file, but tries to install an exe without unzipping first. Thought you should know.

EDIT:
Did a manual download and Windows Defender went off and sounded the alarms. Says it's a 'Trojan:Win32/Casdet!rfn' if that means anything to you.
 
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JHW3

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Dec 23, 2011
50
5
Toronto
Question about Launcher Hijack. I installed it using this tool, along with Nova Launcher, but it is behaving strangely. I do have the "To detect home launcher press" enabled to ON in the Accessibility menu, along with Nova Launcher and Automate.

When the tablet starts up, I get my Nova Launcher home screen. Fine so far. I can start apps etc.

But pressing the Home button from anywhere (even the Nova Launcher home screen) takes me to the Fire Launcher home screen. If I do nothing, after about 4-5 seconds, the Nova Launcher home screen suddenly appears.

As well, if I try to start an app from the Fire Launcher home screen while it is active, instead of that app launching, it takes me back to the Nova Launcher home screen.

I'd prefer to actually never see the Fire Launcher home screen. Any ideas?
 

Datastream33

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Tried to update via app. It downloads a zip file, but tries to install an exe without unzipping first. Thought you should know.

EDIT:
Did a manual download and Windows Defender went off and sounded the alarms. Says it's a 'Trojan:Win32/Casdet!rfn' if that means anything to you.

Yeah, it appears that Microsoft and one other virus engine is marking the Toolbox as a virus.

Wait, so the automatic update method failed? :(
 

Datastream33

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No. I thought the toolbox option to disable the splash screen was for the 'Amazon' 'Fire' logos that show when the tablet boots up. I guess I was mistaken. Sorry for the confusion.

Unfortunately, the Toolbox isn't capable of changing the boot animations as of yet. I believe root is needed for this. Maybe some day it will see the light of day... :fingers-crossed:
 

jcp2

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Unfortunately, the Toolbox isn't capable of changing the boot animations as of yet. I believe root is needed for this. Maybe some day it will see the light of day... :fingers-crossed:

Yeah, I figured that Root is needed. I guess I was tired last night when I tried it. :eek: Here's hoping that sometime this year (first quarter would be great) someone will be able to unlock the bootloader so we can root and run custom ROMs. :fingers-crossed: A heartfelt thank you to you for this toolbox. Have a Happy New Year. All the best to you and yours :)

John
 

Datastream33

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Question about Launcher Hijack. I installed it using this tool, along with Nova Launcher, but it is behaving strangely. I do have the "To detect home launcher press" enabled to ON in the Accessibility menu, along with Nova Launcher and Automate.

When the tablet starts up, I get my Nova Launcher home screen. Fine so far. I can start apps etc.

But pressing the Home button from anywhere (even the Nova Launcher home screen) takes me to the Fire Launcher home screen. If I do nothing, after about 4-5 seconds, the Nova Launcher home screen suddenly appears.

As well, if I try to start an app from the Fire Launcher home screen while it is active, instead of that app launching, it takes me back to the Nova Launcher home screen.

I'd prefer to actually never see the Fire Launcher home screen. Any ideas?

If you want to remove Fire Launcher I would recommend disabling/hiding Fire Launcher and use Parental Control to surpress the Parental Control messages (that is of course if you are on 7th gen or below).
 

Datastream33

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Sep 17, 2017
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Question about Launcher Hijack. I installed it using this tool, along with Nova Launcher, but it is behaving strangely. I do have the "To detect home launcher press" enabled to ON in the Accessibility menu, along with Nova Launcher and Automate.

When the tablet starts up, I get my Nova Launcher home screen. Fine so far. I can start apps etc.

But pressing the Home button from anywhere (even the Nova Launcher home screen) takes me to the Fire Launcher home screen. If I do nothing, after about 4-5 seconds, the Nova Launcher home screen suddenly appears.

As well, if I try to start an app from the Fire Launcher home screen while it is active, instead of that app launching, it takes me back to the Nova Launcher home screen.

I'd prefer to actually never see the Fire Launcher home screen. Any ideas?

Launcher Hijack has definitely been acting strange as of late... ?
 

Datastream33

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All we can do is hope my good sir. I have good faith that someone will find a way... :fingers-crossed:

All the best to you as well John! Have a great day!

Yeah, I figured that Root is needed. I guess I was tired last night when I tried it. :eek: Here's hoping that sometime this year (first quarter would be great) someone will be able to unlock the bootloader so we can root and run custom ROMs. :fingers-crossed: A heartfelt thank you to you for this toolbox. Have a Happy New Year. All the best to you and yours :)

John
 

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    What to do about F/W v. 7.3.2.2

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

    1) You can't stop Automatic updates.

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

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


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

    1) Automatic updates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    actlaunch-vpn.jpg


    Notes:

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

    ----------



    2) Lockscreen Ads.

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

    Notes:

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

    Another way to disable lockscreen ads is detailed Here.

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    3) Amazon Launcher.

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

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

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

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

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


    ----------------------------------------------------------
    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)
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    So, I did some research, and it looks like the updates are stored in: /data/ota-package/. Might not be able to delete the update due to not having the proper permissions. Perhaps, a factory reset is the best way to go in this situation... :(

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

    Maybe try clearing the Storage for System Updates (both entries in Settings), DeviceSoftwareOTA, and also for Download Manager.
    I've cleared the storage as instructed, and can happily report the update is gone :D
    Thanks again for your help!
    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.
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    I didn't want anything additional, so I made the gestures similar to the original buttons. This is all up to you. You can reverse them or set additional functionality to the button. I ended up with a navbar that covers the original navbar (the one with the home button that brings the Amazon Launcher). I have a button that when pressed, takes me to my launcher. When I swipe it left, it goes back a screen. When I swipe it right, it shows the recents. I spent a lot of time with other navbar replacements and this is the minimalist replacement that works best for me. YMMV. Before someone complains that it doesn't work in landscape mode, I'm not the developer. You should rate it and leave a comment for him! This is the best I could find that does what I want for FREE.

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


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

    Pie Control by coolAce (PlayStore)

    Simple Control by coolAce (PlayStore)



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    V24.0​
    Download​
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    *Halloween Edition​
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    V23.0​
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    V20.0​
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    V19.0​
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    V18.0​
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    V17.0​
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    If you like my work and would like to support me feel free to Donate. Thank you!
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    How can I run the Toolbox on Linux?
    The Toolbox is currently being developed for Linux systems in the Python programming language. If you'd like to see the progress of the port, you can do so at this link.
    Please be patient with me as the Linux port is being developed in my spare time and may take some time to complete. However, as the port progresses some builds will be released to those who'd like to help test alpha builds. More information on this later down the line.
    However, at the moment, the best way to run the Toolbox on Linux is to use VMWare and emulate Windows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Welcome, Welcome, Welcome... Screen!​

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

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

    Custom Launchers on FireOS 7.3.2.2​

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

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

    Change the Timeout for the Display?​

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

    Let's Talk Linux Port Stuff​

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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