[WINDOWS][TOOL]Fire Toolbox V28.1

Search This thread

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
Amazon has been releasing new versions of their tablets every 2-3 years. The Latest HD8 that is out is 2020. The latest HD10 is 2021. They're releasing a new HD8 this summer (2022). None of the previous releases have been upgraded to newer versions of FireOS to my knowledge. They have only been updated to include new "features" and (hopefully) security updates. The new HD8 out this summer will be the only one so far with FireOS 8 (Android 11). I doubt they will update any current Fire tablets to the new FireOS 8. I could be wrong, but based on what they've done so far I think that's correct.
 

manyxda

Member
Dec 29, 2021
43
29
You need to make sure this is always running to be protected from updates. Luckily, android has a feature to assist us in this. It's called "Always On VPN" and we need another app to access the hidden setting for this. We'll use "Activity Launcher" to get to this setting. Activity Launcher is available from Google's Play Store.

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

[Some intervening paragraphs.]

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

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

In particular, may I understand:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDED LATER:
Experiments seem to show the following:
- If you edit the blacklist after adding it to DNS66's HOSTS tab, the changes you make are not effective until you have stopped and restarted DNS66 (with the STOP/START button in the app's START tab).
- A blacklist in a Windows line end format works fine. (If you are wondering why does that matter, my text editor in Fire is set to save in that format.)
- A domain entered into a blacklist does not capture its subdomains. I.e., if the URL to be banned is sub.domain.com, then `127.0.0.1 domain.com` in the blacklist does not block it. (This appears to be the general behavior of a hostfile. See e.g. this page.)
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: blaacksheep
Oct 18, 2021
5
4
Hi @blaacksheep

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

Still keeping vpn app running permanently and working with one button is lil bit inconvenient. Hope u guys can find more solutions🙏
 
  • Like
Reactions: blaacksheep

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
@manyxda

I'll try to answer your questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I actually have no idea. I was running Linux when I created that list, but I assume It will work for a Window's Notepad created text file or an Android created text file also.
 
  • Like
Reactions: manyxda

manyxda

Member
Dec 29, 2021
43
29
"It" refers to "Always On VPN". Since the last time I reset my tablet, The setting "Always On VPN" has reverted to it's initial "off" state upon every reboot. Having discovered the useslessness of the setting, I have just left it ("Always On VPN") turned off.

Thanks very much for your detailed answers.

In that case, if after a reboot DNS66 somehow fails to start then there would be nothing to raise a hue and cry. You'd be quite right to leave "Always on VPN" off. In fact, there would be no reason to bother with Activities Launcher for this project. Is that right?
 

manyxda

Member
Dec 29, 2021
43
29
I tried to verify DNS66's general efficacy by the following steps and don't seem to be succeeding.

Steps:
- Add these entries to the end of the blacklst:
<QUOTE>
127.0.0.1 fastmail.com
127.0.0.1 daum.net
127.0.0.1 dwds.de
127.0.0.1 www.fastmail.com
127.0.0.1 www.daum.net
127.0.0.1 www.dwds.de
<UNQUOTE>
- Save the blacklist in "LF (for Linux/Android)" format.
- Re-attach the blacklist to DNS66's HOSTS tab.
- Turn DNS66 off and back on in its START tab.
- In Fire HD 10's Settings, go to Apps, chose Brave (browser), go to Storage, and do CLEAR STORAGE and CLEAR CACHE.
- In Brave, go to ipecho.net and confirm that my IP address is the one given to me by my ISP (not some proxy server's IP that some browsers, such as Opera, seem to use without telling me).
- Point Brave to fastmail.com, daum.net, dwds.de
- Expected result: Those sites should fail to load.
- Actual result: They load just fine.

When pointed to the three sites, Brave seemed to struggle a bit (giving the impression that banning has succeeded) but after about ten seconds found its way to the contents.

When you substitute Amazon's Silk browser for Brave, the result is the same. (I have never used Silk before. So I know it's not showing me some cached contents.)

Maybe this DNS over HTTPS has something to do with the problem though I cannot find a setting for it in Android Brave (unless Secure DNS is it, which I have not enabled).

When I enter the three sites (six entries) to my router's hostfile-equivalent and point my Linux Brave to them, the result is mixed: fastmail.com and dwds.de load, and daum.net does not.

ADDED LATER:

It seems the problem was in Brave. I tested Blokada alongside DNS66 and Firefox alongside Brave.

The result was:
- Firefox cannot load a URL if it is listed in either DNS66 or Blokada.
- Brave can load it in either case.
 
Last edited:

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
Thanks very much for your detailed answers.

In that case, if after a reboot DNS66 somehow fails to start then there would be nothing to raise a hue and cry. You'd be quite right to leave "Always on VPN" off. In fact, there would be no reason to bother with Activities Launcher for this project. Is that right?
yes

That's why I suggest the best practice of turning off WiFi before powering down/rebooting. Then you can check the status bar for DNS66. If it (DNS66) is running, it will have a shield symbol in your status bar. Then it's safe to turn WiFi on. In most circumstanses, it doesn't matter, but I've had a couple of minor updates slip through that weren't permanent when I didn't observe best practices.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: manyxda

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
I tried to verify DNS66's general efficacy by the following steps and don't seem to be succeeding.

Steps:
- Add these entries to the end of the blacklst:
<QUOTE>
127.0.0.1 fastmail.com
127.0.0.1 daum.net
127.0.0.1 dwds.de
127.0.0.1 www.fastmail.com
127.0.0.1 www.daum.net
127.0.0.1 www.dwds.de
<UNQUOTE>
- Save the blacklist in "LF (for Linux/Android)" format.
- Re-attach the blacklist to DNS66's HOSTS tab.
- Turn DNS66 off and back on in its START tab.
- In Fire HD 10's Settings, go to Apps, chose Brave (browser), go to Storage, and do CLEAR STORAGE and CLEAR CACHE.
- In Brave, go to ipecho.net and confirm that my IP address is the one given to me by my ISP (not some proxy server's IP that some browsers, such as Opera, seem to use without telling me).
- Point Brave to fastmail.com, daum.net, dwds.de
- Expected result: Those sites should fail to load.
- Actual result: They load just fine.

When pointed to the three sites, Brave seemed to struggle a bit (giving the impression that banning has succeeded) but after about ten seconds found its way to the contents.

When you substitute Amazon's Silk browser for Brave, the result is the same. (I have never used Silk before. So I know it's not showing me some cached contents.)

Maybe this DNS over HTTPS has something to do with the problem though I cannot find a setting for it in Android Brave (unless Secure DNS is it, which I have not enabled).

When I enter the three sites (six entries) to my router's hostfile-equivalent and point my Linux Brave to them, the result is mixed: fastmail.com and dwds.de load, and daum.net does not.

Have you tried rebooting your tablet after replacing the blocklist file? I have seen similar things in my trials. DNS66 is just a way to intercept DNS lookups. The DNS cache on your tablet might already contain the numeric addresses to those domains. You would have to do a DNS cache flush followed by a reboot to be certain.

DNS lookups occur in the following order: First the local DNS cache file is checked for a numeric address. If nothing, then, the local hosts file is checked. (I may be wrong on that order..) If that returns nothing, then the next lookup request would go to the DNS server registered in any active VPN. If that also fails, it would then go to the system provided DNS server. That system provided DNS server can be from a number of sources. It would be provided, by default, by your ISP. It could also be provided by a setting in your router. It could also be provided by a manually written entry into your device's DNS table, though that's not permitted to be altered on a FireOS device.

The point is, that you need to flush your DNS cache and probably reboot before you can determine if DNS66 blocks your request. Once youve been to a website, the DNS entry has been stored localy in the cache to save time on future visits to the same site.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: manyxda

manyxda

Member
Dec 29, 2021
43
29
Have you tried rebooting your tablet after replacing the blocklist file? I have seen similar things in my trials. DNS66 is just a way to intercept DNS lookups. The DNS cache on your tablet might already contain the numeric addresses to those domains. You would have to do a DNS cache flush followed by a reboot to be certain.

DNS lookups occur in the following order: First the local DNS cache file is checked for a numeric address. If nothing, then, the local hosts file is checked. (I may be wrong on that order..) If that returns nothing, then the next lookup request would go to the DNS server registered in any active VPN. If that also fails, it would then go to the system provided DNS server. That system provided DNS server can be from a number of sources. It would be provided, by default, by your ISP. It could also be provided by a setting in your router. It could also be provided by a manually written entry into your device's DNS table, though that's not permitted to be altered on a FireOS device.

The point is, that you need to flush your DNS cache and probably reboot before you can determine if DNS66 blocks your request. Once youve been to a website, the DNS entry has been stored localy in the cache to save time on future visits to the same site.

Thanks very much for the explanations. Rebooting had no effect, but I've found out that Brave disregards host listing in DNS66 or Blokada while Firefox respects both. So the issue seems to be in Brave.

On Blokada vs. DNS66:
One feature I found useful in Blokada was a log (the app calls it "Host log"). You can activate ad blocking in Blokada, have Fire HD check for updates, look at the log, and see exactly what Blokada blocked (indeed some of the domains from your blacklist). Any similar feature in DNS66?
 
Last edited:

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
Thanks very much for the explanations. Rebooting had no effect, but I've found out that Brave disregards host listing in DNS66 or Blokada while Firefox respects both. So the issue seems to be in Brave.

On Blokada vs. DNS66:
One feature I found useful in Blokada was a log (the app calls it "Host log"). You can activate ad blocking in Blokada, have Fire HD check for updates, look at the log, and see exactly what Blokada blocked (indeed some of the domains from your blacklist). Any similar feature in DNS66?

The thing that Blockada does that DNS66 doesn't is it provides an easily accessible log of it's blocked lookups. Having never needed such a log, I don't know if one is kept by DNS66.

If you would prefer Blockada, then just import the posted blocklist into it. I just chose DNS66 because it's been on all my Android devices for years, it's small and lightweight, it's open-source, and it's well-trusted.

I think Brave browser bypasses the DNS system provided by the host OS and uses it's own DNS-Over-HTTPS system to obscure DNS lookups from outside scrutiny. Brave is known as a "privacy browser". I'm not surprised that it's lookups go around the hosts file.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: manyxda

greatstuffuk

Member
Nov 29, 2021
8
1
ok i havent been here since christmas, is there a workaround yet for the toolbox... that is once amazon has updated the sofware to try to block it?
 

mmsen

New member
Jun 7, 2013
4
2
Thank you for this toolbox.

I don't want any of the other pre-installed apps just the Kindle Store. Which apps do I need to get the Kindle Store working?
 
  • Like
Reactions: blaacksheep

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
Thank you for this toolbox.

I don't want any of the other pre-installed apps just the Kindle Store. Which apps do I need to get the Kindle Store working?

Along with enabling 'Kindle Store', you'll need to enable 'Amazon Newsstand'. You probably also want 'Goodreads' enabled.

Oh, and welcome to XDA! :)
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: mmsen

blaacksheep

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2020
978
541
Buffalo
Thank you.

Is it also necessary to have the Google Services installed to download the books?

I've never used the Kindle services on Amazon, so I'm only making an educated guess. Since the tablets don't natively come with Google services, and Google Services are not offered in Amazon's store either, I highly doubt that Google services are required for the Kindle functions to work properly. I'm sure they work right out of the box before you start modifying things. Amazon makes money from you buying and downloading e-books. After all, they were originally called "Kindle Fire tablets". 😉
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: mmsen

manyxda

Member
Dec 29, 2021
43
29
If you would prefer Blockada, then just import the posted blocklist into it. I just chose DNS66 because it's been on all my Android devices for years, it's small and lightweight, it's open-source, and it's well-trusted.
I love DNS66 with its leanness of design and am using it. I wouldn't have known about either app without your tutorial. Thanks again.
 
  • Like
Reactions: blaacksheep

manyxda

Member
Dec 29, 2021
43
29
Belatedly I thank Datastream33 for the wonderful Toolbox. (I thought he was too august a figure for vain addresses, but seeing others approach and be received have found the courage.)
 
  • Like
Reactions: blaacksheep

Top Liked Posts

  • 2
    Ok, the micropatch is out!

    @sfair74 you may need to delete the previously downloaded apks.

    Open the Toolbox, click the Settings icon (top right in the main menu), click the About tab, then click the "Open Installation Directory" button. Then in File Explorer double-click the "bin" folder, then double-click the "Google Services" folder, and now in this folder, delete all APK files (except GAssist.apk if it exists). After deleting the APK files and uninstalling Play Services from your tablet you are all set to try installing Play Services again.

    Best of luck, and please let us know how it goes! :D
  • 3
    I'd like to sincerely apologize to everyone. I know i said i'd release a micropatch later that day. However, when i posted that i didn't know i'd lose power due to the winds all day yesterday. Apparently a tree branch hit the line and knocked it out.

    Staying with my patents until its fixed. Again, i'd like to apologize for not keeping my word. 😞

    On a lighter note, hope everyone has a GREAT father's day! :D
    2
    Thank you for your reply Sir. What i did was open the fire toolbox again and restore the apps that i disabled and now its okay.

    Hi. Welcome to XDA!

    Under Manage Amazon Apps in the Manual (simple) tab, there is a nice feature that shows up under Disable, but for some reason not under Restore, that gives details on each of the apps and mentions some of the dependencies required for certain apps to work. It is color-coded to show the relative safety of removing various apps. I usually use the 'Select All' button under Disable, then de-select the half-dozen or so apps I want to keep before applying.

    I'm glad you found the Restore Apps function and I hope everything is now working well for you.
    2
    Ok, the micropatch is out!

    @sfair74 you may need to delete the previously downloaded apks.

    Open the Toolbox, click the Settings icon (top right in the main menu), click the About tab, then click the "Open Installation Directory" button. Then in File Explorer double-click the "bin" folder, then double-click the "Google Services" folder, and now in this folder, delete all APK files (except GAssist.apk if it exists). After deleting the APK files and uninstalling Play Services from your tablet you are all set to try installing Play Services again.

    Best of luck, and please let us know how it goes! :D
    2
    Hi guys, i have my very first amazon fire hd10 2021 and i had a problem after installing playstore and disabling some amazon apps. Now all my apps were missing and i don't know what to do. I hope that there is a chance for this to be fix.
    You should be able to find them in the app drawer. Just swipe up from the bottom of the home screen.
    2
    If anybody can help me it would be much appreciated! I have everything downloaded and updated for the fire toolbox but now I am getting this microsoft net framework. I am on windows 8 and this is version 28.1. This thing is preventing me from doing anything with toolbox such as installing play store or anything you can use the toolbox for. It can't even recognize my device because of it. Thank you so much for your time. Attached is the picture of what pops up.
    My suggestion would be to first update .NET Framework. Check your installed apps in the system settings to see which version you have currently installed and then google for what the newest version for windows 8 is and go from there.
    Other than that I would (as blaaksheep likes to recommend 😉) download the portable version of Fire Toolbox unzip that archive and try again with that.
    Good luck.
  • 308

    ═══════════════════════════════════
    Fire Toolbox V28.1

    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:

    • 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 7 (2022)
    12​
    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)
    7​
    Amazon Fire HD8 (2016)
    6​
    Amazon Fire HD10 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD8 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD7 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD7 (2014)
    4​
    Amazon Fire HD6 (2014)
    4​

    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.

    screenshot-2020-12-15-174539-jpg.5158661


    GettingStarted.png


    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!

    ToolsSubtools.png


    • 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.

    Downloads.png


    Toolbox:
    Version
    Installer (.exe)
    Portable (.zip)
    Update Post
    VirusTotal
    V28.1​
    Post
    Link​

    Other Downloads:
    Resource
    Resource Link
    Applicable Tools
    Custom Navigation Bar Icons​
    Navigation Bar Modifier​
    Toolbox Changelogs​
    N/A​

    Version
    Installer (.exe)
    Portable (.zip)
    Update Post
    VirusTotal
    V27.0​
    Post
    Link
    V26.1​
    Post
    Link
    V25.2​
    Post
    Link​
    V24.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    *Halloween Edition​
    Download​
    Link​
    V23.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V22.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V21.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V20.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V19.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V18.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V17.0​
    Download​
    Post
    Link
    V16.0​
    Post​
    Link
    v15.0​
    Post​
    Link
    V13.0​
    Post​
    Link​
    V12.0​
    Post​
    Link​
    V11.1​
    Post​
    Link​
    V11.0​
    Post​
    Link​
    V10.2​
    Post​
    Link​
    V10.1​
    Post​
    Link​
    V10.0​
    Post​
    Link​
    V9.2​
    Post​
    Link​
    V9.1​
    Post​
    Link
    V9.0​
    Post​
    Link​
    V8.2​
    Post​
    Link
    V8.1​
    Post​
    Link​
    V7.2.1​
    Download​
    Post​
    Link
    V7.1​
    Post​
    Link
    V7.0​
    Post​
    Link
    V6.56​
    Post​
    Link
    V6.55​
    Post​
    Link
    V6.54​
    Download​
    Post​
    Link​
    Donate.png

    If you like my work and would like to support me feel free to Donate. Thank you!
    61
    FAQ.png

    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.
    31
    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
    21
    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! ✌️
    20
    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