Newly coming into this war against Amazon's restrictions... So forgive me if this is a stupid question.Last edited 5-23-2022
What to do about F/W v. 22.214.171.124
So your Fire tablet has the latest firmware update on it (v126.96.36.199) and Fire Toolbox won't do what it's supposed to. All is not lost. I've collected some workarounds that will keep Amazon at bay. The three main problems are:
1) You can't stop Automatic updates.
2) You can't get rid of the lockscreen ads.
3) You hate the Amazon Launcher, but Amazon won't let you change it permanently.
Once those three problems are addressed, you pretty much have your tablet back. The Toolbox will still work for all the other things you want modify. First, get your tablet set up with Toolbox, install Google Services, and install the launcher you want. (Make sure to select "Enable Widget Support".) We'll take care of the Amazon Launcher later. So let's get started 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.
If I have complete control of my home network (DHCP, DNS, etc.), for the purposes of the initial install I should be able to just DNS blackhole the addresses in your text file, correct? Obviously, this fails if the tablets roam to another network. But for that, once I have better control of the device, will I have other options for local device blackholing the domains (local HOSTS, other OpenDNS roaming client, etc.)?
Thank you so much for all your work on this! It's obviously a labor of love/hate.