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Jumbo100

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Guess I'm out of the loop... what's going on with the Amazon shopping app?
Started Tuesday with @dcooterfrog , then @blaacksheep on Wednesday , then others.

From my poor understanding of how Amazon Shopping works:

Affects Fire tablets with OTA lockdown per FTB protocol.

Now opening Amazon Shopping, getting "Amazon shopping is no longer supported on this device" flag with redirect to Amazon website.

Flag triggered by Amazon for Tablets app installed from GPS. Not sure how that got installed but it appears to be that a recent app update either Amazon Shopping and/or Amazon for Tablets were updated.

Apparently both apps are related and passoff data internally. (This where I am fuzzy!)

On tablets with OTA-ON no harm; both apps updated in synch.

On tablets with OTA-OFF Shopping for Tablets updated but Amazon Shopping did not; out of synch triggering flag.

@blaacksheep thinks that GPS updated Shopping for Tablets by an accidently open Auto update app.

@blaacksheep took deep dive into app but Amazon didn't leave enough "bread crumbs" to allow rollback. He has no immediate solution.

Am I making any sense? ... still confused on deep tech of apps.

In any event, I think more tablets with locked down FireOS will be affected.

@dcooterfrog got Amazon Shopping again by a factory reset!
 
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Najatski596

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Are you using the already made "Amazon Fire Tablet - Easy Home Launcher Changer" flow?

Here is the link to it:

https://llamalab.com/automate/community/flows/41922

It works with a delay most times, though on the FireHD_10_Plus half the time it works instantly, but that may be due to the faster processor and more ram.

*Note: make sure Automate is updated to the most recent version, previously the Automate that was available from the Fire Toolbox was not compatible with LauncherChanger flow linked above, because the flow was made with the newer version. Current version of Automate I'm using is version 1.34.1

Hey, thanks lmao, but I ended up giving up and rooting and installing lineage OS. No regrets.
 

Jumbo100

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Started Tuesday with @dcooterfrog , then @blaacksheep on Wednesday , then others.

From my poor understong of how Amazon Shopping works:

Affects Fire tablets with OTA lockdown per FTB protocol.

Now opening Amazon Shopping, getting "Amazon shopping is no longer supported on this device" flag with redirect to Amazon website.

Flag triggered by Amazon for Tablets app installed from GPS. Not sure how that got installed but it appears to be that a recent app update either Amazon Shopping and/or Amazon for Tablets were updated.

Apparently both apps are related and passoff data internally. (This where I am fuzzy!)

On tablets with OTA-ON no harm; both apps updated in synch.

On tablets with OTA-OFF Shopping for Tablets updated but Amazon Shopping did not; out of synch triggering flag.

@blaacksheep thinks that GPS updated Shopping for Tablets by an accidently open Auto update app.

@blaacksheep took deep dive into app but Amazon didn't leave enough "bread crumbs" to allow rollback. He has no immediate solution.

Am I making any sense? ... still confused on deep tech of apps.

In any event, I think more tablets with locked down FireOS will be affected.

@dcooterfrog got Amazon Shopping again by a factory reset!
More News @Datastream33 : apparently users with new Fire 7(2022) tablets are having software compatibility problems with FireOS 8. Apparently Goggle Play suite installs from FTB but some GPS apps crash on opening eg Google TV.
 
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avfan

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Another lucky new owner of a Fire 7 (2022), here. I've tried FTB 28.9 but end up with the same problem others have reported where YT Kids won't load, claiming Google Play Services is not installed. Same thing with Google Find My Device. The Crayola Create & Play app just hangs at the splash screen (it works fine on FireOS 7). Other apps listed at the bottom of this post work fine.

Alternatively, after a factory reset, I've tried installing GPS without FTB by just downloading and installing the appropriate 4 APKs as instructed on Wired.com and various other sites, but myself and others are seeing the same problems when doing it that way, as described below:

When I go to open Google Play for the first time, I get to where I can enter my account but when I enter my password, the application crashes. From that point forward, the application doesn’t respond when clicking on “Sign In” and also the Silk browser crashes every time I try to open it. I uninstalled the GPS APKs and now the Silk browser works again.

Here's a list of apps that work ok after installing from GPS using FTB, instead:
ABC Kids
Block Puzzle
Brickit
Car wash
Dinosaur Garbagetruck
Epic
Files by Google
Google Photos
Khan Academy Kids
Nick
PBS Kids
Starfall
Toca Kitchen 2
Voli

Happy to try anything else! I have until September to trade in my kid's Fire 7 2019 so hoping to see this solved before then.

I found another thread from last year where some people encountered this same error message that claims GPS is not installed. However, in that case it was not related to FireOS 8:


The solution found there was to install Google Framework 11 (instead of 10) and grant various permissions, like autostart. I haven't tried this on my Fire 7, but maybe there's a clue there to help FTB solve this problem?
 
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I have a new Fire HD10 Plus and I've used FTB to get Nova Launcher running. Everything works smoothly, but my home button doesn't do anything when pressed. Is there a solution for this?
 

Jumbo100

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Another lucky new owner of a Fire 7 (2022), here. I've tried FTB 28.9 but end up with the same problem others have reported where YT Kids won't load, claiming Google Play Services is not installed. Same thing with Google Find My Device. The Crayola Create & Play app just hangs at the splash screen (it works fine on FireOS 7). Other apps listed at the bottom of this post work fine.

Alternatively, after a factory reset, I've tried installing GPS without FTB by just downloading and installing the appropriate 4 APKs as instructed on Wired.com and various other sites, but myself and others are seeing the same problems when doing it that way, as described below:

When I go to open Google Play for the first time, I get to where I can enter my account but when I enter my password, the application crashes. From that point forward, the application doesn’t respond when clicking on “Sign In” and also the Silk browser crashes every time I try to open it. I uninstalled the GPS APKs and now the Silk browser works again.

Here's a list of apps that work ok after installing from GPS using FTB, instead:
ABC Kids
Block Puzzle
Brickit
Car wash
Dinosaur Garbagetruck
Epic
Files by Google
Google Photos
Khan Academy Kids
Nick
PBS Kids
Starfall
Toca Kitchen 2
Voli

Happy to try anything else! I have until September to trade in my kid's Fire 7 2019 so hoping to see this solved before then.
Thanks for the software list ... interesting mix of Google and non-Google apps.

Bottom line ... There is a software incompatibility between FireOS 8 and Google Play Services at some level. Total extent is still to be dtermined. All apps installed from Amazon Appstore are generally clean, some Google Play Stores apps are made "buggy". Goggle Play Services made unstable.

Two suggestions which might some difference:

1. Confirm your set of APKs for Google Play are similar to what @blaacksheep used in a tutorial specific to FireOS 8 @ post # 9406.

2. If you have installed an app from Google PlayStore which ALSO listed in Amazon Appstore, to avoid clashing software updates, either set AAS Autoupdates to OFF , or app on GPS Auto Update to OFF. Per Fire Toolbox protocol, come users do both.

Situation appears to be residual aftermath of 2017-2019 Amazon/Google corporate feud. Amazon will not deliberately "kill off" Google Play Services but has make subtle changes to FireOS over time to make life "inconvenient" to those that try to evade the Amazon "family fold". This is bigger than Fire Toolbox at the moment

Your experience shows interference, even just to use Google Sign-in.

This appears to much more than just a "buggy" roll out of Fire7(2022) / FireOS 8 ... it may be by design.

From past experience Amazon will show no enthusiasm to improve the matter.

No immediate solutions from XDA/Fire Toolbox communities at this time.

Caveat emptor.
 
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Davy49

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Hey guys, long time no see!

Just wanted to jump on here before bedtime and just let you all know that I really appreciate the support you've all shown me during these last few years. I will be honest, I took a few glances at the forum during my break... and just seeing the supportive comments you've made towards each other and me just really tug at my heart strings, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU all for being so kind and supportive. I was talking to @Davy49 tonight, and I was telling him just how much of a blessing this community truly is! Again, thank you all for everything you do... and let's push forward! :D
Now I'm somewhat embarrassed due to datastream actually mentioning my name in a comment, I'm proud to say that I consider him a 'long distance' friend. I have an additional 'long distance' friend that's a software developer that develops firmware that allows various computer's..etc. to be able to run the chrome o.s., which is actually a variant of the linux o.s. . He recently informed me that he's now actually working with google to improve upon their new chromeos flex o.s. . I feel extremely fortunate to have friend's like these, even though they are 'long distance' ones. :)
 

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^^^ I have an even older HD 10 (2019) and that is only marginally rootable (there's a couple threads that people have had success with temporary root) but I haven't been brave enough to try yet.
 
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pajo1999

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Hi, i keep getting an error when launching the toolkit. it says debugger could not be installed and the tool cant run and then a long path to a file etc. Would you have any idea how i can solve this? thanks
 

Jumbo100

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Aha ... NOW I see the light!

"there are none so blind as those who will not see"


Amazon and Intrusive business practices


Explains so much of recent FTB hassle with GPS.

Also explains FireOS 8 chaos.

It IS deliberate .... Thanks, Amazon ... Again !

" Welcome to the Collective ... Resistance is futile ! "

Caveat emptor.
 
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Apologies if this is in the wrong place but was not sure the appropriate location to put it. And given this is potentially related to the use of Google Play Services on these fire tablets and the use of the tweaks from Fire Toolbox, it seemed apropos.

I have an HD 7 that I picked up on prime day mostly to replace a dead cheapo Chinese tablet I bought for like $20 a few years ago. It had been in use as an interactive calendar mounted on my fridge but the touch screen died so the HD 7 is supposed to take its place.

The app I am using called aCalendar seems to have issues where after a period of time it seemingly loses access to any calendars loaded in via GPS/Google. I have to go back into the calendar selection menu and my entire Google account listing is gone until it reappears maybe a minute later. The old tablet never had these issues but they had all the Google services natively loaded.

Are there any known quirks or bugs with how GPS operates on these devices that I'm not aware of? Maybe some potential tips to try and solve the above issue I'm having?
 
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morreale

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I am new to FTB. Picked up two Fire HD 10s during the PrimeDay sales and used the current FTB at the time to configure them. I noticed there has been a few updates to the tool since then and was wondering if there is anything I should be doing after the tool is updated in regards to devices that have configured with previous versions?
 

Jumbo100

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Aha ... NOW I see the light!

"there are none so blind as those who will not see"


Amazon and Intrusive business practices


Explains so much of recent FTB hassle with GPS.

Also explains FireOS 8 chaos.

It IS deliberate .... Thanks, Amazon ... Again !

" Welcome to the Collective ... Resistance is futile ! "

Caveat emptor.
@Datastream33 , @blaacksheep

Sorry I EVER doubted you guys about OTA/AutoUpdate
 
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Apologies if this has been asked previously (there are a ton of comments to sort through).

Haven't installed anything quite yet, but I'm curious if the Play Store will show up on the Kids+ interface (or kids profile)? And if not by default, is there a way to get it there manually?

Using an Fire 8 10th gen (2020).

Thanks!
 
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I am new to FTB. Picked up two Fire HD 10s during the PrimeDay sales and used the current FTB at the time to configure them. I noticed there has been a few updates to the tool since then and was wondering if there is anything I should be doing after the tool is updated in regards to devices that have configured with previous versions?
Hi.

If you managed to replace your launcher, shut down OTA updates, install Google Services, and disable any Amazon apps you didn't want with the version you used, then no. The latest updates were to get Google Services links repaired and to update the launcher replacement method for those having FireOS v7.3.2.2+. I don't recall anything new besides just keeping up with current changes. :) (Google Services will keep themselves up to date.)
 
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Jumbo100

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Apologies if this is in the wrong place but was not sure the appropriate location to put it. And given this is potentially related to the use of Google Play Services on these fire tablets and the use of the tweaks from Fire Toolbox, it seemed apropos.

I have an HD 7 that I picked up on prime day mostly to replace a dead cheapo Chinese tablet I bought for like $20 a few years ago. It had been in use as an interactive calendar mounted on my fridge but the touch screen died so the HD 7 is supposed to take its place.

The app I am using called aCalendar seems to have issues where after a period of time it seemingly loses access to any calendars loaded in via GPS/Google. I have to go back into the calendar selection menu and my entire Google account listing is gone until it reappears maybe a minute later. The old tablet never had these issues but they had all the Google services natively loaded.

Are there any known quirks or bugs with how GPS operates on these devices that I'm not aware of? Maybe some potential tips to try and solve the above issue I'm having?
If you have new Fire 7 (2022) with FireOS 8, be aware of possible software incompatibility with GPS and GPS installed apps. May cause instabilities and crashes of apps. Ref post #9,514 for further implications.
 
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    Things started to get complicated, to download Skype from Amazon although I am logged in, my new FIRE HD10 2021 refuses to register, gets the perpetual circle going round, I found strange my devices page, where I can see my Fire 8 2017 doesnt even have an option to "add device". I am lost, about to give up, even If I really need this app for work...looks like only enabling Appstore in FTB isnt enough to allow me access.
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    Hi. I see you're having some trouble getting Skype to install. I wasn't following along with what exactly you've tried so far. If you are just having trouble registering with Amazon to use their appstore, have you also (re)enabled Shop Amazon? That may be all you need to logon to Amazon in order to make the appstore recognize you. You can enable it in Toolbox > Manage Amazon Apps > Manual tab > Simple (recommended) > Restore Apps tab. If it's listed, re-enable Shop Amazon, Restore Selected, then use it to log on to Amazon once. That should fix the problem. :)
    Thanks mate, yes, I thought that Shop might be, thanks for explaining where to find it, cup of tea, try again, patience is good
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    This might already be on yer radar, but I've noticed Toolbox v28.9 is downloading ConSync7.apk but the installer is searching for a file called ConSync9.apk, resulting in an error when trying to install the Contacts Sync portion of Google Services.

    Not sure if the downloaded apk is incorrect or if the Toolbox is just pointing towards a different file name by mistake, but figured I'd throw it out there. Otherwise, it's working very well!
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    Not sure if the downloaded apk is incorrect or if the Toolbox is just pointing towards a different file name by mistake, but figured I'd throw it out there. Otherwise, it's working very well!
    I'm sure it's just an oversight or a mistake in the version required for your version of the tablet. If you could elaborate on your version of the Fire tablet including year for @Datastream33 so he can fix the issue when he gets time, it would help out. In the meantime, you could just sideload the .apk file Toolbox downloaded and install it, or just get it from Google Play assuming Google Services installed correctly. (y)
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    With Amazon Store and Shop Amazon activated, still had no way to register Fire 10 , finally a deinstalled everything Amazon, installed Google Services, went to Play Store, and downloaded Skype from there. Not a problem, working perfectly well, hope this helps anybody with similar problem. Cheers to everybody helping, nothing of this I could have done without XDA, FTB and you guys.
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    Ok, whelp, the download links for play services are dead (or temporarily turned off due to too many requests) once more (custom keyboard/launcher links are still up).

    I'm going to be honest with you guys, this whole situation is taking a toll on my mental health. All i've been doing is worrying about how long the download links will stay up. I need to step back for a few days, and really think things through. So, later today I'll post links to the Play Services files, so you can manually add them to the Toolbox's Play Services folder (which will skip the download and install them for you) or install them manually. I'll also release a micropatch to take care of the "unknown option: -g" error on older gen devices.

    After taking a few days off, we'll evaluate the best method of pushing forward.

    I hope you guys understand, and thank you all for the support during this whole mess. Love you all, and I'll see you all in a few days.
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    Hey guys, long time no see!

    Just wanted to jump on here before bedtime and just let you all know that I really appreciate the support you've all shown me during these last few years. I will be honest, I took a few glances at the forum during my break... and just seeing the supportive comments you've made towards each other and me just really tug at my heart strings, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU all for being so kind and supportive. I was talking to @Davy49 tonight, and I was telling him just how much of a blessing this community truly is! Again, thank you all for everything you do... and let's push forward! :D
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    The update is now out, and ready for download! 🎉

    Working on updating the links in the OP, so until they're updated please update via the Toolbox Updater.

    Again, thank you all for being so patient and understanding during this whole thing. I really appreciate it, and hopefully the links stick this time around!

    Have a wonderful rest of your night! :D
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    Ok, whelp, the download links for play services are dead (or temporarily turned off due to too many requests) once more (custom keyboard/launcher links are still up).

    I'm going to be honest with you guys, this whole situation is taking a toll on my mental health. All i've been doing is worrying about how long the download links will stay up. I need to step back for a few days, and really think things through. So, later today I'll post links to the Play Services files, so you can manually add them to the Toolbox's Play Services folder (which will skip the download and install them for you) or install them manually. I'll also release a micropatch to take care of the "unknown option: -g" error on older gen devices.

    After taking a few days off, we'll evaluate the best method of pushing forward.

    I hope you guys understand, and thank you all for the support during this whole mess. Love you all, and I'll see you all in a few days.
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    Chronic stress and frustration are a slippery slope to much worse outcomes ... been there, done that ... DON'T go there! Take all the downtime you need.

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    Software dev is a challenge (and fun!) but don't let it ever overwhelm you.

    "Fighting" the Amazon machine will always be an ongoing "David & Goliath" ... don't give up the fight! !

    The Fire Toolbox community is always here for you!
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    Ok, Custom Launcher/Keyboard downloads should now be up (thanks to my good friend JSens for helping out with providing the links).

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    Thank you all for the support, and your continued patience while we figure this out. :D
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    Fire Toolbox V28.9

    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:

    • 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)
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    Amazon Fire 10/10+ (2021)
    11​
    Amazon Fire 8/8+ (2020)
    10​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2019)
    9​
    Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
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    Amazon Fire 8 (2018)
    8​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2017)
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    Amazon Fire 8 (2017)
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    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)
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    Amazon Fire HD7 (2014)
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    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    How can I run the Toolbox on Linux?
    The Toolbox is currently being developed for Linux systems in the Python programming language. If you'd like to see the progress of the port, you can do so at this link.
    Please be patient with me as the Linux port is being developed in my spare time and may take some time to complete. However, as the port progresses some builds will be released to those who'd like to help test alpha builds. More information on this later down the line.
    However, at the moment, the best way to run the Toolbox on Linux is to use VMWare and emulate Windows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    HERE'S TO THE TOOLBOX'S 3RD YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! 👏:D
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    Last edited 8-14-2022

    A lot has changed since I first posted this. Toolbox has been updated to v28.9 and now has a new method of replacing the Fire Launcher, DNS66 is only a delaying tactic and doesn't stop updates in all cases, and the Lockscreen Ad removal process in the old FTB v9.2 still works to remove the ads. I leave the post up, but understand that it's just for reference as a starting point for you to explore these things.


    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.

    This method is far from perfect and has sometimes allowed updates to somehow slip by. The only other way to do this that I know is to use an app blocking firewall and block the update apps. I chose this method because it doesn't require a 'training period' to train the app on what to block and what to let through. Also, if you've already got lockscreen ads in your tablet's cache, this will not remove them. This method must be in place before you first connect to WiFi for the lockscreen ad blocking to work.

    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.)
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    Now go to the Hosts tab. Tap the "+" in the lower-right. Under Title, type "Amazon Blocklist". Tap the paper clip on the next line. Navigate to the Amzn_Blocklist.txt file you downloaded earlier and select it. Now tap "Done" in the upper-right. You should now have the first and last entry on the displayed list selected.
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    Now go to the Apps tab. Turn on "Show System Apps". Tap the gear under the Show System Apps switch and select "No Apps". All the switches below that should now be off.
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    You can optionally set your own DNS servers on the next screen if you'd like. I like to turn on Custom DNS Servers, deselect the German ones that are pre-selected, and then turn on the last two servers (CloudFlare).
    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.

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    Notes:

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

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    2) Lockscreen Ads.

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

    Notes:

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

    Another way to disable lockscreen ads is detailed Here.

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    3) Amazon Launcher.

    The latest version of Toolbox (v 28.1) has a new tool called 'Custom Navbar Key'. This method uses Automate to automatically replace the Home button every time you reboot. It works rather nicely. I leave this section posted for completeness and to facilitate experimentation on other choices.

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

    Go to the Play Store. Get and install "One Button Navigation". Launch it. It will want you to turn on Accessability Service for it. Follow the on-screen instructions and turn on "One Button Navigation Bar". You'll see your new nav button at the bottom of the screen. I like to adjust the width down to a dot, like the button it's replacing, but that's up to you. I also like to make the background black and the botton bright yellow so that I'm reminded it's running. Set up the background and button colors as you like them. Yeah, I know the ads in this are obtrusive, but you'll never see them once it's set up. Also DNS66 will block the ads if you install that first.
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    Next tap the Action tab. Tap "Single Click". Scroll down and select "Launch Application...". Select the launcher that you installed with Toolbox here. In my case, it was Nova 7. (Google updated the Nova version that Toolbox installed.) Now you can set any other actions you'd like for the new button.
    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.


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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)



    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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    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! ✌️