[WINDOWS][TOOL]Fire Toolbox V29.0

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Yes, updated and patched ... Gonna have another stab at it tonight...will report either way ,

Datastream33 says you may have to delete the old apk's:

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
 

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I don't seem to be able to download any updates (to 28.4) or the micropatch (to 28.6). When I then click on the changelog, I get an unhandled exception. Running Windows 7 in a VM, but may try using a Windows 10 VM instead. Any suggestions?
 

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Datastream33 says you may have to delete the old apk's:
I've reset the tablet , reinstalled playstore
Datastream33 says you may have to delete the old apk's:
I've deleted old Apks , reset the tablet and gone through all ok , seems stable apart from I keep getting a notification about gboard won't run without Google play services, chrome sometimes has to be started over again (crashes) until it settles down

***EDIT*** Play store misbehaving as well, regularly have to stop it. Clear data to get it to work..
 
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I've reset the tablet , reinstalled playstore

I've deleted old Apks , reset the tablet and gone through all ok , seems stable apart from I keep getting a notification about gboard won't run without Google play services, chrome sometimes has to be started over again (crashes) until it settles down

Hmm. I've never had any trouble with Gboard either. It's probably Google Services needs to finish updating itself. Check it in a day or so. Chances are it'll be better. (y)
 

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I've tried a lot but automate isn't working I'm okay with re-route option but I would prefer the custom navbar one if someone could help that would be great
 
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Hmm. I've never had any trouble with Gboard either. It's probably Google Services needs to finish updating itself. Check it in a day or so. Chances are it'll be better. (y)
Will do 👍
Just tried using Silk as chrome was unusable and it's behaving the same way , starts up, starts to load a page ( this one 😄) and shuts down within a second or two
 

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Will do 👍
Just tried using Silk as chrome was unusable and it's behaving the same way , starts up, starts to load a page ( this one 😄) and shuts down within a second or two

Hmm, maybe you did an "extended debloat" using one of the debloat lists and it disabled something needed for proper display of web pages. If you want to have a look at the list of disabled apps on your tablet to possibly re-enable something that looks like it might be needed, have a look at ADB App Control by Cyber.Cat. It's a free Windows program that works on most any Android device and allows you to install/uninstall, and enable/disable apps. (y)
 

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I've tried a lot but automate isn't working I'm okay with re-route option but I would prefer the custom navbar one if someone could help that would be great

Hi, and welcome to XDA!

What exactly do you mean by "not working"? Is Automate installed? Have you granted it the required permissions? Have you checked all the boxes as per instructions? Have you started the flow?

It's a little complicated to set up but explained pretty well by Toolbox. If you didn't follow the instructions exactly, it won't work.
 

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Hmm, maybe you did an "extended debloat" using one of the debloat lists and it disabled something needed for proper display of web pages. If you want to have a look at the list of disabled apps on your tablet to possibly re-enable something that looks like it might be needed, have a look at ADB App Control by Cyber.Cat. It's a free Windows program that works on most any Android device and allows you to install/uninstall, and enable/disable apps. (y)
I'll try that , thank you .
It does seem to be Google related though, all the Google apps I've downloaded, chrome, home, photos, go, Gmail... All have significant issues , either crash , can't sign in..
I think I'll factory reset, delete all apks in the toolbox, I'll leave disabling any Amazon bloat and see how that goes as well
 
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I'll try that , thank you .
It does seem to be Google related though, all the Google apps I've downloaded, chrome, home, photos, go, Gmail... All have significant issues , either crash , can't sign in..
I think I'll factory reset, delete all apks in the toolbox, I'll leave disabling any Amazon bloat and see how that goes as well
You may want to start without removing everything Amazon. If it's something on a debloat list that you don't know the complete implications of removing it, then you'll be right back at the same situation. Probably better to get everything working first, then start removing things.
 

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You may want to start without removing everything Amazon. If it's something on a debloat list that you don't know the complete implications of removing it, then you'll be right back at the same situation. Probably better to get everything working first, then start removing things.
Yeah, I'll do it all systematically and try and pinpoint the issue 👍
 
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Yeah, I'll do it all systematically and try and pinpoint the issue 👍
So, factory reset , did nothing at all with Kindle other than enable debugging , deleted all Apks , installed Google services , left it , had some dinner came back and play store seems ok but chrome crashes , installed the Google apps and none of them work... So I'm lost for ideas other than sack Google apps off for now ...
 
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Seconding what p2daz has gone through with the new Fire 7 (12th Gen - 2022.) I've used both Fire Toolbox and the "download the APKs individually" method from howtogeek, and neither seem to get Google Play Store / Chrome working. Even after full factory resets & clean Google APK installs, I consistently see problems with apps and sign-ons crashing.

Could the issue be outside of this tool, and the most current APKs just don't take on the new Fire 7 at this time?
 
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Seconding what p2daz has gone through with the new Fire 7 (12th Gen - 2022.) I've used both Fire Toolbox and the "download the APKs individually" method from howtogeek, and neither seem to get Google Play Store / Chrome working. Even after full factory resets & clean Google APK installs, I consistently see problems with apps and sign-ons crashing.

Could the issue be outside of this tool, and the most current APKs just don't take on the new Fire 7 at this time?
Maybe the case, for now I think I've got things stable . I've only got playstore , gboard and chrome installed and they all seem to be happy , I THINK my issues start when I install too many Google apps .. I've got all other apps I need installed via playstore and they all seem fine ...
 
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Seconding what p2daz has gone through with the new Fire 7 (12th Gen - 2022.) I've used both Fire Toolbox and the "download the APKs individually" method from howtogeek, and neither seem to get Google Play Store / Chrome working. Even after full factory resets & clean Google APK installs, I consistently see problems with apps and sign-ons crashing.

Could the issue be outside of this tool, and the most current APKs just don't take on the new Fire 7 at this time?

It's beginning to sound that way. I wonder what they did in FireOS 8 differently from FireOS 7. They may have omitted some file/apk that's needed for Google Services to work properly. Fire tablets aren't "certified" by Google. I don't even think Google and Amazon like each other!
 
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Maybe the case, for now I think I've got things stable . I've only got playstore , gboard and chrome installed and they all seem to be happy , I THINK my issues start when I install too many Google apps .. I've got all other apps I need installed via playstore and they all seem fine ...
Good to hear! This gives me hope :)

Did you do anything special in order to get things working? Like, did you wait for a while after you installed the APKs, do a factory reset beforehand, update the google play service via the play store, etc?
 

p2daz

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Good to hear! This gives me hope :)

Did you do anything special in order to get things working? Like, did you wait for a while after you installed the APKs, do a factory reset beforehand, update the google play service via the play store, etc?
I did all-sorts to be honest but I've just remembered that I upped the DPI to 200 just before things settled down, maybe coincidence but worth a try?
 

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    Hey, hey!

    What's going on, guys? I hope everyone is having a wonderful day/night so far!

    Yesterday, V29.0 was officially released! So, as usual... let's take a look at what this new update brings to the table!

    System Backup Improvements and Package States​

    In an effort to make the System Backup tool more effective, we have a few changes in tonight's update that I think you guys will enjoy. Firstly, it's now possible to lock a backup to a specific device, ensuring that the backup can only be restored to that tablet. Next, generation checks have been also added to ensure incompatible backups can't be attempted to be restored. Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting, is the new backup option that allows you to back up package states.

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    Screen Capturing Improvements​

    While working on the Python Port, I just recently got done coding the Screen Capturing tool. During that whole process, I was looking at the VB version of the tool and realized it was broken in a few areas... in fact, this tool is what inspired this update. Anyway, I noticed the timer wasn't accurate and was off by a single second... a problem with the logic that was sorted out pretty quickly. I also learned that ADB only supports 3 minutes of recording at a time... so that time limit is now taken into account and displayed alongside the timer. Also took the liberty of fixing the recording animation along with the timer and is now working as intended.

    A 3-second delay has also been introduced and is now displayed before screen recording starts. This gives you a few seconds to prepare before recording starts. Along with the other improvements... it's also ensured that the tool no longer closes after recording or screenshotting, and timestamps are adjusted/refreshed afterwords. Pretty happy with the way things turned out for this tool.

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    New Theme Who 'Dis?​

    Joining our lineup of themes, we have a brand one! It's called PuPur, and it's essentially a purple theme! Not too much more to talk about... but a nice addition, I think.

    Google Services (Manage), and Google Assistant Additions!​

    Ah, now these two tools have an awesome component to them that I'd like to discuss! Firstly, let's talk about the Manage subtool for Google Services. This subtool now contains an option to disable Automatic app-updates in the Play Store! This is achieved by a new component of the Toolbox that is capable of reading the window layout, grabbing the bounds for a UI element, calculating the tap x and y values, and tapping the element!

    This means the Toolbox can effectively interact with the UI of any given app. Only problem is... it's kind of slow because it relies on Android to dump the ui layout... which can take a few seconds. It is effective, but kind of slow. Anyhow, using this component the Toolbox can now launch the Play Store, and navigate to the Play Store's settings to turn off Automatic App-updates automatically! Pretty cool yes?

    The component is also utilized in the Google Assistant tool (and Modify System Settings tool to toggle of automatic Updates in the Amazon AppStore) to download and install the Google App directly from the Play Store. Through this method, we no longer need to host the Google App files (which can be massive in size) ourselves, which helps astronomically.


    Wait, that't not everything! This post dives into the highlights, but doesn't include everything! If you're interested in all changes... please take a look at the changelog for more info:
    Changelog - V29.0


    [General]
    • Fixed a crash occurring when FireOS version check fails.
    • Added a brand new theme - "PurPur".

    [YouTube Clients]
    • Added "LibreTube" as a new client option.
    • Updated the installation panel's appearance.
    • Added ability to download clients (to help reduce size of toolbox installations).

    [Modify System Settings]
    • Added "Night Mode (Dark Theme)" option to the System UI tab (new gen devices only).
    • Fixed the "System UI" tab appearing behind the "Display" tab when an old gen tablet is connected.
    • Package data is now cleared when toggling off/on OTA Updates. This ensures any downloaded OTA packages are removed.
    • Fixed Automatic Updates not being disabled/enabled correctly in the Amazon Appstore.

    [Manage Amazon Apps]
    • Added "Restore System Apps to Factory" to the "Restore Amazon Apps" Automatic preset list.

    [System Backup]
    • Added the option to "lock" a backup, ensuring it can only be restored on the device it was created on.
    • Generation checks have been added to ensure old gen device backups can't be restored on new gen devices and vice versa.
    • Added "Package States" to the backup options.

    [Screen Capturing]
    • Fixed recording timer being off by one second, moved recording timer label next to record button, updated recording icon, and improved recording logic.
    • After capturing a screenshot or recording the screen, the filenames are now updated with a new timestamp.
    • The tool will no longer close after recording, and multiple recordings can now be made in one session.
    • The "Show Taps" recording option has been changed to only show taps when the recording starts instead of being enabled after checking its box.
    • Recordings now give you 3 seconds to get ready before capturing.

    [Google Assistant]
    • Logic has been added to download the Google App from the Play Store in case of dead/disabled download links.

    [Lockscreen Management]
    • Lockscreen Ads can now be removed once more on tablets running 7.3.2.2 or above.

    [System UI Customizer]
    • Fixed a problem with Navigation Bar Modifier being disabled for 12th gen tablets.
    • 8th gen devices can now set custom navbar layouts.

    [Google Services (Manage)]
    • Added an option to disable "Automatic app-updates" in the PlayStore.
    Ready to download and install V29.0? Head on over to the Downloads section of the OP and get you a copy of the installer or the portable build!

    I'd firstly like to apologize to you all for not showing up in here for so long. There have been some things said that were extremely kind, and I just never got around to responding to. There have also been some questions and concerns that needed to be addressed by the developer, but because of my lack of attendance went unanswered. I'd like to apologize and let you all know that I'm going to do my best to be present more.

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    The Toolbox has grown so much over the years, and I just want to take a minute to THANK YOU all for that. I don't get much pleasure in life, but seeing the project grow like this has put a smile on my face, and I just can't thank you all enough for that. You guys are just so freaking friendly, and nice, I just don't know what I've done to deserve any of this. Thank you all for everything! :D

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    It's under Custom Launcher in Tooolbox. Select your launcher of choice to install (Nova works well and is a popular choice). Under Launcher Activation Method, Custom Navbar Key should be pre-selected for firmware versions above v7.3.2.1.


    View attachment 5721579

    That is the method to which you were referring. Only 2 methods are possible on the newer firmware. The other (Re-route Homekey), will only function for the current session and must be done again every time you reboot.

    Follow the instructions from Toolbox carefully to make sure that Automate is installed, it gets turned on at each boot, and it is granted all the permissions that it needs.
    My fire wasn't updating. It works great now! Thanks!!!!!!
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    Hello,

    I'm a lucky one with a 7 inch 8th generation frozen on 7.3.1.9. I love this tool, things work great. But there's a few apps that really need the upgrade.

    So I just have a few questions:

    1) For a smooth experience do you recommend upgrading and configuring and running the tool prior to enabling OTA updates and upgrading? Or do you recommend removing things like the play store first?

    2) Can anyone comment how performance is on older tablets with FireOS8?

    3) Or should I hold off upgrading? Say, until there's a way to disable OTA again? I'm hoping I can continue to avoid some of the problems folks experienced here when OS8 dropped.

    4) I take it from this thread the issues around getting the Play Store to install correctly on OS8 have been resolved?

    Thanks in advance!
    Short answer : DO NOT enable OTA.

    Sorry tlo be blunt, but enabling OTA will only update your Fire tablet to the current Fire OS 7 f/w which may "ruin" your existing FTB setup.

    From previous history, Amazon will NOT be upgrading exiting Fire tablets with FireOS 7 to FireOS 8 ... which is probably a good thing.

    Major incompatibility/instability of FireOS 8 on 12th gen Fire tablets with Google Play infrastructure persists and may be getting worse ... latest FireOS 8 update even crashes Google Play Store. No resolution in sight yet.
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    Hello,

    I'm a lucky one with a 7 inch 8th generation frozen on 7.3.1.9. I love this tool, things work great. But there's a few apps that really need the upgrade.

    So I just have a few questions:

    1) For a smooth experience do you recommend upgrading and configuring and running the tool prior to enabling OTA updates and upgrading? Or do you recommend removing things like the play store first?

    2) Can anyone comment how performance is on older tablets with FireOS8?

    3) Or should I hold off upgrading? Say, until there's a way to disable OTA again? I'm hoping I can continue to avoid some of the problems folks experienced here when OS8 dropped.

    4) I take it from this thread the issues around getting the Play Store to install correctly on OS8 have been resolved?

    Thanks in advance!

    If your apps need updating, then get a copy of the apk files from someone who's tablet has already been updated. I've posted a link to Shop Amazon and Prime Video from my post-7.3.2.2 tablet because those apps won't update by themselves. The pre-7.3.2.2 Shop Amazon app no longer works on current tablets, so if you want to use it, you must update the apk. I don't know how long those links are going to be up here due to legalities, so search the thread and get them before they get taken down.

    To answer your questions

    1. As Jumbo100 says, DO NOT turn on OTA updates. If you do that, your tablet will update to the latest version and there's no going back. You will lose the ability to block further updates unless you constantly watch for them and delete them. Your launcher replacement will become much more involved than just a one-click solution. Some things that were previously removable will become "protected apps" and unremovable. Basically, you're giving control of your tablet back to Amazon to load with more ads and they'll make it back into an Amazon consumption device.
    2. No older tablets HAVE FireOS 8. It is only on the new 2022 HD7's so far. Amazon will likely leave the older tablets on their current FireOS version as they have in the past.
    3. I doubt that some new way to disable OTA updates will be found. They've made the OTA Update app into a "protected app" that cannot be disabled without root access. No one has found any root exploits for 2019 and beyond tablets except for the very early ones on 7.3.1.0.
    4. No. FireOS 8 tablets are still a problem installing Play Services. All we have is workarounds like Aurora or sideloading from apkmirror.
    TLDR: Leave OTA Updates disabled. If you need an app updated, post here and someone will direct you to an update file. Always remember "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" ;)
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    @blaacksheep , @Jumbo100

    Thanks for the help and advice. Somehow in my head I conflated the OS8 issues on this thread and all of the issues with people upgrading. I also had assumed Amazon would try to consolidate their users to a single platform.

    Thanks for the heads up on the APK. Another one I've been having problems with is Discord and I grabbed a copy via APKMirror and that's fine I think. The last one I could use a pointer to is the Kindle app since that was installed natively on the Fire via the Amazon app store and not through the Google Play Store. Any recommendations on that, I'd be much obliged.

    Thanks again!
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    Hey, hey!

    What's going on, guys? I hope everyone is having a wonderful day/night so far!

    Yesterday, V29.0 was officially released! So, as usual... let's take a look at what this new update brings to the table!

    System Backup Improvements and Package States​

    In an effort to make the System Backup tool more effective, we have a few changes in tonight's update that I think you guys will enjoy. Firstly, it's now possible to lock a backup to a specific device, ensuring that the backup can only be restored to that tablet. Next, generation checks have been also added to ensure incompatible backups can't be attempted to be restored. Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting, is the new backup option that allows you to back up package states.

    With package states, you can now disable/hide all the apps you want and restore those disabled/hidden states at any time. For example, if you disable a bunch of apps but for some reason need to factory reset, you can create a backup of those states and upon a backup restore (after the factory reset) the Toolbox will take into account those package states and re-disable/re-hide those apps again automatically. Can also be used to set up multiple tablets with the same package states.

    Lockscreen Ads and FireOS V7.3.2.2+​

    It's not possible to remove lockscreen ads once more on newer versions of Fire OS without requiring Automate to be installed. This new method effectively works by revoking permissions from the Special Offers app. Huge shoutout to XDA member @RiCkLaR for finding this workaround!

    Screen Capturing Improvements​

    While working on the Python Port, I just recently got done coding the Screen Capturing tool. During that whole process, I was looking at the VB version of the tool and realized it was broken in a few areas... in fact, this tool is what inspired this update. Anyway, I noticed the timer wasn't accurate and was off by a single second... a problem with the logic that was sorted out pretty quickly. I also learned that ADB only supports 3 minutes of recording at a time... so that time limit is now taken into account and displayed alongside the timer. Also took the liberty of fixing the recording animation along with the timer and is now working as intended.

    A 3-second delay has also been introduced and is now displayed before screen recording starts. This gives you a few seconds to prepare before recording starts. Along with the other improvements... it's also ensured that the tool no longer closes after recording or screenshotting, and timestamps are adjusted/refreshed afterwords. Pretty happy with the way things turned out for this tool.

    Some Cool Modify System Settings Updates​

    Surprisingly, Night Mode (Dark Theme) can be enabled on the newer gen Fire Tablets, so it's been added as a toggle able option to the System UI tab. I found that pairing this with the Custom Navbar Key activation method for Custom Launchers really does help when it comes to apps with white backgrounds. Apps that would have a white background (we're looking at you Play Store), can now adopt the dark mode theme and switch over to a more friendly color... one that would allow the home key to still be visible.

    We also have changes directed at the OTA Updates option that when disabled/hidden the tool will now clear the ota package's cache. This gets rid of any OTA packages that may have been downloaded and were awaiting installation. Finally, the Automatic Update subtool has been updated to actually disable app automatic update in the Amazon AppStore (if it's enabled).

    New Theme Who 'Dis?​

    Joining our lineup of themes, we have a brand one! It's called PuPur, and it's essentially a purple theme! Not too much more to talk about... but a nice addition, I think.

    Google Services (Manage), and Google Assistant Additions!​

    Ah, now these two tools have an awesome component to them that I'd like to discuss! Firstly, let's talk about the Manage subtool for Google Services. This subtool now contains an option to disable Automatic app-updates in the Play Store! This is achieved by a new component of the Toolbox that is capable of reading the window layout, grabbing the bounds for a UI element, calculating the tap x and y values, and tapping the element!

    This means the Toolbox can effectively interact with the UI of any given app. Only problem is... it's kind of slow because it relies on Android to dump the ui layout... which can take a few seconds. It is effective, but kind of slow. Anyhow, using this component the Toolbox can now launch the Play Store, and navigate to the Play Store's settings to turn off Automatic App-updates automatically! Pretty cool yes?

    The component is also utilized in the Google Assistant tool (and Modify System Settings tool to toggle of automatic Updates in the Amazon AppStore) to download and install the Google App directly from the Play Store. Through this method, we no longer need to host the Google App files (which can be massive in size) ourselves, which helps astronomically.


    Wait, that't not everything! This post dives into the highlights, but doesn't include everything! If you're interested in all changes... please take a look at the changelog for more info:
    Changelog - V29.0


    [General]
    • Fixed a crash occurring when FireOS version check fails.
    • Added a brand new theme - "PurPur".

    [YouTube Clients]
    • Added "LibreTube" as a new client option.
    • Updated the installation panel's appearance.
    • Added ability to download clients (to help reduce size of toolbox installations).

    [Modify System Settings]
    • Added "Night Mode (Dark Theme)" option to the System UI tab (new gen devices only).
    • Fixed the "System UI" tab appearing behind the "Display" tab when an old gen tablet is connected.
    • Package data is now cleared when toggling off/on OTA Updates. This ensures any downloaded OTA packages are removed.
    • Fixed Automatic Updates not being disabled/enabled correctly in the Amazon Appstore.

    [Manage Amazon Apps]
    • Added "Restore System Apps to Factory" to the "Restore Amazon Apps" Automatic preset list.

    [System Backup]
    • Added the option to "lock" a backup, ensuring it can only be restored on the device it was created on.
    • Generation checks have been added to ensure old gen device backups can't be restored on new gen devices and vice versa.
    • Added "Package States" to the backup options.

    [Screen Capturing]
    • Fixed recording timer being off by one second, moved recording timer label next to record button, updated recording icon, and improved recording logic.
    • After capturing a screenshot or recording the screen, the filenames are now updated with a new timestamp.
    • The tool will no longer close after recording, and multiple recordings can now be made in one session.
    • The "Show Taps" recording option has been changed to only show taps when the recording starts instead of being enabled after checking its box.
    • Recordings now give you 3 seconds to get ready before capturing.

    [Google Assistant]
    • Logic has been added to download the Google App from the Play Store in case of dead/disabled download links.

    [Lockscreen Management]
    • Lockscreen Ads can now be removed once more on tablets running 7.3.2.2 or above.

    [System UI Customizer]
    • Fixed a problem with Navigation Bar Modifier being disabled for 12th gen tablets.
    • 8th gen devices can now set custom navbar layouts.

    [Google Services (Manage)]
    • Added an option to disable "Automatic app-updates" in the PlayStore.
    Ready to download and install V29.0? Head on over to the Downloads section of the OP and get you a copy of the installer or the portable build!

    I'd firstly like to apologize to you all for not showing up in here for so long. There have been some things said that were extremely kind, and I just never got around to responding to. There have also been some questions and concerns that needed to be addressed by the developer, but because of my lack of attendance went unanswered. I'd like to apologize and let you all know that I'm going to do my best to be present more.

    Next, I'd like to sincerely THANK @blaacksheep, and @Jumbo100 for being so helpful and active here on the forums! You guys are a blessing, and I'd like to take the time to show my appreciation for everything you two have done! Thank you both... you guys are absolute troopers!

    The Toolbox has grown so much over the years, and I just want to take a minute to THANK YOU all for that. I don't get much pleasure in life, but seeing the project grow like this has put a smile on my face, and I just can't thank you all enough for that. You guys are just so freaking friendly, and nice, I just don't know what I've done to deserve any of this. Thank you all for everything! :D

    Well, that's it for now! Please have a wonderful rest of your day/night and until next time, guys... Peace!
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    Firstly, thank you for creating this tool. It's an absolute godsend.

    Quick question - I've set up the tablet how I like it but as others have mentioned, am currently without Netflix and Disney+. I have disabled the OTA and Automatic updates using the Toolbox. If I now register my tablet with Amazon so that I can use the Amazon Appstore for the above 2 apps, does this have consequences in respect of the OTA and automatic updates? Can I use the Appstore without issues?

    I know the hybrid apps are available in the Toolbox but I want them to be updated via an app store for purposes of ease. Since they're not available on the Play Store, the Amazon Appstore is the only option.

    Thanks.

    It's perfectly safe to register your tablet with Amazon. The only reason to not register it is when you buy it, so that it won't come preconfigured with all your data including your wifi credentials. It uses them to connect and download updates before you even get done setting it up. Then you are prompted with a reboot to install option.

    Registration will have no effect on blocking OTA updates if you are on a firmware version of 7.3.2.1 or below. After that, you are no longer able to disable OTA updates so it's irrelevant.

    You'll need to connect to Shop Amazon once just to log on to their system and you'll be registered (even if the app itself doesn't work anymore). Then you can use the Amazon Appstore and Disney+ from there.
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    Hi,

    I got the toolbox running successfully on my Fire 8 Onyx, running 7.3.1.9. It's such a fine piece of software!

    I'm wondering if on the off chance that I need to cleanly factory reset the device, how should I go about it without updating to the latest firmware?

    Glad to see you're enjoying the Toolbox! :D

    Great question, my friend! Factory resetting it through normal means (recovery or through the Settings app) is perfectly fine.

    I, however, would advise that the first thing you do after factory resetting is immediately block OTAs and Automatic Updates after setup (follow the steps in the OP again). If you do not have time to block them, I'd advise waiting to factory reset until you do. Perhaps even turn off your router just to be on the safe side. Not blocking them ASAP is how they got me. :(

    Hope this answer is satisfactory, and please have a wonderful rest of your day/night, friend!
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    Hi there,

    I was curious if you got the Google services and play store to work on your 2022 HD7?
    I’ve been beating my head against the wall on that since the model came out, and I’ve only run into problems where the apps are very unstable/glitchy and malfunction.
    If you got it to work and it stayed like that even after hours, I’ll have to take another look myself and see if it now works for me too. One can hope!

    I only installed 3 out of 4 of the google apk's in order to sideload chrome and get gboard voice typing to work (which both perform great), and then erased those google services. Then I merely sideloaded all the apps I need. This is a trick I've been using since 2018 to get google apps working on fire tablets without having google services running in the background hogging ram. Based on what I've heard, the issue arises when you have the services constantly running in the background. I'd recommend the Lenovo tab M7 gen3 if you want a nice 7" android tablet, I have one as well and it's great.

    I'm planning to explore this issue more thoroughly soon. I'm convinced getting google play to function properly on the new 7 is just a matter of time. Stay positive lol.
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    Hi.

    Thank you for the detailed response.

    Now, much as I'd like to keep my finances off of it, I can't because it's bank apps so they require an Android (or iOS) phone/tablet to access it. That's frankly a bit annoying not giving clients the option to use a desktop computer / browser.

    I bought it primarily for this reason as Amazon says it'll be supported at least until 2026 which is a decent amount of years.


    I see it can be manually updated thru download if anyone would want: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=G2JXLC4L34GX73TE

    Again, thank you. You, and the XDA community were way more helpful than the Amazon rep which kept giving me suggestions (to activating notifications of apps, more specifically Play Store apps) that never worked (somehow he's employed there).

    People who pay to remove ads from the tablet they bought definitely feels like a legalized scam.

    I'd take a closer look at your financial institutions' websites. I think you'll find that most of your banking can in fact be done through a web browser on your computer instead of your tablet or phone. That's always been what I've found anyway.

    The main problem I have is logging on to my bank's website through a VPN when I foreget it's running and they're not expecting the login. My card gets locked because I'm not where I'm supposed to be. Then I have to call up customer service and wait on hold for 20 minutes just to tell someone in a foreign country who doesn't speak clear English that it was me that logged in from somewhere unusual through my VPN and that my card wasn't stolen. A true P.I.T.A. :rolleyes:
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    Fire Toolbox V29.0
    All-In-One Toolbox for Fire Tablets!




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

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

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

    • OTA Updates - OTAs can no longer be disabled.
    • 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:
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    Amazon Fire 7 (2022)
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    Amazon Fire 10/10+ (2021)
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    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)
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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)
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    In this forum, you may hear the word "generation" being used when talking about Fire Tablets. Just know that "generation" effectively means the same as "what year was the tablet manufactured?". This may seem confusing and as a result a reference table has been provided for you below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Toolbox:
    Version
    Installer (.exe)
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    Update Post
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    V29.0​
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    Other Downloads:
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    If you like my work and would like to support me feel free to Donate. Thank you!
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    How can I run the Toolbox on Linux?
    The Toolbox is currently being developed for Linux systems in the Python programming language. If you'd like to see the progress of the port, you can do so at this link.
    Please be patient with me as the Linux port is being developed in my spare time and may take some time to complete. However, as the port progresses some builds will be released to those who'd like to help test alpha builds. More information on this later down the line.
    However, at the moment, the best way to run the Toolbox on Linux is to use VMWare and emulate Windows.

    My Home Button isn't working after using the Custom Launcher Tool?
    Due to the way the process works, it alters your navigation bar's home key to send a key event that can be picked up by Automate. Once Automate reads this event, it launches your custom launcher automatically.
    However, if the flow in Automate isn't running, the navbar key will not work, and nothing will happen when it's tapped. To fix this, either open Automate and start the "Launcher Invoker" flow again, or execute the Custom Launcher tool in the Toolbox, click the ":" icon (upper-right) to show the Tool Options panel, and click the "Restore Navigation Bar" button to restore the stock layout.

    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.

    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
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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).
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    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.
    obn-set.jpg

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

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

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


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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)
    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! ✌️