[WINDOWS][TOOL]Fire Toolbox V30.2

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balou911

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Thanks for this awesome app!
Bought a fire 10 HD because of it.
Fire is 7.3.2.1
Standard debloat.

Can't sideload amazon prime video. Says something about the service already installed.
Can't set time. When I try to set the timezone, screen crashes and I am back at settings.

Is there any other info you need?
What can I do?
 

mohnish92

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Thanks for the app!
Have used it today to customize and debloat 3 of my Fire HDs.

1 request/issue though.
After installing Nova Launcher from your app > Custom Navibar Key + Automate invoker settings..
- The Home button on the tab screen works fine.
-- However, I also have the Amazon bluetooth keyboard setup, which has a home key shortcut.

When I press the custom home key from the tab touch screen, it works fine and lands me to the Nova home screen.
However I guess the Home Screen button from the bluetooth keyboard is not linked with the Nova home screen on the invoker code/flow as pressing the home key on the bluetooth keyboard lands me to the Fire Launcher homescreen.

Can you please help by adding this function too? Or let me know if I can do it somehow?
 

jhford

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Hello all!
I just got a Fire HD 10 with following Build Date: 29 MAY 2021 Fire OS 7.3.1.9

First thing I did, is to download Toolbox v30 and get rid of the Ads, and install google play store. Then some of the Amazon Apps did not work anymore,device not supported. Thx to Blaacksheep I could resolve.

Following question, getting rid of the Apps in the version I am in, did it automatically block the OTA Updates?

I did read that some devices have problems with the launcher, what launcher works best with my 7.3.1.9 version?

Should I Update from this version?

any recommendations ?
Did you buy the HD 10 from Amazon? Were you able to assure that it was OS 7.3.1.9 before purchase? If so, how did you do that?
Thanks
 

ande00

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I was about to release a guide on disabling OTA updates by blocking the servers with RethinkDNS when @Datastream33 released v30 of Toolbox with a new data-restricting method of blocking them. I waited a little bit to see the reaction to it and it seems that it blocks some other things too.

Without further ado, here's a preliminary guide to setting up RethinkDNS and Activity Launcher to block any DNS lookups for Amazon's update servers.

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Alright, I've been testing this app for over a month and I haven't gotten any surprise "updates" just waiting for a reboot to install themselves! I haven't been turning off WiFi before rebooting, or taken any precautions to prevent updates other than just this app with the settings given here. I've only checked if there was an update waiting to install before turning my tablet off so I could delete it if I found one. My tablet has stayed on v7.3.2.3, while the most current release is 7.3.2.6. Using DNS66, I got surprised by the update from 7.3.2.2. I started watching for updates and had to delete them several times before I started using RethinkDNS. Using RethinkDNS has worked flawlessly in disabling OTA updates . The only caveate is that you can't run a "real" VPN along with RethinkDNS because it uses the VPN interface of your tablet in order to work. If you must run a VPN, you'll have to put my blocklist into your router's firewall rules so that the VPN interface of your tablet is free to run a VPN.

Step 1
Turn off your tablet's WiFi and disable DNS66 or any other VPN you are running.

Step 2
Get RethinkDNS from the source and sideload it to your tablet. The current version is v053k. Get Activity Launcher from UpToDown.com and sideload that to your tablet.

Step 3
Install RethinkDNS. Install Activity Launcher. (You can combine steps and just stream install them from your computer if you'd like.)

Step 4
Launch RethinkDNS. Tap "Apps" in the upper-left. A box will pop up saying "Start DNS and Firewall (default)". Tap "START". Another box will pop up saying "Attention!.....". Tap "Proceed". Another box will pop up saying "Connection request". Tap "OK". The app will start. Now you just need to configure it.

Step 5
Tap "Apps" in the upper-left once again. Now a list of installed apps will populate the screen. There are 4 apps you want to block to prevent OTA Updates. Scroll down the list and find each of these apps and tap the blue WiFi and the blue Mobile Data icon next to each of them so they toggle to red.

They are:
  • DeviceSoftwareOTA - when you block this a box will pop up saying it will also block 3 other apps. Tap "Proceed". It will repeat that warning when you block both the WiFi and Mobile Network options. When you are done, both should change from blue to red and it should say "blocked" under DeviceSoftwareOTA.

  • Forced OTA - Block both WiFi and Mobile Data on this. No popup boxes this time, the inicators just change from blue to red.

  • System Updates (1) - This should already be blocked from the first app. If not, repeat the proceedure and block both WiFi and Mobile Data

  • System Updates (2) - Again, this should be blocked from the first app and if not repeat the blocking proceedure.

Now to check if you are configured properly, look at the top and tap the "Blocked" heading. Your dispay should now list just those 4 apps and the indicators on the right should all be red. Tap to toggle any that are still blue.


Step 6
Now we need to use Activity Launcher to get to the hidden VPN settings of your tablet. Launch Activity Launcher. Let it load (it takes several seconds) and use the search glass in the upper-right. Type in "VPN" (without the quotes). At the bottom of the list under settings you'll see VPN. Tap it. Now find RethinkDNS on the list of installed VPN's and tap the gear at the right. Tap "Always-on VPN" to toggle it on. Tap "Block connections without VPN" to toggle that on. You'll get a warning screen, but acknowledge that and turn it on.

Edit: This can now also be done in Toolbox by going into Modify System Settings > Networking tab > VPN Settings if you don't want to install Activity Launcher, but Activity Launcher allows you access to other settings that Amazon hides.

Step 7
Turn on your WiFi now.

Congratulations! You're all done. You should be safe from further updates.

Optional:

There are other DNS changes that RethinkDNS can make. If you require them relaunch RethinkDNS and tap the DNS tab in upper-right to change DNS settings.

Your DNS lookups by default will use DoH (DNS over HTTPS). This makes it almost impossible for your DNS lookups to be redirected to a different site than what you typed into your browser. It also makes your DNS lookups unreadable by your ISP so they can't track what you do by your unencrypted DNS lookups (which happen even though your traffic may be encrypted). RethinkDNS also offers Dnscrypt, which is another method of doing the same thing. I believe DoH (the default) is most compatable and left that alone.

You can also use "filtered" DNS lookups to block offensive sites, block piracy sites, block adult sites, etc.

You can also use Cloudflare DNS, Google DNS, CleanBrowsing DNS, Quad9 DNS, or a custom DNS. If you know what you want, you can change your DNS settings here.

If you want to use additional blocklists in your DNS lookups, tap "On-device blocklists". Tap "Disabled" to enable this feature. Let it download the available blocklists. Tap "Configure". Under the "SIMPLE" tab, tap the filters you wish to use. Tap "APPLY".


You can change any other defaults if you wish. This includes all the settings in the settings menu. I left all these setting alone. I would recommend testing your internet after each change you make. If your internet stops working, go back to the defaults until you've determined that you really want to change that setting. Otherwise all the defaults will work fine for the purpose of blocking updates.

If needed, I'll post screenshots of the setup procedure.

NOTE: A reboot may be required after this procedure before you once again get internet access. (Thanks @smirnoff9969 )
First off all thank you for the guide and the support.

My Fire HD 10 KIDS is unfortunately on 7.3.2.6 because I did not pay attention in the beginning to it. So I have to deal with it. The tablet is planned to be used basically by my daughter in the Kids profile.

Nevertheless I wanted to do some mods with V30.0 in the parent profil like youtube and so on. All thinks working fine. In the end my plan was to freeze the settings with your guide. On one hand to prevent the system from further updates and on the other hand that some hidded / disabled apps still appear back on screen after a few days which i attribute to the automatic background updates.

But now I have the problem that every day my daughter switches on the tablet it says "ups, something went wrong". The tablet has to be restarted to get it normal working.

Might this be a problem due the blocking acc. to your guide? Did someone discovered something similar? Unfortunately I can only in a week again look for it because I am on business trip. First workaround for the girl is to shutdown it after using and fire it up on the next day.
 
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First off all thank you for the guide and the support.

My Fire HD 10 KIDS is unfortunately on 7.3.2.6 because I did not pay attention in the beginning to it. So I have to deal with it. The tablet is planned to be used basically by my daughter in the Kids profile.

Nevertheless I wanted to do some mods with V30.0 in the parent profil like youtube and so on. All thinks working fine. In the end my plan was to freeze the settings with your guide. On one hand to prevent the system from further updates and on the other hand that some hidded / disabled apps still appear back on screen after a few days which i attribute to the automatic background updates.

But now I have the problem that every day my daughter switches on the tablet it says "ups, something went wrong". The tablet has to be restarted to get it normal working.

Might this be a problem due the blocking acc. to your guide? Did someone discovered something similar? Unfortunately I can only in a week again look for it because I am on business trip. First workaround for the girl is to shutdown it after using and fire it up on the next day.

I have no experience with the Kids versions of the Fire tablets. I don't know what is causing that message. Also, I didn't do any investigation into whether or not RethinkDNS works on separate profiles (e.g. child and parent). It may require further setup to achieve blocking updates on both profiles. I may have to create a child profile on my regular HD 8 (2020) tablet to find out, but I'm going to assume it will be different on a "Kids" version tablet.
 

ande00

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I have no experience with the Kids versions of the Fire tablets. I don't know what is causing that message. Also, I didn't do any investigation into whether or not RethinkDNS works on separate profiles (e.g. child and parent). It may require further setup to achieve blocking updates on both profiles. I may have to create a child profile on my regular HD 8 (2020) tablet to find out, but I'm going to assume it will be different on a "Kids" version tablet.
Ok, thank you for your reply.

I will have a look to it when I am back. Try to enable the OTA functions and have a look the follwing days how it is working then.

Main reason behind the blocking is that I wanted to prevent the disabled amazon shopping app to appear again and again which is then locked in to the shopping account. There are also other grown up users whom I don´t want to gain access. May be I will use in the first step RethinkDNS to block the shopping app and hope that an upcoming amazon update will not break the whole setup.
 

markbnj

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My comments are bold-faced!

also Small item at end

[B]Jumbo100[/B] said:

-> I've been using my Fire HD10 (2021, 11th Gen) for a while as my general utility "daily ->driver" and it's surprising effective ... there are some caveats.
* Me too, but i have the HD10+ WITH the keyboard/case combo!

-> Fire HD10 is great for content consumption, but a little awkward for content creation ... I STILL haven't mastered the onscreen keyboard.]

* I HIGHLY, highly recommend the 10+ keyboard/case/office 365 bundle (especially if you DONT have o365 yet. the 1TB (yes 1TB PER 5 accounts= 5TB storage is fantabulous!
But, wait for the sales, I got mine for about $100 off the original price, and it's great!

Side note I had an older 8in fire, with a 3rd party keyboard, and I could Not touch type on it. THIS 10inch one with built in case lets me touch type perfectly....
The case is perfectly balanced, and the ONlY downside is that the keyboard becomes part of the tablet (yes, it can bee removed, but you should re-attach when done, to protect unit!



Jumbo100 continued:
I tend to categorize HD10 apps into 3 classes: Amazon "native" apps, the "Google suite" apps, and "everything else".

I actually USE many of the Amazon apps : Amazon Shopping, Prime Music, Prime Video, Kindle. So I need my Amazon account to be active.
I use shopping, kindle, and once in a while prime video on this tablet.

Note this disclaimer! I agree!

Do NOT install the Amazon apps from Google Play Store ... that will only cause trouble. In addition, many of the "brand name" streaming and social media apps have ported to Amazon AppStore and have been coded specifically for the Amazon/FireOS environment and run well, without exception. I originally thought that debloating "everything Amazon" and using Play Store installed apps only would be preferred, but I've found from experience that the Amazon-coded apps to be less cumbersome. So approach Amazon debloating with caution.

The Google suite (Gmail, YouTube) run well with the exception that background notifications will not be posted.

Other productivity apps run well: Adobe (Acrobat Pro, Scan) Microsoft Office 360 suite, Teleconference (Zoom, Skype, Teams). All the web browsers (Edge, Edge Canary, Firefox, Firefox Focus, Brave, Chrome)

SO, my comments: buy the physical keyboard/case. My total cost for that was about $45.00 when bundled.
Office365? Yes, the storage is GREAT. I use that to stream and back up the tablet.
And I added the extra 15 months to my existing account!

cheers. markb

Additional note:
I use firefox (v107.0.1) on my pc for primary work. I tried to download FTB 30.1 and it failed. Apparently this newer version of FF autoMAGICALLY determined it was a PUP (potentially unwanted/dangerous Program), and refused to load.
by going into the menu, and clicking update and a new download button, it asked me If I STILL wanted to download this PUP.
I said yes, and now upgraded.
 
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markbnj

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Thanks for the quick reply. In fact, after checking firmware version on 2nd Fire Tablet 10 is has 7.3.2.2. So far with 7.3.2.2, I was able to installed google services, removed amazon ads(Lockscreen management), and have Standard debloat applied (Manage Amazon apps). The only task remain to do is remove fire tv launcher and have it replaced by Nova Launcher.
personally speaking, I returned a 10+ that had 7.3.2.2 and got a replacement with 7.3.2.1, and much happier
 

fuquaforlife2

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Hi all,

Thanks for everyone's help -- got everything installed (and seems like I got lucky and have a 7.3.2.1 version).

Dopey question -- just want to check -- there is no issues with registering my device with Amazon now that I've disabled OTA updates? Didn't see anything in the instructions on the front page saying I shouldn't register, but don't want to accidentally trigger an update either :)

Thanks!
 

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Hi all,

Thanks for everyone's help -- got everything installed (and seems like I got lucky and have a 7.3.2.1 version).

Dopey question -- just want to check -- there is no issues with registering my device with Amazon now that I've disabled OTA updates? Didn't see anything in the instructions on the front page saying I shouldn't register, but don't want to accidentally trigger an update either :)

Thanks!

No issues with Amazon registration. The only reason that is even mentioned is when purchasing the tablet, they connect it by default to your Amazon account (which usually has all your WiFi and password information) and it will connect and update before you get through the setup. Once you've disabled OTA Updates, there's nothing they can do to trigger an update.(y)
 
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chrbar

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Hello.

My Fire HD 10 (11th Gen) runs Fire OS 7.3.2.4.
I'd hacked it with Fire Toolbox and installed Google services.
All apps run correctly but I''ve lost Nova as default launcher after an OTP update.

I've tried to block OTA with DNS66 method but I didn't test it (because I prefered to wait a new Fire Toolbox release before to connect back it on Internet).

I would like to stop OTAs, to disable some Amazon apps, to be able to install all my apps and to replace the launcher by Nova.

Do you recommand to me to execute the brand-new method from v30.x including the factory reset of my Fire HD 10?
Do I have to use Fire Toolbox v30.0 or v30.1 ?

Thanks a lot for your help and advices :)
Chris
 
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Hi bros,

I have some issues with the last Fire toolbox V30.1
I can't install Google services on my Fire HD8 2022 (Fire oS 8.3.1.1) Toolbox notified "The download has failed. the link could be dead or disabled"
Is this a common problem? what to do?
 
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Hello.

My Fire HD 10 (11th Gen) runs Fire OS 7.3.2.4.
I'd hacked it with Fire Toolbox and installed Google services.
All apps run correctly but I''ve lost Nova as default launcher after an OTP update.

I've tried to block OTA with DNS66 method but I didn't test it (because I prefered to wait a new Fire Toolbox release before to connect back it on Internet).

I would like to stop OTAs, to disable some Amazon apps, to be able to install all my apps and to replace the launcher by Nova.

Do you recommand to me to execute the brand-new method from v30.x including the factory reset of my Fire HD 10?
Do I have to use Fire Toolbox v30.0 or v30.1 ?

Thanks a lot for your help and advices :)
Chris

Yeah, OTA Updates will reset a lot of the modifications Toolbox makes.
I recommend using the latest version of Toolbox (30.1) because of the changes being made to improve downloading things like a launcher and Google Services, and for new features. The method you choose to block OTA Updates will depend on your needs and your usage. If you like to download streaming movies (like Prime Video or Disney), the new method will hinder you in doing that. If you use a real VPN for whatever purpose, the DNS66 or RethinkDNS methods will not work for you. If you don't use a VPN, I suggest the RethinkDNS metod outlined in the first link in my signature. Once set up, it runs without any issues and you don't need to be on your home network to use it. If you do use a VPN, download streaming videos for offline watching but don't use your tablet anywhere but your home network, I recommend either importing my blocklist into your router so that your router blocks the server access or to use a PiHole on your network.
 
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Hi bros,

I have some issues with the last Fire toolbox V30.1
I can't install Google services on my Fire HD8 2022 (Fire oS 8.3.1.1) Toolbox notified "The download has failed. the link could be dead or disabled"
Is this a common problem? what to do?

The problem is being caused by the unusually large number of people using Toolbox and the temporary online storage site for the apps being Google Drive. Google only allows a certain amount of bandwidth per day to a Drive account and when that's been exceeded, it will fail. Your best bet is to try it again tomorrow, much earlier in the day before the allotment gets used up.
 
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The problem is being caused by the unusually large number of people using Toolbox and the temporary online storage site for the apps being Google Drive. Google only allows a certain amount of bandwidth per day to a Drive account and when that's been exceeded, it will fail. Your best bet is to try it again tomorrow, much earlier in the day before the allotment gets used up.
Not the best option, especially when u have to install google on several tablets in limited time
I tried other option and sideloaded google files on Fire but it doesn't work properly. Play market keeps crushing out, some sideloaded programs freeze or don't respond properly.
any other options?
 

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    [...] What do you think my best course of action is to diagnose this, and to fix this?
    I doubt that any of this is caused by any of the standard toolbox features/changes.

    My approach to solve the issue would be to first make a backup, then uninstall all the apps you've installed since "toolboxing" your tablet and then try one by one of your wanted apps to see which of them causes issues as described.
    Since that might be a rather lengthy process you might just do a factory reset and start over as well.
    A good idea is to make a backup right after setting the tablet up originally so you can always just go back to that instead of going through it manually when issues occur.

    Also, have you checked your storage? Could it be that almost all available storage is used? In my experience this is what makes devices "sluggish" as you describe it.
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    9th Generation Fire HD 10 that I applied Toolbox v 6.5 to a year or two ago and it has worked just fine, except...

    After a day of use, and having put the device down while I work or sleep, the device invariably becomes far too sluggish to use.

    I don't know the cause of this slow down, I don't know if memory has been totally allocated, or if some process has run amuck.

    Is there any android or amazon fire app that provides system information like a top or ps would?

    Is top or ps something I can run via an adb shell if I have the tablet connected to my windows laptop? But not run without being connected?

    I have no reason to think this sluggishness is due to the Toolbox mods, but is it possible this sluggishness is due to the Toolbox mods? (Automate?)

    What do you think my best course of action is to diagnose this, and to fix this?

    Thanks!
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    If outdated, an update could be what your tablet needs.
    I took the risk, enabled the Amazon App store and updated the Netflix app before disabling the Amazon App again. That indeed did the trick - now it's working. 🎉😊
    I suppose you could try a browser like Kiwi, and change the user agent string (using this extension) to trick the website into thinking your on a Windows desktop. Not 100% sure it would work, but perhaps its worth a try.
    I did try that with Dolphin Browser using a current Win10 with Chrome Browser user agent but while the autoplay trailers worked I couldn't play the episode of the show I wanted to watch due to missind DRM capabilities of the browser. At least that's how I uderstood the error message I had gotten.
    Unless Kiwi can deal with DRM secured content streams, possibly even Silverlight I don't think Kiwi would've worked either. But luckily the newest App from the Amazon App Store worked.

    Talking of that: How about implementing a feature (possibly app) that allows us to update hybrid apps (Netflix/Disney+) from the tablet without the Amazon App store i.e. just downloading it from there making it available to be installed from the downloads folder? Is that even something that's possible? I'd think it would be, considering it's not much different from what you have to do manually.
    [...]
    Next, Netflix Germany has it's own more limited media catalogue and service, ostensible for licensing reasons. German IP address are geo-blocked from accessing US Netflix servers. That's the source of the 403 network connect error message. Chrome browser can easily connect to www.netflix.com, just not from Germany. Is there a re-direct to Netflix Germany servers? Possbile workaround is to use a VPN to "spoof" a US IP address.
    [...]
    Next, will your subscription work on Netflix Germany?

    I can see how reluctant you are to make any changes to your FTB setup; understandable to protect your tablet from Amazon, at any cost.

    However, once your FTB setup is adequately protected from OTA Updates, you are not precluded from using your Amazon account and downloading apps from the Amazon AppsStore. That's the general approach for getting Google incompatible apps to run on FTB modded Fire tablets. But you have to be vigilant that OTA Updates won't occur.
    [...]

    Edit:
    alternative version of Netflix app may be available for "non-compliant" devices :

    ** Edit 2: Nerflix Basic with Ads plan available in Germany but maybe not on Fire tablets. See "NOTE" and "Why Basic with ads plan is not available" in description of Plan:
    Actually www.netflix.com is the only way to surf to Netflix from Germany as well. There is no specific German Netflix domain. So no, there's no re-redirect.
    And as said, I was able to even login on the Netflix page - only after that the site didn't load anymore and showed the error. But only on the phone - there were no issues whatsoever on the PC for the same URL. And just like for people accessing Netflix form the US the page to browse available content on Netflix in Germany also is www.netflix.com/browse.

    Sure the subscription works in Germany - which was implied by telling how it worked on PC. And as told before as well, the account/subscription was created from Germany, after buying the gift card in Germany. So none of that is an issue.

    Yes, considering I got one of the last HD 10 plus models with "old" firmware that allowed full customization, that really is the last I'd wont to be gone.

    Thanks for the more detailed info about the Amazon App store/OTA update. That makes me a bit more confident using it in future cases.

    Reg. Edit 1: Thanks for the Netflix link regarding a direct app download from their server. That really could come in handy at some point.


    In summary it can be said that the "Netflix Basic with ads plan" works on our Fire Tablets, even from Germany (and likely any other country where that plan is offered) - as long as an up to date Netflix app is used on the tablet to watch.
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    Hey, I know I'm a little tardy to the party... but I suppose it's better late than never... right?

    I'm happy to announce that today marks the 4TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the project! 🎉🎉

    2019, the year of the Toolbox's release... It seems like such a long time ago, doesn't it? (feels like 4 years to be exact ;)).

    Jokes aside, it's really cool to see how something that started out so simple, evolve into something much bigger than you could ever image. I mean, this project started out as a BATCH file for pete's sakes... its sole responsibility to remove lock screen ads!

    Release after release, the Toolbox grew, and so did its impact. Today we are on Version 30.3 and so many new features have seen the light of day. it's just so crazy to think that this small project has gotten this big. Sure, we've been through some hard times, with the whole download situation that happened in July, the release of FireOS 7.3.2.2, the play services issue on FireOS 8... just to name a few. But you guys stuck with me through it all, giving your support, and just being awesome people!

    Speaking of you guys, I just wanted to take some time to THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for being the BEST community on the entire internet. @Jumbo100 and I were discussing this and we both came to the conclusion that this community is one of the few communities where everyone has just been so kind, caring, positive, respectful and helpful towards each other without there being rude and toxic individuals running rampid. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of it. You guys are my world, and seeing everyone come together like this is has just been a blessing. Thank YOU all so much from the bottom of my heart. :D

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    So What's Next for the Project?​

    The goal for this year is to complete and release the Python Port (more on that in a moment). But, I'd also like to jump into the VB version and fix up some issues that it has. Work needs to be done, and some improvements need to be made.

    As far as the port goes, I'm about to let out some information that may cause some anger for some folks. I've thought long and hard about this, and I've decided that the port will be closed-source, much like the Windows version. Yes, I know there are plenty of reason why open-sourcing it would be better than keeping it closed source, but I'm just not ready for that sort of thing yet. I'm not saying it will never happen, just not at the moment. I hope you guys can understand.

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    @Datastream33

    A Happy Fourth Anniversary to the Fire Toolbox Project !

    • 30 Version Updates spanning a host of Generations of Fire Tablets on 5 major FireOS platforms
    • 2M+ Thread Views, 11K+ Posts, a legion of followers
    Quite a Legacy!

    Thank you for your persistence and dedication to the Project - it’s been a Journey!!

    “ Alla salute – Cent’anni ! "
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    Manual updating is not working for me.

    I go from Settings --> Device Options but when I go to System Updates, I get kicked back to Settings

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    The one thing that I don't want to do is to go online to do anything automatically there.
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    I have Fire 8 (10th gen, 2020), and used (I think) v26 or so for the tool. I have system updates disabled so I can't see what version Fire OS I'm on but I haven't updated in more than a year at least.

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    I still find the Fire tablets slow, this one was cheap it was worth it, is the 2022 version any faster in general use? Hate the pause and sluggish behaviour of it

    thanks
    If you've been away from the FTB community for a while you've missed a lot of excitement/angst/despair.

    From the FireOS 7.3.2.2 update (late November/21) there were some significant changes to how Fire tablets could be modded. Quoting from OP #1:

    " 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."


    This includes not being able to replace Amazon Launcher.

    Since then Amazon has added even more restrictions. @Datastream33 worked really hard to code various "workarounds" which are effective but are cumbersome and add to the "overhead" of the already limited system resources.

    So definitely DO NOT upgrade FireOS . Most of the FTB updates are related to the workarounds and probably wouldn't add any new functionality to your setup, although some of the FTB processes are improved.

    If your tablet is pre-f/w update 7.3.2.2, consider it to be part of the "Golden Age" of FTB mods ... it doesn't get any better!

    To improve the performance of your device consider reducing the number of apps installed to free as much memory as possible, especially for streaming media. Also consider cleaning the tablet caches periodically; services like YouTube can occupy as much as 250MB memory per hour.

    The newer Gen 12 tablets have moderately improved specs, but have their own problems running the Google Play ecosystem.
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    Godd tactical plan ... you need/want FireOS 8.3.1.3 but ONLY f/w 8.3.1.3.

    Keep a copy of the the f/w download for "safekeeping" , if you ever need to do a future device factory reset ... Amazon support only makes the current update available and doesn't archive previous versions.
    I can see that. Is there no 3rd-party website keeping any of the desired Fire OS versions available? Would Amazon shut that down?

    If they frown upon this, I guess you wouldn't be permitted on any host using Amazon Web Services. Terms of Service or some such legalese but this may be something that might fly under their radar.
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    Fire Toolbox V30.2
    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:
    Generation:
    Amazon Fire 7 (2022)
    12​
    Amazon Fire 10/10+ (2021)
    11​
    Amazon Fire 8/8+ (2020)
    10​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2019)
    9​
    Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
    9​
    Amazon Fire 8 (2018)
    8​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2017)
    7​
    Amazon Fire 8 (2017)
    7​
    Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
    7​
    Amazon Fire HD8 (2016)
    6​
    Amazon Fire HD10 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD8 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD7 (2015)
    5​
    Amazon Fire HD7 (2014)
    4​
    Amazon Fire HD6 (2014)
    4​

    In this forum, you may hear the word "generation" being used when talking about Fire Tablets. Just know that "generation" effectively means the same as "what year was the tablet manufactured?". This may seem confusing and as a result a reference table has been provided for you below.

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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 - 2022) Guide:
    Before purchasing the tablet:
    • Make sure you uncheck the "Link device to your Amazon account to simplify setup" box before Adding to Cart. (See this screenshot, credits go to @ancientrael)

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

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

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

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

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    Toolbox:
    Version
    Installer (.exe)
    Portable (.zip)
    Update Post
    VirusTotal
    V30.2​
    Post​
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    Other Downloads:
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    Custom Navigation Bar Icons​
    Navigation Bar Modifier​
    Toolbox Changelogs​
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    Download​
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    V25.2​
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    Download​
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    *Halloween Edition​
    Download​
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    FAQ.png

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

    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 9-30-2022

    A lot has changed since I first posted this. Toolbox has been updated to v29.0 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.)
    DNS66-start.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


    Toolbox v29.0 now takes care of 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.


    New: Toolbox v29 has remediated most of the difficulties in replacing the launcher. Always check that you have the latest version of Toolbox. I'll leave the rest of the post up to inspire ideas.


    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)
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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! ✌️