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Rooting the FireTV first generation

Now we got a working method for rooting the FireTV with FireOS 5.0.5 and although I do not recommend it, for sake of informing you, I am exposing it in here: Fire OS 5.0.5 is the latest tailored Android OS -at the time of this writing- for both the Stick and box first version of FireTV and includes an exploitable bug which a Chinese rooting tool called KingRoot seems to manage quite well. You’ll need to download or sideload and run the KingRoot APK into your fireTV. This KingRoot tool seems to reportedly be the best “stand alone” rooting tool for almost any Android device. Rooting your FireTV...
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Unlocking the FireTV 2nd generation

Recently, user rbox at the XDA Developers community, managed to create a custom recovery tool, based on TWRP recovery for the FireTV 2nd Generation. He publicly posted scripts, binaries and instructions, se everyone can replicate his rooting and custom recovery installation experience on their FireTV 2nd generation. You can read and comment on his brilliant work in first hand by following this link. A word of caution: We assume this is a dynamic situation and although at the time of this tutorial the procedure is successfully performed on Version 5.0.4 or later of  FireOS, this may change in the future. Once in place, this custom recovery tool will allow you to easily install any future pre-rooted Android OS...
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Unlock your FireTV potential without rooting it

There has been much interest and discussion about FireTV and our “rooting needs“, particularly after latest Amazon´s firmware update (version 51.1.4.1_user_514013920) which introduced a new “feature”  called an eFuse, just to counteract any root tampering from the user side. When your new FireTV firmware detects “suspicious conditions” (i.e. rooted earlier firmware, or an unlocked bootloader),  it will burn the eFuse, which in turn will place your FireTV in a -rather obscure- recovery mode. Once an eFuse is burned, you cannot repair it as it is actually a physical process in the circuit: It actually gets burned out! This is a clever design which will signal it’s fused condition, leaving...
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Keep your rooted FireTV from OTA updating!

You FireTV periodically checks into amazon.com servers for new OS patches and updates to happen. Generally speaking this is a good thing, unless you have just managed to root Android on your FireTV. If you want to keep your root status, you may want to prevent  your FireTV from updating it’s Android OS. Historically speaking, Amazon tends to close every root gap on their Android based devices, with each OS update. How can I prevent my FireTV from checking into OS updates ? Technically speaking, there are three methods or instances where you may be able to achieve this. First let’s depict...
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Root your Fire TV

WARNING: This post is quite old and regrettably enough, these instructions won’t work now, on FireTV units with new firmware. Instead of rooting your device, you will actually do the contrary: Amazon placed a “fuse” inside their code that records any attempt on rooting your FireTV. When the fuse is triggered, your amazon fireTV will suffer: Read more about the software fuse inside your FireTV by following this link. IN SHORT, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS OUTDATED TUTORIAL, IT WILL HARM YOUR FIRETV.  Finally, there is an easy FireTV root process that will work on your Fire TV -for now-. At the time of...
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