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How To Block or Disable Fire TV Updates

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IMPORTANT:  THIS GUIDE WORKS ON FIRE TV FIRMWARE 5.0.5.1 AND BELOW

Block-Fire-TV-Updates2As of Amazon Fire TV Firmware 5.2.1.0, the debloater tool does not allow the blocking of Fire TV automatic updates which was the best way to achieve this.

After trying to unsuccessfully block automatic updates via router for the past week, I am done dealing with this unnecessary procedure.

I am of the belief that Amazon will never block Kodi as they rely on too many people who use Kodi and also Amazon Prime.  They would be shooting themselves in the foot if they ever did this.

If they ever did block the installation of Kodi, we can use an Android TV Box which will work just as good if not better than the Fire TV/Stick.  Here is a powerhouse that costs approximately $35 – MXQ Pro 4K.

Original Post – Still Works For Firmware 5.0.5.1 & Below

For those of you who own a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you have probably noticed that it performs automatic updates without any intervention on your part.  This can be a great thing if you don’t use any sideloaed apps such as FireStarter.

This tutorial will walk you through the necessary steps on how to block or disable Fire TV updates on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.  This is an easy process that can also be undone very quickly if you would like to resume receiving automatic updates for your Amazon Fire TV.

With the latest release of Fire TV firmware 5.0.5.1, you have probably noticed that FireStarter no longer works properly.  The big question is, “What other steps will Amazon take in the future to ban other applications, such as Kodi?”

For now, I don’t want to take the chance of not being able to use Kodi so I am going to block or disable Fire TV updates on all of my devices so I can rest assured that I will always be able to use Kodi.

This process only takes a few minutes and can be accomplished with two programs; ADBFire, and Debloater.  You may find download links for each program below.

How To Block or Disable Fire TV Updates Tutorial

It is recommended that you watch the video below these brief instructions which will provide in-depth details for each step.

Download Links

ADB Fire Download (step 3)

Debloater Download (step 4)

Windows

OSX

Steps On How To Block Fire TV Updates

  1.  Ensure ADB Debugging is turned on within your Fire TV system settings.
  2. Write down your IP address of the Fire TV that you want to turn off automatic updates.
  3. Install ADB Fire on your computer and input proper settings.
  4. Install Debloater onto your computer.
  5. Connect to your Fire TV device with ADBFire.
  6. Once connected via ADB Fire, start Debloater application.
  7. In Debloater, check the box for the following .apk file – DeviceSoftwareOTA.apk (com.amazon.device.software.ota).
  8. Click Apply.

Video Tutorial With Step-By-Step Detailed Instructions

 

2017-06-26T20:25:49-05:00 By |Fire TV|64 Comments
  • Tony

    Can not connect.
    Adbfire keeps saying offline but imconnected hmm

    • Troy Christensen

      This happened to me and I had to reinstall ADBFire. Also, you may want to try restarting your router and computer to see if that helps. Also, ensure that you are using correct ip address and adb debugging is turned on.

  • Cory

    Debloater for Mac will load program in applications, but will continually quit on launch!

    • Troy Christensen

      Sorry, Cory…I can’t comment as I don’t have a Mac to test with.

      • Geoffrey

        Troy … do you know if there’s a mirror site for deblotter? The one listed above, as was noted by Cory, keeps showing an error message?

        thank you,

        Geoffrey

        • Troy Christensen

          Hello Geoffrey, the one I have listed is the only one I could find.

          • Geoffrey

            Perfect … thank you, Troy!

    • Lance

      Having the same problem. Any luck??

  • Res

    Seems to work well, and seems to survive a reboot. Is it really this simple?

    • Troy Christensen

      Thanks Res, yes, pretty easy isn’t it. You should be good to go. Thanks for visiting.

  • James

    I am being blocked from downloading ADB Fire. Will try again SAT. Let me know how to unblock it! I was wondering how Kodi was all of a sudden on my main menu and was just clicking on it then found the double click did not work, then discovered Firestarter was no longer working at all. Glad I updated all to Jarvis 16!

    • Troy Christensen

      Hello James, I don’t know why you would be blocked from downloading ADBFire unless your virus program is doing it. You may want to temporarily disable that and then try again.

  • James

    Debloater not accepting instruction. All areas greyed out. Message states that it has been blocked due to system being damaged
    Jim

  • Wayne

    Hey Troy another great video. Just one question. If Firestarter is already gone do I just reload it after I turn the updates off? All my Firesticks got the upgrade so I lost firestarter on all of them?

  • Ernie

    Hello Troy,i too have the new upgrade on me three devices Unless i am imagining but , i believe my sticks are running smoother and faster! With the debloater installed , should i be safe from future firmware updates from amazon? Thanks for you hard work,Keeping everyone inform.

    • Troy Christensen

      Hello Ernie, I think my plan is to turn on the block and see what happen with each release. If it doesn’t hurt anything, I will turn off block, let it update, and then turn back on:) Yes, I will play that game. Take care.

  • bill fitchard

    Nothing happens when i click “connect”. Could this be because i’m using a vpn?

    • Troy Christensen

      Hello Bill, yes, try disabling your VPN and do it again.

  • L. MORGAN

    Hello Troy, I followed your instructions and everything went well the first time I did it. However when I tried this process on my second fire stick as soon as I launched debloater a message came up and it reads as follows:

    Your device does NOT support block mode. We will disable/hide your packages instead of blocking them

    On my first successful attempt the package I check was: device softawareOTA.apk

    I am running Windows 7

    Can you please give me a hand with this problem.

    Thank you

    • Troy Christensen

      Hello, go ahead and let it disable/hide your packages instead of blocking them.

      • Lilly

        If we let it disable/hide our “packages,” will it actually block updating of the firmware?

        • Craig NA

          Yes.

  • Rajah

    Hello Troy
    I have lost Firestarter since Amazon upgraded my FTV 1st Gen to 5.0.5.1, and also the Kodi Icon in the homepage under sideloaded Apps.
    Once I block Amazon as per your method, can I re-install Firestarter via AdbFire or ESExplorer.
    Regards
    Rajah

  • Trish

    BIG HUG & BIG Bookmark star!!!!….Thank you

    • Troy Christensen

      Thanks for posting, Trish! Have fun.

  • I have been trying to use my computer to fix my buffering on my kodi but I cannot seem to do it, these guys are showing us on a computer , but how do you get it on your tv.?

  • James

    Great info Troy –
    I see a few people have asked about what happens if an auto update had already rendered the app impaired (as I think hashe happened with Kodi on my fire stick)
    Will going through this process help the app to work like before the update?
    Thanks –
    James

    • Troy Christensen

      Hi James, no this will not push your firmware back to what it was but it will protect from automatic Fire TV updates in the future. My plan is to keep these on and then turn off if I know update won’t interfere with Kodi or anything else on the system.

  • Brian

    Great video Troy,

    I think with the newest update on 5/23/16 they blocked debloater.

  • kiana

    im have trouble with the debloater also after the newest update …what other options do i have on turning off updates

  • Chris

    Hi Troy. Debloater won’t open on Mac. “The Application X 11 could not be opened.” Is there a way to delete the apk file without using the program?

    • Chris

      I see than I can uninstall the apk directly from ADBFire, but if I do that is it gone for good?

    • Eddie Saiz

      Did you get an answer on this? I also want to be able to do this on my macbook. Thanks!

  • Matt

    Hello Troy
    Having the same issue.
    I have followed step by step.
    And in Deblotter followed it step by step
    Go to the firestick and it is never shows me that error message.
    Is there a fix?

  • Lilly

    For those of us getting the “device does not support block mode” message, here’s something my internet search uncovered, written by the developer of Debloater: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=62238508&postcount=1037

  • Holly Frederick

    I’m curious as to if you use the debloater and block updates using your IP address that fire stick has listed will it only work at that up address or is the over the air updates blocked no matter where you plug it in hotel , visiting someone and using their internet etc…

  • Russell May

    Help me please. I cant get ADB to connect to FireTV. It was working fine until it updated.

    • Hello Russell, make sure that ADB Debugging is on within your Fire TV settings. Also, ensure that both your Fire TV and computer are on same network.

  • Craig NA

    I was able to root an updated Firestick, install an older version of the firmware, block future updates and also get Firestarter reworking into the bargain. Used ADB, debloater and a downloaded older firmware zip.

    • Roger F

      Hey craig how did u root the updated forestick and where did u go to download opd firmware plz help cant find it

      • Craig NA

        I’ll reply to you properly when I next have access to my main system.
        It has all the bookmarks etc on it, but I will get back to you.

        • Roger F

          Thank u i have a few fire sticks i have to revert to old software but cant figure it out lol

          • Craig NA

            Just to let you know I will be able to access my main system 27th /28th August. I am on vacation until then and haven’t forgotten about you.

          • Roger F

            7no problem thank u for keeping in contact

          • Craig NA

            My email address is EADG_S@YAHOO.COM
            Maybe you can send me our email address, that way I can give you links to use. Every link posted here is subject to approval before it is allowed it seems.

  • Lyn Jones

    Hi
    I may have missed my window of opportunity to block the .apk file you listed to prevent Amazon Fire TV from auto-updating.

    I blocked the apk with the debloater, but when I check the settings in the Fire TV, it says it will update the next it it restarts.

    Is there anything I can do?
    Thanks.
    Lynn

    • Hi Lynn, as I reference in the article, this doesn’t work with upgraded firmware any longer. You can still install Kodi onto any Fire TV device so don’t worry if you haven’t blocked the updates.

  • Rey Jey

    I have Fire OS 5.0.5.1, will this work for this version Troy? Ty

    • Guys, you will see in my article above, I quit worrying about blocking updates. I don’t think Amazon is going to ever ban Kodi. If they do, we have a ton of other options besides Fire TV.

      • Mal

        How do you connect fire stick to pc to install the software ?

  • Thee Vulture

    If they ban Kodi on the Fire OS, the fire stick and any other fire OS product is finished.

  • Dr Ug Skill

    Well, laaaate. There is a new OS, and it does not have the debugger options, the whole settings options has been changed, there is no ‘system.”
    Go home, everyone.

    • ExRoot

      System is now Device. My new Stick with Alexa arrived today after ordering it from Amazon yesterday afternoon. Wtached a youtube video and it was jailbroken in 10 minutes. Sittingb here watching a movie right now. Search this: Jailbreak Amazon Fire TV Stick 2017 (Install Kodi). Her tutorial was great.

  • Trip66

    No link for debloater. In the links area for adbFire….Anyone have one?

  • Chad Kovac

    Just received an update and all of my apps are gone. Well.. not gone completely. I have to go to settings, apps, to see them but the apps menu on the home screen is blank.

    • Deborah Pryor

      Are you able to access Kodi. If so how

      • Chad Kovac

        Go to settings then applications then installed applications or something like that.

  • Rachael Emma Thomas

    Hi troy and everyone, alot of our friends have these firesticks and arent very comuter savvy etc so have asked me to it for them, my question is if i do it for them in the comfort of my own home will it stay block on there wifi/ip address? Or is the ip im connecting to the firesticks internal/own ip?

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  • ?malcolm meatball

    I’ve had updates blocked for some time now on my fire TV, but recently installed a vpn.
    The next time I turned it on it had updated to the latest firmware.
    No big deal, but I was wondering is this connected or is there another address Amazon are now using to force updates?