Replace the Fire TV Home Screen with a Custom Launcher

Welcome to our guide on how to replace your Fire TV Home screen with a custom launcher. Whether you own a Firestick, Fire Cube, or Fire TV, this process is feasible and straightforward. With our step-by-step instructions, you can make your Fire TV experience even more personalised and tailored to your preferences.

The Amazon Firestick is a popular streaming device that offers excellent value for money and can be jailbroken with minimal effort. It is a perfect choice for anyone looking to cut the cord, regardless of their experience with streaming devices.

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Several members of the XDA Forum created a brand-new technique to replace the Fire TV home screen in July 2023, and it is currently the most straightforward solution to get around Amazon’s most recent blacklist ban of the Launcher Manager programme. Finnzz and virtuacool, two XDA users, are to be credited for being the method’s key developers.

WARNING

This guide will make numerous changes that you need to be aware of if you use it to install a different custom launcher on your Fire TV device.

First, you won’t get any more software updates for your Fire TV.

Second, your Fire TV won’t go to sleep anymore.

Third, areas of your Fire TV that depend on the default Home screen, such as the Appstore app and the Settings section, will be more complex to reach.

While your custom launcher is functioning, all of these sacrifices can be easily undone permanently or temporarily, but they will continue to impact your device. If you want to undo the changes, please follow the instructions in the final step of this guide.

Replace your Fire TV Home screen with a Custom Launcher
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Is it Legal to Install a Custom Launcher?

It is completely legal to install a custom launcher. However, since third parties develop custom launchers, it may be advisable to use a VPN while using this app.

However, please keep in mind that Amazon fiercely guards the Fire TV home screen, so it’s likely that this method will eventually stop working.

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WARNING YOUR IP ADDRESS IS: 216.131.82.10

Your online activity is open to threats and snooping from your ISP, hackers, or governments. For that reason, a VPN can help to protect and defend you against any attacks. Using a VPN can also unblock access to the internet in countries where the internet is censored and can bypass other geographical restrictions.
In order to stream anonymously, stay protected, and unlock the internet, I recommend using NordVPN.
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How to Install a Custom Launcher

Custom launchers are not available to download from the Amazon App Store. However, you may be able to sideload them. To do so, your device must be capable of installing apps from unknown sources. Once your device is enabled for sideloading, you can install a custom launcher from my Downloads page.

Sideload Custom Launcher

  1. Please make sure you have enabled sideloading on your device.
  2. Open the Downloader app, then select the Search box.
  3. Enter 28907, then select Go.
Enter the Downloader code 28907
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  1. Wait for my Download page to load fully, then press the Menu (or Options) button on your remote 2x to enter full-screen mode.
  2. Select the Launchers category from the list at the top of the page. Or move down to view the Launchers category.
Select Launchers from the list of categories
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  1. Find the custom launcher that you want to use, then select it.
  2. On the next page, move down until you see the blue Download button.
  3. Select the Download button, then select Install.
  4. When the app has finished installing, select Delete 2x to remove the installation file, as it’s no longer required.

The custom launcher is installed.

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Install Launcher Manager

  1. Open the Downloader app, then select the Search box.
  2. Enter 28907, then select Go.
Enter the Downloader code 28907
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  1. Wait for my Download page to load fully, then press the Menu (or Options) button on your remote 2x to enter full-screen mode.
  2. Select the Launchers category from the list at the top of the page. Or move down to view the Launchers category.
Select Launchers from the list of categories
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  1. Find the Launcher Manager app in the list, then select it.
  2. On the next page, move down until you see the blue Download button.
  3. Select the Download button, then select Install.
  4. When the app has finished installing, select Delete 2x to remove the installation file, as it’s no longer required.

Launcher Manager is installed.

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Enable ADB Debugging

  1. From the Fire TV home screen, open the Settings (gear icon).
  2. Select My Fire TV.
  3. Then choose Developer Options.
  4. Select ADB Debugging to turn this feature ON.
ADB Debugging and Install Unknown Apps settings to turn off
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Change the Launcher Manager Settings

  1. Open Launcher Manager.
  2. In the menu on the right, tap down and select Launcher Options, then choose Home Button Hook.
  3. Select Use ADB for Home.
Custom Launcher Manager: Select Use ADB for Home
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  1. If you encounter an Allow USB Debugging prompt on your screen, be sure to select the checkbox that reads Always allow from this computer.
Custom Launcher Manager: Select Allow USB Debugging
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  1. Press the back button on your remote a few times until you are back at the Launcher Manager’s main menu.
  2. Select Launcher Options.
  3. Then select Custom Launcher Options.
  4. Select Active Launcher and choose your favourite alternative custom launcher.
Custom Launcher Manager: Select your preferred custom launcher
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  1. Now press the Home button on your remote to test that the custom launcher is working. If not, uninstall and re-install Launcher Manager then repeat steps 1-8 to Change the Launcher Manager Settings.
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  1. Reopen Launcher Manager and tap down the menu on the right to select Other Settings.
  2. Next, select Screensaver, then select Sleep Timeout and set it to zero.
Custom Launcher Manager: Set the Sleep Timeout to zero
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  1. To adjust the next setting, you’ll need to enter a lengthy command. Save yourself from clicking the remote control too many times by installing and using the Fire TV remote app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store on your phone or tablet. Please take a look at how to use the Fire TV app and connect it to your Firestick.
  1. Select Other Settings from the main menu in the Launcher Manager app.
  2. Then select ADB Commands.
  3. Select the + button in the top right corner and enter a label for this command. This can be whatever you want such as “loop”. This command works by continuously checking in a loop to find the stock launcher and disable it.
  4. Tap to Enter Command and enter the following line: while sleep 10; do ((++n%30)) || am force-stop com.amazon.tv.launcher; pm clear com.amazon.device.software.ota; pm clear com.amazon.adep; done
Custom Launcher Manager: Enter the command line
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  1. Check the box Execute on Boot and then select Save. You won’t see anything happen but the code will be executing itself in the background.

Your custom launcher will now be working and will always default to this launcher when your Firestick wakes up, boots up and when you press the Home button on your remote.

custom launcher loop command
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Reverse the Changes

Temporarily use Stock Launcher

If you need to get back to the original Fire TV home screen temporarily, first disable ADB Debugging. This stops the “loop” command from running.

  1. Open Launcher Manager and choose My Fire TV.
  2. Choose Developer Options, and turn ADB Debugging OFF.
Launcher Manager My Fire TV settings
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  1. Carry out the tasks you want to execute using the stock launcher.
  2. When you’re done, turn ADB Debugging back ON, then open Launcher Manager and select Other Settings from the menu and then ADB Commands.
  3. Select the “loop” command line to start it running in the background again and revert back to using the custom launcher as a default.
Restart the LOOP command in Launcher Manager
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Permanently Reverse the Changes

  1. If you want to stop using a custom launcher and revert back to the original Fire TV home screen permanently, open Launcher Manager and select Other Settings from the menu and then choose Screensaver.
  2. Select Sleep Timeout and set it to 20.
Reset the Sleep Timeout in Launcher Manager
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  1. Uninstall Launcher Manager.

The custom launcher will now stop loading automatically when you wake the Firestick up, boot it up or press the Home button on your remote.

Uninstall Launcher Manager
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Wrapping Up

If you’re tired of constantly seeing Amazon sponsored and advertised content, use a custom launcher.? Have you considered using a custom launcher? This solution involves replacing the default launcher with a custom one, ensuring that you never have to deal with unwanted content again.

If you decide to try it out, share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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