Hello there everyone, I just bought a ton of fire tablets on sale. (9 of them) and I wanted to use them all for actiontiles around the house. I wanted to get the software side working first, and after a little research I found some scripts that I combined to make an almost “one touch” option for for clearing the bloat off of the tablets, and setting it up for use with action tiles and LANnouncer. It takes about 5-7 minutes a tablet to run the script, but its removing and adding a lot of stuff!
The script removes all of the amazon apps, and loads google play, and other google services. It installs nova launcher, to replace the firelauncher, and loads launcher hijacker so you can use it.
next it installs Fully Kiosk browser so you can set actiontiles as the home screen.
Lannouncer lets you use the tablet as an endpoint in smartthings for announcements.
Your tablet should be on Fire OS 126.96.36.199 to enable ALL the features of this script, however, you can use it with other OS versions or even other android tablets. It will not be able to remove the amazon apps from a tablet that is above 188.8.131.52, however other functions should work fine.
Any configuration changes that this makes are not permanent, and will not brick your device.
To restore to factory, you can hook up and run the reboot to recovery option, and just factory reset the fire, or do it through the Fire OS settings menu.
Here is a link to it, I would appreciate feedback, but I can not take credit for all of the work. a good majority of this, including the section that removes apps comes from the guys over at XDADevelopers.
Assuming a brand new fire, that has not been unboxed yet. - If you have 184.108.40.206 as the OS version, I would NOT let it update and would run option 1 to block OTA updates (or e for everything).
Turn it on, choose your language.
Attempt to join a network but use a bad password!
After using a bad password, hit cancel and skip connecting wifi.
Go into settings, about device, and then you need to tap on the serial number about 10 times to enable developer options.
Enable usb ADB.
Plug into a windows computer, and allow it to connect to the fire (security popup on tablet)
Extract the folder above to your desktop, for example: desktop\fire utility
Inside the folder, run the FileUtility.bat program.
You do no need to run as an administrator.
Choose what you want to do from inside the utility.
Swing back here and let me know you used it, and if there are any improvements I can make. Looking at adding in a fully config file that would just require you to login to action tiles, (and/or dakboard).
If you are having issues with the tablet connecting, you may need to get the drivers for your device from here:
Here is a beta version of the script, with some updates. Still not clearing out some apps due to the security put in on tablets in later firmwares, but it has some new features, and is a much smaller download now. Please comment bugs, suggestions, etc.
I’ve had a few messages asking about donations, if you would like to support development, you can here: