Alternative Launcher

Alternative Launcher (Home Screen)

This method has been updated as the FTVLaunchX method no longer works in FireOS versions greater than 6.2.7.1 (I use version 6.2.7.3 as I prefer it to newer versions).

There are two methods to change the 4K Launcher (home screen) to a customised one, of which there are quite a few to choose from.
My favourite is currently Wolf Launcher.
I was using ATV Launcher (of which Wolf Launcher is a fork) but some apps (notably Prime Video) did not open when using ATV, so I switched to Wolf Launcher and this resolved the issue.

These instructions assume you are using Wolf Launcher but other Launchers should work too.

Method 1 requires root. Method 2 does not require root. Use whichever method you prefer.
Note: You can use always use a custom launcher without following method 1 or method 2 but the Amazon launcher will then always be enabled as the default launcher. You will have to open the custom launcher each time you want to use it (pressing the home button on the remote will load the Amazon stock launcher).

Alternatively if you have already followed the instructions to unlock the bootloader you can use the supplied zip file to do this. This zip file has been updated to include the new method 1 (root required):

Download Files (to install from the Linux Boot Disk).


Files to Install from Windows

Wolf Launcher (v0.1.7) – (download no matter which method you will use)

Wolf launcher is simple to use and has a very basic interface that is easy to customise.
It is easily possible to get back to the default launcher.
It will be the default launcher anyway, unless you use method 1 or method 2 to make the customer launcher the default.

Click the image to download:

Wolf Launcher

Firetools v1.1 – For Method 1 (root required)

For use only if you have rooted your Firestick 4K.
Only tested with FireOS version 6.2.7.3 – newer versions may work but I recommend sticking with (or downgrading to) version 6.2.7.3

Click the image to download:

Firetools



Launcher Manager v1.0.3 – For Method 2 (root not required)

For use if you have not rooted your Firestick 4K (though it can also be used on a rooted 4K instead of Firetools v1.1).
Only tested with FireOS version 6.2.7.3 – newer versions should work but I recommend sticking with (or downgrading to) version 6.2.7.3

Click the image to download:

Launcher Manager


Instructions to Install from Windows

Follow either of the methods below to install Wolf Launcher and the app (Launcher Manger or Firetools) to set them as the default launcher.
Only follow method 1 or method 2 (NOT both methods).

Method 1 (root required)

When you have downloaded Wolf Launcher and Firetools v1.1, you will need to sideload/install them onto your 4K. You can use Flakie’s ADB GUI to do this. Else:

ADB Connect <device ip address>
adb install Wolf Launcher_0.1.7-FireTV.apk
adb install com.markus.firetools.apk

Once sideloaded on your 4K, follow the instructions below to configure Wolf Launcher as default.

  1. Open Wolf Launcher from Amazon Launcher.
  2. Then open the Firetools.
  3. Choose any option from the menu (even reboot, as this will not happen, as it is not configured yet).
  4. You will be prompted to grant root access to the app.
  5. Ensure ‘Forever‘ is checked and click on GRANT.
  6. Reopen the Firetools app.
  7. Scroll down to and run: Enable CustomLauncher 1-2
  8. When this completes press the Home button on the remote control.
  9. If this keeps you in Wolf Launcher (or your other chosen launcher all is good).
  10. If this takes you to the Amazon Launcher, then open Firetools again.
    This time scroll down to and run: Enable CustomLauncher 2-2
  11. When this completes press the Home button on the remote control.
  12. This should take you to (or remain in) the Wolf Launcher.

The Amazon Launcher is now disabled and Wolf Launcher is now default.

Method 2 (root not required)

When you have downloaded Wolf Launcher and Launcher Manager v1.0.3, you will need to sideload/install them onto your 4K. You can use Flakie’s ADB GUI to do this. Else:

ADB Connect <device ip address>
adb install Wolf Launcher_0.1.7-FireTV.apk
adb install LauncherManager-1.0.3.apk

Once sideloaded on your 4K, follow the instructions below to configure Wolf Launcher as default.

  1. Open Wolf Launcher from Amazon Launcher.
  2. Then open the Launcher Manager.
  3. To Disable Stock Launcher and set Wolf Launcher as default, click on “DISABLE STOCK LAUNCHER“.​
  4. If you get “CONNECTION FAILED”, click on “OPEN ADB SETTINGS” and enable “ADB DEBUGGING” and Press BACK Button.
    If you still get this error Restart your Device (Long Press OK + Play Button, or use Flakie ADB GUI)​ and disconnect from PC if Connected (Flakie ADB GUI will do this automatically.).
  5. If “Active Launcher:” says Amazon SettingsDO NOT PRESS HOME, instead click “ENABLE STOCK LAUNCHER” and exit the app.
    Confrm you have Wolf Launcher installed (and install it if you have not). Then Try Again.
  6. Press the Home Button and select Wolf Launcher.

The Amazon Launcher is now disabled and Wolf Launcher is now default.

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