Delete the Amazon Launcher

Delete the Amazon Launcher

First, be sure you really want to completely remove the Amazon Launcher before you begin.
This will remove Amazon Home, Your Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Apps and Settings (note: it just removes the screens, not any of your data).
The instructions and code below will add back access to the Settings screen, through an icon in your preferred alternative launcher.
The new Settings icon installs an app that requires root access to your 4K.
Follow the 4K rooting instructions before following these instructions.

These instructions assume you are using Windows and your 4K is booted into either the Amazon launcher or your own preferred launcher.
You can also do this from the Linux boot drive (substituting the Windows paths for Linux paths).

Directions
  1. Ensure you have already installed the replacement launcher of your choice.
  2. Download the following app/apk to your computer/laptop.
    I save it directly in my D:\ drive.
    You can use another location but in step 19 you must modify the command to the location you saved it to.
    NewSettingsRoot.apk
  3. Shut down your 4K by removing the USB cable from the power adapter (leave the other cables connected).
    (unless you are using an OTG splitter. This needs to be removed).
  4. Connect the USB cable to your computer/laptop.
  5. When the 4K is booted fully, open a command window.
  6. If using the ADB included with scrcpy type cd c:\scrcpy-win64
    Press enter/return.
  7. Boot TWRP Recovery by typing adb reboot recovery
    Press enter/return.
  8. Type adb shell mount -o rw /system
    Press enter/return.
  9. Type adb shell “cp /system/priv-app/com.amazon.firehomestarter/com.amazon.firehomestarter.apk /sdcard/”
    Press enter/return.
  10. Type adb shell “cp /system/priv-app/com.amazon.tv.launcher/com.amazon.tv.launcher.apk /sdcard/”
    Press enter/return.
  11. If any of the following commands fail/error, just go to the next one.
  12. Type adb shell “rm -r /data/app/com.amazon.tv.launcher-1/”
    Press enter/return.
  13. Type adb shell “rm -r /data/app/com.amazon.firehomestarter/”
    Press enter/return.
  14. Type adb shell “rm -r /data/data/com.amazon.tv.launcher/”
    Press enter/return.
  15. Type adb shell “rm -r /data/data/com.amazon.firehomestarter/”
    Press enter/return.
  16. Type adb shell “rm /system/priv-app/com.amazon.firehomestarter/com.amazon.firehomestarter.apk”
    Press enter/return.
  17. Type adb shell “rm /system/priv-app/com.amazon.tv.launcher/com.amazon.tv.launcher.apk”
    Press enter/return.
  18. We need all the following commands to complete.
  19. If you did not save the apk in step 1 to the root of a d drive you need to modify the path to it below.
    Type adb push d:\NewSettingsRoot.apk /sdcard/NewSettingsRoot.apk
    Press enter/return.
  20. Type adb shell “mkdir /system/priv-app/NewSettingsRoot/”
    Press enter/return.
  21. Type adb shell “chmod 0775 /system/priv-app/NewSettingsRoot/”
    Press enter/return.
  22. Type adb shell “chown root:root /system/priv-app/NewSettingsRoot/”
    Press enter/return.
  23. Type adb shell “cp /sdcard/NewSettingsRoot.apk /system/priv-app/NewSettingsRoot/NewSettingsRoot.apk”
    Press enter/return.
  24. Type adb shell “chmod 644 /system/priv-app/NewSettingsRoot/NewSettingsRoot.apk”
    Press enter/return.
  25. Type adb shell reboot
    Press enter/return.
  26. When you run the new Settings app (with the new icon) for the first time you will need to grant it root access.
    This is the same as when you followed the rooting instructions, so use the same process (i.e. FOREVER and GRANT).

    Note: You may see a black screen for a few seconds before you launcher appears.
    This is where the Amazon launcher would normally appear and is normal.
    Enjoy your 4K without the Amazon Launcher.

6 thoughts on “Delete the Amazon Launcher”

  1. Hi great guide,

    Unfortunately due the amazon latest updates launchers aren’t working as they should. Still waiting a fix from some expert.

    1. Yes, the home button now takes you to the Amazon Launcher (or a blank screen in my case as I deleted the Amazon one). Someone on XDA did say they had it working but it was not for me (apparently I had to give it a few reboots and it would have?). I rolled all mine back to 6.2.7.1 to get it working again.

  2. I just rooted my Fire 4K using your great video tutorials. Thanks a lot for all your effort!!!

    It is now running FireOs v6.2.7.6, so I followed the instructions how to setup Wolf launcher in those latest FireOs versions from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdu6CtCiexo

    Works, but there is quite a big delay (5-10 seconds) before the watchdog switches backl from the Amazon launcher to the Wolf launcher everytime one presses the Home Button by accident. So I don’t like that behavoir and will probably downgrade to v6.2.7.1 and use the legacy method your provided.

    Or do you have any updates on the latest FireOs versions and how to get them running smoothly (without delay) with Wolf launcher?

    1. Yes, I need to make a new tutorial for the latest versions. I am now using 6.2.7.3 and the method in the video is no longer valid (unless using 6.2.7.1). I now use Wolf Launcher 0.1.6 (I did see a 0.1.7 but this did not work as well). This is available here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/fire-tv/general/app-launcher-manager-firetv-devices-t4176349 (note: I do not use the launcher manager there). I do NOT delete the Amazon launcher now. Instead I use Firetools (FireTV Launcher Switcher) by xda member 0815hoffi (https://forum.xda-developers.com/fire-tv/general/root-firetv-launcher-switcher-stick-2-5-t4161017). This allows you to switch between stock launcher and Wolf Launcher (or other launcher). The Home button will always take you to the chosen launcher, with no delay. There is a menu option to enable/disable up to two custom launchers (I only have one customer launcher but for some reason I have to choose to use the 2nd of the two custom launchers, 2/2 instead of 1/2). Anyway it all works really well. I assume it will be good for newer FireOS versions (if not you could maybe roll back to 6.2.7.3, available here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/fire-tv/general/official-stock-image-fire-tv-stick-4k-6-t4059777)?

  3. Good to hear that! Would be great if you could test that method with the latest FireOS 6.2.7.6 and if it works as expected, could you please record a new video how to set it up? Would really appreciate it!
    Once again, thanks a lot for all your efforts!!!

    1. I can try to update to the latest version in the next few day. I have updates turned off but can download it. Also it is not being rolled out here yet from reports I have heard (seems to be a staged rollout). For an updated/new video, I am unsure when I can do this. I am busy coding the update to my ADB app (which is going to take ages) and my own andorid repository app (like google play but for sideloaded apps). Both these are taking all my free time and it is very slow going (lots of bug fixes, changes and new features to add). It is marked in my todo list though.

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