How to Block Amazon System Updates On Firestick

Amazon are constantly making changes to the Firestick via system updates. Sometimes they push down applications that we dont want (and we can’t remove) or they change permissions so that things that were working before (Custom launchers!) don’t work any more.

If it possible to disable system updates on the 4K firestick via ADB.

(APK at the bottom of the page)


1. From the Main Menu scroll to hover over Settings.

hover over settings

2. Click My Fire TV.

click my fire tv

3. Choose Developer Options.

choose developer options

4. Click Apps from Unknown Sources.

click apps from unknown sources

5. Choose Turn On.

choose turn on

Install all of the APK’s shown below and then open remote adb shell

  • Ensure the port is set to 5555 and click on Connect
  • You will see a prompt asking you to accept the ADB connection. Select the option to “Always allow from this computer” and click Yes

Software Needed

Remote ADB Shell

ADB Commands needed to block

pm disable-user --user 0
pm disable-user --user 0

Once you make this change, if you try to go to the Check for updates screen

ADB Commands needed to unblock

pm enable
pm enable

Reboot your device and your device will be able to check/download updates again

See the process in action here