To enable ADB debugging or install apps outside of the official Amazon Appstore, you’ll need to bring up the Amazon Fire TV “Developer Options” menu. We will show you how to display this menu on your device so that you can then use it.
Prior to June 2022, Amazon kept the Developer Options menu visible by default. It’s now hidden by default after Amazon pushed out a software update that hid the menu. You can still activate the menu by selecting an option on your device. Here’s how.
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Show the Amazon Fire TV “Developer Options” menu
To view the Developer Options menu, first select the gear icon on your Fire TV home screen. This will open the settings menu.
In the settings, choose “My Fire TV”.
From the “My Fire TV” menu, select “About”.
To note: In the screenshot below, the Developer Options menu is visible because we have already unlocked it on our Fire TV device.
On the “About” page, select the first item (which is the name of your Fire TV device) seven times. When you do this, you’ll see a countdown timer at the bottom telling you when the menu will unlock.
Once the countdown message says “No need, you are already a developer”, your Developer Options menu is unlocked.
Go back one screen to the “My Fire TV” page and you’ll see the newly hidden “Developer Options” menu.
You can open this menu to then enable features such as ADB debugging and the ability to install apps outside of the official Amazon Appstore.
And that’s how you take the first step towards customizing your Fire TV device. Enjoy!
Now that your Developer Options menu is unlocked, go ahead and jailbreak your Fire TV device to sideload your favorite apps.
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