The Developer Options setting has reportedly been removed by Amazon in its latest software updates.
According to multiple reports and some Patrons from the TROYPOINT Insider, many Firestick users are no longer seeing the Developer Options setting within My Fire TV.
Developer Options is the setting used to enable apps from unknown sources. Or in other words, how we are able to jailbreak Fire TV devices.
A member from our TROYPOINT Insider sent us the following image of his Firestick screen. Notice his software version reads Fire OS 184.108.40.206.
However, after seeing this message we went ahead and checked our Fire TV Stick 4K Max and found that Developer Options was still showing for us.
This was also the case when we tested older generation Fire TV Sticks such as the Firestick Lite and others.
We even installed the latest software update to Fire OS 220.127.116.11 on our Fire TV Stick 4K Max and nothing changed. Developer Options is still showing on our end.
Now according to a report from AFTVNews, this change appears to be rolling out to Fire TV devices running Fire OS 7 with a software update of 7.2.8.X.
But after testing our Fire TV Stick 4K Max running Fire OS 18.104.22.168, the Developer Options setting is still showing on our end.
Therefore, it’s hard to know who will receive this update and when it will officially be rolled out by Amazon. We will keep our visitors posted when we receive this update.
The End of Developer Options?
Due to this news, some are speculating that Amazon may eventually remove the ability to side-load third-party apps on its Fire TV devices.
While it’s unclear if this will be the case, the good news is you can still enable apps from unknown sources even if you have received this update and the Developer Options setting is gone.
If you fall into this category follow the quick screenshot guide below.
1. Hover over the Settings icon and click My Fire TV.
2. Click About.
Note: Notice Developer Options is missing.
3. Hover over Fire TV Stick and click the OK button on your remote 7 times to become a developer.
4. After clicking the OK button 7 times you will see a message saying “No need, you are already a developer.”
5. Click the back button on your remote and you will notice Developer Options is now showing within My Fire TV.
That’s it! Hopefully, this article cleared up any confusion about Amazon’s removal of the Developer Options setting.
We will keep our visitors informed as new information is released. There are currently no press releases from any official Amazon sources.
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