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How To Manage Amazon Fire Device Using adbLink

How To Manage Amazon Fire Device Using adbLink

What is adbLink?

The adbLink tool provides users a way to link your Android device and your computer. This is an extremely useful tool if you want to manage Kodi and APK’s on your Fire device.

Below you will see a list of the adbLink features:

  • Install Programs without Android SDK
  • ADB/Fastboot enabled command-line
  • Busybox for root and non-root
  • Built-in WIFI/USB remote
  • Move Kodi data to external drives
  • Manage devices via USB or IP address
  • Root-aware File Manager for Android devices
  • Install/Uninstall Apps
  • Connect to devices ad hoc

For adbLink’s global features see the list below:

  • Manage multiple Kodi devices from one PC
  • Edit XML and other files on your devices
  • Clone Kodi setups to new devices
  • Backup/Restore Kodi setups
  • Custom Cache Support for Kodi
  • Log file viewer for adbLink/Kodi logs
  • Hyperlinked HTML Help

The adbLink software can be installed on Windows, MacOS, and Linux PC’s.

What makes adbLink useful?

The information at the beginning of this article might not fully explain why adbLink is so useful. For many Amazon Fire device users having a way to remotely access your device from your PC can make things extremely simple when it comes to managing your devices.

Kodi:

Not only does adbLink provide a way for users to manage multiple devices, but it also allows you the opporturnity to “clone” your Kodi setup so you can simply transfer your Kodi builds to another device.

Using adbLink you can also easily run backups of your Kodi setup and restore them using this one application.

APK’s:

You may have heard of apps likes ESFile Exporer which gives users a way to “sideload” APk’s on their devices. Although these types of apps do work they also require you to run between two devices.

With adbLink you can access your device from your PC and install APK’s without having to run between two devices. This makes setting up your device a breeze especially if you are installing third party apps like Cinema, Kodi, and more.

Extra features not mentioned:

Have you ever wanted a way to screenshot your Amazon Fire device? There are many third party apps that have very limited abilities that claim to support screenshoting features. The only issue using those apps is that they are very limited in their abilities.

Using the adbLink program you can easily take screenshots of your Amazon Fire device! When using this feature your screenshots get automatically uploaded to your PC.

This is an extremely helpful tool if you are making tutorials and more.

How to get adbLink

If you are interested in getting the adbLink software you can easily download it by going to their website and selecting the proper download for your PC. Visit adbLink website.

For direct downloads use the buttons below:

How to setup adbLink

Once you have downloaded the adbLink software to your PC simply open up the application and follow the steps below.

Add a new device:

Before you can begin, you will need to have the IP address of your Amazon Fire device. To get the IP address of your device do the following:

  • From the Amazon Fire devices home screen go to Settings
  • Scroll over and locate My Fire TV
  • Select My Fire TV
  • Click About
  • Select Network
  • Next, locate the IP address of your device and write down this IP

Now that you have your IP address of the device return to your PC and open up adbLink. To add your Fire device to adbLink simply follow the steps below:

  • From the adbLink application click New
  • Ensure that the Kodi OS is “Android”
  • Give your device a description example Fire TV Bedroom
  • For the address enter in the IP address of your Amazon Fire device
  • Next, locate “Pull Folder”. This is where your content will be saved on your PC.
    • To locate your PC folder information do the following
    • Open File Explorer if using Windows
    • On the left right click on a location. Example Downloads
    • Select properties
    • On the properties menu find and select the “location” tab
    • Copy this address and paste it into the “Pull Folder” location in adbLink
  • Finally, ensure that the “Port” in adbLink is listed as 5555
  • Click Save
  • AdbLink is now setup and ready to use. To learn how to use the newly created device profile in adbLink continue to the next section.

How to use adbLink

Before you begin please ensure you have a good understanding of what adbLink can actually do as this can hurt your device if not used properly. Do NOT use the uninstall APK, File Manager, or Move Kodi Data features unless you know what you are doing.

Connecting to your device:

To connect adbLink to your Amazon Fire device simply follow the steps below. Please ensure that you have setup your devices profile in adbLink before proceeding. Follow the steps above to setup your devices profile.

Before you can use adbLink you MUST allow this connection on your Amazon Fire Device! Follow the Steps below to allow access.

  • From the Amazon Fire devices home screen go to settings
  • Scroll over and locate My Fire TV
  • Click Developer Options
  • Turn on ADB Debugging. This will allow adbLink access to your device.

To connect to your device in adbLink follow the steps below:

  • Open adbLink
  • Since we created a device profile earlier you can now easily select it. Click the drop down box under “Select Device”
  • Select the device profile you created earlier
  • Once selected click Connect
  • When adbLink connects to your device you will see at the top “Connected devices” and “Connection Status”. You should see your device profile name under Connected devices and IP connection under Connection status. If you see both then you have successfully connected to your device using adbLink
  • You can now use the adbLink features to manage your device.

Using adbLink

We will not be going into full depth in this tutorial as this is an advanced feature that should be used with some basic knowledge. If you have an issue and would like support you can contact us or comment below so that we can assist.

Taking Screenshots:

One cool feature of the adbLink application is that you can take screenshots of your Amazon Fire devices screen. This is a great tool, especially if you are someone who makes tutorials.

  • Open adbLink
  • Connect to your device (if not sure how follow the steps above)
  • Once connected you will need to switch over to your Fire device and get to a point where you wish to take a screenshot.
  • When you are ready to take your screenshot simply return to the adbLink application and do the following:
    • Ensure that you device is connected by viewing the connection status at the top.
    • Next, when you are ready to take the screenshot simply click on “Screencap”.
    • Wait! This is important! Do not get in a rush, sometimes adbLink can take a few seconds to process the screenshot.
    • When the screenshot is complete you will receive a notice on your PC
    • You can find the screenshot on your PC in the location you selected for your Pull Folder

Installing APK’s

You can use adbLink to sideload your favorite APK’s. This is an advanced feature so ensure you know what you are doing before proceeding.

Using adblink
  • Open adbLink
  • Connect to your device (if not sure how follow the steps above)
  • Before proceeding ensure that you have already downloaded and have the APK file on your PC
  • Next, after making sure your adbLink is connected to your Fire device select Install APK
  • If using Windows, File Explorer will automatically open up. Locate the location where you saved the downloaded APK.
  • Select the APK you wish to install/sideload
  • You will receive a notification from adbLink asking if you want to install the APK. Select Yes
Using adblink
Using adblink
  • Wait. While waiting look at the “running jobs” box on adbLink. You will see the task that is currently running. Once the install finishes you will get a notice letting you know the install is complete. Click Ok.
  • Return to your Fire device and you should see the newly sideloaded APK on your device.

Other Features

As stated earlier, when using adbLink you can backup and restore Kodi. This is an advanced feature so we will not be covering this in this tutorial. Along with the backup/restore feature you can also uninstall APK’s using adbLink.

These features can harm your device if not used correctly. For advanced users wanting to use these features you should have no problem figuring out how they work.

For anyone new to this, we highly suggest that you uninstall APK’s directly from your device instead of using this software.

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