Added Stock Recovery tutorial for Shield Android TV (2015; 16GB) … and more …

Finally added this missing tutorial – find it here.

I’ve pruned several tutorials that just don’t make sense to keep around anymore – and I optimized some of the perm-links to be more consistent with each other (this may cause some outside links to break – if you got redirected here, that’s probably what happened).

I also double tested all the Nougat based tutorials: rooting and stock recovery. Made some minor updates.

Shield Android TV (2017; 16GB) Stock Recovery Tutorial Updated to 6.2

Keeping things current; updated the Shield Android TV 2017 Stock Recovery tutorial to use the 6.2 stock image.

Shield Android TV (Pro; 500GB) Stock Recovery Tutorial Updated

Since Shield Android TV Pro users have issues updating from versions below 6.2 to 6.2 (and therefore 6.3) – I’ve updated the tutorial extensively.

Changes include:

  • Updated Stock Recovery from 5.2 to 6.2.
  • Flash-all.bat needs some editing to successfully execute on Shield Android TV Pro.
  • Added a sample .bat for reference.

If you’re on < 6.2 (and 6.2 fails over and over again to install OTA), then use this tutorial to get to 6.2, then accept the 6.3 upgrade.  Re-root as applicable.

Note: No files or data will be lost during Stock Recovery.

SSL has been applied to

In an effort to comply with the new kinder, gentler and more secure internet – this site has moved to https/SSL.

Nothing should break, but you never know.  If you see something, say something.


Shield TV (2017) Root Tutorial Confirmed Under 6.3

Just a quick note that the OTA 6.3 is fully rootable with our tutorial.  You will lose root when taking the OTA, but you will not need to return to stock.

Shield TV Pro (500GB) Update Compatible with Tutorials

The latest 6.3 update is fully compatible with our rooting tutorials – and the OTA does not require an unrooting or return to stock recovery.

I’ll be testing Shield TV (2015) and Shield TV (2017) soon, but I don’t expect any issues.

SHIELD TV Software Upgrade 6.3

SHIELD TV continues to improve. Adding new apps, games, features and enhancements.

Your Google Assistant is now even better, with expanding features and growing to work with over 1,000 smart home devices (recent blog for more info).

The software upgrade also includes the latest security updates, new playback support, improved Bluetooth/wireless performance and the latest SHIELD accessory firmware updates.

For more on the latest additions, see below.

 What’s New?

View Your Nest Cameras on Your TV

Just say “Show me my front door camera” or “Show me the baby’s room” to see your Nest cameras live on SHIELD.

Control More Than 1,000 Smart Home Devices with your Google Assistant

SHIELD TV with Google Assistant works with more than 1,000 smart home devices from more than 150 brands. You can even assign SHIELD TV to rooms in the Assistant app on your phone.

Commercial-Free Recordings with Plex DVR

You can now automatically remove commercials from broadcast TV shows recorded over-the-air using Plex DVR.

VLC Adds Picture-in-Picture and 360o Video Support

Watch 360o videos on your TV, complete with spherical camera control. VLC also adds Picture-in-Picture, so you can browse your SHIELD while watching your videos.

Growing Library of Kids Content with the Cartoon Network app

Watch free episodes of Cartoon Network shows like NinjagoTeen Titans Go!, or Adventure Time or log in with your TV provider to unlock the latest episodes.

The Magic of LEGO, Now on SHIELD TV

Stream your favorite LEGO TV show anytime in the living room. Easily browse episodes by theme, story, or age group and inspire the Master Builder in your family.

Watch Exclusive VH1 Shows and Clips

Popular shows like America’s Next Top Model and Hip Hop Squares are now available in the VH1 app. Watch free episodes or sign in with your TV provider to catch up on the latest episodes.

Listen to SiriusXM in the Living Room

Subscribers can download the app on SHIELD TV and access everything that SiriusXM has to offer, from commercial-free music to comedy, news, and even exclusive sports radio content.

Experience Hi-Fi Audio in Your Living Room with Tidal

Audiophiles can enjoy lossless audio streamed to your SHIELD with Tidal. Access music, videos, and exclusive concerts in a new interface customized for the living room.

Save the Mudokons in Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Lead our unlikely hero on his mission because if he doesn’t make it… Abe’s back on the menu! On-sale for $4.99 (Google Play).

Shield Tablet K1 root tutorial works with latest update

NVidia recently released an update to Shield Tablet K1 – updating it to Shield Software v5.3.

OTA can be taken if you are rooted; you will lose root.

Follow our root guide to regain access.  This has been tested by our team.


Some site maintenance going on …

It has come to my attention that download links embedded within accordions are not rendering properly.

I have disabled that plugin and installed another that does not conflict. While I’m updating the pages to use the new one, there will be some odd markup on the page and there will be no accordions.

Sorry for the inconvenience. I’ll work through each tutorial until I get it fixed.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV SHIELD Experience 6.1 Upgrade Available Now

Note: We have tried our root tutorials on Shield TV (16GB 2017) and Shield TV Pro (500GB) and they both work just fine on 6.1.  Accept the OTA update, re-root with our tutorials.

Thank you NVidia, for getting Shield TV Pro OTA working right the first time!  We love ya!

What’s New:

  • YouTube TV (subscribers get their own app)
  • SmartThinks Link – Control hundreds of smart devices
  • Google Assistant now has Hulu, Uber, Target and more support
  • Android Monthly Fixes – patches KRACK exploit
  • Added TV on/off over IR for Shield Remote (tap Home + Back)
  • Improved Logitech Harmony Hub over Bluetooth