Category Archives: Tricks & Tips

Shield TV Pro (500GB) Experience 6.0 Upgrade Solution!

Thanks to user “Aah Beh”, we have a working OTA upgrade file for the Shield Android TV Pro (500GB).

You only need this if:

  • You have a Shield TV Pro (500GB)
  • You cannot successfully update to Experience 6.0.

The file below should be installed via TWRP in the EXACT same manner you would install SuperSU; either via TWRP->Install or TWRP->Advanced->ADB Sideload.  You can refer to Step 3 of Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV Pro (Nougat) but use the ZIP you download below instead of SuperSU.

NVidia Shield TV V6.0 OTA (500GB) (1357 downloads) (MD5: f1d9a175b06f7d6e641652d6c65eca4e)

Rooted Shield TV (2017) 5.1->5.2 Potential Issues

Here at the Zone, our rooted Shield TV (2017) “update looped” while trying to install the newly released 5.2 update.

Most OTAs have installed fine over our rooted install – but this time during the second part of the update (the screen with the Upgrading Experience) the unit would simply reboot – failing to update.  You would then be asked to update again.

We tried many methods to work through this.  Our solution is to do a stock recovery of the full 5.1 recovery image.  Once this was complete, 5.2 was able to install again – requiring rerooting of course.

We will update our Tutorial: Restore to Stock Image (Shield TV 2017) to 5.1 (there are some changes from 5.01).

Note:  We tested our unrooted Shield TV (2015) and Shield TV Pro – both updated fine.


Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.2 Update Now Available

OTA 5.2 has dropped for Shield Tablet K1.  Here is what’s new:

  • Fixes to GPS crash
  • Improved compatibility with non-standard chargers
  • Overall stability & security optimizations
  • Update to Android Security Patch Level April 1, 2017

As always, we make the OTA download available here on NVidia Shield Zone.

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.2 (1896 downloads) (MD5: 80e781080adfd7f4a92776df97152b60)

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.0 Root Tutorial Now Available

I know  you guys are chomping at the bit.  Here is the new tutorial:

Tutorial: Root Shield Tablet K1 (Nougat)

Couple of notes …

You cannot roll back to Marshmallow.  You cannot roll back to stock recovery 5.x yet (they haven’t posted the images).

More tutorials, updated tutorials and new FAQ questions answered …

Nothing puts us to work here more than an OTA release.

All three Shield TV devices (2015, Pro and 2017) all have root tutorials.  Restoring to stock 5.0.1 tutorial added.

We’ve found an issue where some people can’t boot to TWRP using our initial tutorial – so we created work arounds for USB hubs and non-Adoptive Storage users.

Finally, we’ve been filling out the FAQ with regards to the new Shield TV 2017.


Tutorial: Root Shield TV (2015/2017; 16GB) on Android 7.0 (Nougat) is now ready!

Well here it is … our tutorial to root your OG Shield TV running Nougat.  We’re now using ADB SIDELOAD whenever possible to avoid issues with Adopted Storage.

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2015; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2017; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV Pro (Nougat)

As always with our new tutorials, please let me know if you find any issues.

Root has been achieved on Android 7.0 Nougat (Shield TV)

Thanks to the brilliant folks at XDA, a root solution has been executed on the Shield TV (2015) running v5.01 (Android 7.0 Nougat).

If you are of adequate skill and don’t mind dealing with technical matters, you can jump over to XDA and check out the progress there.

Otherwise, we’ll have our tutorial out later tonight.

Remember, you’re going to need a Male to Male USB 3.0 cable to access ADB/Fastboot on Shield TV 2017.  You probably don’t have one; I sure didn’t.  Check our FAQ for more info, links to purchase, etc.

Confused about the NEW accessories and Google Assistant compatibility with original Shield TV? We have answers.

I thought this would be worthy of its own post.  There is some confusion about compatibility and features regarding Google Assistant and the new accessories.  I reached out to NVidia for answers.

Is There More Than One Shield Remote?

Yes.  There are two Shield Remotes.

The existing Shield Remote (Remote OG) remains in circulation.  When you purchase a Shield Remote from NVidia, Amazon, et al – you will be purchasing the Remote OG.  The NEW Shield TV Pro will come with the Remote OG.

The New Remote is ONLY available with the purchase of a NEW Shield TV 16GB unit.  This New Remote has the following changes:

  • It is not rechargable (uses CR type coin batteries – reputed to last one year)
  • There is no headset jack for private listening (use the Shield Controller for that)
  • IR Blaster for controlling TV Power
  • Passive Mic (you need to push the button before speaking to it; it cannot be used as an Active listening device)

Neither Remote (OG or New) are required to use Google Assistant (a feature which won’t be around for a few months anyway).

What Do I Need For Active Listening (Google Assistant)?

You will need the New Shield Controller to perform active listening.  Active listening means you do NOT need to push a button or otherwise touch anything; Google Assistant will hear you.  The Shield Controller OG (original) cannot be used for active listening.  Neither Shield Remote OG nor New Shield Remote can be used for active listening.

Bottom line: If you want active listening – you will need the NEW Shield Controller.  Or one of the new NVidia Spot listening devices coming soon.

Will Google Assistant Work Entirely With Original Shield TV hardware (16GB or Pro)?

Yes – passively.  That means you’ll have to press a button before you speak.  If you want active listening, you’ll need the NEW Shield Controller (or the NVidia Spot listening devices announced at CES 2017).

UPDATED: The New Shield TV: Unraveling the Secrets

This article was updated on 1/8/2017.  New info in italics.

While press releases are flying around the internet and NVidia discussed it briefly on their CES keynote – I’ve been doing some digging trying to uncover the answers to the question we all have: What ARE the secrets of the new Shield TV that weren’t revealed?

I’ve tapped all my resources and I have found some information that loyal Shield users will want to know.  I’ll update this page as I get more info.

Will I need the new Shield TV if I already own the Shield TV OG (original)?

Right now, the answer appears to be “no”.  Spec-wise, there appears to be nothing worthy of an upgrade.  Now, manufacturing improvements may offer some advantage – but what’s under the hood seems to be the same.  That is NOT true of the controller which really appears to be the biggest change of the group.  Fortunately, that is available separately.  Since it is Bluetooth and the Shield TV OG and the new Shield TV should be sharing the same version of the OS?  There should be no issues simply adding the new controller to your existing Shield TV system.

Both new Shield TV skus ship with both CONTROLLER and REMOTE.

Bad news: It appears that the new Shield TV sku is without microSD slot.  Let’s hope a phat 128GB USB3.0 flash drive will do the trick.  Trying to find out if the Pro sku still has it.

What’s new about the controller other than the visual appearance?

Aside from aesthetics, the controller is now Bluetooth.  It also has dual vibration feedback (a much welcomed addition).  According to the spec sheet, it also includes an IR blaster to allow you to control TV volume and power.  All in all, it sounds like the new controller kicks butt and we should all start budgeting for one.

It has also come to my attention that you’ll need either the new Controller or Remote to use Google Assistant.

The volume control is now the touch area in the middle of the controller – much like the Remote.

What about the Shield Remote?

The spec sheets on the Remote seem to indicate that other than being Bluetooth now, much is unchanged.  However, one of the spec sheets says that it has IR Blaster capabilities (Shield TV) and one spec sheet doesn’t mention it (Shield TV Pro).  The press release mentioned the remote for both Shield TV skus, but only mentioned a headphone jack when talking about the Pro unit.  My guess is that there is only ONE Shield Remote that works on BOTH machines – and that it has IR Blaster and headphone jacks regardless of whether you go standard or Pro.

This is an area of confusion.  Apparently the one that comes with the new Shield TV is no longer rechargable (uses coin type batteries – but supposedly lasts a year) and supposedly does NOT have a headphone jack.  The one you buy over the counter (or possibly with the Pro) might be the “full version” we’ve previously seen.

Is Amazon Video finally coming to Android?

We don’t know about “Android” overall, but yes – Amazon Video in 4k will be available on Shield TV.  Finally.

What do we know about Shield TV Pro?

Other than the Pro version looks to be the same size as the old Shield TV Pro (The new Shield TV 16GB version definitely looks smaller in both pictures and video) and that the Pro version has 500GB of storage – we don’t have much.  We do not know yet if the hard drive inside is still the proprietary hybrid type drive we’ve all grown to love – or if this has been changed.  Time will tell.  The price wasn’t announced, but shows on the website as $299 – same as before.  It appears that this sku will be shipping later than the 16GB sku.

I’m hoping it retains the microSD card slot.

What about NVidia Spot?  How does that fit in?

Spot is a little device that plugs into power outlets in various rooms of your house that extend the natural voice control of Shield’s new Google Assistant.  I’m guessing it works over WiFi, so I see no reason to believe that Shield TV OG skus will be excluded from supporting them.  Old or new, your Shield TV should handle communications with Spot.

Voice recognition was already part of Shield TV.  What makes Google Assistant different?

While the original Shield TV voice recognition was about SEARCH, Google Assistant is about CONTROL.  It is part of the “home automation” arm of Shield TV.  Integrating with Nest, Hue and other existing home automation products, Google Assistant via Shield TV will let you control THOSE devices as well as extend the “powers” of the voice recognition – allowing you to leverage more features via commands within the OS.

Whoa!  What is with the Steam app icon that appears in the Shield TV demo video released?

We try not to miss a thing around here.  While we don’t have definitive information about it, it sounds like NVidia has worked with Valve to bring “Steam Big Picture” to Shield TV in much a similar way that SteamLink works.  This was briefly mentioned but not expanded upon.  The other possibility is that it works with the new GeForce NOW PC service – which is essentially ‘Steam in the Cloud’.  We’ll have more on that as we get it.

Based on more information released, this sounds like exactly what it is

Shield Tablet: Upgrading Rooted 1.x to 1.5

Those wondering where the update for the 1.x->1.5 tutorial is …

This OTA departed from other OTAs; meaning that normally there is a way to get a “full” update instead of just an “OTA” update.  This time, no “full” update was available – meaning there was no way to update my tutorial.

If I find another way to do it without a wipe, I’ll let you all know.