Category Archives: Updates

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.

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.


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

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) (1358 downloads) (MD5: f1d9a175b06f7d6e641652d6c65eca4e)

Shield Pro (500GB) Owners – Still can’t update to Experience 6.0?

If you are a Shield Pro owner that sill cannot update to Experience 6.0 – we want your help.

Please email your device serial number and model number to me at

Also, if you will include any after-market alterations you’ve done; unlocked bootloader, root, etc. that would be great.

Thank you!

NVIDIA Shield Android TV SHIELD Experience 6.0 Upgrade Available Now

NOTE: Our rooting tutorials and files appear to continue to work fine with this upgrade.  You do NOT need to de-root; just accept the update.  You will lose root.  You will need to reapply it again with our tutorials.

NOTE: Shield TV Pro (500GB) update is failing for us.  The filesize of the update is only a few hundred megs – where the Shield TV 16GB appears to be 1.2GB.  We have notified our contacts at Nvidia. NVIDIA has acknowledged the issue and is working on it.  Still not working as of 10/2/2017 10:51pm PDT.

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!  See more info below.

Other Features/Fixes in Experience 6.0:

  • Vudu adds Voice Search and Updated Interface.
  • 360 Degree Videos in YouTube
  • YouTube Kids App
  • Updates to Amazon Video App (navigation improvements, improvements to A/V sync and 4k Stream startup)
  • New apps available: TBS, TNT and Tablo Engine
  • Latest Monthly Android Updates
  • Ability to stream DTS-HD Master Audio to older DTS-capable receivers
  • Option to power on your TV and receiver using both CEC and IR simultaneously
  • New setting for accessories to enable disable double tap of volume slider to pause
  • Shield remote upgrade to firmware 1.15
  • Shield remote with headphone jack upgrade to firmware 1.16
  • Shield controller upgrade to firmware 1.14

More about Google Assistant …

Of course, you might think that Streaming Media players already support search so why do you care?

Google Assistant is a lot smarter and feature rich. It transforms your TV experience. You can find content or ask Google Assistant to give you recommendations. You can control your media with voice without need for finding your remote – “OK Google, Pause.” You can even now use your streamer to book a restaurant reservation, get an Uber or order your favorite Pizza from Dominos. Google Assistant also connects Android users to their Google connected life on TV. You can ask SHIELD to show you your pictures of Egypt or ask when your next meeting is, and you will get the visual response on TV. Finally, you can even now use SHIELD to control your other Google Assistant devices like your Chromecast Speakers or Google Home device!

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
The Google Assistant experience on SHIELD has also been optimized for your TV experience. Ask for popular movies, and see movie “cards” on screen to help you see the answer. Ask who plays in Game of Thrones and see pictures of the cast on screen. Google Assistant on SHIELD TV even gives you suggestion chips on screen to provide suggested follow up questions to ask. If you want to access your Google Assistant in your living room, we think your best experience would be on SHIELD.

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
With the SHIELD Experience 6.0 Upgrade, SHIELD TV also becomes the world’s first completely hands-free streaming device. As long as the new SHIELD controller is nearby, you can say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” to control your TV and your home without picking up a remote. Google Assistant is at your command, hands-free. Think about it. You don’t have to get off the couch or walk to your media chest to pick up your remote – you can just say “OK, Google” and start watching TV!

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
Together, Google Assistant and SHIELD let you accomplish all kinds of actions. Here are a few fun things to try. Just say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and issue the following commands:

  • “Show me popular Netflix shows”
  • “Watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix”
  • “Dim the living room lights in the Baby’s Room”
  • “Hey Google, play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the Baby’s Room”
  • “Who is the Mother of Dragons”
  • “Show me my pictures from Egypt”
  • “Open my Nest camera”
  • “Play Katy Perry’s Dark Horse on YouTube”
  • “What are Oscar Nominated Movies with Tom Hanks”
  • “Talk to Domino’s to order a Pizza”
  • “Who won the Royals Yankees game?”
  • “Book a reservation at Alexander’s Steakhouse”
  • “Order an Uber”
  • “Play Lullaby in Baby’s Room” (Assumes you have Google Home or Chromecast Speaker in Baby’s Room)

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
So there you have it. Fire up that SHIELD, and start playing around with Google Assistant.