Warning About Custom ROMs/Rollbacks

I have received enough emails requesting help trying to restore your NVidia Shield TV from a bricked status that I felt compelled to post something on the front page.

While we encourage users to tinker and root their NVidia devices to unlock capabilities, it has always been NVidiaShieldZone.com’s policy that we do not encourage or provide assistance with failures of hardware due to the practice of installing custom Android ROMs or rolling back major releases of Android TV.

This is due to the high number of correspondence we receive regarding failures and subsequent issues related to these practices. Neither Google nor NVidia condone the practices of attempting to rollback a MAJOR release of Android TV back to another MAJOR release despite the ability to return ” to the first release of a major build (say, 7.0 from 7.x) as we offer in our Stock Recovery tutorials.

That being said, many of you have reached out to us for help and we’ve done whatever we can to assist.  Some of you have successfully recovered your Shield TV; but many of you have not.  People appear to really dislike the latest version of Android TV and want to go back.  Some people over at XDA have done it successfully – but it breaks my heart when I get your emails telling me about a permanently bricked Shield TV.

In many of our tutorials and FAQs, we mention that it is nearly impossible to permanently brick a Shield TV by following our tutorials.  I maintain this to be true.  We rigorously test our tutorials every single time an update comes out – adjusting process, versions of utilities, etc. as necessary to ensure a successful evolution.  We stand by our work.

Please reconsider custom ROMs or attempting to roll back your Shield TV.

Buy Shield TV – Get a Google Home Mini

Hot off the NVidia presses …

Pretty meets Powerful

Small and mighty, meet fast and feature-ous:  Kicking off this Monday, October 1, and running through October 27, if you purchase any SHIELD TV model from Best Buy or WalMart.com, you will receive a free Google Home Mini ($49 value).

Thanks to the smart integrations with the Google Assistant and Google Home products, SHIELD is delivering a world-class home AI experience throughout the house. And now with Google Home Mini, you can control your SHIELD from anywhere in your home.

Here are just a few of the example use cases, with even more Google home commands coming to SHIELD later this month.

Simply say, “Hey Google” +

1. “Turn on SHIELD”

2. “Play Sharp Objects on SHIELD”

3. “Show me pictures from New Zealand on SHIELD”

4. “Play Imagine Dragons on SHIELD”

Shield TV’s 20th; Experience 7.1 Update

Hot off the NVidia press …

Since SHIELD launched in 2015, we’ve worked to make it the best media streamer available. We wanted to continue improving the SHIELD experience, without asking our loyal fans to purchase new hardware every year. We also wanted SHIELD to be the only device you need in the living room.

We’re incredibly proud of the product we’ve developed and believe it’s one of the best-supported consumer electronics devices.

On Monday morning, we’ll release our 20th software upgrade, SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1.

Our latest software upgrade delivers:

  • In-game voice chat support – for communicating in top GeForce NOW games like Fortnite – with headsets connected to the 3.5mm headset jack on SHIELD controllers
  • Improved keyboard and mouse support in GeForce NOW
    • Smoother, more accurate mouse movements
    • Keyboard shortcuts
    • Keyboard and Mouse games row
  • More day-and-date releases including Monster Hunter World and F1 2018
    • The upcoming release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • NVIDIA SHIELD TV companion app with a virtual keyboard and mouse that makes entering user names, email addresses and password simple
  • The triumphant return of NVIDIA Share features (Broadcast to Twitch, recording and screenshots)
  • 120Hz modes for supported TVs and monitors
  • Quick settings for power off, restart and sleep

The features in Software Upgrade 7.1 join an already impressive list. Over the course of those 20 updates we’ve added: Google Assistant with hands-free control and Samsung SmartThings; the new GeForce NOW beta service; HDR support for NVIDIA GameStream, and in top apps like Netflix and Prime Video; the ability to watch and record live TV with Plex; the best YouTube experience with YouTube TV, YouTube 360 and YouTube Kids; support in the Amazon ecosystem with Amazon Music via Cast; support in the Apple ecosystem with iTunes Movies available in the Movies Anywhere app and iTunes Music available in the Google Music Manager; three operating system upgrades and a brand new UI; and thousands of new apps and games.

Not to mention, it’s all been free!

More information on our 20th update can be found in the attached blog drafts (scheduled to go live at 9am on Monday morning).

Check out the SHIELD TV Release Notes for the overwhelmingly long, but comprehensive list of updates.

New Oreo Tutorials Ready

Sorry for the delay.  The following tutorials are ready.

Shield TV Drivers Updated

I updated the Shield TV drivers across the board to v2.0 (previously 1.0).  While I think 1.0 worked for most people, no sense in not being current if we can.

Thanks Eliot.

Shield TV Oreo: Add Reboot/Power Off

If you’re looking for a possible solution to adding a power/reboot option to the main interface of your Oreo powered Shield TV, I may have a suitable solution.

The app Power Menu (Root) from the regular Google Play Store offers a very simple and easy to use interface for performing power/boot sort of operations from a single easy app.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear as a NATIVE app on the Shield TV so you cannot add it to your favorites and give it “omnipresence” on your home screen.

I modified the app so it shows up as an Android TV compatible app – and hence, you can add it to the Favorites menu easily.

Power Menu (Root; Android TV Modified) (1135 downloads)


Rolling back Shield TV

I’ve been receiving enough emails to warrant a post on the topic of rolling Shield TV back from version x to version x-1.  That is, rolling Oreo back to Nougat.

The bottom line folks; you can’t roll back major versions.  Let me clarify that to our knowledge, you cannot roll back major versions.  I have consulted with my connections at NVidia and they tell me the same thing.  I do not know if this is NVidia or Google that makes these choices (NVidia says it is Google) but I have never successfully rolled back, nor have I had a single user write me back saying they figured out a way to do it either.

If you have successfully rolled Oreo back to Nougat – please notify me.

Shield TV deals incoming!

SHIELD TV – the streamer for 4K entertainment, max performance, GeForce gaming and smart home control – is joining the Prime Day deals extravaganza.

Kicking off as one of Amazon’s Lightning Deals, SHIELD TV (with remote) will be $139 – $40 off the regular price.

And why should we limit the sale to just a Prime Day? SHIELD will be on sale all week!

Starting Sunday (7/15) and running through the following Saturday (7/21), SHIELD TV (with remote and controller) will be on sale for $179, $20 off the regular price. This promotion will be available at AmazonBest BuyFry’s, the SHIELD Store and most retailers where SHIELD is sold.

To recap:

  • SHIELD TV with remote:  $139 starting as a Lightning Deal and running through the end of Prime Day
  • SHIELD TV with remote and controller:  $179 starting on Sunday (7/15) and running through Saturday (7/21) at most retailers where SHIELD is sold

Shield TV Oreo OTA has officially resumed …

For those that did manual updates to Oreo, you will still receive an OTA for 7.0.2 and it is ok to install.

You will lose root – but we have confirmed our tutorials will regain your access without issue.

Welcome to Oreo!

Manual update to Shield TV Oreo

Update: I have tested this with my Shield TV (16GB; 2015) successfully.  Our root tutorials continue to work.

NVidia has released the 7.0.1 Shield TV Recovery Images.

This means if you know what you’re doing, you can use these Recovery Images to upgrade your Android 6.x Shield TV to Android 7.0.1 without waiting for the OTA to hit.  Note: These are linked via Google Drive, so you will get a pop up from Drive regarding the inability to scan for viruses.

I have tested these with my Shield TV Pro (500GB) unit and was successful in upgrading to Android 7.0.1:

Again, if you know what you’re doing, grab the appropriate Shield TV Recovery Image below.  You can use our tutorials for Stock Recovery for your particular device.

Stock Recovery will not erase your installed files/data.

OFFICIAL tutorials, etc. will be released later this weekend for those that need a little more help.

Please do not attempt to do this if you are not comfortable with it.