Configuring a Kindle Fire HD & Fully-Kiosk as a Home Automation Control Panel

Metadata #

  • Title: Configuring a Kindle Fire HD & Fully-Kiosk as a Home Automation Control Panel
  • Applies to: Home Assistant
  • Last Updated: 16 November 2020

Overview #

Version 1 #

How to configure Fire HD & FullyThere are really very few recommended settings because it depends on how you are using your Tablet and whether or not you wish to purchase the "PLUS" License upgrade (from Fully themselves, on a per-Tablet basis!) but let me try a quick outline to start and we’ll refine this into a KB Article:

  1. You’ll probably want to set the Tablet to Developer Mode (FireOS Settings, Device Options, tap Serial Number 7 times, Developer Options: Stay Awake (Screen will never sleep while charging).
  2. Fully Settings РWeb Content РStart URL: OK to use https://app.ActionTiles.com ; but better to use the complete URL to your desired Panel (get this from the Address Bar in Silk or Chrome, etc., by visiting your Panel). Every Panel has a unique URL, that looks like: https://app.actiontiles.com/panel/7dab37f2-7fb8-afaf-9191-90d20505aa2e
  3. Wait for Network Connection: Off
  4. Web Zoom and Scaling: Leave these default; but you can experiment with them after everything else is working. For example, turn Off "Use Wide Viewport" and then you can see the effect of changing the Initial Scale value. This can sometimes give you more fine tuning over the fit of the Panel. The Set Font Size option can also be fun to explore.
  5. Web Auto Reload: Use defaults (all Off).
  6. Screensaver (PLUS): To have it fade to black screen, set a Timer value, and set Screensaver Wallpaper URL to: fully://color#000000To have it use some other Screensaver, try different Wallpaper URL values and/or explore the Screensaver Playlist option. In fact, explore all the options, but first note the defaults.
  7. Device Management: Keep Screen On – On (may not be necessary, see #1). Screen Off Timer – 0 (disabled) otherwise lock screen swipe will be required. Launch on Boot – On. Screen Brightness: Probably not needed if you use the default FireOS-Android control of brightness or automatic brightness.
  8. Power Settings: Keep defaults (all Off). Scheduled Wakeup and Sleep – Do not use this on Fire tablets as it overrides the Never Sleep setting and you will face the Lock Screen daily. All other options are also best left Off (default). WiFi Wakelock might help if you find ActionTiles disconnecting too frequently.
  9. Kiosk Mode (PLUS): Extra lockdown functionality. Don’t explore this until you’re sure what you’re doing.
  10. Motion Detection (PLUS): This is the nifty "wake on front camera motion detection" (instead of requiring tap to exit screensaver). Experiment with Enable Visual Motion Detection and the tuning options. This can use extra power and cause the tablet to heat up more, and does not work if there is no light for the camera to use to detect motion. Turn Screen On Motion – On; Exit Screen Saver on Motion – On.
  11. Remote Administration (PLUS): No need to enable.
  12. Other Settings: Enable Version Info – Off. Show Menu Hint on Start – Off. Enable Settings Auto-Import – On: But beware that you may need to delete fully-settings.json if you want to completely uninstall and reset Fully to its defaults.

Hope this draft above is helpful. Let’s figure out if I’ve picked any poor choices.

Version 2 #

  • Enter an incorrect WiFi password, wait for it to reject it, cancel and then "Skip Setup"
  • Go to Settings -> Device Options -> About Fire HD, click the second line eight times, go back
  • Go to the newly appeared "Developers" section, enable overall and enable USB debugging
  • Using the Amazon Fire HD Toolkit:
  • Install Google Play Services
  • Sideload APK Pure
  • Sideload DAKboard
  • Sideload Fully Kiosk
  • Disable All Amazon (saying ‘yes’ to using Nova Launcher & SwiftKey)
  • Enable Wireless and enter the correct password for your WiFi connection
  • Go into Fully Kiosk, enable the Remote Administration section
  • Remove any shortcuts from desktop

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