Firestick Apps Being Removed? How to Disable Auto Offload

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There is a new bug in Firestick and Fire TV devices that are causing some users to notice that their installed applications are being removed. This is due to Amazon’s new auto-offload feature that automatically “offloads” applications that have not been used for 60 days. Unfortunately, there seems to be an issue with this feature…

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thought this could be turned off.

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It’s all in the video, and it can be, but up until now most thought it only applied to the apps obtained from the app store and not the 3rd party sideloaded apps, and everyone also assumed if you used an app it would not be deleted, and that isn’t the case.

oh ok I turned it off when it first popped up.

My inlaws have a Firestick 4K with 6 gigs of memory. They are in their late 80s and I maintain their iptv and entertainment apps. Tonight they were having issues … Tivimate app and CinemaHD app are gone. They don’t have any idea what happened. I tried to reinstall CinemaHD, but Firestick said there is not enough memory. I went into app management and saw there is only 700 Mb of memory left. Yet there are fewer apps on their device than mine and I have 2 gig of memory left. I have cleared all their app caches and deleted unwanted apps. Can someone tell me how to clear another gig of memory without returning to factory settings?

Hi use a cleaner like EZ maintenance for kodi or SD maid for stand alone apps

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Sounds like something got updated or recorded and added a ton of data to storage. Did they record anything? Some iptv services can overload the storage with storing VOD stuff (audio/visual) previews on the device.

Bottom line is, you need to identify what caused the data issue or it just might repeat itself.

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Thanks for you response! The playlist I installed for them did not include VOD. I’m absolutely baffled as to what’s blowing up their memory. Tivimate and CinemaHD were among their apps 2 days ago, now they’re gone. I’m studying how to get rid of all the bloatware on Firestick, however I doubt that simply disabling apps will correct the memory issue. I’m considering returning the Firestick to factory settings, but I hate to do it because their Tivimate playlist and settings are backed up in an internal file folder. I don’t think they recorded anything, but hey, they’re both approaching 90 and neither of them remember what I tell them from one day to the next. Anything could have happened.

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there are a lot of things that clearing cache wont touch like thumbnails etc i used Ez and it cleard the lot on kodi

I’m watching a video now about how to delete and block bloatware updates. My theory now is that bloatware updates caused a memory shortage that sort of pushed Tivimate and CinemaHD off the device. Am I thinking straight? Is that a thing? I think that’s what Powerfader was trying to tell me

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also there is an update on firestick that removes apps that are not used alot you can switch it off in settings so check that to


Can you add a USB for storage? I believe you can. Then that might resolve your data issues.

Here is a TP tutorial about expanding FS storage.

How to Expand Internal Storage on Firestick & Fire TV Cube (2022) (

Below is a thread created here in the Insider.


I have a 16GB Sandisk USB Drive attached to my 4K Max via a Smays powered OTG hub. I put as many of my secondary Apps on there that will go on it. I always have about 1.5GB of free space on my Max. I don’t have dozens of apps and the USB Drive never has over 5 GBs of apps. Don’t forget, even though the apps are on external the Fire TV OS still places some app Data on the stick.

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I had set my neighbor up with that same Firestick and he complained that, despite only having two or three apps installed (Tivimate and Syncler) he was getting “Low Storage” notices. I did my best but could not solve the problem. I assumed I should start fresh and I did. With NO additional apps installed, I got the low storage notices.
Seems there is or was a glitch in the 4kMax. I reworked an older firestick at my house, added a Sandisk 128 thumb drive and got him all set up with no problems.
I brought his firestick home and kept playing with it. Somehow, along the way, it seems to be working correctly again. I do not install system updates anymore.

Thanks everyone who responded to my post. As it turns out, I was able to download and install Tivimate, and even restore the backup. HOWEVER, my intent was to install file-manager software and TDUK update blocker. But there was not enough memory for that so I went ahead and returned Firestick to the factory settings, thus destroying my Tivimate backup file. I’ve got everything re-insttalled now.

OlReg, I find your comment interesting and I will be watching for low-memory notifications in the future.

I wouldn’t be recommending that as Amazon appear to have found a way to block APKs stored on them.

My 4K Fire Stick version OS. has been running with a San Disk 32 GB flash drive attached - on which I had stored 9 APKs - for the last couple of years. Everything worked fine until today, when none of the APKs would work, annoyingly including my main ones Kodi, my IPTV service and Smart Tube. The other APKs actually on the fire stick are ok.

I don’t think there’s a way of simply transferring them all to the fire stick, so it looks like all I can do is disconnect the flash drive and download them again straight to the fire stick - which will also mean having to get rid of some from the fire stick.

Bloody nuisance really.

Dunno? But what you just replied is another reason I will never be a Bezos Boy. lol

Bezos Devil Bat gif

Nividia Shield Pro is the only way to go.

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Have you deleted the installation files from Downloader, if you use Downloader ? Recommend you download Cache Cleaner by Tech Doctor, it’s invaluable. Download from Amazon Store.

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