Recover Nvidia Android TV Shield Manually


Files needed:

Recovery Images

This tutorial is for restoring your entire TV Shield in the event something unfortunate happens. In order for this to work, your TV Shield has to be able to boot up and display the Nvidia logo on screen. Otherwise, your TV Shield is bricked, and there is nothing you can do about it.


1. Unplug your power cable and connect a USB OTG cable to your computer.

Now, here is the tricky part that requires perfect timing.


2. Connect your power cable and almost immediately hold the power button for roughly 3 seconds.

** This may take multiple attempts to get the timing down. You may want to hold the power button for slightly longer than 3 seconds, ~3.1/3.2 seconds.

If successful, you should see the bootloader screen.

Tap the power button to navigate the menu and hold the power button to select.


3. Now go to the folder where you downloaded the files and type in the following commands:

./fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
./fastboot flash boot boot.img
./fastboot flash system system.img
./fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
./fastboot flash staging blob
./fastboot flash dtb

** Your device may or may not need to restart after each command, which means repeating the steps above. Also, you may not need to flash all of the above depending on what files are damaged.

How to Root Nvidia Android TV Shield

To start, you will need a few tools and files.

Make sure to back up your device in the event something goes wrong and preserve any of your data.


1. Once your TV shield is up and running, head over to the settings.


2. Go to About (First Row) and scroll down to “Build Number.”


3. Here, click “Build Number” 7 times. This will enable the developer options.


4. Now go back to the previous screen (settings). You should now see the developer options in the second row at the end.

If not, you may need to wait a little and reload the settings screen.


6. Go to Developer options to enable USB debugging and plug in your OTG cable to your device and computer.

There will be a prompt to connect to your computer. Accept it.


7. Navigate to where your adb and fastboot folder and type in:

./adb devices

You should see your device.

8. Once that is working type in:

./adb reboot bootloader

A word of caution – the next steps will erase any data you may have.


9. Check if your device is connected.

./fastboot devices


10. Type in:

./fastboot oem unlock

A new prompt will be displayed. Click continue by tapping the power button on your shield TV to navigate to “continue” and holding the power button to select.

** On the pro (500 GB) version, the unlock takes more than an hour. For the 16GB version, it takes a few minutes at most.

You may need to repeat steps 1-9 to re-enable the debugger.


11. Now navigate to the directory where you downloaded SuperSu and type in:

./adb push /sdcard

Note ** if an error comes up for /sdcard, try sdcard/


12. Now type in:

./fastboot boot < path to twrp image>

OR to keep the stock recovery image or you could flash it with:

./fastboot flash boot


13. Select “Install” and navigate to the file you pushed onto the SD card. Click it.


14. Once that is done, click reboot.

Congratulations, your device is now rooted.

If your device becomes unbootable, but is able to boot up to the Nvidia logo screen, please follow this guide.