Tablo DVR Firmware Update Tips & Tricks

When a new firmware release is available, most Tablo apps will notify you of its availability and prompt you to install it. 

The look and feel of the update screen may vary depending on the platform.

iOS, Android, and Web-Based App Update Instructions 

Upon connecting to your Tablo through the Tablo app, you will be notified if there is an update available.


If you are already connected to your Tablo and would like to double check to see if your current firmware version is the most up-to-date, you can do so from the ABOUT section of your settings page. This can again be done from most Tablo apps:


If no "Update Tablo Device" button is present, then your Tablo is completely up to date.


Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, & Apple TV Update Instructions

NOTE - Firmware update screens and processes on Amazon Fire TV and Android TV will have a similar look and feel to those on Roku which is shown as the example below, however those apps have a dedicated SETTINGS menu item. Firmware update screens and processes on Apple TV are virtually identical to Roku. 

If an update is available for your Tablo when you open the Tablo app, you will see a notification on your screen prompting you to either update your Tablo or postpone the update until a later time.


If you have postponed a firmware update or would like to check if one is available, select your Tablo's name from the menu within the app to open the settings page. Scroll all the way to the bottom until you reach the "About" section. You will either have a button that reads "New Update Available" or "Check for Firmware Update".


Once your firmware update is underway, you will see the progress indicated on your screen.


When the firmware update finishes, your Tablo will reboot and you will be returned to your Tablo app.


Some things to note about firmware updates:

  • Do not reset your Tablo during the update process - this can cause faults on your hard drive.
  • Firmware updates are distributed in a phased rollout so you may not receive an update prompt immediately.
  • When it is powered on, your Tablo checks every 12 hours to see if an update is available. 
  • If you initialize a firmware update during a recording, this will cause your recording to fail.
  • You can choose to delay the firmware update, but please try to keep your Tablo as up-to-date as possible to enjoy an optimal experience.


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