Got the Fire TV update? How Cable Cutters Can Get The Most Out Of It

Got the Fire TV update?  How Cable Cutters Can Get The Most Out Of It

As promised in February, Amazon began rolling out a major update for more Fire TV devices.

The update significantly changes the look of the Fire TV home screen, and while it was already released in December for Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, it is now coming to the Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube and with pendant shape. Fire TV. (Support for the second-gen Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Edition smart TVs will arrive later this year, but it appears Amazon is leaving the original Fire TV Stick and Fire TV boxes behind.)

While the new Fire TV experience is an improvement overall, it may take some getting used to and has some new features that you might not notice right away. Once you’ve got the new Fire TV experience up and running, these tips should help:

Get the update

If your Fire TV device is eligible for the update and you still aren’t seeing any major changes, head to Settings> My Fire TV> About, then select “Check for updates” or “Install update.” This may trigger the update on your device, but it is also possible that Amazon has not yet implemented it on your device. In that case, you will just have to be patient, as there is no way to force the update on devices that have not received it.

Rearrange your apps

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To change the order of apps on the Fire TV home screen, click the apps button on the home screen, which looks like a set of three squares and a + sign. From there, select the application you want to move, press the menu button on the remote and select “Move” or “Move to front.”

Choose your best apps wisely

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When rearranging the apps, keep in mind that the six apps you put on top get a special status. They’ll appear at the top of the home screen, and some of them will even suggest things to watch as you hover over them. This is a great way to get quick recommendations from some of your favorite video sources. (Not all apps support these “quick app” recommendations, but I found that Netflix, Prime Video, Disney +, Apple TV +, and Paramount +, HBO Max work fine.)

View previously installed apps

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Here’s a long-awaited improvement to the new Fire TV interface: Amazon no longer bundles current and previously installed apps into a single lanky menu. Instead, only installed apps will appear when you load the full app list.

However, that doesn’t mean that your master list of apps has disappeared. Just click on “App Library” at the bottom of the all apps menu to get a list of everything you’ve installed before.

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