The new 126.96.36.199 software update for older Fire TVs and 188.8.131.52 software update for newer Fire TVs has added support for Amazon Wi-Fi simple setup. The feature is part of Amazon’s “Frustration-Free Setup” program that debuted with the Amazon Smart Plug and has since been added to newer Amazon Echo devices. Its goal is to get a new Amazon device up and running with as little customer input as possible. Wi-Fi simple setup on Fire TVs means the next Fire TV you purchase can automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network without you needing to enter a password, that is, if you opt into the feature ahead of time.
Amazon Fire TVs have long offered to save your Wi-Fi password to Amazon, but they haven’t been able to retrieve that password until now. New Fire TV devices sold by Amazon that ship with the new software update pre-installed will be the first to take advantage of Wi-Fi simple setup. Since it has to be a device loaded with the update from the factory, that limits the feature to existing models, which include the Fire TV Stick 2, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, and future models. The device has to also be purchased from Amazon, since those devices come pre-registered to the buyer’s Amazon account, which then allows it to pull down the customers stored Wi-Fi password during its initial setup.
For Wi-Fi simple setup to work, you must have already logged into your Wi-Fi connection with a compatible Amazon device and agreed to save your Wi-Fi password to Amazon. That means this feature only kicks in for your second compatible Amazon device and beyond. In addition to the aforementioned Fire TV models, 2nd-generation or newer Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, and Echo Show also offer to save your Wi-Fi password to Amazon during setup.
If you’ve already set up one of these newer Amazon devices and opted to save your Wi-Fi password, your next Fire TV purchased from Amazon should automatically connect itself to your Wi-Fi and automatically log itself into your Amazon account, removing the need to type anything with a cumbersome on-screen keyboard. If at any time you want to delete your saved Wi-Fi password, or opt out of the feature entirely, you can do so on Amazon’s device management page.