Amazon Fire TVs can now automatically connect to Wi-Fi without you needing to enter your Wi-Fi password

The new 5.2.6.9 software update for older Fire TVs and 6.2.6.0 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.

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5 comments
  1. Frank Nitty says:

    Hmmm, I’m surprised this hasn’t been implemented a long time ago.

  2. T3ch42 says:

    I saw the password storage “feature” in earlier installs…always declined. Never a good idea for the device to connect until I want it to for update reasons. Don’t want to chance an unintended update to one of the rooted devices.

  3. OG Charlie says:

    Will Bezos pass them off to the CIA?

  4. Ron says:

    Can`t access top menu on this screen.

  5. Richard Hykawy says:

    To be honest I am surprised anyone would trust amazon with your wifi password, since everyone is so afraid about the privacy thing in amazon, and thinks they are spying on us, and I agree as well. So since iI turn off data monitoring and everything else, why the heck would I then allow amazon to have access to my wifi password and ultimately my router and whole home network, that would allow them or agencies access to my computers and things at a whim, we know amazon sells our info to NSA and CIA and FBI, and these agencies can simply put a screw into the thumb of amazon and amazon will roll over like a puppy and give away our whole acct info, seen this with VPN’s and other trust companies. It is simply irresponsible to give away your wifi password to a company that has no legal right to refuse government agencies under search warrant documents to say no to these agencies. Simply do not store anything on any network that you do not want that network to turn over to government agencies at a drop of a hat.

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