A new update rolling out to Fire TV devices has restored the ability to move apps on the Fire TV home screen and on the app grid screen. An update last month replaced the move functionality with a new pinning feature. This latest update appears to roll things back because the option to pin is gone and has been replaced with the previous “Move” and “Move to front” options.
App moving is being restored using the new system component update feature that was recently added to devices. This means that the device’s Fire OS version number will not change with this update. It only updates parts of the operating system.
These system component updates are rolling out slowly to select devices and will likely eventually roll out to all Fire TV models. You can go to the Settings > My Fire TV > About menu and scroll down to the bottom to see if the system component update is waiting to be installed. There is no way to force the update, so if there is no system component update waiting and you don’t yet have the move capability restored, then you just have to wait for your device’s turn for the update to arrive.
When the ability to pin apps last month was introduced, it was clear that customers preferred the old moving capability. Amazon immediately confirmed to me that the ability to move apps would be restored in a future update. It obviously would have been better to not have lost the ability to move apps at all, but a one-month turnaround from realizing their mistake to rolling out a fix was, at least, nice and quick.