Fire TV update begins rolling out with new ‘Favorites’ app feature

A new software update for the Fire TV has begun rolling out to devices. The new update carries version number Big thanks to AFTVnews reader Gary who wrote in to let us know about it and provided the pictures. Gary tells us the update has added the ability to mark apps and games as ‘Favorites’, similar to the recently added photo favorites feature, in order to make them more readily available. I uncovered this feature in the previous software version source code, but it appeard to be either unfinished or disabled. No word yet on a Fire TV Stick software update, but I expect we’ll see one soon, likely carrying version number

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We’ll know more once this update makes its way to more devices. As always, I’ll have a full overview of everything this update changes in the near future. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you get this update and if you notice any changes it brings.


As expected, we now have confirmation that the Fire TV Stick is also receiving a software update. The Fire TV Stick update carries version number and also includes the new app favorites feature.

  1. Ro says:

    Kodi still works… I forced the update to install and then tested Kodi ..all good

  2. Ro says:

    Haven’t really looked yet.. Will look deeper in a bit and let you know

  3. RgnKjnVA says:

    Would be nice to be able to favorite searches too. Anything like that in there? (I just checked but I’m not up for update yet)

    • AFTVnews says:

      I saw reference to saving searches while digging around in the code. It may be limited to the new shopping feature though. I’m not sure yet.

  4. Celie says:

    I’d like to know if you could favorite sideloaded apps!

  5. About time(!) – the FireTV has been in need of something like this for ages. I tend to only use a dozen or so apps on a regular basis, and this will make accessing those a lot easier.

    I wonder, in light of the addition to the ‘kids mode’ on the kindle fire, if there will ever be an option to run the FireTV in kids mode too (as in locked down, with a simpler interface and only access to apps and movies defined by the parents). If the FireTV had that, I could let my kids use it without constant supervision.

  6. Guido says:

    Fire TV Stick – with Favorites available (german Fire TV Stick) – See screenshot:

  7. ME at AOL says:

    I haven’t noticed this before but bottom of my screen shows both external and internal memory storage. It could have been there before but never noticed until update.

  8. Justin says:

    I’ve been wanting this feature too so am looking forward to when it’s available on my system. I also want games to not be listed in the apps section but the favorites should give me easy access to all the apps I regularly use.

    Would also like to see prime music stations added.

  9. william says:

    What area are people from that have already received this update?

  10. David H says:

    Since the update, I cannot connect to Netflix. I receive an error message with code “ui-113” – I am able to connect to Netflix on my laptop and computer with no problem, also my cell phone. I’ve tried uninstalling the Netflix app, clearing cache and data, rebooted my router several times, rebooted, unplugged fire tv, switched tv’s – you name it, I cannot get it to load. Do I have to uninstall everything? As an fyi,as previous poster stated, my Kodi is working as well…

    • HeffeD says:

      No problem with Netflix here.

      If you’re still having trouble, I’d contact Netflix tech support.

  11. HeffeD says:

    So… What good is this “favorites” feature?

    I can add an app as a favorite, but all this does is puts a heart in the lower right hand corner. Wow.

    There is no favorites list, or way to sort by favorites…

    Am I missing something?

    • Mr. Marcus says:

      I am of the same opinion HeffeD…so far as I can tell it just places your favorites up front in the “Your Apps Library”. Maybe on the next update they’ll add a “your favorite Apps” category. BTW I’ve had my update from June 25th. I’m glad Kodi still works

  12. Ryan says:

    Please check: does voice search include Netflix results?

  13. boudy says:

    Not on firetv or firetv stick in the UK yet.

  14. Steve says:

    Anyone else having issues with wifi since this latest firmware update? I’m getting a flashing orange light on the fire tv device and the error message that it can’t connect to my network. However, I also have a Roku and WD Media Center connected (as well as ipads, iphones, computers, etc) and those are all working fine. Also tried ethernet cable but also receive an error that says it’s not connected to the internet.

  15. JP says:

    I received the update today. As two others stated I can add apps to my favorites but I can’t sort them as such- it’s of no use for me as it doesn’t make it easier to search them out. Also, the update removed all my recent apps from the main “recent” section. I was forced to search them in my “My Apps” section only to discover that not all my apps show there either. I had to go to my installed apps section to bring them all the front again. I am not seeing all my games on cloud either. Before the update I was seeing 68 or so apps but now I can only see 55 apps.

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