As of software update 220.127.116.11 for older Fire TV models, like the Fire TV boxes and Fire TV Sticks, and software update 18.104.22.168 for newer Fire TV models, like the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube, the way to arrange the order of your apps and channels on the home screen and the app grid has changed. It’s no longer possible to move apps up and down the list. Instead, you can now select to pin apps to the front of the list. I’m told that the ability to move apps will be added to the new pinning feature in a future software update, but, until then, here is the best way to control the arrangement of your apps and channels.
It’s first helpful to understand how apps and channels are ordered by default and how pinning affects that order. Pinning an app moves it to the very front of the list, no matter what. If you pin three apps, for example, the third pinned app will be at the front of the list, with the second pinned app behind it. Whenever a new app is installed, it will be placed immediately after the last pinned app. If you have no apps pinned, this means the newly installed app will be the first app on the list. When an app is unpinned, it behaves the same way as a newly installed app, meaning, an unpinned app will be placed immediately after the last pinned app. Apps installed prior to the pinning update will come after pinned, newly installed, and unpinned apps.
Now that you know how apps and channels are arranged, positioning them in the exact order that you want is just a matter of pinning them in the reverse order that you want them to appear. In other words, the app or channel that you want to be at the front of the list needs to be the last one that you pin. The one that you want to be second on your list needs to be the second to last one that you pin, and so on.
The best place to pin and unpin apps and channels is the “Apps” grid screen. you can do it form the Home screen, but all of your apps will not be shown if you have many installed. The Home screen also does not display a pin icon on the pinned items, like the grid screen does. To get to the grid screen, press and hold the home button on your remote until the shortcut menu appears. Select the “Apps” shortcut and the grid screen will load.
Once on the grid screen, you should probably first unpin all items if you’re unhappy with the current order. To do this, highlight each pinned item, one by one, and press the menu button on the remote. A series of options will appear in the lower right corner and “Unpin” will be one of them. Once all apps are unpinned, highlight the app you want to be last and select to “Pin to Front” from the options menu. Then continue doing so in the reverse order that you want the apps to appear.
This method of arranging all of your apps and channels in a specific order is more tedious than the old ability to move apps, but it is only a temporary inconvenience. I’m told that a future software update will allow you to move apps that you have pinned. Once that update arrives, you’ll be able to quickly rearrange apps into specific spots, just like before.